Review: Wyoming Brave

Review: Wyoming BraveWyoming Brave (Wyoming Men #6) by Diana Palmer
Series: Wyoming Men #6
Published by HQN Books on December 27th 2016
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 384
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three-stars

FINAL DECISION:  A typical Palmer romance with an experienced hero who misjudges the sweet innocent heroine and then regrets it.  I liked this book but it doesn’t elevate Palmer’s formula but rather stays strictly within its boundaries.

THE STORY:  Ren Colter has closed himself off after his fiancee’s betrayal. Everyone is therefore surprised — even Ren — that he allows Meredith Grayling to stay at his ranch. Meredith is hiding from a stalker. Nervous and afraid, Meredith is dealing not only with her current threat but past abuse as well.  The alpha male feels his protective instincts go in overdrive over the innocent Meredith and her gentleness might soothe Ren’s battered soul.

OPINION:  I’ve read Palmer’s books for over thirty years. Her readers know that she has a formula for her books. Her characters often — and almost always in recent years — live in small western towns.  There is usually an experienced but romantically betrayed man who meets up with an inexperienced woman.  He mistakes her for experienced, treats her poorly, finds out the truth and then spends the rest of the book groveling.

I know what I’m getting in one of her novels and sometimes the characters make the story fantastic.  This book was just okay for me. The characters were nice — and even the hero wasn’t too jerky — but I didn’t feel that the characters expanded the formula nor were they so compelling that I thought — “wow!  I’m like to read this again”.

Enjoyable for the time I spent reading it and ultimately forgettable as a book.

WORTH MENTIONING:  This book actually is a crossover book with Palmer’s Long, Tall Texans series with appearance by characters from that series.  Seeing characters that I’ve

CONNECTED BOOKS:  WYOMING BRAVE is the sixth book in the Wyoming Men series.  It can be read as a standalone although pretty much all of Palmer’s books are connected these days with characters appearing from different books and series.  This book is most closely connected with DEFENDER.

STAR RATING:  I give this book 3 stars.

three-stars

Review: Calamity Mom

Review: Calamity MomCalamity Mom by Diana Palmer
Published by Harlequin Books on April 25th 2016
Genres: Contemporary
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two-half-stars

FINAL DECISION:  This is a sweet story but fairly forgettable.  I read it once and thought it was fine, but I didn’t see anything special about the story or the characters.

THE STORY:  Faulkner Scott’s twelve year old son wants a mom and has set his eyes on Shelly Aster.  Although Faulkner believes Shelly is too young, too poor and too inexperienced for him, he can’t seem to stop spending time with her.  As both Faulker and his son fall for Shelly, she has secrets of her own which might make her perfect match for them both.

OPINION:  This is a straightforward and sweet story.  For a story like this, to be a really good story, I think that there have to be memorable characters.  For me, the story was nice, light and easy to read and enjoy, but there was nothing special about it or its characters.  I like Diana Palmer’s books, but this story isn’t one of the best.  Nice one time read but nothing about it was lasting for me.

WORTH MENTIONING: This novella was originally published in 1993.

CONNECTED BOOKS:  CALAMITY MOM is a standalone.

STAR RATING:  I give this book 2.5 stars.

two-half-stars