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?

(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #3)
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…


My Review

When it comes to realistic behavior and human emotions, KarenRock doesn’t disappoint, and the third book in her Rocky Mountain Cowboys series, Bad Boy Rancher, is no exception. Even from the beginning of this story, which takes place in Carbondale, Colorado, the reader is aware of the angst Justin Cade is experiencing because of the death of his twin, Jesse, a few years earlier. He can’t get past the feeling that it was partly his fault, and it’s their birthday, which always seems to cause the negative feelings to resurface, although they never seem to be far from his mind. On this particular day, Justin feels the need to outrun his torment by zooming down the road on his Harley, but as he speeds into the black night, he meets his fate.

Brielle Thompson, having been honorably discharged from service as an army chaplain   in Afghanistan, is in Carbondale to start a rehabilitation center, but she’s not sure that the community will accept such a facility. The fact that she suffers from PTSD could make her more sympathetic to those struggling with addiction or other problems–if the center is allowed to remain–but she also needs to be on the road to recovery herself.

Justin must attend a hearing because he was driving his motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol, and when he’s forced to choose either a jail sentence or six weeks at the facility, he eventually opts for the latter, even though he refuses to believe that Brielle or anyone else can pull him out of his slump. Fireworks of different types take place more than once as the two work out their differences and their problems while trying to keep the center open.

The author delves deep into the human psyche in order to express the emotions Justin, Brielle, and others feel throughout this Rocky Mountain Cowboy journey, providing a compelling and informative read.

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 or follow her on twitter at

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…


Tour Schedule

April 2nd:


Katie’s Clean Book Collection

The Power of Words

I Am A Reader

Reading Is My SuperPower

April 3rd:

Hearts & Scribbles

Spice of Life

Two Points of Interest

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Rockin’ Book Reviews

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underneath the covers

Between the Pages with Katrina

April 7th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

1 winner will receive print copies of CHRISTMAS AT CADE RANCH and FALLING FOR A COWBOY by Karen Rock, WISHES AT FIRST LIGHT by Joanne Rock, A SKY FULL OF STARS by Samantha Chase, WHAT IT TAKES by Shanon Stacey, and FAMILY TREE by Susan Wiggs (US only)

1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally)

– Ends April 11th

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About dalesittonrogers

I live with my husband, Rick, and our three cats, Mocha, Tiger, and Midnight. I write articles and poetry, as well as fiction for all ages. I'm also a Zazzle designer, and I'm excited about my store: Follow me on Twitter! @DaleSRogers
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4 Responses to Bad Boy Rancher

  1. Kay Garrett says:

    Thank you for your wonderful review on “Bad Boy Rancher” by Karen Rock and for being part of the book tour! I couldn’t agree with you more. This was another fabulous book in a wonderful series by a great author! Can’t wait for book #4. 🙂

  2. Karen Rock says:

    Thank you SO much, Dale, for this beautiful review and for being a host on my blog tour. You’re always such a strong supporter of your friends and I feel lucky that you count me among them ❤

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