Virtual Tour & Review Stop: His To Protect by Karen Rock + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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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While the crowd responded to the DJ’s provocation, Mark flipped his hand so he was holding Cassie’s.

“So what’s that last category?” he pressed.

He squinted at her until her cheeks pinked and she squirmed. He wanted to haul her out of the bar and back to his room, where he could lose himself in that incredible body and mind-numbing sex.

But even if he was the type for casual hookups, something about her didn’t speak of one-night stands… despite her flirting. Maybe it was the pain tucked in the corners of her laughing eyes, the way her smiles slid off her face too fast, as if they rarely stuck. He was having a tough time reading her.

“It’s one I’m not prepared to judge just yet.” Her words were breathless.
He could feel the thrum of her pulse where he held her hand, the pace a rapid tattoo of nerves or excitement. Or something more.

“Now I’m even more curious.” He slid a thumb along the heart of her palm and imagined himself touching other parts of her that same way. With slow, lazy circles. “You can at least tell me what you would be critiquing.”

Her blues met and held his. No innocence there now. Only heat and daring.

“Sexual prowess.” She drew out the words like a long caress.

His whole body hardened like new-forged steel and just as hot.

They stared at each other across the table, the noisy world of the bar full of lap dancers not even a blip on his radar. He breathed in when Cassie exhaled, their shared air as hot as any kiss he’d ever tasted.
“You ready to cut out of here?” he asked, his voice low and his restraint disappearing.

He wanted nothing more than to drive her wild and fill her head with enough sexy dreams to satisfy her for the rest of the night. He tossed bills on the table, never taking his eyes off her.

She squeezed his hand. “I thought you’d never ask.”

HIS TO PROTECT was an exciting and brutally emotional read! 

Mark and Cassie are both dealing with a lot of emotions surrounding a devastating tragedy that has affected them both in many ways. Watching them both work through their feelings and their grief was heartbreaking. 

There was so much going on in this story! Mark is a sexy pilot for the Coast Guard but has been grounded for close to a year because of the death of a teammate Mark feels responsible for. Cassie is a self-preserved nurse who’s stayed safely tucked away in her small hometown back in Idaho. After her brother’s tragic passing, she decides to take his advice, to get out there in the world and make life count. To honor her brother’s memory, she signs up to be a volunteer with the Red Cross and join a team of the U.S. Coast Guard being deployed to assist in hurricane relief. The night before she ships out, she meets a tall, dark and unbelievably sexy man and decides to enjoy life—and many other things—with this gorgeous wall of muscle.

Unbeknownst to Cassie, her one-night-stand turns out to be a pilot of the Coast Guard helicopter she’s getting ready to board. And the one man responsible for her brother’s death.  Mark is dumbfounded as well. He can’t believe the woman occupying his thoughts is the one woman he needs to stay far away from. 

As the story continues, Mark and Cassie find it difficult to stay away from each other. Cassie wants answers as to what happened with her brother. Mark is trying to put this tragedy in the past, but seeing Cassie every day is not making it easy. To top it all off, the pair are trying very hard to fight their steamy chemistry and growing feelings. This could end two ways and none of them ideal. Can Mark and Cassie overcome the past to embrace this chance for something great, or will guilt and anger do irreparable damage to their lives…and their hearts?

I really enjoyed the book! Mark and Cassie’s story was pulling hard on the heartstrings, but it was awesome to experience their journey. What I really liked was learning about the Coast Guard. Most romances don’t feature this mostly overlooked branch of the military and I was so glad to see Karen Rock give it the spotlight and respect it deserves!

HIS TO PROTECT is the complete package. Danger, excitement, suspense, romance, passion and most of all, love!

I want to thank the author for generously offering me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

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. Thanks so much for having me on Ever After Book Reviews and for your beautiful review of His to Protect, Elizabeth! When I conceived of this series, I knew I wanted to do Sea and Air Rescuers, but was torn between the Navy (my dad is a Navy man) and the USCG and decided on the Coast Guard for the reasons that you gave. These somewhat unsung heroes make sure a big difference in our lives and I wanted to give them the spotlight. So glad you love it :)

    1. You are so very welcome! Thank you for the kind words! I'm so glad you are writing about the unsung heroes! Personally, I think they make the BEST heroes! Please stop by anytime!

  2. Fabulous review! Thank you so much for sharing!