Sunday, February 5, 2017

A Cowboy to Keep by Karen Rock {Blog Tour Spotlight and Giveaway}

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

A Cowboy to Keep
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
February 7th 2017 by Harlequin

Can't stop running from the past

Dani Crawford has a secret…and if bounty hunter Jackson Cade finds out, he could ruin everything. The scarred yet handsome cowboy has tracked a dangerous criminal to the dude ranch Dani manages, and to get rid of Jack she'll have to help him catch his man. But the closer they get to cornering their quarry the more Dani wants Jack to stay. Spending time with him is making her long for things she can never have thanks to a past mistake. And if the truth comes out she may be spending her future behind bars rather than safe in her cowboy's arms…


Jack rolled his eyes skyward and his chest rose and fell. “Ma’am. I have no quarrel with you. Let me have my gun and I’ll be on my way.”
Dani blew out a breath. “Kick it over here.” He did, and the Glock skidded to a stop at her feet. “Don’t move unless you want your head blown off.” At his nod, she snatched it up and straightened, her rifle still trained on the trespasser. “I could shoot you. It’s the law.”
“But you won’t.” He lowered his arms and crossed them.
There was a breathtaking silence as that sank in. Her mind raced wild along its trail.
“How do you know?”
“You ever shoot a man?”
Heat crept up her neck. She willed herself not to turn red like she always had, growing up, when caught out. “Have you?” she challenged, and lifted her chin. Tried looking tough. Lord, she hoped she looked tough.
He gazed at her steadily, and she clamped her teeth together. Swallowed hard.
He sauntered closer and she stared, mesmerized, the way a hare does when cornered by a western rattler. With a small push, he nudged her rifle barrel down. She breathed in the pure male scent of him. Not so much unwashed as worked hard. It made her nostrils flare. Her palms began to sweat. He wasn’t a man to tangle with.
“I want my gun.”
His words snapped her out of her trance and she backed up a few steps. Her mind turned in circles. She was fooling herself to think she had the upper hand here. Time to level the playing field. She tucked her rifle under her arm, pulled back the Glock’s slide to remove the chambered round, yanked out its magazine and tossed the empty gun back.
He caught it neatly with one hand. “Thank you, ma’am. I’ll see myself out.”
“I’ll be right behind you.”
His eyes gleamed. “And here I was, thinking you didn’t like me,” he said, and there was the corner of a grin there, bitten back as he holstered his gun.
Arrogant bastard. “I like your back. Intend to watch it as you go.”
His low chuckle made her flush again and then he strode away without a backward glance.
Bad boys.
She’d more than had her fill of them and wouldn’t let another occupy her thoughts. Not when the last one nearly destroyed her life. Not when, with her recent promotion to stable manager, she’d finally achieved the security that’d let her put her past behind for good.
The stranger’s striking face returned to her as she returned to her room and slipped under the covers. She punched her pillow. Hopefully she’d never see him again.
She wasn’t so sure her resolve would be up to the test.

About the Author

In a quest to provide her ELA students with quality reading material, educator Karen Rock read everything out there and couldn't wait to add her voice to the genre. In addition to her work as a Young Adult romance novelist, she's now an author for Harlequin's Heartwarming line and thrilled to pen stories that moms can share with their teenage daughters. She's loved Harlequin books since she spent summers going through her grandmother's Presents books that she passed along in paper grocery bags each year. As half of the writing duo J.K. Rock, Karen also pens young adult romance. When she's not busy writing, Karen enjoys scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother's family recipes, reinventing her gardens to suit her moods and occasionally rescuing local wildlife from neighborhood cats. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, her very appreciated beta-reader daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels, who have yet to understand the concept of "fetch" though they know a lot about love. For more information about Karen's upcoming books, check out her website.

Tour Giveaway

- 1 winner will win the above Prize Pack: 7 Paperbacks & a $50 Amazon Gift Card (US only)
- 1 winner will their choice of an ebook of one of Karen's backlisted titles (open internationally)
- Ends February 14th

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  1. Very fitting cover for the title! I'd love to read this!

    1. It's a great cover and it really is perfect for the title.

  2. Thanks, Janet! I love the cover, too :)

  3. Thanks so much for hosting me today, Katie- and for your lovely, 5 star review <3

  4. Love the cover, reviews make me anxious to read it and I can't wait to et my hands on my copy. :) Awesome chance to win a little library as well as the gift card too. Thanks for the chance!

    1. I hope you get your hands on it soon, Kay! Isn't it a great prize?

  5. I have loved reading these books forever. This is a great review, and I can't wait to read the rest. Great job, great authors.

    1. These are great books and I hope you have a chance to read it soon!

  6. I'm looking forward to reading it!!

  7. love the excerpt. Jack and Dani sound like a lot of fun.

    1. This is a great excerpt for these fun characters! I love their interactions.

  8. Love the cover and the book sounds really good.

    1. I hope you get a chance to read it! It really is a fun story with a perfect cover.

  9. The book sounds interesting, and I like the excerpt.

    1. Thanks for stopping by to check out this amazing book!

  10. Replies
    1. It IS great! I hope you get a chance to read it.

  11. Really nice! What a great prize pack!