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The Doctor Wears a Stetson: Diamondback Ranch, Book 1 | [Anne Marie Novark]

The Doctor Wears a Stetson: Diamondback Ranch, Book 1

Jessie Kincaid was fifteen and innocent when Cameron asked her to the prom. She lost her heart that night, but his plans didn't change. He left their small town to pursue his dreams. Seventeen years later, a trip home leads Cameron McCade back to Salt Fork, Texas and the newly widowed Jessie Divine. Since his return, the fire between them burns as hot as ever. Can they take up where they left off? Can Jessie risk her heart again?
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Publisher's Summary

Jessie Kincaid was fifteen and innocent when Cameron asked her to the prom. She lost her heart that night, but his plans didn't change. He left their small town to pursue his dreams.

Seventeen years later, a trip home leads Cameron McCade back to Salt Fork, Texas and the newly widowed Jessie Divine. Since his return, the fire between them burns as hot as ever. Can they take up where they left off? Can Jessie risk her heart again?

©2010 Anne Marie Novark (P)2012 Anne Marie Novark

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    DawnG Clayton, NC, United States 03-21-14
    DawnG Clayton, NC, United States 03-21-14

    My favorite things are my family and my books! Depending on the day, not in that order. :)

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    "Dawn's Review of The Doctor Wears a Stetson"

    The story was typical: Boy asks girl to the prom after breaking up with his girlfriend, girl says yes, boy takes her up to "make-out point", kisses her senseless and then walks away. Many years later boy returns as a doctor and decides that he loves girl and wants to see what they can do to make it work. Girl is hesitant because he broke her heart all those years ago and everyone seems to know it but him. DUH!!

    All in all the flow of the story was smooth. The characters were likeable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christine 01-15-15
    Christine 01-15-15 Member Since 2013

    Just trying to find my next great read

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    "I barely finished"
    Would you try another book from Anne Marie Novark and/or Erin Mallon?

    I will not try another book by Anne Marie Novark. I have listened and will continue to listen to books by Erin Mallon.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I just finished Come Away with Me by Ruth Cardello and my next read will be LOST IN ME by Lexi Ryan


    Have you listened to any of Erin Mallon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to other books by Erin Mallon. I think this had nothing to do with Erin Mallon's performance, but the story itself.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The heroine was the problem in this story. First she made this ridiculous promise (about the land) to her dead husband that she did not even love two years ago when he dead. However, she has no problem breaking a promise to her friend and Cameron's mother. Then she says ridiculous things to Cameron that she has to take it slow because of the memory of her dead husband AND remember this is not this is the husband that she did not even love...ever. Cameron was the one that she thought of for all those years. And then there are other ridiculous comments but I do not want to give those away. I do not know why Cameron even wanted to be with her. Sure the town "loved her" but she was ridiculous.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin 12-13-12
    Kristin 12-13-12
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    "OMG! and not in a good way!"

    Very immature. It was all I could do to finish it. The story lacked, the characters were kind of whack and the mother was not dealing with a full deck. The narrator spoke as though she were from Wisconsin pretending to be a valley girl. The whole thing was irritating. Sorry. Have NOOO idea how it got 5 stars. Good heavens! This was corny.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-29-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2011

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Good start to the series :)"

    3-3.5 stars

    This was a good story. I liked Cameron and Jesse and overall I liked their story. This is the first book I've read by this author and based off this I'd be willing to try more of her work in the future.

    Jessie is a good woman that tends to think of others before herself. Unfortunately this means that she tends to make herself miserable about things that aren't her fault. She lost her mother before she was old enough to remember her and her dad got cancer her senior year of high school and eventually died. Jesse had planned to leave town to go to college and become a journalist but ended up staying and taking care of her dad and running their family garage instead.

    Cameron is a good guy. He grew up on a ranch with his family but knew that what he really wanted was to be a doctor. He made plans for his future, planning to go to college to become a doctor and then live in the city. Cameron was determined to follow his plans and he did but although he loves being a doctor, the rest of his life isn't all he thought it would be and a visit to his home town ends up showing him what he's missing.

    In High School, Cameron asked Jessie to his senior prom (she was just a freshman). Jessie had always had a crush on Cameron so she agreed. Cameron told Jessie about his plans to leave town and become a doctor but that didn't keep her from losing her heart to him that night and when Cameron left for college Jessie was heartbroken. Cameron went on to become a doctor in Houston and Jessie stayed in town and ran her family garage. Jessie eventually married a man named Tiar (not sure of the spelling as I listened to the audiobook) but he died in an accident and she's spent the last couple years alone (and stewing in guilt because she didn't think she was a good enough wife to him). Jessie has been having some money issues which makes things difficult as she owns mineral rights for a portion of Cameron's family's land. She doesn't want to lease those rights but if she doesn't she might lose her garage. When Cameron shows up in town it's for his mother's 60th birthday party. He's just been offered a big promotion at work which will put him where he always wanted to be (career wise). But lately he's found he doesn't like the politics and such at work although he still loves being a doctor. He's using his time away to decide if he should take the promotion or not. When he gets in to town his car overheats and he pulls in to Jessie's garage and they meet again after 17 years.

    When they went to prom together there was a definite attraction and it's still obviously present after all these years. Cameron is all for pursuing it but Jessie isn't willing to sleep with someone that's just leaving town in a few days anyways. The visit shows just how good they could be together and has Jessie wishing Cameron would move back and Cameron wondering if he could be happy in his home town after all. The visit shows them both just how right they could be together but Jessie refuses anything physical. Jessie is very active in the community and is opening the first local clinic (saving people from driving 80 miles 1 way to a doctor). She shows the clinic to Cameron and he can almost see himself there but isn't willing to seriously think about moving back. Cameron does leave to go back to Houston but he can't forget Jessie and visits again a few weeks later. With the second visit Jessie gives in to his advances and they start a relationship even though Jessie isn't sure where it could go. Cameron ends up deciding to take the job in the clinic and move back but that doesn't give him the HEA that he hopes for and this is because of Jessie. Lets just say that Jessie's guilt complexes makes her believe that she's responsible for everyone else's happiness and she makes excuses not to give herself happiness for stupid and untrue reasons. Fortunately for her (and us as the readers), Cameron isn't willing to let her ruin their lives and does what he has to to convince her they're supposed to be together and her reason to the contrary are just crap. With some effort and some really sweet gestures, Cameron does manage to convince Jessie and they get their HEA.

    This was an enjoyable story. I liked Jessie overall but I did get very frustrated with her over her inability to allow herself happiness or even to see the true that was staring her in the face. Cameron was great, nuff said. The story was pretty good and to be honest I probably would have given it a solid 4 stars if not for my annoyance with Jessie letting guilt rule her life. I still debated whether to give 3 or 4 but finally settled on 3 but it's close to 4. I may try more of the books in the series in the future. I liked Cameron's sister and am curious about her story. :)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda 05-24-13
    Wanda 05-24-13

    I am a 49 year old, mother of 2, grandmother of 4 who has just decided to peel back my good girl, and let me bad girl out to play. I've been married for 26 years. It time to explore my inner bad girl. I just hope my husband can handle it.

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    "Loving this book"
    What did you love best about The Doctor Wears a Stetson?

    That he was able to go home and find his true love and happiness.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Doctor Wears a Stetson?

    When they found out about her pregancy.


    What does Erin Mallon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice, and feelings to every character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, finding out they were going to have a baby.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope that she is going to write all of the brothers and sister story for this series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 02-05-13
    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty good!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Doctor Wears a Stetson the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did an awesome job.


    Any additional comments?

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I went into it not expecting much and ended up thoroughly enjoying it. I look forward to the other books in the series!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    3AM Mom 11-14-12
    3AM Mom 11-14-12

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    "Strong Woman, Strong Man"

    It was a lot of fun to listen. Yes you know where it is going from the beginning but that is OK. Great light read.

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    Amazon Customer 08-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "excellent book"

    I have smiled and cried while listening to this book. Can't wait to read or listen to the story of the other siblings in these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Clarke 07-04-15
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    "A good book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Doctor Wears a Stetson the most enjoyable?

    I liked the unpredictability of this book the best. It didn't follow 'the formula' and I was pleasantly surprised.


    What did you like best about this story?

    how the main characters interacted


    Have you listened to any of Erin Mallon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not applicable as this was my introduction.


    If you could rename The Doctor Wears a Stetson, what would you call it?

    Why would I want to?? I purchased this book because of the title.


    Any additional comments?

    Although what I expected played havoc while listening to this book, I still enjoyed the read. It was well crafted and held my interest. It's hard to resist intriguing characters who overcome, grow and then love wholeheartedly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    vancouverquilter 07-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Need some cheese with this WHINE"

    This book was not only very predictable but the heroine whined and worried so much, I decided our hero was STUPID for even bothering with her. **Spoiler Alert** The biggest irritant was the degree to which "she couldn't marry him because she was barren". Oh, PLEASE! I just wanted to slap her.

    If Ms. Novark cut out most of the sniveling, she'd find she had a nice little short story. I can deal with predictable but this was also vapid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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