Series & Title: Wyoming Men, Book 6: Wyoming Brave
Author: Diana Palmer
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Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: December 27, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Western, Romance
ARC Received From: HQN via NetGalley
Reviewed For: TLC Book Tours
The Wyoming men are back! In their quest for true love on the range, are these ranchers bold enough to open their hearts to the women under their protection?
Ren Colter may own an enormous ranch in Wyoming, but he scorns his wealth. He's closed himself off since his fiancée left him months ago, so he's shocked when he allows Meredith Grayling to stay with him. He tells himself it's only to protect the blonde beauty from a stalker, but Ren's alpha instincts soon kick in.
The last thing Merrie wants is a devastatingly handsome man like Ren lurking around her. He's too experienced, too appealing for her already shot nerves. What she needs is just to get away from it all: the man haunting her waking dreams and the one hunting her like an animal. But no woman escapes this Colter cowboy!
To better understand Merrie's history, you might want to read to Defender. It isn't necessary but it is helpful.
That being said, I had a hard time with this story. Ren's "alpha" personality came across as abusive. If he possessed any kindness or compassion or concern for Merrie, I didn't see it. Or maybe I forgot it right after I read it? I'm all for a take-charge man--who isn't?--but he wasn't it for me. The final straw was when he offered money to Merrie for sex.
And what's not to adore about a virgin heroine? That innocence. Those "first time" emotions. The need to feel and experience it all with that one man her heart knows is her everything. Except Merrie's transition from virgin to not a virgin happened too quick for me. I didn't get that anxious anticipation, the nervousness, the overwhelming desire to slow down because--hello?--all of this is new, and exciting, and strange, you know?
The connection they have is supposed to be one of the highlights of this story, as is Ren finally letting another woman claim his heart after his ex tore it all to shreds. Unfortunately, it just wasn't for me. I didn't get that heart-to-heart connection; it was purely physical. Awkward physical, but only physical. The dialogue distanced me from this story too. It was archaic at times for being a contemporary novel, and that made it difficult to indulge in or even enjoy.
I wish I could have liked this story but there was just so much on top of the aforementioned. Every "alpha" has a redemptive moment in a romance. Ren didn't. Every innocent heroine has that moment of growth that comes with trust in their partner. I didn't get that sense with Merrie.
I don't know if I'll read another book this series because even though I like Diana Palmer I'm not sure I can take another so-called alpha like Ren and an instant-seductress like Merrie.
The prolific author of more than one hundred books, Diana Palmer got her start as a newspaper reporter. A New York Times bestselling author and voted 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.