Book Tour: His Last Defense by Karen Rock

Semper Paratus. Always ready.
Uniformly HOT!
by Karen Rock
Harlequin Blaze
Semper Paratus. Always ready.  
Years ago, 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 her again.
Nolee’s 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…
“Still here?”

Dylan whirled at the soft voice behind him.


In the twilight, her skin glowed iridescent and smooth. Her eyes sparkled as bright as the growing starlight. And her lips. Suddenly he couldn’t drag his eyes off their full shape. When her tongue darted out to lick her bottom lip, he nearly groaned out loud.

How he wanted her. Loved her, too, he realized.

But would it be enough?

For either of them?

Tomorrow, he reported back to base and resumed his military life. The old thrill of unknown adventures fizzled flat in his skull. For the first time in years, he wanted to plant himself in one spot. With one person.


He didn’t want to let her go yet, damn it.

“I’m not ready for our time together to end,” he said, settling his hands on her waist.

She went still and he found himself holding his breath, warring emotions erupting with what he wanted to hear and what he was afraid she would say.

“I’m not, either,” she admitted finally, the lapels of her jacket parting as she lifted her hands to rest on his chest.

The clean scent of open ocean drifted up from her skin, light and delicate. “In fact, I have some ideas…”

Thank You, God. Relief kicked through him with surprising force.

He caught her hand in his and nearly yanked her off her feet as he hustled her back to the now-empty pilothouse.

“So do I.” His voice had deepened and grown rough, edgy with the primal, animalistic need she aroused in him.

Control, Holt, he ordered himself.

Tonight had to be memorable. Savored. One neither of them would ever forget.

She disappeared toward her stateroom while he grabbed the bottle of champagne he’d stashed in the fridge the last time they’d been in port, along with a couple of mismatched jelly glasses, then raced up the stairs two at a time.

He jerked to a halt at her doorway and blinked.

Nolee lounged on her bed. She’d shed her raingear and the white tank top and fitted jeans she wore revealed lush curves. Anticipation churned inside Dylan. The sight of her was enough to make a grown man weep in appreciation.

With her dark hair tumbling helter-skelter around her smooth shoulders, her glowing face makeup-free, her lips natural and full, she was beautiful and sexy without even trying. It did him in.

Then he looked into her eyes and his body hardened to instant attention at the heat simmering in their chocolate brown depths. She didn’t need to put much effort into seducing him—she could accomplish the task with a mere look. A lone touch. A single word. A fleeting smile.

Need, sharp and edgy, scraped through him, overwhelming him with the desire to yank her into his arms and spend the next several hours blocking out the last few stressful weeks, specifically the last few stressful hours.

All he wanted to do was drown in her tonight.

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 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.