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The last thing Ted Regan wanted was a lovestruck filly swooning over him! But Coreen Tarleton had fallen hard for the sexy, millionaire cowboy. Whenever Coreen was near, he could feel his restraint slipping ... yet he couldn't admit the uncontrollable effect she had on him. Years later, she was no longer the yielding young girl Ted had spurned. A tangled past threatened to The last thing Ted Regan wanted was a lovestruck filly swooning over him! But Coreen Tarleton had fallen hard for the sexy, millionaire cowboy. Whenever Coreen was near, he could feel his restraint slipping ... yet he couldn't admit the uncontrollable effect she had on him. Years later, she was no longer the yielding young girl Ted had spurned. A tangled past threatened to keep these star-crossed lovers apart, but this Texan's pride would no get in their way again...


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The last thing Ted Regan wanted was a lovestruck filly swooning over him! But Coreen Tarleton had fallen hard for the sexy, millionaire cowboy. Whenever Coreen was near, he could feel his restraint slipping ... yet he couldn't admit the uncontrollable effect she had on him. Years later, she was no longer the yielding young girl Ted had spurned. A tangled past threatened to The last thing Ted Regan wanted was a lovestruck filly swooning over him! But Coreen Tarleton had fallen hard for the sexy, millionaire cowboy. Whenever Coreen was near, he could feel his restraint slipping ... yet he couldn't admit the uncontrollable effect she had on him. Years later, she was no longer the yielding young girl Ted had spurned. A tangled past threatened to keep these star-crossed lovers apart, but this Texan's pride would no get in their way again...

30 review for Regan's Pride

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.5 stars rounded up. This was the biggest hunk of cheese I've gnawed on in a long time. I'm sure this is just one to reach the author's quota with her publisher, and she threw in as much ridiculous BS that she could pull out of her arse. The hero was uber nasty mean. Would feel her up and then insult the crap out of her and humiliate her. After this happened a couple 12 times, she off and marries his cousin who turned out to be the most evil man alive, who throws the H in her face, beats her, cu 2.5 stars rounded up. This was the biggest hunk of cheese I've gnawed on in a long time. I'm sure this is just one to reach the author's quota with her publisher, and she threw in as much ridiculous BS that she could pull out of her arse. The hero was uber nasty mean. Would feel her up and then insult the crap out of her and humiliate her. After this happened a couple 12 times, she off and marries his cousin who turned out to be the most evil man alive, who throws the H in her face, beats her, cuts her, starves her, and conveniently can't have sex with her but can get it on with every other woman in the state of Texas. Cheese. The whole nasty hero scenerio was due to his guilt/insecurity over being 16 years older than the heroine (his 40 to her 24). Mama issues, too, don'tcha know. Plus he's prematurely grey. What a lot of trouble he could've saved himself if he just went and got him some Just For Men hair coloring. Oh, well. So, if you're in the mood for a way over the top train wreck, to be royally pissed off at an unnecessarily cruel hero, and for so much dark drama that you end up laughing because it's just that unbelievable, then enjoy away!

  2. 5 out of 5

    StMargarets

    Trainwreck Alert! And not the fun kind. This is a Perils of Pauline Angst Fest. Be warned. Triggers for domestic violence and abuse Emotional abuse 40 year-old silver fox wealthy ranch owner hero, fights his attraction to 22 year-old heroine by being extra cruel. His reward for his pains? His jealous cousin comes to the heroine’s rescue when her father is dying of cancer and his feedstore is going bankrupt. Heroine marries cousin and lives the next two years regretting it. This is the same set up a Trainwreck Alert! And not the fun kind. This is a Perils of Pauline Angst Fest. Be warned. Triggers for domestic violence and abuse Emotional abuse 40 year-old silver fox wealthy ranch owner hero, fights his attraction to 22 year-old heroine by being extra cruel. His reward for his pains? His jealous cousin comes to the heroine’s rescue when her father is dying of cancer and his feedstore is going bankrupt. Heroine marries cousin and lives the next two years regretting it. This is the same set up as Evan, except that heroine only got engaged before the hero woke up. This hero doesn’t wake up and the heroine ends up being a battered wife, isolated from the community and cut off from money or any means of escape. The story opens at the cousin’s funeral with the hero hating the heroine for letting his cousin drive drunk. The hero’s sister was the heroine’s bff and tries to stick up for the heroine, but the hero is having none of it. The cousin’s evil mother inherits everything and the heroine has to leave the house. Heroine decides she’s going sky-diving??!!! And ends up injured and in the hospital. The hero takes her home to his ranch to recuperate, but he’s cruel and the heroine is in despair. When the hero and the sister go to the cousin’s house to pick up the h’s clothes, the servant tells them about the abuse : trigger warning: (view spoiler)[ One time evil hubby threw her down the stairs and she broke her leg and ribs, the latest injury was he cut her breast near the nipple and it took many sutures to stitch it up. He had threatened to do the same to the other breast the night he was drinking and driving. (hide spoiler)] Hero and sister are horrified. They are more horrified that that weak, and still injured, heroine has left the ranch. They finally trace her to a shelter for battered women where the social worker gets the whole story out of her. The social worker, not familiar with DP heroes, is reluctant for the heroine to leave with the fire-breathing H. But heroine goes with him, too apathetic to care. Hero is now full of remorse and tries to be nice, but heroine is in a fugue state. Finally a cute collie puppy brings her back to life. Hero then begins his virgin whispering, not realizing heroine is a virgin widow – he just thinks she’s traumatized. They have one second base session and the hero runs off for two weeks for a “business trip.” Heroine moves away and gets a job while he gone. She misses the puppy, but her bff brings the dog to visit each weekend. After drinking himself into a stupor, the hero is afraid the heroine is going to marry someone else and decides he will risk his stone cold heart. Once he makes up his mind, they are married quickly (Like the next day) and have sex an hour after the ceremony. Bemused heroine thought they would at least have dinner first. Hero has finally put his pride away. Heroine is pregnant six weeks later. This hero has a lot to answer for – he says some horrible things to heroine and he believed every lie his creepy cousin told him about the heroine. He is remorseful, but he still has a fragile ego until the very end of the story. That he didn’t attack the heroine when she threw flour at him was a sign that he has control over his temper. He might not attack physically, but his emotional abuse was just as sickening. He did give her a puppy and heroine is happy – so HEA? They were both so messed up that I don’t think they were fit for any other partners. I can't say I liked this story, I have to say that it was very intense read - so if you're in the mood, this should scratch the itch. Diana Palmer checklist: Hairy chest – check. Breast Description – check – small – and this unforgiveable cruel taunt at the beginning: “You’re just a kid…little more than a stick figure with two marbles for breasts.” Cigarettes – check – his sister tries to get him to quit Alcohol – whisky – hero is violently ill the next day Town Descriptions – Gun Club that holds dances, YWCA shelter Gardenia Scent – no LOL detail – No lolz in this story Cutesy detail – sister hiding his cigarettes. This hero owns the cattle ranch Emmett was running in the book before this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vintage

    Well, I didn't hate it. I can't add much of value to the reviews that made me read this in the first place. He's mean. Very mean but only because he loves her so much. She's a doormat. She has a big crush on him. He's a judgmental horses patoot. He was celibate a long time. Long time being three years. He's sixteen years older than her. He's apparently a pretty hunky silver fox that looks like Randolph Scott which let's him get away with saying some mean stuff. Nice sister which is a welcome change. Well, I didn't hate it. I can't add much of value to the reviews that made me read this in the first place. He's mean. Very mean but only because he loves her so much. She's a doormat. She has a big crush on him. He's a judgmental horses patoot. He was celibate a long time. Long time being three years. He's sixteen years older than her. He's apparently a pretty hunky silver fox that looks like Randolph Scott which let's him get away with saying some mean stuff. Nice sister which is a welcome change. Is Ted really a good name for a hero? What I don't understand is how for such a prudish writer, Diana Palmer writes such sizzling sex/love scenes. My biggest complaint I am sorry to say isn't how mean the hero is or what a doormat the heroine is, but after all that pure meanness they finally admit that love rules, marry instantly, have a cataclysmic honeymoon and that's it? Quickest ending ever. At least they were happy.(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] The H Here is a twofer. Randolph Scott and Cary Grant. I like the cranky look of this guy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Booklover

    This started out really well,it was dark intense emotional,the sufferings that Coreen went through which changed her completely yet i could'nt understand her love for Ted,even after the way he treats her so cruelly,humiliates her in every possible way she is not angry or bitter she just cries out and willows in self pity and goes away,a normal human being will get bitter IMO and then there's Ted the biggest fool for a hero i have ever come across,the way he blindly trusts and accepted what ever This started out really well,it was dark intense emotional,the sufferings that Coreen went through which changed her completely yet i could'nt understand her love for Ted,even after the way he treats her so cruelly,humiliates her in every possible way she is not angry or bitter she just cries out and willows in self pity and goes away,a normal human being will get bitter IMO and then there's Ted the biggest fool for a hero i have ever come across,the way he blindly trusts and accepted what ever Barry said and jumped to conclusions and decisions which hurts Coreen in worst ways.Even after knowing the truth he taunted Coreen,passed hurtful comments and IMO he will never accept that Coreen was not at fault it was Barry who fooled him,his bitterness and resentments ran too deep. I really liked Coreen left and even after suffering so much she stood on her feet,got a job and was content with her life later on,loved Sandy- Coreen's frienship bond they both were there for each other through thick n thin.Off course we got HEA but for me Ted had a long way to go with his insecurities with his age difference,his bitterness and resentment Overall it was an okay read for me,would have been better if Ted was shown soft and a changed man but he was still the same Recommend it

  5. 4 out of 5

    Colleen (NerdyWoman) Kayter

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love/hate this book. I love this book because it evokes an emotional response. Hell, I'm in tears by page 16 and it doesn't let up (and I don't cry easily over romance novels). I hate this book because I'm in tears by page 16. I must be one sick puppy because as depressing as many of the passages are, I can't help but read and reread Regan's Pride again and again. Ted Regan is not a lovable hero. Bitter toward his beloved cousin's widow, he is verbally abusive to her. Ignorant of the physical a I love/hate this book. I love this book because it evokes an emotional response. Hell, I'm in tears by page 16 and it doesn't let up (and I don't cry easily over romance novels). I hate this book because I'm in tears by page 16. I must be one sick puppy because as depressing as many of the passages are, I can't help but read and reread Regan's Pride again and again. Ted Regan is not a lovable hero. Bitter toward his beloved cousin's widow, he is verbally abusive to her. Ignorant of the physical and verbal abuse she suffered from his cousin, his cruelty toward her is really difficult to read through. So why read it? Because of all Diana Palmer's books, Regan's Pride offers great depth and emotional honesty in it's scant 186 pages. There is a happy ending, though Ted never becomes a sympathetic hero. At times, it is difficult to understand how Coreen could continue to love and want him despite his quick temper and cruel words. Perhaps the underlying message is that we are powerless to choose whom we will love and in the end, love does succeed in taming the beast. Regan's Pride is a Long, Tall Texan story that shouldn't be missed. It's definitely on my keeper shelf and I'll gladly use up a box of tissues every time I read it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Better than the first one in this trilogy but still suffers from the Diana Palmerness of it all. Why do I read them then? Ugh. I guess because the blurbs/set ups always sound so good. And yes I generally love what her books are about I guess I just wish a better author was writing them. Here an older man falls for a 22 year old girl but rather cruelly turns her away for her own good. He's 16 years older than her and doesn't believe a long term relationship will work. Then she marries someone els Better than the first one in this trilogy but still suffers from the Diana Palmerness of it all. Why do I read them then? Ugh. I guess because the blurbs/set ups always sound so good. And yes I generally love what her books are about I guess I just wish a better author was writing them. Here an older man falls for a 22 year old girl but rather cruelly turns her away for her own good. He's 16 years older than her and doesn't believe a long term relationship will work. Then she marries someone else who he finds out later abused her. So much potential for angst there but ultimately fairly poorly written. Someone else please take this idea and run with it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheesecake

    Ted and Coreen. Pretty typical DP, not my fave but still enjoyable. Would have enjoyed it more if his grovel wasn't left so late in the story and she didn't cave so pathetically easily. (I have to admit to skimming some through the first half of the book)... hence the 3 stars and not 4. Ted treats Coreen like poop when they were younger because he is attracted to her but she is 16 years younger. He is also scarred by his parents broken marriage... (view spoiler)[ yet he remains celibate from that Ted and Coreen. Pretty typical DP, not my fave but still enjoyable. Would have enjoyed it more if his grovel wasn't left so late in the story and she didn't cave so pathetically easily. (I have to admit to skimming some through the first half of the book)... hence the 3 stars and not 4. Ted treats Coreen like poop when they were younger because he is attracted to her but she is 16 years younger. He is also scarred by his parents broken marriage... (view spoiler)[ yet he remains celibate from that time til they finally get together. Not that she knows that, and he does his best to make her think the opposite! (hide spoiler)] . He pretty much pushes her into his cousin, Barry's arms and when Barry dies while drunk driving, accuses her causing it. Well, of course, when Ted learns what Barry's and Coreen's marriage was really like, he feels remorseful. Does it stop him from continuing to be an *ss? Not til she has finally given up on him and is ready to move away... The HEA and epilogue were pretty sweet when all was said and read ; )

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alexis-Morgan Roark

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ok. Hands down. THIS guy is the WORST DP hero to date for me with Emmet a REALLY CLOSE second! TSTL despite his eventual grovelling and redeeming celibacy! Idiots! The LOT of them...except for Henry the butler.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aou

    Firstly for readers who don’t know me, I have to say that I am an angst addict, jerk heroes fan and a weeper. For details, you may read StMargarets’ or Vintage’s reviews, I just want to say that this book deserves 5 stars. It was worth every tear I jerked. :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melanie♥

    3.5 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lu Bielefeld

    UPDATE: Re-read on 11 June 2016 I didn't remember this hero was so hateful. Terrible the way he treats our heroine who is a woman with no backbone. He goes to my list of the worst heroes of the author. Regan's Pride (Diana Palmer) "I want a woman," he said mercilessly. "You're handy. That's all it is." ========== "You'll learn soon enough that we have to settle for what we can get in life. I'll send Billy for supplies from now on. And you'll find some excuse not to come out to the ranch to see Sandy. UPDATE: Re-read on 11 June 2016 I didn't remember this hero was so hateful. Terrible the way he treats our heroine who is a woman with no backbone. He goes to my list of the worst heroes of the author. Regan's Pride (Diana Palmer) "I want a woman," he said mercilessly. "You're handy. That's all it is." ========== "You'll learn soon enough that we have to settle for what we can get in life. I'll send Billy for supplies from now on. And you'll find some excuse not to come out to the ranch to see Sandy. Won't you?" ========== "And I have a date tonight. She's an attorney from Victoria who's having supper here." ========== I won't ever forget, or forgive, that. You ended up with nothing and that's all you deserved. My God, the very sight of you sickens me!" ========== "And he took Lillian with him, apparently." That was the final straw. ========== Ted had made his choice very apparent. He was willing to leave the country with one woman to make another woman leave him alone. He gave hard lessons. Coreen wouldn't forget this one very soon.

  12. 4 out of 5

    jenjn79

    Typical Diana Palmer book with all her characteristic traits (naive, virginal heroine; battered, emotionally vacant hero; and the hero treating the heroine badly). But oddly enough, I really enjoyed this story, much more so than I have some of her other books that I've read recently. Coreen is the classic tragic heroine and Palmer really made you feel for her. Ted was a classic Palmer hero and he ticked me off at times, but at the same time, his actions made sense in a way. And of course, they e Typical Diana Palmer book with all her characteristic traits (naive, virginal heroine; battered, emotionally vacant hero; and the hero treating the heroine badly). But oddly enough, I really enjoyed this story, much more so than I have some of her other books that I've read recently. Coreen is the classic tragic heroine and Palmer really made you feel for her. Ted was a classic Palmer hero and he ticked me off at times, but at the same time, his actions made sense in a way. And of course, they eventually work it out. For you Palmer fans, I think this is one you'll definitely enjoy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Who writes such crap? I read about her husband treatment of her and got sucked in as it looked short enough to finish the book. Regan was a jerk and i waited to see him get human but I cried my eyes out for an hour thinking a hero of the story was such a huge douche and that poor gal was going to flinch the rest of her life because of his hard head arrogance and mean assness. He was not sexy at all! I am going to report this book to women's groups to avoid. Who writes such crap? I read about her husband treatment of her and got sucked in as it looked short enough to finish the book. Regan was a jerk and i waited to see him get human but I cried my eyes out for an hour thinking a hero of the story was such a huge douche and that poor gal was going to flinch the rest of her life because of his hard head arrogance and mean assness. He was not sexy at all! I am going to report this book to women's groups to avoid.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aayesha Khatri

    I loved the way Corrie slowly regains her confidence and becomes more spirited as time passes. The steady way she heals was perfect, and I also loved the way Regan helped her during that phase. What I hated was how callously he treated her towards the end. It ruined the book for me, his unfeeling attitude towards her. All in all, it was an okay read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Wyatt

    It helps it be a way better book if you read the newest edition. This cover is god awful. The book though is flawless.....re-read

  16. 5 out of 5

    amanda s.

    Ted Regan's such a jerk but then again the way he begged for Correen's forgiveness is aaawingly romantic. Like seriously. I can't. Stop. Reading. Diana Palmer. I'm. Dying. Ted Regan's such a jerk but then again the way he begged for Correen's forgiveness is aaawingly romantic. Like seriously. I can't. Stop. Reading. Diana Palmer. I'm. Dying.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Such a great old read. I hated Ted but he did redeem himself in the end. This is probably my favorite Diane Palmer story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dar

    Sometimes, the long, tall Texan in a book of the series makes you want to reach in and give them a slap - and this is one of those instances. Ted is cruel to Corrie because of their age difference forcing her into the arms of his jealous cousin who only wants her because Ted does. After years of mental and physical abuse, she is finally a widow and for some reason, and it is never explained why the characters think this happened, her husband leaves her financially at Ted's mercy for a year. Ted Sometimes, the long, tall Texan in a book of the series makes you want to reach in and give them a slap - and this is one of those instances. Ted is cruel to Corrie because of their age difference forcing her into the arms of his jealous cousin who only wants her because Ted does. After years of mental and physical abuse, she is finally a widow and for some reason, and it is never explained why the characters think this happened, her husband leaves her financially at Ted's mercy for a year. Ted finally comes around and does actually redeem himself in the end, and I did like him as you could see his struggles as he moves through the lies he believed. You do see Ted struggle with his treatment of Coreen and he does try and make it up to her when he hurts her. Have your tissues close as Ted and Coreen's story will have you reaching for them several times before you get through the book

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kace | The Booknerd

    I absolutely adored Diana Palmer's works! She's an amazing writer! And with Regan's Pride she gave us again another sweet, funny, heart-touching story; and lovable characters that you can relate to. Coreen has been in love with her best friend's brother Ted Regan since she was barely twenty. But Ted pushed her away and taunted her. Ted Regan wanted Corrie since the first time he saw her. But the huge age gap makes things difficult in the eye's of Ted so he deals with it by pushing Coreen away wit I absolutely adored Diana Palmer's works! She's an amazing writer! And with Regan's Pride she gave us again another sweet, funny, heart-touching story; and lovable characters that you can relate to. Coreen has been in love with her best friend's brother Ted Regan since she was barely twenty. But Ted pushed her away and taunted her. Ted Regan wanted Corrie since the first time he saw her. But the huge age gap makes things difficult in the eye's of Ted so he deals with it by pushing Coreen away with nastiness and rudeness which in turn pushes her into Barry's arms. Then Barry died, and Ted blames Corrie and treats her poorly. Argh! I wanted to smack him silly! Luckily, he redeemed himself at the end. It's short yet filled with romance, lies, deceit and that happily ever after that all of us hopeless romantic readers enjoy!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    I like her books but not this. He treats her so poorly yet she is with him. With her back history sorry I feel she'd want some one that treats her better. This is not her best book. I could not finish reading last chapter as I did not enjoy story line. Also wish ones of these days the age was not so huge between the two love interest and the girls were not untouched. That is not always the case. And how about in a book she makes the woman for change older and more worldly. I have now read about I like her books but not this. He treats her so poorly yet she is with him. With her back history sorry I feel she'd want some one that treats her better. This is not her best book. I could not finish reading last chapter as I did not enjoy story line. Also wish ones of these days the age was not so huge between the two love interest and the girls were not untouched. That is not always the case. And how about in a book she makes the woman for change older and more worldly. I have now read about 90% of her books and am ready to see newer fresher story lines.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I'm enjoying Ms. Palmer's books. She has great character description and this was no exception. Ted and Doreen have their conflicts and sexual tension but eventually get past their barriers to the deepest level of their feelings. I'm enjoying Ms. Palmer's books. She has great character description and this was no exception. Ted and Doreen have their conflicts and sexual tension but eventually get past their barriers to the deepest level of their feelings.

  22. 5 out of 5

    crazy1bad

    I would never forgive a man accusing the woman he supposedly loves of not having sex with the om, even if its her husband ,to stop the om's "torment". The H had no right to accuse the h, it's her body and it's her right to say "yes" or "no" no matter if the man is her husband or not. I would never forgive a man accusing the woman he supposedly loves of not having sex with the om, even if its her husband ,to stop the om's "torment". The H had no right to accuse the h, it's her body and it's her right to say "yes" or "no" no matter if the man is her husband or not.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dewi Read

    Love this story...make me crying aloud ... ow i wanna kick ass the hero.... but the ending so sweeet...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jolyn

    Woulda been higher but she kept talking about his silver hair, his grey hair and I couldn't stop picturing the sasparilla guy from the big lebowski. Needless to say, he ain't my type.. Woulda been higher but she kept talking about his silver hair, his grey hair and I couldn't stop picturing the sasparilla guy from the big lebowski. Needless to say, he ain't my type..

  25. 5 out of 5

    ReadToBreathe

    2 Stars It was just OK

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chibik

    Spoilers, beware! One of my favourite DP books, a mean hero that redeems himself at the end. DP’s heroes are usually mean and many times it just does not make any sense. Yes, I wanted to slap him a few times, but somehow I could understand the why of his actions. He has a lot of misconceptions about her, believing his favourite cousin. The heroine does suffer a lot, like most of this author’s h usually do. An older man attracted to a young woman. He feels this would not work because of their age Spoilers, beware! One of my favourite DP books, a mean hero that redeems himself at the end. DP’s heroes are usually mean and many times it just does not make any sense. Yes, I wanted to slap him a few times, but somehow I could understand the why of his actions. He has a lot of misconceptions about her, believing his favourite cousin. The heroine does suffer a lot, like most of this author’s h usually do. An older man attracted to a young woman. He feels this would not work because of their age difference and pushes her away, cruelly. A meddling cousin who wants her for himself, spreading lies. Abusive marriage, accidental death of the husband, H hating the h accusing her of causing his cousin’s death. The rich husband leaves her a minimum amount of money in custody of the H, so basically destitute. She has an accident (skydiving!!!) and the H and his sister, h’s best friend, take her in to recover. He is still attracted to her and hating it, but he hates her more for causing his cousin’s death, so he is cruel to her. In the end, h can’t take it anymore and escapes. In the meantime, they discover how abused she was by her husband and how his death really occurred, and when they find out that she is gone, he feels really guilty. He goes looking for her and convinces her to return, and tries to make it better for her. She is distrustful but slowly gains confidence. A relationship starts budding between them, bus he is very insecure because he is so much older, tries to muddy the waters with an OW, and finally escapes on a long business trip. She is heartbroken, and leaves for the city to make a life for herself and finally feels content. He of course misses her and is jealous of her new friend, so he goes after her, discovers she is still a virgin (oh the wonders of an impotent marriage!), which makes him very happy (he is, after all, his author’s hero), and they finally get their HEA.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Fiona Marsden

    Everyone always raves about Diana Palmer and so when I find an old Palmer at an op-shop for 20cents I usually pick it up. This was a fairly typical early Palmer (I haven't read any recent ones) with an innocent young woman who falls for a mature man who is very conscious of the age difference. Of course, he has childhood trauma. In any case, he rejects her brutally. None of this letting a girl down easy stuff. So when his cousin Barry comes sniffing around, she is fair game to be wooed and wed. Bi Everyone always raves about Diana Palmer and so when I find an old Palmer at an op-shop for 20cents I usually pick it up. This was a fairly typical early Palmer (I haven't read any recent ones) with an innocent young woman who falls for a mature man who is very conscious of the age difference. Of course, he has childhood trauma. In any case, he rejects her brutally. None of this letting a girl down easy stuff. So when his cousin Barry comes sniffing around, she is fair game to be wooed and wed. Big mistake girl. Now Barry is dead but he's spent the intervening years filling the sucker hero up with all these stories about what a nasty piece of work the heroine is and her coldness drove him to drink...blah blah blah. And naturally, the pining hero just laps it all up and believes every single word. Because, Palmer hero. But he still WANTS her. Even if she is the worst wife in the world and jumped straight into Barry's arms after he sacrificed his own desires FOR HER SAKE. He suffered a bit. Maybe not enough compared to what his callous treatment drove her into. That was angst-inducing. But we got a HEA and I can live with that.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Ted and Coreen Fantastic read! Entertaining plot. Make me angry. Made me cry! The raw emotions were so palpable.... Poor Coreen. She is totally in love with Ted but no hope of her feelings ever been reciprocated. She married his cousin instead and barely lives to regret it. Two years later, widow and penniless she is forced to live temporarily with Ted and his sister ( Coreen's best friend ). The problem?! Ted believes her responsible for his cousin's death and mistreat her, eventually finding out Ted and Coreen Fantastic read! Entertaining plot. Make me angry. Made me cry! The raw emotions were so palpable.... Poor Coreen. She is totally in love with Ted but no hope of her feelings ever been reciprocated. She married his cousin instead and barely lives to regret it. Two years later, widow and penniless she is forced to live temporarily with Ted and his sister ( Coreen's best friend ). The problem?! Ted believes her responsible for his cousin's death and mistreat her, eventually finding out the nightmare that was her marriage and his own responsibility in it. Really emotional. Highly recommended

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Thank goodness my reading tastes have changed in the 24 years since this book came out. This was a re-read for me and I know I enjoyed the book the very first time I read it, but what's totally scary about this type or hero / heroine / plot is that Palmer still clings to that formula apparently works for her. I can't imagine most readers being able to relate to the oh-poor-me heroine and the asshat, jackass hero. I'm slowly re-reading my way through my Palmers as I donate them, but I often wonder Thank goodness my reading tastes have changed in the 24 years since this book came out. This was a re-read for me and I know I enjoyed the book the very first time I read it, but what's totally scary about this type or hero / heroine / plot is that Palmer still clings to that formula apparently works for her. I can't imagine most readers being able to relate to the oh-poor-me heroine and the asshat, jackass hero. I'm slowly re-reading my way through my Palmers as I donate them, but I often wonder if it's worth re-reading when the stories make me crazy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This one was really all over the place, so an average of 3... which may be too generous. The storyline had potential but it fell flat. Making my way through the series - why? Oh yeah, I love the author! Not this book, though. Next?

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