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Diana Palmer
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5 Feb 2011
One of FBI agent Kilraven's rules is keeping his hands off Jacobsville's sweetheart Winnie Sinclair. Shy and innocent, she couldn'thandle him. This town holds not only the woman he fights to resist but also the answers to an important cold case.

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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: AUDIOGO; Large type edition edition (5 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408491834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408491836
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,637,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The prolific author of over 100 books, Diana Palmer got her start as a newspaper reporter. One of the top ten romance writers in America, she has a gift for telling the most sensual tales with charm and humour. Diana lives with her family in Georgia.

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Diana Palmer is renowned as one of North America’s top ten romance writers. When she published her first novel in 1979, fans immediately fell in love with her sensual, charming romances. A die-hard romantic who married her husband five days after they met, Diana says that she wrote her first book at age thirteen—and has been hooked ever since. Diana’s hobbies include gardening, knitting, quilting, anthropology, astronomy and music. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed reader 13 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was looking forward to this book before it came out, eagerly awaiting kilraven and winnie's story but I have to say I wish I hadn't wasted my money. I get the feeling Diana was just trying to tie up all the loose ends from the previous books. The storyline involving Kilraven's wife and family was just so unbelieveable given that he is in law inforcement and the developement of his and winnie's relationship was disappointing in the extreme. The interaction between him and the security of his apartment block had me cringeing with disbelief! Don't know how she got that past the editors. There are better books of hers out there, don't bother with this one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother reading it 8 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I agree with the previous reviewer. This book is a total let down. You don't get to fall in love with the characters (which is a real shame when this was an eagerly awaited book) and the story line is sadly lacking, totally unbelievable and leaves you wondering where DP will go from here. I haven't even bothered reading Harley's story as I imagine it will also be disappointing. DP has written numerous books based in Jacobsville and I'm kind of thinking it's time she started on a new tack as these books are going downhill fast. I know die hard DP fans will read this book anyway - just wait until you can get it on the cheap at a charity shop or get someone to buy it for you for Xmas - it's not worth shelling out your own money.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars walk dont run 26 May 2010
By C. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
my oh my I hate saying that. But please at roughly 20 plus dollars for a hard back and a thin hardback at that...please dont rush on buying. I love DP. She is my guilty pleasure. I admit it. I know the heroine will be naive to the point of tstl, I know the hero will be craggy, crabby, a rancher, a cop and a woman hater. Yes he will be all of that and as a bonus he will be a billionaire. I still love it but Dangerous was NOT worthy of being a hardback and even if it wasnt this bad and I hadnt shelled out the money, I'd still be disgruntled.

Kilraven is the undercover federal agent thats been working in Jacobsville. He's been pretending to be a regular cop when everyone knows he's something more. Winnie is Boone's sister and has of course the requisite crush on our hero. I'm thinking this will be good because even with Kilraven's dark past he has come across as a nice guy. He is nice in this story, although he assures Winnie that if and when they have sex that will be it because he's never getting married again. I was ok with this.its standard DP.

My problem is that there is almost no plot. The one thats there is so thin as to not even exist. Kilraven is looking for those responsible for the death of his family. He convinces Winnie that they must get married for real so that he can visit her summer home and accidently meet a woman that he thinks may have some answers about the killers that got away after murdering his family. That whole scene takes maybe 4-5 pages toward the end. The rest of the story is REALLY aweful dialogue between Kilraven and Cash as they make jokes and innuendo about his interest in Winnie, awful dialogue with his half brother Jon Blackhawk(a virgin hot FBI guy) making sly jokes about Kilravens interest in Winnie and awful dialogue with Kilraven and Winnie as they make NOT so sly reference to her obvious interest in him. ARGHHHH. This was not a wall banger it was a save my receipt and take right back to the store that sold it.

This had none of the fluidity that is usually in DP's stories, cheesy lines or not. Known of the sympathy for the heroine that I usually get because she's tstl. I couldnt feel any of that because the dialogue is bad and there are pages of it. More dialogue than narrative or plot. I felt like this was a half finished manuscript or outline.

I'm going to read some of my other DP hardbacks from last year so I can get the angsty guilty pleasure that I get from her books. Dangerous did not do it.

**edited to add that it is 2 stars because the hero is the standard I've only had sex once in my life and it did have the virgin who will accidently get pregnant from the first time
38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible contemporary romance 27 May 2010
By Buried By Books - Published on Amazon.com
I don't think I've read a worse contemporary book in years. I'm stunned that publishers considered Dangerous worthy of a hardcover release. It's clear that Diana Palmer has zero familiarity with gaming. Equally clear that she's not all that familiar with law enforcement. In fact, based on her writing, I'm wondering if she's familiar with 21st century life at all.

Our hero, Kilraven, is a fed working undercover. He's still haunted by the murder of his wife and three year old daughter 7 years before. And while he's aware that Winnie, our young heroine, has a crush on him, he's content to ignore her in the hopes that her feelings will fade with time.

Winnie has watched and loved Kilraven from afar for a long time. She keeps a frail hope alive that he will one day return her feelings. Her work as a 9-1-1 dispatcher keeps her in at least peripheral contact with him--even resulting her saving his life once due to her somewhat supernatural intuition.

Kilraven is at times callous, contemptuous of her feelings, and a real jerk. I really didn't care that he was still suffering. One minute, he avoids Winnie. The next he shoves his tongue down her throat. Followed by a stupid plan to use a "temporary" marriage as a cover for questioning a suspect.

Far worse than the "telling" way Palmer writes are the glaring inconsistencies in characters and plot. First, she shows our hero drinking a wine cooler, then a hundred pages later he claims he doesn't drink? Then we have the super naive, innocent too stupid to live 9-1-1 dispatcher who later references bondage?

I found the notion of "waiting until marriage" contrived and incredibly unbelievable here. As if a fake marriage was necessary to absolve these two people of having sexual feelings for each other. As if those feelings were unnatural or shameful. And as if divorce after sex was somehow more appealing than sex outside of marriage.

And as for the writing...I don't know where Palmer lives (or in what universe, really) but where I've lived, one doesn't "activate" a television. Unless you have a Wonder Twin power. You don't "activate" a cell phone either, unless you're turning on service for the first time. It's called turning it on. Powering it on. Clicking the remote. Not activating.

Equally annoying are her attempts to sell the reader on her gaming knowledge. In what are clear info dumps instead of characterization, she goes on and on about "gaming discs"-hint, they're just called games--then proceeds to practically door-to-door salesman pitch an Xbox 360 console complete with the names of various games. I don't need to know the entire game library owned by the characters. Especially when it seems obvious the author probably walked into an electronics store for a crash course on gaming and has never touched a controller or played a game.

I found the writing incredibly poor. Lots of telling rather than showing, which is understandable for a new author, but downright unforgivable for a veteran author like Palmer. But what really killed this book for me was the fact that the author seemed to be writing from isolation. Like she was stuck in a cultural time warp experiencing life through someone else's eyes. That prevented me from connecting with the characters, the plot, everything. And ultimately caused this book to fail badly with me.

FTC disclaimer: Digital galley received from the publisher for review.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book, but...... 10 Aug 2010
By Avid reader - Published on Amazon.com
not in the way DP probably intended. I had read all the reviews before the library notified me that my hold was ready to be picked up. I was so thrilled!!! To me, DP is the written equivalent of "Whale Wars"-unintentional comedy gold! I knew I needed to go to the airport and get my children after their visit to gramma, and I needed some light, brainless reading for the wait. "Dangerous" was perfect: no thought processes were needed to grasp the plot or the dialogue, which was perfect for shuffling through the TSA security lines at Denver International Airport at 0830 in the morning.
Once again our hero is a super-secret covert agent, with mad skillz in gaming, hand-to-hand, and all sorts of other stuff (to include foreign languages, like Arabic, Farsi, and things like that!), with a Tragic! Past! that he cannot forget. Or heroine is a young (but not so young as some!), virginal, blonde-haired doormat (initially, at least), who believes our erstwhile hero is "dishy". Blahblahblah temporary marriage/questioning suspects/secret brother/illegitimate child molester son....
As I have mentioned in other reviews, DP's egregious use of random historical discourses by characters is disconcerting, to say the least. Who cares, one asks? Why, DP does! She apparently wants everyone to know that she has a degree in History (so do I, several in fact. I can have many many letters in the English alphabet, with punctuation, behind my name should I choose). I want to know where Kilraven went to university, because I wasn't allowed to specialise in any single area (like Scottish history) until my Master's work.
The info dumps on EOCs and dispatchers bothered almost as much as the random history lessons did. But the book is humorous, nonetheless.
I think I shall continue to get the hardcover books from the library, and wait for the used bookstore or the paperback reissue from now on. It is less costly, and more fun to read the reviews then read the book.

***This started as a one-star review, until I realised that "Dangerous" provided much more entertainment than one would expect from a one-star book. Once I determined that few people would read this book as anything other than mindless fluff, I enjoyed the story significantly more. Gloryanne is still my favorite DP heroine, though. She had an education, an attitude, and a career! Was that book ghostwritten, since the subsequent books all tend to have doormat heroines. OK, maybe Alice Jones was another exception....
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Did We Read the Same Book?? 29 May 2010
By Linda Hurst - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I thouroughly enjoyed Dangerous. Read it in one sitting. Someone commented that Palmer doesn't know gaming, but Palmer is a gamer (she confessed to an addiction in another book) and even if not completely accurate I thought the games added a fun element to the story as all ages were hooked on the same games--made for camaraderie between varied characters. Perhaps she should just make up games from whole cloth so not to irritate gamers?

I had been looking forward to Kilraven's story ever since his introduction in the horrendous Fearless. Palmer is a guilty pleasure for me but this last year she has been on a roll with her Harlequin's (Diamond in the Rough is not to be missed for Palmer fans) and setting up this story to coincide on the timeline with The Maverick (Harley & Alice's story),

I enjoyed the interaction between Winnie and Kilraven. It is a given when you open a Palmer that the heroine is going to be virginal---(sometimes she jumps hoops to keep their virginity as in Beloved where the widowed Tira was married to a gay man LOL). But, with Winnie's over protective brother Boone, it was believable she was an innocent. I enjoyed Kilraven having not slept with anyone since his wife died. His cultural heritage and horrid sense of guilt and loss kept him so emotionally isolated that abstinance made sense. Many men lacking Klraven's strong moral compass would have resorted to excess drinking and meaningless sex. Frankly, I am sick of the male 'sluts' that seem to populate a lot of books lately, particulary those set in the Regency era.

While not perfect, I really enjoyed Dangerous and look forward to Jon Blackhawk's story later this year.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "The most dangerous moment comes with victory." Napoleon Bonaparte 13 Jun 2010
By michael a. draper - Published on Amazon.com
Police dispatcher, Winnie Sinclair, gets off on the wrong foot with FBI agent, Kilraven, at a department Christmas party. She gives Kilraven a present she had drawn of a raven, with decorated beads. Winnie painted this just for Kilraven and is shocked at the anger he shows when he opens it. He takes one look at the painting and leaves the party in anger.

Later that night, Winnie is surprised by a visit from her mother. She hadn't spoken to her mother since her mother had run off with Winnie's uncle, a drug dealer. Winnie's father never forgave his former wife and when he drank, he used to beat Winnie because she looked so much like her mother.

Kilraven realizes he needs to explain his reaction to Winnie's gift. He invites her to his home and shows her a drawing that his daughter, Melly, had made. It was the last thing she had done before she and Kilraven's former wife, were murdered seven years before. The raven in Melly's drawing is so much like Winnie's that Kilraven thought someone had shown his daughter's drawing to her.

Kilraven is still in grief over his family's murder. He finds a connection to Senator Sanders and Sanders' brother, Hank. He also learns that the Senator has a thing for young girls and may have caused a young girl's death because of his actions. The Senator's wife won't stay with him because of his prediliction for underage girls. His wife stays at the family home in Nassau. When Kilraven finds that Winnie's family owns a home that borders the Senator's, he thinks of a plan.

There's not a lot of action or suspense in this novel but for the reader looking for interesting characters, this book is a treat. Kilraven reminds me of young Clint Eastwood's character, Rowdy Yates, in TV's "Rawhide." Also, when a young character named Matt enters the story, get ready to have your heart won over.

The author's theme seems to be the strength of family and forgiveness. I recommend the book to those who enjoy romantic mysteries with the empahsis on "romantic."
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