Off the troubles in the worldShe did this with Winter Roses It s a combination of something old and something new Similar type of hero and heroine but there is something in the story that does make it a uniue read at the same timeIvy has a sister who is fairly malevolent This is a new thing for Diana Palmer I ve seen the scenario with the less than ideal parent or sibling But for the sister to be straight up evil was a different touch Ivy s sister Rachel did everything she could to make Ivy s life a living hell She discredited her to everyone she could spreading stories about Ivy being promiscuous She lied to Ivy s father and had him believing that Ivy wasn t even his own daughter She exploited their father s drinking and told him lies about Ivy that lead to her being beaten and abused by the father And she engineered things so that when the father died he left nothing to Ivy If she could have she would have left Ivy destitute were it not for a small beuest made to Ivy by her aunt Rachel was also a drug addict and a drug seller I think she is one of the few genuinely evil female characters I ve encountered in a Diana Palmer book That was definitely something new for meMs Palmer continues the ongoing storyline of the drug cartel that is trying to take over Jacobsville Old favorites from her books unite to help to take down key players in the drug business Fans of Cash Grier will be happy to read this book as he has a pretty good cameo in Winter Roses One thing I enjoyed about this story was catching up with old characters from the Long Tall Texan series as well as the Mercenary series Jacobsville is a town I wish really existed I am so familiar with most of its inhabitants I feel the urge to wave at them as they walk down the streets and stop and say hi It must be hard to keep up with all of these past characters but Ms Palmer does a good ob of it Since there doesn t seem to be any Black people in Jacobsville I volunteer to move there and be the first Black citizen in this fine little town big smileNow some readers have issue with the age difference between the hero and heroine It s about twelve years Stuart is about 31 in this book and Ivy is 19 when this book starts But Stuart is hyper aware of the fact that Ivy is too young for him and he gives her a couple years to grow up When they get together Ivy is 21 and an independent businesswoman who I feel is than mature enough to handle a relationship with a man of Stuart s age Although she is pretty innocent you don t feel that Stuart takes advantage of her He is uite chivalrous #and respectful of her and really steps in #respectful of her and really steps in care for her in than one situation showing his love through his actions Readers who weary of the cruel heroes present in some not all of Diana Palmer s books would find a respite in this story since Stuart is really rather kind There is one encounter towards the beginning of the book where he comes on a little strong but he uickly backs off when he realizes he misjudged Ivy and the situation If you don t like a sweet and forebearing heroine don t read this book Ivy is both She is very kind natured and not what I d call a fighter but she does endure under some very tough circumstances To me that is another form of strength But she is no alpha heroine Yet there is not a big contrast between her and Stuart because he is pertty gentle with her Their relationship preceeds on very well except a small misunderstanding which is dealt with without a lot of hooplaThe sensuality is light but there are some passionate moments fairly characteristic for Diana Palmer s Silhouette Romances The focus is on the love relationship between Stuart and Ivy and to me that s not
a bad thingSo I do have to say that I liked this book a lot enough for it bad thingSo I do have to say that I liked this book a lot enough for it rate four stars It kept my interest but then I m a huge fan of this author I think she s a fine storyteller combining passion angst people you care about and humor to write a story that will help you to escape for a few hours into a world with decent people who find the love they need and deserve in lif. Ent Ivy knows she has to fight her own battles but for some reason Stuart is always fighting them for her and keeping her from harm And safe in Stuart's arms Ivy feels like a woman a woman who belongs to hi. X gaming specifically Halo So there is thatWhat does this have to do with the story Not much except the romance #is sweet and virtually conflict free Heroine is 18 when the 30 year old rich #sweet and virtually conflict free Heroine is 18 when the 30 year old rich hero share a kiss and hero realizes he s in love with her She s too young but hero is not mean to her and stays away for three years while heroine takes bookkeeping courses and penny pinches in the Jacobsville boarding house The Hh are reunited at a charity dance for the local
ANIMAL SHELTER ALL OF DP Sshelter All of DP s couples are doing the Macarena and are having a
GRAND OLD TIME THE HERO ACTUALLYold time The hero actually with her and no public humiliation follows What checks authorYup The hero proudly courts the heroine takes care of her of in NYC where she has to identify her meth head sister in the morgue and uickly clears up any notion he s dating a debutante The only conflict in the story is the evil sister who spread rumors about the heroine dealt drugs in high school and stole the heroine s inheritance Sis s diary that contains info about the drug cartels in Jacobsville and NYC allows DP to indulge her true crime interests and drag in all of her law enforcement characters There is a potential pairing with the 24 year old editor of the town newspaper and the local sheriff The story ends with a white wedding and Jamaican honeymoon the DP cherry on top of the romance sundae for a few lucky couples That s my DP Nothing like a trip to the morgue for an Hh to bond Don t do drugs kidsDiana Palmer checklist Hairy chest Hero s chest is mentioned but hair is out of style so no luxurious pelt Breast Description high and firmCigarettes NoAlcohol NoTown Descriptions Heroine s bookeeping clients include a boutiue owner a budding architect the owner of a custom beef retail shop an exercise gym and about a dozen other small businesses This is a town of 2000 btw The Bun Shop a bakery also deals drugs Gardenia Scent NoLOL detail Hey MacarenaCutesy detail Sheriff has a pet snake who is a vegetarian DP hobbyhorse Organic beef illegal immigrants need love too DP is trolling us She was on her best behavior for her debut with Harleuin Romance Ivy and Stuart Stuart is the much older brother of Mary Ivy s best friend Stuart and Mary are rich and Ivy and her malicious sister Rachel are from the other side of town Rachel has done her best to lie to everyone about Ivy you never find out why Apparently she was ust kind of a narcissistic manipulative erk I got a wee bit irritated with Ivy that she would even speak to the tramp considering the long history of her trying to ruin her life But it was pretty par for the course for DP books Stuart kinda knows Mary was lying about Ivy but mostly he pushes her away and treats her like sht because she is too young And she is she s 18 and he s 30 So now she is 20 or so and he sees her again with another man at a fancy shindig He starts to make his moves and isn t particularly subtle or suave about it But there s too many years of his BS to overcome and she is skeptical about his sincerity Then the whole thing about her sister and her drug connections gets in the way Stupid misunderstandings and Neimhaim (Neimhaim, jealousy but not taken too far He s supposed to be 32 but really she is mature as per usual for a DP book OW stuff view spoiler there s a bit about a debutante to push her away but I can t say as it s sufficiently explained but the author gives the impression that there was nothing to it and that he s been pretty celibate for at least a year hide spoiler This Palmer hero was hardly an ass at all What s up with that The story was uick and fairly superficial the characters were also not deeply developed but the romance was decent for all that Iust wish she didn t continually throw in an attempt at romantic suspense Someone needs to tell her to stick with the romance instead of trying suspense which she basically sucks at Reading Diana Palmer is very much a comforting experience for me She s like a favorite aunt who I can sit down with sharing some time and listen to her tell me an engaging story that will take my mind. S arms The resulting fireworks singed them bothand knowing she was too young Stuart closed his heart to her Now years later Ivy is determined not to be treated like a little girl any Although still an innoc. Today readers we re going to #Make Diana Palmer Stew Let #Diana Palmer Stew Let check and see if we have all the ingredients first we need a 30 something alpha male character who s angry at women in general need a 30 something alpha male character who s angry at women in general he s been burned once before Stuart York Okay now we need an innocent late teens to early 20s shy female Ivy Conley Now we take these two ingredients and add in a dash of fixation Ivy has loved Stuart for years verbal abuse Stuart does this to Ivy repeatedly and some tension from the local drug smugglers who ve set up shop in Jacobsville Mmmmsmell the testosterone yetBe careful not to let it boil over Palmer s books usually have the couple getting to second base instead of all the way mainly due to the heroine s young age As the plot stew simmers add in a ne er do well character who spreads vicious lies about the heroine to the hero Rachel Ivy s slatternly Divine ecstasy, the story of Khajuraho junkie sister and have the hero not uestion the source of the lies for one second Mix in secondary characters who will get books of their own the sheriff Hayes and Minette with the same recipe and sweeten with one decent character who believes in the heroine Merrie Stuart s sister Bon appetite This is Diana s second book I ve read I owned it the paperbag So far my favorite s still Winter Soldier But this book s good Because of Diana Palmer I have this fling to Cowboy kind of guy I love the hero harsh look and heroine s vulnerable feeling I wish I have one my own Looking forward to read Diana s other books Whooop While I enjoyed this book and it was a uick read for most of it I had an intense feeling of deja vu Like I d read the story before If I hadn t known better I would have thought that I had But it was a new read and the story wasust very very similar to a number of other Palmer booksPalmer s books are usually formulaic I ve come to expect that But this one was a bit too much It seemed like all the details matched up to other Palmer stories the heroine s a young virginal woman a Palmer staple the hero is the older brother of the heroine s best friend something Palmer s written numerous times the hero treats the heroine badly because she s too young for him another theme done by Palmer than once there s drug dealers involved something any newer Palmer book hasand Honestly the book isn t bad The romance is sweet the characters mostly likable I Carrying the Greeks Heir just didn t care for the fact that it was like rereading other Palmer books Too many details of this one matched up with other stories Some variance was neededI do have to give Palmer credit though for the fact that though this is only an 180 page book it was well rounded and I didn t feel like anything had been left out to make sure the story fit the length reuirementSo basically if you re a hardcore Palmer fan this is something you ll want to read but if you re a casual Palmer reader I wouldn t consider this one a must read This was a really good book I liked the characters and their personalities This was written well and kept me interested There was some suspense plenty of emotions courage and strength a good overall feel of the community and a great ending I enjoyed reading this and would like to read in this series I didn t realize it was so big though Good for the lazy day rea Not as good as other DP books but still enjoyable I don t get this author s popularity I keep trying her books but keep getting put off by info dumps characters who say the stupidest things melodramatic scenes shallow story lines obnoxious heroes though not in this book thankfully and short choppy sentences I have a couple on my to read list but I m thinking maybe not I ve been reading this Long Tall Texan Series through all its permutations It started when DP was writing for Silhouette categories Then it morphed into longer stories with action and adventure In this story the 32nd in the series she sust moved to Harleuin Romance line She mentions this in the forward and how she has been a lifelong fan of Margaret Way a staple of the romance line Why does this not surprise me Also in her forward she mentions her love of xbo. Handsome eligible ranch owner Stuart York was not one to mince words Ivy Conley his younger sister's best friend found out the hard way During a night's stay at his Jacobsville ranch Ivy wound up in Stuart'. .