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An opposites-attract love may be in store for a gruff rancher and a small-town beauty in a brand-new Wyoming Men romance Jake McGuire has worked hard to earn his success, with holdings that include ranches and a private jet. The only threat to his comfortable existence is the last woman he should ever want. He knows Ida Merridan by reputation only, but the stories he’s hear An opposites-attract love may be in store for a gruff rancher and a small-town beauty in a brand-new Wyoming Men romance Jake McGuire has worked hard to earn his success, with holdings that include ranches and a private jet. The only threat to his comfortable existence is the last woman he should ever want. He knows Ida Merridan by reputation only, but the stories he’s heard are enough for him to keep her at arm’s length, until the day fate puts her in his path under circumstances only the most heartless cowboy could ignore. Now, realizing the truth Ida’s been keeping, he’s powerless to give her up. Twice married and independently wealthy, Ida did nothing to deserve her bad reputation—except choose the wrong husbands. Live and learn in a small town, but after everything life has handed her, she’s in no hurry to make any more mistakes or be anyone’s object of pity. Being rescued by Jake throws a wrench into her plans for a solitary existence when one sizzling kiss leads to another, but her past is catching up with her, and there’s only so much she can do when Jake is determined to prove there are still some heroes left in the West.


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An opposites-attract love may be in store for a gruff rancher and a small-town beauty in a brand-new Wyoming Men romance Jake McGuire has worked hard to earn his success, with holdings that include ranches and a private jet. The only threat to his comfortable existence is the last woman he should ever want. He knows Ida Merridan by reputation only, but the stories he’s hear An opposites-attract love may be in store for a gruff rancher and a small-town beauty in a brand-new Wyoming Men romance Jake McGuire has worked hard to earn his success, with holdings that include ranches and a private jet. The only threat to his comfortable existence is the last woman he should ever want. He knows Ida Merridan by reputation only, but the stories he’s heard are enough for him to keep her at arm’s length, until the day fate puts her in his path under circumstances only the most heartless cowboy could ignore. Now, realizing the truth Ida’s been keeping, he’s powerless to give her up. Twice married and independently wealthy, Ida did nothing to deserve her bad reputation—except choose the wrong husbands. Live and learn in a small town, but after everything life has handed her, she’s in no hurry to make any more mistakes or be anyone’s object of pity. Being rescued by Jake throws a wrench into her plans for a solitary existence when one sizzling kiss leads to another, but her past is catching up with her, and there’s only so much she can do when Jake is determined to prove there are still some heroes left in the West.

30 review for Wyoming True

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ida and Jake are both tortured and lonely. I love a good marriage of convenience story and Diana Palmer delivered. I enjoyed the chemistry between the 2 characters and the story was very engaging. Safety info: no virgins here, heroine was married twice. Her first husband was gay and her second husband abused her. Her second husband still threatens her.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zubee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ah; this is Diana Palmer and her books occupy a different place in my heart ... She has written something similar before; the wealthy misunderstood h and the in-love-with-someone-else H who randomly slut shames the h But she gave it a little twist of originality; twice married h is no virgin although she is the next best thing to it ... I had fun reading this one although H definitely needed skilleting for being stuck on OW for so long ..

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mtve41

    3 star-ing it because it’s DP. But in all honesty this was the most boring book I’ve read this year. The h is a divorcee with two extreme cases of ex husbands. One swung the other way and the next was a retarded, abusive druggie mafia person. It was almost funny how any and all possible streams of bad luck were added to Ida’s sob story. She’d been left rich thanks to her first ex-husband so that crosses off her wanting a man for his $$. Next comes the abusive husband so that has made her wary an 3 star-ing it because it’s DP. But in all honesty this was the most boring book I’ve read this year. The h is a divorcee with two extreme cases of ex husbands. One swung the other way and the next was a retarded, abusive druggie mafia person. It was almost funny how any and all possible streams of bad luck were added to Ida’s sob story. She’d been left rich thanks to her first ex-husband so that crosses off her wanting a man for his $$. Next comes the abusive husband so that has made her wary and extremely shy from advances from a real man. Ok so there’s your sweet and sad and bashful Ida who’s loaded. I could go on but really. If Ida later reminisced that she’d also donated her kidney to a cause I wouldn’t be surprised. Ida’s crippling accident is also unbelieving. With surveillance cameras on your a$$ I fail to see how Ida’s ex husband could throw her off the first floor and there’d be no witnesses or injuries screaming the truth. While here she was, wallowing in misery while her (now ex-) husband lied his way through her stay in the hospital. DNF eventually. Also bringing up Jake the H. He’s a supposed alpha but I’d call him out on that. He’s forever observing Ida’s facial expressions and claiming how much pain and hurt she’s been through in her life. He even notices Ida’s dark circles and says he knows she doesn’t sleep through the night. Lol. That was it on Jake. I don’t know any man like that who exists. Really. Ida sounded like she was 40 while she’s actually 26. Jake was sweet but also boring. They’d take off on a minute’s notice on plane trips to restaurants to have sea food. Also this supposedly shy, martyr Ida is slightly needy. She meets any man at all and here she goes tattling her sorry tale. Either you’re shy of men or you’re easy with them. And it was hard to be convinced that Ida was all that she claimed to be. Meh.

  4. 5 out of 5

    rêveur d'art

    DNF’ed 58% in. This novel was painfully awful. Very repetitive throughout and unrealistic. Ida tells her story to different people so many times in the same way, eventually I got too bored. The characters were not acting their age and behaving much older – and even using the kind of vocabulary only a much older person would use. There were scenes I found problematic and, ultimately, kept me from wanting to continue. This will be my last of Diana Palmer's newer books - if I do pick up another boo DNF’ed 58% in. This novel was painfully awful. Very repetitive throughout and unrealistic. Ida tells her story to different people so many times in the same way, eventually I got too bored. The characters were not acting their age and behaving much older – and even using the kind of vocabulary only a much older person would use. There were scenes I found problematic and, ultimately, kept me from wanting to continue. This will be my last of Diana Palmer's newer books - if I do pick up another book of hers, it will be one of her older titles.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Margo

    He pines far, far too.mich for OW, and the h is giving herself pep talks that maybe, maybe he will eventually care for her. Also, highly formulaic.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carissa Lindsey

    Wyoming True By Diana Palmer Format - Ebook I give this book a 3 out of 5 Stars This book was an easy read for me. I started it for that reason alone. I have long debated whether or not I want to continue reading Diana Palmer’s books because they are all almost the same. With that said I enjoyed this book in all it’s predictableness. It was your typical Palmer book. Man meets woman he despises. Finds out that she is really a good person even though she has a completely different persona that she puts Wyoming True By Diana Palmer Format - Ebook I give this book a 3 out of 5 Stars This book was an easy read for me. I started it for that reason alone. I have long debated whether or not I want to continue reading Diana Palmer’s books because they are all almost the same. With that said I enjoyed this book in all it’s predictableness. It was your typical Palmer book. Man meets woman he despises. Finds out that she is really a good person even though she has a completely different persona that she puts forth in public. Then comes the marriage of convenience to protect her. Ending up with them falling in love. This book does deal with the violence involved with domestic abuse. Which strikes a cord with me because I am a survivor of that. Definitely not to the extent that the woman in the book was abused but that is one of the things I like about Palmer’s books, she deals with the tough issues in society. I also like that there is always a knight in shining armor to help out in the woman’s time of need. After reading this book I think I will continue to read her books when my brain is fried for other more intense books. It is only a few days before Christmas as I am writing this and everything is overwhelming. So a nice easy read was a good choice for me. I only gave it three stars because of the predictability. In researching domestic violence I found this webpage where people can go for help. The website address is https://www.thehotline.org/. This is just one among many places people can go if they or a loved one is in danger from experiencing domestic abuse. If things get too dangerous I can’t stress enough to call 911 first and have the person removed. Most cities have safe places to go to when a person is in this situation. Sometimes only the people that work there and one or two cops in the city know how to get ahold of them. This is a problem that must be addressed and I applaud Palmer for making people think more about it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kirkland

    Ida is nothing like the fake persona she lets most others see her as which is just fine with her because she's hiding. Jake doesn't care for Ida but he doesn't really know her. He gets a small glimpse into the real Ida and it intrigues him into spending more time with her even if she isn't wanting to be around him. Ida is hiding from her abusive ex-husband who just got out of jail. She doesn't want men coming on to her so she wears her fake persona like a shield to keep them away and it worked f Ida is nothing like the fake persona she lets most others see her as which is just fine with her because she's hiding. Jake doesn't care for Ida but he doesn't really know her. He gets a small glimpse into the real Ida and it intrigues him into spending more time with her even if she isn't wanting to be around him. Ida is hiding from her abusive ex-husband who just got out of jail. She doesn't want men coming on to her so she wears her fake persona like a shield to keep them away and it worked for most. But when Jake gets a glimpse of the real Ida, he's surprised that she's actually shy and not at all the promiscuous woman that she pretends to be at times. When accidents keep happening at her ranch and her animals keep getting hurt, she knows that her ex-husband is behind it but doesn't know how he's getting on her property. Jake is there to help her with dealing with everything as well as making sure that her ex can no longer get to her or her animals. I am a huge Diana Palmer fan so I was happy to have had the chance to read this book. These two are such a sweet couple. Ida has some physical and emotional scars from her ex but Jake has some scars of his own. It was fun to see how they were going to get closer when they both had reasons why they couldn't. Diana Palmer gave me another great book. Disclosure: I was given an eARC of this book via NetGally but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donna Repsher

    I've been reading Diana Palmer's romance novels for the past 30-something years, and with the possible exception of Lacy and The Morcai Battalion, all of her other romance novels are formulaic, although this one is a little more up to date, slightly different (no swooning virgins), and while I enjoyed it a bit more than some of the previous novels in her Wyoming series, I still had more a few issues with it, which I why I'm giving it a 3-star rating. Wyoming True is the story of battered, broken I've been reading Diana Palmer's romance novels for the past 30-something years, and with the possible exception of Lacy and The Morcai Battalion, all of her other romance novels are formulaic, although this one is a little more up to date, slightly different (no swooning virgins), and while I enjoyed it a bit more than some of the previous novels in her Wyoming series, I still had more a few issues with it, which I why I'm giving it a 3-star rating. Wyoming True is the story of battered, broken and abused Ida Merridan, whose first husband was considerably older and who treated her like a princess, except for never having sex with her, something she really didn't question until his suicide note, 5 years later, explained that he was gay. She may be old-fashioned, as are all of Ms. Palmer's characters, but I can't imagine any bride not even questioning why her husband never attempted to have sex with her, and never wondering whether or not he was gay, impotent, or even asking him. Ida's second husband, Bailey, was a sadistic, evil, money-grubbing gambler, and an abusive jerk, whom she married after a very short courtship, and who was in prison for throwing her off the roof of a parking garage, breaking her hip, her leg, nearly killing her, and leaving her terrified of men. For all that, he was only only given a 5-year sentence, and as we learn early on, was out of prison in just 3 years for good behavior, and he still wanted his ex-wife to pay off his debts. In the interim, she's returned to her hometown in Wyoming, a very wealthy widow, thanks to her first husband, and established a rather odd reputation for herself as a slut, whose many lovers never measured up and who wasn't afraid to discuss their shortcomings in public--all in an attempt to keep men away from her. Jake McGuire is another ultra-wealthy character, who, when he steps outside the local diner, notices that Ida's Jaguar has a flat tire and overhears her on the phone as she's told no one will be able to get to her car for 2 hours, making her late for a medical appointment, so Jake, always a gentleman, reluctantly offers to get her to her appointment, and get her home safely. While he couldn't possibly have a worse impression of her at the outset, he eventually learns that she isn't at all what she seems, and although he's been nursing a broken heart since the woman he was in love with, Mina, married a friend of his, when he learns that someone has harmed two of Ida's horses, and that she's sure it's her ex-husband, he goes into protective mode, moves her into his home, and eventually asks her to enter into a non-sexual marriage with him--and although Ida is still not trusting of men, she agrees. Okay--at this point my willing suspension of disbelief snapped. First, Jake, although kind to Ida, can't stop mooning over his lost love, Mina, and at age 37, can't envision himself ever loving another woman again. Thirty-seven is a long way from over-the hill, and since he feels that his love life is over, why offer Ida marriage, when they merely could have lived together or simply become good friends and companions? Additionally, Jake is scarred from an IED explosion during his military service in Afghanistan, and is ashamed to even show anyone his scars. Ida is also emotionally wounded and scarred, yet accepts his proposal, knowing full well that he's in love with someone else's wife. Again, after a sex-free marriage to a much older, closeted, gay man, followed by marriage to a violent man she only knew briefly and which nearly ended with her death, why agree to another sexless marriage to a virtual stranger? We finally get to the supposedly suspenseful part of this romance, but all of the suspense happens off screen, so the build-up to Ida's ex-husband finally getting his hands on her and payback for the time he spent in prison because she testified against him, is over in a page or two, without the two of them even seeing each other again and it falls flatter than a flapjack. Bailey is painted as such a vile, evil character that the fact that we never even get to meet him didn't make a bit of sense to this reader. Yes, of course, there is an HEA ending to all of this, and yes, it's a well-written novel with two likable main characters, but it could have been so much better had Ida and Jake's relationship not been quite so unbelievable. While I'm sure that most of Diana Palmer's many fans will enjoy this latest Wyoming novel, for this Diana Palmer fan, it left quite a bit to be desired. I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this novel. The opinions expressed are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    Ida's background was a little darker than the usual back story but she's a likable character. good chemistry b/w Jake & Ida. glad to see Cort & Mina making a cameo appearance in the story. there was an author's note at the beginning from Ms. Palmer saying how her characters become a "living part" of her life while working on what some people feel are repetitive, conventional & expected stories. But i like that about her books. (characters feel like welcome friends) They're the comfy sweat pants at t Ida's background was a little darker than the usual back story but she's a likable character. good chemistry b/w Jake & Ida. glad to see Cort & Mina making a cameo appearance in the story. there was an author's note at the beginning from Ms. Palmer saying how her characters become a "living part" of her life while working on what some people feel are repetitive, conventional & expected stories. But i like that about her books. (characters feel like welcome friends) They're the comfy sweat pants at the end of the day for me. I know going in that i'm going to enjoy reading about the characters & leave with a smile on my face. This book did not disappoint!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    An enjoyable fast lite read with real characters and story line. Ida has Been married twice, once to a gay man and the second marriage to a man Who is evil and and who wants her money. He hurt her and tried to kill her. Jake McGuire is also rich and successful and finds himself changing his Mind about Ida after he meets her. Can these two individuals find happiness Together and can Ida stay safe. I recommend this easy read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carissa Lindsey

    This book was an easy read for me. I started it for that reason alone. I have long debated whether or not I want to continue reading Diana Palmer’s books because they are all almost the same. With that said I enjoyed this book in all it’s predictableness. It was your typical Palmer book. Man meets woman he despises. Finds out that she is really a good person even though she has a completely different persona that she puts forth in public. Then comes the marriage of convenience to protect her. End This book was an easy read for me. I started it for that reason alone. I have long debated whether or not I want to continue reading Diana Palmer’s books because they are all almost the same. With that said I enjoyed this book in all it’s predictableness. It was your typical Palmer book. Man meets woman he despises. Finds out that she is really a good person even though she has a completely different persona that she puts forth in public. Then comes the marriage of convenience to protect her. Ending up with them falling in love. This book does deal with the violence involved with domestic abuse. Which strikes a cord with me because I am a survivor of that. Definitely not to the extent that the woman in the book was abused but that is one of the things I like about Palmer’s books, she deals with the tough issues in society. I also like that there is always a knight in shining armor to help out in the woman’s time of need. After reading this book I think I will continue to read her books when my brain is fried for other more intense books. It is only a few days before Christmas as I am writing this and everything is overwhelming. So a nice easy read was a good choice for me. I only gave it three stars because of the predictability. In researching domestic violence I found this webpage where people can go for help. The website address is https://www.thehotline.org/. This is just one among many places people can go if they or a loved one is in danger from experiencing domestic abuse. If things get too dangerous I can’t stress enough to call 911 first and have the person removed. Most cities have safe places to go to when a person is in this situation. Sometimes only the people that work there and one or two cops in the city know how to get ahold of them. This is a problem that must be addressed and I applaud Palmer for making people think more about it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    k2148

    Wyoming True (Wyoming Men #10). By Diana Palmer. 2020. HQN Books (ARC eBook). Jake McGuire is a hardworking, successful businessman. And he is protective of his reputation; and he has wealthy widow, Ida Merridan pegged as bad news. But Jake is also an old fashioned gentleman, and ex-military, who will lend his help where he can. And after he helps Ida, that brief amount of time was enough for him to see that she has been hiding behind a false persona. Intrigued, he spends more time with her and d Wyoming True (Wyoming Men #10). By Diana Palmer. 2020. HQN Books (ARC eBook). Jake McGuire is a hardworking, successful businessman. And he is protective of his reputation; and he has wealthy widow, Ida Merridan pegged as bad news. But Jake is also an old fashioned gentleman, and ex-military, who will lend his help where he can. And after he helps Ida, that brief amount of time was enough for him to see that she has been hiding behind a false persona. Intrigued, he spends more time with her and discovers not only is she as wary as he to love, but she being threatened by an ex-husband. In Wyoming True, a private and jaded man rescues an equally private and jaded woman from financial and physical harm. This was my first read by Palmer and I want to read more. But this book wasn’t a hit for me. There were quite a few scenes where Ida goes into her past that is a bit too repetitive because each time she is talking to different people and instead of revealing more and more, she reveals the same information. And the biggest let down was the suspense that ended up being nullified off screen. Jake and Ida are good characters though and were a good fit for eachother. *HQN Books ARC via NetGalley

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) through NetGalley. Palmer doesn't disappoint though I grow frustrated with the double standard presented for her male and female characters. Her heroine, Ivy, has been through incredible abuse with her second husband and continues to live with the physical, mental and emotional recovery. She solved her fear of men following the divorce by pretending to be promiscuous and gossiping about her lovers. It solves one proble I received an electronic ARC from HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) through NetGalley. Palmer doesn't disappoint though I grow frustrated with the double standard presented for her male and female characters. Her heroine, Ivy, has been through incredible abuse with her second husband and continues to live with the physical, mental and emotional recovery. She solved her fear of men following the divorce by pretending to be promiscuous and gossiping about her lovers. It solves one problem but opens her to gossip from her small town. When Jake helps her after a flat tire, he suspects something is off about the rumors and reality. They become friends who both have to overcome trust issues to be together. It was refreshing to see they were both at the same social level rather than one being wealthy while the other was poor. I appreciated the slow pace as their relationship evolved and they became more comfortable with each other. The tension from her second husband's attacks blended well with the evolving trust and relationship. Their marriage as friends was amusing to me as a reader as well as the other characters but both Ivy and Jake worked their way through their feelings and found ways to be honest with each other. A sweet romance and a quick escape read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    I have read some of the older books of the author and some of the names sound familiar, though they could be offspring of the ones I vaguely remember. This is a second chance romance for two damaged people, who believe that love is not in their future. With two marriages behind her, Ida Merridan is still an innocent. She was coddled by her parents, marry young to an older man, who she didn't realize was gay and they married a second man who was so abusive, he almost killed her. Independently wea I have read some of the older books of the author and some of the names sound familiar, though they could be offspring of the ones I vaguely remember. This is a second chance romance for two damaged people, who believe that love is not in their future. With two marriages behind her, Ida Merridan is still an innocent. She was coddled by her parents, marry young to an older man, who she didn't realize was gay and they married a second man who was so abusive, he almost killed her. Independently wealthy from her first husband, she realizes that she is not a very good judge of men, so has created a false reputation of being a man-eater, to keep men away form her. But then her ex-husband fools the parole board and gets an early release, immediately threatening her. Jake McGuire is the son of an abusive man, but has worked hard to become a very wealthy man. The one woman who he thought he was in love with, did not return his affection and is now happily married with another. Believing the gossip about Ida, he holds her in distain, but being brought up as a gentleman by his mother, he can't leave a stranded woman. As he slowly gets to know he learns that she is like a princess in a fairy tale, disguised to keep her safe. But can he keep her safe from the evil villain?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I am a Diana Palmer fan, but this one was good though not great. I feel that the premise was misleading since Ida’s reputation was by her own design. She wanted people to think badly of her because she was using it as a shield. The book was interesting, but I am not sure I ever felt that Jake and Ida were meant to be together. They got there and they would probably be happy, but it was odd. Odder still was that Ida was only 26 years old, but she was written like a woman in who was much older. I I am a Diana Palmer fan, but this one was good though not great. I feel that the premise was misleading since Ida’s reputation was by her own design. She wanted people to think badly of her because she was using it as a shield. The book was interesting, but I am not sure I ever felt that Jake and Ida were meant to be together. They got there and they would probably be happy, but it was odd. Odder still was that Ida was only 26 years old, but she was written like a woman in who was much older. I believe this was done to convey what a hard life she has been dealt, but it just seemed off. I was also a little put off by the characters constantly jetting off. I mean even if they are rich would they really be just hopping in a plane at a moment’s notice to get seafood for dinner. This did nothing for me. I understand that they are both rich, but I felt the characters could have been fleshed out more. These are really minor irritations with the story overall. I am sure that people will still greatly enjoy the story. There is the excitement of people from their past, misunderstandings, and a variety of other things that moved the story along.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I am a Diana Palmer fan, but this one was good though not great. I feel that the premise was misleading since Ida’s reputation was by her own design. She wanted people to think badly of her because she was using it as a shield. The book was interesting, but I am not sure I ever felt that Jake and Ida were meant to be together. They got there and they would probably be happy, but it was odd. Odder still was that Ida was only 26 years old, but she was written like a woman in who was much older. I I am a Diana Palmer fan, but this one was good though not great. I feel that the premise was misleading since Ida’s reputation was by her own design. She wanted people to think badly of her because she was using it as a shield. The book was interesting, but I am not sure I ever felt that Jake and Ida were meant to be together. They got there and they would probably be happy, but it was odd. Odder still was that Ida was only 26 years old, but she was written like a woman in who was much older. I believe this was done to convey what a hard life she has been dealt, but it just seemed off. I was also a little put off by the characters constantly jetting off. I mean even if they are rich would they really be just hopping in a plane at a moment’s notice to get seafood for dinner. This did nothing for me. I understand that they are both rich, but I felt the characters could have been fleshed out more. These are really minor irritations with the story overall. I am sure that people will still greatly enjoy the story. There is the excitement of people from their past, misunderstandings, and a variety of other things that moved the story along.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    *3.5 stars* I haven’t read this author for a while but I’m always happy to pick up one of her romances. A bit old-fashioned, always gentle, and people who are very black and white in nature, the surprises are in the characters rather than their circumstances. Older, experienced man rescues an innocent woman from financial or physical harm. The premise may be formulaic but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a really good read. And that is what Jake and Ida’s story was… Ida had been married twice but sti *3.5 stars* I haven’t read this author for a while but I’m always happy to pick up one of her romances. A bit old-fashioned, always gentle, and people who are very black and white in nature, the surprises are in the characters rather than their circumstances. Older, experienced man rescues an innocent woman from financial or physical harm. The premise may be formulaic but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a really good read. And that is what Jake and Ida’s story was… Ida had been married twice but still managed to have an air of innocence about her, and a core of goodness despite the wild woman reputation she had cultivated. Jake was at first dismissive but as he grew to know her, his attitude and feelings changed. Ups and downs and a lot of learning about each other later, they found themselves on common ground. If the story was a bit repetitive in spots, that didn’t take away from a love that quietly grew and made for a satisfying read… *I happily reviewed this story **Thank you to NetGalley

  18. 4 out of 5

    MaryEllen

    As I was reading this book, I checked the copyright date. Twice. If it wasn’t for the inclusion of mobile phones, I would have believed this was a reprint of a book written in the 1960s. I know we all awaken on our own timeline, but this is a best selling author of women’s fiction who used not only spousal abuse, but three incidents of animal abuse as devices to move her story forward. WTH? And why is anyone publishing this type of hateful story line? Then we have the part where the author loses As I was reading this book, I checked the copyright date. Twice. If it wasn’t for the inclusion of mobile phones, I would have believed this was a reprint of a book written in the 1960s. I know we all awaken on our own timeline, but this is a best selling author of women’s fiction who used not only spousal abuse, but three incidents of animal abuse as devices to move her story forward. WTH? And why is anyone publishing this type of hateful story line? Then we have the part where the author loses track of her own plot. The heroines’s beloved mare has just foaled, but when the mare is injured, she moves her two favorite horses (the mare and a companion horse) to a safer ranch. No mention that the foal was moved with them. In fact, no further mention of the foal at all. I could go on about the vapid dialogue and the truly unadmirable main characters, but I didn’t read much further. Even as light fiction, this book was pointless.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Gibbs

    Jake McGuire was in love with Mina Michaels but she married someone else. He wasn't really looking for anything and one day his manners overrode his rudeness and he gave the town's loose woman, at least according to her reputation, a ride to the Dr.'s office. They were both rich and they both had secrets that kept people away. They are both damaged but maybe if they let their guard down just a little bit, they could find what has eluded them. Jake wasn't a jerk much like some of Ms. Palmer's oth Jake McGuire was in love with Mina Michaels but she married someone else. He wasn't really looking for anything and one day his manners overrode his rudeness and he gave the town's loose woman, at least according to her reputation, a ride to the Dr.'s office. They were both rich and they both had secrets that kept people away. They are both damaged but maybe if they let their guard down just a little bit, they could find what has eluded them. Jake wasn't a jerk much like some of Ms. Palmer's other heroes. Ida was like her heroines except that she had a reputation that she encouraged for reasons only a few knew. She reminded me a bit of Tippy Grier from previous novels in the series. It was a good story with some twists and turns and I now want to go to Wyoming as Ms. Palmer has described it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sue Gosland

    Diana Palmer writes such wonderful sweet stories about small towns and this one is no exception. Jake McGuire was interested in Mina Michaels. but she was in love with Cort Grier and ended up marrying him and starting a family. This left Jake alone again, and trying to move on. Ida Merridan has given herself a notorious reputation to keep men away from her, as she suffered through a bad marriage after losing her first husband, who was gay. They find themselves drawn to each other, even though th Diana Palmer writes such wonderful sweet stories about small towns and this one is no exception. Jake McGuire was interested in Mina Michaels. but she was in love with Cort Grier and ended up marrying him and starting a family. This left Jake alone again, and trying to move on. Ida Merridan has given herself a notorious reputation to keep men away from her, as she suffered through a bad marriage after losing her first husband, who was gay. They find themselves drawn to each other, even though they are both in pain from past relationships and injuries. As they get to know each other and realize how much they have in common, Ida's ex-husband shows up to give her trouble. Can they find their way to each other and realize how they each feel about the other? Can they keep the ex away? I really enjoyed this one. Small sweet fireworks.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kate Vale

    Another in the Wyoming Men series, in which wealthy rancher Jake McGuire isn't sure he wants anything to do with divorced Ida Merridan, whose reputation is the opposite of spotless. It's also a ruse she uses to dissuade men from coming near her after her previous husband nearly killed her. He's out of jail now and continuing to threaten her with harassing calls and injuries to her animals. When Jake realizes who Ida really is, he can't help wanting to help her and one thing leads to another until Another in the Wyoming Men series, in which wealthy rancher Jake McGuire isn't sure he wants anything to do with divorced Ida Merridan, whose reputation is the opposite of spotless. It's also a ruse she uses to dissuade men from coming near her after her previous husband nearly killed her. He's out of jail now and continuing to threaten her with harassing calls and injuries to her animals. When Jake realizes who Ida really is, he can't help wanting to help her and one thing leads to another until he proposes a marriage of convenience for the two of them. The story would have been a better read had what Ida had to deal with not been endlessly repeated--practically every time she met someone new whom she chose to explain why she limped, why she didn't trust men, etc.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I’m not done, I’ll plug on for a bit. But my impressions are not good so far, just a few chapters in. I looked up the publication date a couple of times just to be sure it was recently published. It reads like something written decades ago! A scarlet woman? Someone no decent man would be involved with? A wild, promiscuous divorcée? Such an old double standard! How, exactly, did she build up her reputation and encourage gossip if she supposedly was a “frightened recluse” who didn’t want to deal w I’m not done, I’ll plug on for a bit. But my impressions are not good so far, just a few chapters in. I looked up the publication date a couple of times just to be sure it was recently published. It reads like something written decades ago! A scarlet woman? Someone no decent man would be involved with? A wild, promiscuous divorcée? Such an old double standard! How, exactly, did she build up her reputation and encourage gossip if she supposedly was a “frightened recluse” who didn’t want to deal with men? She also hates her beauty because it makes her attractive to men - gosh, I feel *so* sorry for her, how rough. And how long has she owned a bunch of horses without getting to know the local vet? Ugh.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Penny Leidecker

    I really enjoyed reading this book centered around Jake and Ida. Jake is still pining for Mina, even after her marriage and baby with Cory. He doesn’t like Ida because she has a bad reputation. Ida is a beautiful woman, but she’s been abused and she gives herself the bad reputation to keep men away. I’m not going to leave any spoilers because I really hope you’ll want to read this beautiful story. I will say if you love reading romance, then you will not be disappointed with this book. I received I really enjoyed reading this book centered around Jake and Ida. Jake is still pining for Mina, even after her marriage and baby with Cory. He doesn’t like Ida because she has a bad reputation. Ida is a beautiful woman, but she’s been abused and she gives herself the bad reputation to keep men away. I’m not going to leave any spoilers because I really hope you’ll want to read this beautiful story. I will say if you love reading romance, then you will not be disappointed with this book. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley and this is my voluntary and honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Penny Leidecker

    I really enjoyed reading this book centered around Jake and Ida. Jake is still pining for Mina, even after her marriage and baby with Cory. He doesn’t like Ida because she has a bad reputation. Ida is a beautiful woman, but she’s been abused and she gives herself the bad reputation to keep men away. I’m not going to leave any spoilers because I really hope you’ll want to read this beautiful story. I will say if you love reading romance, then you will not be disappointed with this book. I received I really enjoyed reading this book centered around Jake and Ida. Jake is still pining for Mina, even after her marriage and baby with Cory. He doesn’t like Ida because she has a bad reputation. Ida is a beautiful woman, but she’s been abused and she gives herself the bad reputation to keep men away. I’m not going to leave any spoilers because I really hope you’ll want to read this beautiful story. I will say if you love reading romance, then you will not be disappointed with this book. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley and this is my voluntary and honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Donna Schwartz

    I loved the progression of the story from the beginning, with Jake and Ida meeting. It was also interesting to see how the author allowed Ida's story to unfold with her 2nd husband being a threat to her animals and her. It was the little details that made the relationship develop believably. Just wish Palmer would have allowed some time with the pregnancy and how the marriage evolved instead of dropping us right into years afterward. Moved a little too quickly for me. Also, does anyone hate previe I loved the progression of the story from the beginning, with Jake and Ida meeting. It was also interesting to see how the author allowed Ida's story to unfold with her 2nd husband being a threat to her animals and her. It was the little details that made the relationship develop believably. Just wish Palmer would have allowed some time with the pregnancy and how the marriage evolved instead of dropping us right into years afterward. Moved a little too quickly for me. Also, does anyone hate previews of upcoming books as much as I do? If I start reading the preview and really like it, then can't get my hands on the new book it would drive me crazy!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Janilyn Kocher

    Wyoming True is like a flashback to a Harlequin romance I used to read thirty five years ago. Ida and Jake despise one another, but that doesn't stop them from building a relationship. Both are damaged, but I really never really warmed up,to him. He had an archaic view of men being able to play the field but women could not. He also kept mooning over Mina to the point of exsperation. I did enjoy this book because it ended the way it' should have. I I'd hate to read about the animals, that bother Wyoming True is like a flashback to a Harlequin romance I used to read thirty five years ago. Ida and Jake despise one another, but that doesn't stop them from building a relationship. Both are damaged, but I really never really warmed up,to him. He had an archaic view of men being able to play the field but women could not. He also kept mooning over Mina to the point of exsperation. I did enjoy this book because it ended the way it' should have. I I'd hate to read about the animals, that bothered me. Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for the advance copy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Fans of the enemies to lovers genre (not exactly but that's the closest I can get) will enjoy this tale of Jake and Ida, two people who find themselves thrown together and then in love. Ida, only 26, has already had divorces and now her reputation is trash. She's not hurting financially but then neither is Jake, a grump with large ranch holdings. There's some conspicuous consumption of fossil fuels here = the private jet is used a lot. These are rich people in Wyoming. Thanks to Edelweiss for th Fans of the enemies to lovers genre (not exactly but that's the closest I can get) will enjoy this tale of Jake and Ida, two people who find themselves thrown together and then in love. Ida, only 26, has already had divorces and now her reputation is trash. She's not hurting financially but then neither is Jake, a grump with large ranch holdings. There's some conspicuous consumption of fossil fuels here = the private jet is used a lot. These are rich people in Wyoming. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. For romance fans looking for a light read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dar

    This was a slow-burn to bring us to our HEA. Our heroine has not had an easy time as an adult, with two failed marriages behind her, but she has built up her defense mechanisms. Our hero isn’t sure what about her draws him to her, but almost as if he does it self-consciously, he keeps finding ways to be around her. Some suspense, some extraneous drama, but the story and the interactions between the two main characters make for a good read

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Pinkley

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ida & Jake both have tough pasts & are trying to deal with them on their own. Since they’re both wealthy in their own right, there’s no issue of someone being out for money. Ida’s ex-husband is scary & abusive. Jake is trying to get over Mina, the only woman who hasn’t wanted him in return. Ida & Jake get to know each other & decide to be together as friends. I highly recommend reading this story to see the roller coaster their relationship rides.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan H Garris

    Wyoming True Jake was grieving the loss of the woman he loved to another man. Ida made a reputation for herself after an abusive marriage to keep men away. They didn't think much of each other in the beginning and they couldn't understand the pull to one another until they got to know each other, show beneath the mask they both wore. They married as friends only but it didn't stay that long. I love Diana Palmer's books. Wyoming True Jake was grieving the loss of the woman he loved to another man. Ida made a reputation for herself after an abusive marriage to keep men away. They didn't think much of each other in the beginning and they couldn't understand the pull to one another until they got to know each other, show beneath the mask they both wore. They married as friends only but it didn't stay that long. I love Diana Palmer's books.

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