Monday, April 2, 2018

Review (+Tour GIVEAWAY): Bad Boy Rancher by Karen Rock

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #3)
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
April 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He’s not the only one who needs saving…

But maybe they can save each other?

Dark, brooding, dangerous…and possibly suicidal. Renegade rancher Justin Cade was exactly the kind of man former army chaplain Brielle Thompson needed to avoid after escaping the horrors of Afghanistan with an honorable discharge—and PTSD. The whole point of moving to the remote Rocky Mountains of Colorado was to leave the darkness behind, not fall back into it. But falling she is…

Other Books in the Series

Christmas at Cade Ranch
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #1)
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
November 7th 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The Christmas they never had.

James Cade has one priority: keep the family ranch running smoothly in the wake of his younger brother's death. With Jesse's ex, Sofia Gallardo, and her young son, Javi, stranded at Cade Ranch over Christmas, this task just got a lot harder. The longer Sofia and Javi stay, the harder it is to imagine the ranch without them. James couldn't save his brother from his inner demons, but he can give his nephew a secure future. Maybe more—if he can figure out how to trust Sofia, and stop feeling like he's betraying Jesse. Because trying to stop thinking about beautiful, determined Sofia is impossible.

Falling for a Cowboy
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #2)
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Doesn’t he get that she’s blind?

Barrel racer Amberley James wants to join the premier rodeo circuit more than anything, but she faces the ultimate hurdle when she loses her eyesight to a rare genetic condition. All she’d ever wanted seems out of reach. Giving up is the only option…until her best friend and local hero Jared Cade steps in. The last thing she wants is Jared’s help. But his persistence at encouraging her to get back in the saddle is ridiculously annoying. And undeniably inspiring…

My Thoughts

I fell in love with this series with the first book, Christmas at Cade Ranch, and the stories just keep getting better, maybe because I’m crazy about this family and look forward to each return visit. The issues this story touches on are relevant and real - addiction, PTSD, survivor guilt. I won’t say that Bad Boy Rancher is my favorite (because they're all great), but I’ve definitely been eager for the troubled Justin’s story – and it is all that I expected and more.

The complexity and depth is so surprising, definitely not your typical romance. The long-standing Cade/Loveland feud continues, but with barriers gradually coming down in a moving way. Brielle’s Fresh Start rehabilitation center is the foundation of this story, both from its outreach to those in need, as well as Justin and Brielle themselves. Add into the mix a community fearful of the center’s residents, and you have a rich and poignant story.

I knew that with his low sense of self-worth and death-defying adventures, Justin’s story would be powerful, but so is that of Brielle, with all that she witnessed in Kandahar and the guilt she secretly carries. Their chemistry is palpable, but there’s so much more to their relationship. Bad Boy Rancher is a moving and highly entertaining story in every way.

Highly recommended.

I received a copy of this book through Prism Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

About the Author

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 sexy suspense novels and small-town romances for Harlequin and Kensington publishing. A strong believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers with a smile. 

When she’s not writing, Karen is an avid reader who also loves cooking her grandmother’s Italian recipes, baking 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. 

Learn more about her at or follow her on twitter at

Tour Giveaway

- 1 winner will receive print copies of CHRISTMAS AT CADE RANCH and FALLING FOR A COWBOY by Karen Rock, WISHES AT FIRST LIGHT by Joanne Rock, A SKY FULL OF STARS by Samantha Chase, WHAT IT TAKES by Shanon Stacey, and FAMILY TREE by Susan Wiggs (US only)
- 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally)
- Ends April 11th

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  1. Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the book description, review and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters the ones I know they would enjoy reading and they both love to read. Thank you!

  2. Great review! It makes me want to read this series!

  3. I like how the cowboy on the cover is pointing at the reader


  4. Thanks so much for your beautiful review and kindly hosting me today! 😊💗

  5. The cover is defenetly HOT! Id love me a real cowboy!

  6. This sounds so good! I just added the series to my to-read list.

  7. The review makes me want to read it.