Romance Book Review: Heartless

Author: Diana Palmer
Series Connection: Long Tall Texans
ISBN: 9780373774500 
Publisher: Harlequin

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Diana Palmer's, Heartless is out in paperback this month. I was actually pretty excited about reading the story about step-brother and sister Jason and Gracie. We've heard of Jason Peddleton and his step-sister's Gracie and Glory in other books. Glory had her own book called Fearless.

Jason and Gracie have been circling around each other for years, at least that is what all their friends believe. Gracie doesn't think she has any chance with Jason because when she was young she had a bad experience and some bad advice about men. When Jason acts on his feelings for Gracie in the heat of passion she runs from him. He doesn't know anything about her past bad experience and takes it as a rejection.

Feeling sorry for himself Jason in turns does something stupid, and then to get his revenge against Gracie uses it against her. Making a mess out of both their lives. When he comes to his senses Jason doesn't know how to make things right. When he finally takes action Gracie is kidnapped and he may lose her for good.

This is one of the best of the critically acclaimed Long, Tall Texans series that Diana has written in a while. There are a lot of books in this series and many times characters who are in previous books are brought back to play roles in the new stories. It is really like a long running soap opera. Some people don't like series where you have to read each book to understand who the people are in the current book. Heartless has the same qualities, but there aren't as many characters from older books and it isn't necessary to read the whole series to understand who the players are even though she does reference some others throughout this book.

If you like sweet romance, with a western theme, give Diana Palmer's Long, Tall Texans a chance. You'll learn quickly if you like her style or not. Just be warned that there are a lot who don't because she is a bit of an old fashioned writer with old fashioned romantic views. That isn't always a bad thing in romance. She writes a good honest story about strong male figures with generally shy, but spirited women. It is a style that has worked for many years with a lot of successful books.

One last word...I can't figure out why they call this book Heartless as neither Jason or Gracie are without heart throughout the whole story. Even when Jason hurts Gracie with his actions, he is still doing it because he feels heartbroken. The whole book has a lot of emotion content.

Description:
Secrets abound on a Texas ranch…


As a teenager, Gracie worshipped her stepbrother, Jason, a strong, silent cowboy who left home early to seek his fortune. Now the wealthy owner of Comanche Wells ranch, Jason has finally come back home and discovered that the little girl he knew is all grown up.

In a moment of unbridled passion, Jason realizes that he's falling for Gracie. But Gracie harbors a shameful secret that makes her deeply afraid to love. Stung by her rejection, Jason leaves, ready to put the past—and the one woman he can't have—behind him once more.

Gracie thinks she's lost Jason forever. But when danger threatens her she can only hope that her long, tall Texan will come blazing home to save her.

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