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She vowed to never trust another man…until she met him. A passionate new Long, Tall Texans romance from New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer Clancey Lang knows how to run. She’s been doing it since the day she fled her abusive home to save her and her younger brother’s lives. That was the same day she decided to never let herself depend on anyone else. Especially She vowed to never trust another man…until she met him. A passionate new Long, Tall Texans romance from New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer Clancey Lang knows how to run. She’s been doing it since the day she fled her abusive home to save her and her younger brother’s lives. That was the same day she decided to never let herself depend on anyone else. Especially men. Though she’s tempted—mighty tempted—to put her faith in her boss, ruggedly handsome Texas Ranger Colter Banks. If only he would look her way… For far too long, Colter has been distracting himself with women he knows will never fully satisfy him. But there’s something about his pretty assistant, Clancey, that he simply can’t resist. Something slowly but surely drawing every ounce of his attention. But is he falling for a woman who’ll never let herself be caught?


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She vowed to never trust another man…until she met him. A passionate new Long, Tall Texans romance from New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer Clancey Lang knows how to run. She’s been doing it since the day she fled her abusive home to save her and her younger brother’s lives. That was the same day she decided to never let herself depend on anyone else. Especially She vowed to never trust another man…until she met him. A passionate new Long, Tall Texans romance from New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer Clancey Lang knows how to run. She’s been doing it since the day she fled her abusive home to save her and her younger brother’s lives. That was the same day she decided to never let herself depend on anyone else. Especially men. Though she’s tempted—mighty tempted—to put her faith in her boss, ruggedly handsome Texas Ranger Colter Banks. If only he would look her way… For far too long, Colter has been distracting himself with women he knows will never fully satisfy him. But there’s something about his pretty assistant, Clancey, that he simply can’t resist. Something slowly but surely drawing every ounce of his attention. But is he falling for a woman who’ll never let herself be caught?

30 review for Unleashed

  1. 4 out of 5

    StMargarets

    This came up in my library queue, which means I have read this out of order. It’s six book later in the series since my last DP,Invincible, but I was not lost. DP included that heroine’s ex-merc-now-a-minister father just for funsies. So, six books later, DP is keeping with her trend of mystery first, romance second. Set in San Antonio, the heroine is a file clerk for a grumpy Texas Ranger (H) who is in charge of cold cases. The cold case he opens just happens to be about heroine’s grandfather’s This came up in my library queue, which means I have read this out of order. It’s six book later in the series since my last DP,Invincible, but I was not lost. DP included that heroine’s ex-merc-now-a-minister father just for funsies. So, six books later, DP is keeping with her trend of mystery first, romance second. Set in San Antonio, the heroine is a file clerk for a grumpy Texas Ranger (H) who is in charge of cold cases. The cold case he opens just happens to be about heroine’s grandfather’s disappearance and presumed death. Her grandfather was a retired deputy sheriff in Jacob’s county and disappeared right before her stepbrother assaulted her and her three-year-old half brother with a shovel for interrupting his video game. The stepbrother is being released from prison after six years and heroine is afraid. Esp. since she lives in what is now the stepbrother’s home (his father died while he was in jail) and is on the edge of poverty trying to care for her half-brother. You would think that heroine would tell the hero about being related to the missing man and the stepbrother who has vowed revenge against everyone who put him in jail. But she doesn’t. Why? She doesn’t want to get fired. She’s attracted to the H and doesn’t want him to think poorly of her. She’s not the brightest bulb? Who knows? DP wanted it that way. And DP wanted her to be so poor that she can’t afford more than one cup of coffee a day or a cake mix to make a cake for her brother. Or new clothes. Or a car. Or asthma medication. I looked up what a file clerk who works for a Texas Ranger made in 2018. Median income 35,000. It’s a state government job with benefits. Heroine has worked there for five years. She doesn’t pay a mortgage, doesn’t have a car. I’m an English major, and even my math tells me she can afford cake and coffee once in awhile. I won’t even want to get into her grandfather’s and step father’s estates being open for five years without going to probate – or the state giving the heroine custody of her orphaned half-brother without checking her finances, offering social security benefits, etc. . But the laws of DP are different – just as Jacobsville is a magical place that can support all sorts of business with a population of 3,000. On to the romance: Hero is mean to the heroine because he’s attracted to her and it’s taking away from the candle he’s holding for the OW. He hasn’t seen the OW in years because she is a missionary in South America. The heroine comes down with pneumonia (because she walked everywhere in the autumn rain and got a chill) and hero takes her to the hospital. This marks the beginning of their romance with the H/h getting to know each other. Dark moments occur when the hero’s OW shows up to judge heroine and hero’s sister for how they dress, etc. . Then the hero gets involved with the cold case. (view spoiler)[ Hero finds the grandfather’s body under the floorboards of an old church in Jacobsville. (Why the ex-merc minister was included.) The now-released stepbrother shows up to kill the hero, but dies from a sniper bullet before he can pull the trigger. Hero has PTSD from seeing this violent death, so he avoids the heroine. Heroine thinks he loves the OW. Hero eventually shows up to propose. (hide spoiler)] HEA except for all the dead people. This was a generic DP from her let’s-solve-a-mystery period. (Not to be confused with her cattlemen-need-love-and-biscuits period or her war-against-terror heroes or her war-against-drugs heroes.) No stand out characters/moments here. I’m guessing the hero’s sister and the other Texas Ranger will get together in a future book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a cowboy romance, and this is the 51st book in the Tall Texans series. I have to say I hated the beginning, and the rest of the book I just found ok. Overall, I did not love it and I did not hate it. I think that Diana Palmer is just not the author for me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Zubee

    Ok so this is DP and I read all her books ... the newer ones are not really to my taste but I still read because its DP ... she is a long time favorite ... She has a formula which she uses ... poor h ... well off H who is often a jerk to the h ... h has medical issues, she is deeply religious, conservative and equates intimacy with sins, there are a dozen judgmental tropes in the book ... sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't ... This h was poor and had medical issues ... H is in love with Ok so this is DP and I read all her books ... the newer ones are not really to my taste but I still read because its DP ... she is a long time favorite ... She has a formula which she uses ... poor h ... well off H who is often a jerk to the h ... h has medical issues, she is deeply religious, conservative and equates intimacy with sins, there are a dozen judgmental tropes in the book ... sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't ... This h was poor and had medical issues ... H is in love with someone else and of course being a DP H he will spend considerable time running after OW ... but this H was not a huge jerk ... they worked together so didnt exactly get along in the office but outside H never regarded her as a poor substitute, never slut shamed her and definitely was never cruel to her ... he was rather kind and gentle towards her ... he was also cured of OW's dramatics very quickly ... and often supported her ... This H may be DP's gentlest H yet ... h is not so bad, she has issues and has suffered a lot ... but overall its a nice book ... rather low key but nice ... But one thing I want to know ... would someone like the h who lives in the US and is employed in the Rangers office and has a younger brother be really so poor? Wouldn't she receive some govt. benefit for looking after her brother? or something given she is in the mid to low level income bracket? This h didnt even have coupons like all other DP h's do ... she was so poor she couldn't even afford to bake a pound cake ... or even buy 2 slices of cake for her brother and herself ... she couldn't afford to drink more than a cup of coffee a day ... (she also likes sweet milk coffee - from what I know people with respiratory issues avoid milk as it irritates the chest - maybe I am wrong) I live in Fiji and we have people here who prefer to migrate overseas ... and US is a favorite for many people ... they call it the land of opportunities ... people who come back for a visit say that even in blue collar and low menial jobs they earn better than white collar people in Fiji do ... but this h is really very poor ... can that really be the case? I know DP likes to promote being dirt poor like the Kardashians promote face contouring but ...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Like my friend Leigh said this book lacked passion and angst. It was a good read but not the best Diana Palmer book. The suspense was solid. Typical DP with experienced but celibate hero and virginal heroine. Hero is in love with another woman for the first half of this book so this might bother some people but it was platonic. Epilogue with their son was very sweet. I can't wait for more 'Long Tall Texans' love this series! Like my friend Leigh said this book lacked passion and angst. It was a good read but not the best Diana Palmer book. The suspense was solid. Typical DP with experienced but celibate hero and virginal heroine. Hero is in love with another woman for the first half of this book so this might bother some people but it was platonic. Epilogue with their son was very sweet. I can't wait for more 'Long Tall Texans' love this series!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    "Unleashed" is the story of Clancey and Colter. I've said this a million times, I'll repeat it again. I LOVE Diana Palmer. Her books with stereotypical characters take me to my happy place, and her tried and tested formula never fails to cheer me up. Here we have another hero in the police force, who locks horns with his very timid yet fiery clerk heroine. She hides scars from a family tragedy, and works hard to support herself and her brother from extreme poverty. The hero is sorta hung up on a r "Unleashed" is the story of Clancey and Colter. I've said this a million times, I'll repeat it again. I LOVE Diana Palmer. Her books with stereotypical characters take me to my happy place, and her tried and tested formula never fails to cheer me up. Here we have another hero in the police force, who locks horns with his very timid yet fiery clerk heroine. She hides scars from a family tragedy, and works hard to support herself and her brother from extreme poverty. The hero is sorta hung up on a religious ex but soon starts noticing the heroine. Both live in the 2019, but with old world morals and charm. There are heated kisses, shy blushes, hairy torso aficionados, evil men, missing relatives and a sweet HEA. Definitely would have been rated higher, if it had more angst or romance. Still made me very happy! Safe 3/5

  6. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    I've given up on Diana Palmer. Which is unfortunate. Her books introduced me to the world of romance novels. I loved the moral values she imbued her characters with, the men were men and the woman were, for the most part, strong and feminine at the same time. However the more you read of her work, especially her newer offerings, the more repetitive I find her plots. Most glaring example, the heroine always has a) asthma, b) a heart condition, or c) both. Combining this with the fact that her boo I've given up on Diana Palmer. Which is unfortunate. Her books introduced me to the world of romance novels. I loved the moral values she imbued her characters with, the men were men and the woman were, for the most part, strong and feminine at the same time. However the more you read of her work, especially her newer offerings, the more repetitive I find her plots. Most glaring example, the heroine always has a) asthma, b) a heart condition, or c) both. Combining this with the fact that her books are all set in only a couple of locales the stories begin to run together in such a way that I wonder if her publishers didn't input all of her novels into a bot program and have the bot churn new novels. The texts themselves are also highly repetitive, the same plot points are said over and over again, using the exact same sentences in many cases. Unleashed reads like Dickens-esque serial where the writer is paid by the word and the beginning of each chapter is to remind you what happened in last weeks installment. Unleashed could have benefited from a heavy editing. I'd like to say I look forward to seeing what her next book has in store but apparently you can't teach an old author new plotlines.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dar

    Clancey was refreshing as a Palmer heroine. She had faced hard times, yes. She had a health issue, yes. She was terrified of men, double yes. She was naïve in a way that made absolutely no sense, but of course. But she didn’t shy away from her life. She didn’t bemoan her situation; she took action to look after herself. She had a sense of humour that was applicable to her surroundings. She didn’t hold out foolish hope that someone would fix things for her. Banks also was a refreshing Palmer hero Clancey was refreshing as a Palmer heroine. She had faced hard times, yes. She had a health issue, yes. She was terrified of men, double yes. She was naïve in a way that made absolutely no sense, but of course. But she didn’t shy away from her life. She didn’t bemoan her situation; she took action to look after herself. She had a sense of humour that was applicable to her surroundings. She didn’t hold out foolish hope that someone would fix things for her. Banks also was a refreshing Palmer hero. He didn’t pick on, belittle, abuse, or bully Clancey. They were co-workers, and he enjoyed her company at work, but didn’t really pay attention to her otherwise. Until he did, and then he started to take notice of all sorts of things. He supported her, comforted her, and he got to know her. And he liked her, was attracted to her, and the more he got to know her, naturally, organically, he fell in love with her Of course, there is a bad guy, and things come to a head. But even with that, the suspense and story on the mystery, was fresh and not worn out and re-played. This was a very good, very nice, romantic suspense, with hints of enemies to lovers, and a well-paced slow burn to the HEA! We all know that Diana Palmer books come infused with her belief structure, and this one is no different, but on a different level. She plays down the ‘pureness’ of our heroine and her dedication to being ‘out of sync’ with the times. She actually has a religious zealot in the middle of on the story arc’s, and how out of sync she is with her normalcy. No, this time, it is climate change. How, greenhouse gases aren’t to cause for the changing climate, because, you know, the ice age happened and there were no factories. Climate change is just a normal, natural, way of the earth. You know you are going to get it, and it was refreshing to see something new. Always watch the crazy, at the very least, for the comedic statements, and the very most, to see the blatant stupidity. Can’t turn away from it though, so it is my car crash, train wreck, daytime tv drama!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    From the very beginning I was attached to Clancey. She is strong, stubborn and caring. I knew something bad was going to happen and I hesitated to turn to the next page. But the story was so compelling I just had to see what happened next. Great story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    mad4rombks

    Typical Palmer read of late. Too repetitive with a clueless hero and heroine.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kirkland

    Clancy was young when her parents died, but she still had her grandpa and her younger brother until her grandpa disappeared. Her step brother was down right mean as hell to both her and her little brother but he's been in prison for a while for what he did to them. Because of what happened she's gun shy around men. But she comes to trust Colter, her boss when he takes care of her when she gets sick. Colter has been burned in the past and still pines away for the girl that got away but when he fi Clancy was young when her parents died, but she still had her grandpa and her younger brother until her grandpa disappeared. Her step brother was down right mean as hell to both her and her little brother but he's been in prison for a while for what he did to them. Because of what happened she's gun shy around men. But she comes to trust Colter, her boss when he takes care of her when she gets sick. Colter has been burned in the past and still pines away for the girl that got away but when he finds out that Grace is coming back, he thinks he might have a chance with her and he thinks that's what he wants. Then he gets closer to Clancy and her brother and finds he has feelings for her even though he thinks she's too young for him. When Clancy's step bother is about to get out of prison and come back to the house that she and her brother are living in, she knows that she has to get out fast. But she doesn't make enough money to find a place which puts her in a tough spot. But she thinks she has all her bases covered and her step brother won't be able to get at them when he gets out. Only problem is she was wrong and her step brother tries to get revenge for her putting him in prison. Thankfully things work out in her favor that time but that doesn't stop him which puts her and Tad in even more danger. Her step brother is hell bent on getting revenge for her testifying against him and even goes so far as to threaten others to find out where she's hiding. Clancy's grandfather has been missing for years and is presumed dead which was sad. Helping Clancy has brought her and Colter closer together and I was rooting for them. They make a great couple. He's exactly what she needs and she's what he needs even if he doesn't realize it yet. There was enough action, bad guys and romance in this one to keep me entertained. I've been a big fan of Diana Palmer since I started reading her books 20 years ago so I was excited to get this one. Disclosure: I received a free copy via NetGalley but all opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)

    When I want to read an amazing passion filled western romance, I don’t have to look any further than two authors and one of them is the amazingly talented Diana Palmer. Her books never fail to pull me to the heart of the story and keep me hooked until the very last page. I always feel like I’m coming home after a long time away when I read her novels. Unleashed is magnificently written. I loved reading about Clancy, Tad, and Colter……they were three characters that I just couldn’t get enough of. T When I want to read an amazing passion filled western romance, I don’t have to look any further than two authors and one of them is the amazingly talented Diana Palmer. Her books never fail to pull me to the heart of the story and keep me hooked until the very last page. I always feel like I’m coming home after a long time away when I read her novels. Unleashed is magnificently written. I loved reading about Clancy, Tad, and Colter……they were three characters that I just couldn’t get enough of. Their journey is gripping and seeing them all together was beautifully portrayed. The sparks fly between Clancy and Colter and watching them together truly stole my breath! If you want a captivating, fast paced read, then grab this one up! It’s in the Long, Tall, Texan series, but it’s easily read as a stand alone. Definitely a 4 star worthy novel and then some! Palmer is forever a favorite author! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley, Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

  12. 4 out of 5

    Margo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was pretty formulaic except for in one detail, which relates to the OW. Normally a DP OW is glamorous and sexually liberated, even if she isn't putting out in an effort to get a marriage proposal from the overheated H. Meanwhile, the h is a drab little wren who is poor and "doesn't keep up with the times" in terms of sex. In this case, the h is a drab, chaste little wren, but the OW is a sexless, moralizing fanatic who calls the H's sister a tramp because she wears short skirts, and who trie This was pretty formulaic except for in one detail, which relates to the OW. Normally a DP OW is glamorous and sexually liberated, even if she isn't putting out in an effort to get a marriage proposal from the overheated H. Meanwhile, the h is a drab little wren who is poor and "doesn't keep up with the times" in terms of sex. In this case, the h is a drab, chaste little wren, but the OW is a sexless, moralizing fanatic who calls the H's sister a tramp because she wears short skirts, and who tries to get the H to surrender his gun and become a missionary with her in South America. (Surrender his gun? Diana Palmer is nothing if not subtle.) The H, though not a virgin, is also behind the times, but thinks the OW is just suppressing her attraction. He gets sick of her pretty quick, and becomes increasingly drawn to the h. In this case, I think the H and h are a good match, and he has a strong love declaration (of sorts, considering that he doesn't actually say it) that was legitimately heartfelt and romantic. Edited to add that I hate when Diana Palmer gives her extremely poor h's short hair. If you are eating paste sandwiches and wearing rags, you aren't going to the salon every six weeks to get your short curls trimmed.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aycal Herondale

    Read it on a dare. It was terrible. Never again.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    These are formulaic books that have mediocre writing and shoot-me-now romances that are entirely based on lust. Seriously, the entire book everyone's just like oh I'm so drawn to you, I have to have you now, but I'm going to show self-control for 400 pages until I finally lose it. If you're in love with someone, you care a lot more about them, and aren't always thinking with your pants, dude. Also, pay attention. Girl is poor (see note below). Maybe you could help her out rather than her good guy These are formulaic books that have mediocre writing and shoot-me-now romances that are entirely based on lust. Seriously, the entire book everyone's just like oh I'm so drawn to you, I have to have you now, but I'm going to show self-control for 400 pages until I finally lose it. If you're in love with someone, you care a lot more about them, and aren't always thinking with your pants, dude. Also, pay attention. Girl is poor (see note below). Maybe you could help her out rather than her good guy-friend that always seems to be helping her out. To top it off, it's apparent the author has never been poor. First of all, a girl with a salary can afford to care for herself and her brother. Especially without a car. If her grandfather really owned the house, then why isn't it paid off? And if not, then she probably doesn't owe much, so she could refinance. And if that's too much, she could walk away and maybe get a cheaper place, like an apartment. Also, if she has sole custody of her younger brother and he is under the age of 18, then she should qualify for social security for him. That would be a good chunk of money (currently I know someone who gets $900/month for one child). Also, really, you think just the poorest saddest people go to thrift stores? It's a) so easy to find lots of great clothes for cheap, b) perfectly financially sound people go to them, and c) middle school boys don't care what they wear and aren't going to tease eachother about a t-shirt. (Seriously, my child wears crazy socks and the same tshirts every day.) The mysteries are usually about 2 stars. But everything else is just 1 star. Even for a beach read, not worth the effort.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jac K

    Book #51 in her Long, Tall Texans series brings us the story of Clancey and Colter, and the end of my DP binge. Whew! Not sure where I got the idea to request all 8 ebooks my library had, and read them all back to back. :) This one was pretty tame compared to others. Colter, a Texas Ranger was very normal. He wasn’t loaded, and didn’t have an international man of mystery resume; he wasn’t really broody or mean. He may be one of the kindest DP H’s I’ve read. Clancey was the typical abused orphan Book #51 in her Long, Tall Texans series brings us the story of Clancey and Colter, and the end of my DP binge. Whew! Not sure where I got the idea to request all 8 ebooks my library had, and read them all back to back. :) This one was pretty tame compared to others. Colter, a Texas Ranger was very normal. He wasn’t loaded, and didn’t have an international man of mystery resume; he wasn’t really broody or mean. He may be one of the kindest DP H’s I’ve read. Clancey was the typical abused orphan virgin, but not overly annoying or clueless. The romance takes a backseat to solving a crime, so it’s a pretty slow/no burn, and it lacked much drama or angst. The (not really) OW is a lost love that belonged to his dead BF; she’s very religious and judge-y, but not manipulative or mean. She doesn’t meddle; there actually isn’t much going on between the two; calling her an OW is a stretch. Overall, ok, pretty tame… sorta sweet, but also kinda boring. This was a library loaner; I’m not sure I can recommend reading it for the $8; it wasn’t that enjoyable.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Latifa Morrisette

    Working in the cold case unit eith Colter Banks, Clancy us the sole caretaker of her young brother Tad after the deaths of her parents. When the past comes back for revenge will she be able to live free once again or always live in fear? I love Diana Palmer's books and she has never disappointed me. I absolutely loved Colter sbd Clancy's story and I'm excited for more. Working in the cold case unit eith Colter Banks, Clancy us the sole caretaker of her young brother Tad after the deaths of her parents. When the past comes back for revenge will she be able to live free once again or always live in fear? I love Diana Palmer's books and she has never disappointed me. I absolutely loved Colter sbd Clancy's story and I'm excited for more.

  17. 4 out of 5

    CD {Boulder Blvd}

    It's hard to believe that this is from a long time writer. This was mostly tell, not show. It felt like a long drawn out monologue that would put you to sleep. I had to skim read or DNF. It was so repetitive that I honestly felt like my Kindle was recycling pages. It's hard to believe that this is from a long time writer. This was mostly tell, not show. It felt like a long drawn out monologue that would put you to sleep. I had to skim read or DNF. It was so repetitive that I honestly felt like my Kindle was recycling pages.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    Dumbest most selfish heroine ever. Almost stopped reading this several times. But my ocd won’t let me just leave a book unfinished. Palmer fans should be very disappointed.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chloe (Always Booked)

    2.5 stars. This book was okay. Its about a guy named Colter Banks and a girl named Clancey. Banks works on solving cold cases and Clancey is his secretary. Hes got a case where an old man went missing and we know who did it but theres no proof. That guy is about to get out of jail and Clancey doesnt tell him that the man is her grandpa and the killer is her step brother. His release means danger for her but shes so poor she is scared to say anything and risk losing her job. It made no sense that 2.5 stars. This book was okay. Its about a guy named Colter Banks and a girl named Clancey. Banks works on solving cold cases and Clancey is his secretary. Hes got a case where an old man went missing and we know who did it but theres no proof. That guy is about to get out of jail and Clancey doesnt tell him that the man is her grandpa and the killer is her step brother. His release means danger for her but shes so poor she is scared to say anything and risk losing her job. It made no sense that she was so poor. Shes got a decent job ad shes the legal caretaker for her little brother now that his dad has died so I would assume there would be some social security money for him but maybe not. Clancey has put her romantic life on hold because of her commitment to raising her little brother but shes undeniably attracted to the super grouchy Banks. The brother is 9 but sounds at least 19. In addition to the mystery, there is also tension when Banks' one who got away comes back. However, she is changed. Shes been a missionary in South America and now shes very Christian, modest, anti guns, etc. and Banks and Clancey both make it clear how wrong that is. I could identify with Grace and I thought the message was offensive. The mystery in this book was interesting enough but I didn't very much chemistry in the romance. This was my first Diana Palmer and unfortunately I think it will be my last. SPOILERS AHEAD: Clancey's stepbrother had a drug problem and freaked out on her then 3 year old brother for interrupting a video game. She stepped in to protect him and he badly injured both of them, landing him in jail for 5 years. The grandpa was trying to get him help for his drug problems, etc. and we know that the stepbrother did something to the grandpa, but its not until the very end that we find proof. When he gets out of jail, as expected he comes after Clancey and her little brother but Banks and his ranger squad step in and a sniper ends up killing the step brother. As for the other woman, she is so different Banks doesn't want her anymore. After the sniper incident he has some PTSD so he pulls away from Clancey but in the end he proposes and they live HEA.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    I received a free ARC from NetGalley.com. This is my voluntery and unbiased review. Although have read many of the author's book, I read this as a stand alone. Clancey and her little brother, Tad have had a challenging life for ones so young. Her parents and step father are dead, grandfather missing and her step brother, Morris, is in jail after he had attacked both Clancey and Tad, both ending up in the hospital. Because she testified against Morris, he has threaten revenge when he gets out. To I received a free ARC from NetGalley.com. This is my voluntery and unbiased review. Although have read many of the author's book, I read this as a stand alone. Clancey and her little brother, Tad have had a challenging life for ones so young. Her parents and step father are dead, grandfather missing and her step brother, Morris, is in jail after he had attacked both Clancey and Tad, both ending up in the hospital. Because she testified against Morris, he has threaten revenge when he gets out. To keep Tad out of foster care, Chancey got a job clerking at the San Antonio Police Department but they live in poverty and she is too proud to ask for help. In addition she has debilitating asthma. Her boss, Cal Hollister, a detective lieutenant, tries to look out for both Clancey and Tad. When he is promoted and moves to to a different office down town, she gets a job working for Texas Ranger, Colter Banks in the cold case division, which is in walking distance of their house. She is very naive and afraid of losing her job if he finds out that her step brother is a felon, she keeps her situation close to her chest, including lying. She fears that her duplicity will be revealed when they start working on her missing grandfather's case, but that is nothing compared to the fear that both she and Tad have when they learn that Morris is to be released early for good behavior. Can Cal and Colter, keep them safe? Will Colter get over a woman from his past and realize what a treasure he has in Chancey? Like all Diana Palmer stories, the characters are intriguing and the plot riveting. I especial liked that the author, unlike many other romance writers hasn't sunk to parroting the leftist politically lines. Colter debunks the climate change hoax and the ridiculous idea that criminals would give up their weapons, if law enforcement and citizens weren't armed. However, some parts were redundant, the word "flush" was used way too many times and too many characters had names that began with C. Still I would recommend the book to those who like romance, westerns and suspense.

  21. 4 out of 5

    April Symes

    Unleashed by Diana Palmer is book 50 in the Long, Tall Texans Series. This is Clancey Lang and Colter Banks' story. IMO, this lacked the angst you normally find in a Diana Palmer LTT book. This had angst but it seemed to pale compared to previous books and the stories. I did like the main characters in this book for , even though it seemed to take awhile for them to finally get them together, Clancey was just the perfect virginal heroine for her alpha standoffish boss(hero) Colter. I just wish t Unleashed by Diana Palmer is book 50 in the Long, Tall Texans Series. This is Clancey Lang and Colter Banks' story. IMO, this lacked the angst you normally find in a Diana Palmer LTT book. This had angst but it seemed to pale compared to previous books and the stories. I did like the main characters in this book for , even though it seemed to take awhile for them to finally get them together, Clancey was just the perfect virginal heroine for her alpha standoffish boss(hero) Colter. I just wish this book didn't seem so timid on the angst. I wish there would have been more fire and drama at times. Would have like to see things not so quickly wrapped up so fast at ending but the writing is smooth and that is the saving grace. I do look forward to the next book in the Long, Tall Texans series. My Rating: 4.4 stars *******

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angelina Navarro

    This was my first Diana Palmer book, it was good but it was repetitive at times found myself yelling “you just stated that!” Or “we get it already get to it”. Found some errors when characters were talking. A cute romance story that I didn’t really see coming. The suspense was good and kept me on edge. It was an overall good story with great characters! Definitely would give another Palmer book a try 😊

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda B

    DNF @ 50% The story was so repetitive stating the same details about the characters over and over and I just wasn’t invested.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Judith Spence

    So Sorry I’m so sorry but this book was just sooooo….I’m practically speechless that this is book 51 in a series. The legalities are completely wrong and while we don’t practice law in Texas I know the probate laws are similar if not the same as Oklahoma. Please consult a lawyer bf you just start spouting illegalities regarding inheritable property. There is this thing called PROBATION…and when an inmate is released early they are placed on probation for the duration of their sentence. During sai So Sorry I’m so sorry but this book was just sooooo….I’m practically speechless that this is book 51 in a series. The legalities are completely wrong and while we don’t practice law in Texas I know the probate laws are similar if not the same as Oklahoma. Please consult a lawyer bf you just start spouting illegalities regarding inheritable property. There is this thing called PROBATION…and when an inmate is released early they are placed on probation for the duration of their sentence. During said probation you shall not engage in illegal behavior i.e. drugs, drinking, possession of a firearm, threatening people, kidnapping (and yes taking a child you are not authorized to take is still kidnapping) and finally beating up people. One of these would have sent him straight back to prison, much less everything put together. I read these just for entertainment but the inaccuracies in this were just too distracting. Don’t even get me started on Grace. Puhleese! This shouldn’t be considered a spoiler but just in case you can’t see the forest for the trees…There is absolutely NO OBLIGATION to bury or cremate a ‘family’ member as is indicated in this book. Technically they were not even legally related so there was no reason for that and I am beyond shocked that this was even addressed in the manner that it was. To me? It should have been not only no but Hell no I’m not making arrangements for him. Again, sorry for the bad review. I won’t be reading anymore by this author.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Donna Repsher

    Here I am again, reviewing the 50th title in Diana Palmer's Long, Tall Texans series, and, considering the issues I've had with her novels for more than the past decade, you may be asking why I volunteered to read yet another advanced reader copy of one of her novels--the answer is, it's by Diana Palmer, and for some strange reason, even knowing her formula, I simply cannot stop reading her any more than I can have sweets in my home but not eat any of them. It's a weird addiction, and in the cas Here I am again, reviewing the 50th title in Diana Palmer's Long, Tall Texans series, and, considering the issues I've had with her novels for more than the past decade, you may be asking why I volunteered to read yet another advanced reader copy of one of her novels--the answer is, it's by Diana Palmer, and for some strange reason, even knowing her formula, I simply cannot stop reading her any more than I can have sweets in my home but not eat any of them. It's a weird addiction, and in the case of this novel, oddly satisfying, because I knew what I was getting before I even got to the first page, and this novel earns 3 stars from this reader. True to form, this novel what exactly what I expected, a poor virginal heroine, Clancey, who has health issues, which, at first, are made to seem as if she's at death's door, but we eventually learn that she has asthma. Her parents are deceased, she was raised by her beloved grandfather, who went missing five years earlier. His son, Ben, is the father of two boys, the eldest, Morris, and Tad, his half-brother, is the youngest. Morris is addicted to drugs and to violent video games, and became so enraged when his 3-year-old half-brother, Tad, interrupted his game that he started beating him with a fireplace ash shovel, giving him a concussion and nightmares. When Clancy tried to intervene and protect Tad, she ended up with several broken ribs from that same shovel--an act which, thanks to Clancey's court testimony, landed Morris in prison with a six-year sentence, but after serving 5 years of it, he's about to be released for good behavior--something Clancy fears, since he's promised retribution on Clancey and the District Attorney who prosecuted the case against him. Ever since Morris has been been incarcerated, Clancey has been living in the broken-down house they shared but that now rightfully belongs to Morris, raising Tad as best she can, and working as an office assistant to a Texas Ranger for what seems like slave wages. When she learns of Morris's early release, she'll need to find a place to hide, and, because they are living on her meager salary, they can't afford to rent an apartment, so she and Tad eventually move into a homeless shelter, within walking distance to his school and her job, since she doesn't own a car. Does she mention any of this to her Texas Ranger boss, Colter Banks? Of course not. He's been pining for Grace, who after the death of Colter's friend and her fiance, left town. She's a prudish Christian religious zealot, who has been living and working as a missionary in South America, except she's coming back to town briefly, and the besotted Texas Ranger can't wait to see her again, although he's also oddly attracted to Clancey, who can barely afford to pay the utility bills and keep herself and Tad alive and fed, shopping in thrift shops, and so impoverished that she can't afford even a thrift shop coat or shoes that fit, and, as a result, develops pneumonia after being out in the cold and rain. Of course, it's Texas Ranger, Colton Banks who sees that she gets the bed rest and medication she needs to get well. Here's her chance to tell him about Morris, information she left off her job application, but does she? Of course not. Following her usual pattern, Ms. Palmer seems to extol the virtues of being poor but prideful, virginal, church-going, and out of touch with the times. But Grace makes Clancey seems like a libertine, as Grace disapproves of the fact that Colter has a ranch, that he's in law enforcement and carries a gun, that the cattle on his ranch smell, and even eschewing the milking of dairy cows as oppressing them--not to mention expressing her belief, and possibly the author's, that climate change and humanity's impact on it is a myth. Grace's issues with guns got her former fiance, a lawman too, killed in a bank robbery, and her time in South America has made her more rigid and even more judgmental, hung up on the fact that Colter's sister, Brenda, wear short shirts. However, veering from her usual formula, thankfully, neither her current boss, the tall, dark and handsome Colter Burns, or her former boss, Texas lawman Cal Hollister, are rude or abusive to Clancey--a blessed relief from the author's usual modus operandi, of the dominant male hero who, after making advances on the poor, virginal heroine then calls her a slut, blaming their uncontrollable sexual urges on her, and treating her like a slut. Instead, both men are protective and kind to her, yet, after seeing how impoverished Clancey is, although both men are quick to protect her once Morris is released from prison, does it occur to either man to do so much and either give her a raise or purchase her some decent clothing? Once again, of course not. As if that wasn't enough, even though she works for Colter, he suddenly starts kissing her in the office! Can you say "sexual harassment"? The remainder of the novel deals with keeping vindictive and vengeful Morris away from Clancey and Tad, Colton's disillusionment about lady-love Grace, and his rapidly growing interest in Clancey. The action certainly picks up at this point in the novel, as Tad is kidnapped from school by his half-brother, who manages to get away, and go into hiding with Clancey, as both Cal, Colton, Colton's sister, Brenda, and a number of other lawmen we've encountered in previous Long, Tall Texans series, all try to find and round up Morris, and to discover why and how Clancey's beloved grandfather disappeared five years ago and hasn't been heard from since. It's not a bad story line, giving the novel a different focus and some much-needed action and suspense, but what I couldn't get past was wondering why Clancey, who was gainfully employed by a state agency, could barely afford food or clothing for herself or young Tad. Does Texas not have food stamps, or some form of welfare, Medicaid or any sort of state assistance package for the person raising and supporting a minor child? I can't believe it doesn't, nor that Clancey didn't even try to see if such aid was available, and instead, rationing herself to one cup of coffee per day, wearing ill-fitting shoes, and considering herself lucky that she can manage to scrape together enough money to take young Tad to one movie matinee per month. It was a glaring omission in this tale, and after writing well over 100 novels set in Texas, was something I believe the author should have researched and included in this novel. What I did like best about Clancey was that she had a positive attitude, tried her best to provide for and protect young Tad and didn't overly bemoan her impoverished state or the poverty of anyone else for that matter. She truly loved Tad, and seemed to do an excellent job of raising him to be polite, kind, accepting of their situation rather than bitter about their poverty, and all while maintaining a sense of humor. As Ms. Palmer's heroines go, she was a standout for this reader. Of course, there's the expected HEA ending, but there again, something made no sense--why is it that a long-employed Texas Ranger could only take his new bride on a two-day honeymoon? Don't Texas Rangers accrue any vacation time? Just one more glaring lack of research on the part of the author, who finally managed to get through to the end of this novel without once referring to the hero as "dishy," and it was nice not to encounter that antiquated term in yet another one of Ms. Palmer's novels. All in all, not a bad read, with a likable hero, heroine and an interesting and somewhat suspenseful plot. As stated at the outset, I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this novel. The opinions expressed are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Figueroa

    Clancy hasn't had much of a stable life growing up in an unpredictable abusive home making it her mission to save her and her little brothers life after sending another to jail for assault. Now shes working with some texas rangers cold cases, its been a couple years and that brother who was in jail is out on parole for good behavior. Colter is her boss who has been working on the cold cases and one of a missing older man and getting news that a local prisoner is getting out not knowing there is Clancy hasn't had much of a stable life growing up in an unpredictable abusive home making it her mission to save her and her little brothers life after sending another to jail for assault. Now shes working with some texas rangers cold cases, its been a couple years and that brother who was in jail is out on parole for good behavior. Colter is her boss who has been working on the cold cases and one of a missing older man and getting news that a local prisoner is getting out not knowing there is a connection for his new hire Clancy. Wow there is so much going on for this book that trust me when I say it'll be hard to put this book down. I thought it was interesting getting to know the characters, It was heartbreaking what Clancy had to go though in the past and it was lovely seeing her trying to at least make something of herself. Clearly she was trying her best to make sure that she and her brother were cared for and he was a great kid. This is the kind of book that does so well letting the readers get to know the characters so well you forget they were characters. As for the story itself there was plenty going on to keep the readers from the stress of Clancy and her family life wondering about her grandfather and brother on parole. Then there's the women Colter liked coming back from being out on a mission for the church. The attraction that was brewing between Colter and Clancy. Then there's the wondering if the brother really changed or if he will try to seek his revenge and when. There is so much going for this book and I recommend you lovely readers check out this great book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Kropp

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The premise sounded interesting enough from the blurb, the execution was terrible. the repetitive descriptions were tedious to read, stopping me from getting absorbed in the story. The characters were so bland, and tragic to the point of ridiculousness. There seemed to be a lot of plot holes to make them so poor, and then alluding to some great sickness or ailment for several mentions to then reveal she had asthma.... I haven’t read any other of the authors books but the overly Christian and pio The premise sounded interesting enough from the blurb, the execution was terrible. the repetitive descriptions were tedious to read, stopping me from getting absorbed in the story. The characters were so bland, and tragic to the point of ridiculousness. There seemed to be a lot of plot holes to make them so poor, and then alluding to some great sickness or ailment for several mentions to then reveal she had asthma.... I haven’t read any other of the authors books but the overly Christian and pious tones and traits of the characters was off putting, and presenting the female protagonist as the perfect wife material disincentive she was “an innocent” who could cook for her man and liked guns made me double check when this book was published, i was surprised to see it was in 2019 and not the early 1990s.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}

    3.5 Stars Diana Palmer is an author I haven't read in many years, but I quickly remembered that she definitely has a style all her own. Unfortunately it isn't one that I love. She tends towards stories with a younger inexperienced woman, and an older more experienced man (an alpha male type character). I generally not a fan of these 'helpless' female stories where she needs to be 'rescued'. All that being said, I did enjoy this story, even with those other factors in play. Beyond the romance in thi 3.5 Stars Diana Palmer is an author I haven't read in many years, but I quickly remembered that she definitely has a style all her own. Unfortunately it isn't one that I love. She tends towards stories with a younger inexperienced woman, and an older more experienced man (an alpha male type character). I generally not a fan of these 'helpless' female stories where she needs to be 'rescued'. All that being said, I did enjoy this story, even with those other factors in play. Beyond the romance in this book (to be honest, I didn't feel a lot of passion between Clancy and Colter) the mystery in this story was very engaging and kept me entertained and engaged right up until the end. I recommend this one if you are a fan of Diana Palmer and enjoy a good intrigue novel.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lacey Westcarr

    Ugh! Why, oh why, do I keep reading books by Diana Palmer. All of her books are basically the same two stories with different people. It’s so annoying. The ridiculous statements of virginal purity and ‘good old fashioned values’ are so over the top. One line that was repeatedly said ‘nice girls don’t wear short skirts’, about made me puke! Such stereotypical characters. Ugh! Where is the negative stars?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hayzbaw

    Diana Palmer has the romance formula down pact. I always love her books. Im always happy by the end but they make me cry throughout, love them.

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