We're happy to share our review of RAISING THE STAKES by Karen Rock as part of the blog tour organized by Lola's Blog Tours!
Hiding from the world…
Tucking herself away in the Adirondack woods was supposed to keep Vivienne Harris safe. From dark memories of the Bronx, from danger, from entanglements. But when an orphaned bear cub raids her pantry and conservation officer Liam Walsh appears with news of poachers nearby, her private, peaceful world is turned upside down!
Suddenly two forces are drawing her out—Button, the cub who needs her help, and Liam, the man who's dead set against her rehabilitating the bear. If she can just win Liam's support, Vivie knows she can give Button a good life. And maybe find the courage to embrace a future with Liam…
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After being attacked on the way home from work, Vivie Harris decides that she will never feel safe in the Bronx again. She decides that moving to the Adirondacks will provide her and her pets a quiet life. A local diner lets her use her pie-making skills and make friends with long time residents.
Vivie’s sense of security is shattered one night when she hears a crash. The thief is a hungry orphaned bear cub who devours several of her cooling pies. The bear cub’s mother has been killed by poachers and the cub has injuries. Vivie can identify with the cub and wants to nurse her back to health.
Liam Walsh, who is with the DEC, is a man who lives by the rules and not sure that Vivie’s overriding desire to rehabilitate the cub is for the best. They finally come to a compromise.
Liam, who served in combat in the Mideast, has his own trauma from the past. His way of dealing with it is not getting too close to anyone, changing jobs and moving every few years.
Author Karen Rock does a marvelous job of slowly revealing the past both characters struggle with. It is easy for the reader to empathize with their situations.
This novel is part of the Harlequin Heartwarming series. It certainly fits in that category as we follow along with Button, the bear cub’s, development. With romance novels, the reader always gets a happily ever after, but Karen Rock makes the journey to that point poignant and upbeat.
RAISING THE STAKES is my first book by Karen Rock, but it won’t be my last. With all the stress and anxiety in the world, I need to escape on a regular basis to a world of romance and lovingkindness.On Goodreads
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About the Author:
Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary romance author. She holds a master’s degree in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time writer.
Currently she writes for Harlequin Heartwarming and her first novel for the line, WISH ME TOMORROW, has won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2014 Golden Quill Contest and a finalist in the Published Maggie Awards.
The first novel in her co-authored YA series, CAMP BOYFRIEND, has been a finalist in the Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards.
You can find and contact Karen here:
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There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Raising the Stakes. These are the prizes you can win:
• 100$ Amazon gift card (INT)
• set of signed paperbacks of Wish Me Tomorrow, His Hometown Girl, Someone Like You and A League of Her Own (US only)