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2.0 out of 5 starsToo much repeating and not enough content
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2016
Let me start by saying I am a fan of Diana Palmer and have been since the first book. This new book should never have gotten past the editor. It repeated endlessly the same idea over and over. The story was more about all the people in Jacobsville than the characters themselves. She kept bringing in other characters from other books and while that is nice it was way over done in this book. I think if all the stuff that was repeated was taken out and some of the repeated things about other characters from her other books this book would have been much shorter. I almost felt like I was reading a book written by someone with dementia. She kept going over and over the same things. Really disappointed by this book.
Older hero with tragic past, check. Naive young heroine, with great hair and figure yet who can't be considered pretty, check. Abusive parent, check. Way too many references to plotlines of books past, check. Yes, this latest tome has all the tropes regular Diana Palmer readers expect. An extra large balloon will be needed to suspend your disbelief to make it through the story of a poor little rich girl who is terrorized by her father and falls in love with the only man she has been allowed access to, her bodyguard. A bodyguard who has real issues with relationships due to the tragic death of his wife and kid and an inferiority complex which won't let him be with a woman who has more money than him. I have to admit, it was actually quite bizarre seeing the hero continually reject the heroine soley because of her wealth. The character which actually stood out most to me, and not in a good way, was Mandy, the housekeeper/surrogate mother figure of the heroine and her sister. Mandy claimed not to have known about the abuse the girls suffered. (She lived in the same house as the girls. She would have seen the bruises, the bandages, etc.) Of course, it was because she did not want to know about the abuse. She put the well-being of her criminal brother over that of the girls. The apologist housekeepers are a staple in Palmer stories, and they usually simply irritate me with their Greek chorus of why the heroes are not to blame for their boneheaded actions. Mandy was a newer, interesting twist in that she let children in her care be beaten over and over for years yet turned a blind eye to the situation, never questioning continual "falls"and "accidents." Grrr. Mandy's actions, in my opinion, cross the line into criminal neglect. But hey, as far as the romance goes, if you like to read about a man who is literally elated to believe his woman is going to lose all her money, and a woman who GOES TO LAW SCHOOL yet is completely oblivious to her legal rights, then this is the book for you.
5.0 out of 5 starsDefender- Another Hit for Diana Palmer! reviewed by Loraine Oliver
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2016
Defender by Diana Palmer is a book that features a lot of characters in her Long Tall Texans series and I really enjoyed it! All of my favorite characters from so many of her books are in here like Cash Grier, his wife Tippy and their 2 children, along with Cy Parks and so many others. This book is about Isabel Grayling and her father's employee, Paul Fiore. This book is a second chance romance!
Without giving away too much, Isabel and her sister, Merrie, who is about 4 years younger, as well as the housekeeper, Mandy, are like prisoners in the house, after her mother dies of an accident, when Isabel was about 8 years old. However the doctor and a few others know it was no accident but Grayling has so much money and so many people on his payroll he gets away with everything. They live in Comanche Wells, near Jacobsville, Texas, so everyone knows everyone. Their father is a multi millionaire, but he always wants more, more, more, and does what it takes to get it, however he gives the girls no money, so even if they wanted to leave they couldn't -they have no money. They are dressed in horrible clothes and even though they are so rich, he keeps the girls looking poor as he does not want them to have any friends. Sari(Isabel) is 23 when the story starts and has just graduated college and Merrie is 18 and just graduated high school. The only happiness in their life is Paul Fiore who has been with them for about 5 years and Sari loves him, but tries not to show it. Paul who has a horrible past and is there just to get away from his past, loves Sari too, but he knows that if they got too close the father would do "away' with him! So he decides he should leave before they both get in over their heads.
This breaks Sari's heart. Their father is so abusive too, that he physically beats them with a doubled over belt when he gets angry, and he has done this for years. Pauls said something to him and then he leaves and the girls are beaten to within an inch of their lives. The father had sent the housekeeper on vacation for two weeks so she did not know.
Three years later, Paul has gone back to working for the FBI and he gets sent back to look into a case involving Sari's father, they think he is laundering money and the woman who works for the FBI he was seeing has been killed. Paul sees Sari again when she is now working as an assistant at Blake Kemps law office and she refuses to speak to him. However he has kept up with her through the housekeeper!
This book is fast paced, has a lot of emotional angst and a lot of romance, the plot is good and twists around so you don't know what is going to happen until you read it and it is an awesome book. I really enjoyed it and it was nice to see some of the many men and women who make up this series! You will have to read it to see what happens!
I gave this book 5***** emotional stars and can't wait for Diana Palmer's next book! ·
This was my least favorite book from Diana Palmer and I am a huge fan. So many details...pages and pages and pages...about past Heroes and heroines. I want to know about them but in much less detail. There were maybe 40 pages that actually were only about the main couple. I was 1/3 of the way through the book when they were together from the first few pages. I found by then I wasn't really interested in their story. I wouldn't recommend this read, I would go back and read Cowboy and the Lady again!