Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Cowboy’s Pride by Karen Rock

Posted September 4, 2018 by meezcarrie in contemporary, giveaway, Karen Rock, romance / 33 Comments

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about the book

SERIES: Rocky Mountain Cowboys #4
GENRE: Contemporary ‘Clean’ Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2018
PAGES: 368

Old wounds run deep

Only the truth can heal them…

Rancher Cole Loveland has no interest in dredging up the past, but his ex-fiancée, Katlynn Brennon, has other plans. To save her struggling TV show, she’s come back to Colorado to investigate the infamous Cade-Loveland feud.

Trusting Katlynn again isn’t easy—she’s already chosen her career over Cole once. But he’s beginning to realize that true love, like legends, never dies.

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I am head over heels for this Rocky Mountain Cowboys series from Karen Rock. The characters. The covers. The setting. The plots. THE KISSES. Blissful sigh.

One of the most intriguing parts of this series for me has been the longstanding feud between the Cades and the Lovelands, a feud made even more complicated by the fact that the Loveland patriarch and the Cade matriarch are about to tie the knot in a very romantic second chance at love. I love Boyd and Joy – although I’d like to knock their heads together a little bit whenever hurt pride sends them back to their own corners for a spell. They are so sweet together, and boy howdy do they have their hands full with the passel of adult children between them – adult children, incidentally, who do not share their respective parent’s warm fuzzy feelings toward the other clan.

In A Cowboy’s Pride, we switch focus from the Cade family (who heretofore have been the protagonists) to the Lovelands – specifically oldest son Cole and his ‘one that got away’, Katlynn. Not only do these two have sizzling chemistry, even after several years apart, but they are smooching each other from the backdrop of a historical mystery that Katlynn is digging up for her documentary TV series. I LOVE THIS!! I love the research aspect of historical mysteries, the search for long-overlooked clues, and the anticipation that builds as the truth gets closer. Rock does a fabulous job with this plot thread, and I love how it all came together.

I also loved Cole and Katie-Lynn together – and the sizzling chemistry I mentioned above. ‘Clean with steam’ is a great way to describe Rock’s Harlequin Heartwarming series. Talk about some swoony kisses! WHEW! Katie-Lynn’s character is one many women can relate to in this image conscious culture, even if we don’t have the added pressure of being on television. Her frank thoughts on the discomfort that goes into creating the facade of perfection – the cosmetic procedures, the shapewear, and other alterations in appearance – is very refreshing… as is the way Cole loves her best when she’s abandoned the ‘Katlynn’ pretense to be more like the Katie-Lynn he almost married. It’s also interesting that, while their feelings for each other haven’t changed, the reasons they didn’t work out the first time haven’t really changed either. This creates some tricky paths for the two to navigate as they weigh the very valid reasons against the very strong feelings, adding authenticity and layers to their story.

Bottom Line: If you haven’t yet met the Cades and the Lovelands, now’s a great time to catch up! This is a series that must not be missed by any fans of swoony kisses, rugged cowboys, and strong heroines. The separate plot threads each are fully dimensional yet they are also seamlessly woven together to create a story you won’t want to put down. I can’t wait to spend more time with this feuding clan of cowboys (and a couple of cowgirls) and see where Rock takes them next!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 4-5 / Read this from the safety of your freezer

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about the author

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 sexy suspense novels and small-town romances for Harlequin and Kensington publishing. A strong believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers with a smile. When she’s not writing, Karen is an avid reader who also loves cooking her grandmother’s Italian recipes, baking 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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33 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Cowboy’s Pride by Karen Rock

  1. I’m thrilled you loved it, Carrie! This one was tricky to write because I had three romances in one… from multiple generations… so it feels great to hear such positive words about it <3 Thank you for reviewing and being part of my blog tour 🙂

  2. Kay Garrett

    Wholeheartedly agree with you about the Rocky Mountain Cowboys series by Karen Rock. I’ve loved this series from the get go and can’t wait for the opportunity to read this one as well. Anxious to read about the feud from the other side and learn more about their family history. Karen has a way of telling a story that although leaves you happy at the of each book leaves you wanting more and full of excitement for when the next installment in the series is to come out.

    Thank you for your review which makes me hoping to read this one sooner than later.

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