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The Wyoming men are back! In their quest for true love on the range, are these ranchers bold enough to open their hearts to the women under their protection? Ren Colter may own an enormous ranch in Wyoming, but he scorns his wealth. He's closed himself off since his fiancée left him years ago, so he's shocked when he allows Meredith Grayling to stay with him. He tells himse The Wyoming men are back! In their quest for true love on the range, are these ranchers bold enough to open their hearts to the women under their protection? Ren Colter may own an enormous ranch in Wyoming, but he scorns his wealth. He's closed himself off since his fiancée left him years ago, so he's shocked when he allows Meredith Grayling to stay with him. He tells himself it's only to protect the blonde beauty from a stalker, but Ren's alpha instincts soon kick in. The last thing Merrie wants is a devastatingly handsome man like Ren lurking around her. He's too experienced, too appealing for her already shot nerves. What she needs is just to get away from it all: the man haunting her waking dreams and the one hunting her like an animal. But no woman escapes this Colter cowboy!


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The Wyoming men are back! In their quest for true love on the range, are these ranchers bold enough to open their hearts to the women under their protection? Ren Colter may own an enormous ranch in Wyoming, but he scorns his wealth. He's closed himself off since his fiancée left him years ago, so he's shocked when he allows Meredith Grayling to stay with him. He tells himse The Wyoming men are back! In their quest for true love on the range, are these ranchers bold enough to open their hearts to the women under their protection? Ren Colter may own an enormous ranch in Wyoming, but he scorns his wealth. He's closed himself off since his fiancée left him years ago, so he's shocked when he allows Meredith Grayling to stay with him. He tells himself it's only to protect the blonde beauty from a stalker, but Ren's alpha instincts soon kick in. The last thing Merrie wants is a devastatingly handsome man like Ren lurking around her. He's too experienced, too appealing for her already shot nerves. What she needs is just to get away from it all: the man haunting her waking dreams and the one hunting her like an animal. But no woman escapes this Colter cowboy!

30 review for Wyoming Brave (Wyoming Men, #6)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chantal ❤️

    2.5 THE SAME OLD STARS I'M SAD TO SAY THAT THIS ENDS MY RELATIONSHIP WITH THIS AUTHOR! Over the last 20 Years plus, I've bought every single one of Diana Palmer's books. I don't regret reading any of them but this was the last one! I've been struggling through her books now for the last 4 years. On average, I've enjoy one out of 4 she has written. And most times, they were simply tolerable to me. This is my personal choice here and I've done a lot of soul searching to finally reach this decision 2.5 THE SAME OLD STARS I'M SAD TO SAY THAT THIS ENDS MY RELATIONSHIP WITH THIS AUTHOR! Over the last 20 Years plus, I've bought every single one of Diana Palmer's books. I don't regret reading any of them but this was the last one! I've been struggling through her books now for the last 4 years. On average, I've enjoy one out of 4 she has written. And most times, they were simply tolerable to me. This is my personal choice here and I've done a lot of soul searching to finally reach this decision. I can't keep reading the same old tired plot line with the same old tired ASSHOLE Heroes and naive heroines anymore. It's enough! I'm becoming the very definition of insanity! "Doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result! As for this book, it was nothing new. She has done the storyline to death. The hero's been hurt by love thinks all women are the same, sluts and bitches. He treats the heroine poorly and makes her runaway. He comes back after she is almost killed and he say one line "I'm sorry" and she understands everything. He asks her to marry and they do, end of story! So many useless lines and dialogues about secondary characters (that I know from other books), fill the pages of this book. And mask the fact that essentially this book would have been only a few chapters long without it. Very very disappointed with the whole thing. However, since I enjoy this book more than her previous, I gave it a half rating. That's it for me and I hope that others will continue to enjoy her books, just I can not any longer. Very regretfully, I feel that I'm no longer her target audience! I'm not a church going moralist who is satisfied with the same repetitive story over and over again. I'm simply done with it all! I do take away from this some awesome book memories that I will always be thankful for. So THANK YOU Ms. Palmer and I wish you continued success.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Lynn

    Well, well, well, where do I even start with this book? Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. Also, spoilers and cursing. Sorry. I have a few points to get through. I originally wrote this review and it was near 2,000 words, but then Goodreads ate it so, you know. 1) Let's start with Merrie. Merrie, Merrie, Merrie, quite contrary. Except that she's not. Despite withstanding horrific abuse at the hands of her (drug addicted, brain addled) father, she's still the nicest girl t Well, well, well, where do I even start with this book? Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. Also, spoilers and cursing. Sorry. I have a few points to get through. I originally wrote this review and it was near 2,000 words, but then Goodreads ate it so, you know. 1) Let's start with Merrie. Merrie, Merrie, Merrie, quite contrary. Except that she's not. Despite withstanding horrific abuse at the hands of her (drug addicted, brain addled) father, she's still the nicest girl to ever fall out of Texas, y'all! It's not like, realistically, she would be acting out or going off the deep end or need any kind of therapy whatsoever. Naaah, Merrie can make it through! She's just a doormat. She accepts people's abuse of her (let's be real--Ren, we'll get to him in a minute, is nothing short of an abusive tool) and does nothing in response. But she's just so ding dang good, y'all! I just want to smother her. 2) Ok, Ren. Let's talk about Ren. He's the worst of the worst. His backstory is the absolute, most ridiculous thing I've ever encountered in a story and I've read some DOOZIES of romance novels. Here's the thing, y'all: good ol' boy Ren was raised "right" (y'all know what I mean when I say that, ya heathens!) but then he went (GASP) back east for college. That's where those, you know, atheists live. And they don't celebrate Christmas, y'all! Our poor good ol' boy Rennie got bamboozled and when he came back, he was a mean ol Grinch! Someone call the Bible Belt, we got ourselves a CITY BOY now, yeehaw! Ok. But seriously. He heard his mom say he was kinda harsh and so he later days'd her FOR YEARS, going back to live with his dad. Now his dear old dad is dear old dead and he had some chick break his heart and talk about it on Facebook, so he's an asshole. That's it. He's an asshole. Also, note to Diana Palmer: atheists celebrate Christmas. Christmas is a pagan, non-denominational holiday. Get off your damn high horse. 3) The way people talk in this book is probably the worst thing I've ever read in my entire life. No one talks like that. No one! It's awful! Also, nothing happens in terms of action; all events are the book are told through dialogue. Someone shoot me, that's just the worst. 4) We gotta talk about how Merrie and Ren keep repeating their backstories, to each other, to other characters, and yet, then in the end, they're both like, "I hardly know you" or Ren is like, "I'm sorry Merrie, I didn't know your dad abused you." And every time Ren hears something new about her dad, he acts like it's the first he's hearing about it! And everyone loves talking about how shitty her dad was. OH MY GOD NO ONE CARES. AHH. I seriously think Diana Palmer kept forgetting she'd included the backstory (because she told it through dialogue, not a flashback scene or anything, THE WORST) so she just kept writing it. And apparently her editor was like, "You know what? Chill. Cool. Alright." 5) Ok but WTF is the mob doing here? Why are there all these mob characters? And her sister's husband comes from a mob family and went into the FBI and he's clean? Are you kidding me? Do you know NOTHING about the mob and its ties to the FBI? Are we just pretending like this isn't totally batshit? Also WTF does the MOB care about this dumbass girl in Texas? 6) Merrie's painting skills and her magical ability to paint symbols into paintings (that she just "sees in people") are the most hilarious/stupid thing in the world. Merrie is about as smart as a brick, but apparently she can paint. Everyone coos and oohs and ahs over it, but I get the feeling its because she's just so genuinely awful as a character. Her repeated "I know this, I'm an artist!" phrase is hilariously stupid. 7) When Merrie asks the MOB BOSS TONY to walk her down the aisle, I just about died. WTF? So Tony, stereotypical Italian-American, he looooves lasagna (is he Garfield?), walks her down the aisle because, why? Why does he care? A realistic mob boss would be like, "Later days little girl, I don't have time for this, I have shit to do." Ugh. It's so gross. 8) There are SO MANY INSENSITIVE MOMENTS ABOUT OTHER CULTURES. I don't need to tell you that this book is as white as snow, but Merrie decides to buy a cheongsam to wear to a fancy party. MERRIE, THAT DRESS WASN'T MADE FOR YOU. UGH. And then, flash forward to the end when Merrie and Ren have a shotgun wedding strictly so they can bone, they go to Northern Africa on a honeymoon. Why? Who the fuck knows, Merrie sure doesn't seem tolerant and Ren decided to convert back to Christianity, so he is now standin gin the light of Jesus or whatever. Anyway, when the prayer bells ring, their Muslim waiter is like, "We have so much in common!" Because he's religious, like Merrie. And Merrie is all smug and like, "I WON'T BE CONVERTING, but thank yoooou." Because she's an inbred, insensitive, dumb asshole. Like, girl, he wasn't asking you to drop everything and become a Muslim. Stop. 9) There are just so many batshit, nonsensical parts of this book. There are too many characters. There is too much badly written nonsensical dialogue. There isn't enough action. The only action sequences I can remember are when Merrie and Ren have sex or fool around. That's it. The rest is dialogue. Yes, it's very boring. 10) Speaking of action and the sex scene, how embarrassing. Merrie immediately orgasms and doesn't feel any pain or discomfort. And Ren won't SHUT UP the entire time about how "embarrassing" it must be because it's so "intimate." Way to take her out of the moment, man. It also lasts about 25 seconds, but I guess Merrie doesn't know any different. Bless. It would be really, really nice if FEMALE romance novelists would STOP repeating this myth of instant and easy orgasms through penetration. That's not how it works. ETA 11) Ok, so the description says this: "He's closed himself off since his fiancée left him years ago, so he's shocked when he allows Meredith Grayling to stay with him." Categorically, the book switches between his fiance leaving him YEARS ago and his fiance leaving him 6 months ago. Also his fiance didn't leave him, according to his story; he left HER because she was apparently getting gangbanged by two of his ranch hands. Truly lolworthy. Anyway, that's all I have to say. I tried to be funny, but it's not a very good book. Boring start to finish, I had to force myself to read the entire thing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vintage

    Diana Palmer standard BS fare: mean, condescending, shaming hairy hero and weeble-wobble spineless, teetering on the edge of death heroine that paints psychically. This time the heroine is in danger and is sequestering at the H’s Wyoming ranch. What’s different? The H needs luvvins’ and shows it by shoving his mother out of his life, bedding and getting engaged to his half-brother’s rejects, and humiliating the heroine. He does squirm in shame over his treatment of the h especially when she’s almo Diana Palmer standard BS fare: mean, condescending, shaming hairy hero and weeble-wobble spineless, teetering on the edge of death heroine that paints psychically. This time the heroine is in danger and is sequestering at the H’s Wyoming ranch. What’s different? The H needs luvvins’ and shows it by shoving his mother out of his life, bedding and getting engaged to his half-brother’s rejects, and humiliating the heroine. He does squirm in shame over his treatment of the h especially when she’s almost killed. The billioneiress is being stalked by a murder for hire, and she wants to buy an art gallery in Jacobsville, population 2,500 more or less, (StMargaret will know). There is a contract killer with a work ethic despite his customer going to jail and being repentant. Who knew there was honor among assassins? The contract killer issue is resolved in a pretty funny plot twist via a Mob Boss. The best is Mikey, the …I don’t what he is except he is the h’s brother-in-law’s cousin. He has Mob connections, calls the heroine baby doll and once served under the H in the military. What a small world after all. Mikey also has a big crush on baby doll and states repeatedly he wants to “take care” of the villain that tried to kill her much to the dismay of his FBI cousin. “Damn!” he said, his lips compressed. “It’s old home week.” They all turned as Mikey came walking toward them. He saw Ren and slowed just a little. He grimaced. “Now, Captain,” Mikey began. “It was just a little lumber and a few nails…” “You walked off with half the lumber in the supply shed to build a canteen at base camp,” he said gruffly. “And you installed two women of decidedly odd morals…” “They were lonely,” Mikey protested. “The local cathouse had just closed and they didn’t have enough money to make it back to Spain.” “What a bunch of bull,” Ren muttered. Mikey grinned. “You have to admit, sir, that morale went up eighty percent.” “So did STDs,” Ren shot back. “Hey, that’s what they have doctors for, right?” Mikey said, his eyes twinkling. He glanced at Sari’s red eyes. “What’s going on? Something happen to baby doll?” I love this guy. Mikey, not the H. Apparently Mikey has a book, Texas Proud, and is probably absolutely horrible to his own heroine.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Usually even when I hate a book I try to read it to the end so that I can give a complete review of it when I'm done. But I DNFed at 75% on this book because there were just so many awful and ridiculous things about it that I was starting to lose track of them all! Good Lord, where to start? With the ridiculously idiotic, doormat heroine? With the asshole-for-no-reason hero? With the repetitive and contradictory writing style? Oh man. Strap in, ladies, it's going to be a bumpy ride! (view spoiler Usually even when I hate a book I try to read it to the end so that I can give a complete review of it when I'm done. But I DNFed at 75% on this book because there were just so many awful and ridiculous things about it that I was starting to lose track of them all! Good Lord, where to start? With the ridiculously idiotic, doormat heroine? With the asshole-for-no-reason hero? With the repetitive and contradictory writing style? Oh man. Strap in, ladies, it's going to be a bumpy ride! (view spoiler)[ Okay the story begins with a guy named Randall showing up at his brother's ranch with Merrie. The brother, Ren, is an "I'm pissed off at the entire female race" jerkwad for really stupid reasons. His mother left his father when Ren was 10. Later in the story Ren admits quite easily that his father used to beat him with a belt as a form of discipline but he for some reason doesn't believe his mother's claims that his father was a cold and cruel husband. So 10-year-old Ren hated his mother, even though she got custody of him. She married a good man who always treated Ren with patience and understanding, and yet Ren hated him too, just for breathing. When half-brother Randall was born, Ren warmed up to the family a little bit because he loved the new baby, but still only barely tolerated his mother. Then Ren went off to college and got a crush on some hot to trot teacher who filled his head with ideas about how anyone who believes in religion is a first rate idiot. Then he comes home and when his mother excitedly tells him about the Christmas pageant her church is putting on, he nastily tells her how stupid she is for believing in any of that stuff. She runs out of the room in tears and he overhears her saying that Ren is cold and cruel just like his father. This hurt Ren's poor wittle feewlings so much that he just picked up and left without a word. He totally cut her out of his life and won't even permit her name to be spoken in his presence. Are you fucking kidding me right now?? This asshole is supposed to be our hero? He's 36 years old at the start of this book and he's STILL holding onto this grudge against his mother for something she said after he'd reduced her to tears?!?! But wait, there's more! 6 months ago brother Randall brought one of his loose women, Angie, home to Ren's ranch for a visit. She realized that Ren was richer than Randall and immediately started giving him the full-court press. There are frequent references to how she got Ren so "wound up" that he was crazy to have her and they were engaged in no time. Ren apparently had no qualms about poaching his brother's girl, OR about taking his brother's sloppy seconds, ick, and he fancied himself in love with this chick. Though I really can't understand why when he frequently talks about how she never acted like she cared whether he lived or died and just wanted him to buy her things all the time. Two weeks before the wedding, he found her being gangbanged by two guys so he broke off the engagement. She went on Facebook and posted a bunch of stuff about how he was lousy in bed as revenge. This hurt his pride and he apparently got one of his hacker friends to remove all traces from the internet AND filed some kind of charges against her. This doesn't seem possible to me. I mean, you can only legally go after someone for libel if they post something that isn't true, and this was HER opinion about his skills in the sack so I don't think that would stand up in court. But anyway, it's all over now but it has cemented his opinion that all women are awful, gold-digging whores, especially the women Randall brings home. Randall, in all his [email protected] wisdom, feels that Merrie is "special" and is worried that his dickbag brother might try to sex her up since, you know, that's what he did with the last chick Randall brought home. But instead of just telling Ren the truth about Merrie and her background, he tells a bunch of lies. First he flat out says that Merrie and he are an item, which in Ren's mind automatically puts her into the "total whore" category. Then, instead of explaining that there is a contract killer gunning for Merrie, he tells Ren that she's being stalked by some random guy. Why on earth would he do that?? How does it help Merrie's situation at all for the people who are supposed to be protecting her to not know what they're up against? A professional assassin is a lot different from some college kid with an unhealthy obsession! Randall drops Merrie and then runs, which is unconscionable. He knows that his brother is a total asshole, especially to women, but instead of sitting him down, man to man, and telling him not to be such a prick to Merrie, he just abandons her to his brother's moods. And right from the word go, Ren is being as nasty to Merrie as possible. He makes snide comments and yells at her for no reason. And he goes all Lord of the Manor on her and decrees that if she can't get to the table on time for meals then she'll go hungry. And she totally accepts this declaration as if it's reasonable. And so does his housekeeper. Actually, all of his employees walk in fear of him and his irrational mood swings. He yells at them all the time for no goddamned reason and they all just take it and then fall all over themselves trying to convince Merrie that Ren's really a nice guy underneath it all. Then the weird repetition in the writing starts in. Merrie tells Ren and other characters over and over about her abusive father. How he beat her and her sister constantly and was insanely controlling and paranoid and wouldn't let the girls go to parties, dances or on dates. She's never even been kissed by a man! This information is repeated at least a dozen times, to the same people and yet everyone acts like it's the first time they're hearing it each time. It's mind-boggling that an editor let this go out the door. And that's not all we repeat. We're told about 8 times that Merrie has a special way with animals and everybody repeatedly reminds each other about how she alone was able to touch that wounded horse, and the pet wolf walked right up and put his head in her lap, and then there was that bird.... Over and over and over. There's also a lot of info dumping about Merrie's sister, Sari, in what I can only assume was a reference to a previous book. It was confusing for me to follow because so many unknown character names were being thrown at me and I really didn't care about her sister's story anyway. But it sounds like Sari's beloved husband actually told her abusive father a great big lie that caused her father to beat her nearly to death. And when Merrie tried to intervene, she was beaten senseless too. But I guess it all worked out? But anyway, Merrie tells Ren this story and his response is a) to act like it's the first time he's hearing that father was abusive when it's actually the fifth and b) to say what amounts to "sounds like your father was kind of unhinged." That's it. His lack of reaction to hearing about her lifetime of horrific abuse just doesn't make sense. Especially considering how butt hurt he's been for the last fifteen years about his mother saying something TRUE that he just didn't like hearing. Yeah. No self-reflection on this at all. EVER. But hey, seriously, he's totally a nice guy underneath! What garbage. Oh and he still hates religion, and in particular Christmas, because his mother loved Christmas and he hates her so much. Right, like she's the only one in the world who likes Christmas. He actually tries to mandate that his employees NOT celebrate Christmas and goes ballistic if he sees a Christmas tree or lights. His housekeeper actually had to tell him that he couldn't legally prevent people from celebrating the holidays they believed in and he grumpily backed off, but only because he had to. He did, however, make sure to scream at Merrie any time the gold cross she wore around her neck happened to be on the outside of her shirt and tried to insist she not wear it in his house. This guy is a maniac. I'm not even a religious person but seriously, he's got absolutely no redeeming qualities at all. Merrie is basically terrified of him and her own shadow too. She's got this idiotic hangup about the scars on her back from all the beatings and how she's positive that no man would ever want to be with her once he'd seen them. Considering that her equally scarred sister has already found her twue wove, this is just dumb. She's also a master artist, both in painting and drawing, so of course we have to have a bunch of scenes where everyone goes on and on about how amazingly talented she is. How she somehow manages to capture their inner essence and put it in her work, etc. etc. Very cliched. For reasons that I don't really grasp, Ren starts being marginally less awful to her and starts showing her around the ranch. He's attracted to her, but still 100% convinced that she's a gold-digging slut who is banging his brother and that all her niceness and apparent innocence are an act. On one of these trips out and about, Ren tells her a story about how a guy died in the area not that long ago because he became lost in a snow storm and didn't just sit tight and wait to be found, he continued wandering around so they couldn't locate him. And IMMEDIATELY after he tells her this story, he leaves her alone at a camp, during a snowstorm. She promptly gets spooked, runs away, becomes lost and has to be rescued. What spooked her? She heard a wolf howl and it "sounded close" so she thought that the thing to do was to run away from the fire that was providing her light, warmth and a possible weapon to keep the beast at bay, not to mention being the place where Ren and the other men would be coming back to any minute. That's right boys and girls, our heroine is certifiably Too Stupid to Live. Moving on, Ren's been invited to a party and his skanky ex will be there. He feels like he has to attend it or else she'll tell everyone he's too scared to see her. So he orders Merrie to go with him (he does NOT ask) so that he'll have an attractive woman on his arm to flaunt in the ex's face. He tells Merrie to go into town and buy a nice dress and charge it to his account. She gets the dress but pays for it herself because, oh, by the way, she's got $200 million in the bank from her dead mother. Yeah, she's loaded, and travels by private jet like it's nothing, but still wears clothes that would embarrass a homeless woman. Sure. I believe this. And on top of that, she's got all this money and yet needs Ren's ranch to protect her from the contract killer??? How does that work?!?! She's got enough money to turn her own house into Fort Knox! Heck, she could build herself an underground bunker and have an entire army of guards patrolling it! Why the HELL does she need to be here?!?! And why is she just hanging out at the ranch alone instead of having a team of personal bodyguards with her at all times? NOTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK MAKES SENSE!! But she shows she's TSTL again by using her own credit card to buy the dress and also some art supplies that she gets off Amazon AND HAS DELIVERED RIGHT TO THE RANCH THEREBY PROVIDING THE KILLER WITH HER LOCATION. This woman needs a keeper, seriously. But later on when Merrie's sister tells her that they've gotten word that the contract killer now knows of her location and Merrie is like "I think I messed up..." the sister, her FBI agent husband, the hired guards and a freaking mob boss for some reason who are all allegedly trying to keep her safe all say "bah, no big deal. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes." Are you freaking kidding me?? Ren and Merrie go to this party and as soon as they walk in the door the skanky ex says something about Ren's lousy bedroom skills and, I shit you not, Merrie's response is "It's so sad that you have such low self esteem that you have to tear down those around you." Followed by a full recitation of "Stick and stones will break my bones" when the skank responds with an insult. And this masterful verbal smackdown is enough to send the witch off on her broom. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. OMG HAHHAHAHAHAHA. Oh God, I can't breathe. Just give me a minute. After the party Ren decides that it's high time he took Merrie on a trip to Bonetown and he starts by pressuring her into drinking some alcohol, for the first time in her life. She gets tipsy off two sips and is much more compliant than she ordinarily would be. Considering all the talk prior to this about her faith and how she was raised in the old fashioned way and didn't believe in sleeping around, I can only guess that she intended to save herself for marriage. So the fact that she was so befuddled that she let him get her half-undressed shows just how impaired her judgement was and what a nematode Ren is for taking advantage. But he only gets to second base before he says something stupid about her being his brother's bedmate and then when Merrie tells him that no, she's not and she's pure as the driven snow, he laughs at her and tells her to pull the other leg. Then when she starts to leave he offers to pay her, the way he'd already paid for her dress. Obviously she never told him that she paid for it herself. Her heart is broken because of course she'd fancied herself in love with him and thought he liked her too even though he'd been nothing but awful to her. She packs a bag and calls for a limo to pick her up then sets off to walk the 4+ miles of the driveway in foot-high snow. She trips security sensors and Ren chases her down with a car to bring her back. He feels bad for what he said but doesn't apologize. Merrie then calls her sister to ask her brother-in-law to fly over and pick her up. He does and takes time to clue Ren in to Merrie's background, most of which he already knew but yet still inexplicably acts like he's hearing for the first time. Now he feels extra bad because Merrie is so pure and wonderful and he hurt her feelings but he still doesn't apologize or say anything at all. Back home, Merrie is greeted by this huge entourage of people, the "Avengers" who are two guys who live in her neighborhood and are helping to track her killer, sort of. "Cousin Mikey" the aforementioned mob boss who adores her because she did a portrait of him and it was just so amazing that he's her willing slave now and calls her Baby Doll, and her FBI agent BIL, plus a bunch of other names of people who aren't there but are also apparently helping. It was very overwhelming for a newcomer to the series. But despite all these people supposedly being 100% devoted to keeping Merrie safe, she still heads off to town with no guards and being driven by the brand new limo driver they just hired. But don't worry, the FBI BIL totally checked him out and he's clean. Yeah, guess what? He's not. Great job there G-man. The driver parks the limo in a specific place, then gets out, makes a call and then walks away, leaving Merrie to get T-boned by a pickup truck. She wasn't wearing her seat belt so she gets tossed around and needs surgery. While everyone is in the hospital worrying, the BIL laments the fact that he did such a shitty job on the background check and the sister, Saris says "Don't worry about it, we all make mistakes." Seriously? Again with that hand-wave bullcrap about stuff that people totally SHOULD feel guilty about?? Likewise when the two "Avengers" turn up, they also give an aw shucks shrug and say that it "never occurred to them" that someone might attack Merrie in her limo. These are men who fought in Iraq and whose specific job was escorting VIPs around and providing security for their vehicles. And THESE guys never thought that she could be in danger in the limo?? GTFOOH!!! But once again, everyone in the entourage assures them that they too can stop worrying about it because everyone makes mistakes. LOL! Randall shows up for a few seconds and then goes to tell Ren what happened. Ren drops everything to run to her side. The sister bitches him out at first but her husband, and I'm not making this up, tells her to give Ren a break because we all make mistakes. LOLOLOL. Then the rest of the entourage comes in and, whoa, by totally amazing coincidence, Ren knows all of them! The two Avengers served under him in Iraq and even the Mob Boss guy was in their platoon or whatever at some point. Are you kidding me with this nonsense? Ren just happens to purely coincidentally be linked with everyone in Merrie's life? Head->desk. Ren stops by a Chapel to get right with God then goes to see Merrie and with a mere touch of his hand life begins to flow back into her and she comes out of her coma. LOL. He promises her that he'll never leave her side and then 5 minutes later leaves while she's sleep. Nice job, sport. Back in the waiting room there's been a major breakthrough in the case! The driver of the pickup is on the lam but one of the Avengers just HAPPENED to be in the sheriff's office paying a ticket for running a red light and while he was there the secretary just HAPPENED to be filing away a piece of evidence that he just HAPPENED to read over her shoulder. And it's a receipt for the rental of a car. Clearly the only reason the sheriff would have this receipt is if it belonged to the pickup truck so now thanks to all these incredibly convenient coincidences, they know the name of the would-be murder. He's not the real murderer though. They're pretty sure the real assassin is still staking out Ren's house and this guy was just a low rent accomplice. Shortly thereafter this accomplice is caught and then killed in prison before anyone in the entourage can question him. Then, back home at the ranch, the guy with the pet wolf just HAPPENS to stumble over the assassin with his high powered rifle, but the guy gets away. Ren relates this info to the entourage along with a totally out of place summary of a World of Warcraft quest because apparently Dianna Palmer subscribes to the "everything including the kitchen sink" style of writing. Next the BIL takes Ren to a restaurant to get some grub and virtually the entire town is in there and they all know and adore Merrie and know that Ren is her "feller" so they stop by to shake hands. They all also barf useless exposition all over him recounting allllll the previous books' characters and a short description of their stories and how they're doing now. It was completely useless filler. Then Ren goes back to the hospital and Merrie is able to have visitors. The sister has gotten over her initial hatred of Ren and tells him he can go in first. He thanks her for giving him a second chance and she nods and tells him not to worry about it because we all make mistakes. He walks in without knocking and Merrie is standing there naked and with her back to the door. He says sorry and leaves to give her time to dress. She of course "knows" that he's disgusted by her scars and will never be back. But he does come back! And she's totally shocked! He finally apologizes for what he said and she waves this away. Explaining that he was just hurting from all the women who'd done him wrong and that he shouldn't worry about it because we all make mistakes. (hide spoiler)] And that's where I finally stopped. This book had gotten so awful that it wasn't even funny anymore. And when I saw that there was still another 1/4 of the book to go, I gave up. I'm not into self-flagellation and continuing to read this book would definite qualify. I don't feel bad about picking it up though. After all, we all make mistakes!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emona

    Rewrote the whole review because of the deletion! This is my first Diana Palmer. Many of you know my aversion towards country romances, but Diana Palmer is an exception from now on, I'm going to read more of hers; her writing style is unique, it made something I hate, into what I now look forward to! Chantal and Jenny: Thanks for the introduction and recommendations, I know I've been procrastinating in reading her books, all of which have been recommended by the two of you, but it was because I hat Rewrote the whole review because of the deletion! This is my first Diana Palmer. Many of you know my aversion towards country romances, but Diana Palmer is an exception from now on, I'm going to read more of hers; her writing style is unique, it made something I hate, into what I now look forward to! Chantal and Jenny: Thanks for the introduction and recommendations, I know I've been procrastinating in reading her books, all of which have been recommended by the two of you, but it was because I hated the countryside, that is until I took up the challenge to try one. Now D. Palmer got me into the romantic and scenic lively countryside of Texas! (I blame myself for watching too many Wild West movies, and getting it all wrong, you know, of a dusty and barren wilderness.) (view spoiler)[Meredith Grayling had a tough life, with an abusive father who controlled everything that she and her sister did, spoke to, and wore up until the day he died. Suddenly free of his abuse and overbearing rule - and around $400 million richer because of a Swiss bank account that her deceased mother had set up for her and her sister, Merrie is now in danger because her father had murdered a woman before he died, and that woman's son wants revenge. His revenge on the father is to kill his daughters. But he didn't know that the father died of a heart attack, and he can't call off the hitman from jail - a hitman who won't stop until Merrie is dead so he can count the job completed. Her sister Sari and FBI-agent brother-in-law Paul send Merrie to stay at a ranch that has tons of security to protect their bulls from theft since it's a multi-million dollar business, but Merrie has to contend with the hostile cowboy Ren in order to stay there. As a jilted groomsman, Ren Colter has decided that no woman is worth the trouble he's gone through the last several months, since he found his fiancée cheating on him mere weeks before their wedding. But even before this, he'd always been a bit harsh and cynical because of his mother's and father's split-up and he'd been forced to move with his mother when she'd remarried. After college at the Harvard University and a training in the armed forces, Ren returned to the struggling family ranch to help his father turn things around, quickly becoming a première cattle breeder. While his younger half-brother Randall was a ladies man, Ren kept to himself and occasionally dealt with the girls that Randall brought home - the flirtatious city women. But one look at Meredith Grayling and he knows he’s in trouble. Merrie is a completely different type of woman for Randall to keep company with, and Ren is intrigued, but annoyed all the same. He'll make sure that she's safe on his ranch, but he doesn't have to be happy that she's there or make her comfortable. Haunted and bruised, Merrie seeks refuge in Ren, hoping that with time she will soon be safe. But as luck would have it, trouble catches up with them both — only this time, it leaves both defenseless and fighting for each other. (hide spoiler)] The constant misunderstandings and miscommunications were frustrating - Merrie would tell Ren about the abuse of her father, only for Ren to act like he didn't know about it later on. The same thing with Ren's ex-fiancée's cheating. The multiple mentions in dialogue made it look like the characters just didn't pay any attention to what the others were saying.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Hero's fiance cheated on him and he has mother issues. He is bitter and mean. Heroine was horribly abused by her father but she has a good heart. When they meets sparks fly but Ren thinks that Merrie is his brothers girlfriend and that she is experienced. Lots of angst, adorable heroine and an alpha hero make this a good read. Hero's fiance cheated on him and he has mother issues. He is bitter and mean. Heroine was horribly abused by her father but she has a good heart. When they meets sparks fly but Ren thinks that Merrie is his brothers girlfriend and that she is experienced. Lots of angst, adorable heroine and an alpha hero make this a good read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lu Bielefeld

    ARC by Netgalley for an honest review. --------------- Review in Portuguese and English: --------------- Blog Book Whore BR -------------- Neste livro temos a história da irmã da heroína do livro "Defender" e a busca pelo assassino contratado para eliminar nossa heroína continua. Recomendo ler aquele livro primeiro. Para segurança de Merrie ela é enviada para a casa do herói onde existe um grande sistema de segurança e supostamente ela ficará mais protegida. Lá ela se depara com um cara cínico e muito m ARC by Netgalley for an honest review. --------------- Review in Portuguese and English: --------------- Blog Book Whore BR -------------- Neste livro temos a história da irmã da heroína do livro "Defender" e a busca pelo assassino contratado para eliminar nossa heroína continua. Recomendo ler aquele livro primeiro. Para segurança de Merrie ela é enviada para a casa do herói onde existe um grande sistema de segurança e supostamente ela ficará mais protegida. Lá ela se depara com um cara cínico e muito mal humorado que a trata com desprezo achando que ela é mais uma das amantes do irmão dele. Era costume o irmão dele aparecer na casa dele com mulheres que acabavam na cama do herói também. O irmão dá a entender que ela é namorada dele e nosso herói acha que ela é mais uma das interesseiras em busca de conseguir um homem com dinheiro. Ele olha as roupas simples dela e ele já imagina que ela é pobre. Os fãs da autora vão se deliciar com mais uma história que segue a fórmula antiga dela. Herói com passado traumático e com comportamento hostil. Heroína muito doce virgem e inexperiente mas com personalidade. Situações de perigo e suspense onde o lado alfa do herói é mostrado. Temos uma festa onde a ex-noiva do herói aparece causando confusão. Cenas de ciúme e personagens secundários muito interessantes. Nossos ex mercenários aparecem na história e novos personagens nos são apresentados tornando futuras histórias muito interessantes. Todos elementos característicos da autora estão presentes nesta história e que certamente agradarão aos fãs e constante leitores. Recomendo! ----------------------------------------- In this book we have the story of the sister of the heroine of the book "Defender" and the search for the killer hired to eliminate our heroine continues. I recommend reading that book first. For securing Merrie she is sent to the House of the hero where there is a great security system and supposedly it will be safer. There she stumbles upon a man cynical and grumpy that treats her with contempt, thinking she is another one of his brother's lovers. His brother used to show up at his house with women who ended up in the bed of the hero, too. His brother suggests that she is his girlfriend and our hero thinks that she is more one of the bimbos in search for a man with money. He looks at her simple clothes and he imagines that she is poor. The author's fans will be delighted with another story that follows her old formula. Hero with traumatic past and with hostile behavior. Very sweet virgin heroine and inexperienced but with personality. Situations of danger and suspense where the alpha side of the hero is shown. We have a party where the ex-girlfriend of the hero appears causing confusion. Scenes of jealousy and secondary characters very interesting. Our former mercenaries appear in story and new characters are introduced making future stories very interesting. All elements characteristic of the author are present in this story and that will certainly please fans and constant readers. Recommend!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary Kirkland

    Merrie's friend Randall brought her to stay and his and his brother's ranch. Randall's brother, Ren is also there and he really doesn't like Merrie being there because he hates women. Ren is bitter after he is cheated on by his ex fiance who just wanted him for his money so now he sees all women in the same light. Merrie has had a really hard life because her father used to beat she and her sister. It isn't until Merrie freaks out when Ren takes his belt off to adjust it that Ren finally sees pa Merrie's friend Randall brought her to stay and his and his brother's ranch. Randall's brother, Ren is also there and he really doesn't like Merrie being there because he hates women. Ren is bitter after he is cheated on by his ex fiance who just wanted him for his money so now he sees all women in the same light. Merrie has had a really hard life because her father used to beat she and her sister. It isn't until Merrie freaks out when Ren takes his belt off to adjust it that Ren finally sees past his hate and realizes that Merrie isn't an awful person. The fact that Merrie is able to get close to a horse that was beaten and had hurt any of the cowboys that came close to it is just another reason Ren is seeing her differently. Ren didn't know it at first but Merrie was hiding from a dangerous man who was out to kill her and it isn't until she uses her credit card to buy something that someone is able to track her down. But just as Ren and Merrie are getting closer, a misunderstanding comes between them and she leaves his ranch to go back home with her sister. Ren knows he made a mistake but doesn't think that there's anything he can do about it until Merrie is hurt and he decides to come see her and her family. Ren realizes how much he cares for her and can only hope that she'll be ok and maybe forgive him for being so dumb. Merrie forms an unlikely friendship with someone that ultimately is the reason the threat to her goes away. I like how this one ended and if you've been reading my reviews, you already know that I love Diana Palmer.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melanie♥

    Fifty percent of this book was repetition. Rehashing the backstory over and over and over. I sure am tired of hearing about Jacobsville even from Wyoming. The mob characters were a weird silly addition and Merrie's mystical painting insights were weird. Very disappointing. Fifty percent of this book was repetition. Rehashing the backstory over and over and over. I sure am tired of hearing about Jacobsville even from Wyoming. The mob characters were a weird silly addition and Merrie's mystical painting insights were weird. Very disappointing.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hasnamezied

    2 - 2.5 Stars. Mmmmm. Another Mmmmm. This book was an OK book. I wanted to read something for Diana Palmer and it did not matter if it was good or bad . But actually it did.

  11. 4 out of 5

    The Book Worm

    I couldn't finish this book and I was very disappointed. It was certainly not what I expected from reading the synopsis. I disliked it from page one, decided to give it a second chance but then just gave up when Ren offered Merrie to pay for sex. Ren Colter isn't closed off, he's a jerk with severe anger management issues. He hates his mother because she said something he didn't like a long time ago and he never even talked to her again. He hates his former fiancée because she cheated on him. He I couldn't finish this book and I was very disappointed. It was certainly not what I expected from reading the synopsis. I disliked it from page one, decided to give it a second chance but then just gave up when Ren offered Merrie to pay for sex. Ren Colter isn't closed off, he's a jerk with severe anger management issues. He hates his mother because she said something he didn't like a long time ago and he never even talked to her again. He hates his former fiancée because she cheated on him. He hates women, period. And everyone in the book tiptoes around him because he's been through a lot so he's entitled to show his bad temper. Well, I'm sorry but but I'm a firm believer that one's personal issues are not an excuse to be rude and abusive. And Merrie, supposedly a victim of abuse her whole life, has some strange reactions I couldn't get past. First, a few lines into the book, she has arrived at a strange house to take refuge there and all she can think is that Ren is devastatingly handsome. And from then it goes on. She hates the man, but she wants to touch his bare chest and paint him with his shirt off. And she's supposedly hiding but hires a limo service to pick her up at the gate when she decides to leave after the confrontation with Ren regarding the above mentioned payment in exchange for sexual services. If you think about it, there's little difference between Ren and her abusive father, so I don't understand how could she even be remotely interested. Maybe there was a sweet romance in the stars for these two at the end of the book, but if I met a man like Ren, I would be running for the hills myself, no matter what he looked like. The background for the story (because a few of the character's have appeared in other Diana Palmer books) was so messy and confusing I failed to grasp most of it too, so I just focused on the present. And unfortunately the present had little to offer. Maybe it's just me, because there are some raving reviews of Wyoming Brave on Amazon, so please take this review with a grain of salt. But to be honest, the only interesting thing I got from the book (or from what little I read of it) were the insights into ranching life. Those were interesting and, sadly, a bit wasted when put together with the rest of the plot.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Diane Tanner

    I've been struggling with this book since I started reading it. **Couple of spoilers** Sweet innocent 'snowflake' Merrie is irritating, to say the least. I roll my eyes every time I have to read about everyone gushing over her - whether it's because she's this supposed amazing artist, or that she's an 'animal whisperer' (cue my vision of Disney animals following her all over the place), it's nauseating. Everyone treats her like she's the most precious thing on earth, and to be honest I got tired I've been struggling with this book since I started reading it. **Couple of spoilers** Sweet innocent 'snowflake' Merrie is irritating, to say the least. I roll my eyes every time I have to read about everyone gushing over her - whether it's because she's this supposed amazing artist, or that she's an 'animal whisperer' (cue my vision of Disney animals following her all over the place), it's nauseating. Everyone treats her like she's the most precious thing on earth, and to be honest I got tired of it very quickly. I didn't feel any chemistry at all between Merrie and Ren - the hero and heroine of the story. I got to the point where I wasn't even rooting for them any more. When Ren took Merrie to the party and she met his ex, I thought there would have been more drama between the two women, but I found the scene very short and anti-climactic. And later when Ren and Merrie got home...well it was just a disaster, and I wasn't prepared for the way he treated her. I found several places in the book to be repetitious - to the point where I started looking back at previous chapters to see if I had indeed read the same thing already. It became very distracting and as of now I'm about 3/4 of the way through the book and I don't think I can stay with it. I just don't care any more. I hate to write a bad review, but I can see that several other people have not cared for this book either. I'm disappointed that I didn't enjoy the story or characters as much as I was hoping to. But I guess it's the same with every book - some people will love it, some will hate it. This one just didn't do anything for me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    I don't know that I've ever written a really bad book review before, but I couldn't help myself. I have read many Diana Palmer books over the years and believe (hope) that this one was written by a ghost writer. The writing was terrible. The sentence structures and dialog seemed like I was reading an elementary school book. I don't think any one actually edited it before publishing. The dumb heroine spouts off multiple times that she's never been kissed by a boy. And the hero, Ren, asks her like I don't know that I've ever written a really bad book review before, but I couldn't help myself. I have read many Diana Palmer books over the years and believe (hope) that this one was written by a ghost writer. The writing was terrible. The sentence structures and dialog seemed like I was reading an elementary school book. I don't think any one actually edited it before publishing. The dumb heroine spouts off multiple times that she's never been kissed by a boy. And the hero, Ren, asks her like 3 different times if she knows how to dance. Cuz what, he forgot what her answer was the first time? Then he takes her to a "sophisticated" party where his ex is and Merrie runs the ex off by saying "sticks and stones can break my bones....." Really? In the real world, she would have been laughed at. I just thought the whole plot lacked.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Bald (Gogel)

    This book repeats the same 6 plot line sentences over and over and the characters act as though the information is brand new every time they hear it. Every plot addition lacked all finesse and subtlety as well as any semblance of plausibility. It needed another revision or two to be considered ready to read by anyone. Don't read it unless you enjoy laughing about the ridiculous nature of every page. This book repeats the same 6 plot line sentences over and over and the characters act as though the information is brand new every time they hear it. Every plot addition lacked all finesse and subtlety as well as any semblance of plausibility. It needed another revision or two to be considered ready to read by anyone. Don't read it unless you enjoy laughing about the ridiculous nature of every page.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 stars A problem that I had with this book it was too much backstory that tended to repeat over and over again and at times it wasn't even about Ren or Meredith. For example Paul and Sari's entire romance was explained from beginning, middle, and end that I practically felt like I read their entire book already even though I haven't. I shouldn't know their entire romance. I should be told Ren and Meredith's story. My main issue with this book was a lack of romance between Ren and Meredith or m 3.5 stars A problem that I had with this book it was too much backstory that tended to repeat over and over again and at times it wasn't even about Ren or Meredith. For example Paul and Sari's entire romance was explained from beginning, middle, and end that I practically felt like I read their entire book already even though I haven't. I shouldn't know their entire romance. I should be told Ren and Meredith's story. My main issue with this book was a lack of romance between Ren and Meredith or more accurately I felt that the romance aspect of this book was kind of rushed. Usually in Diana Palmer book there lots of build up then the romance comes then separation then the make up. In this one the build up was okay, but I could have stood for more and more angst between them, and the romance was down to one scene before the separation then they rushed through the making up and falling in love part were it felt like it was nothing at all. Very rushed. Very unbelievable, and just not genuine. At times I questioned even if they were in love. They needed more time and building up of this loving relationship they were supposedly developing. I needed a few more kisses and lovey dovey scenes for my taste anyway. Where was the angst? Where was the tension? Where was everything that I love from a Diana Palmer romance? I wanted more of that. This romance wasn't as compelling as other Diana Palmer books that I read. What I did enjoy and like the best about this story was how Diana Palmer's two series featuring Jacobsville/Comanche Wells, Texas and Wyoming series crossover. I enjoyed seeing the two series mesh together with some appearances from fan favorite characters like Cash and Tippy Grier. There were even mentions of past characters like Cag Hart who came across Ren in the past as well as others, which was very interesting and had me the most intrigued. I wish that feeling through the entire book then I would have been interested. Another thing that intrigued me was the appearance of new characters. I was interested and it made me wonder if they will get a book in the future. They kept me on my toes and I loved that. I wanted more of the old school romance from Diana Palmer and I just didn't get it here. It was a shame because I was really looking forward to it especially after I heard good things about it. I just wasn't impressed with this one. Sorry to say.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Frankie

    Back 20 years or so, I was a big fan of Diana Palmer's but eventually all her books started to have the same theme - a formula of overbearing/asshole heroes who spat hateful words and always have another woman in the picture to torture heroine. As for the heroines, they are always super naive, innocent and pretty much doormats. This book is no different so I don't know why I bothered. Maybe I keep hoping that she will surprise me someday. Oh well.. As for this book, we have yet another innocent, Back 20 years or so, I was a big fan of Diana Palmer's but eventually all her books started to have the same theme - a formula of overbearing/asshole heroes who spat hateful words and always have another woman in the picture to torture heroine. As for the heroines, they are always super naive, innocent and pretty much doormats. This book is no different so I don't know why I bothered. Maybe I keep hoping that she will surprise me someday. Oh well.. As for this book, we have yet another innocent, naive and doormat heroine (Meredith) and a bitter/angry hero (Ren) who lost his fiancee, Angie, because she cheated on him with 2 other men two weeks before their wedding and he wants nothing to do with any woman again. He also has mommy issues so poor Meredith gets all his abuse. Lucky her .....

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    "Wyoming Bold" tells the story of Merissa and Ren. Merissa is the sister to Sari, whom we met in her and Paul's book. When a hitman comes after her, she takes refuge in the Rancher Ren's household. As usual he's been bitten by a shitty ex and thinks she's his brother's girl, so he is rude with her and even refuses to feed her when shes late (yeah it happens).. until he realizes his feelings for her. Then she flees, gets almost murdered, he realizes his mistake and rest is predictable. Though the bo "Wyoming Bold" tells the story of Merissa and Ren. Merissa is the sister to Sari, whom we met in her and Paul's book. When a hitman comes after her, she takes refuge in the Rancher Ren's household. As usual he's been bitten by a shitty ex and thinks she's his brother's girl, so he is rude with her and even refuses to feed her when shes late (yeah it happens).. until he realizes his feelings for her. Then she flees, gets almost murdered, he realizes his mistake and rest is predictable. Though the book is based in 2016 with iPhones and menages, it has a very old school and rustic feeling. The characters are classic DP ones, still stuck in the 1900s- and while that worked in previous books- here it seemed a bit redundant. I honestly wasn't much into his behavior with her- and even though he makes up for it- I wanted some epic grovels. Did like the cover! Safe 3/5

  18. 5 out of 5

    Harlequin Books

    "Palmer returns with a splendid Western contemporary novel filled with passion, heartache and small-town life. The story serves as a reminder that life will provide second chances; we just need be brave enough to hold onto them. When Meredith hides her dark past from the love of her life, Ren finds a way to forgive and strengthen their bond. Fans of small-town romances with rugged, sexy cowboys will want to add Wyoming Brave to their collections" (5 stars GOLD @ RT Book Reviews). Miniseries: Wyom "Palmer returns with a splendid Western contemporary novel filled with passion, heartache and small-town life. The story serves as a reminder that life will provide second chances; we just need be brave enough to hold onto them. When Meredith hides her dark past from the love of her life, Ren finds a way to forgive and strengthen their bond. Fans of small-town romances with rugged, sexy cowboys will want to add Wyoming Brave to their collections" (5 stars GOLD @ RT Book Reviews). Miniseries: Wyoming Men

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Wolters

    Normally if I don't enjoy a book, I'll just mark it as read and leave it at that. But this book left me speechless. I've been a fan of DP for a long time but it's been a couple of years since I've read one of her books. I purchased the book on Amazon for my Kindle and I can't help but think someone must have screwed up and accidentally published the first draft instead of the completed version. After I read the book, I looked at the reviews and couldn't believe how many 4 and 5 stars there were. Normally if I don't enjoy a book, I'll just mark it as read and leave it at that. But this book left me speechless. I've been a fan of DP for a long time but it's been a couple of years since I've read one of her books. I purchased the book on Amazon for my Kindle and I can't help but think someone must have screwed up and accidentally published the first draft instead of the completed version. After I read the book, I looked at the reviews and couldn't believe how many 4 and 5 stars there were. Did I read the same book they did? It can't be.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Connor

    Ugh. This book was so bad. I've read others by Diana Palmer and enjoyed them but not this one. There were a ridiculous number of times that the same back stories were repeated to new characters being introduced into the book. There were too many characters with no real purpose and brought into the story for under the dumbest guises i.e. Tony and most of the bodyguards. Took me a month to get through this book. Going into the give away pile. Ugh. This book was so bad. I've read others by Diana Palmer and enjoyed them but not this one. There were a ridiculous number of times that the same back stories were repeated to new characters being introduced into the book. There were too many characters with no real purpose and brought into the story for under the dumbest guises i.e. Tony and most of the bodyguards. Took me a month to get through this book. Going into the give away pile.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    I can't not Love a Diana Palmer book. I just can't. Guess what? I loved this one. ❤ I think one of the reasons I love her books so much is the angst. Oh there has to be angst!!! She is the Queen of angst! I love her for it!!! I'm just hoping now she might write a book about cousin Mickey. :) I can't not Love a Diana Palmer book. I just can't. Guess what? I loved this one. ❤ I think one of the reasons I love her books so much is the angst. Oh there has to be angst!!! She is the Queen of angst! I love her for it!!! I'm just hoping now she might write a book about cousin Mickey. :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sara A

    Doormat woman without the brains God gave a goose. Yes I'm being stalked by a hitman out to kill me, so i'll just go buy a fancy party dress and use my credit card. Throw in an a$$hole man, redundant dialog, no editing and it's another poor effort from DP. Doormat woman without the brains God gave a goose. Yes I'm being stalked by a hitman out to kill me, so i'll just go buy a fancy party dress and use my credit card. Throw in an a$$hole man, redundant dialog, no editing and it's another poor effort from DP.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    uggggghhhhh. Read this to kill time during my commute because I'd finished the actual physical book I brought with me, and this was on my phone. ughhhhhhhh. uggggghhhhh. Read this to kill time during my commute because I'd finished the actual physical book I brought with me, and this was on my phone. ughhhhhhhh.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Liana Smith Bautista | Will Read for Feels

    ***I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review, which was first posted on book blog Will Read for Feels. I’ve been reading Diana Palmer books for a couple of decades now, and there are a few hallmarks of her stories that I’ve just come to associate with a DP read. One is that they promote an “old-fashioned” attitude toward premarital sex for women—and are likely to comment on said old-fashion ***I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review, which was first posted on book blog Will Read for Feels. I’ve been reading Diana Palmer books for a couple of decades now, and there are a few hallmarks of her stories that I’ve just come to associate with a DP read. One is that they promote an “old-fashioned” attitude toward premarital sex for women—and are likely to comment on said old-fashioned notions harbored by the main characters—although it should be mentioned that her books do feature premarital sex, but not before it’s clear hearts are engaged, at least on the female side of the equation. Another is that the heroes tend to be abrasive and also tend to judge the heroines based on loose women they have known and/or who have hurt them, painting them with the same brush despite all elements to the contrary. They tend to learn the error of their ways and regret their treatment of their lady loves, but often too late, and the regret never seems to be for their general misogynistic attitude, just that attitude as applied to the heroine. These are things that have bothered me in a number of DP reads, especially since, in the past several years, I’ve been taking more body- and sex-positive stances not just in life, but in what I say about the books I read. Unfortunately, I felt as though Palmer’s latest book, Wyoming Brave, had all the elements I’ve come to dislike and then some, and too little of the things I’ve enjoyed about her work in the past—or, rather, if they are there, they aren’t sufficiently distracting that they cancel out the bad taste I had in my mouth while reading this. But I’m getting ahead of myself. If you would like to read this book, please note that this continues the story of the two Grayling sisters we met in the Long, Tall Texans novel Defender, which I also unfortunately didn’t like too much. The events in the previous novel set the stage for this one, so I’d recommend reading that book first, as you’ll find there’s quite a bit of info dumping in Wyoming Brave just to cover what happened and who’s who in Defender. What I did enjoy while reading this book was learning a little about ranching and about life in small-town USA, both of which are so alien to me, an occasional beach bum born and bred on a tropical island, that it’s almost like reading romantic fantasy instead of contemporary romance. But, as you may have gleaned from my little rant at the top of this post, there was a lot I didn’t enjoy. Most of it centers around the hero, Ren, who is an extreme version of Palmer’s typical woman-hater. (view spoiler)[There’s actually a line I found myself highlighting for sheer feminist horror, in which Merrie, the heroine, is talking about how smart her sister is because she graduated in the top of her college and law school classes: “He cocked his head and studied her. She was pretty and sweet. Smart? He didn’t care if a woman was smart or not. He liked Merrie.” OMG, was my reaction. Then there’s the scene where he plies her with alcohol—brandy, even after she remarks that she’s never had so much as a beer—and says it’ll relax her, making it easier to do “this.” “This” being to kiss her and engage in a heavy makeout session. Merrie, who’s never been kissed until Ren does it the first time, is swept up by the raging passion, but freaks out when he asks if he needs to use birth control. She puts a stop to their alcohol-fueled lovemaking. Rather than respect her right to say no, he becomes verbally abusive, even asking if she wants money to sleep with him. (hide spoiler)] To say I was disgusted by his behavior was an understatement. I couldn’t believe any love interest could come back from that and everything else he’d already said, thought, and done, and still be someone the heroine wants a happily ever after with. Sure, he felt sorry afterward. Especially after someone spilled details about Merrie’s traumatic history and the reason for her innocence. But too little, too late. Plus, here’s the thing: Merrie’s innocence is plain to see. Everyone sees it and senses it, and people even remark on it. Beyond that, she shares quite a bit about herself and her abusive, controlling father who was paranoid about his daughters spending any time with a member of the opposite sex. She also talks about her religion and old-fashioned attitudes. So ignorance regarding her inexperience could not have been anything but willful denial on his part, and as such was inexcusable. Anyway, moving on. Beyond my (decidedly negative) feelings about Ren, I also found it difficult to respect Merrie. Her sweetness and understanding nature were practically Mary Sue in caricature, but apart from that, she was just so completely willing to downplay herself, I couldn’t help but being annoyed by her martyrdom upon the altar of Ren’s misogyny. She even compromises her ambitions for Ren before he has the chance to ask her to so. I guess I just found myself stumped by her overpowered facility for forgiveness and her seeming inability to make a stand for herself (and for women everywhere). I don’t want to go on and on about this read, but I have to say that it’s kind of the straw that’s broken the camel’s back as far as my fandom of this author is concerned. Maybe it’s that I’ve matured and my ideas about love and sex and feminism have changed. Plus, managing a book blog has helped me refine my ideas about what romance should and shouldn’t be. And unfortunately, Wyoming Brave misses the mark. Will I read any more books by this author? Having invested so many years in reading her, I’d like to say I will, but I really can’t say. I’m hoping she can come back with strong heroes and heroines I can admire. But I honestly don’t know at this point.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    I'm not one much for romance novels but every now and then.....For this author to have written so many books before this one I found it not written very well. Ithought it was probably her first. She constantly repeats information about the characters. Yes for the 20th time we know she has never ben kissed and her father beat her with a belt. Also, there are lots of indiscrepancies. When she leaves it says she says she takes her sketchbook, and then at her sister's she goes into a panic because h I'm not one much for romance novels but every now and then.....For this author to have written so many books before this one I found it not written very well. Ithought it was probably her first. She constantly repeats information about the characters. Yes for the 20th time we know she has never ben kissed and her father beat her with a belt. Also, there are lots of indiscrepancies. When she leaves it says she says she takes her sketchbook, and then at her sister's she goes into a panic because her picture of the wolf is at the ranch in her sketchbook and then later at her sister's they see the picture of the wolf. This is horrible. Also, Delsi was making scalloped potatoes with the ham, not mashed. Honestly, this reaffrims the reason why I don't read romance novels. I thought it would be good because it's in Wyoming and ranching but meh......

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Ren Colter has been badly hurt by a woman so he doesn't like them to much so when his brother Randall brings home Meredith Grayling home he doesn't like her from the beginning she loves his ranch and the animals love her she is in danger that is why she is there his brother doesn't till him the truth why she is there but when he finds out it's to late she goes back home but gets hurt and ends up in the hospital that's when he wakes up to his feelings for her before it's to late love this series Ren Colter has been badly hurt by a woman so he doesn't like them to much so when his brother Randall brings home Meredith Grayling home he doesn't like her from the beginning she loves his ranch and the animals love her she is in danger that is why she is there his brother doesn't till him the truth why she is there but when he finds out it's to late she goes back home but gets hurt and ends up in the hospital that's when he wakes up to his feelings for her before it's to late love this series can't wait to read the rest of the series can t wait to read more books by Diana Palmer she is such a great author

  27. 4 out of 5

    mad4rombks

    This one continued where DEFENDER ended because it featured the younger sister of the heroine in DEFENDER. Had same problem with this one. Too repetitive. Hero was bitter over a previous relationship and assumed heroine was just like her, blah blah blah.

  28. 4 out of 5

    cartyglendagmail

    Long time coming. .It is nice to see that a man Can hold a grudge just like women. I loved the story had a nice happy ending With a side of Danger .It is a very good book to read and pass along to friends .I just wish that it had been just a little bit longer. Good 📚 Reading 📚 😎

  29. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Wyoming Brave isn't my first Diana Palmer book, but this is book six in the Wyoming Men series, and you just jump right into the middle of the story in chapter one. While this wasn't quite a stand alone--there were several characters from the Long Tall Texas series of the author's that make appearances throughout the book and they are very briefly explained--I didn't have too much trouble figuring out who was who to enjoy this book. With a hero and heroine that are both closed off from other peo Wyoming Brave isn't my first Diana Palmer book, but this is book six in the Wyoming Men series, and you just jump right into the middle of the story in chapter one. While this wasn't quite a stand alone--there were several characters from the Long Tall Texas series of the author's that make appearances throughout the book and they are very briefly explained--I didn't have too much trouble figuring out who was who to enjoy this book. With a hero and heroine that are both closed off from other people, but for very different reasons, I enjoyed seeing them blossom as their friendship grew into more throughout Wyoming Brave. Meredith Grayling has had a hard life for only being twenty-two, with an abusive father who controlled everything that she and her sister did, spoke to, and wore up until the day he died. Suddenly free of his abuse and overbearing rule--and around 400 million dollars richer thanks to a Swiss bank account that her deceased mother had set up for her and her sister, Merrie is now in danger because her father had murdered a woman before he died, and that woman's son wants revenge. What better way to get revenge on a father than to kill his daughters? But he didn't know that the father died of a heart attack, and he can't call off the hitman from jail--a hitman who won't stop until Merrie is dead and he can count the job completed. So her sister Sari and FBI agent brother-in-law Paul send Merrie to stay at a ranch that has tons of security to protect their bulls from theft since it's a multi-million dollar business, but Merrie has to contend with one gruff cowboy in order to stay there. Ren Colter has been closed off emotionally to women since he found his fiancee cheating on him mere weeks before their wedding. But even before then, he'd always been a bit harsh and cynical ever since his mother and father split up and he'd been forced to move with his mother when she'd remarried. After college at Harvard and a stint in the armed forces, Ren returned to the struggling family ranch to help his father turn things around, quickly becoming a premiere cattle breeder. While his younger half-brother Randall was a ladies man, Ren kept to himself and occasionally dealt with the girls that Randall brought home--the vapid, money grubbing, very experienced city slicker types. But Merrie is a completely different type of woman for Randall to keep company with, and Ren is intrigued, but irritated all the same. He'll make sure that she's safe on his ranch, but he doesn't have to be happy that she's there or make her comfortable. The slow building romance between innocent artist and animal lover Merrie and older, more experienced Ren was enjoyable, but the many misunderstandings and miscommunications were frustrating. Merrie would tell Ren about the abuse at the hands of her father, only for Ren to act like he didn't know about it pages later. Intentional or editing issues, I'm not sure. The same thing with the abuse being mentioned happened as well as Ren's ex-fiancee's cheating. The multiple mentions in dialogue were quite obvious, and it made it look like the characters just didn't pay any attention to what the others were saying. With this said, I still was able to read through Wyoming Brave in a few sessions over two days. I was engrossed in their story as well as the unique secondary characters that popped up along the way. I give Wyoming Brave a four out of five. The settings were very picturesque, especially the ranch in Wyoming with the cattle and horses. Merrie and Ren's relationship was a slow burn, surrounded by the danger that she was in from a hit man that could strike at any time to make it more intense. I really loved all the characters from the Long Tall Texas series that came into play in last half of the book. Who knew that you could have ranchers, FBI agents, and mafia all in one book? No way could that ever happen in real life, especially with security clearances keeping agents from actually interacting with suspected mafioso, but ignoring the intricate details of how it could actually happen made me really enjoy how they all came together in the end. The strange partnership really worked! I totally want to read more about Cousin Mikey now. (Also on Bewitched Bookworms, book received for free in exchange for honest review for book tour)

  30. 4 out of 5

    amanda s.

    3.5 stars, good but yeah, classic Diana Palmer. I don't expect people these days enjoyed reading Diana Palmer. I mean, she's two generations away from me, so she's basically living with different style of mindset and imagination. That's why as much as I'm annoyed with almost every Heroes she creates, I can't help but adoring them as well, thinking, oh my this is so DP. I've read several that's not her usual ones, you know, Heroes that gentle and loving and definitely not arrogant, and yep, I end 3.5 stars, good but yeah, classic Diana Palmer. I don't expect people these days enjoyed reading Diana Palmer. I mean, she's two generations away from me, so she's basically living with different style of mindset and imagination. That's why as much as I'm annoyed with almost every Heroes she creates, I can't help but adoring them as well, thinking, oh my this is so DP. I've read several that's not her usual ones, you know, Heroes that gentle and loving and definitely not arrogant, and yep, I ended up craving for her classic a$$hat Heroes. I guess that's the power of DP. This particular one, though it's not as memorable as some of my favorite DP, still enjoyable. I liked how, again, classic Ren behaves toward Merrie; dominant borderlining mean, yet can't help but be with her all the time. Look forward to read more and I hope Diana Palmer stays healthy and happy!

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