Sunday, September 29, 2013

Romance Book Review: Diana Palmer's Protector

Author: Diana Palmer
Series Connection: Long, Tall Texan

ISBN13: 9780373777716
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin

Purchase Link: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

The 37th in the Long, Tall Texan Series, Sheriff Hayes Carson and Minette Raynor finally get together and work out their differences. Over the last several books readers have heard exactly how Hayes feels about Minette. Even after finding out in a previous book that Minette didn't have anything to do with giving his brother the drugs that he killed himself with, Hayes still harbors and unreasonable hatred for Minette. Hayes has also found out that Minette herself may not be responsible for his brother, Bobby's, death, but she is very close to the person who helped in the boy's demise.

When Hayes is shot on his front porch he can only be released from the hospital if he has someone to take care of him, but no one will take care of him at his house because of his pet iguana that has been known to attack. Feeling sorry for him, and because she has always harbored a crush on him despite his feelings for her, Minette agrees to help out and take him in. 

Reluctantly he goes to live with Minette and her family. Minette lives with her great aunt and her young step brother and sister. While living under her roof and being taken care of by Minette, Hayes begins to realize that she isn't the person he has made her out to be for so long. He also soon realizes that Minette doesn't have all the information about her past that he does and doesn't understand her real connection to Bobby's death. 

In the background of the story a scene is unfolding around them that is about to change Minette's life forever. Minette soon learns that she is about to become a pawn between two Mexican drug lords.

The story takes a lot of twists and turns and in Diana Palmer style old friends from around Jacobsville come into play. For someone who knows she can be taken at any time, Minette seems to take too many chances and even though she seems a lot tougher than most of Diana Palmer's heroines is somewhat naive about her safety. 

We all knew that these two would get together at some point, but in this case I'm not sure I like the way it all happened. Hayes Carson, who has always been the arrogant local Sheriff, there when needed to help out the local police, comes off like a wimp even though he's injured. I would have liked him to be stronger and worked a little harder to get Minette to fall for him, especially all he has put her through without her even being responsible for his brother's death at all.


His brother had been the only family he had left in the world. Hayes, a long, tall and serious Texan, has long been suspicious of the blond-haired, bright-eyed Minette Raynor, who is both mysterious and beautiful. And now he's convinced that Minette was involved in giving his brother the drugs that killed him. As far as Hayes is concerned, neither her looks nor anything else will stand in the way of him righting what is so very wrong.

Minette can't get Hayes off her mind, or off her back. His investigation of her is a nuisance, but as an undercover DEA agent, that's the least of her worries. Until she finds herself in great danger, and he's the only one who can save her. Can she count on Hayes believing the truth--and saving her life?

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