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THE OUTLAW AND THE DEBUTANTE When Carson Wayne approached Miss Mandelyn Bush of Charleston with his outlandish proposal, it was My Fair Lady in reverse. The ornery, reclusive cattleman claimed he wanted to learn how to court a lady, and the genteel Miss Bush was the only one equal to the job. Who else would undertake the sentimental education of a confirmed bachelor who slu THE OUTLAW AND THE DEBUTANTE When Carson Wayne approached Miss Mandelyn Bush of Charleston with his outlandish proposal, it was My Fair Lady in reverse. The ornery, reclusive cattleman claimed he wanted to learn how to court a lady, and the genteel Miss Bush was the only one equal to the job. Who else would undertake the sentimental education of a confirmed bachelor who slurped his coffee, ate peas on his knife, and regularly indulged in barroom brawls? No other woman dared approach him. And even Mandelyn soon began to wonder whether a few lessons in manners could ever make a gentleman of an outlaw like Carson Wayne.


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THE OUTLAW AND THE DEBUTANTE When Carson Wayne approached Miss Mandelyn Bush of Charleston with his outlandish proposal, it was My Fair Lady in reverse. The ornery, reclusive cattleman claimed he wanted to learn how to court a lady, and the genteel Miss Bush was the only one equal to the job. Who else would undertake the sentimental education of a confirmed bachelor who slu THE OUTLAW AND THE DEBUTANTE When Carson Wayne approached Miss Mandelyn Bush of Charleston with his outlandish proposal, it was My Fair Lady in reverse. The ornery, reclusive cattleman claimed he wanted to learn how to court a lady, and the genteel Miss Bush was the only one equal to the job. Who else would undertake the sentimental education of a confirmed bachelor who slurped his coffee, ate peas on his knife, and regularly indulged in barroom brawls? No other woman dared approach him. And even Mandelyn soon began to wonder whether a few lessons in manners could ever make a gentleman of an outlaw like Carson Wayne.

30 review for Cattleman's Choice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Leona

    Oh wow, what a pleasant surprise. This was just plain fun. I found myself laughing out loud in so many places. I typically don't read DP. Her type of heroes just don't appeal to me, but this book was an exception. Carson was great and the heroine was very strong. If you love a "besotted fool" then this is the ticket. A truly lovely and engaging story with such likable characters. Oh wow, what a pleasant surprise. This was just plain fun. I found myself laughing out loud in so many places. I typically don't read DP. Her type of heroes just don't appeal to me, but this book was an exception. Carson was great and the heroine was very strong. If you love a "besotted fool" then this is the ticket. A truly lovely and engaging story with such likable characters.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vintage

    A tad paint by the numbers, but Diana P gives us a besotted hero. Finally! Eight years besotted. The rugged and rough-and-tumble H falls for the Southern bred lady h like the ton of bricks he is when he first sees her. He likes them sassy as his Luh-H-U-V is only cemented when she slaps him for cussing. The h is the one the sheriff and other sundry concerned citizens call when he goes on a bender which is pretty often. With one touch she gentles him and he goes his merry way...back to the ranch A tad paint by the numbers, but Diana P gives us a besotted hero. Finally! Eight years besotted. The rugged and rough-and-tumble H falls for the Southern bred lady h like the ton of bricks he is when he first sees her. He likes them sassy as his Luh-H-U-V is only cemented when she slaps him for cussing. The h is the one the sheriff and other sundry concerned citizens call when he goes on a bender which is pretty often. With one touch she gentles him and he goes his merry way...back to the ranch for a less than celibate life. It's been eight years and he has a proposition for her: he wants her to be Henry Higgins to his Eliza Doolittle because he is in love with a mystery woman and wants to be better for her. Who could it be? He is not a good learner because he fails his first lesson at being a gentleman at a crepe place. Checking the pub date; yep, 1985. That, the polyester pants and a tan and white checked sport coat gave that away. I'm wincing here. Standard DP fare: hairy chest that he is more than proud to show off; frank sexual discussion on how natural sex is despite the fact that the h is a virgin, a ranch...and misunderstandings. Just because he is besotted doesn't mean he can't be mean. When he finds out why she's still a virgin he is not a nice guy, but we have to forgive him as he actually wrote a song about her and can play the guitar. What's not to love with a hairy chested, guitar singing hero?

  3. 4 out of 5

    KC

    I liked both protagonists and the story overall. Hero cracked me up with his deliberate rudeness at the (view spoiler)[opera/ballet(?). Sorry, I don't have the book anymore so I can't doublecheck. Anyway, he was trying to make the heroine hate him at this point. Heroine was clueless as to hero's besotted feelings, even while realizing his makeover was an attempt to win a certain lady's love. How many "ladies" does she think he knows? LOL (hide spoiler)] . But I couldn't rate this any higher than I liked both protagonists and the story overall. Hero cracked me up with his deliberate rudeness at the (view spoiler)[opera/ballet(?). Sorry, I don't have the book anymore so I can't doublecheck. Anyway, he was trying to make the heroine hate him at this point. Heroine was clueless as to hero's besotted feelings, even while realizing his makeover was an attempt to win a certain lady's love. How many "ladies" does she think he knows? LOL (hide spoiler)] . But I couldn't rate this any higher than a "liked" because: 1. The characterization and themes were underdeveloped. 2. The dialogue felt simple and dated at times, just like an old '80s TV show airing in the middle of the night (before cable) guaranteeing no one will watch it. 3. I didn't care for one plotthread being dropped without any mention again. (view spoiler)[Hero's anger at heroine for supposedly using him as a substitute for her dead fiancé. (hide spoiler)] 4. The angst and passion were too mild for my tastes. P.S. I previously noted hero's unclear celibacy as a minus, but it didn't really bother me because he and the heroine weren't a couple or committed to each other. I just would have liked a definite answer. Some readers say the hero was celibate after meeting the heroine eight years ago, but it sounded to me like he wasn't. It'd just been awhile.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mou

    I liked it. A wild, savage cattleman with a prim & proper lady... The hero and the heroine knew each other for eight years. He falls in love with her but thought he was not good for the heroine. And you know what? He was also celibate for all these years... No OW!!! But he can be mean. There were lots of times when I wanted to punch him for being mean to the heroine. But I forgive him a little cause he tried to change for his lady love. We don't get to meet heroes every day who are willing do an I liked it. A wild, savage cattleman with a prim & proper lady... The hero and the heroine knew each other for eight years. He falls in love with her but thought he was not good for the heroine. And you know what? He was also celibate for all these years... No OW!!! But he can be mean. There were lots of times when I wanted to punch him for being mean to the heroine. But I forgive him a little cause he tried to change for his lady love. We don't get to meet heroes every day who are willing do anything for the heroine. He was so smitten with her that he even wrote a song for her. The heroine was ok. She was a strong independent women. But she was caught in her past and that past actually created a great deal of misunderstanding between the hero and heroine. Before reading a DP's book I checked at least two times cause her types of hero isn't my liking. Although this hero was mean sometimes still he was a lot better than her other heroes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Mandelyn is a is a southern bell living in Arizona for the last eight years. Carson her rough rancher neighbor has been in love with her for years but he knows he doesn't fit in her high society cultured world. He asks Mandy to teach him how to be a gentleman so as to get close to the woman he loves. Mandy doesn't realize he talks about her. Besides she is still too fixated on her past and the love she lost. When Carson realizes she is still obsessed with her deceased fiancé they have a bad figh Mandelyn is a is a southern bell living in Arizona for the last eight years. Carson her rough rancher neighbor has been in love with her for years but he knows he doesn't fit in her high society cultured world. He asks Mandy to teach him how to be a gentleman so as to get close to the woman he loves. Mandy doesn't realize he talks about her. Besides she is still too fixated on her past and the love she lost. When Carson realizes she is still obsessed with her deceased fiancé they have a bad fight, he walks away and now it is Mandy who is chasing after him. Loved the angst and the romance. Hero was great and my heart broke for him. Mandy said some very harsh things to him but she totally redeemed herself towards the end. I still liked Carson more though lol

  6. 4 out of 5

    Margo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I just could not get past his years of promiscuity while he pined for her. Certainly DP has H's who are womanizers, but not ones who are fully aware of their feelings for the h. Typically they stop having sex with other women at that point. This was just gross. I just could not get past his years of promiscuity while he pined for her. Certainly DP has H's who are womanizers, but not ones who are fully aware of their feelings for the h. Typically they stop having sex with other women at that point. This was just gross.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    “Cattlemans Choice” is the story of Mandelyn and Carson. Two neighbors live on ranches side by side- polar opposites. While Carson is wild and free, Mandelyn is prim and proper. But when Carson gets into brawls, only Mandelyn calms him.. Soon Carson employs Mandelyn to teach him how to be a gentleman, to woo someone he greatly cares for, and our story begins.. A non typical DP book with all her classic elements -hairy cowboys -sweet innocent heroine -a past which makes one of them wary -hidden attract “Cattlemans Choice” is the story of Mandelyn and Carson. Two neighbors live on ranches side by side- polar opposites. While Carson is wild and free, Mandelyn is prim and proper. But when Carson gets into brawls, only Mandelyn calms him.. Soon Carson employs Mandelyn to teach him how to be a gentleman, to woo someone he greatly cares for, and our story begins.. A non typical DP book with all her classic elements -hairy cowboys -sweet innocent heroine -a past which makes one of them wary -hidden attraction -sweet kisses -jealousy involving other people But mixed with this we had the sweet plot of a hero head over heels over the heroine, a heroine who realizes her feelings and a sweet reverse seduction with surprising ending. Also glad minor characters got their HEA! Safe 3.5/5

  8. 4 out of 5

    Saly

    Wow a Diana Palmer I enjoyed, colour me surprised. Yes the hero did act like a jerk but less of a jerk than the usual Palmer books. Also I loved that he had loved the heroine forever.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chantal ❤️

    SPOILER FREE CAUSE YOU SHOULD READ THIS ONE WOW! This was an amazing book. The hero was so gone over the heroine it was amazing to read. Even if the reader does not get his POV much, you could tell how he felt about her. That first kiss...man oh man! One look and he was hooked! The heroine, who has lost her fiancé in a tragic set of circumstances way way before she mets the hero here, so she does not want to take a chance on loving again and thinks her love life is over. The hero sets about winni SPOILER FREE CAUSE YOU SHOULD READ THIS ONE WOW! This was an amazing book. The hero was so gone over the heroine it was amazing to read. Even if the reader does not get his POV much, you could tell how he felt about her. That first kiss...man oh man! One look and he was hooked! The heroine, who has lost her fiancé in a tragic set of circumstances way way before she mets the hero here, so she does not want to take a chance on loving again and thinks her love life is over. The hero sets about winning her and opening her eyes to who he is and what they could have together. Now this book is a totally safe book. Even when they are not together they are both faithful. This is why I love DP the emotions are so strong it leaps off the pages. I loved this book. One of my fav. If you like DP then this is a must read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cheesecake

    Carson and Mandelyn. I wanted to like this more than I did. Carson was great but Mandelyn was a self centered ... Anyhoo, Carson calls her on it but still her BS drags 0N because she is.. well... a coward. Overall it was a 'role reversal' story. She is the asshat, and he is the pining fool. Not my cup of tea I guess. A red-neck falling for the debutante story. But it kinda fell flat for me. Mostly because they have know each other for 8 wasted years, and Mandelyn has not once thought of him 'THAT Carson and Mandelyn. I wanted to like this more than I did. Carson was great but Mandelyn was a self centered ... Anyhoo, Carson calls her on it but still her BS drags 0N because she is.. well... a coward. Overall it was a 'role reversal' story. She is the asshat, and he is the pining fool. Not my cup of tea I guess. A red-neck falling for the debutante story. But it kinda fell flat for me. Mostly because they have know each other for 8 wasted years, and Mandelyn has not once thought of him 'THAT' way. I felt so bad for him so fall for such a cold fish. I think if she had any attraction to him before then, the story would have been much better. She moves to their small Texan town from Charleston, after her fiance dies. She is only 18 but she has been holding a torch for the teenage kid ever since... despite his being dead. Eight years Carson's been in love with her and finally decides to make a play despite her obliviousness. He asks her to help him learn to be more cultured to attract a woman he loves. The plot sounds great... but imho she holds out WAAAAAAAYYYYYYY tooo long. There's some stupid jealousy between her friend and his foreman but even after that she chooses to be a self absorbed idiot. I think the ending was supposed to be cute, but I had lost respect for her character by then. (view spoiler)[ He tells he flat out what a self flagelistic idiot she's being over her dead boyfriend whom she wasn't even hot for but he was the 'perfect gentleman'... honestly it just makes me gag . I never once felt that she understood what it had been like for him loving her for so long with no hope. She never felt bad for being so obtuse. In fact, she has the GALL to feel insecure... Really??? (hide spoiler)] Really, I just felt sorry for Carson but he was WONDERFUL. I listened to this as part of the 'Christmas on the Range' audio book. The reader was good.

  11. 4 out of 5

    MissKitty

    Well, my first Diana Palmer and I did like it. I must confess that I’ve been avoiding reading her books because, from the reviews, I know her Heroes can be such jerks towards the heroines. This one was quite sweet. It’s a beauty and the beast story with a totally besotted beast. The Hero is not ugly, but he does have quite beastly manners and the heroine is the quintessential proper southern belle. It was just so sigh worthy how the Hero would do anything for her and even tried to change his mann Well, my first Diana Palmer and I did like it. I must confess that I’ve been avoiding reading her books because, from the reviews, I know her Heroes can be such jerks towards the heroines. This one was quite sweet. It’s a beauty and the beast story with a totally besotted beast. The Hero is not ugly, but he does have quite beastly manners and the heroine is the quintessential proper southern belle. It was just so sigh worthy how the Hero would do anything for her and even tried to change his manners to just so he could have a chance with her. Nice happy story, sigh.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alexis-Morgan Roark

    What a jerk-wad this guy was! Typical DP hero-frustrated celibacy taken out on the unknowning virginal heroine. Gotta love it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Simona

    Not too pleased with the short length, yet it was still a chore to finish. I also didn't like the eight years it took H to try to initiate a courtship. Not too pleased with the short length, yet it was still a chore to finish. I also didn't like the eight years it took H to try to initiate a courtship.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I hated the main male character, Carson, in this book. His only redeeming moment in this book is at the beginning of chapter ten when he opens the door completely naked. That was a laugh out loud moment but for the rest of the story I hated him. I didn't want the main characters to end up together. He acted like he was raised by wild animals. Yeah, so this book is supposed to be about Carson asking the main female character, Mandelyn, to teach him "how to court a lady" but there's a difference b I hated the main male character, Carson, in this book. His only redeeming moment in this book is at the beginning of chapter ten when he opens the door completely naked. That was a laugh out loud moment but for the rest of the story I hated him. I didn't want the main characters to end up together. He acted like he was raised by wild animals. Yeah, so this book is supposed to be about Carson asking the main female character, Mandelyn, to teach him "how to court a lady" but there's a difference between not knowing "how to court a lady" and acting like a wild animal. He had no redeeming qualities.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Colleen (NerdyWoman) Kayter

    Classic Diana Palmer... surly, gruff, older man alternately pursues and pushes away sweet, innocent, virginal heroine. But what's not to love about that? Classic Diana Palmer... surly, gruff, older man alternately pursues and pushes away sweet, innocent, virginal heroine. But what's not to love about that?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Poonam

    2.5 stars Unrequited love from hero's side. The feelings from h's end were a bit abrupt and the way the H behaves (getting in bar brawls) and the h being a classy lady due to her upbringing (view spoiler)[Apart from the brawl at the end in which she takes part (hide spoiler)] , I really find it difficult to imagine an actual happy ending in long term for this couple (view spoiler)[The way he behaves at the ballet and her reaction to it makes me wonder how long in the marriage would it be before sh 2.5 stars Unrequited love from hero's side. The feelings from h's end were a bit abrupt and the way the H behaves (getting in bar brawls) and the h being a classy lady due to her upbringing (view spoiler)[Apart from the brawl at the end in which she takes part (hide spoiler)] , I really find it difficult to imagine an actual happy ending in long term for this couple (view spoiler)[The way he behaves at the ballet and her reaction to it makes me wonder how long in the marriage would it be before she starts reacting the same way again to his uncivilised behaviour (hide spoiler)] . Inspite of this I enjoyed the romance and I like how Diana Palmer writes her romance.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    Two-haiku review: She's cultured lady He's uncouth rowdy cowboy Can they ever fit? A little dated But still entertaining tale Enjoyable read Two-haiku review: She's cultured lady He's uncouth rowdy cowboy Can they ever fit? A little dated But still entertaining tale Enjoyable read

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked the idea of the story, although I will be honest.. he was a bit of a jerk. Some of Diana Palmer’s heroes tend to be that way. Men that put down women for being inexperienced virgins. Sorry, not sexy. I gave it four stars because I liked that he was a rugged cowboy that knew nothing of manners and she was an elegant woman. The whole two worlds thing that seemed very romantic. Also the ending was sped up too fast, as some of her books tend to be. Anyway it was a nice little read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    This book was SO bad, that it was hilarious. The male love interest is introduced just after he's broken a man's jaw in a bar fight. He immediately forces an unwanted kiss on the heroine, so hard that he cuts her lip with his teeth. With. His. Teeth. This is by far the tip of the iceberg. Read this book only if you're looking for the terribly absurd. This book was SO bad, that it was hilarious. The male love interest is introduced just after he's broken a man's jaw in a bar fight. He immediately forces an unwanted kiss on the heroine, so hard that he cuts her lip with his teeth. With. His. Teeth. This is by far the tip of the iceberg. Read this book only if you're looking for the terribly absurd.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Carson and Mandelyn I really loved this story! Had a different take for once and I truly enjoyed it. Carson is a cowboy totally n love with Mandelyn and is ready and willing to do anything to win her love. The h have lost her fiance years ago and doesn't want to love again. This was a very lovely story with intense emotions. The love jumps from the pages. Highly recommended Carson and Mandelyn I really loved this story! Had a different take for once and I truly enjoyed it. Carson is a cowboy totally n love with Mandelyn and is ready and willing to do anything to win her love. The h have lost her fiance years ago and doesn't want to love again. This was a very lovely story with intense emotions. The love jumps from the pages. Highly recommended

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    Read in duet book - Christmas on the Range: Winter Roses\Cattleman's Choice Read in duet book - Christmas on the Range: Winter Roses\Cattleman's Choice

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diana McVicker

    I love all Diana Palmer books. This one is a favorite. I recommend it to those who like to read western love stories about cowboys and ladies!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Pretty one dimensional romance. Very dated. Meh.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rogetwhi

    4.75 stars!!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joan Mcphillips

    A funny Diana Palmer romance....guy is nicer than most of her hero's A funny Diana Palmer romance....guy is nicer than most of her hero's

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ellyn (Mrs. Darcy in my Dreams)

    This was hollow and elementary. Not sure how it got such high rating.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ros' Bookshelf

    1/3 stars

  28. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe

    I love Diana Palmer is a must read - always! *Donating my books and updating Goodreads.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    A light and fast romantic read

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leilani Richter

    So very good..the right amount of everything.

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