The prolific author of more than 100 books, Diana Palmer got her start as a newspaper reporter. A multi-New York Times bestselling author and one of the top ten romance writers in America, she has a gift for telling the most sensual tales with charm and humor. Diana lives with her family in Cornelia, Georgia.
A handsome rancher-tycoon and his shy, sheltered stepsister fall in love in Palmer's latest romantic melodrama (after Fearless) that's long on humid heat but hampered by cornpone theatrics. Gracie and Jason Pendleton share no bloodlines, but they've been close ever since Gracie came to live with her now-deceased mother, Beverly, who married Jason's cruel (and also now dead) father, Myron. Jason is a good ol' boy who prefers his Rocking Spur ranch to the family mansion old-fashioned Gracie tends to. Gracie, meanwhile, harbors a dark secret that has made her frightened of romance even though she's desired Jason for years. The feeling's mutual, and, eventually, their hearts collide despite the interference of Kittie Sartain, a bitchy redhead supermodel who tries to lasso Jason. Palmer, a romance veteran, knows how to concoct a savory chicken-fried love plot, but sometimes the gravy's laid on a little too thick. (June) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
When Gracie flees from her stepbrother's kiss, Jason assumes his affections aren't returned and angrily heads for New York-and disaster. But Gracie is hiding a violent, soul-scarring past-one she fears will turn Jason against her if he ever learns the truth. VERDICT Long-kept secrets, misunderstandings, and an over-the-top other woman cause numerous but not insurmountable problems for Jason and Gracie in this sensual, Western-flavored romance that is the latest in Palmer's popular "Long Tall Texans" series. Palmer (Fearless) lives in Cornelia, GA. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.