Release Date: October 23,2012
1 of 5 Stars
Ranch owner Cane Kirk lost more than his arm in the war. He lost his way, battling his inner demons by challenging any cowboy unfortunate enough to get in his way. No one seems to be able to cool him down, except beautiful Bodie Mays. Bodie doesn’t mind saving Cane from himself, even if he is a little too tempting for her own peace of mind.
But soon Bodie’s the one who finds herself in need of rescuing—only, she’s afraid to tell Cane what’s really going on. How can she trust someone as unpredictable as this fierce cowboy? When her silence only ends up getting her into even deeper hot water, it’s up to Cane to save the day. And if he does it right, he won’t be riding off into the sunset alone.
Wow, I don’t know where to start on this book.
Poor girl home from college has money issues and a crush on the newly minted town drunk, a recovering vet amputee. Only Bodie can coax Cane Kirk out of his destructive modes when he gets drunk and feeling sorry for himself (usually because some woman’s turned her nose up at him because of his lost arm).
There was an ending to it.
Where do I start? Oh, I know. Near the beginning of the book, Bodie’s grandfather was having bad heartburn and dizzy spells. They go see his regular doctor, and then both Bodie and the grandfather are absolutely blown away by the new technology that allows doctors to look inside at the heart (an EKG/ECG). C’mon, really?! EKGs have been around for 50+ years, why is this so shockingly new fangled tech for them????
Bodie is a moralizing, self-righteous, holier than thou twit who is incredibly dismissive of the “low values” of anyone who sleeps around before marriage. I’m fine with a heroine being a virgin, don’t get me wrong. It’s fabulous when it’s done well. But she frequently goes off on moralizing rants about how society is falling apart in part because of lax values. Then, when she agrees (in a totally overdone moment of martyrdom) to have pictures taken in a less than innocent, virginal setting, she’s totally humiliated and stunned. Oh, and then the fall-out from that. Her entire college snubs her?! C’mon, really?!
Cane just needs to get over himself. Yes, it sucks he lost an arm, but his whole family coddles him, paying off the bar owners every time Cane rips a place apart, rather than letting Cane pay the price (jail time, etc) for his indulgence.
Ms. Palmer manages to work in a ding at society for the US not having better health care and services from the government.
Cane treats Bodie like crap, in part because he feels like he’s too old for her. Okay, granted, I’m a little icked by the notion of a twelve-year age gap, but it clearly can work for people. Still, it’s such a freakin’ big deal to him, and then because he can’t get into her pants any other way, he pops the question. Oy.
Don’t read it, I guess. I would never have expected a book like this from the main Harlequin line. Had it been an inspie, maybe it would have been a bit more palatable, but to stumble across a book this moralizing/preachy from the main harlequin line was a stunner. There was so little to like, I can say without a doubt that I will probably never crack the cover of another Diane Palmer book again.
-Reviewed by Victoria