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  1. 5 out of 5

    XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy

    3.5 Stars. When you read a Diana Palmer book once, you pretty much know what to expect from every other of her books to some degree. She usually sticks to a certain formula with slight variances but the same fundamentals. Ted and Jillian are no exception for the most part. However, I found Ted to be a little refreshing from her usual woman-hating heroes. He was actually a straightforward kind of guy. He was funny and playful with Jillian. He knew what he wanted even if at first his reasons were 3.5 Stars. When you read a Diana Palmer book once, you pretty much know what to expect from every other of her books to some degree. She usually sticks to a certain formula with slight variances but the same fundamentals. Ted and Jillian are no exception for the most part. However, I found Ted to be a little refreshing from her usual woman-hating heroes. He was actually a straightforward kind of guy. He was funny and playful with Jillian. He knew what he wanted even if at first his reasons were somewhat mercurial. The plot wasn't all that interesting to me but it was a quickie story so I think it did ok with the page space it had. Safety: No others for either though there are definite some others interested. No rape though an attempt was made (graphic enough to possibly trigger so proceed with caution). No abuse.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melanie♥

    This book had a rocky, choppy start for me; it improved as it went along, however. The second half was a big improvement over the somewhat disjointed beginning. What was missing for me in this book was the connection to the characters and the emotional and sexual tension. It was a decent DP book, but certainly not one for the Silhouette Desire line. I’d say the content was more appropriate for a standard Harlequin Romance. I miss DP’s writing of old. I am glad I have an extensive collection of h This book had a rocky, choppy start for me; it improved as it went along, however. The second half was a big improvement over the somewhat disjointed beginning. What was missing for me in this book was the connection to the characters and the emotional and sexual tension. It was a decent DP book, but certainly not one for the Silhouette Desire line. I’d say the content was more appropriate for a standard Harlequin Romance. I miss DP’s writing of old. I am glad I have an extensive collection of her classics and I revisit them frequently.

  3. 4 out of 5

    amanda s.

    Good but not my favorite. I have this little confusion, in the synopsis Ted sounds like a hard and merciless man when in reality Ted's easy going and gentle. And Ted's the one who chase Jillian, not the other way around. So, I think there's a little misfit in this book. But so far so good. I enjoyed it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I adore Diana Palmer but I thought this heroine was too stupid to live. Trying to find excuses for a man who almost raped you?! Unacceptable! Hero on the other hand was a gentleman, very likable.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alexis-Morgan Roark

    Seriously? I could have done without this book. There was ABSOLUTELY NO WAY he should have believed ANYTHING that guy was saying. Sorry, not buying it. Foul!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aayesha Khatri

    All this book did was remind me how much I love DP and her novels. This one wasn't just absolutely beautiful, but dry humourous too

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Ted and Jillian This could have been a great read but sadly it didn't get there. Ted a Jillian have to marry in order to keep a ranch. Ted is the town's sheriff and 11 years older than 21 year old Jillian. The decided to get to know each other better and we see their relationship and attraction grow throughout the book. The problem?! They don't seem to have a deep emotional connection between them. Love is never mentioned any point. It just two friends getting married to keep their inheritance. Ted and Jillian This could have been a great read but sadly it didn't get there. Ted a Jillian have to marry in order to keep a ranch. Ted is the town's sheriff and 11 years older than 21 year old Jillian. The decided to get to know each other better and we see their relationship and attraction grow throughout the book. The problem?! They don't seem to have a deep emotional connection between them. Love is never mentioned any point. It just two friends getting married to keep their inheritance. None the less is was a ok read. Dissatisfying but ok reaf

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nise'

    Diana has a formula that usually works well, but this one was a bit over-the-top. Corey Snow did a good job with the narration, but just couldn't make the story better for me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Diana McVicker

    Great Read. Highly recommend this book!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Okie Dokey then. When I read one of the thinner Harlequin type romances - I am not expecting deep literature. I am expecting a fluff read to pass the time. I picked up this little volume because of three elements: Man, Cowboy Hat and Horse. I am expecting a stoic rancher/cowboy type of thing here. The male protagonist was a police chief in a small town. There was no horse. The female protagonist had a calf which she kept as a pet. They kept referring to this calf throughout the book. Does the calf Okie Dokey then. When I read one of the thinner Harlequin type romances - I am not expecting deep literature. I am expecting a fluff read to pass the time. I picked up this little volume because of three elements: Man, Cowboy Hat and Horse. I am expecting a stoic rancher/cowboy type of thing here. The male protagonist was a police chief in a small town. There was no horse. The female protagonist had a calf which she kept as a pet. They kept referring to this calf throughout the book. Does the calf age and become a cow. It seems not in the alternate universe in which this story takes place. The woman is young - around twenty. She is not just niave and untravelled. She is dumber than a sack of rocks. Good thing that "Ted," who is ten years her senior is around. She appears needing to be led around like the stupid calf who never grows up. The story hinges on a completely ludicrous principal that the two protagonist have to marry or they will not receive their joint inheritences and their ranch will be sold (to an evil land developer). I am not sure about Wyomming, but in my parts - there is something called the Wills Variation Act where dumb-assed clauses like this will be very quickly thrown out of court and the proper procedure for the passing down of inheritances will prevail. This will does not have a legal leg to stand on. Suspend your disbelief and just keep reading. You will find that our fluff brained female protagonist is working as a cook in "the only cafe in town" and is being threatened, stalked, harrassed by a guy who formerly sexually assaulted her. The owner of the cafe can't do anything about it. Um... Yeah. Because the owner of the cafe obviously has no balls - I will tell him what he needs to do. You say to the harrassing creep, "If you want to continue to take your meals here, you will not speak to my cook. You behaviour is making her uncomfortable. If you continue to make my cook uncomfortable - you will be asked to leave." Then follow through on this. The fact that the whole town allowed this woman to be harrassed was not romantic, it was downright uncomfortable and offensive in even the last century, never mind the 21st century. There was a supposedly mercenary tough guy who shows up and acts as a bodyguard/security expert - except that he is useless, not even noticing that the bad guy breaks into the woman's home, right under his nose. Whatever. Finally - the sex scenes were almost non existent, except in the last few chapters. They felt creepy. Give it a pass.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shawnee Barbre

    Amazing book, I finished it and then reread it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Judith Sherrod

    Slightly different. This book was just a little different than most of her books. It was funny, sexy and had an amazing storyline. I really liked it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ambereen

    The main characters have known each other long before the book even starts, adding to their relationship. They are further connected when their uncles leave similar wills, stating their desire for Ted and Jillian to marry in order to keep a ranch. As the book continues on, their relationship and attraction for one another strengthen. I love the fact that this book gave an example of time strengthening a relationship, instead of the oh-so-overused "love at first sight" concept. The book was fresh The main characters have known each other long before the book even starts, adding to their relationship. They are further connected when their uncles leave similar wills, stating their desire for Ted and Jillian to marry in order to keep a ranch. As the book continues on, their relationship and attraction for one another strengthen. I love the fact that this book gave an example of time strengthening a relationship, instead of the oh-so-overused "love at first sight" concept. The book was fresh and had multiple elements in it that made it enjoyable.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shandra Teal

    3 1/2 stars. Ok, calling the female lead stupid is harsh. Jillian is not stupid but is sheltered and very naive. Females without strong role models can seem to be "stupid" about men who are manipulative. And wheither the marriage clause is realistic or not, it's a novel and it's not supposed to be realistic. If you're looking for realism, read a newspaper. I liked Ted (what woman doesn't like a hot lawman), and Jillian was just a very young adult. Not everyone is super wise about the male gender 3 1/2 stars. Ok, calling the female lead stupid is harsh. Jillian is not stupid but is sheltered and very naive. Females without strong role models can seem to be "stupid" about men who are manipulative. And wheither the marriage clause is realistic or not, it's a novel and it's not supposed to be realistic. If you're looking for realism, read a newspaper. I liked Ted (what woman doesn't like a hot lawman), and Jillian was just a very young adult. Not everyone is super wise about the male gender at 20.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Astraycat

    I couldn't believe I would DNF a DP's book because of the h! I liked the first part esp how h and H got to know each other, and it was refreshing that a h was not eager for H's love, but, bam! When the man who almost raped h was out of the jail, he tried to brainwash her that all of her accusation was imagination, and she believed him! Was she nuts? Of course a 15-year-old girl could already tell whether a man was pursuing her or attacking her! Not to mention her customers believed an outsider's I couldn't believe I would DNF a DP's book because of the h! I liked the first part esp how h and H got to know each other, and it was refreshing that a h was not eager for H's love, but, bam! When the man who almost raped h was out of the jail, he tried to brainwash her that all of her accusation was imagination, and she believed him! Was she nuts? Of course a 15-year-old girl could already tell whether a man was pursuing her or attacking her! Not to mention her customers believed an outsider's words over a woman who lived in this town all her life. Therefore, I DNF this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I have no strong feelings about this book. It was just okay for me. I loved Diana Palmer books in the past but recently her books lack that certain something that pulls at my heartstrings. Don't get me wrong the book was not bad but there was something missing. Or maybe the problem was the storyline was the same as all the other tens of thousands of books Palmer has written. I leave it up to my fellow Palmer fans to decide.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    I like Diana Palmer and this was a cute quick read but very short and kind of odd. It was like the characters were a throw back to when the west was settled but I believe it was suppose to take place in current day so it was a little odd for me there. I liked the simple goodness of the characters but it was too short to really get into the story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    I would call this a "good" romance story. However, I don't think that the ending should have been so quick, they should have been a little more clever in the way the enemy was taken care of. I think that since the "bodyguard" had such an extensive background in defensive training/combat, the author could have used his character to be a little more imaginative with the ending.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Veronica86

    7/9/11...just pick up this diana palmer, i love ther as an auther so i hope this is one of her good ones.. what can i say another classic from diana palmer ..love the story and how sassy and john are in this story cuz i love that book too..

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This is the first time that I recall Not liking a book by this author. It was so bad that I just stopped reading it. Maybe it was one she wrote when she first started writing. Whatever it's bad. The dialogue is silly and immature.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy

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  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Finished it within a day of getting it! Definitely a good, fast, easy read :) Loved it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    LeeAnn G

    love her books...will stop other books to read hers.

  24. 4 out of 5

    PWRL

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Persse

    So bad I couldn't finish it. I just skipped straight to the sex scene (well, it IS a Mills and Boon), and even that disappointed me. Big thumbs down!

  26. 5 out of 5

    ~Megan~

    Not my favorite Diana Palmer book by far, but still enjoyable!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    OK, easy read, sort of juvenile.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Judith

    It seemed that every sentence of dialog was laced with some comment about the state of the society today.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    This was a good book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Love her books as she is my favorite author,but,this one just wasn't working for me. She's still the best though. :)

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