My mom too! Were we programmed by these romances? And we were just predisposed because we were wanting to believe in that true love promised by Harlequin romance? Oh hell. Diana Palmer sucks. May 20, Amanda S. I know this book's have no forced marriage nor marriage in convenience, but I have this urge to put it on my forced-relationship shelf. I don't know why. Kate and his brother Tom, were raised by their awful father who taught them to stay away from sex because it's sinful. They, especially Kate, are believing it until Jacob, touch Kate. Jacob is Kate's bestfriend's uncle.
And apparently he's been fond of Kate since forever and vice versa. But he didn't want to seduce Kate until sh I know this book's have no forced marriage nor marriage in convenience, but I have this urge to put it on my forced-relationship shelf. But he didn't want to seduce Kate until she grown and away from his niece, Margo. And when that happen, he took his chance. But he didn't know that Kate's innocent virgin.. I know this book's not a hundred perfect perfect, but the angst.. It's heavy and amazing and painfully beautiful and.. It's just fit my expectations!
I will not describe it here, but if you guys take fancy of loner, harsh mouthed Hero meets scarred and innocent heroine and they collide, the Hero hurt the heroine, heroine's gone and Hero regret it, then you guys definitely gonna love this book. Very Diana Palmer-y, as usual, yet I loved it so much it hurts! I don't care if I'm becoming shallower every time I read her books. Fuck shallow, I'll read what I love! This is an old re-edition and I was mad when I read it the first time cause how could he throw money at her because he thinks she is one cheep whore Really you have to remember how important a girl v card was back in those days.
It was just hard to read his treatment of her. Also, I must say I hate how the girl always cuts her hair off to show she is sad!? Yes like making yourself look like crap will really help you get over his sorry ass. Sorry I love Diana Palmer but sometimes the thi This is an old re-edition and I was mad when I read it the first time cause how could he throw money at her because he thinks she is one cheep whore Sorry I love Diana Palmer but sometimes the things the hero and heroine do bug me.
It was an intense read and I just wished he would have clued in about her v card without being told about it but her brother. Also, really can't say how much I hate the fact that they use withdrawal as a method of birth control. This is really not effective. Don't want to mislead young girls about that. Please condom!!! I can't stress how important that is if you want effective or better yet wait until your willing to accept the consequences of sex. Rant over. Honestly, this was a great story and his brother has a book too.
I loved his book even more. He was a good character. Mar 27, jenjn79 rated it liked it Recommends it for: Diana Palmer fans. Shelves: info-full , author-diana-palmer , reviewed , zjuly-dec , , stars-3 , genre-romance-sil-rom. Yet another typical Palmer books.
All three DP staples are present: an innocent, virgin heroine; a battered, embittered hero; and the hero treating the heroine abominably at some point. I didn't particularly mind the book, but it had nothing to make it stand-out. It's one that could be easily confused with numerous other Palmer books. This kind of story is definitely more something for the Palmer enthusiasts than just your average romance reader.
Sometimes, I really do wonder, though, how it is s Yet another typical Palmer books. Sometimes, I really do wonder, though, how it is someone can write so much with so little variety Aug 22, Readitnweep added it Shelves: western-romance , romance. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. No stars intended. There was good tension between the characters - for the first few pages - and then I got to know the characters.
Jacob Cade is an ass. He kicked year-old Kate off his ranch when he finds her naked in a poolhouse when she's scared by a snake, thinking she'd been having sex with the boyfriend who was trying to calm her down. I could not buy off on this. He's a grown man, and the backstory of his mother leaving when he was young wasn't enough to excuse his behavior. When the s No stars intended. When the story opens, Kate is 25, so years have passed.
He's insulting to her then admits he was wrong to think she'd lied. He found the snake. So why be insulting? Why didn't he ever apologize? And the excuse that he's a hard, western guy doesn't cut it, either. He was that way pretty much through the book. He was an ass to her repeatedly, and I couldn't like or care about him. As for Kate, she was a whimp through most of it, still in love with Jacob even after he'd treated her like that - repeatedly, for years.
She's like a wet blanket in parts, though she's supposedly a journalist. Suddenly, she's switched from politics to police beat, gets shot and Jacob begins to develop emotions. That came off as too contrived. The ending comes too neat and too fast - as if the author had to wrap it up in a certain number of pages. I won't be looking for more books from this author. Nothing for me to hold on to here, and I hated the way he treated her and the way she took it and still "loved" him. Also, the explanations and reasons for the characters being as they were seemed weak and contrived.
Very disappointing. Mar 18, Jenny rated it really liked it Shelves: made-me-swoon , heroine-i-adore. When he finds her naked with her boyfriend in his house he kicks her out thinking she is a tramp and a bad example for his niece. Loved Jacob and Kate.
She is a scarred virginal heroine and he is a tough but honorable and smitten hero. I loved his kindness to Kate. He really cared abou year-old Kate is crazy in love with her best friend's uncle. He really cared about her and never wanted to hurt her. I did get upset with him a few times, but still fell in love with him. He's confused, he is in denial about his feelings but he is a loyal, devoted man.
Super sweet and romantic story. This one was a little different for DP - they actually had sex before marriage and it wasn't great. As the story progresses, he knows she loves him and doesn't know why she won't marry him. He finally convinces her that he is committed to her and eventually he says, "I love you.
In the back of the book, there is an intro sample to Untamed - looks kind of interesting he This one was a little different for DP - they actually had sex before marriage and it wasn't great.
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Sounds like fun when I'm in the mood for Palmer. Shelves: virgin-heroine , diana-palmer , guilty-pleasure , 80s-hero , practically-raped-the-heroine. I read this one but didn't mark it as read. Screw him-figuratively, of course-but then there is an HEA. It was obvious it was written in the 80's, but still such a great book. I thought I'd hate that it had a cowboy on it, but they spent a majority of the book in Chicago. The story redeemed itself though. A really intense love story.
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Jun 17, shms rated it it was ok Shelves: unrequited , hqn. Jul 06, Avisha Beeharreea rated it did not like it. This book is such a pain to read ughhhh I cannot get past chapter 5. I normally tolerate or love any asshat hero but Jacob ewwwww yucky. Mar 13, Booklover rated it it was ok Shelves: cruel-abusive-hero , divorce-separated-reunion-2nd-chanc , emotional-tear-jerker , cowboy-ranchers-rodeo-circuit , sibblings-best-friends , journalist-hoteliers , love , secrets-past-tragedy-abusive-childh , obssessed-jealous-exes-ow , rape.
Sorry-Rape is not forgivable for me: No Excuse or reason can justify it:. It's - and the paperback has a 'bonus book' by another author which is actually slightly longer. This was something I didn't realize going in, as I don't seek out stories shorter than pages unless they're in-between novellas in an established trilogy, or written When I reached the end of this book, I immediately said, "You have GOT to be kidding me!
This was something I didn't realize going in, as I don't seek out stories shorter than pages unless they're in-between novellas in an established trilogy, or written by one of my favorite authors. However, if a shorter story is good, I can still get some enjoyment out of it The 'hero' is an absolute nightmare, a gigantic asshole - and the view spoiler [first 'love scene' is basically a rushed rape scene, which never gets fixed for the reader because there's one additional sex scene but the hero then literally bullies the heroine into marrying him when she is uncomfortable with the idea that they marry when he doesn't love her.
Everyone was so old-fashioned I was shocked to discover it was supposed to be a modern story from the period when the author wrote it in the 80s. Nothing really happens in this story, the hero is still pretty much a grumpy asshole at the end though there is a hilarious view spoiler [ moment at the end when the hero tracks down the heroine's long missing mother whom she hated until she met her again and heard her side of the story. Because the hero can fix everything. I will never get the time back I spent reading this. I am never disappointed with a Diana Palmer book.
And what could possibly go wrong with having a relationship with your sister's best friend that is now all grown up. Add to the mix that Kate has always been in love with Jacob. You are taken on a journey of love.
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Good book It was good reading It made you feel sorry for Kate and wonder why she would keep fAlling for him but in the end I saw the reason why. Why both parties keep secrets of love from each other is beyond me but I'm glad it worked out in the end it was good reading. Jan 29, Su rated it it was ok. Full of silliness and uncharacteristic behaviors. Aug 12, Malika-Liki rated it liked it Shelves: owned. I loved the heroine and ger brother but the H was stupborn and sometimes acted as a real jerk.
Jul 31, Delia Aguipo rated it it was amazing. Diana Palmer's heroes start as insufferable jerks! But the heroines always love them without conditions so at least their stories always end up happily and the heroes change for the better! Jacob is a hard man who falls for his teenage sisters best friend. She of course is too young so he fights his attraction by being a hateful man. He has no idea that her upbringing by her crazy father would never allow her to have sex with a man outside of marriage. She is a news journalist who takes a dangerous almost suicidal beat for her guilt.
When she gets shot and almost dies her brother lets Jacob know exac Jacob is a hard man who falls for his teenage sisters best friend. When she gets shot and almost dies her brother lets Jacob know exactly how bad his judgement has been about her. He is in severe guilt mode but still not willing to give away his feelings.
He insist she recover at his ranch and they eventually reveal feelings and get married. Angry Alpha Hero and Sweet Virginal Heroine "One way or another, she'd spent her entire adult life mooning over the only man in the world who hated her. She goes off to Chicago and becomes a newspaper reporter. Six years later, the two meet again when Kate's friend marries.
Jacob Cade has wanted Kate since she turned eightee Angry Alpha Hero and Sweet Virginal Heroine "One way or another, she'd spent her entire adult life mooning over the only man in the world who hated her. Jacob Cade has wanted Kate since she turned eighteen and now figures that she is an experienced woman who he can get out of his system with a one night stand. Deep misunderstandings between the two threaten any chance they might have together.
A alpha hero who is inexperienced and unwilling to talk about his feeling or concerns with the woman he deeply wants. A belief or fear that the woman is more experienced and willing to mock him which makes him unsympathetic and cruel to the woman he wants. A innocent woman with old fashioned values who not only won't talk about sexual matters but doesn't tell the man that she is a virgin. Deep misunderstandings and anger between the couple. This is a typical story but the characters of Jacob and Kate make it special. These are two people who have very intense sexual hangups and it is a painful journey for them.
This is a definitely old fashioned romance but fans of Diana Palmer will enjoy it. I read this book many, many years ago and loved it. This time around it was a waste of precious reading time. I can't blame my dislike of it because of Palmer's not moving into the 21st century regarding her cookie cutter plots, heroes and heroines because I originally read it when it was first published, in its correct time and place.
I'm beginning to believe that my reading taste was just plain horrible back then - or, my reading taste has evolved even though Palmer hasn't. I'm tired of her da I read this book many, many years ago and loved it. I'm tired of her damaged hero or heroine who don't have the backbone to deal with their problems; I'm tired of her timid heroines who are afraid of everything including butterflies and kittens. I'm tired of her arrogant, brutally hurtful, 'macho' heroes who really aren't true men because a real man wouldn't be that cruel to anyone.
I thought I'd reread a bunch of her old school titles during this summer of retro reading but I'm having reservations about this decision. I'm not against virginal heroines and I'm not against heroes with attitude but the ones I like are all adults who deal with their issues, work around them, and come out stronger. When I finish a Diana Paler I always have doubts about our "hero" changing his ways - Jacob, the hero in this book, told the heroine that he is who he is and he won't change and I fear for their happiness after I turn the last page.
Ugh - don't need this. Reading time is too precious to waste on this stuff. This book was your typical Diana Palmer with a brooding, cynical, possessive, controlling hero who groveled nicely and a genuine nice, sweet, virgin heroine who has been in love with the hero from the beginning.
I adored Kate. She's virginal, naive, sweet but she's not your typical DP heroine. She was not a doormat. She gave as good as she got and I loved how she stood up for herself against Jacob. Usually, if the hero proposed to the heroine, I would want her to accept immediately but 3. Usually, if the hero proposed to the heroine, I would want her to accept immediately but in this case, I'm so glad that Kate didn't even though she loved him.
She made him worked for it. And he does! Okay, I admit he wasn't likable at first, but as the story progressed and as we got to k ow the real him, I can't help but root for him. And when he learned the truth and realized his mistakes, oh man! He groveled so well! I enjoyed every second of it! I also loved the sexual and emotional tension between Kate and Jacob. It was just so wonderful to watch their relationship progressed. I loved the way they opened up to each other and tell things they haven't shared to anyone before.
You can really feel the connection between these two. I also loved the fact that there's no evil-other-woman involve. I also loved all the secondary characters especially Tom and Hank. Was it perfect? But it was such a delightful read and I enjoyed every minute of it! Readers also enjoyed. About Diana Palmer. Diana Palmer. Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. Diana Palmer is a pseudonym for author Susan Kyle.
She was the eldest daughter of Maggie Eloise Cliatt, a nurse and also journalist, and William Olin Spaeth, a college professor. Her mother was part of the women's libera Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. Her mother was part of the women's liberation movement many years before it became fashionable.
Susan grew up reading Zane Grey and fell in love with cowboys. Regain faith in yourself. The first person you have to trust is yourself. Develop a deep, unbreakable bond with your outstanding abilities and your own self-vows. Make a new promise to yourself each month. Keep that promise and take small, daily steps until it becomes habit. Because if you can't trust yourself, who can you trust?
Detach from people you don't trust. There's no reason to put up with people who act in bad faith. If you feel someone is not trustworthy, you don't need them in your life. Be selective about the people you bring in for your own well-being. Choosing to cling to people who don't inspire faith will only lead you to distrust everyone as a whole. Walk away from those you know are not right for you. Don't betray. Remember the phrase, do unto others as you would have them do unto you? Never forget it! Whether you've been betrayed or not, don't resort to betraying another.
If you're unhappy in your relationship, simply move on. But do not knowingly deceive or mislead to satisfy your ego. Revenge only perpetuates bad karma and traps you in a cycle of recurring action. Envision a future free of betrayal. It's okay to daydream. Being able to visualize an ideal future despite current drawbacks is one of the most beautiful elements of life. Imagine each day that no one will ever hurt you again. The images you create in your mind become projections of reality in the future, so be careful of the thoughts you send out into the universe.
What you fear most, you most attract, and if you quiet your fears, you can control what you draw in. Instead, the peaceful, harmonious thoughts you choose to portray in your mind will manifest into your reality. Control your emotions. Your emotions can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Emotions are the essence of our existence, but when they're taken to the extreme, they can downright block our lives.
We can easily become stuck in our feelings, mentally and even physically. When we're depressed, we have trouble going about our daily routines or we overeat to try and steady our feelings. In order to heal from betrayal and keep it from reoccurring in the future, you have to keep your emotions in check. If you obsess over something that happened in the past, you become stuck in that moment in time. But if you can think logically and understand the need to move forward, you can indeed master your emotions.
Take a leap of faith. Make a decision based on pure faith. Don't over-analyze or think too much.
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Follow the voice of your intuition; this can be leaving a job you feel isn't right for you, moving to a new home if your gut keeps telling you to relocate, or even separating from your partner if you just know the relationship is wrong. You will see that acting on faith rather than fear fosters better decisions.
Trust two people unconditionally. While you should always be rational in your level of trust towards others, pick two people to trust without limits.
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They can be family members, your spouse, friends -- any two people you know would never harm you in any way. Putting your hopes in your loved ones teaches you that yes, there still exist goodhearted folks you can confide in. Reaffirm your faith each day. Every morning when you wake up, speak an affirmation to yourself in a loud voice.
Affirm your strong faith in others, in yourself, and in your future. Waking up with a faithful phrase each day will wipe away lingering doubts in your mind. Here are some faith-inducing affirmations to try:. I trust the people in my life fully; I have faith that they act with respect and genuine intentions towards me. My future holds unlimited potential; I trust that my loved ones will help me achieve my potential. A painstaking experience, betrayal is felt by all in time. But whether we remain trapped in the emotions of betrayal or we break through its barriers becomes our choice.
Implement my 13 actions above to wipe away the negative effects of a former infidelity and restore your faith in both others and yourself. To connect with Dr. Carmen Harra on Facebook, click here. For more by Dr. Carmen Harra, click here. To visit Dr.
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