Paratus. Always ready.
Paratus. Always ready.
Coast Guard rescue swimmer Dylan Holt left Kodiak, Alaska, with his heart in
pieces. He thought Nolee Arnauyq and her mouthwatering curves were behind
him—until he’s sent to rescue the crew of a capsizing boat…including Nolee. And
Dylan is definitely not ready for the too-familiar way his body aches at seeing
always gone after what she wanted, and to hell with the risks. Now she’s a
rookie ship captain taking on the deadly waters of the Bering Sea. But out on
these treacherous waters, there’s no way to avoid the sizzling sexual tension
between them—or the dangerous pull of emotions that could leave both their
hearts lost at sea…
Whilst I have come across Rock’s before, I haven’t made time to read one of her books until now and I think I picked the perfect time to do so . Rock has target a niche in the market that is becoming prevalent of late . Readers are wanting more diverse books this days and her heroine fits the bill perfectly. I loved that she wasn’t slide line and she was right in the action and taking the lead with her career and life
When I picked up His Last Defence I didn’t expect a diverse romance featuring an indigenous heroine . I knew I was going intriguing story given the background of the characters. As a Coast Guard rescue swimmer was something I had never heard before or a female captain of a crabbing boat. There had to be something special about them both and there was
Nolee was a strong woman and proud of herself. She had right to be, she wasn’t letting opportunities go past her. She was determined to help her mum out and provide for her in her time of need, she saw it repayment. She may be soft when it comes to her mum but she gusty and tough when it comes to her dreams and get money for mother. She is willing to take risks and succeed .
She made her mistake and she got over it. Dylan was behind her . She rose above and made a career in a man’s world. Captain of a crab fishing boat with her own crew. Until Dylan came crashing back into her life when the wild seas of Alaska threatened to destroy her hard work by taking the boat.
Bringing back memories she hated and put behind. Dylan was once her everything and now he was nothing to her or was he?
Dylan lives to save people but he had a chip on his shoulder. He has been hurt by too many people and he didn’t need her. She broke his heart and he broke her’s . She thought she had seen of him. Dylan and Nolee might have had a bond but it was broken. There was too much distrust between them.
However the feelings and chemistry was there underneath it all and it was the only thing that was stopping them from hating each other complete and forms the basis of their second chance . Dylan almost took a back step with this story . He didn’t have to deal with stigma. He had parental issues. He expected one thing and got another with his parents and Nolee didn’t understand that. She loves her family and sees him for he is . Though it wasn’t the best , he put a barrier between everyone but Nolee was different. She understood him even if he didn’t himself. She was the catalyst for everything in this novel really.
Nolee was the standout of this novel. Whilst I wished we got to explore more of her culture. It was easy to see where she came from and why she was so determined. She grew up like many of her people and whilst she had a loving family they were poor. She wanted a place to belong and the boat gave it to her. Without her there wouldn’t be a story. Everything really revolves around her, she makes the story for what it is. It a nice different and I loved the idea of this for a Blaze novel considering it part of the Uniformly Hot series .
My first Rock experience didn’t disappoint and I look forward to reading more of her novels in the future especially if they are Coast Guards ones . I loved discovering something new when I read a novel and I learnt a few things from this one
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
red-hot novels for Harlequin Blaze and small-town romances for Harlequin
Heartwarming. 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’s typically immersed in three different
books at a time, all in different genres. She also loves cooking her
grandmother’s Italian recipes, baking, Christmas (no need to specify—she loves
every bit of it), 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 her website.