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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorThey were hard and strong . . . and the sweetest, most handsome men of Texas. Diana Palmer presents these legendary cowboys that will captivate your heart.Justin was a rancher who was haunted by the past and had dreamed a thousand times that Shelby was asking for his help . . . but when she finally needed him . . . would he be able to com A New York Times Bestselling AuthorThey were hard and strong . . . and the sweetest, most handsome men of Texas. Diana Palmer presents these legendary cowboys that will captivate your heart.Justin was a rancher who was haunted by the past and had dreamed a thousand times that Shelby was asking for his help . . . but when she finally needed him . . . would he be able to come to her rescue? Republished in 2008 in Long Tall Texan Legacy


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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorThey were hard and strong . . . and the sweetest, most handsome men of Texas. Diana Palmer presents these legendary cowboys that will captivate your heart.Justin was a rancher who was haunted by the past and had dreamed a thousand times that Shelby was asking for his help . . . but when she finally needed him . . . would he be able to com A New York Times Bestselling AuthorThey were hard and strong . . . and the sweetest, most handsome men of Texas. Diana Palmer presents these legendary cowboys that will captivate your heart.Justin was a rancher who was haunted by the past and had dreamed a thousand times that Shelby was asking for his help . . . but when she finally needed him . . . would he be able to come to her rescue? Republished in 2008 in Long Tall Texan Legacy

30 review for Justin

  1. 5 out of 5

    StMargarets

    Hero was jilted by the heroine six years before. He's been bitter and celibate ever since. Heroine was a poor little rich girl who sacrifice their love so her father wouldn't ruin the hero's business. Hero was told heroine cheated on him. Heroine let him think that because she was convinced hero never really loved her since he never said so. Oh, and she's a super-virgin, so she's always been nervous around the hero in case he loses control. What's a super virgin, you ask? Someone who needs surgery Hero was jilted by the heroine six years before. He's been bitter and celibate ever since. Heroine was a poor little rich girl who sacrifice their love so her father wouldn't ruin the hero's business. Hero was told heroine cheated on him. Heroine let him think that because she was convinced hero never really loved her since he never said so. Oh, and she's a super-virgin, so she's always been nervous around the hero in case he loses control. What's a super virgin, you ask? Someone who needs surgery or sex will be painful/impossible. The term "hymen" is never used, but I think that's what DP was getting at. Hero thinks the heroine is repulsed by him because he's so plain. (DP used this insecurity of the hero's again in Rawhide and Lace to much greater effect.) So with all of that baggage the H/h embark on a marriage of convenience because heroine has lost her home and hero is lonely in his big house since his brother married his ward and they moved out. There are misunderstandings large and small. The H/h eventually have sex and are happy until the black moment when the hero sees 'two silhouettes on the shade" and leaps to the conclusion that the heroine is having an affair with her boss while he was out of town for two days. (FYI - it was the other secretary - they are both slender and the same height) I'm sensing a pattern that DP likes heroes who bring about their own suffering because of honor, pride, ego, or a combo of all three. Diana Palmer checklist: Hairy chest: check Breasts commented on: small and beautiful Cigarettes: check Whisky: check Ever expanding small town: there's a junk yard with a new piece of heavy equipment - a car crusher. There's also an airport with one terminal, but many gates to run to and a lounge/bar to drown your sorrows.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves

    Much better than Book #1! I so wanted to read the Justin-Shelby story and it almost didn't disappoint. If one leaves out the dragged out feel and the silly sexual fears of the h. What was that all about? There's something about star crossed lovers getting a hea that is very satisfying. Much better than Book #1! I so wanted to read the Justin-Shelby story and it almost didn't disappoint. If one leaves out the dragged out feel and the silly sexual fears of the h. What was that all about? There's something about star crossed lovers getting a hea that is very satisfying.

  3. 4 out of 5

    willaful

    I can't honestly call this a good book; it's very formulaic and ridiculously repetitive. How often can one short book contain variations of the word "intimate"? You'd be amazed. But it tugged fairly successfully at my heartstrings. Palmer's cruel hero/downtrodden heroine formula works better than usual here, because Justin is driven by insecurity and low self-esteem, which makes him a little more sympathetic. Also because Shelby actually takes some action instead of just being increasingly pathe I can't honestly call this a good book; it's very formulaic and ridiculously repetitive. How often can one short book contain variations of the word "intimate"? You'd be amazed. But it tugged fairly successfully at my heartstrings. Palmer's cruel hero/downtrodden heroine formula works better than usual here, because Justin is driven by insecurity and low self-esteem, which makes him a little more sympathetic. Also because Shelby actually takes some action instead of just being increasingly pathetic. This was a reread and it still worked. For most of the story my eyes were rolling, but then it got to the big dramatic moment and my gut started twisting, instead. Gotta love it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Poor hero and rich heroine were in love years ago but she left him for another man or so he thinks. In reality she was blackmailed by her evil father. Now years later she is penniless he is rich and offers her a MOC. She still adores him, he has been celibate for six years but he is still bitter and suspicious about her past betrayal. Another super romantic book by DP. Beautiful love story!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Ahhhhh why is this a contemporary romance? This would have worked a lot better in a historical setting. I am of course biased, since I have almost never liked contemporary stories. I am trying (very hard) to read some works by Diana Palmer and Linda Howard. Somehow their western romances could almost fool me with their ultra alpha males. But honestly, I have yet to get pass the fact that they are all actually contemporary. I read about Justin and Shelby in the first book of the series. They caug Ahhhhh why is this a contemporary romance? This would have worked a lot better in a historical setting. I am of course biased, since I have almost never liked contemporary stories. I am trying (very hard) to read some works by Diana Palmer and Linda Howard. Somehow their western romances could almost fool me with their ultra alpha males. But honestly, I have yet to get pass the fact that they are all actually contemporary. I read about Justin and Shelby in the first book of the series. They caught my attention because I do so love a story of unrequited love. Justin and Shelby had that desperate and longing air about them, ah, my romantic heart couldn't help it. So in Calhoun (Justin's younger brother) story we knew that Justin and Shelby were engaged 6 years ago, when Shelby was 21 and Justin was 31. Shelby was a socialite from old money and Justin was the poor young man who wanted to make a name for himself. He saw Shelby and that was that. A young man who hadn't had much tenderness in life, found all the tenderness he needed in this young woman. We also knew from Calhoun's story that Shelby gave back Justin's engagement ring and turned him down after agreeing to marry him. We didn't know why. We only know that Justin had indeed made a name for himself, whereas Shelby's father invested poorly and lost all of his money, leaving Shelby and her brother Tyler essentially penniless. This is where this book starts. Their positions were reversed. Shelby was poor and Justin had money. They loved each other but Justin had not forgotten how Shelby left him for another man. This was the story he was told: Shelby did not want to marry him and only used him to get another man's attention. Shelby hid a few things from Justin: her "problem" with sexual intercourse and her real reason for leaving Justin. All of which, did not help Justin's distrust of Shelby. It is like this, the more involved you are, the more you withdraw from the other person. This is especially true when you do not know each other very well, but are strongly attracted to the other person. Because they so affect you, you fear that you'd be in over your head. Justin was like this with Shelby. He loved Shelby and had never looked at another woman since he met Shelby. But they did not know each other well enough, they were guided by attraction, which did not fully develop into something more profound before they were forced to separate. Justin's distrust and jealousy endangered the relationship. Shelby's inability, which was rather unbelievable, to tell Justin about her physical issue, fear of sex and the real reason of her "defection", was very annoying. I'd have bought this if the setting was historical. In a contemporary setting, I kind of just want to laugh at Shelby's silliness and Justin's macho behaviors. Honestly, the story is a waste of a good couple. They had something going, but the story failed to capture me. Either it was all the silliness that was too hard to ignore in a contemporary setting or the superficiality (is this even a word?) of the "love", or it is just my personal preference, I cannot say. I do not think it is a bad book. I just wasn't as moved as I wanted to be. I am peculiar so I suppose, I can't hold it against the books.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vintage

    These two are never going to make it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Booklover

    This one disappointed me.The reason for their seperation was repetative,Justin's mistrust over Shelby even after she tells him the truth about what happened 6 years back,the way he kept cruelly taunting her and Shelby's silence irritated me.How much i adored and liked Justin in first book i disliked him here so much.Also there was no grovelling at all she just took him back:( This one disappointed me.The reason for their seperation was repetative,Justin's mistrust over Shelby even after she tells him the truth about what happened 6 years back,the way he kept cruelly taunting her and Shelby's silence irritated me.How much i adored and liked Justin in first book i disliked him here so much.Also there was no grovelling at all she just took him back:(

  8. 5 out of 5

    KatieV

    I've been trying to see what it is about Diana Palmer that gains her such legions of fans. So far, I'm fairly sure I'm never going to be one of them. I guess she's just not for me. YMMV This one was better because, at least, it wasn't all about a poor, downtrodden heroine chasing after and worshiping some jerk who ran hot and cold mostly because he felt she wasn't good enough/pretty enough/glamorous enough for him and he resented the fact that he could even be attracted to someone so far beneath I've been trying to see what it is about Diana Palmer that gains her such legions of fans. So far, I'm fairly sure I'm never going to be one of them. I guess she's just not for me. YMMV This one was better because, at least, it wasn't all about a poor, downtrodden heroine chasing after and worshiping some jerk who ran hot and cold mostly because he felt she wasn't good enough/pretty enough/glamorous enough for him and he resented the fact that he could even be attracted to someone so far beneath his awesomeness. In this the heroine came from a richer background and was the better looking of the pair. He'd also been carrying a torch for her for years. He did perform the requisite DP jerk requirements, but he was coming from a place of misunderstanding and insecurity. He ALWAYS wanted her and there was no question about that. That's how I like my heroes :) Still, nothing real special about this one. Some of it was enjoyable, but overall an average read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I enjoyed Justin. He was of course a first class jerk but 5yrs of celibacy can make anyone in a sour mood. Parts were definitely ridiculous

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Loved this book like all of her books I cried for these two they broke my heart through the whole book can't wait to read more books by this author love all her books Loved this book like all of her books I cried for these two they broke my heart through the whole book can't wait to read more books by this author love all her books

  11. 4 out of 5

    Holly Full Moon Bites Book Reviews

    May have slight spoilers. In author Diana Palmer’s novel Justin, the second book in her Long, Tall Texans series, we have Justin Ballenger and Shelby Jacobs story. We met them in the first novel Calhoun which was about Justin’s brother Calhoun and Abby. Justin is a bitter man not to mention lonely and he has been for six long years ever since Shelby Jacobs broke off their engagement for another man, a man she admitted to having been sleeping with the whole time she and Justin had been together. Whi May have slight spoilers. In author Diana Palmer’s novel Justin, the second book in her Long, Tall Texans series, we have Justin Ballenger and Shelby Jacobs story. We met them in the first novel Calhoun which was about Justin’s brother Calhoun and Abby. Justin is a bitter man not to mention lonely and he has been for six long years ever since Shelby Jacobs broke off their engagement for another man, a man she admitted to having been sleeping with the whole time she and Justin had been together. Which is why he thinks he would be happy to see the once rich woman loose everything from her land to her house, but that is not the case in actuality he hates it and so he asks her to marry him, which she aggress to knowing she does not really have a choice even knowing he probably wants revenge. Shelby has loved Justin for a long time and never cheated on him, it was her father’s crazy plan and want for more money that took Justin from her and made her tell him the lies she had been told to. Now that they are married though they must work though it all if they ever want to get to the truth and have they relationship they both secretly would love to have. I liked this book as with the first novel, Calhoun, it has some very nice romance scenes and Justin and Shelby are so in love that you can practically feel the pain and frustration building in the book as the two of them try to live together before Justin knows, and believes, the truth of what really happened all those years ago. At the same time I have to admit that this book did not reach more than three stars because it frustrated me, mostly because everything could have been solved so easily if Shelby had just told Justin the truth and he would have not been so stubborn and actually set down and listed to her long ago. It could have saved them years of hurt. Overall—I liked it, in the end we have our happily ever after which is want I wanted so much for both characters in the first book and this one. I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a good contemporary western romance.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    This one was a bit better than the first one, but not by much. Justin and Shelby have a past. They are still in love but both refuse to let the past go and move on. I thought that Justin was a jerk through pretty much the whole book. Even when she had proof that she didn't lie about what happened to break them up, he still didn't trust her. I didn't blame her in the least for leaving him. Although, I probably would have done it a lot sooner. I also probably would have made him grovel a little mo This one was a bit better than the first one, but not by much. Justin and Shelby have a past. They are still in love but both refuse to let the past go and move on. I thought that Justin was a jerk through pretty much the whole book. Even when she had proof that she didn't lie about what happened to break them up, he still didn't trust her. I didn't blame her in the least for leaving him. Although, I probably would have done it a lot sooner. I also probably would have made him grovel a little more, but that is me. I liked their HEA though. It was nice to see two loves find their way back to each other.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Justin & Shelly I must say I really enjoyed this book, much more than the previous one. We first hear about this couple in Calhoun ( previous book ) and I was so looking forward to read more. It was so obvious that they still loved each other. Justin and Shelly were engaged 6 years ago until she returns his ring she and breaks it off. She came from money with a privileged background while the H was just a poor cowboy with dreams and ambition. Fast forward 6 years and Shelly has lost it all, money Justin & Shelly I must say I really enjoyed this book, much more than the previous one. We first hear about this couple in Calhoun ( previous book ) and I was so looking forward to read more. It was so obvious that they still loved each other. Justin and Shelly were engaged 6 years ago until she returns his ring she and breaks it off. She came from money with a privileged background while the H was just a poor cowboy with dreams and ambition. Fast forward 6 years and Shelly has lost it all, money, the family ranch due to her father's dept. She is basically destitute and needs help while Justin has become a millionaire. His distrust and jealousy will destroy everything he holds dear. Or will it? Really good read. Highly recommended

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I felt sorry for Justin while reading Calhoun's story. So it was a bittersweet reading. He's been tormented for six years, ever since Shelby broke up their engagement and destroyed his pride. But now, he proposed to marry for convenience. The problem is that the past is very difficult to forget, and when there are secrets, misunderstandings happen. Delightfully lovely. I felt sorry for Justin while reading Calhoun's story. So it was a bittersweet reading. He's been tormented for six years, ever since Shelby broke up their engagement and destroyed his pride. But now, he proposed to marry for convenience. The problem is that the past is very difficult to forget, and when there are secrets, misunderstandings happen. Delightfully lovely.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Misnoawl

    I’d have enjoyed this book better if it weren’t so repetitive. The h goes mute with embarrassment to discuss her issues n the H gets into a snit when she finally plucks up enough courage, wash, rinse, repeat🙄. It got so annoying!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Claire Hill

    4 stars because Ms Palmer really executed my weakness for the “we should get married because reasons” trope. Also high Drama in this one. The woman has a wheelhouse and I have to respect it even if you want to bonk the characters on the head repeatedly.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I enjoyed it but I also thought Justin was a controlling jerk.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    Slut shaming, misogyny and blatant lack of talent And honestly not even Victorians were this stupidly puritan

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julie Martinez

    Great love the hate/love

  20. 5 out of 5

    Primadonna

    I would have given this three stars, but nearing the end Justin just irks me. I get it that he finds it hard to trust. But his actions are very deplorable.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mattie

    I didn't like so much of this book but I did like some aspects. I would give only 1 star however the fact Justin was celibate for entire 6 year separation I thought deserved a star. P. I didn't like so much of this book but I did like some aspects. I would give only 1 star however the fact Justin was celibate for entire 6 year separation I thought deserved a star. P.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    4.25 Stars

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    LTT #2

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christie P.

    Shelby Jacobs father was a very cruel and uncaring man. Maybe that was why he made the love of Shelby's life, Justin Ballenger, believe she betrayed him and slept with another man. It broke Shelby's fragile heart to hear Justin believed her father's wicked lies. No matter how she tried Justin never listened to her and promised to despise her forever. Now Shelby's father is dead and Shelby and her brother, Tyler, are loosing everything. Justin decides marrying Shelby is the only way to keep her out Shelby Jacobs father was a very cruel and uncaring man. Maybe that was why he made the love of Shelby's life, Justin Ballenger, believe she betrayed him and slept with another man. It broke Shelby's fragile heart to hear Justin believed her father's wicked lies. No matter how she tried Justin never listened to her and promised to despise her forever. Now Shelby's father is dead and Shelby and her brother, Tyler, are loosing everything. Justin decides marrying Shelby is the only way to keep her out of the poor house but how can he marry a woman he think betrayed him. It doesn't take long for Justin to discover the truth and set the pair on a good path until his doubts resurface in the form of Shelby getting a new job and a major misunderstanding that follows. It was hard to imagine someone claiming to love a woman with everything inside them, only to turn around and believe something told to them by another person without a doubt. That was my biggest struggle with this book that I enjoyed. Justin just blindly believe everything Shelby's father tells him with no evidence to support his claim. He doesn't even give Shelby much of a chance to defend herself before ending things with her. Counting their past all of Shelby and Justin's interactions speak to two people that know each other inside and out. They both struggle with letting the other in because they are both afraid of being hurt, but they want to trust each other so much you can feel it. We got little snip its of Calhoun and Abby's continued story, I wish we had more interactions between the two couples especially since Abby and Justin have such a close brother and sister relationship.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bella Foxygobble

    I am not sure how I feel about reading Justin and Shelby's story. I am much more satisfied with their ending than I initially was with Calhoun and Abbey. I will say that all through Calhoun's story I just assumed (even though the book says otherwise) that Calhoun was the older brother because Justin really does act pretty juvenile in both Calhoun's story and now his own. Diana Palmer has a habit of creating loveable characters in one book and then turning them into total jack-asses (its the only I am not sure how I feel about reading Justin and Shelby's story. I am much more satisfied with their ending than I initially was with Calhoun and Abbey. I will say that all through Calhoun's story I just assumed (even though the book says otherwise) that Calhoun was the older brother because Justin really does act pretty juvenile in both Calhoun's story and now his own. Diana Palmer has a habit of creating loveable characters in one book and then turning them into total jack-asses (its the only word I can think of to describe it) in subsequent books that actually tell their story. Yet, I find myself reading them anyway. I think I enjoyed this story so much because I loved Shelby. She was rebellious and a risk taker, and not as much a doormat as Palmer's usual heroines. Rated three stars because the ending was just over the top. 5*****I loved this book, consider it an all time favorite 4**** Thoroughly enjoyed the book and will recommend it 3*** I liked it well enough 2** Brain Candy - It was okay. Writing mediocre, will keep/re-read if part of a series 1* didn't like/possibly not finished.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dayna

    Justin was as hardheaded as they come that’s for sure. Too hardheaded for my taste, to be honest. I just wanted to thump him one all throughout the book. The heroine stood up to him on occasion, so that was nice, but I find that DP books hinge around the heroes, and if I struggle with liking the hero, then I struggle with the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Wyatt

    One of my favorite LTT books to be honest I love Justin he is one of my fave characters. This was just a great story. I just loved everything about it. Justin was so standoffish but I loved him. I grew to love him in Calhoun's book & it just continued on into his own story. One of my favorite LTT books to be honest I love Justin he is one of my fave characters. This was just a great story. I just loved everything about it. Justin was so standoffish but I loved him. I grew to love him in Calhoun's book & it just continued on into his own story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    amanda s.

    I liked it but I was expecting more. In Calhoun's story, Justin was described as big and warm man who carry a scar from his past. But in this book Justin's nothing but cold and merciless man. Very typical of Diana Palmer, but still, I was expecting more. But so far so good, as usual. :) I liked it but I was expecting more. In Calhoun's story, Justin was described as big and warm man who carry a scar from his past. But in this book Justin's nothing but cold and merciless man. Very typical of Diana Palmer, but still, I was expecting more. But so far so good, as usual. :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julie C-F

    Too much drama that repeats the "accusations" and mistrust. Their love for each other was intense and however it seems great that it is like so, going through so many painful scenes just made this story too heavy to read. Too much drama that repeats the "accusations" and mistrust. Their love for each other was intense and however it seems great that it is like so, going through so many painful scenes just made this story too heavy to read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Find my review here on Calhoun and Justin in a recent reprint! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Find my review here on Calhoun and Justin in a recent reprint! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

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