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The Life of a Paid Mercenary makes sense to Special Forces Officer Winslow Granger. The jungles of South America may make his former job as a ranch manager for his friend Jay Pendleton look like a cakewalk, but it's nothing that the former Green Beret can't handle.A woman's heart, however - that's dangerous territory. Back in Texas, Grange's biggest problem was avoiding Peg The Life of a Paid Mercenary makes sense to Special Forces Officer Winslow Granger. The jungles of South America may make his former job as a ranch manager for his friend Jay Pendleton look like a cakewalk, but it's nothing that the former Green Beret can't handle.A woman's heart, however - that's dangerous territory. Back in Texas, Grange's biggest problem was avoiding Peg Larson and all the complications being attracted to the daughter of his foreman would entail. Now Grange will need all his training to help General Emilio Machado gain control of the tiny South American nation of Barrera; when Peg arrives unannounced, she's a distraction he can't avoid. She's determined to show Grange she can be useful on and off the battlefield. Once she breaks through his armor, traversing the wilds of the Amazon will prove an easier task than defending himself against her winning charms....


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The Life of a Paid Mercenary makes sense to Special Forces Officer Winslow Granger. The jungles of South America may make his former job as a ranch manager for his friend Jay Pendleton look like a cakewalk, but it's nothing that the former Green Beret can't handle.A woman's heart, however - that's dangerous territory. Back in Texas, Grange's biggest problem was avoiding Peg The Life of a Paid Mercenary makes sense to Special Forces Officer Winslow Granger. The jungles of South America may make his former job as a ranch manager for his friend Jay Pendleton look like a cakewalk, but it's nothing that the former Green Beret can't handle.A woman's heart, however - that's dangerous territory. Back in Texas, Grange's biggest problem was avoiding Peg Larson and all the complications being attracted to the daughter of his foreman would entail. Now Grange will need all his training to help General Emilio Machado gain control of the tiny South American nation of Barrera; when Peg arrives unannounced, she's a distraction he can't avoid. She's determined to show Grange she can be useful on and off the battlefield. Once she breaks through his armor, traversing the wilds of the Amazon will prove an easier task than defending himself against her winning charms....

30 review for Courageous

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I love Diana Palmer and the fact that the books are all written with the same formula. I actually like that! I like that the hero/heroine are always so similar (older guy/younger girl with strong moral values etc). They were always funny and well written, with an emphasis on the hero/heroine and their relationship. This was such a disappointment. The secondary storyline with General Machado totally took over that there was no way I could get behind the relationship of Grange and Peg. I was so lo I love Diana Palmer and the fact that the books are all written with the same formula. I actually like that! I like that the hero/heroine are always so similar (older guy/younger girl with strong moral values etc). They were always funny and well written, with an emphasis on the hero/heroine and their relationship. This was such a disappointment. The secondary storyline with General Machado totally took over that there was no way I could get behind the relationship of Grange and Peg. I was so looking forward to it, but by the end it all felt rushed. There was none of the usual Diana Palmer that I love and enjoy. I hope she set us up well for Roarke's book (hopefully next), and that it doesn't disappoint like this did.

  2. 5 out of 5

    willaful

    If your idea of romance is two people endlessly, smugly lecturing each other about how corrupt and immoral everyone else in the world is except for them, draw up a bubble bath and settle in for a treat. I gave up when the heroine declared that she wouldn't go to college because she'd be forced to live with strange men in co-ed dorms. If your idea of romance is two people endlessly, smugly lecturing each other about how corrupt and immoral everyone else in the world is except for them, draw up a bubble bath and settle in for a treat. I gave up when the heroine declared that she wouldn't go to college because she'd be forced to live with strange men in co-ed dorms.

  3. 4 out of 5

    StMargarets

    Diana Palmer takes us on adventure to the made-up South American country (right next to Brazil) that was overthrown by an evil tyrant a few books ago. All the mercs in Jacobsville have been involved in restoring the leader back to his rightful place for several books now (and installing democracy and a sustainable oil industry while they’re at it) and it’s finally go-time. Hero is a mercenary who has been a gifted a small ranch for his help in rescuing the heroine from Heartless. The ranch came w Diana Palmer takes us on adventure to the made-up South American country (right next to Brazil) that was overthrown by an evil tyrant a few books ago. All the mercs in Jacobsville have been involved in restoring the leader back to his rightful place for several books now (and installing democracy and a sustainable oil industry while they’re at it) and it’s finally go-time. Hero is a mercenary who has been a gifted a small ranch for his help in rescuing the heroine from Heartless. The ranch came with a foreman and his 19 year-old daughter (heroine). Heroine did poorly in school, but cooks like a dream. She is in love with the h at the beginning of the story and chases him with bad jokes and cringe-worthy stories about her “sex life.” Hero, also a virgin, is attracted to her, but has this mission to the made-up country on his mind. Still, he’s nice to her compared to DP’s other heroes who have been annoyed by barely-legal heroines. They attend the Cattlemen’s ball and hero manages to cop a feel and a promise to date/marry when he returns. Heroine is content with this until she receives a call from a wanna-be OW (heroine from Untamed) who tells her that the hero is asking for her and would she please come down for a quick visit? Heroine doesn’t think this is suspicious at all and accompanies the OW to Manaus, Brazil. (Did you know they are a tax-free business enterprise zone and have a world-famous opera house? No. Well, you will after reading this story.) OW is popping pills and reliving the nightmare of her father’s and sister’s deaths after falling into a river full of piranhas. (I know) For some reason, she thinks abandoning the hero’s girlfriend (heroine) in the jungle will assuage her grief for her family and embarrassment of the hero slut-shaming her in front of the man she really loves. No, it doesn’t make sense – but here we are. OW changes her mind after the saintly heroine hugs her and that immediately stops her addiction to anti-anxiety meds. Still, the two decide to go into the jungle anyway for ??? OW stashes heroine in a village with kindly tribal women. Then is promptly captured, tortured and eventually joins a jailbreak. I’ll spare you the details. Just know that the good guys’ coup is successful, and the leader is restored (along with democracy, sustainable oil). The hero forgives the OW on the spot. The H/h marry in a civil ceremony in the jungle and then have a white lace ceremony in Jacobsville. H/h decide to live in the South American country for the first few years of their married life. Hero will be head of the army. The epilogue assures us that the leader married an archeologist from another book, and all is well. H/h had a five year-old son and are looking forward to moving back to Jacobsville. The OW is still single, but no longer as tortured about her past. As you can probably tell, there’s very little about the H/h’s romance. They went to a dance. Heroine had lots of separate adventures, as did the hero. They had sex and a wedding. The end. The focus is on the OW and her angry hero. Their story will be told in Untamed, and it’s worth reading/skimming this story to understand that one better. One personal note: I was disturbed by how DP portrayed a character with an addiction to prescription drugs. I honestly don’t think those kind of meds make a person homicidal. Also, her lack of compassion for people with mental illness is showing again. There is a character who has bipolar who is also a criminal and drug addict. This is the third such portrayal of a mentally ill person who is evil that I’ve read in her stories. Not cool, DP. Diana Palmer checklist: Hairy chest soft hair over a muscled chest Breast Description Small, taunt Cigarettes/gaming no video games! Hero disapproves, but will allow his soldiers of fortune to smoke. Alcohol Hero proudly proclaims his aversion to drinking, smoking, and loose women Town Descriptions H/h go to the Cattlemen’s Ball in the civic center. That’s nothing new, but the money is being raised for the local orphanage and animal shelter. Also, there’s a new designer boutique in town. The owner designed and gave away dresses to the pharmacy ladies and the heroine for the ball. Heroine explains to the tribal women that Jacobsville is just as suspicious of outsiders as they are. Gardenia Scent No LOL detail Socialite who is supposed to fashion-forward and sophisticated wears a fanny pack, from which she extracts a handkerchief trimmed in Belgian lace. Cutesy detail Computer hacker who is afraid of snakes, heroine’s bad jokes about sex in order to seduce the hero. DP hobbyhorse Fringe websites are as bad as tabloid newspapers, heroine went to “diverse” Jacobville High School, but she hangs out with the Christians saving themselves for marriage. DP is trolling us She named the owner of the boutique “Bess Truman” – I’m not kidding. This reference occurred after a long conversation about Patten and Rommel and Eisenhower in WWII, so maybe she had the 1940's on the brain.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melanie♥

    I wonder if I should count it as dnf as I must have skimmed 50% of it? Peg and Grange were only in about half of the book, though maybe this was a good thing as neither character was very likeable. Just a horrible mess of a book. Totally outdated concepts and dialogue. I used to look forward to DPs new books, but now I almost dread reading them. I checked this one out of the library and it sat on my counter until it was overdue. The thought of the fine was my incentive to read it. Won't be checki I wonder if I should count it as dnf as I must have skimmed 50% of it? Peg and Grange were only in about half of the book, though maybe this was a good thing as neither character was very likeable. Just a horrible mess of a book. Totally outdated concepts and dialogue. I used to look forward to DPs new books, but now I almost dread reading them. I checked this one out of the library and it sat on my counter until it was overdue. The thought of the fine was my incentive to read it. Won't be checking out the next one. Still a fan of her older books, but I won't torture myself with anymore of her new books.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Stuart

    I've been reading DP's books since the 80s, and this may be the last book of hers I pay for. The hero is a nonentity, the heroine is mentally deficient, there isn't a plot per say but rather a history lesson, the dialogue is atrocious and the love scenes are over before they even start. Ms. Palmer wrote better stories 15 years ago. They were all "virgins meet men who are 15 years older than them but that doesn't matter" stories but they were humorous and fun. The last batch have been anything bu I've been reading DP's books since the 80s, and this may be the last book of hers I pay for. The hero is a nonentity, the heroine is mentally deficient, there isn't a plot per say but rather a history lesson, the dialogue is atrocious and the love scenes are over before they even start. Ms. Palmer wrote better stories 15 years ago. They were all "virgins meet men who are 15 years older than them but that doesn't matter" stories but they were humorous and fun. The last batch have been anything but. I think I'll be getting the next one from my local library. Really do not feel like financially supporting this tripe any more.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katie_la_geek

    For this review and more visit my blog It is rare that I don’t finish a book, even if I hate a it I normally read to the end, anything else feels like cheating but I got to the half-way point of Courageous and had to stop. I just couldn’t carry on. I think the big problem I had with this is that I just found it really, really boring. I could not get myself interested in it at all. The romance was bizarre and the rest seemed to be taken up with military talk that just did not interest me. I also h For this review and more visit my blog It is rare that I don’t finish a book, even if I hate a it I normally read to the end, anything else feels like cheating but I got to the half-way point of Courageous and had to stop. I just couldn’t carry on. I think the big problem I had with this is that I just found it really, really boring. I could not get myself interested in it at all. The romance was bizarre and the rest seemed to be taken up with military talk that just did not interest me. I also had an issue with the characters; I found them to be ridiculous. Peg was extremely naive and I struggled to believe that she was nineteen. Instead she seemed to read like a fourteen year old. Winslow was no better. He is a rancher and mercenary who wants to expand his range whilst freeing a small South American country from dictatorship and looking to get into government once he is finished. It was just so far fetched. The romance was just odd. He went from zero feelings to everything in a few pages. He bangs on about morals and whilst trying to get her out of her dress. She talks about marriage all the time whilst pretending to be a hussy to attract Wilslow’s attraction because maybe that will make him want to marry her. There was not sense of emotion, there was no growth and I couldn’t get behind it. This book was just not for me and I hate to quit but I just couldn’t do it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I'll be bluntly honest and say I wasn't able to finish this book. While I can generally get over Palmer's use of the super Alpha hero and the naive heroine, this time it didn't work for me. Peg was past naive and fell into the TSTL category that I can't stand to read. How can a young woman be so naive that she'll get on a plane to a war ravaged country without any questions? She's basically believing what this person tells her and follows after skipping and singing la-la-la! (figuratively speakin I'll be bluntly honest and say I wasn't able to finish this book. While I can generally get over Palmer's use of the super Alpha hero and the naive heroine, this time it didn't work for me. Peg was past naive and fell into the TSTL category that I can't stand to read. How can a young woman be so naive that she'll get on a plane to a war ravaged country without any questions? She's basically believing what this person tells her and follows after skipping and singing la-la-la! (figuratively speaking) That is not just naive, it's asking the big bad wolf to rape and kill you. I just could not get past this plot point in the story and move past it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    This is my first audiobook of a Diana Palmer book, and overall, I liked it. I didn't care for the way the narrator voiced the females. He sounded too falsetto for my tastes. I think I enjoyed this more than other reviewers, although I agree that there were a lot of random conversations and less focus on the romance than I would have liked. Diana Palmer is a long-time favorite of mine. She's a sweet lady and I will always read her books. Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur magazine. http://affairedecoeur This is my first audiobook of a Diana Palmer book, and overall, I liked it. I didn't care for the way the narrator voiced the females. He sounded too falsetto for my tastes. I think I enjoyed this more than other reviewers, although I agree that there were a lot of random conversations and less focus on the romance than I would have liked. Diana Palmer is a long-time favorite of mine. She's a sweet lady and I will always read her books. Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    A very romantic old school romance from the Queen Diana Palmer!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura Beth

    One day I will learn to look at reviews BEFORE I buy/check-out a book instead of AFTER so I can determine if I am alone in my assessment. Diana Palmer was one of the first romance writers I read (sneaking the book from my great-aunt's guest room as a young teenager). I was super disappointed in this book to the point I stopped reading after the hero landed in the jungle. It was too much military stuff. As others have noted, the heroine supposedly has all these values but then over-sexes herself. One day I will learn to look at reviews BEFORE I buy/check-out a book instead of AFTER so I can determine if I am alone in my assessment. Diana Palmer was one of the first romance writers I read (sneaking the book from my great-aunt's guest room as a young teenager). I was super disappointed in this book to the point I stopped reading after the hero landed in the jungle. It was too much military stuff. As others have noted, the heroine supposedly has all these values but then over-sexes herself. It felt more like she was the girl no one wanted in high school or whatever because of her attitude and then she wraps herself up in religion to make it seem as if she's better than the others and that she really doesn't want people to want her. She was flat and annoying and childish. I don't know what the hero would have seen in her and their "romance" wasn't believable. How much he wanted her from the beginning and such. Like I've said in other reviews recently, I'm either becoming a much harsher critic or these authors are really phoning stuff in at this point. And I don't think it's me judging by the ratings/reviews. For what it's worth if authors read these, I'd rather have a really good book I can read over and over versus a huge quantity of low quality. But I guess that doesn't pay the bills. At least I'm using the library a lot more now. I also think goodreads should do two rating systems - one for ratings that include reviews and one that's just people that rated the book. I'm inclined to believe that those that rated this book highly either didn't read the same book I attempted to read or they are friends of the author/publisher. No offense to those that truly enjoyed the book - but if you did and you're reading this, I'd like to know exactly what you liked about it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    'Courageous' is the story of Grange and Peg. Grange is a rancher and an undercover officer, and lives with his morals and dignity, when his foreman's daughter Peg starts attracting his attention. Peg is 19 and has loved Grange forever. When he refuses to acknowledge her, she tries out various methods to get his attention. However, soon Grange has to go on a mission and that leads to start of an adventure. As a DP book, we know we are getting a virgin heroine, a brooding hero and loads of hairy chest 'Courageous' is the story of Grange and Peg. Grange is a rancher and an undercover officer, and lives with his morals and dignity, when his foreman's daughter Peg starts attracting his attention. Peg is 19 and has loved Grange forever. When he refuses to acknowledge her, she tries out various methods to get his attention. However, soon Grange has to go on a mission and that leads to start of an adventure. As a DP book, we know we are getting a virgin heroine, a brooding hero and loads of hairy chests and passionate old school lovemaking. However this book jumped timelines. One minute we were home, next in a war. The heroine seemed too naive, however I'm glad Clarisse got some redemption. I did enjoy the banter between the couple, and the end (yay to the epilogue!)- but the detailed descriptions of the mission was a bit boring. Safe, double V 3/5 P.S. It felt weird when they talked about iPhones because this book was so 80s!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Angela Fristoe

    I have been a Diana Palmer fan for the past sixteen years, ever since I read my first book by her when I was sixteen. Whether she was writing historical, or modern Texas cowboy romances I was always willing to shell out the money for her latest release, without even reading the book blurb. That has slowly begun to change the last four or five years. Oh, I still buy them but I'm just a bit hesitant, and after reading a couple of reviews on Courageous, I decided to borrow it from the library first I have been a Diana Palmer fan for the past sixteen years, ever since I read my first book by her when I was sixteen. Whether she was writing historical, or modern Texas cowboy romances I was always willing to shell out the money for her latest release, without even reading the book blurb. That has slowly begun to change the last four or five years. Oh, I still buy them but I'm just a bit hesitant, and after reading a couple of reviews on Courageous, I decided to borrow it from the library first. Best decision ever! Courageous is a complete mess. The characters are stereotypes of Diana Palmer characters (Yes, stereotypes of stereotypes of perfect people). There is nothing new in this book other than an epilogue which she rarely includes. So let me break it down. Peg: shy, quiet, sheltered, virgin, just out of her teens, poor, has 'out of date moral beliefs', cooks and cleans house for a living which she loves to do, mother is dead, lives with father who is as out of date as she is, loves to garden, archeology and reading about ancient history, loves the hero who seems unattainable, thinks wearing her hair in pigtails will make her unattractive to the men she is not interested in, favorite quotes include "Good heavens", "Oh, my goodness", "Gosh, you're...big", and my top quote, "I couldn't believe you really wanted me for keeps. I'm not even pretty. And I'm small, here.(she then proceeds to indicate her 'pert' breasts)" Hmmm she reminds me of another character, now who was it? Oh yes it was Grace/Winnie/Joceline/Gracie/Rebecca. Grange: strong and silent, virgin (yes, because his father was a minister), out raged by women flaunting their bodies and at the suggestion of premarital sex, handsome yet not traditionally, gruff, initially ignores heroine, loves history, is a rancher/mercenary on a secret mission (that EVERYBODY and their dog knows about)favorite quotes include "Damn you", "You taste like candy", "I could pull the bodice down", and my top Grange quote is "I lost it, there at the end. I didn't hurt you too much...?" This book is just completely out of touch. the dialogue is formal, stilted and wrought with vocabulary that no one outside of out of touch books uses, there is the typical Palmer dump of irrelevant historical facts, There is also the constant mention of previous characters that while they do not appear are named, with a mine bio during dialogue, such as "I guess I'm getting contaminated by Barbara Ferguson who owns Barbara's Cafe..." or "he was taking Tellie Madoox out for a while, before she married J.B. Hammock, but they were only friends.." "That was such a sweet thing our local designer, Bess Truman, did (about something that happened in a different book). but the real issue I had is that the two main characters Peg and Grange are barely together. Their whole falling in love phase occurs in the first four chapters, and then he's off on his mission and they don't meet back up into about two thirds of the way into the story. Both of them have more time with other characters than each other. I really hope that Palmer pulls out what ever magic she had going for her when she wrote Paper Rose, Diamond Spur, Midnight Rider, and some of the first Long, Tall, Texans.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Another great book by Diana Palmer Peg Larson always had feelings for Winslow Grange he did too but didn't want to pursuit them, until she whines up in a situation she goes to the jungle because a lady that had a thing for Winslow said he wanted her there wanted peg there because this other lady was jealous of peg at the time. Winslow didn't even know she was there than things started to go bad the other lady ends up being kidnapped and torture mean while peg stays with a local family to stay sa Another great book by Diana Palmer Peg Larson always had feelings for Winslow Grange he did too but didn't want to pursuit them, until she whines up in a situation she goes to the jungle because a lady that had a thing for Winslow said he wanted her there wanted peg there because this other lady was jealous of peg at the time. Winslow didn't even know she was there than things started to go bad the other lady ends up being kidnapped and torture mean while peg stays with a local family to stay save the other lagers away along with the two professor that were also kidnapped and made there way back to peg later Winslow finds out peg is there and goes to her does his job so they can move forward with their lives

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vashti

    When you think of mac and cheese ,pepperoni pizza,mashed potatoes and gravy and fried chicken?What comes to mind?I think comfort food.Diana Palmer is my literary version of comfort food.She is an indulgence,no matter how bad you may think it is for you.I really wanted to rate this book higher,as this author has long been a particular favorite of mine.The book started out fine,we meet the heroine Peg ,who is housekeeper/cook for the hero Grange.The setting is on a ranch in Texas,Commanche Wells.S When you think of mac and cheese ,pepperoni pizza,mashed potatoes and gravy and fried chicken?What comes to mind?I think comfort food.Diana Palmer is my literary version of comfort food.She is an indulgence,no matter how bad you may think it is for you.I really wanted to rate this book higher,as this author has long been a particular favorite of mine.The book started out fine,we meet the heroine Peg ,who is housekeeper/cook for the hero Grange.The setting is on a ranch in Texas,Commanche Wells.She has long been in love with Grange and he seemingly does not return the emotion.Peg sets out to change that by attempting to "vamp"him,her words,not mine.As she advances on him with suggestive comments and actions ,he retreats the other way untill things comes to a header the night of the Cattleman's Ball.This book was progressing so nicely,then BAM!!,the story shifts and our hero is in the middle of the Amazon fighting with the rebel leader,Machado,to regain his small country back from a cruel and evil dictator.The entire middle of the book was abut this fighting,plotting,and history lesson.There really was no interaction at all between these two characters during this book,only at the beginning and towards the last part of the book.Where is the mean ,cruel signature hero that this author is so well known for?I think he lost himself in the Amazon and was never to be found again.Peg was still,the naive,sweet ,virginal heroine who is an excellent cook that is the author's staple,but she grated on my nerves.Too stupid is being kind.There is also mention of the mysterious Rourke and the pill popping Christie Carringinton,now that is a story that I want to read.I gave this book 3**** because I am willing to always give this author a chance.I will put up with the history lesson,the archeology references and everything else this author throws my way.While reading this book,I kept on thinking that this is a story that my grandma would write,not that that is a bad thing ,after all,but what is a grandma?Comfort.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)

    Do you like books that have cowboys, friendship, romance, moral values with a little South America coupe thrown in? If so you are going to love Courageous by Diana Palmer! Now I will totally admit that I am a fan of Ms. Palmer’s books. Whenever I am in a reading slump or just want something comfortable to read – I pick up one her books. While a lot of them are in a series, you never feel like you missed anything y not reading them in order. Also a lot of her books have some of the same plot to th Do you like books that have cowboys, friendship, romance, moral values with a little South America coupe thrown in? If so you are going to love Courageous by Diana Palmer! Now I will totally admit that I am a fan of Ms. Palmer’s books. Whenever I am in a reading slump or just want something comfortable to read – I pick up one her books. While a lot of them are in a series, you never feel like you missed anything y not reading them in order. Also a lot of her books have some of the same plot to them. That doesn’t bother me because there are always something that is a surprise in her stories. Her characters are people I wish I knew in real life. In Courageous, Peg Larson and Winslow Grange have moral values that you just don’t come across too often. They have their own reasons for believing what they do and they follow through on it. They make mistakes and Peg is a bit naive but in the end you have read a lovely, enjoyable book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deedee

    A lot of other readers here on goodread don't really like this one. I thought it was an amazing addition to the story of El General and his country. I liked Grange and Peg's story, Diana Palmer did a good job on it. It was engaging and spirited. Also Peg was a spit-fire, I love a good heroine. And Mrs. Palmer does a great job of writing one. I like military based books, whether historical or romance based. I haven't read a lot of historical militia books but ive watched enough documentaries to A lot of other readers here on goodread don't really like this one. I thought it was an amazing addition to the story of El General and his country. I liked Grange and Peg's story, Diana Palmer did a good job on it. It was engaging and spirited. Also Peg was a spit-fire, I love a good heroine. And Mrs. Palmer does a great job of writing one. I like military based books, whether historical or romance based. I haven't read a lot of historical militia books but ive watched enough documentaries to appreciate a good military strategies. The conflict could of been drawn out more and allowed more of a better suspense filled story, other then that it was a pleasant read. Happy Reading!! :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Germaine

    I am so glad I got this book from the library. Amazon wants $9.46 for the Kindle edition, and it's so bad they should pay us to read it. The plot is feeble, the dialogue is stilted, and the characters are one-dimensional stereotypes. My biggest peeve -- the characters are in Manaus, and the supporting cast (waiters, clerks, etc.) keep throwing in words in Spanish. I guess that's to give us some local color. A quick glance in a guide book would show that Manaus is in Brazil where they speak Portug I am so glad I got this book from the library. Amazon wants $9.46 for the Kindle edition, and it's so bad they should pay us to read it. The plot is feeble, the dialogue is stilted, and the characters are one-dimensional stereotypes. My biggest peeve -- the characters are in Manaus, and the supporting cast (waiters, clerks, etc.) keep throwing in words in Spanish. I guess that's to give us some local color. A quick glance in a guide book would show that Manaus is in Brazil where they speak Portuguese. Skip this one. I'm embarrassed to have checked it out.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I should have put it down after the first 20 pages but I decided to tough it out. Big mistake. This was a seriously lousy book. I've read some self-published books with a better plot and more likeable characters. I'm just happy I got it from the library so I don't have to feel dumb for wasting money. I should have put it down after the first 20 pages but I decided to tough it out. Big mistake. This was a seriously lousy book. I've read some self-published books with a better plot and more likeable characters. I'm just happy I got it from the library so I don't have to feel dumb for wasting money.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I can't believe that I made it through the whole book. The first half was really preachy and makes you suspend a lot of disbelief. If you make it through that, it isn't a half-bad story. I can't believe that I made it through the whole book. The first half was really preachy and makes you suspend a lot of disbelief. If you make it through that, it isn't a half-bad story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    - 100* (negative ONE HUNDRED STARS!) OH MY GOD! What the hell was this!??!?!! I am sorry, what???? This book deserves NEGATIVE STARS! (And how did it even get 3.6* avg rating when the top 10 reviews I read were all 1* reviews?!) More than anything, I hate when authors insult my intelligence! Actually, no, more than anything, I hate when they PREACH at me. Direct quote that summarizes the preachy tone of this book: "I believe sex and marriage go hand in hand. I can't change and I won't change. Th - 100* (negative ONE HUNDRED STARS!) OH MY GOD! What the hell was this!??!?!! I am sorry, what???? This book deserves NEGATIVE STARS! (And how did it even get 3.6* avg rating when the top 10 reviews I read were all 1* reviews?!) More than anything, I hate when authors insult my intelligence! Actually, no, more than anything, I hate when they PREACH at me. Direct quote that summarizes the preachy tone of this book: "I believe sex and marriage go hand in hand. I can't change and I won't change. The world may not recognize any difference between right and wrong but people of faith do!" Excuse me?! The difference between right and wrong?! Bahahaha! Puh-lease!! QUICK SUMMARY Peg is a 19-year old virgin, living with her foreman father on Grange's ranch. She is so much in love with Grange, that she constantly schemes of ways to make him fall in love and marry her. Grange is a gruff and brooding ex-soldier, who gets called into the South American jungles to help "overthrow a dictator who is tyrannizing his oppressed people." Enter devious Clarisse (somehow connected to Grange from previous books), who convinces Peg to go to this war-torn South American country with her, so they could find Grange and the two could be together... Peg immediately agrees, because she can't wait to see Grange again (it's been 2 weeks that he's been gone)! Clarisse's plan (because she is so evil!) was to trick Peg and desert her in the jungle, so she would get attacked by animals/militants/whatever, as this would be Clarisse's way of revenge on Grange for dumping her (at some point in the past). Midway, though, Clarisse has a change of heart and she and Peg become best friends (?!)... Grange and his team of 5 guys overthrow the "evil" government, Grange asks Peg to marry him immediately in the middle of the jungle (he can't keep it in his pants anymore, so they need to be married ASAP - we find out that he is ALSO a virgin because he doesn't believe in premarital sex!!), they get married and do it - THE END! My Rant If, even after reading my brief summary, you still think this is the book for you - go for it... However, I feel the need to warn people of the RIDICULOUSNESS found on these pages, so here we go... - Peg (our heroine) is a preachy and virginal 19 year-old (but behaves and talks more like a 12 year-old), who is so backwards in her purity that she actually chose to NOT go to college, because she couldn't stand the thought of co-ed dorms! Is she aware that co-ed dorms doesn't mean her roommate would be a man?!? Why would just sharing a building's hallway and common areas with guys be a problem for this idiot?! - Grange seems to be older (he is ex military and he acts at least twice her age), he is broody and preachy himself ... Yet getting it on with a woman half his age (who is a teenager!!) apparently isn't against his super-solid moral fibre?!?? But then we find out that it's only "heavy petting" for him, since he is ALSO A VIRGIN (at 30 something) - since he doesn't believe in sex before marriage. - Preachy, virginal Peg somehow manages to throw her self at Grange at every turn, thinks talking about contraceptives is the best way to flirt, and makes a fool out of herself nonstop! Grange, who finds sexy women slutty and repulsive, finds Peg-the-bumbling-idiot super attractive! They love talking about how pure and virginal they are and how everyone should be that way and how sex before marriage is a sin and people who do it are sluts (women) and sinners (men). We get it, you guys rule! Go Bible Belt! - Grange goes to South America on a secret (ha-ha) mission, claiming to Peg: "I am thrilled to be able to participate in a revolution to overthrow an evil government and to free oppressed people." Ha ha ha, of course you are thrilled, you redneck as*hole! Of course, typical American BS - we will just rush into a country (UNINVITED) and FREE some RANDOM people, just because we decided their president is oppressing them! Like - really?? But back to the book , seriously, is this a joke?! Because this plot sounds like a joke! This oversimplified line was the gist of what the book described war is like - it seems like a 2 day thing - "in-and-out, we come, kill some bad people and save the country, done!". Was the author kidding here ? Does she think her readers are stupid? - While on his mission, Grange is visited by a reporter, Clarisse ... who acts slutty and throws herself at him, but is also a virgin (he doesn't know that), whom he rejects cruelly and insults in front of his whole military unit, calling her a prostitute! This brings me to my next point: What the hell is with the slut shaming in this book?!?!! If you have sex before marriage - you are a slut!! If you've had sex with a few different guys (heaven forbid!) - you are a prostitute! if you flirt with a guy - you are a prostitute! If a guy thinks you are sleeping around - he calls you a prostitute in front of all his friends and colleagues... WTF?!?! And all the characters are like this! Every single guy despises chicks who are not virgins and every single girl is a virgin! Note that this book was written in 2004 - are you telling me that the author believes every single person in Texas in THIS CENTURY thinks and acts like this?!?!?! - Clarisse, the humiliated and slut-shamed reporter, goes back to the States, vowing to take revenge on Grange, by tricking stupid Peg into coming with her back to the jungle...where she plans on leaving her to get eaten by jungle animals?! HAHAHAHA REALLY?!?!?! REALLY?!!?!??! This is the plan, Clarisse? - Peg - agrees to this plan! Really Peg? You will just up and go (not telling her father or friends where she went) hop on a plane and fly to South America with a STRANGER who promises to lead you to a guy you have a crush on. Note that this guy is AT WAR! He is leading a covert operation to OVERTHROW A PRESIDENT, how does this reporter even know about this plan and where Grange is?! Whatever, the point is - Peg jumps and runs ("feet-hitting-ass" as I would say:) ), bringing only her passport! No money, no cellphone, no clothes ...(OH YES, here it is mentioned that Peg is so poor that she has no money to buy clothes! She lives rent-free on a ranch, works for a salary, has no expenses, doesn't go anywhere - clearly not to college! ah those scary college men! - so why would she not have money for SOME clothes?!) Anyways our TSTL (too-stupid-to-live) heroine falls pray to evil-man-eater-scorned-virgin Clarisse and goes with her to "the jungle". - Peg, though, is a sweet-virginal soul, who sees good even in the worst people and she manages to convert Clarisse ... So overnight Clarisse becomes Peg's best friend, good and caring... WOW! OK! - I will not even go into how stupidly Peg behaves at the hotel - gaping at everything as if she fell from Mars! Claiming never to have tried raw veggies and dip, calling it an "exotic foreign delicacy"... Or calling room service and asking "do you guys have anything to eat?! would you make me some fish?" SOME FISH?! I mean - I understand she is supposed to be sheltered, never left Jacksonville in her life... But is Jacksonville a small town or a nuthouse !? - Clarisse and Peg get attacked by some militant troops on the way through this crazy jungle and their driver gets shot! Clarisse is kidnapped, but Peg finds some sort of doctor who is actually an archaeologist (??because those two go hand in hand!) who is also from Texas... Now, over the driver's dying body Peg and this doctor are having a pleasant conversation and reminiscing about Jacksonville and talking about mutual friends and acquaintances they have there... And laughing and making light-hearted banter! Let me remind you that they are trying to save a dying man's life, whose mother is standing there and crying over him!!! ????????? What the hell is wrong with this book??! Did the author even TRY to make some sense! - Clarisse is held captive by some cartoon villains and then rescued by a guard who starts CRYING at how badly the evil men have beaten her. Note that this guy is also a guard! Why is he crying?! WTF?! He helps her escape just because she asked him to! Why would he do this?!?! - So finally, we have 5-6 guys overthrowing the whole government by entering the president's headquarters via secret underground passage and overthrowing the president that way? Is this the middle ages?! You overthrow the president by force, by crawling under his "palace" and busting in?! And you physically replace him with someone else and that's it?! Politics and police and LAW is not involved in any way?! What the hell are we?! Barbarians and Huns?!?!? - Anyways, the new guy that they put in place of the old president is (obviously) thrilled. He makes Grange head of military and gives all the other 5 guys high ranking positions in his government, because he is sooo grateful (gag, puke, gag!). ALSO - bahahaha - he finds the old guard who helped Clarisse escape prison and makes him his chief of police. Like - what?! Why?! Furthermore, his people are SOOOO happy, that they raise taxes themselves, in order to collect enough money to buy their new president a private jet! OK, did I read that correctly!??!?!?!? RIDICULOUS!?!?!?! Not only is the plot far-fetched, not only are the characters' actions unrealistic and unbelievable, but the conversations are ludicrous and nonsensical!! It's like this book was written by an alien who has never quite interacted with the human kind, but just observed from afar and is now just guessing at our interactions and actions... Also, random people from Diana Palmer's previous books are constantly mentioned (even though most NEVER appear in this book), along with lengthy-yet-useless info dumps about them! THIS WAS AN EPIC FAIL!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    While this book follows the general norm of Diana Palmer, I must say that the romance was quick paced, even for her. I have noticed that when she writes her characters to BOOM confess their feelings or admit they have a future, early on in the story, something is going to happen to draw them apart. Of course, I loved Peg. She's spunky and is in love with Winslow, and wants nothing more than to be his woman. She flirts, or tries to, and says things that leave him, literally running for cover. Thei While this book follows the general norm of Diana Palmer, I must say that the romance was quick paced, even for her. I have noticed that when she writes her characters to BOOM confess their feelings or admit they have a future, early on in the story, something is going to happen to draw them apart. Of course, I loved Peg. She's spunky and is in love with Winslow, and wants nothing more than to be his woman. She flirts, or tries to, and says things that leave him, literally running for cover. Their interactions make the beginning so enjoyable and fun to read, even with the threat of him leaving. They have a sweet relationship which makes up for the lack of interaction as the story unfolds, and when Peg arrives in South America, where he is, she becomes an asset rather than a hindrance. I will say the only thing that was different was the fact that the story did not focus solely on the main couple. The introduction of a different couple had me wondering what was happening, at first, but being one who enjoys twists and new adventures, I continued my journey. I do wish she had focused more on Peg and Winslow, but their story was lovely anyway. FYI: If you love Rourke...you will love him in this! I won't spoil, but there is a moment in this book that had me literally cheering and smiling all the way through!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I HATED this book from the opening lines. If I'd had the paperback I'd have stopped but with the audiobook just let it run in the background while I worked, etc. The main character Peg is a 19 year old child virgin with absolutely no life experiences who is manipulative trying to act like a slut to "flirt" with the older man she's interested in. Peg & Winslow have absolutely nothing in common except they live on the same ranch - she's not too bright & not going to college & has no ambitions othe I HATED this book from the opening lines. If I'd had the paperback I'd have stopped but with the audiobook just let it run in the background while I worked, etc. The main character Peg is a 19 year old child virgin with absolutely no life experiences who is manipulative trying to act like a slut to "flirt" with the older man she's interested in. Peg & Winslow have absolutely nothing in common except they live on the same ranch - she's not too bright & not going to college & has no ambitions other than being a housekeeper and trying to seduce the ranch owner. Winslow is a West Point grad who served tours in Iraq and we're expected to believe these two would last more than a weekend together?? Minor spoilers: Then we had the evil, "worldly" Clarice lead the moronic Peg off into the jungle. Readers are expected to believe that she rids herself of a pill addiction overnight bc Peg is sweet and low & behold we have yet another virgin! The absolute best laugh is that we are then expected to believe that Winslow is also a virgin! Give me a break.......Winslow & Peg's wedding night was laughable not romantic at all. This was a truly awful book - skip it!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Gibbs

    Winslow Grange lives on a farm gifted to him by Jason Pendleton. Grange is a former Green Beret who is now a paid mercenary. He is about to go into the South American jungle to help General Emilio Machado back into power. The fight won't be easy and he is fighting his magnetism towards the foreman's daughter, Peg Larson. Peg is only 19 and very innocent. She has a case for Grange and flits with him unmercifully. She launches a campaign to get into his good graces before he leaves for the jungle. Winslow Grange lives on a farm gifted to him by Jason Pendleton. Grange is a former Green Beret who is now a paid mercenary. He is about to go into the South American jungle to help General Emilio Machado back into power. The fight won't be easy and he is fighting his magnetism towards the foreman's daughter, Peg Larson. Peg is only 19 and very innocent. She has a case for Grange and flits with him unmercifully. She launches a campaign to get into his good graces before he leaves for the jungle. Dangers await there but none more dangerous than a woman scorned. Peg is sucked into a need for revenge but the reporter's need for revenge could back fire completely leaving Peg alone in a remote jungle village. Winslow is not as cruel as some of Ms. Palmer's other heroes. He is older than her 19 years but we don't know exactly how much older and he is a virgin as well. The story reintroduces us to some familiar characters like Rourke, Carson, and Rick Marquez and his adoptive mother Barbara as well as the Pendletons. It's a fast paced story and a fun quick read. Great for the beach.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Greta Picklesimer

    I expected this book, like so many others of Diana Palmer books, to take place in Texas or at least fully in the United States. It started in the U.S. but quickly moved to South America. I really didn't care for the military aspect of the book at all. For those who enjoy military stories, this would be a fantastic find. The idea that the main, male character has never had sex seems unreasonable. He seemed very worldly. It was unbelievable that he has been waiting until marriage to have sex. I me I expected this book, like so many others of Diana Palmer books, to take place in Texas or at least fully in the United States. It started in the U.S. but quickly moved to South America. I really didn't care for the military aspect of the book at all. For those who enjoy military stories, this would be a fantastic find. The idea that the main, male character has never had sex seems unreasonable. He seemed very worldly. It was unbelievable that he has been waiting until marriage to have sex. I mean, good for him and it's about time someone in Palmer's books waited until they are married to have sex, but it just was unbelievable. Other than that, this book was typically a Diana Palmer story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Robb

    A networking friend who used to collect books to mail to the troops gave me this book in a box of books she couldn't use. I wasn't familiar with the author and decided to give her a try. I gave it my requisite 3 chapters but DNF. I will admit that I haven't read the first two books in this series, and perhaps if I had, I wouldn't have felt so lost at the beginning of the book as to who was who and what was going on. I suppose there is a time in most girls's life where they want to attract the att A networking friend who used to collect books to mail to the troops gave me this book in a box of books she couldn't use. I wasn't familiar with the author and decided to give her a try. I gave it my requisite 3 chapters but DNF. I will admit that I haven't read the first two books in this series, and perhaps if I had, I wouldn't have felt so lost at the beginning of the book as to who was who and what was going on. I suppose there is a time in most girls's life where they want to attract the attention of a man and go about it in ways that are overt and somewhat embarrassing to see/read about. (Turning every discussion to the topic of sex for example, as is done here.) It got old quickly for me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Peg and Grange Peg in a Innocent young girl in love with her boss that is preparing to go to war and the last things he needs or wants is to bond to his employee. Even though he does everything to avoid her, he can't stop his growing attraction to her. When the chance to travel to see Grange presents itself, Peg takes it without knowing her life will change her life forever. Great plot with likeable characters. Highly recommended Peg and Grange Peg in a Innocent young girl in love with her boss that is preparing to go to war and the last things he needs or wants is to bond to his employee. Even though he does everything to avoid her, he can't stop his growing attraction to her. When the chance to travel to see Grange presents itself, Peg takes it without knowing her life will change her life forever. Great plot with likeable characters. Highly recommended

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    I kept thinking while listening to this book that it was written in the early 1970's or maybe 1980's and rewritten for 2012 re-publication. it was bad .. so so bad. The herione is a 19 yr old virgin .. the Hero is a 30 something virgin ... (really?), Don't buy it, get it from your local library Amazon has it for $5.99 I kept thinking while listening to this book that it was written in the early 1970's or maybe 1980's and rewritten for 2012 re-publication. it was bad .. so so bad. The herione is a 19 yr old virgin .. the Hero is a 30 something virgin ... (really?), Don't buy it, get it from your local library Amazon has it for $5.99

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michele Thomas

    Another story after a story I enjoy a good read that leads to another good read, series are fun! I also enjoy a book that I don't have to read in a certain order. This author writes a great book full of excitement and controlled romance! Another story after a story I enjoy a good read that leads to another good read, series are fun! I also enjoy a book that I don't have to read in a certain order. This author writes a great book full of excitement and controlled romance!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I really enjoy DP books, but this one was a miss for me. I skimmed over 50% of the book, I don’t care to read about the military which felt like most of the book! The characters were out of date and not very relatable. So sad.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rogetwhi

    4.5 stars!!! This was one of my favorite heroes by DP. He was not at all a butthead like her H’s typically are. I just wish the couple had more scenes together and I would have given it the full 5 stars!!!

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