Excerpt Tour: Sanctuary on Victoria Island

I’m happy to welcome Wild Rose Press author Karen Andover. Today, Karen shares her new release, Sanctuary on Victoria Island.


Victoria Island is an idyllic place to live and work. Or so Emma Rutledge had always thought. Working for her family’s property company, she enjoys professional success. But her personal life is more complicated. She struggles to move past her childhood infatuation with Donovan, her brother’s best friend, and to cope with his callous rejection of her feelings.

But things are not always as they seem on the picturesque island. The sunny and peaceful haven conceals dangerous secrets. When Emma unexpectedly stumbles across the darker side of life, her life is threatened.

Donovan Evans is leaving the military after fifteen years and returning home to Victoria Island. He is ready to start the next chapter of his life with a different job and the hope for a new relationship. But old hurts frustrate his plan. And unforeseen violence transforms his priorities. Suddenly Emma and Donovan have more at stake than getting past their troubled history. They must work together to say alive.


It’s always been you. I’m sorry I waited so long to tell you.” He swallowed the lump in his throat. “I realize now that it wasn’t only my decision. I should have been more honest with you a long time ago.”

“Yes, you should have.” Adrenaline rushed through her body. “Now that you’ve decided you’re ready for a relationship, I’m supposed to drop everything?” Her nostrils flared. Raw pain, long buried, seeped to the surface. She struggled to contain the tremors in her hand as she set her wine glass down. A pained expression crossed his face, and he swallowed his frustration. “No. I don’t expect anything.” He scrubbed a hand over his face. “But I can hope. My hope is that you want to explore this thing between us as much as I want to.” He paused. “I’m sorry, Emma. I’m truly sorry.”

Clearly upset, she looked away, her chin trembling and her vision blurring. “I’m sorry.” She swallowed. “I just can’t deal with this right now, Donovan. It’s just too much at the moment.”

“I understand.” Donovan’s lips pressed together.

“Can I ask just one thing?”

“I guess so.” She stared at an object over his shoulder.

His chest tightened. “Please don’t close the door on us.” He reached out to touch her hand but pulled back.

“Just think about it.” He paused before continuing. “Promise me you’ll think about it.”

After a moment, she nodded. “I’ll give it some consideration, Donovan. But no promises.”

His mouth turned up slightly at the corners. She wasn’t shutting him out. “That’s all I ask.”

Author Bio and Links

Karen Andover is an author of romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and science fiction. Karen lives an idyllic island life and her goal is to share her happy place with readers one book at a time. She lives in Florida with her family and rescue pup.

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Karen Andover will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour. Find out more here.

Follow Karen on the rest of her Goddess Fish tour here.


14 responses to “Excerpt Tour: Sanctuary on Victoria Island

  1. Karen Andover is a new author to me, but I want to thank this blog for the introduction. I look forward to reading this book.

  2. I love the cover, synopsis and excerpt, Sanctuary on Victoria Island sounds like a thrilling read and I am looking forward to it. Thank you for sharing your bio and book details and for offering a giveaway

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