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HIS KIND OF COWGIRL
Releasing March 1st, 2016
Would he still love her…if he knew?
Tanner Hayes smashed Claire's life to pieces when he chose the rodeo over her ten years ago. And now he'd wrecked her truck! Fantastic. She'd lost her husband, the family ranch was mired in debt, her father was recuperating from a stroke and her son was being bullied. Why not throw a reckless bull rider into the mix?
All she'd wanted was a safe, stable life. But with Tanner back in town—and staying on her ranch—nothing was safe, or under control. Not the feelings she'd fought so hard to forget. Not the son she was determined to protect. And certainly not her long-held secret…
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Everything happened at once and in slow motion.
A crushing jolt shuddered through the truck. Her wheels skidded sideways. She smacked against the window when her pickup rolled down an embankment, as if punched by something large and lethal. Glass rained deadly sharp. The earth tumbled around her, her truck in spin cycle. When a massive tree loomed, the Chevy slammed into it then stilled.
Winded and stunned, she hung upside-down in her lap belt, blood, metallic and warm, on her tongue, a rushing sound whistling in her ears. Her heartbeat changed and grew slow and rolling in darkness. Something hurt, a long way away. Then nothing.
“Ma’am. Ma’am. Are you all right?” A man’s voice shouted, rousing her. She tried turning her head but pain held it in place. When she opened her mouth, silent panic flew out.
“Hold on. I’m getting you out of there.”
Acrid smoke pierced her consciousness. She closed her eyes against the billowing grit.
This wasn’t happening. It was a dream. No. A nightmare.
A tugging motion jerked her right and left, followed by a ripping sound. Large hands halted her sudden fall.
Her rescuer cradled her against his chest, his breaths heaving beneath her ear. After carrying her some distance, he lowered her slowly to the ground. Grass scraped against her stinging cheeks and she opened her eyes.
“What?” she croaked, then swiped at the trickle leaking from her mouth. A man wearing a cowboy hat hunched over her, his features blurred.
“You’ve been in an accident. We have. Our trucks collided in the intersection.”
“My truck!” She bolted upright and clutched the swirling ground.
An arm snaked around her back and eased her down. “I called the dispatcher. The fire department’s on the way.”
A wail sounded in the distance and Claire wanted to shriek with it.
Her special day. Her anniversary. Ruined. No. Demolished by this…this…
She squinted upward and focused. A dark swirl of hair brushed across the tall man’s forehead; a light scar zigzagged down his square jaw. Recognition zapped through her.
It couldn’t be…
“Hello, Claire.” His mouth went up, just a fraction—the same ready-for-anything smile that had once undone her.
She closed her eyes, heart thudding. Ten years since she’d vowed never to see him again…and now here he stood, two for two in wrecking her life.
This Book Nerd Says:
Since I am familiar with Karen Rock's previous books I was pretty sure I knew what I was walking into when I started His Kind Of Cowgirl. For those of you who may be considering this book as your introduction this author, please allow me to lay a bit of ground work. Karen Rock has become synonymous with sweet, pull you in by the heartstrings type of love stories. The romance is there, but if you're not a fan of the sexy times, no worries because Rock keeps her stories clean.
So back to the latest release, His Kind Of Cowgirl.... does it live up to the reputation I've come to lay upon any book with Karen Rock's name on the cover?
His Kind Of Cowgirl is a second chance type love story that caught me by surprise. From the synopsis I kind of assumed how the story was going to develop but as soon as I began reading I was surprised by a very unexpected element (that will remain unsaid).
This element was very important to me as a reader because it helped me understand Claire's character. There were many times when Claire frustrated me but then I had to remember everything she had gone through... things that were still very much affecting why she reacted as such kept me from struggling with her likeability. She had to be strong for those around her even when her heart was weak and healing from the heartbreak in her past. So yes, her protective nature of her family and her life may have sometimes came out the wrong way but her heart was full of only the best of intentions for the those she loved and that was the true mark of her character.
Even so, Tanner steals the show in this story. I couldn't resist the sweetheart charm of the cowboy rodeo star. So from the beginning I have to admit I was Team Tanner. He was very much aware of his past mistakes and the maturity of his actions and attitude still reflect the grown up contemporary romance genre. Throughout the story I very much enjoyed all the interactions he has with Jonathan especially - insert the heartwarming here - and they became my most favorite part of this story.
Overall I really enjoyed this read and have rated it at 4 STARS!
Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary romance author. She holds a master's degree in English and was an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time writer. Currently she writes for Harlequin Blaze and Harlequin Heartwarming. Her novel, A LEAGUE OF HER OWN, won the 2015 National Excellence in Romance Fiction award in contemporary romance series and the 2015 Bookseller's Best award for contemporary romance, long.
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