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    His to Protect

    I received a copy in exchange for an honest review I mostly enjoyed this one. It was quite a lot steamier than I am used to from this author. I especially liked the original setting and focus on the rescue work and the coast guard. This book deals with romance, but also with danger, loss and healing. There are some heartwarming and also some heart wrenching scenes. I liked Cassie and how she starts this mission to honor her dead brother and along the way found her path in life. Mark was interesting as well, but I didn’t like how pushy he seemed sometimes. He kept pushing Cassie away or trying to decide for her what she should do and I just wished he talked to her a bit more. The romance was hot and steamy, but I would’ve liked to see a bit more talking and getting to know each other. It felt like they were either having sex or arguing and I just never fully felt the romance because of that. All in all this was a great read and I am looking forward to the next book in this series as I think it will feature the rescue swimmer from this one and I am curious about his story.
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    Eerily life-like right now...

    To read this story while keeping an eye out for the real-life hurricane causing havoc and misery where ever it touched down made reading this book an unforgettable experience, the images of the tale fierce and vivid in my mind. I admire so much those people who are willing and able to put themselves in danger to help others, no matter what the cost. The struggle Mark had with the past events that were still echoing in the present time, gave the rescue personnel a very human side, showed the price they pay, and the sacrifices they make. Those rescue scenes in the tale had my heart pounding, the fight against the force of nature incredibly intense, every moment a matter of life or death, the extreme preciseness that needed in every move they made just left me breathless. Cassie and Mark's chemistry was strong and passionate. They connected on many levels, yet the conflict between them was something they had a little control of themselves. The constant life and death situations they work with has no room for fear or second thoughts, yet Mark can't imagine losing another person dear to him after the hell he had been through in the past year with guilt and self-doubt. It was interesting to see the hero to be the one with so much vulnerability, doubt, and fear while heroine soared and excelled. It worked for me in the beginning, and I wouldn't take any moment away from Cassie, with her success in her professional life and her personal development. But Mark's decisions guided by the fear got a strong reaction from me, it was something that I struggled with. I think the development of the relationship could have benefited from an epilogue, as the ending left me needing more. Two forces of nature - love and hurricane - showing their fiery, stormy, passionate essence, touching the lives of the characters, changing them for good, and leaving them thunderstruck. A marvelously fascinating tale, that came eerily close to reality as watching Matthew make its havoc ~ Four Spoons
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    They Helped Each Other Heal

    A steamy read that has moments that will pull at your heartstrings. Both Cassie and Mark are suffering the loss of Jeff and dealing with it in different ways. Cassie does a lot of growing and discovers herself while Mark has to come to a hard realization. Their relationship is rocky. Both of them have their own issues to deal with and they're not exactly on the same page in the beginning (I wanted to give them both a good shake at times). However, their attraction is undeniable. Their first meeting is full of flirty banter and both of them learn more and empathize more with one another as they spend time together. They helped each other heal. I have to admit my favorite part is the rescue mission. It's a fast-paced blast of action and both of them had to trust each other to do their part right and hold it together.
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    Coast Guard hottie!

    4 1/2 STARS! In Karen Rock’s latest, she takes us on a heart wrenching journey into the mind of a man who left a brother in arms behind, into the mind of a loved one receiving the news back home and having to pick up the pieces of a so-called life again, and into the hearts of all who were touched by a tragedy. Sad, eye opening and sexy all rolled into one! Really enjoyed the characters and look forwarding to reading more of Karen’s coast guard heroes! As a rescue pilot for the United States Coast Guard, Lt. Commander Mark Sampson has to make dangerous, split second decisions every day. He’s saved many lives, but the most recent one that he didn’t is tearing him apart. Nurse Cassie Rowe is looking for some closure and a way to move forward with a more meaningful life. She didn’t expect it to be on the same mission with the man her family holds responsible for her brother’s death though! She should hate him … but the passion they already shared makes for a lot of mixed emotions!
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    His to Protect

    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***
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