Archives for October 6, 2016

** Book Review ** STEELE RIDGE: THE BEGINNING by Kelsey Browning / Tracey Devlyn / Adrienne Giordano



A prequel novella to introduce us to a new series by authors Kelsey Browning, Tracey Devlyn, and Adrienne Giordano centering around The Steele Brothers from Canyon Ridge, North Carolina.

We meet the 4 brothers, Grif, Reid, Britt and Jonah who are all together discussing the problems in their hometown.  We briefly see some of them catching the eye of a women … Grif with Carlie Beth, Reid with Brynne and Britt with Miranda.

The series promises to bring more of these studly brothers, the women who have caught their eye, and the secrets they are hiding!

Great teaser to what’s to come!

** Book Review ** ALL HE WANTS by Melanie Shawn



A steamy friends to lovers romance leads us on a foray into the boxing world when “The Big Bad Wolf” comes back to town!

When publicist Maxi Rizzo realizes she has a stalker, the independent tough girl is irritated about it.  She’s kept it hidden from those around her, but this time they’ve gone too far and her secret is out and people are freaking out.  She is fine with a security system, but she’s drawing the line at a bodyguard … especially when she sees who it is!

Billy Marshall has known Maxi since she was a kid.  He grew up working and training with her dad at his boxing gym.  He went on to make it big, and retired at the top of his game.  He’s been content with his job at Elite Security, but something has been missing lately.  When he’s sent to work with Maxi, he discovers what that was!

Will Billy be able to keep her safe while they figure out who’s been stalking her and why?  And when they let their guard down and actually admit their feelings, will there be a happily ever after in the picture for the two of them?

ARC received via the Author

** Blog Tour / Book Review ** HIS TO PROTECT by Karen Rock


4 1/2 STARS!

In Karen Rock’s latest, she takes us on a heart wrenching journey into the mind of a man who left a brother in arms behind, into the mind of a loved one receiving the news back home and having to pick up the pieces of a so-called life again, and into the hearts of all who were touched by a tragedy.  Sad, eye opening and sexy all rolled into one!  Really enjoyed the characters and look forwarding to reading more of Karen’s coast guard heroes!

As a rescue pilot for the United States Coast Guard, Lt. Commander Mark Sampson has to make dangerous, split second decisions every day.  He’s saved many lives, but the most recent one that he didn’t is tearing him apart.

Nurse Cassie Rowe is looking for some closure and a way to move forward with a more meaningful life.  She didn’t expect it to be on the same mission with the man her family holds responsible for her brother’s death though!  She should hate him … but the passion they already shared makes for a lot of mixed emotions!

ARC received via Tasty Book Tours




His to Protect
Uniformly Hot!
By: Karen Rock

Releasing October 1, 2016
Harlequin Blaze



Subject: Lt. Commander Mark Sampson

Mission: Keep his eyes on the skies…despite one sexy distraction!

There are things a man can never undo. For Coast Guard search and rescue pilot Mark Sampson, it was the agonizing decision that cost him a teammate—and his faith in himself. But an unbelievably sexy blonde on a secluded beach may help him forget…if only for a night.
Cassie Rowe needed a distraction—and, boy, did she get one! How was she to know the brooding stranger who rocked her world was the pilot who’d left her brother to die? And now they’re on the same mission. She should hate him. But she can’t fight the storm of desire threatening to pull them under…


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“Abandon ship! Abandon ship!” Dylan hollered as the boat shuddered and lifted before crashing smack down on its side.

Cassie leaped into the whirling water and kicked hard against the sucking drag, her life preserver no match for the powerful force. Coughing and spitting out salt water, she flailed, trying to keep her head above the enraged ocean intent on swallowing everything. Including her.

Dylan reached her, cradled her head in his arm and began kicking them backward, hard, keeping her mouth above water. When she looked skyward, she didn’t spot the Jayhawk and her heart seized.

Had they lost them?

Would she and Dylan drown?

“Keep kicking!” urged Dylan and she put her shaking muscles into it. The injured swimmer wasn’t giving in and neither would she.

Several seconds, minutes, hours seemed to pass— she’d lost count—as she and Dylan battled the waves before, miraculously, a rescue strop dropped directly in front of them.

In a flash, Dylan had them hooked. Air whistled around her as they swung toward the helicopter. Larry snatched them into the cabin the moment her toes grazed the side of the aircraft.

The cabin door slammed shut. She blinked at the crying, shaking and staring survivors and her thoughts tumbled. A deep shudder started in her gut and rattled her to her toes. She pressed her hand against the Jayhawk’s side, not trusting that she really was out of the water and here.


When she caught sight of her v-fib patient, she crouch-walked to his side as the helicopter wheeled then sped. What a relief to see the IV still attached to the litter.

She checked his vitals and tourniquet.

Stable. Critical, but stable. Hopefully enough to get to the airport then medevac to a major hospital.

A life saved. One for her and how many more for these extraordinary men? She looked around the cabin, deeply impressed as Dylan shrugged off any fussing over his dangling arm and began checking passengers alongside her.

“Swimmers.” Larry rolled his eyes at Dylan. “Crazy sons of bitches.”

“Or looking for some shirt candy,” put in Rob with a sheepish glance behind him.

“It’s an Air Medal for sure. You, too, Cassie, if you were in the Coast Guard.” Dylan’s cocky grin was firmly back in place.

Her gaze swerved to the cockpit and a spark, like the shock off an electric fence, went through her as she met Mark’s eyes. They stared at each other for a moment before he turned back, but the glimpse of his anguished expression tormented her. Made her want to reassure him she was fine. Not scared after all, she suddenly realized. She’d been so intent on her job, so focused on her survival, that she hadn’t been meek at all.

The change swept through her skin, whirling in the vast spaces between her atoms, reconfiguring her into someone else—or perhaps, as Jeff had pointed out, the person she was meant to be all along.





Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet and spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of both YA and adult contemporary books writes red-hot novels for Harlequin Blaze and small-town romances for Harlequin Heartwarming. A strong believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers with a smile.

She enjoys returning to her teaching roots when speaking at regional and national writing conferences and interacting with other writers. She has a Master of Fine Arts in English and has continued to learn and grow professionally through her work with YA co-author, fellow romance author, friend and sister-in-law, Joanne Rock.

When she’s not writing, Karen is an avid reader who’s typically immersed in three different books at a time, all in different genres. She also loves cooking her grandmother’s Italian recipes, baking, Christmas (no need to specify—she loves every bit of it), and having the Adirondack Park wilderness as her backyard, where she lives with her husband, daughter, dog and cat who keep her life interesting and complete..


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