Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.


Well, I've made it almost 5 years now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Review-WYOMING BRAVE by Diana Palmer- 2* ("It's nice that it was a library book!")

Series: Wyoming Men #6
Author: Diana Palmer
Genre: Western Contemporary Romance
Rating: * *
Publishers: HQN Books
(Dec 27, 2016)
Paperback: 304 pages
FTC Disclosure: Borrowed from library (Thank goodness)

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!

I've always loved reading a DP book and am not sure if the writing was so just bad or if the editing was nonexistent in this case. Was the book outlined by DP and someone else responsible for this hot mess?  There was a constant retelling of facts, never been kissed, treatment by father, can't dance, that when telling the second time around (or third) was as if it had never even been mentioned before.
And when did it become okay for the hero to be a complete and total asshole. OK, he got his feelings hurt by his mommy (poor baby), when he was an asshole to her about her faith, he kicks his fiance to the curb cause she was a gold digger (kudos for this), and it seemed he pretty much shared sexual favors with  his brother's lady friends all the time (Yuck!). Plus he was pretty much a bully to someone who had been terrorized her whole life even after she explained her father's brutal treatment of both her and her sister.
Not sure how this sad book received any 5 stars on Amazon. Seriously people did you really read it or just say nice things based of the other fabulous DP books you had read? So glad that this was a borrow from the library as if I'd even gotten it as a used book, I'd have felt totally ripped off. Usually, I just ignore a bad book but this time, I just has to pass on a buyer beware warning.
Finally, I'm a firm believer in the Thumper Rule when reviewing a book, "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all ". So with that, "It's nice that it was a library book!"

Wyoming Men
     aka Wyoming Christmas

Susan Spaeth was born on December 11, 1946. Her mother was part of the women's liberation movement many years before it became fashionable. Herbest friends are her mother and her sister, Dannis Cole, who now has two daughters, Amanda Belle Hofstetter and Maggie and lives in Utah. Susan grew up reading Zane Grey and fell in love with cowboys. Susan is a formernewspaper reporter, with sixteen years experience on both daily and weekly newspapers. Since 1972, she has been married to James Kyle and have sincesettled down in Cornelia, Georgia, where she started to write romance novels. Susan and her husband have one son, Blayne Edward, born in 1980.

She began selling romances in 1979 as Diana Palmer. She also used the pseudonyms Diana Blayne and Katy Currie, and her married name: Susan Kyle. Now, she has over 40 million copies of her books in print, which have been translated and published around the world. She is listed in numerous publications, including Contemporary Authors by Gale Research, Inc.,Twentieth Century Romance and Historical Writers by St. James Press, The Writers Directory by St. James Press, the International Who's Who of Authorsand Writers by Meirose Press, Ltd., and Love's Leading Ladies by Kathryn Falk. Her awards include seven Waldenbooks national sales awards, four B.Dalton national sales awards, two Bookrak national sales awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award for series storytelling from Romantic Times, severalAffaire de Coeur awards, and two regional RWA awards.

Inspired by her husband, who quit a blue-collar manufacturing job to return to school and get his diploma in computer programming, Susan herself wentback to college as a day student at the age of 45. In 1995, she graduated *summacum laude* from Piedmont College, Demorest, GA, with a major in history and a double minor in archaeology and Spanish. She was named to two honor societies (the Torch Club and Alpha Chi), and was named to the National Dean's List. In addition to her writing projects, she is currently workingon her master's degree in history at California State University. She hopes to specialize in Native American studies. She is a member of the Native American Rights Fund, the American Museum of Natural History, the National Cattlemen's Association, the Archaeological Institute of Amenca, thePlanetary Society, The Georgia Conservancy, the Georgia Sheriff's Association, and numerous conservation and charitable organizations. Herhobbies include gardening, archaeology, anthropology, iguanas, astronomy and music.

In 1998, her husband retired from his own computer business and now pursues skeet shooting medals in local, state, national and internationalcompetition. They love riding around and looking at the countryside, watching sci-fi on TV and at the movies, just talking and eating out. 

1 comment:

Gina R said...

Oh boy. Well, I suppose every author is entitled to a bit of a stinker now and then...better luck next read!