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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tasty Book Tours Presents: His To Protect by Karen Rock; #VirtualTour, #NowAvailable, #Giveaway, #Review


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

Uniformly Hot!
Karen Rock
Released Oct 1st, 2016
Harlequin Blaze
Rating:  4.5 Stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Tasty Book Tours, the publisher, and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

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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Just like the Blaze imprint implies, this is one hot read – good thing I haven’t put the fan away yet.  Some scenes may seem explicit but they are tame compared to a lot of other books out there and the author leaves plenty to the imagination.  Their situation was intense at times but Mark and Cassie had a hard time staying away from each other.

Our author shows how important the Coast Guard is.  But kudos also needs to go out to the Red Cross volunteers.  We see why these people become important to our country and sometimes they don’t get the thanks they deserve.  This story is not all about the good work that Mark and Cassie are trying to do.  There’s a personal tragedy that brought Mark and Cassie into each other’s space.  And how they come to connect and learn to let go because they finally come to understand about the sacrifice of one selfless person.

Before I knew it, the last page came and I was disappointed.  Not at the story Ms. Rock has created but because this trip is over.  You can get it read in just a couple of hours.  Something good about reading the first book in a series is that you know there’s more to come.  And once the series is done, I see a binge read in my future.

“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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  1. Thank you so much for hosting HIS TO PROTECT today and for your lovely review, Lynn! I'm so glad you liked the Coast Guard and the Red Cross characters. They embody what's great about our American heroes and it's great to bring them to life in this series :)

  2. Thank you for sharing your lovely review!


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