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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 ...more
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Published March 21st 2017 by Harlequin Blaze
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Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
This is my first ever read from Karen Rock, and I will definitely be reading more from her in the future. Rock has a great way of making you "see" what's going on instead of just telling you. Her main characters were packed with personality and had some sizzling chemistry between the two of them. I'm also a big fan of second chance love stories.

Nolee is the type of person that fights really hard for what she wants. She grew up not knowing where her and her mom were going to be living next, and i
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Mandi Schreiner
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I wanted to try this book because the heroine is a commercial crab boat captain in Alaska and I'm not sure I've read a romance book with a heroine who has that profession. I ended up liking her a lot. She is tough and gutsy - I didn't connect as well to the hero. Let me set it up.

Nolee Arnauyq is a twenty-eight year old rookie captain, in the rough seas in Alaska trying to make her quota catching crab for a commercial seafood company. With an ailing mother, she wants money fast and is excited to
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Maria Rose
This second chance romance is an action packed, sexy adventure! High school sweethearts Dylan Holt and Nolee Arnauyq went their separate ways when they broke up over a misunderstanding that she never bothered to correct, fearing that it was only a matter of time before Dylan would move on from her and their small community in Kodiak, Alaska anyway. Nine years later, she’s the captain of a crab fishing boat and Dylan’s a rescuer for the coast guard. A short term assignment back home sees him enco ...more
Karen Rock
Mar 05, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I hope you'll check out my latest addition to my No Defenses series with Harlequin Blaze! If you enjoyed book one in this USCG Air and Rescue series- HIS TO PROTECT, you'll love reading rescue swimmer Dylan Holt's second chance love story when he returns home to the most dangerous waters in the world and the strong, fierce woman he's never forgotten. It's sexy and swoony and full of thrills- on deck, and most definitely below deck...
Lola
I got a free copy from Tasty Book Tours and the author and voluntarily reviewed it

After reading Karen Rock her first Blaze line book last year I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one and I am happy to say that this one is just as good, maybe even better. His Last Defense follows Dylan and Nolee. Dylan is a rescue swimmer who will be back into his home stats of Alaska for a short while and he meets his first love again, Nolee. Nolee is the captain of her own ship now. They are both great char
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Isha Coleman
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Fear of hard work didn't stop Nolee from achieving her dreams but made her more determined to succeed in a testosterone charged environment. The sea owns her heart, body and soul. When a turn of events brings a face to face confrontation with her past, will this fearless fighter end up meeting her match? His Last Defense brings out the heavy artillery. In Nolee, Ms. Rock builds a courageous woman with the strength to take on the world and conquer sexism while standing up to danger. Dylan brings ...more
Samantha
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
His Last Defense was not as thrilling a romance as I was expecting to be, but it was was still a fun sweet and sexy second chance romance and I really enjoyed it. The story which followed Nolee as she reconnected with Dylan was one that really grabbed my attention. I couldn't get enough of these two and although Nolee could be a bit frustrating at times with some of her reasoning for doing things she was still a character that you could root for. And really the fact that she was a bit hard-heade ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Coast Guard rescue swimmer, Dylan Holt left Kodiak, Alaska years ago with his heart broken. He never thought to see Nolee Arnauyq, she who broke his heart, again, until he was sent to rescue a crew of a capsizing boat, with Nolee in it. He though he had her behind him, but that theory is out the window when his body reacts like it was yesterday. Nolee is a headstrong woman, who has always gone for what she wanted, which has led her to being the rookie captain taking on the deadly waters of the B ...more
Kaylee Nizza
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Loved It!!! As a huge fan of The Deadliest Catch I compared it to the book. I have to say Karen Rock brought on her A-Game when she wrote this book. This book is not only intense, smokin hot and steamy. It is a great second chance romance. Nolee is stubborn and determined to prove herself while Dylan wants to keep her safe. Once you start this book you will have a hard time putting it down.
BCD Book Review - Rachel & Jen
Amount of sex 3 / 5
How explicit 2.5 / 5
Romance 4 / 5
Overall: 4 / 5

I have always loved watching DEADLIEST CATCH on the Discovery Channel as well as the 2006 movie The Guardian starting Kevin Costner. His Last Defense reminds me of both and it is an action packed second chance romance by Karen Rock. The story line is unique and refreshing and I was hooked from the very beginning.

In the story, Dylan is a USCG rescue swimmer currently stationed in his home town of Kodiak, Alaska. He has recently ret
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Christine Mize
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a fun read with an extremely interesting heroine and hero! Nolee is a crab boat captain in the Bearing Sea. When her boat is caught in a horrific storm and begins to sink, the Coast Guard comes to her rescue. The Rescue Swimmer just happens to be her ex Dylan, who left to join years ago failing to return a single time since. The sparks between the two are still strong enough to set the world on fire, but a misunderstanding from years ago stand in the path of reconciliation. Will they both b ...more
Mommaleena
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

•Alaska
WOW!!! What an awesome and accurate story. You get to see a glimpse of not only what a Coast Guard Swimmer has to go through in the icy cold waters in Alaska, but what the Captain and crew have to deal with on the icy dangerous waters while trying to make a living. If you've ever been there with Karen's detailed descriptions you can actually feel the cold water as it swells over the rail onto the crew {shiver}. But then again if you haven't been, the beauty of Alaska alone could draw you
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Deborah
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jd-read, amazon-done
His Last Defense is full of action and sizzling romance!  Nolee is a strong-willed heroine who is the captain of a crab fishing boat in the Bering Sea.  She is a determined one! Wants to show everybody she's got what it takes to make it in a man's profession.  She's extremely tough, very caring, knows how to captain a boat, and has a humorous side too!  When she comes face to face with her ex that got away, she is all muddled up! She was in the middle of crabbing when the ship she was running ha ...more
Angela Cramer
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This happens to be the first book I've read by Karen Rock, but not my last.

Let me start out by saying short of an erotic genre, Blaze covers Dylan and Nolee completely. Two young lovers brought back together by an unlikely source, the sea. Her fickle, tempestuous lure casts a spell over both of them.

I'm not denying the fact I am a landlubber. Born and raised on lakes in Michigan, yet have only seen the Atlantic Ocean once. I could not imagine what it would be like to be on one of the Great Lakes
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Mommaleena
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

•Alaska
WOW!!! What an awesome and accurate story. You get to see a glimpse of not only what a Coast Guard Swimmer has to go through in the icy cold waters in Alaska, but what the Captain and crew have to deal with on the icy dangerous waters while trying to make a living. If you've ever been there with Karen's detailed descriptions you can actually feel the cold water as it swells over the rail onto the crew {shiver}. But then again if you haven't been, the beauty of Alaska alone could draw you
...more
Mommaleena
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing

•Alaska
WOW!!! What an awesome and accurate story. You get to see a glimpse of not only what a Coast Guard Swimmer has to go through in the icy cold waters in Alaska, but what the Captain and crew have to deal with on the icy dangerous waters while trying to make a living. If you've ever been there with Karen's detailed descriptions you can actually feel the cold water as it swells over the rail onto the crew {shiver}. But then again if you haven't been, the beauty of Alaska alone could draw you
...more
Misty - The Erotic Book Blog
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love a sexy, hot military man?

And when he's a ripped rescue swimmer in the Coast Guard? BONUS!!!

I really enjoyed Dylan and Nolee's story. It's a second chance romance with plenty of heat and conflict to make it great.

Dylan is hot! But he's not perfect, and I love when authors bring a little bit of brokenness to the heros they write. He's passionate, dedicated, focused, and a little bit lost all at the same time. And the only one that's ever been able to calm that is Nolee.

Nolee is in
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Jess Lawson
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dylan and Nolee both broken hearted with each other to blame. Dylan thinks Nolee cheated and she let him thank that so he could leave Alaska to have the future he always dreamed of and wanted. Nolee is struggling to be the Captain of her own boat. Dylan could help Nolee get her bearings and get her world back on track without falling in love with her again right. Nolee can help Dylan heal from his past but he will have to break down and open his heart to her again.

This story is so heartwarming
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Elizabeth
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
HIS LAST DEFENSE is a solid story with great characters and an even greater love story. I liked how genuine Dylan and Nolee are. Nolee is a strong heroine and I really admired her. Dylan is a super dreamy member of the Coast Guard. He is a hard nut to crack but I did think he and Nolee had great chemistry together.

I love second chance romances and I’m so glad that fate gave Dylan and Nolee theirs. I also loved how Nolee fought for her dreams by not letting anything get in her way.

The book is a
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Paula Legate
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet second chance at love romance. I enjoyed the suspense that went along with it.
Nolee grew up moving from house to house with her single mom. she never knew who's couch she would be sleeping on. she fought for her independence. She vowed that when she grew up, she would never live like that again, or need anyone, ever. She is now a caption, with a crew that respects her. If you've ever watched deadliest catch, the book has that kind of feel to it. They are fishing for crab off of
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Holly
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
His Last Defense was not the book I expected it to be but in a good way! It starts out with a action filled scene of a fishing boat being in need of a rescue and Nolee who is the captain, not wanting to leave her ship behind even if her long lost love, Dylan is her rescuer! As you get to know Dylan and Nolee's love story and how they fell in love and ultimately fell apart before the events of this book, you can't help but root for them to be together.

You would think that this is just another lo
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Michelle
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heart-pounding action and red hot romance! Nolee is a kickass heroine who captains her own crab fishing boat and is determined to succeed in the testosterone filled, deadly occupation. She's tough, funny, cares about her crew (great secondary characters also) and she's good at her job. I immediately rooted for her and wanted her to not only make her quota and keep her captain position but also have a second chance at love with rugged military hero, Dylan Holt... Dylan... where do I begin?! He's ...more
Danielle Rock
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read! The action was fast paced, exciting and terrifying. The romance was not only sexy, but incredibly touching and healing for both Dylan and Nolee. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sexy romances and even to those who enjoy action novels.
Roxanne
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a Goodreads win review. This is a very good romance plus some adventure book. It is about two dynamic people on the high seas.
Books and Spoons
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A story filled with action, danger, and lessons in life while trying to heal from the childhood wounds and find the way to each other's arms and hearts again.
An adrenaline filled second chance romance that starts with an alarming and intense fight against the stormy seas, where lives are on the line and careers are about to sink to the endless void of the ocean. It had my heart rate up and I was nearly blubbering for them to hurry up and save themselves. With this perilous scene, I got an immed
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Janet
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breathtaking edge of your seat

I've never read a story that was so on the edge in so many ways. Sure there was the strung tight relationship of Nolee and Dylan, but their story takes place on the Bearing Sea and the Bearing Sea is a vicious lover. Fighting a churning sea and churning feelings for each other sets out a fascinating and daring tale.

In the opening we find Nolee being rescued unwillingly at sea by daring water rescuer Dylan. It's bad enough Nolee is going to lose her ship in a driving
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Mandy Weeks
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
...more
Lynn Brooks
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Danger whisks us away in this riveting read! You will be turning page after page without being able to put it down as we are immediately drawn into a drama filled plot that keeps your attention and has you hoping for a happy ending for these long lost lovers! We met Dylan Holt in the first book of this series and were left looking forward to his story … and it did NOT disappoint!

United States Coast Guard rescue swimmer Dylan Holt left his hometown of Kodiak, Alaska years ago with no intention of
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Christina
rated it liked it
Aug 23, 2017
Lynette Bird
rated it it was ok
Jun 20, 2017
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Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary author. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time author. Her Harlequin Heartwarming novel, A LEAGUE OF HER OWN, has won the 2015 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award and the 2015 Booksellers Best Award. Her Heartwarming novel, WISH ME TOMORROW, has won the 2014 Gayle Wilso ...more
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