A Cowboy to Keep by Karen Rock Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 384 pages February 7th 2017 by Harlequin
Can't stop running from the past Dani Crawford has a secret…and if bounty hunter Jackson Cade finds out, he could ruin everything. The scarred yet handsome cowboy has tracked a dangerous criminal to the dude ranch Dani manages, and to get rid of Jack she'll have to help him catch his man. But the closer they get to cornering their quarry the more Dani wants Jack to stay. Spending time with him is making her long for things she can never have thanks to a past mistake. And if the truth comes out she may be spending her future behind bars rather than safe in her cowboy's arms…
In a quest to provide her ELA students with quality reading material, educator Karen Rock read everything out there and couldn't wait to add her voice to the genre. In addition to her work as a Young Adult romance novelist, she's now an author for Harlequin's Heartwarming line and thrilled to pen stories that moms can share with their teenage daughters. She's loved Harlequin books since she spent summers going through her grandmother's Presents books that she passed along in paper grocery bags each year. As half of the writing duo J.K. Rock, Karen also pens young adult romance. When she's not busy writing, Karen enjoys scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother's family recipes, reinventing her gardens to suit her moods and occasionally rescuing local wildlife from neighborhood cats. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, her very appreciated beta-reader daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels, who have yet to understand the concept of "fetch" though they know a lot about love. For more information about Karen's upcoming books, check out her website.
Jackson’s 10 Tips to Courting a Cowgirl Howdy! Jack here. Tracking bandits is easier than chasing cowgirls. When I first lady eyes on Dani, my heart about stopped beating. Of course, she’d pulled a gun on me for snooping around the dude ranch, so that might have been a contributing factor. Still, I knew right then and there I wouldn’t rest until I’d swept her off her feet and into my arms. I don’t love often, but I love hard and I knew she was the only woman for me. Here are my tips on how best to court a strong, gutsy cowgirl like Dani:
Don’t leave home without your wranglers and your cowboy hat. And a little face scruff never hurt none, neither.
Tell her she’s even prettier when she’s got a little dirt on her face. Most important. Mean it.
Always compliment her horse and her riding before her clothes or her makeup. She probably cares as much about the last two as you do.
A cowgirl can do it all by herself, but a real cowboy won’t let her.
Riding, mudding or two-stepping make good first dates.
A kiss beneath the stars can’t be beat, especially by a campfire.
Sweep her off her feet, but put her down when she says so.
Never miss an opportunity to keep your mouth shut and listen.
Give her space and honor her independence. It means she’s free to make her own choices. If you’re humble and lucky enough cowboy, that might just be you.
Sometimes you got to swallow your pride to hold onto the one you love.
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