Carly Phillips shares an excerpt from Perfect Fling (+ a Giveaway!)

Posted August 5, 2013 by Tracy in Giveaways, Promotions | 74 Comments

9780425259726_large_Perfect_FlingCarly Phillips has so kindly provided us with an excerpt from her newest release and book two in her Serendipity’s Finest series, Perfect Fling:

Reprinted by arrangement with The Berkley Publishing Group, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Carly Phillips, 2013.

University Hospital was a hustle of busy people running in all directions, even more so when the ambulance carrying Erin arrived. Cole stood back as they rushed the stretcher inside, but was relieved to see her eyes open. Being conscious was a damned good thing. He absently rubbed the left side of his abdomen where he’d been shot in the final stage of his last under cover op. He wouldn’t wish that pain on anyone, let alone someone as innocent as Erin.

Mike, who’d accompanied his sister in the ambulance, followed close behind the paramedics through the swinging doors. He didn’t glance around and Cole was grateful Mike hadn’t noticed him. The other man would have questions Cole wasn’t sure he could answer. Questions Cole had been asking himself since find out the identity of the gun shot victim. Why was he so affected by the fact that it was Erin being wheeled in here? He had no concrete answers. He only knew his gut was churning and wouldn’t settle down until he knew she was okay.

Cole didn’t know how much time had passed before he finally saw Mike come back out of the double doors. This time, the other man was more alert and his gaze settled on Cole immediately.

“Hey, man. What are you doing here?”

Cole swallowed hard. “I was with you when you got the news. I couldn’t very well go home without knowing if you needed anything.” The truth, as far as it went.

“I appreciate it.” Mike ran his hand through his already screwed up hair.

“How is she?” Cole asked, attempting not to show the craziness he was beginning to feel wondering what was happening with Erin.

“They’re assessing her now.” Mike checked his cell, then met Cole’s gaze. “You know, there is something you can do for me. I need to track down Sam,” he said of his brother. “Cara was called out on a domestic violence call so she can’t do it for me. Since you’re here, can you wait outside Erin’s cubicle and get me as soon as there’s news?”

“Sure.” Cole hoped he didn’t look as pleased as he felt, being given the opportunity to see Erin firsthand.

“Great. Come on. I’ll walk you back” Mike led Cole back into the treatment area. “She’s in three,” he said. “I just want to go outside and try to call Sam again. I want him to hear this from me and the cell service in this area sucks.” Both of the Marsden brothers were protective of their sister.

“Just wait outside. When the doctor’s finished, you can go in. I’m sure she’ll be glad to see a familiar face and not be alone.”

Cole wasn’t as certain but he merely nodded. “I’ll call you if I hear something before you get back inside.”

Mike nodded. “I owe you one.”

Cole didn’t see it that way, so he didn’t reply.

With Mike gone, Cole placed himself directly outside Erin’s small cubicle, folded his arms across his chest, and waited. His pulse had sped up and now his heart beat hard in his chest and he’d begun to sweat. He hoped like hell the bullet hadn’t lodged somewhere or she’d need surgery to have it removed.

Son of bitch, who’d be firing a gun in the parking lot of the police station?

He stepped closer to the cubicle and the doctor’s voice sounded through the curtain. “… Bullet appears to have passed straight through but we’ll know more after some tests.”

“Okay,” Erin said softly, sounding weak, probably from loss of blood.

“Since you’re pregnant, we’re limited to what antibiotics and pain killers we can give you.”

“What?!” At the doctor’s words, the blood drained from Cole’s head.

Before he could pull himself together, the curtain swung wide and he came face to face with Erin’s doctor.

She stared at him with a horrified expression on her pale face.

“Who are you?” the man in the white lab coat asked.

“It’s okay,” Erin spoke in a shaky voice. She glanced at the doctor, her hazel eyes dull with pain. “Can you give us a few minutes?”

“Of course.” The physician stepped out.

And Cole forced himself to take the other man’s place by Erin’s bedside. He took in her ashen skin and the petrified look on her face and decided immediately the pregnancy discussion could wait.

“How are you feeling?” he asked.

“I’m okay.”

“Liar.” He chuckled even as he admired her strength. “Now, how are you really feeling?”

“It hurts like hell.” She bit down on her lower lip and sucked in a shallow breath. Tears shimmered in her pretty eyes and he felt her pain deep in his gut.

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74 responses to “Carly Phillips shares an excerpt from Perfect Fling (+ a Giveaway!)

  1. Jane

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’ve been a fan of Carly’s books since I read the Chandler Brothers series.

  2. Amy Miller

    Just finished Karma and enjoyed it. Thanks for the giveaway! I’m looking forward to reading more of Carly’s books.

  3. Dottie Aubel

    I can’t wait! I absolutely love the whole series. I wouldn’t mind living in Serendipity.

  4. Nancy Crawford

    Having spent my ‘Wonder Bread years’ in Westchester County, I have a soft spot for Serendipity, NY. I love books that can be read independently, but also build on previous books. The Serendipity series is a winner!

  5. Judy Sescil

    Loved Perfect Fling and would be exited to get one of the other books in the series 🙂 Thank you!

  6. The Book Momster

    I can’t wait to read this story! Thanks for the chance at winning a free book!

  7. Veronica Dickson

    Love your series and cannot wait for the next installment. Thank you for a chance to winning a book.

  8. Lorelei Lit Lair

    Oh, I’m hooked. Love the excerpt, Carly Phillips is a favorite! Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. Helen

    I haven’t read any of the books in this series. So wrong! I would love to win.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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