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Five months pregnant and on her own. Even so, she can’t resist this rugged rancher…

 

Solely responsible for her unborn child, Abigail Stewart is desperate for the art commission at Royal Memorial Hospital. Winning over the sexy Texan on the board seems impossible, but Vaughn surprises her with his response. And his attention. And a sizzling connection that defies all logic. But even if he can accept her baby, will Vaughn’s dark past tear them apart?

 

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Excerpt from Expecting a Scandal by Joanne Rock

April 2018

 

“Detaching isn’t a problem for me,” Vaughn admitted, unwilling to confess how deeply he wrestled with the fallout from that skill. “Sometimes that makes me far too abrupt, as you witnessed firsthand in today’s committee meeting.”

He watched Abigail’s face, locking on her expression before he continued. “Were you venting negative emotions about that when you drew the picture of me?”

Perhaps she’d been expecting the question, or maybe she’d simply been more prepared to revisit the topic after her initial embarrassment about the sketch. She lifted a brow, her gaze wary, but she didn’t flush with discomfort this time.

“You noticed that and didn’t say anything?” She shook her head with a rueful laugh and leaned up against a built-in counter with cabinets below and shelves overhead. Paintbrushes in every size imaginable hung on a rack over the shelves. “I guess you are good at detaching. If I saw someone had made a picture of me, I would have been quick to ask a hundred questions about it.”

His gaze traveled her body, where her position drew all the more attention to her curves.

“I was curious.” He shoved his hands in his pockets to combat the urge to touch her. “I just didn’t think it was the right moment to ask.”

“Truthfully, yes, I felt frustrated about the meeting when I returned to the studio. I didn’t have any preconceived idea of what I would draw. I just sat down to blurt out anything that came to mind.” She met his eyes directly. Openly. “I was surprised when I saw you take shape on the paper.”

He wanted to think he’d ended up there because they had a connection. An undeniable spark.

Because the longer he lingered in Abigail’s sunny studio, the more he felt his normal boundaries crumbling. And while he wanted that—craved following up on the attraction simmering between them—he wasn’t sure how he would handle anything beyond simple lust. The realization made him edgy.

She filled the silence that followed with a sudden question. “Would you like me to finish the drawing?”

His throat went dry. The question had gotten complicated in the space of a moment as he started to recognize that Abigail wasn’t going to be the kind of woman who would be open to a purely physical relationship.

“I wouldn’t want to keep you from your work.” He couldn’t think of a more eloquent retreat with Abigail moving toward him. Touching him again.

“Not at all.” She took his hand briefly to lead him toward a chair near her painting spot, her touch fanning the flame inside him, making him think about so much more. “Have a seat and I’ll finish up. You can see what it’s like to watch an artist at work.”

In the space of five minutes, Vaughn realized he’d somehow used up all his emotional reserves today. All of his ability to detach. Because that simple touch from Abigail sent all the wrong messages to his brain. He hadn’t given himself the outlet of a sexual relationship since he’d returned from Afghanistan. And now, the consequences of that had him on sensory overload, when he’d already battled the aftermath of a hellish surgery this morning.

A perfect storm of too many emotions without enough time to process them. He should have taken the time to go home and pick up Ruby before he came here. Having his dog beside him would have helped.

But he was already sitting in the seat Abigail had shown him when she returned with a heavy pencil in one hand and her half-made sketch in the other. She set both on a low table nearby, then moved closer to him, her gaze all over him. Studying him.

Seeing inside him somehow.

“Do you mind if I position you just a little?” she asked, already setting aside the folder he’d been carrying.

He wasn’t sure if he’d agreed or not. His forehead broke out in a sweat. Warning heat blasted up his back. He wanted her.

“Here.” Abigail set her hands on his shoulders and gently shifted them toward her.

She stood close, her knee brushing his thigh as she moved him, her breasts at eye level. She smelled like cinnamon and oranges, a spicy, tangy fragrance that would be burned into his memory forever. Sunlight kissed her face as she lifted his chin with one palm, her eyes taking a critical assessment of his features while he battled lust and a whole knot of other things he couldn’t come close to naming. Hunger for her gnawed at him. Hot. Persistent.

“I’ve got to go.” He clamped a hand on her wrist. Too hard at first. But then, realizing his responses were all out of whack, he gentled his hand. Released her. “I’m sorry, Abigail. I forgot that I said I would—” He rose from the chair. Sidestepped her. “Upload my notes on a critical care patient after some—” His brain worked to come up with something vaguely believable before he did something stupid. Like kiss her until they were both breathless. Senseless. “Technical difficulties at the hospital.”

His voice rasped drily as he grappled for control.

“Of course.” She nodded even though she appeared as perplexed as he felt. “I’m sure I’ll see you at the hospital when I start work on site.”

“Right.” He didn’t reiterate his offer for her to come by his ranch. He needed to get his head on straight first. “I’m sure you will.”

Backing out of the door, he lifted a hand in a quick wave.

“Thank you for coming by. I couldn’t be more excited about the project,” she called after him.

But Vaughn didn’t answer. He was down the steps and seated in his truck in no time, slamming the door behind him while he turned over the engine and blasted the air-conditioning on his overheated body.

He didn’t know what the hell he’d been thinking, pursuing this sudden attraction he was clearly not ready to handle. Maybe some other day, when he wasn’t already depleted from a surgery that had brought back too many memories. But for right now, he needed to put some distance between him and a woman who stirred a surplus of emotions. No matter how much he thought he had mastered detachment, Abigail Stewart made him realize he’d only succeeded in getting damn good at lying to himself.

 

 

Guys this series.  Yes, I’m talking about the Texas Cattleman’s.  I love this series.  I’ve been reading it for like ever and I loved Ms. Rock entry.  Of course, now, I have to found out how it will all play out with Will.  That said, you don’t have to read all the books to catch up.  The series is centered around a town called Royal, Texas and the club is like a country club for the wealthy in town.  Grandfathers passed down to fathers and now fathers to sons.  Vaughn is one of its members, along with his dad.

Vaughn is just a delight.  I know, probably a bad choice of words but he is.  He isn’t alpha, a douche but an all around good guy.  He is dealing with some issues that he brought back from his tours and Ms. Rock treats them humanely and realistic.  In fact, his therapy dog stole my heart when he kept looking for Abigail in the bedroom.  *sigh*  What really made me like Vaughn was his approach to Abigail in the beginning.  Sure there is a bit of insta going on but it made sense in the end.  Vaughn knew his demons and didn’t want Abigail to get too involved.

Abigail is a strong woman.  In most Desire’s they can be a bit for me but not her.  She took her situation and didn’t dwell on it but just continued to move forward.  What she didn’t expect was Vaughn and his love in the end.  These two had a lot to get through and watching their friendship and then love relationship grow was a treat.  Ms. Rock moved the story forward at a quick pace and the mystery element running through it was perfect.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the next Cattleman’s book to see how this is all going to play out.  Did he really die or is going to come after Abigail once he realizes that he is a daddy?  Plus, it’s a blast to come back to Royal and the Club to check up on everyone.

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Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over eighty books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.

 

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#Review & Excerpt from Bad Boy Rancher (Rocky Mountain Cowboys #3) by Karen Rock w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @karenrock5 @karenrockauthor @HarlequinBooks @PrismBookTours @prismbooktours


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Bad Boy Rancher
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #3)
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
April 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He’s not the only one who needs saving…

But maybe they can save each other?

Dark, brooding, dangerous…and possibly suicidal. Renegade rancher Justin Cade was exactly the kind of man former army chaplain Brielle Thompson needed to avoid after escaping the horrors of Afghanistan with an honorable discharge—and PTSD. The whole point of moving to the remote Rocky Mountains of Colorado was to leave the darkness behind, not fall back into it. But falling she is…

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Are you ready to go?” There was a brief catch in Brielle’s voice as Justin tucked her loose scarf into her coat collar.

“There’s something I want to show you first.”

“Maybe another time.” She twisted a cross pinned to the lapel of her jacket. “I’ve still got work to finish and—”

Her words cut off as he laced his fingers in hers. “Work will be there in the morning.

This won’t.”

An exclamation of white blew from her lips. “Why’s my seeing this important to you?” He cupped her chin. “Don’t know, it just is.

Will you come?”

Her wide eyes probed his, her teeth worrying her bottom lip. “What are you going to

show me?”

“The moon.”

She peered up at the sky. “I can see it just fine.”

“Yeah. But can you touch it?”

Her lips curved as she shook her head. “You’re being silly, you know that.”

“It’s part of my charm,” he drawled, and her smile widened, her ease around him filling him with warmth. He was used to pushing people away. Brielle, however, refused to be budged. She just kept coming for him, and he liked that about her. A lot.

“Okay. Let’s go,” she said. “Must be I’m crazy, too.”

Something he couldn’t identify, light and sparkling, spun through his chest as he led her up a path through dark woods. What was he doing?

Darned if he knew.

He just didn’t want to let her go so quick. Not when a large orange moon hung low and heavy in the sky, flooding the world with magic, filling a lonely man’s heart with longing for what couldn’t be…except on a night like this.

Yall this series.  I’m telling you, READ IT!!!  Ms. Rock nailed Justin to a tee.  Okay, so I may be partial to Ms. Rock because I’ve read her since she started but every one of her books in this series is heartfelt, at times funny, the men are sexy as heck and the heroines are perfect for them.  Every couple has baggage and it’s quite a ride to see them work it out separately and then together for the all-important HEA.

Justin and Brille are no exception to this rule.  Justin is one wounded soul.  Losing a twin is devasting but to blame yourself is even worse.  The downward spiral that he is taking is awful but I could understand him and his self-loathing.  But instead of Ms. Rock beating us over the head with it, she brings out the real Justin and it is a joy to watch.  Finding a good woman will do that to you.  Brille is a Godsend.  No pun intended.  She’s just as broken as Justin but with the love and trust of a good man, she figures it out.

Both of them are dealing with some very serious issues and Ms. Rock doesn’t sugarcoat them.  She brings into play, Al-Alon (a great organization) and even the Loveland’s make appearances and I’m loving how they are woven into the Cade’s stories.  The Cade’s are beginning to understand them a bit better but I’m not sure if it will all be for the good or not.

I can’t encourage you to read this series.  You do not have to read them order but I would.  Yes, they are that good and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

p.s.  Sorry, it’s late.

 

Other Books in the Series

Christmas at Cade Ranch
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #1)
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
November 7th 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The Christmas they never had.

James Cade has one priority: keep the family ranch running smoothly in the wake of his younger brother’s death. With Jesse’s ex, Sofia Gallardo, and her young son, Javi, stranded at Cade Ranch over Christmas, this task just got a lot harder. The longer Sofia and Javi stay, the harder it is to imagine the ranch without them. James couldn’t save his brother from his inner demons, but he can give his nephew a secure future. Maybe more—if he can figure out how to trust Sofia, and stop feeling like he’s betraying Jesse. Because trying to stop thinking about beautiful, determined Sofia is impossible.

Falling for a Cowboy
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #2)
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Doesn’t he get that she’s blind?

Barrel racer Amberley James wants to join the premier rodeo circuit more than anything, but she faces the ultimate hurdle when she loses her eyesight to a rare genetic condition. All she’d ever wanted seems out of reach. Giving up is the only option…until her best friend and local hero Jared Cade steps in. The last thing she wants is Jared’s help. But his persistence at encouraging her to get back in the saddle is ridiculously annoying. And undeniably inspiring…

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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. Learn more about her at http://www.karenrock.com or follow her on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/karenrock5.

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1871 – Born to privilege and duty in Virginia, Olivia Gentry comes of age as women begin to find their social and political independence. She has been raised and educated to carry on the Gentry family’s successful horse breeding stables with her brothers at Paradise, their family home. Having been deceived in love as a young woman and unsure of her instincts, she is wary to commit to a marriage, but she cannot deny her long-buried feelings for a family friend.

Jim Somerset has been in love with Olivia Gentry from the moment she gazed up at him as a young girl. A farrier by trade like his father before him, he and his business’s future are inexorably entwined with the Gentry family. He has watched her be courted by statesmen, and considers her and her goals out of the reach of a common workman, like himself. But he is fearful that he will never rid Olivia from his mind and from his heart. Has the moment come for him to reveal his passions for her? Find out in the third installment of the Gentrys of Paradise.

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Olivia understood herself enough to know that she had lost her confidence, and even though others might see her as wealthy and educated and fortunate, which she was, she was still fragile and unsure of how her future would unfold. Any man she married or fixed on would be a central part of that future. Would define in society’s eyes whether her hopes and dreams were fulfilled, whether her personal happiness and the draw of competency and ambition she had for herself would cross paths.

She supposed that she should end her self-imposed exile. What good did it do her to hide in her room? She’d answered some of her own questions in the last four months. She did wish to marry. She wanted children of her own. She wanted a companion, a man, all for herself, not meant to be shared with others. She wanted to experience intimacy, and although she could do that outside the bounds of marriage, she couldn’t imagine it. How could one achieve the intimacy necessary to complete the act with a person that one had no relationship with, either from personal choice or law?

The final question, of course, was whether she would achieve any of those goals if love wasn’t evident. Her mother and father hadn’t been in love when they married. Yet they had grown to love each other and built a successful life together. Olivia believed that she could do as many other women had done before. Marry with purpose. Marry to achieve goals. Marry, not for love, but for compatibility and future hopes.

Still on the historical romance kick.  But then again, I love Holly Bush.  I read about her Crawfords and now I’m on to the Gentrys.  However, I have NOT read Matt’s book which I have already bought.  I did read the prequel/parents story and loved it.  I missed old Beau in this book but he is Olivia’s mind at all times.

What I really liked about this book is the family.  They rally around each other and it’s good to see healthy relationships between everyone.  Including Annie, Matt’s wife.  She’s a sweetheart and the relationship that she has with Olivia is spot on.  Married or not, Annie is still a woman and talks to Olivia has one, not as Matt’s wife.  Plus, Eleanor Gentry, the matriarch of the family is a force to be reckoned with.  She treats her children with respect, love, and friendship.

Jim Somerset.  I wanted to slap him most of the time in the book.  Talk about stubborn, hard-headed and so much in love with Olivia that it hurts.  Plus, he thought the bro code was still in place.  Communication or lack of is Jim’s biggest problem and at times it was maddening.  I realize that is the point of the book but honestly, I got tired of it.  But I didn’t give up on him.  His blind devotion to Olivia and the Gentry’s is endearing.  Plus, I loved his family.  They never let up on him when it needed.  Now, I will say that I swooned when he FINALLY went all caveman on Olivia.  I know, I know.  It sounds backward but when he did it, I literally swooned.  It was his moment to get the girl and he did it the only way he knew how.

Olivia might seem to be a strong woman but actually, she’s has been burned before when it comes to men, so I could understand her reluctance when it comes to men.  The senator’s aide is an ass and I’m glad that she saw that but then she…oh wait…I can’t say that.  I really liked her from the start and honestly, she was the only one of them that actually communicated.  Even when she was with Josephine, she communicated.  Let’s not forget about the train ride either.

Overall, I loved the book.  Once Jim decided that he just had to have Olivia, with some physical confrontation with Matt.  I can’t wait to read about Adam next.  This book has some humor, lots of love and two people that fell in love with each other has children.  Love a childhood friends story and this story has it in spades.

 

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Holly Bush writes historical romance set in the U.S.in the late 1800’s, in Victorian England, and an occasional Women’s Fiction title. Her books are described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. She makes her home with her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Connect with Holly at www.hollybushbooks.com and on Twitter @hollybushbooks and on Facebook at Holly Bush.

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