Bad Boy Rancher

Bad Boy Rancher

by Karen Rock

Paperback(Mass Market Paperback - Original Large Print)



He’s not the only one who needs saving…

But maybe they can save each other?

Dark, brooding, dangerous…and possibly suicidal. Renegade rancher Justin Cade was exactly the kind of man former army chaplain Brielle Thompson needed to avoid after escaping the horrors of Afghanistan with an honorable discharge—and PTSD. The whole point of moving to the remote Rocky Mountains of Colorado was to leave the darkness behind, not fall back into it. But falling she is…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335633590
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Series: Rocky Mountain Cowboys , #3
Edition description: Original Large Print
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet & spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of YA and adult contemporary books writes spicy suspense and small-town romances. A big believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers smiling. Karen is an avid reader and baker who loves having the Adirondack Park as her backyard, where she lives with her husband and daughter who make her life complete.

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Bad Boy Rancher 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
I love these Cade Cowboys, and bad boy Justin has intrigued me from the beginning. He’s yummy, a cowboy-pirate who loves babies and has a tender heart. In fact, I’m still swooning. His kisses!! WHEW. “He kissed her with the desperation of a dying man who believed the magic of eternal life was in this kiss.” Yep. Still fanning. But what makes this book one of my faves is the supporting characters. From the patients at Fresh Start to the staff to the people of the town and even the Loveland clan, I laughed a lot. (And please tell me that the Lovelands are part of the Rocky Mountain Cowboys and get their own books?!?) I also got choked up more than once – at Brielle’s own story, Justin’s grief, and the patients’ stories and healing. Out of all the poignant stories in Bad Boy Rancher, Brielle’s story perhaps most intrigued me, most likely due to the faith struggles she wrestles with. Rock presented these questions authentically and without pat answers, and while it doesn’t dominate the story (this isn’t a Christian fiction novel, after all) it provides a compelling framework for tough questions, the kind that are often yelled from a place of deepest grief or fear. Questions that God doesn’t always answer the way we want but He gives us peace and joy and second chances despite the pain. Bottom Line: Bad Boy Rancher by Karen Rock is another excellent book in the Rocky Mountain Cowboys series! It doesn’t shy away from gritty issues like PTSD, survivor guilt, addiction, etc. But it also provides plenty of humor and sweet, tender moments. And of course toe-curling swoonliciousness. This is truly a heartwarming story as well as a stellar romance with great character growth. I’m looking forward to more books in this series! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
debwill74 More than 1 year ago
The Rocky Mountain Cowboys series by Karen Rock is not a saccharine sweet series. You may not fall instantly in love with her characters, instead, like in real life you begin to appreciate them for who they truly are. This is true of Bad Boy Rancher. Neither Justin Cade nor Brielle Thompson is perfect, they have pasts that they are not proud of and instead of meeting them head on, they are both hiding from their pasts. At times I found myself disliking the acts of one of the characters and wondering why it was written that way. But, then I realized that just like everyone else they had struggles, some of which I was not aware of at the time. In the end though, this book is filled with loss, family, love and most importantly hope. Hope that those that are struggling with something can find that one person, place or thing that will allow them to find the courage and strength within themselves to reach out and find the help that they need to be whole once more.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
I was not sure what to expect when I started reading this book. I always like Karen Rock so I was all in, but the blurbs were always brief and the cover clearly a white hat. When I started reading I was blown away. Rock captured utter desperation and clawing your way home in a way I have seen few authors accomplish. Both Bree and Justin need each other, but they need to forgive themselves even more. This book draws you in from the very beginning and doesn’t let up until the very last page; Rock’s storytelling genius shines throughout. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
I really love this series because it just pulls all the emotions and feels out of me. This book is intense with the emotion. It also has two characters in need of healing their inner demons. It's not going to be easy. Watching Justin struggle is so heartbreaking, but the day he literally crashes into Brielle may be an answer to a prayer for his family. Brielle's story is heartbreaking too. I couldn't have been rooting any more for these two to find a HEA. It's definitely a book you don't want to pass up.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Since this is my first experience with Karen Rock’s stories, let me just say I enjoyed it so much! I appreciate the way heavy topics like grief, addiction, and suicide are tempered with humorous, sassy banter and steamy (yet clean) romance and anchored by a subtle foundation of faith and forgiveness. Justin Cade’s struggle with self-worth and overwhelming grief in the years since his brother’s death is simply heartbreaking. Brielle Thompson’s no-nonsense approach to her clinic and patients is just what the doctor ordered for a broody, surly, daredevil like Justin. I definitely recommend this story to readers who enjoy a little more heat in their sweet romance and everyone who loves a good underdog or cowboy or adventurist hero and thoughtful storyline. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
Cowboys are not my favorite genre, but Justin is not your ordinary cowboy. He is full of guilt and tries to cheat death. He can not get over the loss of his brother. During a chance encounter, when he is tempting death, he meets Brielle. She is a strong woman. What a great heroine. She has fought in a war, and has PTSD. Most people in her circumstances would be depressed and unable to move on. But not Brielle. She runs a home for people that are trying to get back on their feet. She also offers Justin a room, rather than going to jail. He fights her every step of the way. The intake questionnaire was more like a sparring match. Brielle also has to fight the townspeople at the town meetings because they do not want her to keep her "home" in their neighborhood. As Brielle gets ideas to save her business, she tries to persuade Justin to help others and himself. He starts to realize that horses are a place to start. However once the dust has settled where will these two characters stand? Will Justin forgive himself and allow himself to be with his family? Will he end up with Brielle? Will Brielle Keep her business and end up with Justin? This was a really fun read, and I can not wait to read more about these characters. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy, all opinions are my own.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is the third story in this series but I believe it would work well as a standalone, although reading it may well tempt you to read the earlier stories, too, as it is a very moving read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Justin Cade has never got over the death of his twin brother, Jesse. As children, the two had been inseparable but, as they grew up, Jesse became addicted to drugs and Justin still feels responsible for not being able to save him. Brielle has seen too much death in her role as an Army chaplain stationed in Afghanistan and is suffering from PTSD, as a result of which she has been given an honourable discharge. She hope to leave that experience well behind her and move on to a lighter, brighter, future….. Now Justin takes every opportunity to put himself in dangerous situations - that’s how he ended up having an accident with Brielle Thompson. Both are attracted to each other but their emotional turmoil makes them reticent to act on it. The interactions between these two main characters are so moving, make sure you have tissues to hand when reading this superbly written story! Fresh Start is what actually brings them together and gives them both purpose in their lives and a reason to live life to the full, making the most of opportunities. Everywhere needs somewhere like Fresh Start - somewhere to give people struggling with PTSD, addictions, eating disorders and other such illnesses a place to heal and give themselves a second chance. I was so impressed with how the author incorporated the idea of such places and, through this emotive story, explained just why such places are so important for everyone to have access to when they need it. It is a story of healing, accepting the past and happily looking forward to the future. As well as these two, there are other members of the Cade family and their century old enemies, the Lovelands. The feuding families have so much history but there is also a secret romance - or two - Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these! Another delightful character is the youngest of the bunch, the son of Jesse, who has an endearing way about him that really helps his Uncle! I have no hesitation whatsoever in highly recommending this to anyone who enjoys heartwarming romances which also deal with difficult issues with care and consideration. I requested and was lucky enough to be given a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it - actually, I didn’t wait until near release day as I usually do as this is one I just couldn’t wait to read!
arkieclown More than 1 year ago
BAD BOY RANCHER by Karen Rock is the third book in the Rocky Mountain Cowboys series. Even though it’s part of series, it can definitely be read as a standalone book. However, after reading it, if you haven’t read the other two in the series, you will be rushing to get your hands on them to see what you have missed. It’s that good! The series deals with the Cade’s and Loveland’s and their century old feud, how their paths keep crossing and even a little fence mending as feelings are laid out and misconceptions are cleared up. BAD BOY RANCHER centers round Justin Cade’s story. His bad boy appearance and his love of death defying danger is both attracting and scary at the same time. He keeps everyone, including his family, at a distance because he doesn’t feel he’s worth their love. After all, he is only one half of a whole – one of a set of twins – the other whose death he feels responsible for. Justin managed to literally run into former Army chaplain Brielle Thompson. Their attraction is almost immediate, but they both carry so much baggage from their past that makes them both leery of any sort of personal connection. Brielle was released with an honorable discharge from her military duties due to PTSD after serving in Afghanistan. She’s trying to adjust to civilian life and control her PTSD by moving to Carbondale to run Fresh Start, a facility to provide treatment for mental health and addiction problems where clients come for help and ways to find a second chance. It’s through her effort to help one of her clients that Brielle is finally able to share her problem to help another and possible start her road to recovery. It’s then that she fully realizes how much Justin means to her. But is she able to live with his taste for beating death adventures? At the same time, through finally reaching out to therapy, Justin realizes that he wants live again, that he didn’t die with his brother and he would want him to LIVE again. Not only does he want to live – he wants a life with Brielle that includes children and home, but he also wants to have adventures and see the world. The problem is can he have it all? Their common goal is to keep Fresh Start open & both work towards that goal. Can they work to convince the naysayers and haters to gain support for the place bring them both to facing their fears and ultimately to each other? Maybe succeeding in both! Along the way, Cole Loveland and Justin Cade find out they have more in common than they thought & fences seem to be coming down between the families old feud. Justin even shakes hands and give his blessing to a Loveland to seek out his Mom’s hand in marriage. BAD BOY RANCHER will pull at your heartstrings, make you laugh and definitely keep the pages turning. At the end of the book, you can’t wait for the next installment in the Cade-Loveland story wondering whose adventure you will read about next. I love the way the author brings to light the need for great places like Fresh Start that help real people deal with problems such as PTSD, eating disorders and other mental issues as well as all sorts of addictions like drugs and alcohol. They are not labels that society may want to stick on them but real people who need help and a 2nd chance. I highly recommend BAD BOY RANCHER to anyone that loves a totally awesome book, wants to feel the emotions that the characters in the book are feeling and likes a book with values and teaches us all how great life is
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Bad Boy Rancher" is another heartwarming installment in the Rocky Mountain Cowboys series. This time, we follow Justin Cade (we've watched the other Cade brothers find love in the previous books). Justin was a matched set with his twin Jesse- they did everything together. That is, until Jesse became addicted to drugs and eventually overdosed. Justin feels responsible and has not been able to move past it all himself. Brielle was a military chaplain in Kandahar, from which she was honorably discharged. Her past there still haunts her, and she is searching for redemption by opening Fresh Start, a program for addiction and other mental health issues. She is just arriving into town when a motorcyclist crashes into her car. She's soon to learn that this is Justin, and he's carrying his own problems. Justin is found to be over the legal limit and the judge gives him the option of going into Fresh Start or jail. Although he initially wants to take the jail time, Brielle gives him the option of also helping the other patients with ranching lessons and he decides to give it a shot. As he enters into therapy at Fresh Start, he begins to see everything in a new light. He also finds himself attracted to the tenacious Brielle, who is constantly working to get the town to forgo their prejudices and accept Fresh Start. I was glad it was addressed in the book, but even though Brielle works at Fresh Start, she does not have Justin as a patient and so is not violating ethical codes of conduct. In the first parts of the book, Justin is really hard to like- he's incredibly negative, rude to his family, and very withdrawn/stubborn. It's pretty remarkable the transformation that he goes through from start to end. He really grows as a person as he begins to accept the events of the past and move forward. Brielle has her own epiphanies at the end of the book, and I was really happy that she will also be working on her own therapy and healing. My favorite scenes, however, were by far those with the Lovelands- especially Cole Loveland, who is very thoughtful and imparts a great deal of wisdom. He was probably my favorite character in this book. I also really loved the piece with Boyd Loveland, who wants to marry Justin's mother Joy (we've seen tidbits of this relationship in the earlier books). When Boyd talks to Justin about why he wants to marry Joy and their relationship early in life, it's just so sweet- it's amazing they've carried these feelings for so long. I get the feeling the next book might be about Jewel (the sister of the Cade boys) and a Loveland, but I am really hoping that we can get some books about the Lovelands (especially Cole). Although the Cades and Lovelands have a historical dispute/hatred, I think they are about ready to put it all aside and move on. Overall, it's a great heartwarming romance, and I am really enjoying this series! Even if you don't like cowboys, you need to check this series out! (The cowboy piece is a small part of the whole.) Rock has really created a fascinating place and families/characters that will reach out and burrow into your heart. Please note that I received a copy of the book from the author. All opinions are my own.
jboehmke More than 1 year ago
This was a very moving story. Justin Cade has been taunting death, some say he has a death wish, ever since his twin brother was killed. He believed it was his job to look out for his brother, and also that his brother was the better twin so he felt he should "taunt death" to try to take him. Brielle is starting a treatment facility in Carbondale. However she has PTSD herself from being an army chaplain. She is trying to hide out in Carbondale while running the facility to make amends for what she feels are past wrongs she committed while in the military. Justin and Brielle are great characters who really compliment each other. I really like how this story addressed the different issues and different people needing help and support. Everything from drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, and PTSD, and how although different, each person needs the support of people around them, but also needs to make the decision themselves to improve their lives. The romance was sweet, without being over the top or unbelievable. The characters all seemed so realistic. I loved every minute of this story.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
A heartfelt story of redemption! Returning to Carbondale, Colorado for another Cade family story is always a pleasure. This family is very tight-knit and always entertaining as they try to make it through one day at a time as they all recover from the loss of a brother and continue to pick up the pieces of their lives moving forward. Justin is the ones that was hit in a unique way by Jesse's loss because he was his twin, his other half, his mirror. Watching him find a way to start to see the other side of the darkness is a very powerful story. He wasn't my favorite brother, but I enjoyed his story! Looking forward to more to come in the series. Former Army chaplain Brielle Thompson is hoping moving to a quaint town in the Colorado Rocky Mountains will be the salvation she needs to be able to heal from the trauma she's seen and the PTSD she still suffers from. She needs to be helping someone, but in a controlled way so that she doesn't get too attached. Justin Cade hasn't cared whether he lived or died for years now. Losing his twin brother made him feel like he's drifting alone in a world he doesn't like anymore. One dare devil stunt puts him right in Brielle's path, and the restitution he has to give is going to be beneficial to more than just the lovely lady!
Emma More than 1 year ago
BAD BOY RANCHER by Karen Rock He’s not the only one who needs saving… But maybe they can save each other? Dark, brooding, dangerous…and possibly suicidal. Renegade rancher Justin Cade was exactly the kind of man former army chaplain Brielle Thompson needed to avoid after escaping the horrors of Afghanistan with an honorable discharge—and PTSD. The whole point of moving to the remote Rocky Mountains of Colorado was to leave the darkness behind, not fall back into it. But falling she is… “What are you afraid of, Justin?” That snapped his spine straight. “Nothing.” “Then prove it. I dare you to spend the next ten weeks here, at the clinic.”“Dare?” Was she joking? Justin found himself smiling. When was the last time he’d smiled for no reason? He liked Brielle’s gumption. This is Brielle Thompson and Justin Cade’s story. former Army Chaplain Brielle Thompson who's hoping for a fresh start in Carbondale after her tour of duty in Afghanistan. Her new position as the head of Fresh Start, a mental health and drug rehabilitation facility in the remote Colorado Rocky Mountains, was her second chance at regaining her footing. And she’d better not mess it up. If she ever found the place.“Recalculating,” the GPS droned, sounding put out.Brielle’s head whipped left. What? She’d missed the turn? She groaned. Even a cheap gadget could navigate the real world better than she could. Renegade rancher Justin Cade was exactly the kind of man former army chaplain Brielle Thompson needed to avoid. He flicked on the TV, peeled off the chair then sauntered to the kitchen counter. Furball wove in and out of his legs. The peppy Monday-night football announcers grated on his ears. He grabbed his ringed mug from the sink and filled it with coffee. Time to clear his head. After herding cattle this morning, he’d dropped back into bed, fallen into an uneasy sleep, then woke even more exhausted. Too bad he hadn’t slept right through. “Now will you come with me?” Javi wagged a finger at him. “Plus, you don’t have a choice.” “Why’s that?”“Pa’s orders.” “He says he’ll drag you back himself if he has to...though I told him I could do it. See?” Javi pushed up his sweatshirt sleeve and flexed his biceps. The flat muscle twitched. BAD BOY RANCHER by Karen Rock is a 4 star book. I am looking forward to reading more books by Karen Rock. more books by Karen Rock Rocky Mountain Cowboys Christmas at Cade Ranch Falling for a Cowboy Bad Boy Rancher Walsh Family Under an Adirondack Sky Wish Me Tomorrow His Hometown Girl Someone Like You A League of Her Own Raising the Stakes His Kind of Cowgirl A Cowboy to Keep A Cowboy's Pride
Mylittlebirdie More than 1 year ago
Oh, Justin. He is NOT a nice person in the beginning of this book, but he has some very compelling reasons for why he is the way he is! He and Brielle are perfect for each other since both of them are avoiding their pasts and not truly living in the present. As they learn to confront their issues alone and together, we get to follow along on their romantic yet very realistic journey! I love that Karen Rock doesn't sugarcoat any of the topics covered in Bad Boy Rancher. I could've done without the couple of uses of the Lord's name in vain, but overall a brilliant story! ***I received a copy of this book from the author and am under no obligation to give a positive review. All thoughts are my own.