Let me start by saying that I am a devoted Diana Palmer fan, and truly enjoyed most of her older titles with the arrogant alpha hero, and the young vulnerable heroine. Diana seemed to make it work somehow. Now, it's just stale. "Desperado" is the long awaited story of Cord Romero. That's where the suspense ends. The storyline involved Cord and his Foster Sister Maggie, who worked with the Lassiter Agency (from previous books) to bring down a Child Labor Ring. Maggie had a secret from her past that tied in well with Child Exploitation, but the writing style prevented it from bringing the story to have the impact that it should have. The sex scenes in recent books, are all the same. It's more like sex education, and quite frankly, I feel that all of the romantic scenes in this book were cheesy. Also, too much details are given about things that are not important, leaving the reader feeling like they are reading from an encyclopedia and not a romance novel. Being critical of an author, who in the past, was a must buy for me is not easy, but it is dissapointing. Each new book is so similar to the last, you feel as if you are reading the same book with different names. Let's face it, The old Heroine and Hero are not blood related, but are still somehow almost brother and sister, she's never had sex, he's starts off as a alpha male but he's doesn't know how to be tender and when he does, it's hoaky, he's gonna call her "little one" she's gonna get hurt somehow, and there is going to be some mention of Science Fiction or National Geographic. Palmer fans are starting to wonder if past books are being copied with new covers. I gave this book 2 stars because it was a good storyline idea, but I couldn't get past the outdated and similar to other books writing style that continues to occur with new Palmer books. Sadly, my new Motto is, "Read one Palmer book, and you've read them all."