On Tour with Prism Book Tours
Winning the Cowboy’s Heart
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #5)
By Karen Rock
Paperback & ebook, 379 Pages
February 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming
Jewel Cade wants two things—
One is Heath Loveland
The Rocky Mountain cowgirl has her heart set on becoming range boss of the Cade ranch. But first she has to accompany the son of her family’s longtime enemy—and her off-limits secret crush—on a cattle drive across Colorado. Discovering Heath shares her attraction only makes for a rockier road. Because Jewel has a sneaking suspicion that if she drops her guard, the cowboy might ride off with her heart.
You have no idea how I almost emailed Ms. Rock in regards to this book. I was upset, wanted to seriously slap a character or two in the book and generally just at my wit’s end while reading it. I knew that I should trust Ms. Rock and her storytelling and I eventually put the book down and didn’t read it for a day. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t because I didn’t like the story, I did but some of the things that the characters did were just…just…I don’t know to describe it to you.
Being mad at Jewel for the first 5 chapters of the book would be an understatement. I almost gave up on her. It wasn’t until Sierra got a hold of her that she began to grow on me. I was introduced to Jewel at the beginning of the series and I liked her then but she is one tough nut to crack. On one hand, she had some hard misconceptions about her father that she has had to deal with her whole life, losing the one brother, Jesse, still hits her hard and then dealing with her older brother James and is the unwillingness to even try to change and see things from other people’s point of view is a bitter pill to swallow. Again, once she and Sierra hook up and start shaking things up, do I actually like her again.
Heath, oh my Heath. He is probably my favorite cowboy next to Cole. Speaking of which, I have to admit that I was confused with what was going on with Cole in this book because I forgot that his book coincides with Jewel’s. There were parts of the book that my heart sank because I thought what the heck? That didn’t happen to him and Kaitlynn, right? Then the lightbulb came on and it made sense in the end. I swear I’m not blonde. I’m fully gray-headed now and I was a brunette before. LOL! Heath, in my opinion, is the forgotten person on both sides of the family. No one really expects much from him except to sing and that is sad. I learned a lot from him in the book and about him. Talk about a mess with his mother. But what really sets him apart from both sides of the family is his willingness to really listen to other people. The feud isn’t personal anymore. He truly believes that everyone should just move on and act like adults. Sad thing is that no one but Jewel will listen.
Their romance is a slow build and don’t worry about them being step-siblings. It is not weird and Ms. Rock does a great job with that aspect of their relationship. You just keep rooting for Heath and Jewel to finally see what is right in front of them. True love, everlasting love and respect from each other that haven’t gotten a lot of from their families. Yes, you will learn just how much the Cades and Lovelands really didn’t “see” Heath and Jewel from who and what they are as people.
One of the best things in the book is when James (!!!!!) finally, yes finally has to admit something to both Jewel and Heath and to both families. I’m sorry Ms. Rock but I waited a long time for that. Sophia said it best though but I won’t spoil it and she just solidified why I fell in love with her from the beginning.
Okay, I still haven’t told you why I loved the book. Simple. Ms. Rock wrote it and I love the Cades and Lovelands, warts and all. With this story, my emotions and reactions were all over the place and I love her for it. She made me stop and think about it. I’m writing this review the night before its due and I finished the book over a week ago. Yes, I’m still thinking about it and my emotions are still strong.
Of course, this is a Heartwarming book, so I won’t repeat myself about my love for the line. However, I will tell you that Ms. Rock just plain ROCKS this series. I can’t wait to read the next one and it should be a winner also.
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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. Learn more about her at http://www.karenrock.com or follow her on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/karenrock5.
– 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card – Open Internationally
– 1 winner will receive signed, print copies of the first four books in the Rocky Mountain Cowboys series (Christmas at Cade Ranch, Falling for a Cowboy, Bad Boy Rancher & A Cowboy’s Pride) – US Only
– Ends February 13, 2019
12 thoughts on “#Review of Winning the Cowboy’s Heart (Rocky Mountain Cowboys #5) by Karen Rock w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @karenrock5 @HarlequinBooks #HarlequinHeartwarming #contemporaryromance”
I’m so glad you came to love Jewel! She was a complicated character because what she shows the world is very different than the softer person she hides- the woman her mother, Joy, knows is there and encourages her to show. And Heath! Phew* I’m with you on that cowboy. I wanted a strong, sensitive cowboy and Heath was that to me from the moment I conceived of him long ago in the planning stages. It was a joy to write these two and I’m so glad you loved it (in the end 🙂 Thank you so much for reviewing the book and for hosting my tour.
I admit that it took me a while but in the end, it is so worth it. Heath has the patience of a saint and Jewel is just it for him. I’m just so in love with this series. Thank you for writing it.
Look at this cover, just gorgeous! I need to read this series, it sounds like so much fun!
Hallo, Hallo, Harlie,
Ooh my goodness! You are *seriously!* attached to the series — loving seeing your passion for the book but also, how your bookish heart was torn to bits whilst reading it! I admit, Jewel is a hard nut to crack – although, I didn’t feel the same grievances you did on her behalf, I guess somewhere along the route of the series I felt she was going to be the one character who would push people’s buttons and she walks to her own beat most of the time to where you simply have to take her on her terms. She’s a spitfire firecracker and I truly love that aspect of her personality; a lot of her toughness though is overshadowed by her difficult adversities in life – I think you hit the nail on the head mentioning that as a lot of what makes Jewel ‘tough’ is really her life’s experiences.
I truly admire how she’s written such an expansive series – it began with the Cade’s but the Loveland’s were always present and evolving into scope of the drama as well. The layered approach to crafting this series is what keeps me eager for more installments and like you, I am just as dearly attached to these characters and wish the best for all of them! It became my first beloved Harlequin Heartwarming series with the Return of the Blackwell Brothers a close second! Did you get to read that one?! Whoa. You’ll find my reviews on my blog in case your enticed.
I’d love to see if you had some of the same thoughts I did – kindly drop by my review if you have the chance and let’s continue the convo! Glad we both had the chance to champion Ms Rock and our dearly loved Rocky Mountain Cowboys for the tour!!
PS: Loved seeing that I’m not the only non-traditionally aged book blogger!! I’m about to turn thirty-ten and I think its wicked awesomesauce there are those of us of different generations who love sharing our bookish lives! Rock on!
Howdy! Trust me, I’ll respond on your blog this weekend. 🙂 And yes, sometimes I feel like I’m in my 90’s compared to the other bloggers out there. I’m like the Grand Dame but I’m not that popular. LOL!
lol You have a wicked sense of humour, I’m loving!! It matches my own which is a welcome find!! (big smiles) The Grand Dame — honestly, your killing my funnybone tonight! lol
In a way, I can relate – everyone cautions me about ‘losing my joyful spirit’ as I’ve become known as a Joyful Tweeter – ironically or not, they don’t realise I’ve faced a lot of tribulations and strife (same as everyone else) and its a choice how I approach life and how I set my attitude. I am also transparent about being a migraineur — coupled that with regular woes of life and health, I think I’ve proven I’m a chatterbox of joy and happiness who doesn’t let life hold her down. Still. I find people curious how I’m so happy and joyful; I think the world needs more joy + humour; its the humour in life that keeps us grounded and youthful. It takes the pressure off the negative and re-fuells our spirit.
I side-stepped a bit here — just wanted to swing back and say whenever you pop round my blog will be a happy day for me!! No pressure… come as you can! 🙂
Great review, sounds like a good book and an awesome series. I’ll definitely be checking it out. Thanks for sharing 🙂