Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Long Tall Texans Book 33

Winter Roses
Author: Diana Palmer
Series: Long Tall Texans Book 33
ISBN: 978-1-4268-0828-9
Genre: Western contemporary romance


Handsome, eligible ranch owner Stuart York was not one to mince words. Ivy Conley, his younger sister's best friend, found out the hard way. During a night's stay at his Jacobsville ranch, Ivy wound up in Stuart's arms. The resulting fireworks singed them both . . . and knowing she was too young, Stuart closed his heart to her.

Now, years later, Ivy is determined not to be treated like a little girl anymore. Although still innocent, Ivy knows she has to fight her own battles, but for some reason Stuart is always fighting them for her, keeping her from harm. And safe in Stuart's arms Ivy feels like a woman . . . a woman who belongs to him.

My View:
Diana generally has a formula for the Long Tall Texans that she's kept going for 33 books and while some readers may be tired of the cookie cutter plot line it hasn't seemed to hurt sales over the years. There are still plenty of readers out there who like the men and women of Jacobsville, Texas and their ways.

In Winter Roses we first meet Ivy when she's 18 years old and dealing with the death of her father. Her older drug addicted sister is giving her a bad time about settling their father's estate, when her best friend contacts her and coaxes her to spend the weekend with her. Ivy is leary of going because she knows her friends brother, Stuart, our hero, isn't pleased with the girls' friendship. Thinking Stuart will be away for the weekend she goes and while she help sooth Stuart's impression of her, he still worries she's too young and blows her off.

Rather than give up on life we next meet Ivy two years later, just a little older but a lot wiser. She's still having problems with her drug addict sister and things are about to get worse. Ivy's story follows Long Tall Texans and Diana's Mercenary series into the world of Jacobsville never ending problem with drug dealers and sets the stage for her next Mercenary series book.

All and all this was just one of Diana's run of the mill books. Not bad, it just doesn't stand out like some of the others. If you like the men of Jacobsville go out and find a copy. Diana is still worth the read no matter what.

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