On the run from the Italian mafia in New York City, feisty Caterina Campanelli travels across the country to the small town of Pendleton, Oregon, trying to hide her past while she decides what to do about her uncertain future. Seeking comfort in her cooking, she battles her attraction to one of the town’s most handsome men.

Kade Rawlings is dedicated to his work as a deputy in Pendleton. Determined to remain single and unfettered, he can’t seem to stay away from the Italian spitfire who rolls into town keeping secrets and making the best food he’s ever eaten. Using his charm, wit, and brawn to win her trust, he may just get more than he bargained for.

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Praise for Caterina

“This book kept me wrapped up in it from beginning to the very end. “

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“Romance blends with intrigue and the pig headedness of two strong personalities whose friends stand by when family is far away. Caterina is a beauty who leaves this cowboy addlepated; add in some additional mafia, a few Chinaman, a great Dane and a smattering of Italian and you’re in for a real treat that will leave you hungry for more.”

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“Terrific character development! Caterina is not the girl you might expect who is running from a mobster and falls right into the arms of a lawman! All of the characters in the series become an extension of the story line leaving the reader wanting more. “

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“You’re forgiven, for now.” Caterina lowered her lashes coquettishly. “At least you will be if you help with the dishes.”

Kade didn’t know if he was punchy from the good food or spending time with close friends, but a little of the devil danced in him as he stepped close behind Caterina, pinning her against the sink with his big body. He bent down so his breath stirred the raven curls along her neck and stuck his hands in the sink, essentially boxing her in with his thickly muscled arms.

“How’s this?” he asked in a husky voice, wondering what had possessed him to get this close to the beguiling woman. He didn’t have a thought in his head except how much he wanted to kiss her.

“I… uh… oh, my!” Caterina stuttered, completely rattled by Kade’s close proximity. Heat from his body penetrated her back while his inviting scent enveloped her senses.

When he ran his hands over hers beneath the soapy water, it suddenly became a tub of sleek oils instead of a sink full of dirty dishes.

Biting her lip, she fought against the wild, exciting, and terrifying sensations Kade stirred in her. Utterly foreign, they weren’t altogether unwelcome.

“Kade, I think you better…” When she turned her head to speak to him, his bright green gaze mesmerized her, cutting off her ability to speak. Lowering her lashes, she felt the warmth of his breath on her face seconds before his lips caressed hers.

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