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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 t 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 t 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. 4 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 SPOILE 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. 4 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 ty 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. 4 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 b 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

    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 readin 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 5 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 f 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.

  8. 5 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 sha 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. ;)

  9. 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!

  10. 5 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

  11. 5 out of 5

    Scrill

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

  12. 4 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!!!

  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 m 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. 5 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. 4 out of 5

    Jac K

    4 "Girl Power" Stars Wyoming Tough is the first book of the Wyoming Men series originally released in 2011, and Ms. Palmer is shaking shit up! First, I’ll be the first to say she needs to get a baby name book and switch up her character monikers, but IMO she missed with this set. Our H’s named Mallory which does not sound tough, cowboy, or manly. Originally, I was so confused, because I kept picturing the heroine every time, I read Mallory. ugh.. I hated it.. The OW’s name is Gelly, is that even 4 "Girl Power" Stars Wyoming Tough is the first book of the Wyoming Men series originally released in 2011, and Ms. Palmer is shaking shit up! First, I’ll be the first to say she needs to get a baby name book and switch up her character monikers, but IMO she missed with this set. Our H’s named Mallory which does not sound tough, cowboy, or manly. Originally, I was so confused, because I kept picturing the heroine every time, I read Mallory. ugh.. I hated it.. The OW’s name is Gelly, is that even a name? moving on.. My favorite change is that the h was the more “worldly” of the couple. Morie (23) is not the standard mousy h, and she has quite the resume. Daughter of a famous model and uber rich cattle baron, (couple from To Love and Cherish) granddaughter of a famous actress, ties to Spanish royalty, vast knowledge and access to high fashion, Tae Kwon Do master, accomplished cook, pianist prodigy, and a talented party planner. She’s also attractive, funny, super hard working, and can tame angry criminals. Mallory (36) is the oldest brother of three. He’s wealthy-ish, but nowhere close to Morie’s heiress level. He’s unattractive, and portrayed as a dumb-ass that believes everything his stupid GF tells him. I found him weak, and not alpha at all. Gelly made an excellent OW, she was sneaky, manipulative and added so much drama-llama to the plot. She also gets hers in the end which is always a bonus. Bottom Line- This is a silly read where the heroine is the star of the show, and single handily saved the H’s ass… literally. There’s also a major Mallory smack down scene compliments of the Brannt clan. There’s tons of name dropping of previous characters, and DP attempts to go all wisdom-y. “We all make mistakes. It’s why they put erasers on pencils.” It all ends in one epic :) sex scene after the couple’s marriage because Morie was raised right.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gillian

    I'm a fan of cowboy romances. Sure there's only so many ways you can write them, but they're a fun read. I had big hopes for this series but ultimately dnfed the book at 90% complete. It was honestly so bad at that point that it wasn't worth finishing the last 10% of the book. Major flaws include toxic sexism supported by multiple characters, an unbalanced relationship between a boss and employee, abelism that results in a character turning out to be the villain and who then commits suicide, poor I'm a fan of cowboy romances. Sure there's only so many ways you can write them, but they're a fun read. I had big hopes for this series but ultimately dnfed the book at 90% complete. It was honestly so bad at that point that it wasn't worth finishing the last 10% of the book. Major flaws include toxic sexism supported by multiple characters, an unbalanced relationship between a boss and employee, abelism that results in a character turning out to be the villain and who then commits suicide, poor communication disguised as romance (why on Earth are they in love when they've barely talked to each other?), infodumping and poor characterization, and hidden Christian narratives. I can respect people who want to read romances that reflect their faith. But normally that's strongly noted in the blurb about the book, not shoehorned in and used to excuse the actions of characters. If you want a good western romance, go read anything else. This series isn't worth it.

  18. 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    KathyB

    2.5 Stars

  20. 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 p 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.

  21. 4 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" an **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!!

  22. 5 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.

  23. 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 sti 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    This was the first book I've read from this author. It was... not great. It is a Christian romance - a genre which I don't personally have an interest in, but one that I have read before and not minded... when I know that it is a Christian romance going in. As a reader, I have certain expectations when I pick up a book of a certain genre. First I think I was disappointed that nowhere on the book i sit indicated that this is a Christian romance. Had I known that, maybe I would have liked it a smi This was the first book I've read from this author. It was... not great. It is a Christian romance - a genre which I don't personally have an interest in, but one that I have read before and not minded... when I know that it is a Christian romance going in. As a reader, I have certain expectations when I pick up a book of a certain genre. First I think I was disappointed that nowhere on the book i sit indicated that this is a Christian romance. Had I known that, maybe I would have liked it a smidge more. Even without the misleading nature of the book, the writing was pretty terrible. And the characters were FLAT. I found myself rolling my eyes and skimming a lot just to get through it -hoping it would get better and move away from the "what not to do in creative writing," juvenile style she started with. I'm not sure if this was her first book, so I'll give her the benefit of the doubt and try one more of her books. This time going in knowing what to expect.

  26. 4 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...

  27. 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!! :)

  28. 5 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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tina "IRead2Escape"

    Hotness Rating 2 out of 5 3.5 Stars Review to come...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Glamdring

    Average story but stellar narrating!

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