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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Diana Palmer is back in Wyoming with a tale of love born in Big Sky Country…  Billionaire oilman Blair Coleman has always taken care of his business. After having been used and cast aside by a woman he thought he loved, his personal life is far from his first priority. He knows only one has ever truly cared for him—bu New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Diana Palmer is back in Wyoming with a tale of love born in Big Sky Country…  Billionaire oilman Blair Coleman has always taken care of his business. After having been used and cast aside by a woman he thought he loved, his personal life is far from his first priority. He knows only one has ever truly cared for him—but the irresistible blonde beauty is the daughter of his best friend. Niki Ashton has seen her father's friend wounded and she's seen him fight. Blair is the strongest—and most stubborn—man she's ever known. That very heart and passion makes him the man of her dreams, but whenever they've been in danger of getting close, Blair has always pushed her away. It takes a possible tragedy to strip away all of Blair's misgivings. Now it's all or nothing: marriage, baby, family, forever. But will the choice be too much for Niki…or too late?


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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Diana Palmer is back in Wyoming with a tale of love born in Big Sky Country…  Billionaire oilman Blair Coleman has always taken care of his business. After having been used and cast aside by a woman he thought he loved, his personal life is far from his first priority. He knows only one has ever truly cared for him—bu New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Diana Palmer is back in Wyoming with a tale of love born in Big Sky Country…  Billionaire oilman Blair Coleman has always taken care of his business. After having been used and cast aside by a woman he thought he loved, his personal life is far from his first priority. He knows only one has ever truly cared for him—but the irresistible blonde beauty is the daughter of his best friend. Niki Ashton has seen her father's friend wounded and she's seen him fight. Blair is the strongest—and most stubborn—man she's ever known. That very heart and passion makes him the man of her dreams, but whenever they've been in danger of getting close, Blair has always pushed her away. It takes a possible tragedy to strip away all of Blair's misgivings. Now it's all or nothing: marriage, baby, family, forever. But will the choice be too much for Niki…or too late?

30 review for Wyoming Rugged

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vintage

    I hope these two dumb clucks never reproduce as they don’t have sense to come in out of the rain. The older, hairy H is the rare DP protective nice guy that is head over heels with the heroine until it becomes clear she’s attracted to him after a bout of fooling around then his raging attraction and release of testosterone engage the DP cruel hero affect. He’s SO MEAN! She searched his black eyes. Her own were sad. “We were friends once.” He smiled. It was icy cold. “We were,” he agreed. The smile I hope these two dumb clucks never reproduce as they don’t have sense to come in out of the rain. The older, hairy H is the rare DP protective nice guy that is head over heels with the heroine until it becomes clear she’s attracted to him after a bout of fooling around then his raging attraction and release of testosterone engage the DP cruel hero affect. He’s SO MEAN! She searched his black eyes. Her own were sad. “We were friends once.” He smiled. It was icy cold. “We were,” he agreed. The smile faded. “Until you tried to seduce me. You won’t get a second chance at it. I don’t want you, Niki,” he said coolly. “I never will, except in one way. And you know exactly which way I mean.” “Of course I do,” she said, trying to hide the hurt. “You’re still living in fairy tales, happily-ever-after, romantic nonsense,” he bit off. His eyes glittered. “It’s a lie, Niki. It’s just sex with frosting. That’s all it ever is, for a man.” Her face drained of color. “I see.” “If you weren’t so damned naive, you’d have known it from the beginning! You have a beautiful body and I wanted it. Any man would. But that’s all it was.” She is a sweet, virginal little thang with bad lungs that will name him George, and will hug him and pet him and squeeze him, but he won’t let her. She thinks she has cancer so she decides to end it all by hiking without her inhaler because it’s too scary to find out what the dot on her lung might mean. Forget about the fact that her father almost committed suicide when her mother died of cancer. Arrrrgh. The H uses the excuse of his evil ex to keep her away because of his HUGE… age difference. When he finds out about the possible cancer, he allows himself to have sex with the heroine only to dump her for her own good when they find there is no cancer because he’s so old, and he may be sterile, and he has a hangnail, and he may get a cold someday….Oh, get over yourself! Well, he’s not sterile. They finally get married and it takes them a few days before they can consummate the marriage as she has such bad morning sickness. Oh, Diana, you are sweet, but you are the worst romantic! Vomiting bride is not romantic!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vashti

    It's no secret amongst my Goodreads friends that I am a diehard ,long time Diana Palmer fan.For a while,her books were sadly lacking and I was despairing if this beloved author would ever return to her heyday of wtiting the books that she was known and loved for. Well,I got my wish,this book has returned this author to her roots in romance.It had everything you would expect in a DP romance and I enjoyed every page till the very end.If you are a long time fan,you will love this book.4.75****

  3. 5 out of 5

    kristen

    Review forthcoming at Romance and Smut Spoiler: If there wasn't an iPad mentioned, I would have thought it was set in 1955. And I don't say that in a good way.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)

    Only words like GPS, ipad and emojis give a ‘newish’ feel to this DP, which otherwise is a mish mash of many of her earlier works. But still it’s a very engaging and heartwarming story with very likabe h/H, who become good friends despite the age gap before the dynamics of their relationship change. Even with the DP longish length and a story span of about three years, it doesn’t drag or bore (well almost doesn’t!). *With some spoilers* I loved both the h and the H. She is one of the sweetest of Only words like GPS, ipad and emojis give a ‘newish’ feel to this DP, which otherwise is a mish mash of many of her earlier works. But still it’s a very engaging and heartwarming story with very likabe h/H, who become good friends despite the age gap before the dynamics of their relationship change. Even with the DP longish length and a story span of about three years, it doesn’t drag or bore (well almost doesn’t!). *With some spoilers* I loved both the h and the H. She is one of the sweetest of DP’s hs and her sweetness is endearing without being cloying (although her complete non-knowledge about things sexual was a bit difficult to swallow). As with many other DP hs, she also battles a debilitating disease - bronchial asthma in her case. I loved how he cared for her towards the later half. And he is a nice guy who goes through a marriage and a divorce with an ow before realizing his true feelings for the h. Even then he tries to do the honorable thing by staying away as she is 16 years younger to him. His brief spells of cruelty were also pardonable, as he believed it necessary for her own good. As for the disagreeable bits, I found it close to creepy that the H marries the ow because she resembled his dead mother? Even with the h, he draws a comforting comparison - that physically she may not resemble her, but in nature at least she is closest to his mother. As for the h, her stupid attempt at a hiking hara-kiri was selfish and thoughtless at best. On a tangent, I appreciated the characterization of the om as the sanctimonious health freak. It was a unique and new take on a personality type and I can just believe (and dislike) the person the way he was. The very ‘healthy’ health freaks who believe exercise and taking natural herbs can cure just about anything! Not taking away from healthy eating and a healthy way of life, but some conditions/diseases are best left to the medical experts to diagnose and treat. I found the book so much more interesting for this subtext. One mention I adored – “I wasn’t really impressed with Captain America until I saw the Avengers movie. I loved him in that, so I went with you to see Cap in his own movie. He’s awesome, like the actor who plays him.” And never thought this line could sound romantic too… “I’m with you to the end of the line”

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Niki has been in love with Blair since forever.,He is her father's best friend and the man of her dreams. Sadly he is also married. Blair has always pushed her away not because he doesn't have feelings for her but because he feels bad about their age difference. He is 16 years older than her. It was nice to see a strong hero but also vulnerable and insecure. After his divorce they come closer but it takes a tragedy to strip away Blair's doubts and open his heart. Heroine was your typical Diana P Niki has been in love with Blair since forever.,He is her father's best friend and the man of her dreams. Sadly he is also married. Blair has always pushed her away not because he doesn't have feelings for her but because he feels bad about their age difference. He is 16 years older than her. It was nice to see a strong hero but also vulnerable and insecure. After his divorce they come closer but it takes a tragedy to strip away Blair's doubts and open his heart. Heroine was your typical Diana Palmer heroine which means she was adorable, warm and innocent, a real sweetheart.The love story was romantic and so intense. Love scenes were sensual and full of passion. I adore Diana Palmer she is simply the best!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Anne

    tropes/themes: unrequited love, older hero, virgin heroine wyoming rugged is a super angsty read and one of my favorites from diana palmer. niki pines after her father's friend Blair who is sixteen years older than her. he marries someone else which ruins his happiness and makes him hesitant to start anything with niki. his indecision and back and force attitude towards his feelings for niki made me not rate this five stars. i'm use to diama palmer's heroes treating the heroines cold and cruelly tropes/themes: unrequited love, older hero, virgin heroine wyoming rugged is a super angsty read and one of my favorites from diana palmer. niki pines after her father's friend Blair who is sixteen years older than her. he marries someone else which ruins his happiness and makes him hesitant to start anything with niki. his indecision and back and force attitude towards his feelings for niki made me not rate this five stars. i'm use to diama palmer's heroes treating the heroines cold and cruelly and Blair is no exception, but he isn't as extreme as some of her other heroes are. it did feel tiring though that he kept going back and forth with his feelings for niki.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4.5 stars Now this was back to the Diana Palmer that I fell in love with all those years ago when I read her for the very first time. The focus of the story was the couple and the development of their romance with a few passionate moments thrown in instead of the external plot point that had been the focus of Diana Palmer's stories of late, her latest works. This was very reminiscent of a lot of her old books with very similar themes and plot devices that I absolutely love even though they may no 4.5 stars Now this was back to the Diana Palmer that I fell in love with all those years ago when I read her for the very first time. The focus of the story was the couple and the development of their romance with a few passionate moments thrown in instead of the external plot point that had been the focus of Diana Palmer's stories of late, her latest works. This was very reminiscent of a lot of her old books with very similar themes and plot devices that I absolutely love even though they may not be modern themes or even politically correct, but who cares I love them away. Books are meant to be escapisms where I get lost in the characters and the story so that I become emotional invested in the whole story. It supposed be fun and entertaining. Titillating and romantic, and just enthralling making it engrossing and engaging. It's a fantasy, and this book was that and it ticked off my boxes. It again reminded me of the time of when I became a complete Diana Palmer lover. Despite the fact that these themes and plot points were very familiar and have been done time and time again not only by other others but by Palmer as well, it didn't feel tired or boring. I enjoy them like I did in this book. Those timeless themes just keep me entertained and engrossed. I don't why, but they do. So whenever they appear in a book especially a Palmer book, I am thrilled and was so glad that this book had many of the elements that I love to read about in a romance. This is why I read romance, and I don't care why people say. Loved the characters of Niki and Blair. They were the stereotypical couple in many of Palmer's book of her being the young, innocent, ingénue, totally in love with Blair for years on end, harboring a secret crush on him that he never knew about. While he was the typical brooding, older man that was determined to keep her at a distance and be nothing more than friends and doing so by any means possibly even cruelly despite the fact that he wants the girl and starting to develop deeper feelings for her. That's a Palmer couple for, yeah, and I love it. I loved all the back forth and the drama between them. There was plenty of angst and anticipation in the story, which I loved. It kept me invested and interested. It was playful as it was heartbreaking to watch and just see how the came together and grew closer over time before getting their happily ever after. Plus there were those passionate scenes thrown in there that Palmer just knows how to create, making it another winner in my eyes. There were a couple of hot making out sessions that were really foreplay and create the anticipation when they finally did come together. There was just so much sexual tension between Blair and Niki, and it was absolutely delicious. I loved it. Every moment. I loved those sexy scenes even though they didn't consummate their relationship fully, but it felt like they did. I think it was due to all the build up and intensity between them and in that scene. Just things just exploded from there. But since there was this build up between them as well as a development to their relationship, there was an emotional component that was really intense as well. It was like the dam was bursting from them, and Blair and Niki were getting some relief despite the fact that it didn't last long when Blair pushed her away cruelly, but I could feel their relief because I felt relief because they finally had that passionate interlude that they had been craving for so long. The ache was being temporarily soothed. Then when they scene came that they finally came together it was hot despite it not being graphic in terms of words, but sparked the imagination of me as the reader so I could see everything clearly in my mind. My mind filled in the blanks of what wasn't said. But I will say that the lovemaking scenes between Blair and Niki were a little bit more graphic than some of Palmer's more recent works where the scene was over in a blink of an eye and it was like "what just happened." Now it wasn't obscenely graphic or anything, but was more detailed than she has been in the last few years, which was a very welcomed surprise, and I loved it. Again it was more reminiscent of her older books where the romance and development of it was the focus instead of external plot. Meaning in her older books she did have detailed love scenes, but usually the full one was at the end of the story after the had gotten married, not in this one. There were three love scenes and one happened when they were not married yet, and I loved it. Maybe that was Palmer way to modernize a little bit, but not too much to go against her style. I liked it. Again romance and love was they key and focus in the book, which was great. I want more of that. Yes, some people may not like these stories or characters and their actions, and again might seen it as too old fashioned, but its a book, and I would feel very differently if it was real life, but it's fun and enjoyable. Again this formula and these books by Diana Palmer was what made me fall in love with romance in the first place. When I was young and read these books for the first time, they shocked me because of what the subject matter was and how graphic was to show intimacy between a man and woman, but as I've gotten older I have become less shocked, which is probably a normal thing for more most people reading romance, but that doesn't mean my love for the old classic themes died just because I got older. It increased my love for them, and I like knowing that I am about to go on this passionate, roller coaster ride with many highs and lows along the way. Lots of hurt and pain going on but all so love and joy especially at the end. I love those stories. I love having the experience right along with Blair and Niki as they fell passionately in love with one another and just feeling so much while I read it. Again Diana Palmer did a great job with the telling of the romance between Blair and Niki. Even though a bit old fashioned and might not be up to modern standards of today, it was still good. Her old formulas just work for me, and I hope that she keeps it up and writes like this in the future because those are the type of stories I absolutely fall in love with and are winners in my eyes.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Monica **can't read fast enough**

    In WYOMING RUGGED the romance between Niki and Blair builds very slowly and in the beginning is mostly one sided. Niki is painfully inexperienced and naive in a way that is almost out of place in today's world. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, it just makes for awkward interactions between Niki and Blair. Falling almost instantly for her father's close friend doesn't make for an easy road to love for Niki Ashton. Sheltered and coddled by her father, Niki doesn't experience the world in the wa In WYOMING RUGGED the romance between Niki and Blair builds very slowly and in the beginning is mostly one sided. Niki is painfully inexperienced and naive in a way that is almost out of place in today's world. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, it just makes for awkward interactions between Niki and Blair. Falling almost instantly for her father's close friend doesn't make for an easy road to love for Niki Ashton. Sheltered and coddled by her father, Niki doesn't experience the world in the way that most twenty-somethings do. Being sixteen years younger than Blair makes getting his attention and being taken seriously by him very hard for Niki. The feelings that Blair initially has for Niki are more of protector and friend than romantic lover. This romance is very much an older man loving and introducing an innocent young woman into the world of romantic love. The feelings that Blair initially has for Niki are more of protector and friend than romantic lover. However, Niki has always thought of Blair as her ideal man. Mature, protective, and caring are all qualities displayed by Blair and desired by Niki. Blair does not set out to seduce Niki but through circumstances that continuously brings them closer together, their mutual attraction can no longer be ignored. As the story unfolds Blair seems in need of rescuing almost as badly as Niki. Blair has the patience and eventually the desire to open himself to loving the shy and unassuming Niki. Palmer has created a very sweet romance between Niki and Blair that doesn't boil over with passion and chemistry. Their relationship builds steadily with the goal of creating a family and a peaceful happily ever after. The reason for a lower star rating for this one is the fact that I couldn't quite buy into how overly innocent Niki is. The wide eyed innocence of a young woman who wasn't excessively sheltered was a little less believable for me. Niki's naivete was too extreme at times. I don't always enjoy the much older man and young woman dynamic when it's presented in a way that the lover is more of a father than equal and that was the overall feeling I got from this one. WYOMING RUGGED is well written, it just wasn't my favorite relationship dynamic. **I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.** You can find more from at •(♥).•*Monlatable Book Reviews*•.(♥)• http://www.monlatablereviews.com/

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lu Bielefeld *read.laugh.love*

    ARC from NetGalley --------------- Nossa escritora favorita acertou em cheio nesta história. As leitoras fãs vão reconhecer todos elementos que caracterizam a escrita da autora. Nós temos um herói rico, casado, melhor amigo do pai da heroína, com mami issues e 16 anos mais velho. A heroína é ingênua, de saúde frágil e muito protegida pelo pai dela. Temos mulheres vividas perseguindo o herói e um pretendente com personalidade duvidosa perseguindo a heroína que ajudam a temperar a trama. Mas mesmo r ARC from NetGalley --------------- Nossa escritora favorita acertou em cheio nesta história. As leitoras fãs vão reconhecer todos elementos que caracterizam a escrita da autora. Nós temos um herói rico, casado, melhor amigo do pai da heroína, com mami issues e 16 anos mais velho. A heroína é ingênua, de saúde frágil e muito protegida pelo pai dela. Temos mulheres vividas perseguindo o herói e um pretendente com personalidade duvidosa perseguindo a heroína que ajudam a temperar a trama. Mas mesmo reconhecendo todos elementos que são comuns a quase todas histórias da autora nós somos cativados pela heroína e pelo herói e nos deliciamos do início ao fim. Adorei tudo e fiquei fisgada pela história do início ao fim. Recomendo muito! -------------- Our favorite author nailed it in this story. The readers fans will recognize all elements that characterize the writing of the author. We have a rich hero, married, father of the heroine's best friend, with Mommy issues and 16 years older. The heroine is naive, frail health and protected by her father. We have women experienced chasing the hero and a suitor with dubious personality chasing the heroine that help spice up the plot. But even recognizing all elements that are common to almost all stories by the author we are captivated by the heroine and hero and delight from start to finish. I loved everything, and I was hooked by the story from start to finish. I highly recommend!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Astraycat

    I enjoyed reading this DP's book. I liked the slow build-up between H and h, how h helped H overcome his depression because of his marriage, how they cared about each other, and how they got closer to each other. Of course I was waiting H say sth to hurt h at some point considering I've read many DP's novels. Yep, he toally did it, almost ruined my good impression of him so far. However, I didn't expect the second time he hurt her by his rude words because I thought he finally realized life was sh I enjoyed reading this DP's book. I liked the slow build-up between H and h, how h helped H overcome his depression because of his marriage, how they cared about each other, and how they got closer to each other. Of course I was waiting H say sth to hurt h at some point considering I've read many DP's novels. Yep, he toally did it, almost ruined my good impression of him so far. However, I didn't expect the second time he hurt her by his rude words because I thought he finally realized life was short. h should not forgive him so soon. Another thing I didn't get was h's father's attitude toward H and h's relationship. He was a loving and overprotective father, but never once did he treat H badly because of his interactions with h, made little sense to me. Recommend to DP's fans. If you've never read her works but want to try this one, be sure you can accept a totally naive h and some old-fashioned values.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Taria Reed

    i liked the story, but it had a meggashitton of repitition. repetition of comments, conversations, actions, etc. too much running around chasing their tails and KNOWING what the problem is and still doing the same damn things. The book could have easily been half the length. Niki was too fucking naive. TOOOOOOO Innocent. she was 23 and had no idea about shit. And seriously get that chit a cape cus in this book she was seriously Captain jump-to-any-stupid-ass-conclusion. story - 3 narrator 4 the book i liked the story, but it had a meggashitton of repitition. repetition of comments, conversations, actions, etc. too much running around chasing their tails and KNOWING what the problem is and still doing the same damn things. The book could have easily been half the length. Niki was too fucking naive. TOOOOOOO Innocent. she was 23 and had no idea about shit. And seriously get that chit a cape cus in this book she was seriously Captain jump-to-any-stupid-ass-conclusion. story - 3 narrator 4 the book could have been a 4 if not for Niki's stupidity and Blair's ridiculous reasons and then there's the repetition.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    Overall a good read. May December romance between Niki, and her father's best friend Blair. While she falls for him at 17, he's always been attracted to her but thinks of her as a kid. He then gets married and later divorced, and flames fly when they meet again. As usual there are cruel exes, evil girlfriends, mean heroes, pushing away, angst, repent- and finally a HEA and a baby. Some heavy breeding undertones- but with DP flavor. This followed the well used pattern but I found everyone's mood swing Overall a good read. May December romance between Niki, and her father's best friend Blair. While she falls for him at 17, he's always been attracted to her but thinks of her as a kid. He then gets married and later divorced, and flames fly when they meet again. As usual there are cruel exes, evil girlfriends, mean heroes, pushing away, angst, repent- and finally a HEA and a baby. Some heavy breeding undertones- but with DP flavor. This followed the well used pattern but I found everyone's mood swings a bit annoying. However the book had some really tender moments too- hence the rating Not technically Safe 3.5/5

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Sheila

    It's been a while since the last time I read a new book from Diana Palmer. Gosh, I miss it! Though now her writing seems to be more.. Adapting to the whole technology (smartphone, games, etc), it still doesn't lose its classic-ness. ;) Blair, our Hero, is a bit annoying, to be honest. He gone hot and cold in a matter of minutes and to me that's just childish. He's a mature man, for crying out loud! Why can't he act like his age? But overall, this book is pretty much Palmer's classic plot and I j It's been a while since the last time I read a new book from Diana Palmer. Gosh, I miss it! Though now her writing seems to be more.. Adapting to the whole technology (smartphone, games, etc), it still doesn't lose its classic-ness. ;) Blair, our Hero, is a bit annoying, to be honest. He gone hot and cold in a matter of minutes and to me that's just childish. He's a mature man, for crying out loud! Why can't he act like his age? But overall, this book is pretty much Palmer's classic plot and I just can't help but loving it. Sure it could be annoying but I will always crave Diana Palmer's writing. I hope she stays well and keep writing books. ;)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Booked

    Thank god!! no more gaming!! She did briefly mention Facebook which made me cringe just a little bit. This book is reminiscent of her older older books susan kyle/diana blayne style of story telling. I'm still a fan, but the plot and the conflict kinda just went around in circles which was a little frustrating. Just when you think thing are moving along, you find yourself back to the beginning. I think it happened just enough times that I started mildly doubting the invitable HAE. I swear if she Thank god!! no more gaming!! She did briefly mention Facebook which made me cringe just a little bit. This book is reminiscent of her older older books susan kyle/diana blayne style of story telling. I'm still a fan, but the plot and the conflict kinda just went around in circles which was a little frustrating. Just when you think thing are moving along, you find yourself back to the beginning. I think it happened just enough times that I started mildly doubting the invitable HAE. I swear if she had added one more detour and I would have lost it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hasnamezied

    Ok I am going to give it 2.5. This was my first read for Diana Palmer. May be I should started reading for her another book. Both of the hero and heroine who I already forgot their names has a huge difference in age which was 16 years.For me it was too much. Also, I felt most of the book like Come Here - Go Away. In addition , the same conversations kept repeated over and over so I become really bored. The only benefit was to learn that Black Coffee is good for Asthma attacks.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Siegrist

    I am an avid Diana Palmer fan and reader of her books. I never hesitate to pick up one of her books. There are times that I don't always like where the story goes, but she always manages to pull me back in and finish a wonderful story. Normally, I would never pinpoint on something that bothered me, because normally it's nothing too huge that bugs me. But I have to mention something this time because it really, really bothered me. The book starts with Niki being dropped off at her home by her date I am an avid Diana Palmer fan and reader of her books. I never hesitate to pick up one of her books. There are times that I don't always like where the story goes, but she always manages to pull me back in and finish a wonderful story. Normally, I would never pinpoint on something that bothered me, because normally it's nothing too huge that bugs me. But I have to mention something this time because it really, really bothered me. The book starts with Niki being dropped off at her home by her date. He feels entitled to get in her pants, for whatever insane reason, and she doesn't want that. He basically pushes her inside the house, drags her to the living room, rips her shirt, puts a few bruises on her, and before he can go any further, Blair, the hero, comes in and stops him. Great! I love that sort of hero. What I don't like is how Blair suggests she calls the police and Niki blows it off like it's nothing. He lets it go as well. While I'm sure this happens in real life where people let it go, who knows the reasons, many different reasons I'm sure (and that's each person's choice). But I don't think this sends a very good message. It says to me that it's okay what her date did. And it's not okay. That was a sexual assault. That was border-lining to a rape. Daddy, did whatever he does, and the date fled the state. It should have been reported. And, yes, I know it's just a story, but I just didn't like how it was portrayed. For the first time, I was disappointed in something that was written by an author I enjoy reading. While that part really bothered me, I continued the book. I enjoyed the rest, for the most part. If you're looking for a younger woman in love with a much older man, and a few little problems on the way to both of them connecting with true love, this is your book. I just had to share my thoughts on how it started, because like I said, it bothered me. I just don't want sexual assault to be considered nothing, when it is something. And I will stop there because I could probably go on and on and on.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl Tribble

    I generally like Palmer's books just fine, although I seem to remember the occasional stand out and haven't hit one in a good while. This one is pretty average and one of her standard approaches. Young, ridiculously innocent, virginal heroine has a big crush on an older man who thinks she deserves better. Said older man does some stupid-to-borderline-mean stuff a few times, while the heroine does some dumb stuff just to keep things complicated. It definitely went on way too long -- once hero hea I generally like Palmer's books just fine, although I seem to remember the occasional stand out and haven't hit one in a good while. This one is pretty average and one of her standard approaches. Young, ridiculously innocent, virginal heroine has a big crush on an older man who thinks she deserves better. Said older man does some stupid-to-borderline-mean stuff a few times, while the heroine does some dumb stuff just to keep things complicated. It definitely went on way too long -- once hero hears about the age gap between the heroine's parents, as well as grapples with her health issues, I thought there'd be a new conflict between them, but, no, same old same old -- but I bought into it anyway. If you're a Diana Palmer fan, this one will probably work for you.

  18. 5 out of 5

    XxTainaxX

    I know I should stop myself but I always give in. There's a blueprint that Diana/Susan follows that's quite predictable but I always fall lol Secretly hoping we get a [email protected]$$ heroine? PS: I looked it up because it is annoying and antiquated. Only 3 states require blood tests for a marriage license: DC, Mississippi, and Montana. PSS: None of the above are Wyoming. Or Texas for that matter. **cough** timetoupdateyouresearchgirlfriend**cough**

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ava M.

    What the hell did I just read....

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Guilty pleasure but I don't feel guilty.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Selly - Leggere Romanticamente

    http://www.leggereromanticamente.com/... Di Diana Palmer ho letto tantissime storie, conosco quindi molto bene il suo stile e i suoi cliché. Anche Per il cuore del petroliere è una delle sue classiche storie romantiche con una protagonista ingenua e all'antica che si innamora di un uomo più maturo e di mondo, ma la Palmer è riuscita nuovamente ad emozionarmi e a tenermi in bilico fino all'happy ending. Niki è innamorata da sempre di Blair e nel suo cuore non c'è mai stato nessun'altro, purtroppo http://www.leggereromanticamente.com/... Di Diana Palmer ho letto tantissime storie, conosco quindi molto bene il suo stile e i suoi cliché. Anche Per il cuore del petroliere è una delle sue classiche storie romantiche con una protagonista ingenua e all'antica che si innamora di un uomo più maturo e di mondo, ma la Palmer è riuscita nuovamente ad emozionarmi e a tenermi in bilico fino all'happy ending. Niki è innamorata da sempre di Blair e nel suo cuore non c'è mai stato nessun'altro, purtroppo però lui ha ben sedici anni in più e l'ha sempre considerata solo una ragazzina. Dopo la laurea di Niki però le cose iniziano a cambiare, e l'autrice ci trascina in un vortice di alti e bassi, baci rubati e una tensione sessuale incontenibile. Tutte i personaggi secondari che ruotano intorno alla coppia di protagonisti capiscono in fretta che quello che c'è tra Niki e Blair è un legame profondo e unico, ma per Blair il fattore età sembra un muro invalicabile. Le circostanze però lo aiuteranno un po' per volta a comprendere che l'età non conta poi così tanto... Ho un debole per i protagonisti maschili creati da questa autrice, sono uomini veri, forti, affascinanti, protettivi, spesso molto ricchi ma che non hanno paura di sporcarsi le mani quando necessario. E questo è uno di quei casi, anche se Blair mi ha fatto alzare gli occhi al cielo più volte con tutti i suoi dubbi e atteggiamenti distaccati. Si capisce perfettamente che lui tenta di agire per il bene di Niki, purtroppo però spesso fa esattamente il contrario. Per il cuore del petroliere è una storia romantica ed emozionante che ho divorato in una serata libera, una volta iniziata non sono riuscita a staccarmi fino alla conclusione! Se già conoscete e amate Diana Palmer e la tipologia di romance che scrive, molto probabilmente verrete conquistate anche da questa sua storia inedita. Se invece non avete mai letto nulla di questa autrice e volete sperimentarla, questo è un buon libro da cui iniziare, e se vi piacerà ne avrete tanti altri da recuperare che potrei consigliarvi! Io non me ne perdo uno! ;)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bwmurf

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have been on a Diana Palmer kick lately and it's gonna end with this one. It's the same thing every time. Young girl loves old dude, he can't be with her for some reason ,treats her like manure then has a sudden epiphany and without so much as a sorry she's all " you finally realized you loved me and want to marry me, yes yes who cares that you are a giant prick to me" and they live happily ever after......I guess as long as she knows her place.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mum

    It was a nice book, but seemed dated. I have concerns that the medical data was accurate but how often do you read a romance looking for information on asthma?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    Me siguen gustando Diana Palmer es fantadtica

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    Let me start by saying that I am not a reader of romance books as a genre. This is not to say that I have never picked one up and read it; in fact, I have, but it was when I was very young and then later as an exercise at the library where I work. It's not that I don't enjoy a book with romance in it, if it's done well and integrates cleverly into a larger plot but generally, I try to stay away from the genre. However, I was hoping that since this author is very popular and I was unfamiliar with Let me start by saying that I am not a reader of romance books as a genre. This is not to say that I have never picked one up and read it; in fact, I have, but it was when I was very young and then later as an exercise at the library where I work. It's not that I don't enjoy a book with romance in it, if it's done well and integrates cleverly into a larger plot but generally, I try to stay away from the genre. However, I was hoping that since this author is very popular and I was unfamiliar with her writing, the book would not be a stereotypical example of what I've grown to avoid. I was wrong. Keep in mind that I am not the target audience so my perspective, while honest, is without prejudice to fans who do enjoy the genre. Unfortunately, I don't know how else to write a review except from my own particular viewpoint, so the following is only an opinion, with neither pretense nor apology. Assuming that most of Diana Palmer's readers are women, I can see where a story like this one is escapism in its purest form. I wish women weren't so hung up on a "Daddy Complex" where they fantasize about a man who takes care of them like a porcelain doll, where every need is taken care until their dad is replaced by a younger (but not much) and hotter version of Daddy. He then steps in to take care of their every need leaving them with, well, not much to do except bask in their adoration and decide which swimsuit makes their ridiculously firm bodies, the appearance of which is always a total surprise to them, look sexier. Money, is of course, never a problem. Either Daddy is independently wealthy and gives his daughter everything she could possible wish for, or as in this story, she quickly develops a thing for his business associate, who cannot possibly contain his attraction for his co-worker's much younger daughter. Is Dad concerned? Nope. Please, take my daughter and do with her as you will. The "meet cute" of the story is in the form of an attempted rape, which, in my opinion, should only rarely be used as a plot device but is apparently, commonly used in many romance novels. In this case, being saved from an attempted sexual assault is attractive to Niki, the main character, and who (of course) is a virgin. At this point, the word "bodice" was used so I bookmarked it. She never forgets Blair's (of course that's his name) chivalry and vows to save herself for the only man who could ever take the place in her life from her devoted father. Blair was the "reason Niki had never dated." As a parent, this would have concerned me a bit but a health issue was thrown in to explain away the reason a teenage girl had no interest in boys her own age. Blair is described as "chiseled," wearing "designer slacks that clung to his broad, muscular thighs." I bookmarked this as well but was laughing too hard to keep track of all of the similarly written clichés. Sex. I read an article recently about where a library's copies of Fifty Shades of Grey were tested for herpes and came back positive for most copies. While this book contained far less gratuitous scenes than Fifty Shades, I'm pretty sure that an alcohol wipe wouldn't hurt. Clearly, this is sex as only a kind of woman would imagine it: A giving, self-less man who is concerned only about the pleasure of the woman. A meek and trusting woman who is ignorant about her own body and her own needs who lets the man take charge with no need to ask for anything because all will be provided. This is fiction not of the real world, at least I hope not. At this point, my eyes were hurting from rolling so much. More sex. Of course, a woman only lives to please her man and then provide babies for him. Unprotected sex is not only romantic but completely without worry that the man would be anything but over the moon to hear the news. Of course, throughout the pregnancy your fifteen pound (more like fifty, in my case) weight gain would barely dent your rockin' hot bod and would then return to "normal" in a few weeks and your pert little pink nippled breasts will not change at all. Stretch marks and bubble butt...what's that? I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. Like I said, these books are clearly not meant for me. I don't want to be put on a pedestal and, as a popular presidential candidate says, "cherished." Collectible figurines are cherished because they are breakable. I don't want to be on a pedestal or in a "binder." I worry about a fantasy where women are voiceless, powerless and ignorant. And breakable. In my opinion, women should be respected because we are so hard to break. Or at least we should be. But these books were never meant for women like me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    Wyoming Rugged (Wyoming Men, #5) by Diana Palmer I quit this book at page 23. At this point I could tell several things already. 1. Ms. Palmer does not write above a 6th-grade level. a. Short. Choppy. Sentences. That tell you what is happening. 'She is angry. She can't run away in time." b. "He drew back a fist the size of a ham and inserted it into the boy's diaphragm..." Since this is Super Bowl Sunday, I'm blowing the whistle: Juvenile imagery and improper use of a Thesaurus. Ye-gods woman, Wyoming Rugged (Wyoming Men, #5) by Diana Palmer I quit this book at page 23. At this point I could tell several things already. 1. Ms. Palmer does not write above a 6th-grade level. a. Short. Choppy. Sentences. That tell you what is happening. 'She is angry. She can't run away in time." b. "He drew back a fist the size of a ham and inserted it into the boy's diaphragm..." Since this is Super Bowl Sunday, I'm blowing the whistle: Juvenile imagery and improper use of a Thesaurus. Ye-gods woman, read some books or get an editor. 2. Ms. Palmer does no research for her books. I can tell you that anyplace in Wyoming is waaay more than 20 minutes from Billings, MT. Now maybe that doesn't matter to readers who just want the romanticized ambiance of the western U.S. as a backdrop for the story. 3. The lead female is a young immature idiot. She had a crush on a man roughly the same age as her father at 17 and has pretty much refused to date anyone in college for 2 years because of this juvenile crush. Which was described in the book as "all through college". Two years is not "all through college." 4. No logic. You and your date are in Billings, MT for school. a. Why would you ask him to take you home to your dad's ranch after the date? See #2 above. b. Why would you get in a car with a drunk driver? 'I only attacked you because I was drunk.' 5. Inappropriate and out-of-context language. Remember that Blair, the "hero", spent his career working on oil rigs, lived his whole life in Wyoming and he says "Damned bounder"?? (Page 19) Seriously, freaking seriously? Who in the whole U.S. would use that word - "bounder"? It's an old-fashioned British term. Did Palmer just cut and paste from a different book? Or did she just decide she liked the way it sounded and used it regardless of the fact that it doesn't fit the character or setting? Now some people will feel that this review is too harsh, especially in light of a friend of mine - a beginning writer - that recently received an equally hard review from another reader. Diana Palmer has written over 100 books. She is no longer "a beginning writer" at the start of her career. Granted, Harlequin books isn't known as the home of great writing but for the love of J.K.Rowling people, hire some editors to polish up this drivel.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sara Strand

    Right away, I will tell you that while this is #5 in the series, you would never know it. This is 100% a stand alone book, so that's really nice. Also, Diana Palmer is a new to me author and I would read her again, which tells you what I think about the book. So let's get the things that annoyed me out of the way now. First up, Niki.... sigh. Niki is like, she's naive but she's worse than naive. She's the phase before naive, she's practically puritanical. If you had locked a woman away in a dunge Right away, I will tell you that while this is #5 in the series, you would never know it. This is 100% a stand alone book, so that's really nice. Also, Diana Palmer is a new to me author and I would read her again, which tells you what I think about the book. So let's get the things that annoyed me out of the way now. First up, Niki.... sigh. Niki is like, she's naive but she's worse than naive. She's the phase before naive, she's practically puritanical. If you had locked a woman away in a dungeon with zero social contact and let her loose in a bar, that's the only way you could replicate her naivete. She has zero idea what flirting is, has zero idea what physical attraction feels like, and honestly, she's basically childlike in a way. Then Blair is a bit of a moron who spends the entire book focusing on the 16 year age gap, as if that's even an issue nowadays. Aside from that, my biggest complaint is that a solid 30 pages towards the end of the book? Could be taken out. At least. It's rehashing of them rehashing, or the first time they rehashed EVERYTHING. Honestly, it's either take that 30 pages out or get rid of the entire first part of the book and give us just the 30 pages. I found myself skipping entire pages because I had already read this stuff three, sometimes four times earlier in the book, already. Instead of all of that (without giving the conclusion of the book away) I would have liked to seen more of their ending. I feel like SO MUCH TIME was put into rehashing everything we've read that the ending was rushed and that does a disservice to the book, I think. BUT. With that, it's a solid little romance. If you're looking for seedy love scenes and graphic detail, you will NOT get it in this book. If you are that person who likes to read a love story without all of the detail in love scenes, this is absolutely the book for you. Overall? I enjoyed it. Sure, the 30 page thing was annoying, but if I imagine the book without that, I really liked it. It's a good romance, a fast read, it kept me wanting to find out what happens with Niki's health and if Blair gets his head out of his ass. Sara's Organized Chaos

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lorilei Gonzales

    I was given this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was really excited to read this book because I liked Palmer’s “Wedding in White”, which I read by accident back in high school. This book follows the same formula: younger, virginal woman has known older, experienced man since she was on the cusp of womanhood and is in love with him despite his hangup on the age difference, but he doesn’t come around until she has a near death experience that lands her in the hospital. And even tho I was given this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was really excited to read this book because I liked Palmer’s “Wedding in White”, which I read by accident back in high school. This book follows the same formula: younger, virginal woman has known older, experienced man since she was on the cusp of womanhood and is in love with him despite his hangup on the age difference, but he doesn’t come around until she has a near death experience that lands her in the hospital. And even though the pair is pretty mismatched, the people who love them see right through all the pettiness and are just waiting for the two to finally get together. Now there is nothing wrong with formulaic writing (ahem, Nicholas Sparks), but I like to be kept guessing when I read romance. Because that’s what romance is like! You don’t know for sure what the other person is thinking or whether they want to kiss you. So by knowing what was already coming, I found myself focusing on the side characters. While Niki’s father is characterized as caring but not nurturing for some reason, all I saw was that he nurtured his grownup daughter. And I loved his character for it. It’s hard not to love a man who is so devoted to his late wife, no matter how short their marriage was, and is still so in love with her that he doesn’t ever want to remarry. He transfers that devotion to Niki, who sadly is also quite sickly, and is so fulfilled with his life that you forgive him for not having a romantic relationship with the housekeeper who helped raise Niki. Overall, this book will leave you with happy thoughts and dreamy feelings. A little steamy too. Pour the wine.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This was a book I wanted to like. I liked the premise of the book, an emotionally wounded man and the woman who has loved him quietly waiting for him to notice. Unfortunately, the story and I didn't click with each other. I had a hard time connecting with Blair and Nikki. She came across as incredibly naive, much more so than a young woman growing up on a working ranch in the modern era should have been, and he came across very condescending. The writing also seemed very stiff and the yo yo effe This was a book I wanted to like. I liked the premise of the book, an emotionally wounded man and the woman who has loved him quietly waiting for him to notice. Unfortunately, the story and I didn't click with each other. I had a hard time connecting with Blair and Nikki. She came across as incredibly naive, much more so than a young woman growing up on a working ranch in the modern era should have been, and he came across very condescending. The writing also seemed very stiff and the yo yo effect between Blair and Nikki was over done. By the end of the book, I was almost rooting for them to not get together because of the way he was behaving. I found Nikki's devotion to Blair and his obvious care for her endearing, but I really think their story would have been better served in a novella format.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    I have to say that this was one weird love story. I usually do not mind older man/younger woman love stories but I did mind this one. The hero Blair was creepy--he wanted women who looked/acted like his mother. Yuck!! He married another woman and divorced her; he was changing his mind every other page and treated the woman like a child. The heroine Niki was unbelievably naive, immature and spineless. The age difference between them did bother me. A man who goes after his best friend's daughter i I have to say that this was one weird love story. I usually do not mind older man/younger woman love stories but I did mind this one. The hero Blair was creepy--he wanted women who looked/acted like his mother. Yuck!! He married another woman and divorced her; he was changing his mind every other page and treated the woman like a child. The heroine Niki was unbelievably naive, immature and spineless. The age difference between them did bother me. A man who goes after his best friend's daughter is gross. He verbally abuses the heroine without cause and the little girl forgives him anytime he shows her any kindness. Get real!! It was a strange relationship between a grouchy middle-aged man and a sheltered younger girl. I do not recommend this book!

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