cover image Cowboy SEAL Redemption

Cowboy SEAL Redemption

Nicole Helm. Sourcebooks Casablanca, $7.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-1-4926-4156-8

A bar owner and a wounded former Navy SEAL discover that the pretense of a relationship can ignite real emotions in Helm’s stirring second Navy SEAL Cowboys contemporary (after Cowboy SEAL Homecoming). Rose Rogers, owner of Pioneer Spirit, a bar in a small Montana town, agrees to be Jack Armstrong’s fake girlfriend when his family visits from out of town if he will be a bouncer in her bar. Jack is recovering from combat injuries at a local ranch along with fellow SEALs and is still reeling from his fiancée’s marriage to his brother. Now they’re bringing their young child to meet him, and he needs Rose’s support to get through it. Rose, who believes herself unworthy of love, needs Jack’s protection from her abusive father, who was recently released from jail. Romance and tenderness blossom between Jack and Rose as she reveals the kindness hidden behind her tough exterior, and he cares for her despite her resistance to being helped. Full of emotion, this intensely heartwarming romance highlights how love can help someone overcome seemingly insurmountable adversity. Agent: Helen Breitwieser, Cornerstone Literary. (June)