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    Awesome! Well written - A must read!

    BAD BOY RANCHER by Karen Rock is the third book in the Rocky Mountain Cowboys series. Even though it’s part of series, it can definitely be read as a standalone book. However, after reading it, if you haven’t read the other two in the series, you will be rushing to get your hands on them to see what you have missed. It’s that good! The series deals with the Cade’s and Loveland’s and their century old feud, how their paths keep crossing and even a little fence mending as feelings are laid out and misconceptions are cleared up. BAD BOY RANCHER centers round Justin Cade’s story. His bad boy appearance and his love of death defying danger is both attracting and scary at the same time. He keeps everyone, including his family, at a distance because he doesn’t feel he’s worth their love. After all, he is only one half of a whole – one of a set of twins – the other whose death he feels responsible for. Justin managed to literally run into former Army chaplain Brielle Thompson. Their attraction is almost immediate, but they both carry so much baggage from their past that makes them both leery of any sort of personal connection. Brielle was released with an honorable discharge from her military duties due to PTSD after serving in Afghanistan. She’s trying to adjust to civilian life and control her PTSD by moving to Carbondale to run Fresh Start, a facility to provide treatment for mental health and addiction problems where clients come for help and ways to find a second chance. It’s through her effort to help one of her clients that Brielle is finally able to share her problem to help another and possible start her road to recovery. It’s then that she fully realizes how much Justin means to her. But is she able to live with his taste for beating death adventures? At the same time, through finally reaching out to therapy, Justin realizes that he wants live again, that he didn’t die with his brother and he would want him to LIVE again. Not only does he want to live – he wants a life with Brielle that includes children and home, but he also wants to have adventures and see the world. The problem is can he have it all? Their common goal is to keep Fresh Start open and both work towards that goal. Can they work to convince the naysayers and haters to gain support for the place bring them both to facing their fears and ultimately to each other? Maybe succeeding in both! Along the way, Cole Loveland and Justin Cade find out they have more in common than they thought and fences seem to be coming down between the families old feud. Justin even shakes hands and give his blessing to a Loveland to seek out his Mom’s hand in marriage. BAD BOY RANCHER will pull at your heartstrings, make you laugh and definitely keep the pages turning. At the end of the book, you can’t wait for the next installment in the Cade-Loveland story wondering whose adventure you will read about next. I love the way the author brings to light the need for great places like Fresh Start that help real people deal with problems such as PTSD, eating disorders and other mental issues as well as all sorts of addictions like drugs and alcohol. They are not labels that society may want to stick on them but real people who need help and a second chance. I, also love the way the author gives us a continuing glimpse into the stories of the folks in the previous stories in this series keeping us up to speed with them as the big story continues to unfold. I highly recommend BAD BOY RANCHER to anyone that loves a totally awesome book, wants to feel the emotions that the characters in the book are feeling and likes a book with values and teaches us all how great life is with love and family in our lives!
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    Sweet & steamy with an entertaining plot

    Since this is my first experience with Karen Rock’s stories, let me just say I enjoyed it so much! I appreciate the way heavy topics like grief, addiction, and suicide are tempered with humorous, sassy banter and steamy (yet clean) romance and anchored by a subtle foundation of faith and forgiveness. Justin Cade’s struggle with self-worth and overwhelming grief in the years since his brother’s death is simply heartbreaking. Brielle Thompson’s no-nonsense approach to her clinic and patients is just what the doctor ordered for a broody, surly, daredevil like Justin. I definitely recommend this story to readers who enjoy a little more heat in their sweet romance and everyone who loves a good underdog or cowboy or adventurist hero and thoughtful storyline. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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    Not another saccrine love story

    The Rocky Mountain Cowboys series by Karen Rock is not a saccharine sweet series. You may not fall instantly in love with her characters, instead, like in real life you begin to appreciate them for who they truly are. This is true of Bad Boy Rancher. Neither Justin Cade nor Brielle Thompson is perfect, they have pasts that they are not proud of and instead of meeting them head on, they are both hiding from their pasts. At times I found myself disliking the acts of one of the characters and wondering why it was written that way. But, then I realized that just like everyone else they had struggles, some of which I was not aware of at the time. In the end though, this book is filled with loss, family, love and most importantly hope. Hope that those that are struggling with something can find that one person, place or thing that will allow them to find the courage and strength within themselves to reach out and find the help that they need to be whole once more.

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