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Read an excerpt from Laguna Lights by Kaira Rouda

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Laura Kinkaid’s glamorous Hollywood life is falling apart. After years of reality television stardom beginning in high school on Laguna Nights, her career and relationship with her long-term boyfriend Scott are fizzling out. Laura decides to go home to Laguna Beach for the weekend to attend a baby shower for her high school friend. That decision – and a car accident – will lead her to a new future, if she’s ready to take a chance at love. 

Paul Dorn’s former life in New York City is far behind him and he’s working in a popular Laguna Beach surf shop when fate brings the most beautiful woman he’s ever met into his life. The attraction is instant and he has an overwhelming desire to protect her. While Paul’s retail sales career is a short-term job for market research purposes, his focus on Laura is long-term. 

Will Laura allow a handsome stranger to help her create a future unlike her past, or will the bright lights of Hollywood pull her back to LA?

Excerpt

She’d made it into town in record time, unfortunately. It was almost eleven and she only had a few miles to go to reach her parents’ home in South Laguna, but that didn’t make sitting in this bottleneck any less frustrating. She knew the locals blamed Laguna Nights for the fact their tiny town was now a top tourist destination. Laura wasn’t sure she agreed, but at the moment, she didn’t care what it was that helped all these people discover her town. She just wished they’d all leave.

Up ahead, the light turned green again. Finally, the car in front of her crawled forward. Laura pulled Tucker back into her lap and smiled at the feeling of forward motion. She cruised by Main Beach and had just passed Tommy Bahama on her left when she felt her body shoved back against the seat. Her head whipped forward, nearly hitting the steering wheel. Her arms flew out from her sides and she felt Tucker rise up off her lap. She screamed when she felt another jolt, and her head again whipped towards the steering wheel as the impact of the car behind her pushed her car into the one in front of her.

The impact wasn’t strong enough for the airbags to deploy, Laura thought in shock, realizing what could have happened to Tucker if they had. She cradled him in her arms and struggled to open the car door. 

“Are you alright?” asked an absolutely gorgeous man who appeared by the side of her car. She wondered where he’d come from. She hadn’t been sitting here that long, had she? She couldn’t speak. All she could do was stare at him. He had dark, soulful eyes, eyes that were currently focused on her with a worried look in them. As she continued to stare at him, he reached his arms out to her, muscular arms sprinkled with thick dark hair. “Here, let me help you.”

He pulled her car door open further as the sound of sirens pierced the air. The man put his arm around her waist and practically lifted her out of the car. His touch felt so private, almost intimate. Before she could process what was happening, he escorted Laura and Tucker to the sidewalk.

“Are you hurt?” he asked, letting go of her waist. She was surprised at the disappointment she found in that. She didn’t know this man, but had taken comfort in his strong arm as he escorted her across the street. She missed that comfort now that he’d let go of her. And if she were honest with herself, she’d enjoyed the feel of his hand on her side. When he had touched her, a zing of instant attraction had replaced the panic of the accident. “I’m Paul Dorn, by the way.”

About Kaira Rouda

Kaira Rouda is a USA Today bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary women's fiction and sexy modern romance novels that sparkle with humor and heart. Her women's fiction titles include HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE MIRROR. Her bestselling short story is titled, A MOTHER'S DAY. Kaira's work has won the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader's Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer's Digest International Book Awards. Her books have been widely reviewed and featured in leading magazines. 

Her sexy contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND includes: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; HER FORBIDDEN LOVE, Book 2; THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3; and THE BILLIONAIRE'S BID, Book 4. Each of these novellas can be read as a stand alone, or enjoyed as a series. Her new series is set in LAGUNA BEACH and includes: LAGUNA NIGHTS, Book 1; LAGUNA HEIGHTS, Book 2; and LAGUNA LIGHTS, Book 3 coming winter 2015. She also helped launch Melissa Foster's The Remington's Kindle World with her bestselling novella, SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE, and is part of Carly Phillips Dare to Love Kindle World with THE CELEBRITY DARE.

Her nonfiction titles, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, and REAL YOU FOR AUTHORS: 8 Essentials for Women Writers (available for free download on her website) continue to inspire.  

She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books and on her website, KairaRouda.com.

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