Thursday, December 7, 2017

Read an #Excerpt from Noah by Cristin Harber

(7 Brides for 7 Soldiers #6)
by Cristin Harber
Published December 5th 2017 by Mill Creek Press
Navy SEAL Noah Coleman knows how to do two things well: underwater demolition and hand-to-hand combat. So renewing his enlistment is a no-brainer until he receives a message about his cousin’s aggressive terminal cancer. A quick trip home confirms the worst, which means his niece Bella will become his responsibility.

Elementary school guidance counselor Teagan Shaw has known Bella since her son announced the two were best friends. The shy little girl is also on Teagan’s radar because of Bella’s early signs of gifted aptitude. But Teagan is more concerned about the military man thrust into the role of single parent.

While Noah adjusts to civilian life and Eagle’s Ridge, he and Teagan begin forging a friendship. But Teagan has a secret, a shadowy figure from her past who is intent on returning to torment her. 


He leaned against the counter. “I can see why you’re careful.”

Careful… Very. Except with Noah. She’d told him more about herself than she’d told anyone. Teagan bit her lip. “About earlier, and every time today that I’ve stuck my foot in my mouth. I didn’t know you, but I know Lainey wouldn’t have put Bella in a bad situation.”

“You can stop explaining any time, Teagan.”

She dropped her head then looked back at him. “Okay, it was all for Bella’s best interest. More than mine, whatever defensive walls I may have.”

The corner of his soft brown eyes tightened. “You wouldn’t be half the woman you are if you didn’t protect those kids.”

It wasn’t just his compliment but how he said it. Earnest and soft. Thoughtful, as if each word cast a net around her, pulling her closer to hear more. “Thanks.”

“And, I can scale any wall.” There wasn’t a hint of innocence behind that SEAL’s smile. “Now that I know the history behind it? Doesn’t worry me at all.”

The air in the kitchen thinned. He stood, rugged and charming, laying on the line far more than she understood, and he was forward. Aggressive and charming, unlike Spence, who was just a charmer. But forward how? Noah hadn’t said a thing. Hadn’t made a move. She couldn’t breathe as fireworks threatened to ignite the air around them, and Noah hadn’t even hugged her. Not so much as a kiss, and nowhere near an inappropriate suggestion.

“You know the right things to say.” A fever thundered under her skin.

His face searched hers. “How so?”

“I’m not sure. But…” They were two grown adults in the midst of a full-fledged moment where her breaths didn’t feel deep enough and her mind swam in warm circles. “I really like talking to you.”


Did his skin feel hot like hers? Would his fingers grip her as tightly as his eyes promised he might hold her? She stepped closer, her hair falling across her face, and he didn’t move. His jaw tensed. His shoulders shifted back as his nostrils flared with a deep inhale.

7 Brides for 7 Soldiers Series

Cristin Harber
Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller. 

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