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Blog Tour with Review: Saving Steele (Rock Falls #5) by Anne Jolin

What happens when circumstances of life threaten the one thing both Jackson and Kennedy love? Saving Steele from himself may prove to be too much for Cross to bear.

The 5th installment, SAVING STEELE, is now available for purchase!
Rock Falls Series #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kennedy Cross had her heart broken early in life. It wasn’t someone or something who betrayed her—it was her own body. Despite it being all she’s ever wanted, Kennedy will never know what it feels like to feel her baby’s feet kick from the inside out. Having been pronounced infertile at only eighteen, she redirected her life the best way she could.
Eight years and a degree later, Kennedy is one of the most well-loved first-grade teachers at Rock Falls Elementary School. It doesn’t matter that her college boyfriend left her because he wanted children of his own. She has twenty-two of the most gorgeous six-year-olds who adore her and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Jackson Steele deals only in extremes. He falls victim to manic episodes lasting for days, sometimes weeks at a time, sending him reeling from volatile highs to devastating lows. It’s a living hell just being inside his own mind, and that hell has taken everything he’s ever loved away from him. But what if, this time, it gives him something? An untimely gift from God and a brunette with legs eight miles long will bring him the most unforeseen joy but also his most challenging of tests.

What happens when circumstances of life threaten the one thing both Jackson and Kennedy love? Saving Steele from himself may prove to be too much for Cross to bear.

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My Review

“They say people’s hearts skip a beat when they fall in love at first sight. Your heart is so overwhelmed by a rush of love that it stills., for just a moment, forgetting to beat. What they don’t tell you is that the person your heart skips a beat for isn’t always your soulmate. In my case, it was him. My son.”

“We don’t need to have the happy ending that everyone else has, we just need ours, babe. It won’t be the ending where the hero conquers the demons because I’ll always have mine. It won’t be the ending where you get back what was robbed from you, but so what? Sometimes life’s going to win, sometimes were going to beat it and other times, we’ll figure it out. ‘Cause it’s our happily ever after at all costs, Kennedy. You hold on to that and kiss the other shit goodbye. You hear me?” “I hear you, honey.”

Saving Steele is such an incredibly beautiful story. This is one of those stories that completely takes you by surprise and holds your heart hostage. As I sit here typing out this review, I can tell you that I finished this book a few hours ago, and I am still at a loss of words. I don’t think that I have the right words to convey, just how special this book was to me. But, I’m going to try my best and hope in the end, you will see just how much I loved this book……

From the moment I picked up Saving Steele, I was floored. I was not expecting to capture my heart so quickly.  But, let me tell you, it did. You see, when we first meet up with Jackson, we discover that a big secret has been kept from him….He has a son. This poor child has had the worst upbringing and has been led to believe that no one wants him and that he’ll never been enough. This couldn’t be further from the truth, seeing as Jackson didn’t even know about his son. Jackson may be a complex man and certainly has issues of his own, but when he sees his son for the first time; none of his issues matters. All that matters is getting to know this precious child and giving him the life that he’s always deserved…..Kennedy has been dealt some difficult cards in her life; the biggest one being that she can’t have children. As difficult as that is for her, she’s channeling that love for kids into teaching. Teaching has become her greatest reward. What she wasn’t planning on, was Jackson Steele. Jackson enters her life like a hurricane and completely turns her world upside down. She didn’t stand a chance and all she can do is just hold on for the ride……

Saving Steele is an utterly beautiful love story. It’s not just a story about romantic love, but also the love you have for your family. Saving Steele is well written and captivating. It pulls you in from the very first page and refuses to let you go. It consumed me and made it impossible to put down. I feel so in love with Jackson and Kennedy, that I easily got lost in their story. The chemistry between the two of them was instant and amazing. I loved Jackson’s alpha male tendencies and how he wan’t afraid to go after what he wanted in love and in life. I loved how fiercely he loved his son and Kennedy. And Kennedy, I loved her strength and determination. She’s been through a lot in her life and some of those things could tear anyone down, but not her. She made the most out of the life that she was given. And the love that she had for Jackson was just amazing. She stood by him in the toughest of times. She stood by him when others would have walked away. The two of them together was just amazing. And the love that they shared for Jackson’s son was even more beautiful to see.

Saving Steele was a quick and easy read for me. The writing is flawless. The story-line captivating. This story took me on a super emotional journey; really pulling at my heart. This story mad me laugh. It made me cry. It made me swoon–boy did I ever swoon. And it made me fall in love. This story was just beautiful from start to finish. Yes, it did have some drama, but the drama worked well with the story, and if anything, it made me love these characters even more. My favorite part was probably the ending. The ending brought tears to my eyes. It was everything and more. To say that I loved this story would be a complete understatement. This book; this story, was utter perfection. It is my favorite work by this author to date and I absolutely can not wait to read more!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*


I’d totally become a yes girl where hot guy, dad to mini hot guy, Jackson Steele was concerned.

So that brings me to now, turning off my ignition and willing my body to move from the safety of my driver’s seat and up to his front door.

It’s okay though. I’ve come prepared. I’d written a list of things not to do when I arrived at the house on a yellow Post-it note.

  1. Don’t hyperventilate
  2. Don’t sweat
  3. Don’t touch him
  4. Don’t say the word “penis” or any of its synonyms or any parts of the male anatomy in general
  5. Don’t drool

Putting force behind the fist I’d raised to knock on the door I immediately begin to fall forward as the offending panel of wood swings inward and I face plant directly into a hard male chest.

Rats! There goes rule number three and quickly too.

Mmm. But he sure smells nice.

“Easy, babe,” his voice is a deep manly chuckle, large hands settling on my waist.

I feel that “babe,” that chuckle and that contact in all the right places, even a tingle or two in some wrong ones if I’m being honest.

Considering I’m relatively close to the brink of insanity this morning, it isn’t all that surprising that in that second, instead of pulling away, I take the opportunity to tilt my head back and look at him, really look at him, for the second time since we’d met.

Big mistake.

Should have added a sixth rule. Don’t look at him either.


– ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne Jolin –
Hey y’all, 
I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just
outside Vancouver, Canada. I grew up riding horses, shooting guns, and driving
in trucks. 
I never expected to be an author. A massage therapist? Yes.
Take over the family construction company? Yes. But an author? No. Writing was
something that snuck up on me and rooted itself into my life. It was beautiful
to discover that love, and I’m truly grateful to say I’ve found my
Since I’ve always been a creative person, it feels amazing
to harness all of that energy and use it to tell a story I love. I enjoy
incorporating bits of my real life into the stories I write. What parts are
true? Hah. I’ll never tell—what would be the fun in that? 
If I could leave y’all with one thing, it’s that life’s far
too short to not live it out loud. Drown in your passions, hold on tight to the
things that inspire you, and chase your dreams relentlessly. I can promise you
without a doubt that you won’t regret it. I know I don’t. 
Mad love, 
Anne Jolin 
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