Book Review: Harden by Diana Palmer

Harden by Diana PalmerSynopsis: Rancher Harden Tremayne hates women. He’s got a pretty good reason to be angry considering that women continuously do him wrong, but then he meets city girl Miranda Warren. Harden still hates the female gender except Mindy who recently lost her husband and child in a car accident. Neither of them has ever felt so drawn to someone before, but it’s the wrong time and place and maybe, the wrong people…

Writing Style: Diana Palmer’s books all have the same essence to them. They read very similar and even the plots don’t have much variety. Nevertheless, they all have a sort of “feel good” quality that makes you want to keep picking up her books.

Hook: Find out why Harden hates women and what happens when a woman-hater finally falls in love.

Plot: Harden goes to Chicago for a cattle convention and meets the recently widowed Mindy. A few months later Harden goes back to visit Miranda and convinces her to come back to the ranch with him.

Location: Half the book takes place on the Tremayne ranch, but the other half is in Chicago. It alternates between rancher in the city and city girl on the ranch… the only catch being that Mindy grew up on a ranch and isn’t so much of a city girl as she pretends to be.

Character: Evan is one of the older Tremayne brothers and often takes on a role of protecting his other brothers from hurt, particularly when it is their own behaviour that is doing the damage.  Evan may be big and intimidating, but he’s actually a softy who tries to resolve his brothers’ relationship issues. The catch being that Evan is the only bachelor left and really shouldn’t be giving out advice because it isn’t always good advice.

Romance: The relationship between Harden and Miranda is bad everything. Mindy is recently widowed and lost her child so it is bad timing. Mindy lives in Chicago and, for a rancher like Harden, it’s a bad place. To top things off, Harden hates women so the idea of falling in love is not necessarily something he’d be overjoyed about, especially considering Mindy won’t stay out of what he considers his personal business and tries to patch up Harden’s differences with his family. But the two have chemistry, so what should be wrong, feels right, and just might be perfect.

Quote: Life isn’t perfect. This minute is all we really have. No yesterdays. No tomorrows. There’s only the present. Everything else is a memory or a daydream.

The Verdict: If you’ve ever been wondering about the illegitimate Tremayne brother, you’ll want to pick up Harden’s story, and if you have never been curious, it is still a good book.

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Teaser Tuesday (Feb-4)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Million-dollar Amnesia Scandal by Rachel Bailey

Don’t you think memories are part of what makes us who we are? What if our personalities, our selves are the sum total of everything that’s happened to us, how we’ve reacted, the choices we’ve made?

People in love are less than themselves. They make bad decisions, do things they know they shouldn’t, humiliate themselves. I refuse to be love’s fool.

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Teaser Tuesday (Feb-3)

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“All Out of Love” by Lori Wilde

“Love just plain hurts sometimes, but we can’t let that stop us from loving. Love is the only thing in the world that really matters.”

“No thanks needed, but I wouldn’t mind a home-cooked meal.”
“Then go home and cook one.”

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Cover Reveal: After the Storm by Marie Landry

I’m happy to announce that my good friend and indie author Marie Landry has just revealed the cover of her new book!

You may recall that I’ve worked on most of Marie’s other novels such as Blue Sky DaysThe Game Changer, and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. This is the much anticipated  companion novel to Waiting for the Storm!

I am one of the lucky few who will be getting an advance copy, and I can hardly wait to read it!

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For most people, starting senior year at a new high school would be a nightmare, but for Ella O’Dell it’s the new beginning she desperately needs. Two months after her mother’s death, she’s ready to leave behind the rebellious, unhappy person she became when she found out her mom was dying.

When Ella meets River Maracle and Sadie Fitzgerald, she begins to learn it’s okay to be herself, even if that means being different. River and Sadie aren’t ashamed of their misfit status—River grew up on a reservation, and his mother is the school counselor; Sadie stands out with her funky homemade clothes, and is a master at ignoring the whispered rumors that have plagued her since the beginning of high school.

Ella finds a kindred spirit in Sadie, and something more in River. After almost a year of pretending to be someone she’s not, she finally embraces life and allows herself to have fun without constant guilt. But despite her budding happiness, something is off with her new life. She doesn’t want to dwell on the past, but Angel Island is a small place, and she soon realizes her demons are harder to outrun than she thought…

Teaser Tuesday (Feb-2)

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“Barefoot by the Sea” by Roxanne St Claire

“Do what you have to do , mate. The end of all this could be near.”

You live with this lie or you die… Lie or die.

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Teaser Tuesday (Feb-1)

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“The Sweetheart Bargain” by Shirley Jump

“If you keep letting the emotions of the m=past rule your present, you’ll never find your future.”

He didn’t need to change the entire world in one afternoon, just make a couple steps in the right direction.

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