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Karen Whiddon

The Temptation of Dr. Colton

Karen Whiddon The Temptation Of Dr. Colton
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Series:

The Coltons of Oklahoma

Excerpt from book:

Despite the steady, light rain, Dr. Eric Colton plowed forward, chin up, his stride brisk. After a long, hot Oklahoma summer, any rain in August was a cause for celebration, though the slate-gray sky matched his mood. Walking home had become his own form of therapy, a way to clear his head after another exhilarating, stress-filled day as a trauma surgeon at Tulsa General Hospital.

The sound of tires squealing on slick pavement made him look back. A black Lincoln Town Car came barreling around the corner, engine revving. The light had just changed and a woman carrying a purple umbrella stepped into the crosswalk. The vehicle never slowed.

With his heart in his throat, he shouted a warning. Too late. As if in slow motion, he watched the car hit the woman, sending her into the air, umbrella and all. The Town Car kept going, taillights flashing red as it disappeared into the distance.

Eric ran, pulling out his cell phone and dialing 911. The woman lay in a crumpled heap on the pavement. He knelt and checked her pulse. Good. Since he knew better than to move her, he grabbed her umbrella and held it over her while he waited with her. As a small crowd gathered, he motioned them back. The same eerie calm he always experienced when he was working had settled over him, though adrenaline still pumped through his veins. Mentally, he assessed her possible injuries, already thinking ahead to types of treatment.

Siren sounding, lights flashing, an ambulance arrived. Still holding the purple umbrella, Eric identified himself as a doctor and explained what he'd witnessed. He watched as the EMTs used the scoop stretcher to get the woman up and he informed them he would be going to the hospital with her.

Once she'd been safely secured inside the ambulance, he climbed in, too. Though careful to stay in the background and not interfere, he kept a sharp eye on them as they worked on the woman. A bruise had begun to form on one high, exotic cheekbone. Even banged up, he could tell she was pretty, maybe even beautiful.

A few minutes later, they pulled up at the ER. While the EMTs got everything ready to bring the patient in, Eric took her small, delicate hand. To his shock, she opened her eyes—they were a startling light blue.

"Walter?" she asked, her husky voice weak. Before he could respond, she drifted back into unconsciousness.

Eric strode ahead, barking out orders, as they brought the woman in. Though his shift was over and Dr. Gina Patel was now on call, he wanted to be kept fully apprised of this patient's progress. He also figured the police would be around soon to question him, since he'd witnessed the entire thing, so he might as well hang around.

He stepped back and let the staff take care of the woman. When Dr. Patel came running around the corner, she stopped short at the sight of him.

"I thought you'd left."

"I had. But I saw someone get run over, so I came back with her."

Dr. Patel raised one brow. "I see. I imagine that's the patient they're paging me on."

"It is." He dragged his hand through his wet hair, surprised to see he still held the purple umbrella. "Please keep me apprised of her status."

"Will do." With a brusque nod, the other doctor hurried off.

As Eric had predicted, the police arrived shortly after. Since Eric's brother Ryan was an officer for the Tulsa PD, they recognized Eric's name. After Eric relayed everything he'd seen, which unfortunately didn't include the license plate on the Town Car, they thanked him and left.

"Dr. Colton, you should go home." Dr. Patel again, leaving the woman's room and stopping directly in front of him. "You look exhausted and clearly The Coltons of Oklahoma series continues…and for one Colton doctor, the prognosis is deadly… 

 

After a hit-and-run, all the frightened victim can remember is the handsome Dr. Eric Colton, who rescued her. She has no identity and no memory, other than the flash of a gunshot and a man's name. But she knows she's in grave danger. 

 

Eric can't explain his irresistible attraction to the mystery woman who, in hours, transforms him from workaholic surgeon to vigilant bodyguard. He can't let her out of his arms, not when danger stalks her. But why? What lies hidden in her mind? Eric doesn't know what she's forgotten, but he knows people will kill to ensure she never remembers…and it's up to him to stop them.


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