Aftermath of Secrets by Cate Beauman / #Extract @CateBeauman

The Carter Island Novels, Book 2

When The Secrets Of The Past Threaten To Destroy The Future…

Boston’s Most Eligible Bachelor has it all: good looks, a great career, and plenty of wealth and prestige. But Bradley Sanderson’s charmed life quickly falls apart when scandal rocks his famous family. Arrests have been made; the media circus has begun, and Brad’s been tasked with the daunting chore of restoring the Sandersons’ good name. Moving back to Carter Island and picking up the pieces hasn’t been easy, especially when the one person he needs the most won’t give him the time of day.

Bakery owner and island resident Molly Carter is loyal to her core, but that doesn’t mean Brad’s homecoming hasn’t left her torn. Brad’s darkest days aren’t lost on Molly, but reaching out to her lifelong friend isn’t so simple when she’s forced to guard her heart. Everything changed when she woke up alone after their sexy summer night.

The complications keep coming when Brad’s long-lost brother shows up in town, bringing the remnants of his checkered past with him. Forgiveness and redemption are possible for all, until new secrets come to light that may have dire consequences.





“Did you have fun?” Molly asked as she started up the engine and secured her safety belt.

Brad also pulled his seat belt into place. “I did. Everything was delicious, but that cake was killer.”

“It really was,” she said, backing up and heading down Nate’s well-maintained dirt road.

He huffed out a laugh. “You certainly impress yourself.”

She sizzled him with a look in the streetlight as they approached the intersection. “I call it confidence. I’ll never apologize or play down the fact that I’m an artist in the kitchen.”

He grinned, loving that Molls knew exactly who she was. “Touché.” His smile disappeared as he cleared his throat. “So, tomorrow’s our last night of fun.”

“It is.” She eased to a stop and looked both ways, then pulled on Route 1 and quickly gained speed. “Do you know what you want to do?”

He nodded. “I do.”

“What are you thinking?”

“That’s what I want to talk to you about.”


“I’m wondering if I can take a rain check and postpone my last night.”

She frowned, meeting his gaze in the dull glow of the interior lighting before she gave her attention back to the road. “Are you leaving or something?”


Her hands visibly relaxed on the steering wheel. “Good.”

He couldn’t help but smile, hearing the unmistakable relief in her one word. “Afraid you’d miss me?”

She shrugged. “You promised Matthew a year, and you just got here.” She met his gaze again. “So, why do you want to postpone?”

“I have to go to the New Year’s Eve Ball—”

She groaned. “Tell me you’re not asking me to go with you.”

Thank you Cate and Brian Beauman


About the author

Cate Beauman is the multi-award-winning, international bestselling author of The Bodyguards of L.A. County series and the Carter Island Novels. She is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense and contemporary stories.
Cate’s novels have been named Readers’ Favorite Five Star books and have won the Booksellers’ Best Award, Maggie Award for Excellence, the Holt Medallion Award, two-time Aspen Gold Medal, two-time Readers’ Favorite International Gold Medal, three-time Readers’ Favorite International Silver Medal, and the Readers’ Crown Award.

Cate makes her home in New Hampshire with her family and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack.


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