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A cowboy through and through, ranch owner Mallory Kirk knows what it means to put in a full day’s work. But does his new cowgirl? He has his doubts that Morie Brannt will be able to pull her own weight, even if the petite young woman does seem to have a lot of spirit. As they spar over events at the ranch and a past that threatens their hopes for the future, sparks begin A cowboy through and through, ranch owner Mallory Kirk knows what it means to put in a full day’s work. But does his new cowgirl? He has his doubts that Morie Brannt will be able to pull her own weight, even if the petite young woman does seem to have a lot of spirit. As they spar over events at the ranch and a past that threatens their hopes for the future, sparks begin to fly, and Mallory can’t help but notice Morie in a new light. But is this tough Wyoming man ready to love?


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A cowboy through and through, ranch owner Mallory Kirk knows what it means to put in a full day’s work. But does his new cowgirl? He has his doubts that Morie Brannt will be able to pull her own weight, even if the petite young woman does seem to have a lot of spirit. As they spar over events at the ranch and a past that threatens their hopes for the future, sparks begin A cowboy through and through, ranch owner Mallory Kirk knows what it means to put in a full day’s work. But does his new cowgirl? He has his doubts that Morie Brannt will be able to pull her own weight, even if the petite young woman does seem to have a lot of spirit. As they spar over events at the ranch and a past that threatens their hopes for the future, sparks begin to fly, and Mallory can’t help but notice Morie in a new light. But is this tough Wyoming man ready to love?

30 review for Wyoming Tough

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    So I'm going to pick my jaw up off the floor and try to compose myself to write this review. I keep falling off the "No More Diana Palmer" bandwagon. I have seriously got to get myself a seat belt and stay on that puppy. This book is a veritable feast of tell not show with epic helpings of info dumping. When I was already full up with that I was fed a nauseating, treacly dessert of "my morality is better than yours and that's why the world is going to Hell in a sinful handbasket." SERIOUS So I'm going to pick my jaw up off the floor and try to compose myself to write this review. I keep falling off the "No More Diana Palmer" bandwagon. I have seriously got to get myself a seat belt and stay on that puppy. This book is a veritable feast of tell not show with epic helpings of info dumping. When I was already full up with that I was fed a nauseating, treacly dessert of "my morality is better than yours and that's why the world is going to Hell in a sinful handbasket." SERIOUS SPOILERS BELOW I learned a lot from reading this book. I learned things like fracking (a non eco friendly way to get oil from shale) is bad and evil. I learned this three or four times in fact. I learned you're a poser if you try to pass yourself off as a debutante to ranchers in Wyoming while wearing last year's colors. I learned that it's okay to let poor girls work on ranches with those nasty cows and all that back breaking labor but that if only they'd known the poor girl came from a good i.e., rich family they never would have let her sully her hands. I learned that scads of random conversations between two secondary characters about other people who were not in the book and were in fact only mentioned once, do not a riveting story make. I learned that the hero Mallory, and seriously, Mallory? is in fact not an alpha male but a seriously naive, or dare I say stupid gullible fool. I learned that there is no way that I can buy that a very rich 23 year old rancher's daughter in this day and age would not know that a guy can't just keep it up all night but needs her new husband to tell her that fact in a very clinical sex ed sort of lecture on her wedding night. I learned that if you have just left a hunted criminal behind you with a shotgun and you hear a sharp crack in the distance, it's probably just thunder ever though there is only a light drizzle going on. I learned that a considerate husband will break his new wife's hymen with his fingers out of consideration before he F***s her. I really wish I hadn't learned that one. What I really hope I learned from this inane fiasco is my lesson: Stay on that Wagon!. I received this book free for review from netGalley.

  2. 5 out of 5

    willaful

    Well fan me with a blowtorch -- I actually kind of enjoyed this! No question it has many flaws, not the least of which are the holier-than-thou, Mary Sue of a heroine -- Morie is the hardest working ranch hand ever, but she was also offered a modeling career and a musical scholarship, can cook and organize fancy parties, tames escaped convicts, and has birds suddenly appear every time she is near -- and the hero, who's such an idiot I suspect someday he'll drown in the rain like a turkey. (In Well fan me with a blowtorch -- I actually kind of enjoyed this! No question it has many flaws, not the least of which are the holier-than-thou, Mary Sue of a heroine -- Morie is the hardest working ranch hand ever, but she was also offered a modeling career and a musical scholarship, can cook and organize fancy parties, tames escaped convicts, and has birds suddenly appear every time she is near -- and the hero, who's such an idiot I suspect someday he'll drown in the rain like a turkey. (In typical Palmer fashion, having driven away the woman he really loves, he ponders marrying the girlfriend he's suspicious of and finds annoying.) And what's with all the weird names? I kept thinking Mallory was the heroine, not the hero, and then there's Morie and Mavie -- and the evil girlfriend, Gelly. Obviously only the good people get to have M names. Nonetheless, I found this far more readable and coherent than any Palmer book I've tried lately, and was actually really caught up in the story after awhile. And though it's overdone, I liked that Morie is successful and confident, not hideously downtrodden like so many Palmer heroines.

  3. 5 out of 5

    boogenhagen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh DP is so crackalicious, but in this one we get genuine DP Philosophosizing which is kinda scary if you think about it. We also get mention of practically everybody in the DP universe but hey, that is why I still read these things. The usual DP mixup, ugly alphahole H tangles with beautiful feisty but naive h in disguise as regular cowhand. There are false accusations of theft towards h from vicious OW who is the real thief. The H finally wakes up and sees his mistake. There is a daring rescue Oh DP is so crackalicious, but in this one we get genuine DP Philosophosizing which is kinda scary if you think about it. We also get mention of practically everybody in the DP universe but hey, that is why I still read these things. The usual DP mixup, ugly alphahole H tangles with beautiful feisty but naive h in disguise as regular cowhand. There are false accusations of theft towards h from vicious OW who is the real thief. The H finally wakes up and sees his mistake. There is a daring rescue of kidnapped H by h from mentally unstable former worker and then there is the avowal of love and the big wedding night sex scene cause DP's ladies have principals don't you know. All in all it was a silly fun read and the Philosophy (everything happens for a reason) was just an added eccentric DP bonus.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Margo

    For once we have a Diana Palmer h who is fully resourced -- she is smart, pretty, strong, rich, and has doting, protective parents and a strong support system. In other words, she doesn't have to be at the mercy of a petty, cruel, moody H if she doesn't want to. The difference in the dynamic between the MC's and the average Palmer MC's is dramatic. This h is working icognito at a ranch so she can learn about her wealthy family's business. The H is the part owner of the ranch, along with his two For once we have a Diana Palmer h who is fully resourced -- she is smart, pretty, strong, rich, and has doting, protective parents and a strong support system. In other words, she doesn't have to be at the mercy of a petty, cruel, moody H if she doesn't want to. The difference in the dynamic between the MC's and the average Palmer MC's is dramatic. This h is working icognito at a ranch so she can learn about her wealthy family's business. The H is the part owner of the ranch, along with his two brothers. He's automatically drawn to, and suspicious of, the h in equal measures. He's moody and says some awful things and makes some terrible mistakes, but the h has her revenge, so to speak, and it's a fun moment. This book is pretty low-stakes. There's an OW, but she's a schemer who gets a comeuppance, and the H is seriously humbled, but there isn't an extended grovel because he is convinced that the h will never have anything to do with him after he misjudged her, and he resigns himself to this loss, which he correctly feels he deserves.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vashti

    My second DP for this month and it was quite enjoyable.Again Ms Palmer writes a nice old fashioned love story ,this time with the daughter of Kingston Brandt and Shelby Kane whose story was one of my favorites.We meet up with some old characters from her beloved LONG,TALL,TEXAN series and it was nice to "meet" these characters again.I immmediately wanted to do a reread of all her older novels,it was like going home again.The h goes to work at the H's ranch as her father won't let her particpate My second DP for this month and it was quite enjoyable.Again Ms Palmer writes a nice old fashioned love story ,this time with the daughter of Kingston Brandt and Shelby Kane whose story was one of my favorites.We meet up with some old characters from her beloved LONG,TALL,TEXAN series and it was nice to "meet" these characters again.I immmediately wanted to do a reread of all her older novels,it was like going home again.The h goes to work at the H's ranch as her father won't let her particpate with any at their ranch.The h is a big departure from the downtrodden h's that DP usually writes about,here she is a confident,educated,rich,accomplished young woman who did not let the H's girlfriend bully and intimidate her.Instead,she just went right after her,quip for quip.I loved the scene where they meet up when her father is giving this big party and they see who she really is,priceless.Highly rec for Dp fans.Hope that she writes more about the children of prior characters,there was a hint of something with her older brother and the daughter of the couple from Heather's song.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aarann

    I think this might have finally gotten me back on the Stop Reading Diana Palmer wagon. I didn't even put this on my "Currently Reading" shelf because I was too embarrassed to admit I was reading it. I always admit to hatereading Diana Palmer. To put it into perspective, I once admitted to reading -- and liking -- Palmer's "Maggie's Dad", which is so laughably old-skool, so incredibly outside the bounds of logic and reason, and so ridiculously anti-feminist that I was embarrassed to be even I think this might have finally gotten me back on the Stop Reading Diana Palmer wagon. I didn't even put this on my "Currently Reading" shelf because I was too embarrassed to admit I was reading it. I always admit to hatereading Diana Palmer. To put it into perspective, I once admitted to reading -- and liking -- Palmer's "Maggie's Dad", which is so laughably old-skool, so incredibly outside the bounds of logic and reason, and so ridiculously anti-feminist that I was embarrassed to be even reading it, let alone enjoying myself as much as I did. (Not to mention the fact that you will have to pry that paperback out of my cold dead hands because I need that much ridiculousness in my life.) There was a reference to this book in the fourth book in the series... Wyoming Superhymen (I dunno the title and you can't make me look it up!) and I thought, Ooohh! Secret heiress masquerading as normal girl who gets accused of something she didn't do and MMC has to grovel when he realizes who she is! Booknip alert! so I added this to my library wishlist and figured I'd pick it up sometime I didn't have anything else to read. I should have known better. I really should have. I mean, I got the secret heiress plot, but what passed for a love story in this book was so dry and stupid, with very little actual contact between the MMC and FMC (did they have, like, three scenes together before Mallory (btw, blech on that name, I say -- blech!) accuses Morie of stealing and kicks her off the ranch?). The MMC was so stupid, I actually found myself wondering if his brothers or Morie should put him in an assisted living facility so he didn't hurt himself or others. In the face of pretty overwhelming evidence against his girlfriend, he continues to blithely believe the absolute stupidest conclusions. Something tells me this guy thinks Occam's Razor is something he uses to shave with in the mornings (hopefully not though, as Mallory's demonstration of intelligence does not make me think entrusting him with sharp objects is a good idea). Even the Big Reveal was a let-down. When Mallory sees how gorgeousrichawesomeamazing Morie really is, he declares that there is no way he'd let her marry someone else... then promptly goes back home with this tail between his legs. Seriously, the other alpholes are laughing at you, Mallory -- laughing. I actually wanted to put Mallory on my "alphole" shelf, but honestly he didn't have enough of the "alpha" to put him there. He was so busy being led around by the Bitch Face From Hell (by the end of this book I was expecting to be told she was responsible for the fall of the Roman Empire, shinsplints, the weather, and wrote the screenplay to Gigli) that there just wasn't time in his schedule of explaining fracking ad nauseum (I think there were at least three explanations of it in this book) and being so ridiculously whipped to be an "alph-" anything, on top of everything else. And don't even get me started on the ending. Suffice it to say, I laughed. I wasn't supposed to, but I laughed. This wasn't even a good Diana Palmer. It was disappointing and silly and the only reason I'm giving it two stars is because I actually managed to finish it. I'm still not sure it was worth two.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda S.

    One of my favorites! When her life keeps giving her more reason to stand on her own feet, Morie get a job in a local ranch. Even though she needs no money, she has to be herself and not smothered anymore. Mallory take fancy of this young girl who just got hired in his ranch. But when Mal's so-called beautiful girlfriend starts seeing Morie as a threat, she'll do anything to get rid of her. It's been a while since I enjoyed reading Diana Palmer this much. I mean, some of her books can be very One of my favorites! When her life keeps giving her more reason to stand on her own feet, Morie get a job in a local ranch. Even though she needs no money, she has to be herself and not smothered anymore. Mallory take fancy of this young girl who just got hired in his ranch. But when Mal's so-called beautiful girlfriend starts seeing Morie as a threat, she'll do anything to get rid of her. It's been a while since I enjoyed reading Diana Palmer this much. I mean, some of her books can be very shallow and disturbing, but this one is totally fit the bill. I liked Morie's guts. And the way she handle situations are exquisite, judging from Diana Palmer's usual heroine. Mallory, also not her typical Hero. Sure he's arrogant and bull-headed, but he's not that infuriating. I can do him. But the ending, to be honest, is a total anticlimax. I expect something more pow daboom, but it turns out a bit nyeeeh. I need more. So far so good. Diana Palmer's my definite favorite. ;)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Morie is a rich heiress who leaves home and goes to work at the H's ranch. There she pretends to be a poor plain nobody. Hero's girlfriend is a bitch and she tries to make Morie's life miserable. However Morie is a very feisty, spirited heroine. She speaks her mind, she is confident, super rich and sophisticated. When hero accuses her of theft she goes back to her rich daddy, she gets engaged to a rich tycoon and never looks back until she finds out Mallory is in danger. Then she goes after his Morie is a rich heiress who leaves home and goes to work at the H's ranch. There she pretends to be a poor plain nobody. Hero's girlfriend is a bitch and she tries to make Morie's life miserable. However Morie is a very feisty, spirited heroine. She speaks her mind, she is confident, super rich and sophisticated. When hero accuses her of theft she goes back to her rich daddy, she gets engaged to a rich tycoon and never looks back until she finds out Mallory is in danger. Then she goes after his kidnapper alone, she confronts him and she saves Mallory's life. She’s just badass!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Love this first book in the Wyoming men series tough as nails Mallory Kirk almost loses the love of his life Morie Brannt because he listened to someone else instead of his heart but she through for him when he was in trouble than he realizes what he almost loses

  10. 5 out of 5

    Scrill

    I wanted a cowboy read. And I guess I got one. I am completely underwhelmed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

    Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c... Morie Brannt is trying to create a life for herself. She's the daughter of wealthy and well known cattle baron King Brannt and his top model wife, Shelby. So why is she working as a hired ranch hand on Rancho Real in Wyoming? Because she is doing what she loves, learning to work a ranch, since her father would not teach her and her brother thinks she is just plain nuts. But Morie loves what she does. Too bad she doesn't like her boss, Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c... Morie Brannt is trying to create a life for herself. She's the daughter of wealthy and well known cattle baron King Brannt and his top model wife, Shelby. So why is she working as a hired ranch hand on Rancho Real in Wyoming? Because she is doing what she loves, learning to work a ranch, since her father would not teach her and her brother thinks she is just plain nuts. But Morie loves what she does. Too bad she doesn't like her boss, Mallory Kirk. Mallory's opinion of women leaves a lot to be desired and he isn't going to give Morie any leeway. If she wants this job she is going to need to work for it just like the men on his ranch. Taken under the wing of an older and wiser hand and with Mallory's brothers for moral support, Morie tries to make a new life, appreciated for what she can do not just for what she is worth. Throw in Mallory's jealous and suspicious girlfriend, an escaped convict hiding on the ranch, fancy dinner parties, the theft of a family heirloom and a surprising family member showing up at the ranch to put Morie in over her head and you have plenty of conflict. Morie is a wonderful character, someone trying to be who she isn't but her true nature and passion come to the front at every turn. She is a constant source of surprise for Mallory and brings out the very best in him while also bringing out the very worst. He is a typical Diana Palmer heartthrob hero...tall, sexy, stubborn, unwilling to believe he could be wrong and fighting falling for the wrong woman who is really the only right woman. Diana Palmer has been a staple among romance fans for years now. She has always maintained a steady stream of devoted readers while consistently attracting new generations. With the introduciton of the Kirk brothers, she lays the ground work for more stories involving Cane, the war vet, and Dalton the former border agent. I have been reading Diana Palmer books since the the 1970's. I admit I am a true fan of her Long Tall Texan series and appreciate the formula for her books.She is truly the Queen of the sensual, heartwarming, heart breaking romance where the hero eventaully comes to his senses before losing the great love of his life. This particular book is true Diana Palmer and is a must read for her die hard fans but is also a great place to start to eventually become one of her die hard fans. At her worst she is fantastic and at her best she is amazing. With Wyoming Tough she is at her best!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lady Lioness

    Train. Wreck. This is a classic case of an author who has aged with her books and those books have not held up well. Palmer was never big on sexy times in her books, which is fine, but her later novels are full on preachy about sex, lawsuits, agricultural matters, gender attitudes, etc. In addition, the books all follow the exact same storyline: Cowboy/Rancher hero, who is a full-on Mr. Crankypants, falls for a much younger female who is subordinate to him in some way. The heroine worships him Train. Wreck. This is a classic case of an author who has aged with her books and those books have not held up well. Palmer was never big on sexy times in her books, which is fine, but her later novels are full on preachy about sex, lawsuits, agricultural matters, gender attitudes, etc. In addition, the books all follow the exact same storyline: Cowboy/Rancher hero, who is a full-on Mr. Crankypants, falls for a much younger female who is subordinate to him in some way. The heroine worships him for no clear reason, there's some big misunderstanding, and the hero realizes the error of his ways & immediately proposes. I am giving this two stars instead of one because, quite frankly, this is the book Palmer has always written and there is certainly still an audience for it. It just feels like, to me, that Palmer made the choice at some point to go from entertaining readers to educating them on what she feels is proper behavior. I really believe that if it wasn't for her long career and the fact that some people will buy based on her name alone, there is no way Palmer would be able sell a manuscript in today's market. If Harlequin ever drops her, she should retire gracefully or pursue more conventional inspirational fiction opportunities.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    So... her grandpa is a king. Her grandma is a movie star. Her dad is a huge cattle baron. She grew up with designers making clothes for her but she “whips on a fanny pack” when going on her date while working on a ranch as a cowgirl where no one recognizes her. And the movie they saw (the cartoon lizard Jonny Depp movie) was actually described as “clever and funny”. None of this makes any sense. These are just a couple of examples, but basically every page is screaming for me to call BS. Not to So... her grandpa is a king. Her grandma is a movie star. Her dad is a huge cattle baron. She grew up with designers making clothes for her but she “whips on a fanny pack” when going on her date while working on a ranch as a cowgirl where no one recognizes her. And the movie they saw (the cartoon lizard Jonny Depp movie) was actually described as “clever and funny”. None of this makes any sense. These are just a couple of examples, but basically every page is screaming for me to call BS. Not to mention there’s a murderer on the loose and she’s just going to go ride and check fence with her headphones on. RESEARCH PEOPLE. You can’t just set your royals on a ranch with fanny packs and iPods. And don’t tell us how everyone has college degrees and yet they can’t see the obvious set ups. Or the completely incompetent and inconsistent BS. Gah! I’ll just be over here pulling my hair out while rocking back and forth mumbling, “Overkill.”

  14. 4 out of 5

    StellaR

    I thought I wouldn't say this to Diana Palmer's book..this book is unbelievable, no chemistry at all, no depth, it's boring enough to the point that I had to force myself to finish it. I am a fan of Diana Palmer, love her old-fashioned sweet stories, I even love how predictable they are :D Unfortunately this one doesn't work for me. Too bad.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melanie♥

    2.5 stars. The first half wasn't too bad and I had hopes this would be better than the last few books. Only one or two brief comments on gaming. But then it went downhill.... Glad I still have my old DP keepers when I need a fix. This one will need to find a new home.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Judy Churchill

    I always fall for the cowboy stories set in the wild, Wild West. If it’s a book in a series, even better. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. There is something so seductive about the great blue sky country.

  17. 5 out of 5

    KathyB

    2.5 Stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    This is only the 2nd book I've read by this author. The first was a book with two stories she had written in the 70s and I only finished one of the two. I felt I wasn't giving Diana Palmer a fair shake without trying out some of her more current work as some of my problems with the story I didn't finish in the first book was how dated it was. It frustrates me to no end that I have to give this book only 2 stars. I really liked the characters, especially Tank and Cane. The storyline had a lot of This is only the 2nd book I've read by this author. The first was a book with two stories she had written in the 70s and I only finished one of the two. I felt I wasn't giving Diana Palmer a fair shake without trying out some of her more current work as some of my problems with the story I didn't finish in the first book was how dated it was. It frustrates me to no end that I have to give this book only 2 stars. I really liked the characters, especially Tank and Cane. The storyline had a lot of potential. I guess Ms. Palmer has a thing with older guys (not old, but older in comparison to the heroines) and young virginal women since the story I read, the story I didn't finish, and this story all seem to have that in common. She also has a tendency to write her heroes a bit rapey. I know that's not a word, but I don't know how to say it more eloquently. They are super aggressive with these heroines who are, really, off limits. (Can you say sexual harassment?) I feel as though if this story, with these same characters, was put in the hands of a different author it could be so much better. At times this book felt like a PSA about fracking. Look, I'm all for getting a message out through your art...be it writing, acting, painting, music, whatever. But when it's in a fictional romance it should be a bit more subtle. I'm all about continuity of time. It is something that can drive me nuts in any story. It's just one of those things for me. Morie got a scratch on her cheek in this story that seemed to be there for a month, yet kept being referred to as a little scratch. When things like that happen in a book, I feel that the author doesn't really care if what they are writing makes sense and it causes me to start nit-picking other things. I know this is a well established and popular author, but for goodness sake don't get lazy! Do your research! You cannot join the US military without a high school diploma or GED. So after reading all of my ranting above you'd think I will give up on Diana Palmer. I may. But again, I like her characters and the next 2 books in this series are about the brothers that I really enjoyed. We'll see, I guess it depends on my mood. For some reason I feel like I have to keep giving her chances. How can someone make it so far and have so many books published if she doesn't have some good works out there? I feel like I must be missing something so I must keep trying.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alexis-Morgan Roark

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. **This book was downloaded in Kindle format courtesy of NetGalley** Seriously? I have been on a DP kick lately. She has become my guilty pleasure of choice, but I think I should have skipped the freebie on this one 'cause despite my smiling like a dumb fool at the end...I really had issues with this book. It's like a mirror of the past TWELVE DP books I have read. It is time to put the formula to rest and move on, DP. I loves you lots, but I don't know. I guess one could say,"If it ain't broke" **This book was downloaded in Kindle format courtesy of NetGalley** Seriously? I have been on a DP kick lately. She has become my guilty pleasure of choice, but I think I should have skipped the freebie on this one 'cause despite my smiling like a dumb fool at the end...I really had issues with this book. It's like a mirror of the past TWELVE DP books I have read. It is time to put the formula to rest and move on, DP. I loves you lots, but I don't know. I guess one could say,"If it ain't broke" and all that. Formula aside, this was another DP mixed signal alpha hero only in this case she's his employee instead of his ward: still a posiiton of dominance and authority. Hmmmm. Detecting a pattern. I bet DP could write one seriously badas* BDSM book if she set her mind to it. I might just peek at it if she did, too. LOL Sorry, I've read a few but they fall way outside my norm. Anyway, back to the review...duh! I liked Morie. I liked her spirit, her up yours/in your face attitude with just the right amount of vulnerable doormat to maintain feed my need for DP. Don't judge me! I did not, however, like JB-ooops, sorry, wrong book. I meant...I did not like Mallory Kirk. I MUCH preferred his brothers. She should have picked one of them. He was just too darn dumb, and I'm sorry but a man that "tough" being swayed and practically led around by his unmentionables because a pretty woman says your ugly mug is attractive just doesn't cut it for me. Look in the mirror, dude! I will say that I appreciated that he didn't uh, umm with the nasty little girlfriend/skankbag. Ok. Fine. How could he NOT know? How could he blindly fire people? I'm sorry. It just doesn't fly for me. There's blinded by flattery and there's just plain old idiocy. He did sound mighty yummers from the neck down, though. It was also nice meeting some of the characters from previous books. Although, it did seem at times that she went way out of her way to give back story. Again, that's a DP thing that you just deal with, you know? Overall, this is a book for DP die-hards that is a tad dated, a bit too formulaic, and a little preachy. I'm all for saving oneself for marriage, but these are some mighty self-righteous folks!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I was so excited to see a new series of books by such a prolific author. What makes it all the more unexpected is that Morie is the daughter of a hero/heroine from an earlier book (can you believe she has been writing for long enough that her couples can have children now who are old enough to have their own stories?!) Mallory and his brothers all have issues, but Mallory feels like he doesn’t have much to offer, and that the only women he can get is by his money, not his looks. Morie likes him I was so excited to see a new series of books by such a prolific author. What makes it all the more unexpected is that Morie is the daughter of a hero/heroine from an earlier book (can you believe she has been writing for long enough that her couples can have children now who are old enough to have their own stories?!) Mallory and his brothers all have issues, but Mallory feels like he doesn’t have much to offer, and that the only women he can get is by his money, not his looks. Morie likes him – face, personality, and all. Morie’s hiding in plain sight on the Kirk ranch in an attempt to prove that she can succeed without her father’s interference. And then she’s just hoping that she can get Mallory to like her, without the strings she carries from her family heritage. I really enjoyed their romance, even if I felt that much of their relationship was a bit dated. As a Diana Palmer fan, this really reflects some of the things I appreciate most about her writing. Morie is a strong female character, who is fun and fresh. The Kirk brothers are quirky, funny, and grumpy, and Mallory is a strong hero who is desperately fighting his attraction, while his brothers attempt to throw them together at every opportunity. The characters show a great respect for each other and the land that they ranch, and the “bad” guys play a strong role in the development of the romance. My one complaint is that for all that the romance is a bit more traditional, Palmer’s uses of pop culture tidbits to make it “current” actually make it worse. It drew me a bit out of the story, because (for example) I didn’t care that she was surfing the web on an iPad, or about the resulting inner monologue about all the great things she could find using an app. I think that people will enjoy this if they (1) appreciate a novel with less sex, (2) appreciate a more traditional romance, and (3) like books that focus on living a simple, fulfilling life.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Paisley

    I was looking forward to this book's release. I always read Diana Palmer books -I have since I was 16 and I own all of her books, as I have collected kept them over the years. Maybe this sounds like I am her biggest fan, trust me I am not. I do love some of her stuff - it's hard to explain, but like an old friend I am comforted by returning to her work time after time. Unfortunately I think many reviewers who read this story will not get her stuff and find it old-fashioned. I think her books I was looking forward to this book's release. I always read Diana Palmer books -I have since I was 16 and I own all of her books, as I have collected kept them over the years. Maybe this sounds like I am her biggest fan, trust me I am not. I do love some of her stuff - it's hard to explain, but like an old friend I am comforted by returning to her work time after time. Unfortunately I think many reviewers who read this story will not get her stuff and find it old-fashioned. I think her books still have a place in the market but they are not going to appeal to everyone - especailly if you don't get Palmer's style. On the positive side I did like many aspects of this book. More than some of her works. I thought the heroine was fun and spirited. I liked the fact that she was the daughter of two of Palmer's characters from a older book from years past. Since I have read all her stuff I get it. Although I do say I feel kinda old - like seeing kids you know grow up and get married. Where I was left unfulfilled was in the hero - it wasn't that he was a jerk to the heroine (he was - as many of Palmer's heroes are) but I just didn't learn enough about him. I had no real empathy for him. He has 2 brothers that were also featured in the story, and I learned more about them and related to their plights than I did the hero. I actually was wishing the heroine would end up with one of them instead since they were more interesting! Overall it was an entertaining read - I just wish the hero's character had been more developed so I could have been cheering for them to finally get together...and live happily ever after.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    There were parts that I enjoyed in this book, but, overall, it wasn't real enough for me. We start off the book diving into background info that is not even close to being worked into the plot/dialogue. Then, we have no real progression between H/h and they are suddenly laughing together and "getting" each other. It feels odd and somewhat stilted. More words or cutting out large parts of the action to focus on characters could have made all the difference. I enjoyed Morie's fierce nature...until There were parts that I enjoyed in this book, but, overall, it wasn't real enough for me. We start off the book diving into background info that is not even close to being worked into the plot/dialogue. Then, we have no real progression between H/h and they are suddenly laughing together and "getting" each other. It feels odd and somewhat stilted. More words or cutting out large parts of the action to focus on characters could have made all the difference. I enjoyed Morie's fierce nature...until the end. She's a virgin?? After she's married, her boldness fades away. Her behavior, mannerisms and dialogue are that of a different, much younger person. I wish that the spirit of Morie had been carried through. Let her attack her man with zeal and aplomb...or something. She can still be eager. It was as if Morie was de-sexualized. Sex is a part of life. If you don't want to write it, write around it. Readers don't want to lose that connection with the characters at the end.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    This was ok but I felt it was a bit unrealistic. Morie was likeable enough but I felt that it was unrealistic that a high society girl would want to work in the muck of a cattle ranch.. which I guess is what makes her the better character then Gelly. I did love the more modern look at things with the Kirks' farm being an eco friendly as possible environment and references to iPods, and songs from this era, although eventually it will date the book. What I didn't like was how infuriated I was with This was ok but I felt it was a bit unrealistic. Morie was likeable enough but I felt that it was unrealistic that a high society girl would want to work in the muck of a cattle ranch.. which I guess is what makes her the better character then Gelly. I did love the more modern look at things with the Kirks' farm being an eco friendly as possible environment and references to iPods, and songs from this era, although eventually it will date the book. What I didn't like was how infuriated I was with Mallory.... How could he be so dumb... unbelievable. and then both characters decided they were in love because of a couple of heated moments... and then throw in a random murderer and you have this book... Not sure I'm a fan...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Glamdring

    Average story but stellar narrating!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Deedee

    Started off slow but got good towards the middle The main female character is very witty and sarcastic . Good book to read. Would recommend Happy Reading!! :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    Oh, boy. This is for dumbos. By and for dumbos. Also kinda rapey. Abandoning after a week of valiant attempts on the bus.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wasn't planning to read this today, but after reading book number two yesterday and being intrigued about the love story between Mallory and Morie, which was this book, and wondering how it all played out especially after seeing them being a loving couple in Wyoming Fierce so I decided to just go ahead and read and see what it was all about. So like I said in my review of Wyoming Fierce that I was missing the old formulaic stories of Diana Palmer that haven't appeared in her more recent book Wasn't planning to read this today, but after reading book number two yesterday and being intrigued about the love story between Mallory and Morie, which was this book, and wondering how it all played out especially after seeing them being a loving couple in Wyoming Fierce so I decided to just go ahead and read and see what it was all about. So like I said in my review of Wyoming Fierce that I was missing the old formulaic stories of Diana Palmer that haven't appeared in her more recent book releases, and I wished she would get back to that style again. Now in Wyoming Fierce, I felt it and it brought back to those days when I read her old ones and absolutely loved them, which was great and I was hoping the rest of the series would be like this. Now with that being said, this one did have elements of her old style here like the supposed "girlfriend" of the hero trying to get rid of heroine in anyway possible, causing trouble for the hero and heroine, there was an unwanted attraction from the older hero to the younger less experienced heroine, there were tense moments between them with them going back and forth, and just the hero fighting his feelings for the heroine and grossly misjudging the heroine throughout. All those were common themes to Diana Palmer oldies and like I said was in this book, which made the book extremely, emotionally intense and a winning combination, but with that being said the feeling wasn't quite there for me. Meaning I wasn't quite taken in by their love story as it followed along and effecting me along the way along with the characters. Usually in old Diana Palmer books I would feel sucker punched or truly bad for the heroine for what the hero was doing to her with all his misjudgments of her while with the hero I would feel he was a jerk, but I knew there was a reason behind it because he was hurt along time ago and was only acting that way to keep his guard up so he wouldn't be hurt again so therefore I would forgive him for his actions, also it didn't hurt that he truly seemed sorry and basically made up to the heroine for all his wrong doings. But in this particular story, I really didn't feel any of that or felt moved by their love story really. In fact I didn't feel like they were falling in love at all instead I was told that they were in love with each other, but I want to be shown that through their interactions and their actions and so on to show how everything was changing between them and growing along the way. To me, there wasn't that much development or interactions between the two of them that I would have liked to seen. I just wanted to see more than I got. There was just too much everyone else in the way that it kind of got distraction between the brothers, the convict, the "girlfriend, etc with less focus on the couple. Really they only have like two scenes, passionate, together where the focus was purely on them and meant to show relationship development and then that was it, and I didn't like that. Especially when Mallory, once he found out he was wrong about her, had this huge light bulb moment where Morie was his sun and everything to him and he couldn't live without her. And suddenly he was magically in love with her and missing her when she left his ranch. It didn't feel right, and was almost too quick especially with his sudden devotion to her. I would have felt better if there was an inkling of feeling in him and he may have realized he did the wrong thing and he might have felt more for her then he originally thought then just build on there. Instead it was like he was slapped in the face and had that big realization. Okay? Like I said it didn't feel right, as well as the fact that Morie forgave pretty much right away even though he grossly misjudged her thanks to his "girlfriend's" help framing Morie for stealing one of his family herilooms then he kicked her off his property basically. I get that she loved him, but it was just too quick and didn't feel right. Just whole portrayal of the love story didn't feel right which was a shame because that was the part I was most looking forward to, but found myself disappointed with it. I just didn't get the feels. And they just didn't work here. They worked as a loving couple better in Wyoming Fierce than in their own love story, which is sad. The plot was okay with lots going on beyond the love story part. A few little twists and turns along the way with Mallory and Morie coming out on top. There were aspects in there that were meant to add danger and suspense to the book, but I found that it was less than successful, feeling like they were just thrown in there to throw in there to add another obstacle in their way even though it wasn't much of an obstacle, though I guess it was more to bring them back together and show Morie's bravery. But still it just kind of fell flat for me and unnecessary. It just needed, the danger part, needed to be hyped up more and shown to be a truly dangerous situation and not a sort of one. And then when the bad did what he did at the end it was kind like what was the point. He was just a weak villain anyway and was just all over the place. But like I said I think it was meant to show Morie's character more than anything as well as reunite the pair. I liked Morie. She was brave and smart. She wanted to be independent. I liked how Morie wanted to break away from her rich father and make her own way and learn and not just be this spoiled heiress that used daddy's money for everything without earning her way. Also she was sick of men chasing her and wanting to marry her because of who her father was and not who she was. She wanted to learn about the cattle business, but her father won't let her so she had to resort from breaking out on her own. So she posed as a poor cowgirl when she came to Mallory's ranch asking for a job, not telling him about her true identity to him. And learned the job, and even though it was hard back breaking work she never complained and did the work without fail. So she definitely had spirit and was this strong personality. She just wanted to be on her own. She never anticipated falling in love with Mallory and wanting to marry and have children with him, which was the last thing on her mind at the time when she came to his ranch. And I did like her and I did believe that she had feelings for him more than the other way around, with her feeling building over time and growing and developing then realizing she did in fact love him before he threw her off his property. So she was a heroine, strong, but sweet, caring and innocent with high morals. She even risked her own life to save Mallory's. And really my only complaint about her was that she forgave him to easily, but otherwise I liked her. As for him, I didn't know how I felt about him, though I'll put it this way I wasn't over thrilled with him and didn't really find him swoon worthy. I just didn't connect with him. I knew he had his reasons for mistrusting Lorie based on past experience, but I kind of felt like that was copout so he didn't have to deal with his feelings for her, which I believe was stating somewhere in the book, I don't know if it was from him or his brothers, but somebody. And just the way he kept getting reeled in by Gelly, the girlfriend, was kind of hard to watch because it was just so stupid. He prided himself of not trusting women, yet he was willing to trust her. And he feel hook, line, and sinker for her crap without even questioning it. Really? C'mon get your thinking cap working dude. I can't even believe he entertained her and her accusations for even a second. He didn't even love Gelly or even want her so why was he taking her words as gold? What caused her to earn his trust like that? Nothing, but he still believed it. He was just totally stupid in that regard and maybe that was one of the reason as I didn't connect or overly like him, but it was kind of ridiculous. I just didn't get it. And as for Gelly. Oh my god. What a witch? Can ya tell I didn't like her. Not that you're suppose to, but I really couldn't stand her and just wished go away. I think there was almost too much Gelly in it. More Gelly I would have liked. I get that we got her perspective and was shown what her purpose was and how she was going to accomplish her goal in such, but in reality I didn't care. I could tell from the moment she appeared on the page she was trouble with a capital T, and knew she was going to cause problems for Mallory and Morie, using any means necessary to keep them apart and I knew she was sneaky. And that all I really needed to know about her, and would have preferred her to in the background and only featured during the times when she was attempt to keep Mallory and Moire apart and that was all. I didn't need her featured with her motives and such. It was just too much and it took away from what was suppose to be most important which was the love story. So I didn't like that either and found it annoying at times. Heck she was a pain in the butt especially how she used her body to manipulate the men in the story to get what she wanted. It was sickening to watch and the men were just fools for falling for it. So I could have stand less of her. Now what I did like was that some of the characters like Morie's mom, dad, and uncle were some of Diana Palmer's older characters back in the day with King and Shelby (Morie's parents) had a book done many moons ago with their own love story being told. And it was great to see them again and mentioned and made me revisit their story that happened so long ago, and which I have read long ago and it brought back good memories. It brought back that old Diana Palmer feeling for me because some of her older books were what she wrote the best and it was good to catch up with some old characters and seeing what had been going on in their lives and they lived. King and Shelby parents to two children with one of their children being featured in their own book and getting their love story so they've been together, happily, for a really long time and were doing well in their marriage. There were some cute moments between the parents, and it showed how truly in love they still were even after all these years, and it was nice to witness. And it showed how they were as parent as well, which kind of nice with King being this loving yet overprotective father while Shelby was the sweet, local, and loving mother always there for her children. And they had some of those qualities back in their own book with King being stubborn and overprotective with Shelby being a sweetheart just they were in their own book so they're characters haven't really changed that much either, which was great to see. And we even got a recap of their love story in a nutshell, which brought me back to their love story as well. Also just revisiting the characters was nice as well and brought a nice reminder of past characters. And they weren't the only old characters mentioned either. Others were name dropped in there as well, though not much update was provided, but that was okay. But I really liked this part of the book and was probably one of the more enjoyable of the entire book, which was kind sad since they were only meant to be minor characters. But I liked the amount that they were there and never really felt overwhelmed by them being there. Overall, it was okay. I just expected more out of the love story than I got. Just other things seemed to take over and kind of divert, too much, off of Mallory and Morie as a loving couple. I wanted to see the growth between them as well as the tension and the raw emotions surrounding them. I didn't feel it. It was more I was told it than anything else. I just wasn't swept away with their love story, and I wasn't overly thrilled with him. He needed to do a bit more to make him more relatable and redeemable in my eyes. I needed his growth the most and not just have this sudden revelations about his feelings for her. I know I was told he was hurt by not having her in his life, but I didn't feel his pain, hurt or anguish along the way. It was like "okay I messed up and I want to be with her, but I know I can't because I hurt her so bad." It wasn't big deal or didn't feel like a big deal to me. I don't know something was missing there. Maybe it was longing or the angst that I wasn't getting from him so much. I wanted see his struggle I guess, which made him kind of come to that realization. Just the love story didn't do it for me. Hopefully the third book to this series is like book two and this one because I liked book two better, feeling the more old Diana Palmer feeling that I got when I read it than I did this one. I just liked more of the angst and more of the love story/relationship development in book number two that wasn't in this one. I just more from that book then I did this one, and enjoyed it more. Just his one something was missing for me that just didn't sell me on the story. I'm glad I read book two before this one because then who knows how long it would have taken me to pick up the next book in the series. I definitely would have waited if I read this book first because I found it not as exciting or emotional like I was expecting to find. In fact I liked Morie and Mallory more/love as side characters in book two than main characters in this one. SIDE NOTE: Just a little note here and something to point out. Shelby and King have another child named Cort, and he was in this story as well, which kind of set up in this book of who his love interest would be. In this book it stated about this shy, young girl named Odalie, daughter of another set of characters from Diana's early days Heather and Cole Everett, who supposedly hates his guts and wants nothing to do with him while Cort is totally in love with her. So it sets up the book perfectly right with lots of tension and conflict with them that's utterly intriguing, right? Sounds like a book full of potential and something I would have been dying to read and ready to read and even dying to read while I would wait for it to come out. I would look forward to it and can't wait until it come to fruition. Guess what? There's a book about Cort that came out after this one. Not sure how long. I think a year or so. But I have read and I knew I read before I even started this one so I wasn't surprise that he is in this book. What did surprise me is the fact that Odalie comes off as a genuine love interest in this book and one with much possibility in the future, but that's not who Cort ends up with. It's someone completely different. Now though the set up is in this book between Odalie and Cort and they do in fact date in his book, there's not a seriousness too them in Cort's book, obviously if he ends up with someone else, that's kind of indicated or set up in this book where I could have seen, if hadn't read his book first, where the two of them did end up together. I could have seen it because the set up is there perfectly. But it doesn't happen. Also the way Odalie is described in this book and the one in Cort's book is just totally different and didn't even seem like the same person. Now maybe it's because certain events hadn't happened yet at the end of this book that happened in between to Cort's book that made her change, and I think that might be the case because she goes to New York to study music and changes, but she shouldn't have changed that much where she's almost polar opposite in her descriptions in both books. In this one she is sweet and innocent and in Cort's book she's a selfish, mean jerk that toys with the heroine in Cort's book a little too much for liking, making essentially the villain though she does change her ways at the end of Cort's book. But anyway point is that it just feels like two different characters and not the same one, adding to inconsistencies. Now like I said there is space in between these books and Diana might have changed her mind and shifted her focus, changing the storyline and characters along the way so it doesn't quite link up in some ways, though in others it does because it states in Cort's book that he did have feelings for Odalie and is totally into her like it is said in this one. So when Odalie came onto the scene I knew who she was immediately, but taken aback by her description because it wasn't the description I was expecting and not what I believed her to be when I read Cort's book as well as Cort and Odalie's relationship setup/relationship, which I didn't see it quite like that in his book. So that threw me a bit and made me pause, but I guess that's what I get for reading books out of order, right? But it just was a bit unexpected, and just something I had a tad of an issue with you even though it wasn't a huge deal either. Though now I have to go back and read Cort's book again and see if it makes sense or not to me or if Diana Palmer really just changed her mind and decided to go a different direction.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Setting: Rancho Real (Royal Ranch) near Catelow Wyoming; Skylance Ranch, near San Antonio; Theme: Trust; love; independence; self-reliance; deception Characters: Edith Danielle Morena ‘Morie’ Brannt: Of the wealthy Brannt family of Texas, who raise/sell Gertrudis cattle; mother and father had passionate courtship, and passionate marriage; mother was a model; father chauvinistic, and will now allow her to work the nitty gritty of the ranch; earned college degree in history; disillusioned by suitor Setting: Rancho Real (Royal Ranch) near Catelow Wyoming; Skylance Ranch, near San Antonio; Theme: Trust; love; independence; self-reliance; deception Characters: Edith Danielle Morena ‘Morie’ Brannt: Of the wealthy Brannt family of Texas, who raise/sell Gertrudis cattle; mother and father had passionate courtship, and passionate marriage; mother was a model; father chauvinistic, and will now allow her to work the nitty gritty of the ranch; earned college degree in history; disillusioned by suitor father pushed at her who wanted to marry her for her money; decides to get a job at a ranch, and learn the nitty gritty; applies herself at the Rancho Real in another state; not particularly impressed with the cold boss – but of course she is very attracted to the boss. Mallory Dawson Kirk: oldest brother; brought ranch back into black after father ran it into the ground by diversification and good ranch practices; won’t slag for oil on property because it could ruin the water; big, powerfully built, but not an attractive face – making him susceptible to a pretty face who flatters him; recently taken in by one con-woman who was sweet, baked cookies, made them all feel manly, while she was stealing the family treasures; didn’t learn lesson and is dating another conwoman/socialite wanna be because she flatters him. Darby Hanes (foreman): older; loyal; takes Morie under his wing and teaches her what she needs to know (dipping calves, fixing fences, moving the hay); he believes in her, and watches out for her. Cane: veteran of Second Gulf War; lost an arm; drinking problem; refusing to go to mental or physical therapy; about half way through the book, he tries to saddle a horse, and can’t do it, and is cussing up a storm. All not sure what to do, and Morie matter of factly picks up the saddle, saddles the horse, brings the horse over to him and tells him to take a breath and take care of business, and suggests a way of his getting on the horse (learned by watching one of her father’s armless ranchhand do it) – and he does it – a corner turned for him. Dalton aka Tank (faced down a tank with a hand grenade and won): served armed forces; former border agent and retired after being shot almost to death; supports his brother, but likes and defends Morie. Joe Bascomb: escaped; convicted of murder; professed innocence, and has Tank’s support (they served together); an ex-girlfriend called him to defend her against a new boyfriend, and he claims that all he did was hit him and his head hit a wall and he accidently died. Come to find out he had a history of violence. Gelly Bruner: beautiful; last years fashions; her and her father bought a small ranch nearby (rumors of some questionable practices in the sale); she plays helpless and needy and plays on Mallory’s insecurities. She keeps bringing up people she knows who might need a job, and is persistent about getting him to sell a back piece of his property that can’t be used for ranching to a down on his luck man who just wants a place to retire to (except he is actually an oil speculator, who wants to slag the oil – and is wanted in 2 states because of doing in without regard for safety protocols and ruined the water). She also manipulated a ranch hand to help her set up another ranch hand who did not show her proper deference by placing a drill in his bunk… and Mallory immediately fired him. Mavie: housekeeper; new to the ranch; Morie helps her in the planning of a party to make it classy. – making of canapies, setting the table, decorating, etc. Mom and Dad Brantt: love their daughter; mom knows where she is, and encourages her in the end to follow her heart; dad unhappy she put herself in harms way, but when she returns home, and he finds out it was under the shadow of a suspicion of stealing, he has plans to move heaven and earth to clear her name. Summary: Morie is hard working and fits in at the ranch (with all but the older brother); she is quick to learn, she uses her common sense and background to help out people with their individual problems; she is thrilled to learn. Gelly sees Mallory watching her, and is jealous… she tries to make trouble – for instance after Mallory takes her to the Chinese restaurant where Morie is on a date – and she later confronts her warning her off of him – and Morie doesn’t take it, standing up for herself. Gelly tattles, and when Mallory confronts her, she tells her side, and ends by saying, why would Gelly think she’d be interested in an old man like him – which pushes him into a reaction to prove himself, and he snags her, and kisses her (shocking himself and her). One day when riding fence, she comes across Joe Bascomb, who although has a shotgun, doesn’t seem threatening to her, just pitiful. She shares her lunch and water, she tells him he should turn himself in, tells him everyone is on earth for a reason, and rides off. Though avoiding each other, she and Mallory watch each other when they think no one is noticing… each not sure what to do with the other. Morie and Gelly have words again, and Gelly plants a Faberge egg/family heirloom in her pack (manipulating the same ranchhand – who thinks it is just a joke)… Mallory reacts, and fires her (though he isn’t calling the sheriff, though she invites him to), though his brothers protest, and she takes her family jet home. The brothers leave the room whenever Gelly is there, showing their displeasure. Morie confides in mom; dad finds out what happens (he does have his PIs) and plans to clear her name (but after the shindig); Morie helps mom in the planning of the big shindig, with lots of wealthy/political/celebrity guests – including Mallory and Gelly. Both Mallory and dad Brannt had hired the same PI to investigate Gelly. When they came through the reception line, it quickly becomes apparent that Gelly is the liar. She storms out, Mallory stays behind to manly apologize, offer some bit of explanation. The full truth comes out about Gelly, and the police arrest her (and she has the audacity to call Mallory pleading that she was being set up); and then Mallory is kidnapped by Joe Bascomb; When Morie finds out, she insists she must go out and rescue him – that she has a tentative relationship with Joe, and afterall when so and so gets drunk, she’s the only one he listens to to leave the bar and go home. She takes $5,000 cash, she gets the PI to place backup in place where they can see the line cabin where she met Joe, and brings some of Mave’s food and coffee. 10 minutes later, Joe shows up, a bit belligerent, but she talks to him, offers him the food and the cash… he tells her truth about his involvement with Gilly, his rage when the man wouldn’t give up the info that Gilly wanted… and he tells her the Mallory is alive, tied to a tree up the path… he leaves, she locates Mallory, who has 2 days of exposure to the outdoors – she cuts him free, they hold each other… one of the backup shows up with water, and… yes… they all live happily ever after.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    Morie, the daughter of a very wealthy cattle baron, is tired of being pursued by men who only want her for her daddy's money. She also wants to learn ranching from the bottom up and prove to herself and others that she can make it on her own. Her father will not allow her to do any work on his cattle ranch, so she gets out of Texas to find someone who will take her on as a ranch-hand. Mallory Kirk and his brothers own a small, but successful ranch in Wyoming. Known as someone who will give Morie, the daughter of a very wealthy cattle baron, is tired of being pursued by men who only want her for her daddy's money. She also wants to learn ranching from the bottom up and prove to herself and others that she can make it on her own. Her father will not allow her to do any work on his cattle ranch, so she gets out of Texas to find someone who will take her on as a ranch-hand. Mallory Kirk and his brothers own a small, but successful ranch in Wyoming. Known as someone who will give employees a fair chance, regardless of their background. His current love interest is not all that she appears, but she is desperate to be rich. She is willing to manipulate people to get what she wants and she wants Morie gone from the ranch since Mallory is paying her too much attention. This is the first Diana Palmer novel I have read, but I am not in a raging hurry to finish the series. There wasn't enough interaction Morie and Mallory to account for their "can't live without him/her" attitude after she leaves the ranch. The novel had some likable characters, but not all of them were.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Three stars because I finished the book. It wasn't a struggle to give it 3 stars, but Palmer's very annoying habit of mentioning characters from previous books started to get on my nerves. One reference to a previous character went back to a book she published in 1982. Seriously?!?!?!? C'mon. The hero was totally stupid and clueless. Can't say too much without giving up spoilers but let's just say men can be REALLY stupid when it comes to women. I wanted to bitch-slap him across the ranch more Three stars because I finished the book. It wasn't a struggle to give it 3 stars, but Palmer's very annoying habit of mentioning characters from previous books started to get on my nerves. One reference to a previous character went back to a book she published in 1982. Seriously?!?!?!? C'mon. The hero was totally stupid and clueless. Can't say too much without giving up spoilers but let's just say men can be REALLY stupid when it comes to women. I wanted to bitch-slap him across the ranch more than a time or two. The heroine, which I did like, was nothing short of perfect - she could do EVERYTHING and do it well. What to do when you're as smart as, or smarter than the hero? 'Nother issue that's bothered me through the years: why does the author name her characters the way she does? This hero was named Mallory (usually a female name or a last name), the heroine was named Morie (short for one of her names Morena), I always associate a Morrie (Morey) with a male. Palmer has come up with some really strange names through the years. Will I read more in this "Wyoming" series? Probably, because I really liked the hero's brothers.

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