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Boone Sinclair is a hallmark Diana Palmer hero: tall, strong, and handsome. A businessman and a rancher, Boone had it all—except for Keely Welsh. The first time he spotted her on his property, he was determined not to let her get away from him. The lovely beauty would be his.… Every long, tall Texan gets his woman, and this one would not be denied.


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Boone Sinclair is a hallmark Diana Palmer hero: tall, strong, and handsome. A businessman and a rancher, Boone had it all—except for Keely Welsh. The first time he spotted her on his property, he was determined not to let her get away from him. The lovely beauty would be his.… Every long, tall Texan gets his woman, and this one would not be denied.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    *TANYA*

    I was really liking this book, really and then it started to grate on my nerves. Keely was too much of a doormat and Boone too much of a butthole!!! He had no endearing qualities. Nope, it was a bit too much.

  2. 5 out of 5

    StMargarets

    Heroine has been blessed with drug addict parents who either emotionally abused her (mom) or neglected her/put her harm’s way (dad). Heroine is 19 and a vet assistant. She is bff’s with hero’s younger sister. She dresses poorly to hide the scars of being mauled by a mountain lion (really) and lives a downtrodden life with her alcoholic, slutty mother. Hero is 31, a ranch owner and Special Forces veteran who always wears a shirt to his *his* scars. He is cruel the heroine to hide his attraction. H Heroine has been blessed with drug addict parents who either emotionally abused her (mom) or neglected her/put her harm’s way (dad). Heroine is 19 and a vet assistant. She is bff’s with hero’s younger sister. She dresses poorly to hide the scars of being mauled by a mountain lion (really) and lives a downtrodden life with her alcoholic, slutty mother. Hero is 31, a ranch owner and Special Forces veteran who always wears a shirt to his *his* scars. He is cruel the heroine to hide his attraction. He is inexplicably* running around with his snobby ex-fiance(OW). To round out the intrigue, hero’s younger brother is “dating” the heroine to hide his romance with a married golddigger. That would be enough to drive the engine of the plot, but DP throws in the return of heroine’s father and his murdering, drug-dealing henchman. Luckily, the heroine is bitten by a rattlesnake and is safely tucked up in the hospital with the guilty-conscience hero at her side when daddy dearest and villain show up. Oh, and mommy dearest is also killed for an HEA. There is only a paragraph-long sex scene, unusual for DP. Diana Palmer checklist: Hairy chest No. Hero keeps his shirt on because of his scars Breast Description No. Heroine has a good figure. But no description! Cigarettes No . Alcohol No. What’s happening? Town Descriptions We have the name of the funeral home - Lunsford’s, Jacobsville has a suburb - Comanche Wells is an extension of Jacobsville. Police Department *and* a 911 dispatch center. Unfortunately: Hell, we don’t even have a local television broadcasting station in the county.” Gardenia Scent You smell of lilacs LOL detail DP recreates deer scene from Tommy Boy “Through the windshield?” He stiffened. “Through my windshield? In my brand-new truck? Aaahhh!” Cutesy detail Hayes Carson doesn’t cuss like a normal man. He says things like ‘Crackers and Milk!’ and ‘Fish and Chips!’ DP hobbyhorse “Mayan?” She caught her breath. “Their culture had astronomy and the concept of zero and raised beds for planting and irrigation while Europeans were knocking each other over the head with rocks.” DP is trolling us There’s nothing but political news, and everybody’s sick of that.” That was 2008. Look at the news now. Amen, sister. Amen. *turns out he’s helping the police catch the drug smuggling of the OW and her father.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vintage

    A hero named Boone should be nicer, but it's Diana Palmer. Hero is mean. Hero says mean things. Heroine takes it on the chin repeatedly because she's in love, stupid girl, and she's been groomed by some pretty bad parents. Her mother is an alcoholic floozy that LOVES to humiliate her daughter. Humiliation includes trying to seduce then lying to her daughter's crush that she sleeps around. Her father is not just negligent but lets her get clawed by a mountain lion then guilts her into giving him mone A hero named Boone should be nicer, but it's Diana Palmer. Hero is mean. Hero says mean things. Heroine takes it on the chin repeatedly because she's in love, stupid girl, and she's been groomed by some pretty bad parents. Her mother is an alcoholic floozy that LOVES to humiliate her daughter. Humiliation includes trying to seduce then lying to her daughter's crush that she sleeps around. Her father is not just negligent but lets her get clawed by a mountain lion then guilts her into giving him money for the guy that slapped her around and (view spoiler)[ tortured and killed her half-baked redeemed mother. (hide spoiler)] Do I need to say that the h accepts his apology like that. At least the heroine in The Wedding in White left town in disgust.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Naksed

    Way too loooooooooong of a torturous path to romance between the martyr heroine and the herobig fat jerk who pretty much tortures her for the entire length of the book, and not even a grovel at the end. On the other hand, nowhere near Diana Palmer's usual level of gloriously insane writing. She must have written this one sober. Though I kind of missed the WTF-ery I have come to anticipate in her books. Way too loooooooooong of a torturous path to romance between the martyr heroine and the herobig fat jerk who pretty much tortures her for the entire length of the book, and not even a grovel at the end. On the other hand, nowhere near Diana Palmer's usual level of gloriously insane writing. She must have written this one sober. Though I kind of missed the WTF-ery I have come to anticipate in her books.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aou

    DP should have had a time restriction to write this one. I felt as MCs were shallow or their angst were not deep. I’m not sure if I can express myself but hope you’ll understand what I mean.

  6. 5 out of 5

    jenjn79

    Standard Diana Palmer fare. Although I didn't mind the book, liked it to a certain degree, there wasn't really anything unique about it. Her books are generally rather formulaic, but this one seemed like a re-telling of one or more of her other books. I could predict almost everything that was going to happen throughout the story. Innocent young virgin down on her luck. She's in love with her best friend's older brother. Said older brother is an emotionally cut off rancher who wants nothing to do Standard Diana Palmer fare. Although I didn't mind the book, liked it to a certain degree, there wasn't really anything unique about it. Her books are generally rather formulaic, but this one seemed like a re-telling of one or more of her other books. I could predict almost everything that was going to happen throughout the story. Innocent young virgin down on her luck. She's in love with her best friend's older brother. Said older brother is an emotionally cut off rancher who wants nothing to do with her. Older brother believes incorrect things about the innocent young virgin so treats her very badly. Poor girl is heartbroken. Then innocent young virgin is in danger so the cold-hearted older brother reluctantly offers protection. He then realizes all the mean things he thought about her were wrong so he sets about making it up to her. And they lived happily ever after. That summary sums up any number of Diana Palmer books. I don't mind the type of stories in general...there's something about the intense, angsty emotions that appeals to me, but this one was too similar to other books. It didn't make me hate it. I just felt an lot of deja vu while reading. For you hardcore DP fans, I think you'll still like this book. It's very typical Diana Palmer.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kirkland

    Keely was totally in love with Boone but since she was only 19 years old, he saw her as too young for him even though he was attracted to her. Keely had a hard life, first her parents got divorced and she lived with her father for a couple of years where she got hurt, both mentally and physically when she was a child. Her mother is a hateful drunk and doesn't like Keely all that much and lets her know it every chance she gets. Keely keeps to herself for the most part aside from her friends Winni Keely was totally in love with Boone but since she was only 19 years old, he saw her as too young for him even though he was attracted to her. Keely had a hard life, first her parents got divorced and she lived with her father for a couple of years where she got hurt, both mentally and physically when she was a child. Her mother is a hateful drunk and doesn't like Keely all that much and lets her know it every chance she gets. Keely keeps to herself for the most part aside from her friends Winnie and Clark who are Boone's siblings. She has a few secrets that she's been keeping to herself. Boone has seen war and when he came back he wasn't the same happy guy that left. He's broody, curt and downright intimidating. But he has secrets too. When Keely's father and scumbag friend start calling Keely's mother for money, Keely can see some changes in her mother. Her mother is scared and even stops drinking so much and starts getting along with Keely better. But Keely's father isn't stopping and wants his ex to put their house up for sale and give him the money. Keely tells the law in town what is going on with her father and they start looking for him. Her father has something he's holding over her mother and when she finds out what it is, it changes the way she see's her parents. When Boone finds out that Keely is in danger, it changes something in him and he starts looking out for her more even while she's faking a relationship with his brother. But nothing seems to get by Boone and he see's right through the ruse. Poor Clark is seeing a woman who just wants him for his money and Boone is going out with a woman that everyone can see is dating him for the same reason. While law enforcement is trying to catch her her father and his cohort, Boone has some secrets he's keeping behind the scenes as well and it messes up any kind of relationship he could have with Keely. The woman he's seeing makes sure that Boone sees Keely in the worst light possible and he ends up believing what she shows him and takes it out on Keely. Of course it's all lies, not true at all but Boone is a hot head and doesn't see reason which causes Keely to get hurt and then Bone feels awful about it. Keely is put in real danger from her father and the guys he's hanging around but Boone makes sure she's safe. I like that this ends well and there's a happy ending but I really disliked Boone for a while until the truth came to light as to what he was doing and why. I've liked Diana Palmer's books for a long time and this one was just as good as the others that I've read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ann Keller

    Keely Walsh's father was heavily into drug trafficking and her mother was a drunk. When she was a teenager, Keely risked her life by jumping into a pit to save a young boy from a mountain lion attack. The attack left her shoulder scarred and her arm much weaker than it should have been. Boone Sinclair used to be in Special Operations. Before he returned to ranching, he saw and did things that would make your hair curl. Some of those assignments left him damaged, too, both physically and mentally. Keely Walsh's father was heavily into drug trafficking and her mother was a drunk. When she was a teenager, Keely risked her life by jumping into a pit to save a young boy from a mountain lion attack. The attack left her shoulder scarred and her arm much weaker than it should have been. Boone Sinclair used to be in Special Operations. Before he returned to ranching, he saw and did things that would make your hair curl. Some of those assignments left him damaged, too, both physically and mentally. These two people are thrust together repeatedly in an improbable love. Boone can't believe Keely is as innocent as she seems and Keely can't seem to penetrate the tough outer shell in which Boone encases his feelings. Love doesn't stand a chance against such impenetrable odds. Or does it?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jac K

    2.5 Stars Every time I pull out my old DP paperbacks my kids tease that I’m reading my grandma books again. 🤣 They’re not far off, I suppose. I’ve been reading her books since I was a preteen, and I’m pretty bias in my reviews. These books aren’t for everyone; I’d describe them as wholesome Harlequins. Heart of Stone is Boone and Keely’s story. Boone Sinclair is rich, handsome, and ex-special forces. He’s the oldest and in charge of his two younger adult siblings Clark & Winnie. (Winne/Kilraven’s 2.5 Stars Every time I pull out my old DP paperbacks my kids tease that I’m reading my grandma books again. 🤣 They’re not far off, I suppose. I’ve been reading her books since I was a preteen, and I’m pretty bias in my reviews. These books aren’t for everyone; I’d describe them as wholesome Harlequins. Heart of Stone is Boone and Keely’s story. Boone Sinclair is rich, handsome, and ex-special forces. He’s the oldest and in charge of his two younger adult siblings Clark & Winnie. (Winne/Kilraven’s book is Dangerous) Keely Welsh is plain, poor, and lives in a trailer with her alcoholic mom. She’s also been in love with Boone since she was 13, but he acts like she doesn’t exist. My main complaint was that there’re too many subplots going on and the couple is rarely together. It felt like the purpose of this book was to visit future H’s (Bentley, Kilraven, Hayes, Harley) rather than write it about Boone and Keely. Keely spent more time with Clark than the H, and it felt like we got more page time with Kilraven and Hayes than Boone. There were also several side plots that went nowhere. Wannabe OW Misty Harris was barely around and disappeared. The mama drama and Clark/Nellie stories were pointless, and just took more time away from the mc’s. Even the mystery/danger part fizzled out. Bottom Line- I found this one pretty tame (no booze, no hairy chest, 1 paragraph of sexytime w/ no making out) and a snoozefest.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brianna | briannas_books

    I felt like this was a solid three star story. I liked the story and had a surprise that I didn’t see coming. I enjoyed the main character Keely but some of the other characters felt under developed and the ending felt rushed. I felt like the relationship part was wrapped up in two pages at the end and I didn’t like that. If you’re looking for a book that’s quick and easy to read this is it. It has the romance and family issues that make for a good story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Margo

    This is one of those Palmer h's whose life is ridiculously dramatic, and her pained, quiet acceptance of it enrages the H, egging him on to higher and higher levels of cruelty. This is one of those Palmer h's whose life is ridiculously dramatic, and her pained, quiet acceptance of it enrages the H, egging him on to higher and higher levels of cruelty.

  12. 4 out of 5

    amanda s.

    Well, it's good. :) Keely's miserable. Boone, her forever-crush man hate her. It shows blatantly by his cold demeanor toward her and he keeps acting like Keely didn't exist. Besides, even if Boone does like her, she couldn't say yes. Because she has some secrets. Secrets that she's not willing to share to anyone, especially Boone.. Very typical of Diana Palmer. Again, cold Alpha Male kind of Hero, way-too-young heroine, misunderstanding and secret past. Still, I'll never get enough of this theme Well, it's good. :) Keely's miserable. Boone, her forever-crush man hate her. It shows blatantly by his cold demeanor toward her and he keeps acting like Keely didn't exist. Besides, even if Boone does like her, she couldn't say yes. Because she has some secrets. Secrets that she's not willing to share to anyone, especially Boone.. Very typical of Diana Palmer. Again, cold Alpha Male kind of Hero, way-too-young heroine, misunderstanding and secret past. Still, I'll never get enough of this theme! I just love it so much it hurts so good. :))) Boone's weird, to me. Why? Because he never show any interest to Keely and suddenly when Keely go on a date with Clark, his younger brother, BOOOM! He's jealous and do things what jealous Alpha-Male did. I was like, whaaaaa? That's why this book is a little bit off for me. But, I do love the angsty. Again, me likey. Too short, lack of description of feelings and Diana Palmer 's just love to rush every moment. Good enough to read and worth your time. :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    This is Keely and Boone's story. Not the best story in the series but fast, sweet read! This is Keely and Boone's story. Not the best story in the series but fast, sweet read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tandie

    Barely two stars. Just not my cuppa. So much lameness.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Keely Welsh – best of friends with Winona and Clark – rich sicions of a big time ranch, but ignored by their older brother Boone. Her father is an alcoholic/drug dealer, but for a few years ran an animal park (with money he took from his wife) with 12 year old Keely’s help – until a boy fell into the lion enclosure, and Keely jumped in to rescue him (while her father watched), and she still sports the scars of the lion’s bite to her shoulder, that wasn’t quite treated well and is still a weaknes Keely Welsh – best of friends with Winona and Clark – rich sicions of a big time ranch, but ignored by their older brother Boone. Her father is an alcoholic/drug dealer, but for a few years ran an animal park (with money he took from his wife) with 12 year old Keely’s help – until a boy fell into the lion enclosure, and Keely jumped in to rescue him (while her father watched), and she still sports the scars of the lion’s bite to her shoulder, that wasn’t quite treated well and is still a weakness to her. Before her father lost the court case, and lost the park, his ‘friend’ was released from jail, and started to rape Keely – until he saw her scars, then he left her alone in disgust. Then dad dumped her on mom’s doorstep, and mom didn’t want her around… mom is an alcoholic, running too quickly through her inheritance, sleeps around – and verbally abuses Keely. Keely, at 19, works as the vet’ assistant, barely making much of a salary… Boone Sinclair – ex special ops; left the force a year ago to run the ranch, came back a changed man – angrier, quieter, with a temper, rarely laughing. His fiancé dumped him when she saw him in the hospital, not wanting to deal with his wounds… but 2 years later, she called – and he is seeing her . hmmmm. Keely’s mom is getting calls from dad that he wants money… and when mom says she doesn’t have any, he threatens her and tells her to sell the house… the sheriff tells Keely that her father is wanted for bad things (drug running and murder), and to tell him if dad tries to contact her…at first Boone ignores her… then she is visiting his sister, as he is going out with exfiance, and she notices his beloved dog is bloated, and believes the dog’s stomach is turned – but Boone discounts her knowledge, and his exfiance accuses her of liking Boone and trying to get his attention… he goes out, and she and sister take him to the vet… and she is right, the dog would have died if the vet did not perform surgey…. He is not gracious to her, but when he goes to her to apologise, her drunk mother intercepts him, makes a pass at him, and when he turns her down, tells him her daughter is sleeping with the vet… then Boone’s brother wants her to pretend to date him so that he can date a woman his brother does not approve of… which pisses off Boone more… but when he ‘catches’ her at the library, when she is supposed to on a date with brother, he gets the truth… He starts to watch over her, kisses her, and appreciates her untutored passion… Boone’s exfiance’s PI firm doctors pictures of his brother having sex with Keely… he confronts Keely, who starts to show him her shoulder as proof that the picture is not her, but in a temper thinks she is trying to seduce him and scathingly tells her to get off his property… She takes on down the road, in the heat… expecting his sister to be on her way home and will see her… she sits down to rest after a bit, and is bitten by a rattle snake… she manages to tie off above her arm, and passes out… and sister finds her and gets her to the hospital in just a nick of time… and when Boone sees her shoulder, he realizes how badly he messed up – accusing her, banning her from his house not considering she didn’t have a way home… and is filled with remorse… her mom is killed by dad’s partner – dad contacts her, she works with sheriff and Boone to set a trap for him… they are both captured… And Boone proposes – takes her to his house to recover, explains that he was only seeing his exfiance as a favor to the sheriff to be inside man to try and catch her and father in their part of the drug running going on, and proposes to her… and when she is better, seduces her (though they are months away from a wedding), but then takes her to a justice of the peace the next day to make an honest woman of her… ahhh

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cheesecake

    Boone the ? and Keeley the perseverant. The audio reader, Graham Halstead was great. This wasn't my fave book by DP, but I can't fault Boone, because he had his reasons and well... they were good ones. But for 3/4 of the book you have no inkling of that. Keely is good friends with Boons's little sister since she was a young teenager (she's now about to turn 20) and so has been a common sight at the ranch. He is almost scrupulous at ignoring Keely's existence and Keely is sure he hates her while sh Boone the ? and Keeley the perseverant. The audio reader, Graham Halstead was great. This wasn't my fave book by DP, but I can't fault Boone, because he had his reasons and well... they were good ones. But for 3/4 of the book you have no inkling of that. Keely is good friends with Boons's little sister since she was a young teenager (she's now about to turn 20) and so has been a common sight at the ranch. He is almost scrupulous at ignoring Keely's existence and Keely is sure he hates her while she is crushing on him big time. But she's not your average teenager and the story has a definite Cinderella feel at the start. She lives with her deadbeat drunk of a mother where her deadbeat drunk of a dad dropped her off when she was 15 or so. She works minimum wage at the local Vet and basically supports her mother. Her homelife does improve but then her dad and his creepy friend start putting pressure on Keely and her mother for money. They are on the run from a drug gang. Meanwhile Boone is seeing the woman who dumped him years ago after he returned from war. There's a lot going on in this one and it is all connected in ways that start to come clear in the second half. There's the usual push and pull from the H and the BIG misunderstanding from someone else's lies that leads to the h being in danger. I have to say that Boone was nicely remorseful though and the last quarter of the story was romantic. Boone changes from the cold heartless man to a possessive sweety pie. So overall I quite enjoyed it. I think I would have liked a little more interaction between Boone and Keely in the first half though. I found this a safe read (view spoiler)[ the old flame he's dating turns out to be nothing to worry about and the H has been celibate for years (hide spoiler)]

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    After reading through another in the “Long Tall Texans” romance series, I can’t tell if I should be angry at Diana Palmer for writing such a bad novel or angry at myself for wasting an hour reading it. Plain Keely Walsh is in love with her friend Clark’s brother, Boone Sinclair, a handsome rancher. As the book begins, Keely is 19 and Boone is 30. As the parent of a 17-year-old, I would drop-kick a 30-year-old man who came sniffing around my daughter. Are there really no other women closer to his After reading through another in the “Long Tall Texans” romance series, I can’t tell if I should be angry at Diana Palmer for writing such a bad novel or angry at myself for wasting an hour reading it. Plain Keely Walsh is in love with her friend Clark’s brother, Boone Sinclair, a handsome rancher. As the book begins, Keely is 19 and Boone is 30. As the parent of a 17-year-old, I would drop-kick a 30-year-old man who came sniffing around my daughter. Are there really no other women closer to his age that he can date? Keely is a veterinary technician and she earns Boone’s gratitude when she realizes that his beloved dog is suffering from bloat. And while Boone might actually like Keely, he instead insults and demeans her. And Clark uses Keely as a decoy when trying to date a gold-digging slut named Nellie. Keely’s story is a Cinderella story of sorts: her mother is a crude, obnoxious alcoholic who is hiding a deep, dark secret from her daughter; her father is heavily in debt to a drug dealer who now wants to collect, but Keely and her mother have no money, her mother having spent or sold it all. A snake bite, of all things, sends Keely to Boone’s home for recuperation. Keely’s only friends are Boone’s siblings, Clark and Winnie. What angered me so much is that when Boone proves himself a noble man, he admits that he’d underestimated Keely. He owns up to insulting her after having been given bad information about her from her alcoholic mother (which then leads to the question of why you would take anything an alcoholic says seriously), but he never apologizes. At no time does he say, “Keely, I messed up. I am really sorry for how I treated you. Please forgive me.” Is that really so hard to do? A young woman in her early 20s might not always stand up for herself. But Keely’s attitude beggars belief: she allows everyone from her mother to Boone to Clark to her boss to insult her and walk all over her. What kind of man would be attracted to that? Is there something wrong with being smart, beautiful, and a hard worker and still crave the love and affection that comes with a committed relationship?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kace | The Booknerd

    READ: JULY 2013 READ: DECEMBER 2014 Since last Dec. 18 was holiday here in Doha, I decided to re-read since I haven't decided what to read yet. And I chose to re-read my Diana Palmer's books. Heart Of Stone is about Boone and Keely's story. It's a part of Jacobsville, Texas series. Boone Sinclair has always been fascinated and drawn to his little sister's best friend, Keely Welsh. And he didn't like it. Especially after her mother tried to seduced him and told him bad things about Keely. So he tre READ: JULY 2013 READ: DECEMBER 2014 Since last Dec. 18 was holiday here in Doha, I decided to re-read since I haven't decided what to read yet. And I chose to re-read my Diana Palmer's books. Heart Of Stone is about Boone and Keely's story. It's a part of Jacobsville, Texas series. Boone Sinclair has always been fascinated and drawn to his little sister's best friend, Keely Welsh. And he didn't like it. Especially after her mother tried to seduced him and told him bad things about Keely. So he treated her coldly and keeps acting like she didn't exist to mask his growing feelings for her. Plus, the age difference is something that bothers him and that he's been burned in love before. Keely can't remember a time when she hasn't loved her best friend's older brother, Boone. But she didn't understand why he seemed to hate her when she didn't do anything wrong. And now that her life's in danger, she was surprised to know that Boone stepped up to protect her when he did nothing but hurt her and treated her badly. Maybe it's the time to make Boone realize that she's no longer a little girl but a woman who loves him. Honestly, reading this book was bad for my heart. I mean it's really sad to watch the hero treated the heroine badly; verbally abusing her. It's a actually a big NO-NO for me. Still, I kept coming back. I kept reading about them. I really can't get enough of them - especially Diana Palmer's books. Heart Of Stone was really maddening and enthralling at the same time that I couldn't even put it down even though I've read it before. No matter how unbelievable the plot was, how abusive and asshole the hero was, I can't stop. I guess I'm really a sucker for those. Diana Palmer definitely know how to keep the reader interested.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christie P.

    Keely Welsh is best friends with Winnie Sinclair and has been for a while. Winnie is Boone Sinclair's little sister and for some reason Boone likes to pretend Keely doesn't exist. He acknowledges her presence well enough but for all intent and purposes she may as well be a piece of furniture! They both seem fine with keeping their relationship as distant as possible, until Keely starts doing things that Boone can no longer ignore. Saving his dog and dating his brother?! Boone can ignore a lot of t Keely Welsh is best friends with Winnie Sinclair and has been for a while. Winnie is Boone Sinclair's little sister and for some reason Boone likes to pretend Keely doesn't exist. He acknowledges her presence well enough but for all intent and purposes she may as well be a piece of furniture! They both seem fine with keeping their relationship as distant as possible, until Keely starts doing things that Boone can no longer ignore. Saving his dog and dating his brother?! Boone can ignore a lot of things but dating his little brother isn't one of them. But when Boone figures out the dating is all for show and to hide Clark's real plans, Boone's possessive side starts coming out to play. There's just something about Keely Boone can't seem to stay away from and he doesn't think he wants to. Keely and Boone's relationship starts looking up when a jealous ex of Boone's gets involved and pushes things to a breaking point. All the while Keely's father and nasty business associate show up in town to make Keely's life more miserable than it already is. I really liked Heart of Stone. Keely's life has been pretty awful until she and Boone start becoming more than just acquaintances. I thought Boone was a jerk in the beginning of the book, but then you find out why he's always been so cold to Keely and...sad to say it actually makes a little sense. Boone and Keely's story, although moved fast, made sense. Nothing felt forced and OOC. It was sweet and adorable.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Juana "Darkness" Duran

    Saddle up cowboy because your in for the ride of a life time. Keeley is poor girl who works for a living. At least that is what Boone thinks. Add to that his brother Clark is going out with a gold digger girlfriend, and you've got problems. But as Boone learns you can't control every aspect of your life just because you are afraid to get hurt. Unlike Keeley's alcoholic mother and criminal father, she is the most stable of her family. Until her father starts making threats to get money. Then ever Saddle up cowboy because your in for the ride of a life time. Keeley is poor girl who works for a living. At least that is what Boone thinks. Add to that his brother Clark is going out with a gold digger girlfriend, and you've got problems. But as Boone learns you can't control every aspect of your life just because you are afraid to get hurt. Unlike Keeley's alcoholic mother and criminal father, she is the most stable of her family. Until her father starts making threats to get money. Then everything goes haywire, and people who you thought you knew turn out to be totally different. Find out what is in store for Kelley, Boone, his sister Winnie, and his brother Clark in Heart of Stone.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linda Freeman

    Many said that the h was a door mat, perhaps. Or maybe she was trying so hard to be loved that she was afraid to be real. The H was over the top alpha and hard to deal with. I realize that this story was about a lot of angst and I enjoy that...up to a point. This poor h should not have been able to get out of bed in the morning since it seemed like almost everyone used her, ridiculed her, threatened her, ignored her, belittled her ....but she still had a positive, sunny disposition!?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cecelia

    I liked this one more than some of her other more recent books but they all seem a bit too similar to me. I think the charachter interaction and frame of action is much more better constructed here than in other books, however I still have issues with the age of Keely and some of the circumstances that surround the charachters in their background.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    a definite light read, read on a day after dental work holding ice to my face :):)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    This book contains one of the funniest scenes ever!! I can't explain it without spoiling the story. Maybe not spoiling but it'd definitely confuse you. This book contains one of the funniest scenes ever!! I can't explain it without spoiling the story. Maybe not spoiling but it'd definitely confuse you.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aayesha Khatri

    3.9 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    I'm not a huge fan of Boone... Now I know that he had a reason for his behavior but nevertheless... I'm not a huge fan of Boone... Now I know that he had a reason for his behavior but nevertheless...

  27. 5 out of 5

    MBR

    Diana Palmer is an author I read often when I first discovered the treasure that Harlequin romances presented when I initially stumbled upon them. I was fascinated by the cruelty of heroes that she tended to create so effortlessly, the ton of angst in her stories, and the grovelling that the hero often had to do to finally win the affections of the heroine. Since I have been seeing a lot of Diana Palmer on my Amazon recommendations page recently, I decided to give one of her titles a go, and hopef Diana Palmer is an author I read often when I first discovered the treasure that Harlequin romances presented when I initially stumbled upon them. I was fascinated by the cruelty of heroes that she tended to create so effortlessly, the ton of angst in her stories, and the grovelling that the hero often had to do to finally win the affections of the heroine. Since I have been seeing a lot of Diana Palmer on my Amazon recommendations page recently, I decided to give one of her titles a go, and hopefully recreate the magic that I had once basked under when it came to Diana Palmer. Alas, my expectations were never met, and I even wondered how I managed to finish the story as disappointing as it was. 19 year old Keely Welsh has been in love with 30 year old Boone Sinclair since she had been thirteen years old. Coveting him from afar, Keely is best friends with Boone’s sister and younger brother. Even though Keely knows in her heart that Boone would never be interested in someone like her (he goes out of his way to ignore everything that is about her), she remains single, on the fringes, in an unrequited love affair of her own making. A turn of events brings Keely to a point where she enters into a pretend relationship with Boone’s younger brother, which sets the ball rolling where Boone is concerned. Keely’s life is shaped by a mother who couldn’t care less about their situation, and a father who is of the less than savory type. A mother who tends to sleep around has left its mark on Keely in more ways than one. It is not hard to understand why Keely stays the way she is. When all of it comes to a heady conclusion, of course Keely and Boone do end up together, but I quite don’t get how they ended up so. There was very little romance and sexual tension between the two, and there were too many characters coming and going in the midst, that you are left clueless as to who is who if you haven’t been following this “series” in order. Boone and Keely also spends so much time apart from each other in the story, that I don’t quite know how they found their ideal footing to embark on a relationship of any kind. There was very little exploration of the characters together for the reader to draw them to either of them. I remember Diana Palmer’s books to be dramatic, angst-ridden, with often possessive and cruel heroes in the mix and delicate heroines with a backbone, which was sadly not the case with this one. Recommended for die-hard fans of Diana Palmer novels. Final Verdict: Heart of Stone fell short of every expectation that I had, delivering a lackluster read with too many aspects that didn’t work for me. Rating = 2/5 For more reviews and quotes, please visit A Maldivian's Passion for Romance

  28. 5 out of 5

    JillyB

    Oh boy this had a lot going on in it.(refer to other reviews if you want details about characters and plot)If you are looking for a book that focuses most of its attention on just the hero and heroine then this is probably not for you. While reading I kept looking up the names of the other characters introduced and yep...they each have a story of their own. I go through spurts of DP...then I move on for awhile...of course if I want a hero with a huge chip on his shoulder who would rather die tha Oh boy this had a lot going on in it.(refer to other reviews if you want details about characters and plot)If you are looking for a book that focuses most of its attention on just the hero and heroine then this is probably not for you. While reading I kept looking up the names of the other characters introduced and yep...they each have a story of their own. I go through spurts of DP...then I move on for awhile...of course if I want a hero with a huge chip on his shoulder who would rather die than admit his true feelings for a lowly woman, then DP is my go to. Actually, this book kept me very engaged...I’m not sure if the harlequin intrigue books are similar as I usually steer clear of those...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marlene

    It’s a Diana Palmer book and it’s great! It’s a “re-tread” of Heart of Stone back in 2008 and it’s still one of the best I’ve read lately. Wealthy ranchers; young Keely who works hard at minimum wage and best friends with the Sinclairs; caregiver of abusive alcoholic mother; and, an old dog named Bailey. What is not to like? Boone is a wounded war vet who was loved by Keely since she was thirteen and her own wounds run not only on her body but in her soul. This is the story of healing and as I r It’s a Diana Palmer book and it’s great! It’s a “re-tread” of Heart of Stone back in 2008 and it’s still one of the best I’ve read lately. Wealthy ranchers; young Keely who works hard at minimum wage and best friends with the Sinclairs; caregiver of abusive alcoholic mother; and, an old dog named Bailey. What is not to like? Boone is a wounded war vet who was loved by Keely since she was thirteen and her own wounds run not only on her body but in her soul. This is the story of healing and as I read this story-line, I actually found healing in my own heart. I highly recommend this book and I’ve never read a book by this author that I didn’t enjoy. Thanks to her great writing, it was a wonderful and comforting read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angela Schmangela

    It’s Diana Palmer You know what you’re getting when you read a book by Diana Palmer. The heroine will be poor and timid, young and virginal. The Hero is older, very intimidating, and cruel to the heroine because he’s been disappointed in love at some point in his life. It’s a formula, but for sone reason with DP it just works. This book is actually better than a lot of her books. The hero has more good moments than bad. It’s not quite so melodramatic and over the top. The big misunderstanding is It’s Diana Palmer You know what you’re getting when you read a book by Diana Palmer. The heroine will be poor and timid, young and virginal. The Hero is older, very intimidating, and cruel to the heroine because he’s been disappointed in love at some point in his life. It’s a formula, but for sone reason with DP it just works. This book is actually better than a lot of her books. The hero has more good moments than bad. It’s not quite so melodramatic and over the top. The big misunderstanding is a little more genuine than usual, and the OW drama is kept to a minimum. If you are a DP fan, this definitely one of her better offerings.

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