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Karen Rock
Releasing March 1st, 2016
Harlequin: Heartwarming
Would he still love her…if he knew?

Tanner Hayes smashed Claire’s life to pieces when he chose the rodeo over her ten years ago. And now he’d wrecked her truck! Fantastic. She’d lost her husband, the family ranch was mired in debt, her father was recuperating from a stroke and her son was being bullied. Why not throw a reckless bull rider into the mix?
All she’d wanted was a safe, stable life. But with Tanner back in town—and staying on her ranch—nothing was safe, or under control. Not the feelings she’d fought so hard to forget. Not the son she was determined to protect. And certainly not her long-held secret…
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

You all know I’m a sucker for second chance romance. When I read the blurb for this book, I just knew I had to read it. I always get hooked when it comes to bad breakups and secret pregnancies. All in all, this wasn’t a bad book. I actually couldn’t stop reading it as soon as I started. However, I also have to say that the characters have both been frustrating at times, especially the heroine.

The heroine married her childhood sweetheart because the love of her life chose to oursue rodeo instead of staying home as she wanted him do. Her ultimatum, making him choose her or rodeo, ended up badly when he chose the rodeo and left. So she ended up marrying her best friend who was more than willing to stand as the baby’s father. I have nothing against that. I am glad that such a man still exists. My problem is the heroine’s ultimatum-giving, secret-keeping, grudge-holding attitude.

I guess in a way, I have things to take away from this book. First, that huge, life-altering secrets should never be kept from the person involved, especially if it concerns or affects them in a major way. Second, ultimatums never end well. If you are arrogant enough to give an ultimatum, you should be strong enough to face the loss when things don’t go your way. I liked this book because of the hero. I think he was the only decent thing in the whole story.





Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary romance author. She holds a master’s degree in English and was an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time writer. Currently she writes for Harlequin Blaze and Harlequin Heartwarming. Her novel, A LEAGUE OF HER OWN, won the 2015 National Excellence in Romance Fiction award in contemporary romance series and the 2015 Bookseller’s Best award for contemporary romance, long.


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