Rodrigo Ramirez is sent undercover as an itinerant laborer on Gloryanne Barnes's stepbrother's farm in Jacobsville, where he's looking to bust a new and vicious cartel operating south of the border. Gloryanne is smart, savvy and fiercely independent, but her job has put her in danger from the same criminal Rodrigo is investigating. She's drawn to the enigmatic new farmhand, Rodrigo, a man who is much more than he seems, and who stirs a desire that leaves her breathless. But secrets are about to shatter all their lives, for better, for worse...and maybe forever.
Gloryanne's sweet innocence is too much temptation for a tormented man. Confused and bitter about love, driven by his dangerous job and searching for answers, Rodrigo is not sure if his reckless offer of marriage is just a means to completing his mission - or something more. But as Gloryanne's bittersweet miracle and Rodrigo's double life collide, two people learning just what it means to trust must face the truth about each other, and decide if there's a chance for the future they both secretly desire.
©2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; ©2009 Diana Palmer
I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.
Characters: The hero in this novel makes most villains look good. He's arrogant, rude, selfish, vile tempered, shallow and (if the plot is to be believed) ignorant. He seems to be the only one in town who can't seem to figure out who the heroine is and what she's there for. For her part, the heroine is lacking even the remnants of common sense in getting hooked up with him in the first place. I suppose that might be my personal tendency to be baffled by women who fall in love with men who treat them terribly 90% percent of the time. It seemed each time he was nice to her, it was a breadcrumb she grabbed up like a starving bird. Her love for him just came of as weakness and a bit of desperation.
Plot: When I was about halfway through the book, I came back to Audible to check and make sure this was an unabridged book. It "felt" abridged. There were lots of things that weren't explained at all, or weren't explained enough for me to find them credible. As I don't want to provide spoilers here, I will not say more, but the gaps were pretty apparent to me, particularly pertaining to the intrigue. The relationship between the two main characters was almost painful to follow, and it's the only romance I can think of where I actually wished something bad would happen to the hero. Even his "redemption" wasn't that believable, because by the time I made it that far, I despised him to the point of actually hoping she'd dump him and move on. A complicated hero is one thing, but this guy was just not likable, at least not by me.
Narration: I bought this book because Phil Gigante was narrating it and I love him. His narration was wonderful as always. His voice is as smooth as flesh over satin sheets, and he was by far the best part of this book. At least one and a half of the two stars I give this book goes to him.
This entire book is about 2 people incapable of basic communication. Even after they know enough to gain trust - they don't and the BIG MISUNDERSTANDINGS continue to the end of the book almost. Rodrigo comes across as an insufferable snob who thinks he is way too good for plain, dowdy, crippled Glory. Ughh...even his charm couldn't overcome that for me. I have enjoyed most of the books about Jacobsville and it's citizens. This one....not so much. By the time I finished listening to it I was exhausted and unable to buy in to the HEA. Probably should pass on this one.
I do love Phil Gigante. Ms. Palmer's characters, as usual, leave something to be desired--I don't really like such strong gender stereotypes in a modern novel. But Phil Gigante...worth the listen just for his superlative voice.
Can't decide. Really didn't like the male lead at all. He seemed to be a self-centered arrogant *******. I like the basic plot but it's hard to get into a story where it's as easy to detest the supposed hero as the villain. And I'd like to shake the female and ask where her pride is.
I've listened to several of her books, which is why I got this one. I don't know that I will listen to this one again.
I like his performance as the males. I think it is difficult to have a man do a woman's voice without it sounding simpering or unintelligent.
Would rather not. And if it was , certainly not with the "stars" there are to choose from today.
Most of Diana Palmer's book have quite a bit of political leanings in them. I could do without the whole green, immigration and class soapboxes. I like the stories enough to buy quite a few books, but they would be just as enjoyable without some elements.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kept me on the treadmill longer. Phil Gigante is one of my favorite narrators. His ability in bringing each character to lilfe has me reading all that he performs. The story was great and fast moving.
I agree with the previous reviewer, Rodrigo is an insufferable snob with flashes of cruelty that make it difficult to find him appealing until his epiphany toward the end of the book. However, I think this makes for a very interesting and complicated character.
I enjoyed the book and recommend it.
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