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Diana Palmer
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21 Nov 2003 STP _ Silhouette lead
Cord Romero kazdego dnia stacza pojedynek ze smiercia. Ten byly policjant, agent FBI, zolnierz i najemnik, wykonawca wielu tajnych rzadowych misji, jest niezrównany w swoim fachu. Kiedy cudem uchodzi z zyciem z zamachu, postanawia stanac twarza w twarz z przesladowca, bezwzglednym szefem gangu zajmujacego sie rekrutacja dzieci do niewolniczej pracy. W tej niebezpiecznej misji Corda wspiera jego przybrana siostra Maggie. Teraz Cord odkrywa w niej kobiete - niezalezna i... niezwykle pociagajaca. Maggie chowa jednak w sercu mroczny sekret, który jej zdaniem móglby uniemozliwic ich zwiazek. Przesladowca bowiem takze zna jej tajemnice i z pewnoscia nie zawaha sie przed szantazem. Oszolomieni naglym uczuciem Cord i Maggie musza zaufac sobie nawzajem i razem stanac do walki, w której stawka jest zycie i... milosc.
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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Silhouette Books (21 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373049390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373049394
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,491,790 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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3.0 out of 5 stars M & B READER FROM YORKSHIRE 9 Feb 2004
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5.0 out of 5 stars Desperado By Diana Palmer 13 May 2005
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Lovely Maggie Barton and hardbitten Cord Romero share a tangled and complicated past. While still a young girl, Maggie fell deeply in love with Cord, but he's become a hard, cynical man who no longer believes in the emotion. When Cord is nearly killed in an assassination attempt, Maggie returns to Texas to care for him, but he spurns her offer of help. It isn't long, however, before their lives are once again inextricably bound as they join forces to bring down a crime cartel that exploits young children. Maggie is a woman with deep secrets, and Cord is a man with a badly scarred heart. Is there any hope that these two wounded people will find a way to heal each other? Perhaps, but first they must survive the threat to their lives as they race across Tangiers and through Amsterdam in a desperate gamble to bring justice to an evil crime lord.

I love Diana Palmer books and this one was excellent. A powerful book and the sexual tension between Maggie and Cord is sizzling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy 25 July 2003
By J J
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Worthwhile read. Diana doing what she does best. Suspenseful, funny and romantic and even a bit emotional. Shows what someone would do for the person they love. For all diana palmer's fans.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth Hardcover Price!! 25 Jun 2002
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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."
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First I would like to say... 12 July 2002
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That I am a long time lover of Diana Palmer, have all of her books and have enjoyed reading her stories up until the past few years when her plots seem to be recycled from other books she has already written. I have to agree with some of the reviewers below that the same old Virginal,sexually ignorant, Bad sex experience, dowdy dressed 21-28 year old woman with hang ups has gown tiresome and lame. I was hoping against hope that Diana would not write Cord and Maggie as the same vapid, stale characters as in previous books but was disappointed that they turned out that way.
Eight year old Maggie and Sixteen year old Cord were raised together as foster siblings by a woman called Amy. Eighteen years have passed and both had married on the rebound and lost their spouses to suicide and a drunk driving accident. Guilt and secrets are major factors in the relationship between Maggie and Cord and it puts them at odds with each other along with an intense attraction both feel for one other, but will not admit.
I thought the premise of the story about child slavery was a subject that really needed to be addressed and Diana did that well, but the hokey actions of the lead characters ruined it for me. The sex scenes were not sensual at all and read more like a sex education manual for beginners. Another thing that bothered me is that Cord is portrayed as a very sexy, good looking man that could have anyone he wanted, yet doesn't date much at all. I found this a bit far fetched as I did Maggie's ignorance about sex.
I would love to see Diana go back to her roots and write as she did as Diana Blayne (candelight ectasy) or Susan Kyle. Her romances were gripping and had a grown up quality to them that I loved. I have to say that after twenty years of reading her books, Diana is not a must race out and buy for me anymore as in the past. I gave Desperado a three star because I did feel that Diana did a good job bringing child slavery to the readers attention.
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4.0 out of 5 stars DP does it again... 2 July 2002
By Teri L. Perez - Published on
No one beats Diana Palmer for sensual anticipation; this most recent story is no exception. Maggie introduced in "Lord of the Desert", hops a plane back to the states to be with Cord, who is recuperating from an eye injury sustained while disarming an explosive device. Cord lashes out at Maggie, who is heartbroken over his hostility, and what she gave up overseas to return to Cord's side.
The pace picks up from this point on; the sexual tension flying like sparks between Cord and Maggie. Enter the Lassiter Detective Agency, and the mission to bring down Gruber and his international bad boys is off and running.

Cord and Maggie struggle throughout with their tormented pasts, especially Maggie, who has been through more than any woman should ever have to face. Can any man ever convince Maggie to trust again?

This book is what we have come to love and expect from DP. The hero is DP's usual arrogant alpha male, the heroine vulnerable, but they get beyond their usual bickering and on to the main story line rather quickly. Plus we get to find out what characters from past books are up to, and leave us wondering whom the next Soldier of Fortune book will be about. Makes for a light enjoyable read in-between the heavy-duty stuff.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Once is enough 14 May 2004
By UnspokenReads - Published on
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I am a big fan of Palmer and because of this i rushed to borrow this book ASAP.
I finished reading the book with hopes that it would get better, i kept hoping that Cord would stop feeling guilty and get out of the Texan-mercenary-regretful role. The development of the characters was weak. For all of Cord's intelligence he seemed pretty dumb in regards to Maggie.
Maggie desparately needed to bone up and stop acting like al love sick female i mean considering all that she has been through in regards to the oppositie sex
This book is sooooooooo predictable- Maggie's secret can be seen a mile away
There was no suspense- from Chapter 3 i could already tell how it would end and what would be the fate of the bad guys
A true novel should allow the possibility for the love birds being seperated for life
That was not the case
From the onset it was evident that they would be together as soon as Cord got his act together.
I regret to say that Diana Palmer is suffering from writer's block and because of this cannot come up with an original plot but just keeps reusing the innocent female- who has always loved the experience male- who was always to blind to see her
This book was not a total waste of my time though
The conversations between the two major characters and the romance was off-the-hook
Palmer i am a big fan so pleaaaaassseeee come up with a less predictable plot
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not That Desperate! 25 July 2002
By Sharon - Published on
For SHAME Diana! I agree with the previouse reviewers (except Harriett), if you change the cover, you've got the same OLD story. I think what really upsets me is that I feel like Diana is stealing from me. Why did this book need to come out in hardcover? Did you think you were fooling us with the LARGE print and thick paper? This story was not worth the price and not worth waiting for. . . .and if a man calls me "little one" as many times as Cord did, I'd run screaming from the house. I still love Diana's previous work, but I think she needs to update the stories. If this were a paperback, then I'd give this book 3 1/2 stars. All in all, it's still an ok way to pass the time, but if you are a big-time reader of romance novels . . and a loyal fan of Ms. Palmer's, you won't find this to be one of her best works. Better luck next time, Diana!
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