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Diamond Spur [Paperback]

Susan Kyle
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Jan 1988
Texas rancher Jason Donavan was known for his temper, his brooding nature and his deep distrust of women. No one at the Diamond Spur ranch could stand his moods--except Kate Whittman. Kate was young and inexperienced, but she knew that Jason was the only man for her. She wanted him more than anything, but he offered her only brotherly protection--until the day she discovered that Jason's desire was as strong as her own. But Jason was not interested in commitment, or marriage, and especially not love. So Kate pursued another fantasy--becoming a successful New York fashion designer. But just when it seemed that her fairy tale was coming true, fate brought her back to Texas. To Jason. And to a dream that she'd almost abandoned...
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Popular Library (Jan 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0445205148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0445205147
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,848,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Diana Palmer classic 7 May 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the story of Katie and Jason. Katie wants a career as a fashion designer but wants Jason more. Jason wants Katie but feels guilty about his feelings for her. Diamond Spur is their story and its a Diana Palmer classic. The story moves along at a pace that makes it difficult to put down - you just need to know what happens next!
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14 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a diamond read 23 Oct 2003
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this is another great book from Diana Palmer.there's love,betrayl & a georgous man.I really love all of DP's books & this is just another great book.once i started i couldn't put it down.excellent
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting beginning.... 6 Mar 2003
By amy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Diana Palmer book I read. I picked it up after a friend recommended her as a nice change from the cookie cutter romances I was burning out on. I didn't know this was a re-issued book at the time but honestly that doesn't matter much. A good story shouldn't be about being "politically correct" as one person stated but about good characters that are human and not perfect. Diana Palmer's style of a younger woman falling for an older man was refreshing to see outside historical novels. It adds a new dimension to the novel, a way to view things without having both the hero and herione jaded and bitter.
This story takes place in West Texas, something I loved because I live here and I could picture every scene so perfectly. It's hard to find writers who place stories in Texas and can do it both well and accurately.
The hero of this story is Jason who owns of the Diamond Spur, a sprawling cattle ranch in the dry, dusty Texas backland. Kate is the naive, playful herione who has loved Jason since she met him at 18. Jason and Kate have a unique, non-threatening relationship until one day, Jason begins to see that Kate has grown into a woman.
I really liked the first part of this story. The tension between these two characters was explosive and they pratically sizzled together. Jason and Kate are irresistably drawn together and you can't help getting a little breathless reading their scenes and wondering why no handsome cowboy ever popped into your life? But these scenes were heavily tempered by lengthy and long winded sections about Kate's asspirations to be a fashion designer and her job at the local textile factory. These scenes seemed so disjointed and irrelevent to the rest of the story and I felt like Palmer was just trying to use all the research she found on the textile and fashion industry. This happens repeatedly and I began skipping the sections as they didn't affect the main plot.
The second half of the book didn't meet the standards of the first half. Instead it was boring and frustrating to read. Jason flips back and forth from a loving husband to an abusive, raging cowboy. Kate also wavers from being strong willed and fiesty to a heap of self-pity. I wanted to scream for Kate not to take all of Jason's abuse.
The most annoying part to this book by far though was the ending. Jason has been estranged from his mother since she left him and his brother when they were young. He vows never to forgive or see her though she sends him a card every christmas. Then at the end of the book he does a sudden about face and his long lost mother is suddnely a part of the family and hard, never-give-a-damn Jason is an emotional puddle. It was unbelievable and i felt offended that Palmer would think I, as a reader, wouldn't notice the huge plot jump that had little build up.
Once Jason decides he and Kate are meant to be after about 200 pages of indecision he and Kate start "love talking." The "oh, my love" and "you are my destiny." I felt embaressed just reading it. Even people I know who are madly in love don't talk like this. It sounded incredibly melodramatic and forced.
Though this book was a fun read and turned me onto Diana Palmer i wouldn't say it was one of her best. The book fizzles halfway through and by the end the hero is nearly baby talking to the herione. For a light read check this out but for something a little more mature and with more meat check out her other books.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars what a bummer..... 31 May 2005
By bluepooh - Published on Amazon.com
I was on my way out of town and pick this book up on a whim as I breezed through a book store...I love western romance, but I had a hard time finishing this one!

I did'nt realize it was a reissue, and after checking other reveiws after I returned home..I can see now why this rancher was such a demanding man (I am glad times have changed!).

Anyway...this paperback was a waste of paper...I didn't care for the way Jason treated Kate and I felt it was borderline abusive and Kate just put up with it! Half of the book was spent describing what everyone was wearing, do you really need to know what someone has on everytime they enter the room? or when they light a cigarette? The romance was hard to find in this novel..at least the heart pounding kind I was looking for! I will be more careful when I grab a Diana Palmer book in the future..
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 27 Sep 2004
By Avid Reader! - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading the reviews on this book I was extremely hesitant to buying this novel. However, I bought it on a wim and absolutely loved it. I can not disagree more with the other reviews. Diana Palmer takes Kate and Jason through a whirl wind of emotional stir. Kate having always been looked at as his "little sister" caused Jason some serious life questions. An unexpected twist put them through more emotion then I have seen in most books. Granted he does smoke a lot, which is a huge turn off, however his flaws make up who he is. This book does a lot of repeat actions and arguments, however, I throughly enjoyed the emotional twister!
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Palmer's best... 12 July 2003
By iheartjackbauer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kate Whitman is the only person living in San Frio that isn't afraid of rancher, Jason Donovan's, temper. Since she was eighteen and looked Jason in the eye during one of his many rages, she earned more than his respect, she earned his friendship which is something that not many people have. It wasn't until about a year later that Kate realized that she felt more for Jason than just friendship. The only problem was that Jason wasn't looking for marriage. Being deserted by his mother when he was a child, he didn't trust anyone and his first and last try at getting married ended badly. Kate knew that all she had to do was get Jason to trust her and then everything else would fall in to place.
Jason had only noticed lately how attractive Kate was under the exterior. Being raised by a father who taught him that a woman's place was in the home, the only thing Jason couldn't accept about Kate was her career as a clothes designer. He knew that he wanted a woman that put him first and wanted a family too.
Diamond Spur was not one of Diana Palmer's best books. With his cavemen way of thinking, all I wanted to do was slap Jason right out of the book. It was basically four hundred pages of run arounds and misunderstandings with no plot whatsoever. I was very dissapointed, but I can see how this book would be popular in the late eighties.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars luv it 28 Oct 2005
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I thought this book was the best. It wasn't my 1st book written by diana palmer but still it was really good. I thought the hero was a strong, passionate person and i thought the heroine was very innocent in the beginnning but at the end turned very strong and became more mature. luved this book.

totally recommend it!!
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