Raising the Stakes | Review

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This week is a double shot of romance for you! Today I’m part of Karen Rock’s book release party!

This is my stop during the blog tour for Raising the Stakes by Karen Rock. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 7 April, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours: http://lolasblogtour.net/blog-tour/raising-the-stakes-by-karen-rock/


Raising the Stakes CoverThe blurb:

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…

A short review:

Raising the Stakes is a story about two people, who’ve have incredibly damaging pasts finding love together. And there’s a bear cub. It’s a typical romance, but there’s a lot of drama here that kept the plot moving. There’s definitely some heart warming moments that you sometimes need when the day is feeling rough. There’s strong elements of family here and there are real world problems that are discussed and dealt with. I would recommend you read this book if you enjoy a traditional romance minus the smut with a triple helping of wholesome.


An excerpt: 

Liam kissed his mother’s damp cheek and eased his guitar from her grip. Her clear-eyed happiness soothed the deep burning inside. Vivie had a point. His music did make a difference. If it made his mother feel better, smoothed over this bump in the reception, then it was worth reliving the past. And maybe the past was something he needed to face, as Vivie had last night.

When he and Vivie approached the band area there was brief applause followed by an attentive hush.

He plucked two notes and felt the audience lean toward them. He touched a string and began to tune the instrument. It was not the finest guitar. He hadn’t been able to afford a better one at the time. Its neck was nicked. One of the pegs was loose and prone to going out of tune, he recalled.

He brushed a soft chord and tipped his ear to the strings. As he glanced up, he glimpsed Vivie’s face, clear as the moon. She smiled excitedly and the soft light in her eyes made his heart squeeze.

He touched the loose peg gently, running his hands over the warm wood. The varnish was scraped and scuffed in places, but that didn’t make it less precious to him.

So, yes. It had flaws, but what did that matter when it came to things you treasured? Vivie had called herself damaged goods and he could say the same about himself. Yet, did that mean they couldn’t be loved…find love…together?

Anyone could love someone perfect. Whole. That was easy. But to love someone scarred. Wounded. To know the flaws and love them too. That was rare and pure and perfect. Could he and Vivie share that?





You can find Raising the Stakes on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24932403-raising-the-stakes

You can buy Raising the Stakes here:

– Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OYBW2WA/

– Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/raising-the-stakes-karen-rock/1120648026?ean=9781460380109

– Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/raising-the-stakes-15

– Harlequin: http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=57510&cid=3302



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