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…
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.
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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