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A WILD, DANGEROUS LOVE   Amelia Howard cherishes her desert country. The dazzling colors, white heat, and rough sensuality of west Texas stir her very soul. But there’s a serpent in her paradise: King Culhane. A towering sunburned cowboy with silver eyes that miss nothing, he’s a man she’s come to despise—no matter how much she had worshiped him when she was younger.   As A WILD, DANGEROUS LOVE   Amelia Howard cherishes her desert country. The dazzling colors, white heat, and rough sensuality of west Texas stir her very soul. But there’s a serpent in her paradise: King Culhane. A towering sunburned cowboy with silver eyes that miss nothing, he’s a man she’s come to despise—no matter how much she had worshiped him when she was younger.   As her father pushes her to secure a marriage proposal from King’s mild-mannered brother in order to marry into the Culhane dynasty, Amelia assumes the mask of a demure young lady, always correct and obedient. It’s a posture that King holds in contempt. Yet when she reveals the true force of her feelings, she unleashes a smoldering passion that cannot be denied. And everything—propriety, filial duty, even love—will be scorched in the wake of such all-consuming desire.


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A WILD, DANGEROUS LOVE   Amelia Howard cherishes her desert country. The dazzling colors, white heat, and rough sensuality of west Texas stir her very soul. But there’s a serpent in her paradise: King Culhane. A towering sunburned cowboy with silver eyes that miss nothing, he’s a man she’s come to despise—no matter how much she had worshiped him when she was younger.   As A WILD, DANGEROUS LOVE   Amelia Howard cherishes her desert country. The dazzling colors, white heat, and rough sensuality of west Texas stir her very soul. But there’s a serpent in her paradise: King Culhane. A towering sunburned cowboy with silver eyes that miss nothing, he’s a man she’s come to despise—no matter how much she had worshiped him when she was younger.   As her father pushes her to secure a marriage proposal from King’s mild-mannered brother in order to marry into the Culhane dynasty, Amelia assumes the mask of a demure young lady, always correct and obedient. It’s a posture that King holds in contempt. Yet when she reveals the true force of her feelings, she unleashes a smoldering passion that cannot be denied. And everything—propriety, filial duty, even love—will be scorched in the wake of such all-consuming desire.

30 review for Amelia

  1. 5 out of 5

    Naksed

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Count on Diana Palmer to come up with ever creative ways to torture and abuse her poor heroines, always by a complete psychopath hero. She pretty much writes the same story, just changing settings and names. This one takes us to Texas in 1900. Amelia’s hero spends 90% of the book bullying, degrading, humiliating, and terrorizing the meek, mousey heroine for absolutely no reason other than because he can. At least, your typical Harlequin or Bodice-Ripper gives you some reason to justify their hero Count on Diana Palmer to come up with ever creative ways to torture and abuse her poor heroines, always by a complete psychopath hero. She pretty much writes the same story, just changing settings and names. This one takes us to Texas in 1900. Amelia’s hero spends 90% of the book bullying, degrading, humiliating, and terrorizing the meek, mousey heroine for absolutely no reason other than because he can. At least, your typical Harlequin or Bodice-Ripper gives you some reason to justify their hero’s often sadistic cruelty, usually a half-baked revenge plot or a Great, Big, Terrible Misunderstanding. But here, the only seeming reason for H's obsessive hatred of h is simply that she breathes. And wow, this guy is a piece of work. Slow clap for Diana. When I think she can't write a more horrendous "hero", she tops herself yet again. This zero hero rapes heroine and then goes blabbing around town that she is a loose woman, causing her psycho dad to whip her almost to death! Yet our wonderful hero STILL doesn't let up: Apparently, everything he did is her fault. She drove him to it, you guys!!! And all the Other Women he is involved with... Poor heroine doesn't even figure as second best. He is pining for his dead fiancee, a woman who left him twenty years ago at the first sign that he may not be as rich as she had hoped. And when he is not pining for OW number 1, he is constantly dangling OW number 2, a very much alive, extremely venomous, almost fiancee. He straight up tells h she is no wife material, that he wants to marry the OW, but that he is forced to marry h only because she might be pregnant after his rape, and his whole family threatened to shun him for life if he didn’t marry his rape victim. Absolute horror show. Don't even get me started on the doormat/martyr h with obvious masochistic desires. After everything he has done, all she can muster is a few witty comebacks and one instance where she throws a pitcher at him. I would have thrown the entire contents of a glass factory at him and then stabbed him with the broken shards. There is some extremely boring subplot involving heroine’s brother, a Texas ranger, and how he falls in love with the daughter of the Mexican Bandido he is pursuing. Yeah, hot mess.

  2. 4 out of 5

    KatieV

    DP can be like crack. It's bad for you, you swear never again, and then you always relapse and repeat the cycle. This one, unfortunately, was not as much of a guilty pleasure. For one thing there was very much a this happened, then that happened, then... quality to the storytelling. No depth and it just didn't flow. I didn't feel immersed in the least. Plus, all the jumping back an forth between Amelia and her brother's story was jarring. In many ways this was the typical DP hero, reluctantly attr DP can be like crack. It's bad for you, you swear never again, and then you always relapse and repeat the cycle. This one, unfortunately, was not as much of a guilty pleasure. For one thing there was very much a this happened, then that happened, then... quality to the storytelling. No depth and it just didn't flow. I didn't feel immersed in the least. Plus, all the jumping back an forth between Amelia and her brother's story was jarring. In many ways this was the typical DP hero, reluctantly attracted to the heroine yet inexplicably hating her for one irrational reason or the other. He was also one of the biggest, cruelest asses and that's saying a lot considering DP's track record. Even so, this lacked that certain DP crackiness that only she can get away with writing over and over and over again. Perhaps historical romance is simply not her forte. I think the reason I grudgingly enjoy her contemporaries is the campy OTT mess that her stories often are. The outrageously put upon virginal heroine who is a secret member of Mensa and champion biscuit maker combined with the cranky hero with a massive amount of chest hair and graduate degree in jumping to conclusions. All set against the background of a town of 2000 which has it's own movie theater, mall, fine art gallery, and community college which can offer any degree from Ancient Greek to Forensics. Oh, and we mustn't forget the 500 secret federal agents working anything from serial killing to international drug trafficking cases in that busy little town. It's too funny. This had some elements of her contemporary novels, but they just didn't translate. I believe she tried to be serious and the trials of the heroine provided some serious angst potential, but there was too much showing and not telling.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Hero was harsh but I loved Amelia. There's something really romantic about unrequited love. My heart broke for Amelia and the abuse she suffered in the hands of her sadistic father and I was so happy when King realized what an idiot he was and admitted his feelings. Loved the angst and their sweet HEA! Hero was harsh but I loved Amelia. There's something really romantic about unrequited love. My heart broke for Amelia and the abuse she suffered in the hands of her sadistic father and I was so happy when King realized what an idiot he was and admitted his feelings. Loved the angst and their sweet HEA!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vintage

    Not the worst DP hero ever but still a ratfink. Heroine hides her shining light under a bushel because of her once nice, now mean father. Very, very mean because of a smack on the head as well as other things. Her meekness is a red flag to the H who does some pretty unforgivable things that get forgiven. The h’s Texas Ranger brother has his own romance with a sixteen year old virgin he finds in a brothel that is the adopted daughter of the man he is searching for. Diana Palmer plays rough with her Not the worst DP hero ever but still a ratfink. Heroine hides her shining light under a bushel because of her once nice, now mean father. Very, very mean because of a smack on the head as well as other things. Her meekness is a red flag to the H who does some pretty unforgivable things that get forgiven. The h’s Texas Ranger brother has his own romance with a sixteen year old virgin he finds in a brothel that is the adopted daughter of the man he is searching for. Diana Palmer plays rough with her dolls. The secondary hero goes into an alcoholic decline when the secondary heroine gets mad at him. Had to laugh when the sheriff said he made a good deputy. Uh duh, he WAS a Texas Ranger after all. The most interesting character is the Robin Hood bandido with a of heart of gold that steals from the rich gringos to save the poor peasants with things like buckets and churches. Problems When You Know the Area:
 Set in West Texas, more specifically Alpine, Texas, DP does a “John Ford”. When John Ford filmed The Searchers which is set just west of San Antonio, Texas, he filmed it in Monument Valley like he filmed almost everything except The Quiet Man. Even he couldn’t get away with pretending MV is Ireland. DP has the hero, heroine et al running between Alpine and El Paso via buggy likes it’s a nice little jaunt and not the four to five day ride it really is.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Margo

    A Palmer must-read and one of the top 5 cruelest heroes. He is unbelievable! Tons of drama.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chantal ❤️

    I loved and hated this book. I loved how he grovelled and I hated how he treated her. She was very naive at first but when she recovers from her ordeal, she finally grows a spine and gets a clue. However, she gets sex crazy again and just gives it up. Man, woman can be stupid at times. I wanted him to sweat it out more. He was a major asshat. He had to know how her father would react! Come on, they knew each other for God sake!!! Poor girl needs a better hero and a nicer family.

  7. 5 out of 5

    T

    Almost four but I can’t really. Fun read! But not in a funny way, more like in a jaw dropping I can’t believe he’s so silly stupid. Very angsty until two thirds of the book, the way he treats the poor loving heroine, then it was all topsy turvy and totally uninteresting but then it picked up again as we got a grand finale angsts wedding. I just wished the heroine held out for more than 1 day after leaving the silly man.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Noelle

    This is the first historical by Diana Palmer that I've read, and like her contemporaries I have to be in a certain mood for them. Sometimes I just need to know exactly what's going to happen before I even open the book (usually I need this after reading a few really emotional books). With Diana Palmer she seems to follow the same formula when writing her stories so when I pick up one of her books I know that there will be a jerky hero, who has a big mouth and usually acts like he can't stand the This is the first historical by Diana Palmer that I've read, and like her contemporaries I have to be in a certain mood for them. Sometimes I just need to know exactly what's going to happen before I even open the book (usually I need this after reading a few really emotional books). With Diana Palmer she seems to follow the same formula when writing her stories so when I pick up one of her books I know that there will be a jerky hero, who has a big mouth and usually acts like he can't stand the heroine. She of course is madely and secretivly in love the jerky hero. There is a big missunderstanding and the H digs himself a huge whole and for some reason he digs it deeper as the story goes on (he can't help himself, something just comes over him when he's in her presence). The H doesn't seem to admit that he loves the h until she's decided that they will never have a future together and he has to spend the rest of the book trying to win her back. So when I'm in the right mood for them I guess it's kinda like comfort food for me. =) Amelia (h) has had a rough life. She lost her mother and younger twin brothers at an early age, her older brother Quin is a Texas Ranger and doesn't live at home nor does he have much time to visit. A few years ago her father had an accident that had given him a head injury and ever since then he has been known to have violent outburst, usually causing Amelia harm. Over the years she has learned to adapt her personality to a more meek,submisive attitude to lessen her father's anger/outbursts and to avoid severe beatings. Now her father wants her to marry Alan Culhane but it's not Alan she's in love with it's his older brother King (H). Too bad King can't stand her. King (H) is the eldest son of a rich cattle barron. He's use to women thoughing themselves at him but he want's a woman who is at least honest( he know's he's no looker and the only reason women want him is for his $$). So when a woman from the next farm over said that they should marry for a kind of buisness arangement, to blend the two farms of course, he gives it serious concideration because at least she was stright forward and honest. Too bad he's so distracted by Amelia, his brother Alan seems to be taking a liking to him but King knows she's no good for him. Alan needs a strong woman, not someone with little brains and no backbone. So before King can think about getting married he has to save his brother and make him see that Amelia isn't a woman worthy of him.

  9. 4 out of 5

    ♛ Jarusauskas

    What the actual fuck :) This has to be one of the worst DP books I've read so far. This dude can't be called a Hero, like... EVER. He wanted the h but he couldn't admit it to himself so he made sure she couldn't be with his brother, either. Not that she wanted to, anyway. Obviously she was crazy in love with him and his horrible personality, she forgave him everything, even that he almost got her killed. Oh yes, the love. Yuck. What the actual fuck :) This has to be one of the worst DP books I've read so far. This dude can't be called a Hero, like... EVER. He wanted the h but he couldn't admit it to himself so he made sure she couldn't be with his brother, either. Not that she wanted to, anyway. Obviously she was crazy in love with him and his horrible personality, she forgave him everything, even that he almost got her killed. Oh yes, the love. Yuck.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Izzy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I just didn’t like the hero that much, he was too stubborn and he obviously had a great dislike for “unaccomplished women”! I mean wth, some women were unable to get an education, heck even now there are places on this planet where women are not educated and it’s not right at all and people are fighting to get women educated and have rights but it certainly isn’t the female’s fault if she didn’t get an education or if she doesn’t know a thousand languages, etc. The hero in this, King, simply had I just didn’t like the hero that much, he was too stubborn and he obviously had a great dislike for “unaccomplished women”! I mean wth, some women were unable to get an education, heck even now there are places on this planet where women are not educated and it’s not right at all and people are fighting to get women educated and have rights but it certainly isn’t the female’s fault if she didn’t get an education or if she doesn’t know a thousand languages, etc. The hero in this, King, simply had a very bad view of women who apparently were not educated. He seduced (I call it raped because she was not ready and was definitely forced into the situation even if it was not rape rape) Amelia and he fought against his attraction to her and didn’t for once consider her reputation and the impact it would have on her when he sullied her good name. Then suddenly once he realised that she wasn’t the dimwit that he thought she was, he started to like her, when he realised she had a sharp tongue and an intelligent mind, he started to like her, talk about being in love only when you think the other person is educated or short tempered. What I mean to say is there are plenty of women who avoid confrontation and abuse by simply staying quiet in a situation, it’s not because they are not strong, it’s because they don’t want something worse to happen. But god knows those types of people are the strongest out there, only someone who has been in such a situation can understand that it’s hard when you love someone so much and they change and become violent and you still love them, instead of abusing them further like this H did, we should help them. The H’s parents and younger brother were great and really understood what was going on and even tried to help Amelia but the H was just the trigger to everything that happened.

  11. 5 out of 5

    fiasco

    what a waste. i would have given this book at least 3 stars, had Diana Palmer made her H done some real grovelling, but alas no. this one was too suppose to be a jerkiest hero. I've no problem with a jerk for a hero for half of the story, but that's my limit. i had even made my self to be patient, so not to be to get angry with H ad give him some benefit of the doubt. i keep telling my self be patient he'll realize his fault and would come on right track. what a disappointment. and he had a gutz what a waste. i would have given this book at least 3 stars, had Diana Palmer made her H done some real grovelling, but alas no. this one was too suppose to be a jerkiest hero. I've no problem with a jerk for a hero for half of the story, but that's my limit. i had even made my self to be patient, so not to be to get angry with H ad give him some benefit of the doubt. i keep telling my self be patient he'll realize his fault and would come on right track. what a disappointment. and he had a gutz to say that h was spineless. when he him self was running scare of his feeling, Coward.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sunshine

    If as a reader you are not a familiar with DP book formula then you are going to absolutely hate this book. All of DP's books follow the same pattern guy is super cruel, more cruel, cruelness ensues, major event that is not redeemable, then groveling, somewhat cruel, the end. Pretty much most of DP's men are beyond repair and should not be the male lead. As for the female protagonist she is the definition of TSTL main character. However, I grew up reading DP and for some reason I still punish myself by r If as a reader you are not a familiar with DP book formula then you are going to absolutely hate this book. All of DP's books follow the same pattern guy is super cruel, more cruel, cruelness ensues, major event that is not redeemable, then groveling, somewhat cruel, the end. Pretty much most of DP's men are beyond repair and should not be the male lead. As for the female protagonist she is the definition of TSTL main character. However, I grew up reading DP and for some reason I still punish myself by reading her books.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aou

    Classic DP, with horribly awful H and lots of angst, thus HPlandia math!

  14. 5 out of 5

    BookAddict

    You know a book has made an impact when you’ve moved on to your next book but wake up the next morning still thinking about the characters. Amelia and King have quite a story to tell, and I suspect they’ve secured a place in my heart permanently. I’ve been a Diana Palmer fan for years, but this book is like no Diana Palmer I’ve ever read. First of all, I was surprised that this is a historical romance, and secondly, Ms. Palmer certainly turned up the heat in this one! The chemistry between Ameli You know a book has made an impact when you’ve moved on to your next book but wake up the next morning still thinking about the characters. Amelia and King have quite a story to tell, and I suspect they’ve secured a place in my heart permanently. I’ve been a Diana Palmer fan for years, but this book is like no Diana Palmer I’ve ever read. First of all, I was surprised that this is a historical romance, and secondly, Ms. Palmer certainly turned up the heat in this one! The chemistry between Amelia and King was explosive. They were like fire and gasoline, and long before they ever got together! Amelia finds herself at the Culhane family's Latigo ranch when her father is invited on a hunting trip with Brandt Culhane and his son Alan. Amelia’s father has determined Alan would be an appropriate suitor for Amelia, and he also hopes to do business with Brandt Culhane. Amelia has different ideas, but adapts subservient behavior to placate her father. After Amelia's younger siblings and mother died and her father's subsequent buggy accident, her father's behavior changed drastically, with violent outbursts and physical harm to Amelia. So Amelia stays behind with Mrs. Culhane and the oldest son, King, as the rest of the men depart on their trip. King Culhane also happens to be best friends with Amelia's brother, Quinn, and she's always had a bit of a crush on King, but King, for some unknown reason, treats Amelia cruelly and avoids her whenever possible. Of course, Amelia hides her true personality and holds her tongue, maintaining the persona least likely to upset her father. I’ll be honest. When I read an early copy of this book, I really had a hard time warming up to King, which I suspect is the exact intent Ms. Palmer had when crafting his character. Of course I immediately sympathized with Amelia, having had such a hard life at such a young age. Make no mistake, though, Amelia is no shrinking violet. Life was hard in the early 1900's in Texas, and it spared no cruelty on Amelia. Any woman would need a strong constitution to survive what she had. When the time came and Amelia was able to reveal her true personality, she wasted no time displaying her magnificent strength, quick wit, stunning intellect and sharp tongue. This book reads like a historical saga, and I was surprised with the short timeframe it covered, considering all of the events that took place. There is certainly never a dull moment, with Quinn, a Texas Ranger, tracking a bandit, all that took place with Amelia and her father, and King’s romantic entanglements. Even if you read only contemporary romance, like me, I urge you to give this book a try. It’s rich and colorful, exciting and intense, and poignant and inspiring. Definitely a five-star read, and I suspect Amelia will easily make a place for herself in your heart. *I reviewed this book freely and voluntarily, having made no commitment to provide a review and receiving no compensation of any kind from any source for this review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nelly

    Wow, just wow! Talk about stupid characters... each and every one of them got on my nerves. First, the so-called hero. King or should I say Shit. The guy was attracted to Amelia, but because she was docile and obedient and quiet (a charade btw), he decided that he will detest her. And he spent a great deal of the book bullying her, forcing himself on her everytime they were alone and then blaming her! Even after the big drama, he was still blaming her. Now Amelia, wow... I understand her being afra Wow, just wow! Talk about stupid characters... each and every one of them got on my nerves. First, the so-called hero. King or should I say Shit. The guy was attracted to Amelia, but because she was docile and obedient and quiet (a charade btw), he decided that he will detest her. And he spent a great deal of the book bullying her, forcing himself on her everytime they were alone and then blaming her! Even after the big drama, he was still blaming her. Now Amelia, wow... I understand her being afraid of her shitty father but I wish she would have asked for help sooner. Tell her brother Quinn or even Enid. And I also wished she made it King grovel more at the end. Quinn: the useless brother and his stupid love story I didn't even bother to read. I don't like when secondary stories are not directly related to the main characters so I skipped all things Maria & Quinn. I didn't really Quinn who abandoned his sister and let her take car of their father. Had he been closer to her, she wouldn't have to carry that burden alone. The Culhanes: stereotypical western nosy family... They saw the way Hartwell was bullying Amelia and even the animals, and no one said a thing. Kudos to King for reacting, only thing I liked about him. The story was still good. A good hate to love, with a lot of hatred from the male character who makes you mad. I couldn't believe King's treason towards Amelia, and I wish the author made him grovel more. I also didn't like that he only starts loving her when she changed her behaviour. It was like he was in love with her persona, her rebellious side and not herself as a human. The ending was also abrupt and too dramatic. A nice epilogue would have been nice to see them settled as a couple.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Thank you NetGalley for the copy of Amelia by Diana Palmer that I read and reviewed. This book is a reprint of a book that has been out for a number of years but it is a classic Diana Palmer that made her the great author that she is today. I can honestly say that I am not big fan of older western themed books but once you get into this story you forget the era the book is written in until she mentions riding horses instead of driving cars and how women are treated so differently then they are in Thank you NetGalley for the copy of Amelia by Diana Palmer that I read and reviewed. This book is a reprint of a book that has been out for a number of years but it is a classic Diana Palmer that made her the great author that she is today. I can honestly say that I am not big fan of older western themed books but once you get into this story you forget the era the book is written in until she mentions riding horses instead of driving cars and how women are treated so differently then they are in books today. As for the book I really enjoyed it. I loved Amelia's dedication to her father even though he was really mean to her and I loved how she hid her spunk from King and shocked him when he found out how she really was. This was a true Diana Palmer work that is her signature writing. I am giving Amelia five out of five stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kagama-the Literaturevixen

    The love interest in this was such a jerk to the heroine even causing her to be hurt by his actions because(view spoiler)[heroines father has gone mad and is percieved to be sane and amicable to the rest of the world but can change his mood in a moment to become a raving lunatic who hurts his daughter. Hero seduced heroine and because of his HUUUUGE issues thinks it was all the heroines fault and tattles on her "immoral behavior" to the father causing him to beat her sensless. Nice job breaking The love interest in this was such a jerk to the heroine even causing her to be hurt by his actions because(view spoiler)[heroines father has gone mad and is percieved to be sane and amicable to the rest of the world but can change his mood in a moment to become a raving lunatic who hurts his daughter. Hero seduced heroine and because of his HUUUUGE issues thinks it was all the heroines fault and tattles on her "immoral behavior" to the father causing him to beat her sensless. Nice job breaking it hero (hide spoiler)] I dont have trouble with tortured heroes or angsty plotlines but this one was just awful.If the hero had at least groveled correctly...

  18. 5 out of 5

    amanda s.

    This book is good! I always love when the heroine is badly hurt especially because of the Hero. Eeeep! I feel the angst! I love it so bad it made me jumpy! :))) I don't understand why Amelia's stuck with King when he did nothing but humiliating her. He practically hurting her yet she's still madly in love. If I were her, I'm so gonna slap his face. But then again, love's indeed blind. Nailed it, as usual, Diana Palmer! I want to read more about Quinn and Maria though.. This book is good! I always love when the heroine is badly hurt especially because of the Hero. Eeeep! I feel the angst! I love it so bad it made me jumpy! :))) I don't understand why Amelia's stuck with King when he did nothing but humiliating her. He practically hurting her yet she's still madly in love. If I were her, I'm so gonna slap his face. But then again, love's indeed blind. Nailed it, as usual, Diana Palmer! I want to read more about Quinn and Maria though..

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jac K

    I’m deep into a DP binge so there’ll be several of these. *Disclaimer- Diana Palmer is not for everyone… she’s probably not for most, but I’m obsessed with them, so my ratings will usually be higher, but that doesn’t mean you’ll think it’s good-LOL Amelia 1993, is not part of the Long, Tall Tex series, but they’re still in Texas, and there’s still many of the “elements” DP fans crave. This one takes place in 1900, so King Culhane (30) may lack the “worldly-ness” as many other H’s, but he makes up I’m deep into a DP binge so there’ll be several of these. *Disclaimer- Diana Palmer is not for everyone… she’s probably not for most, but I’m obsessed with them, so my ratings will usually be higher, but that doesn’t mean you’ll think it’s good-LOL Amelia 1993, is not part of the Long, Tall Tex series, but they’re still in Texas, and there’s still many of the “elements” DP fans crave. This one takes place in 1900, so King Culhane (30) may lack the “worldly-ness” as many other H’s, but he makes up for it in broodiness. He’s a grumpy asshole!! He hates his attraction to Amelia, so he insults her, and is hostile every chance he can in between devouring her lips. He also likes to throw OW Darcy in her face, and remind her how she can’t measure up. This is all pretty standard but he takes it one step further by (view spoiler)[ seducing Amelia (not gentle or romantic) with the sole purpose of dishonoring her so she can’t marry his brother. He makes it worse by telling her tumor crazy father that she “offered” herself (because he’s the one pushing for marriage) sending him into a blind rage and whipping her almost to death which heals remarkably quickly. (hide spoiler)] For much of the book, Amelia (20) channels a welcome mat in attempts of keeping her angry father pacified, but finds her backbone towards then end. Eventually, King pulls his head out of his ass, and the couple rides out into the sunset. There’s a side-plot going throughout following Amelia’s brother Quinn through Mexico. It’s loosely tied to King’s dead fiancée, but I skimmed most of those parts. Bottom line- This one’s a little different… the OW isn’t blond; the H isn’t a mercenary; there’s no drug lords, but still has a “dp” feel to it. Hard core fans will probably like it, but others might find King past the point of redemption. Personally, I found the volatile relationships entertaining, and enjoyed this one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laur Laur

    More groveling pleas. I reserve the right to change my opinion. I love asshole hero's but this guy was just... asshole squared. And his happiness with her personality change and that stupid pitcher throw didn't work for me. He needed to beg. More groveling pleas. I reserve the right to change my opinion. I love asshole hero's but this guy was just... asshole squared. And his happiness with her personality change and that stupid pitcher throw didn't work for me. He needed to beg.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Denise Sais

    He’s a jerk and didn’t deserve her.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    She's been on a razor's edge for years, showing a biddable, calm and obedient persona. The man she's loved since 14, thinks that is what she really like and hates her. His past experience with love didn't go so well and it taints his relationships with women. Will they see behind the face that they show the world or will her secret and his past come between them? Amelia Howard and her father have recently moved to El Paso to be near her Texas Ranger brother. Her father is also hoping that a match She's been on a razor's edge for years, showing a biddable, calm and obedient persona. The man she's loved since 14, thinks that is what she really like and hates her. His past experience with love didn't go so well and it taints his relationships with women. Will they see behind the face that they show the world or will her secret and his past come between them? Amelia Howard and her father have recently moved to El Paso to be near her Texas Ranger brother. Her father is also hoping that a match will be made between Amelia and the youngest Culhane brother. That won't happen because she's been in love with the eldest brother Jeremiah aka King since she was 14. Amelia shows the world a person she had to become because of the recent tragedies in her life and the effect they had on her father. The two of them have spent the last couple of weeks at the Culhane ranch Latigo while her father goes hunting. Amelia is extra vigilant about her reactions while there. King hates her which she can live with but what hurts her most is his relationship with a neighbor's daughter. King doesn't believe his family when they tell him there is more to Amelia than what he sees. His past is also clouding his perception of her and thinks she's like all the women he knows and is only after money. As she and his youngest brother become closer it drives him wild with jealousy and he warns her away from him. His brother she's the intense attraction between the two and decides to play matchmaker. He's also learned a little about Amelia's home situation. When her father becomes ill a doctor is sent for and a diagnosis and warning are given. King and Amelia share some very passionate kisses that scare them both. It has her not wanting to be around King. He's a surprise when Amelia comes for a Sunday after church lunch. When they're left alone the passion overwhelms them and is taken too far. She's humiliated and his guilt causes him to lash out at her. Amelia's father comes home furious after a visit form King. A confrontation between brothers has them racing to the Howard's house. King is racked with guilt for what they find and realizes what his feelings for Amelia really are but now knows that she'll hate him. The doctor recommends a plan to protect her and the father. Amelia is able to show her true personality. King likes what he sees. He demands that they marry to save her reputation. She doesn't want to because she knows he doesn't love her, but agrees. On their wedding day her brother comes with news about King's past, that sends him running off. Amelia realizes that he wasn't falling in love with her and decides to leave and go live with a relative, taking a secret with her. She leaves the ranch and goes to El Paso. Her meal is interrupted when a scraggly looking King comes to take her home. Amelia's anger shows, a stop reveals their real feelings. A wedding night is had and a secret revealed. King helps his brother-in-law with his love life. The Culhanes return to an eventful week and a brother takes another direction. A box of Kleenex should be at hand when you read Amelia. I was crying through out the book. I could feel their heartbreak and pain so well. Diana Palmer writes a book you can't put down. Honestly, I read have the book and didn't want to stop to go to bed. And was eager to start reading again the next day. I can never get enough of Diana Palmer's cowboys and their ladies whether in modern or historical times.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    Meh...2 1/2 stars. Hero was a complete loser with no redeeming qualities. Just couldn't buy them "falling in love". Meh...2 1/2 stars. Hero was a complete loser with no redeeming qualities. Just couldn't buy them "falling in love".

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lu Bielefeld

    Update: Re-read in January 2015 Hero cruel and insensitive.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gothicreader

    Amazing how Diana Palmer can switch from one genre, contemporary romance to historical romance without missing a beat. Amelia is the first story of the Culhane family in the early 20th century.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jiha

    Liked the first part a lot, but the second part was less interesting for me

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ann Keller

    Very good book. I enjoyed the historical aspects of this novel very much.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Miriam Wolfe

    This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy. I just cannot understand all the five stars and wonderful review of this sory. I feel that I was generous giving it three stars as I had a real hard time getting past all the verbal abuse from King. But what really made me less than happy with this story was that King felt like he "seduced" Amelia but she two times told him "No, stop" and he dept going. In my opinion, when a woman says stop and the man does not - that is rape. There were no fond fee This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy. I just cannot understand all the five stars and wonderful review of this sory. I feel that I was generous giving it three stars as I had a real hard time getting past all the verbal abuse from King. But what really made me less than happy with this story was that King felt like he "seduced" Amelia but she two times told him "No, stop" and he dept going. In my opinion, when a woman says stop and the man does not - that is rape. There were no fond feelings after the sex as Amelia feels used and her body is sore. Even worse, after he makes sure to tell her father that she was acting like a loose woman (when she was NOT), he only feels remorse for a short time before he goes back to being verbally abuse to Amelia. I was also sick of watching Amelia continue to love King when he time after time was so cruel to her. It was like she had no self respect and took whatever he dished out. Unfortunately, I was more interested in the side story of Quinn and Maria, but that isn't a much better story when Quinn sleeps with a sixteen year old virgin thinking she is a prostitute. Kind of an "ick" factor for me with her being so young. I do realize that this was a different period of time when women were not able to be independent so I can see how Amelia tried to keep her father happy so she had a place to live, and I can even give her credit for still loving her father and trying to make the best of a horrific situation. And maybe that is why sleeping with a sixteen year was ok back then and abuse was tolerated but I just don't like reading that in a romance!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Angel Hatfield

    Amelia Howard cherishes her desert country. The dazzling colors, white heat, and rough sensuality of west Texas stir her very soul. But there’s a serpent in her paradise: King Culhane. A towering sunburned cowboy with silver eyes that miss nothing, he’s a man she’s come to despise—no matter how much she had worshiped him when she was younger. As her father pushes her to secure a marriage proposal from King’s mild-mannered brother in order to marry into the Culhane dynasty, Amelia assumes the mas Amelia Howard cherishes her desert country. The dazzling colors, white heat, and rough sensuality of west Texas stir her very soul. But there’s a serpent in her paradise: King Culhane. A towering sunburned cowboy with silver eyes that miss nothing, he’s a man she’s come to despise—no matter how much she had worshiped him when she was younger. As her father pushes her to secure a marriage proposal from King’s mild-mannered brother in order to marry into the Culhane dynasty, Amelia assumes the mask of a demure young lady, always correct and obedient. It’s a posture that King holds in contempt. Yet when she reveals the true force of her feelings, she unleashes a smoldering passion that cannot be denied. And everything—propriety, filial duty, even love—will be scorched in the wake of such all-consuming desire. I’ve been wanting to read Diana Palmer for a while so I was excited to get this book. Unfortunately, my excitement didn’t really last long. The book was well written, but it was Amelia I had a problem with. She was written in a way that got on my nerves. When I looked more into it, I figured out why it was. This is actually a re-release from the early 90s when many women were written as if they needed to be saved. It doesn’t make it a bad book. The writing was pretty good. It just wasn’t for me. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Yearwood

    A Dangerous Thing Called LOVE!!! This is one of Diana Palmers older stories. Originally released back in 1993. Amelia takes place in early 1900, the Desert Country of West Texas. Going back to reminisce on my younger years of reading a romance novel. I remembered this book as being good back then. But now that I am older, I can see all the faults with this story. Amelia was a kind and yet timid. Whose life was being terrorized by her father; I know there isn’t a true reason why someone wants to ab A Dangerous Thing Called LOVE!!! This is one of Diana Palmers older stories. Originally released back in 1993. Amelia takes place in early 1900, the Desert Country of West Texas. Going back to reminisce on my younger years of reading a romance novel. I remembered this book as being good back then. But now that I am older, I can see all the faults with this story. Amelia was a kind and yet timid. Whose life was being terrorized by her father; I know there isn’t a true reason why someone wants to abuse a female, whether it be physical or mentally. But Diana Palmer surely tries. The explanation on how and why her dad went sadistic. I actually; felt sorry for him at the end. So, I decided to give him a pass. However, the hero of this piece…was a real asshat from beginning to end. King Culhane has the looks and he has power. But, other than that…he was a total loser. I never read a romance, where the hero had no redeeming qualities. I felt cheated by this book. The history was there to amaze us readers, but the romance was just not there. Maybe if this story was a few chapters longer, whereby I can see King trying to make amends…. Yet, again we readers are left with what we did receive, the heroine thinking she deserves less than she’s really entitled too.

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