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The Texas Ranger [Mass Market Paperback]

Diana Palmer
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551668432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551668437
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,439 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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When Texas Ranger Marc Brannon becomes embroiled in a notorious murder case, he encounters investigator Josette Langley, a woman he has never been able to forget, and soon, they are plunged into a lethal world of intrigue and betrayal where they will risk not only their lives but their newfound love

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Texas Ranger 27 May 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What can I say that the 1st review hasn't. One of those you just can't bear to put down. Once again DP shows why she is top of her craft - a true master at writing spell binding romance. For those trying to build a DP library & avoid duplicates hero is Marc Brannon & heroine is Josette Langley. It is based in & around Jacobsville so the likes of Cash Grier keep featuring. Happy reading.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Palmer does it again !! 20 April 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is another great love story by Diana Palmer. Marc (first seen in Lord of the Desert) is haunted by his past mistakes with the lovely heroine, whom he is forced to work with. The tension between the two characters is explosive, and the gentle (yet sensual) love scenes are spectacular. The Texas Ranger is a must read for all the fans of Diana, and also all those who are looking for a spell - binding romance read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 25 Feb 2014
By Jackie
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Having no Texas Rangers here in England I really enjoy the stories about how this band of men operate mostly in Texas. It is a new world of crime fighting for me
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not so good for Palmer 8 Aug 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As an avid Diana Palmer fan, I rushed to get this book, and sat down with it as soon as it arrived, only to be a bit disappointed. This is not the easy read as her other titles are. The story seems to drag, and the characters Marc and Josette have so much potential in the beginning, only to fade by the middle of the book. This just didn't capture my attention, and can I please ask Palmer to stop the virgin, who can't physically have sex without an operation, theme because it is getting a little redundant.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointment 4 Mar 2003
By amy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I, like I tend to do, picked up my first diana palmer book on a whim and fell in love. Her provactive style that focused not so much on sex but instead on the intimacies and sexual tension of two people was refreshing. If I had to wade through one more erotica novel in the guise of romance I was going to jump off the roof. Now, that said, I have to say this book fell far short of my expectations.
The story of Jossette Langley who had her life torn apart TWICE by the same man is forced to work with him on a murder case. Marc Brannon was a cop who got the boy off who tried to rape Jossette when she was 15 and then had her life torn apart in another trial. But it's a romance so they still fall in love! I just sat there wondering why she was even giving him the time of day after all the havoc he had caused in her life.
Even after reading the reviews for this book i decided to give it a try because I live in West Texas and liked her book "diamond spur" because it was set in Texas. It's hard to relate to places you've never been or get into a "wintry New England" scene when it's winter here but in the 70's. But even the location couldn't string this book along.
My major complaint is that this is book is a sequel to atleast one other book, "lord of the desert" and possibly several other books from her Jacobsville series. I have no problem with books that are series but there is NO mention whatsoever of this being a sequel. I had to do some digging to find out about the prequels to this book.
That in itself is forgivable but the entire first half of the book is references to these earlier works. I was lost and in the end had to simply try to muddle my way through these rememberence scenes of people and places that are mentioned as if you, the reader, already have intimate knowledge of them.
The book was also entirely to predictable. The author drops so many clues that I knew who the murdered was by the second chapter and felt like Marc and Jossette had to be simpletons not to figure it out. I could have let this pass if the love story had been up to par to take the slake but it wasn't. There are a few scenes but they too are littered with references to other characters from earlier books and one scene is simply there to set up a forthcoming book. It made me feel like I was watching a commercial for the new Diana Palmer book.
Overall I finished this book but more than once I found myself saying "yeah right!" From Josette needing an operation to be intimate (something I found odd. It seemed like an annoyingly obviously way to keep the heroine a virgin.) to Josette letting Marc back into her life after he had wrecked it over and over to the pitiful murder "mystery" which was really no mystery, this was a disappointment.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable Story. Errors in Story 5 Aug 2001
By Lilly Rabalais - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love Diana Palmer's books and have read them all but this one has too many inconsistencies.
The story concerns Texas Ranger Marc Brannon and Josette Langley, who have been acquainted since Marc was a young police officer and Josette was a 15 year old who accused a politician's son of attempted rape. Marc testifies in the accused's behalf and the case is dismissed.
Marc and Josette meet again many years later in San Antonio the year before Josette graduates from college. They become very good friends and Josette falls in love with Marc. On graduation night Marc takes Josie to his apartment and tries to make love to her but finds he cannot penetrate her hymen. He is devastated as he realizes that Josie was innocent in the case when she was 15 and he is devastated, says horrible things to her, then leaves to join the FBI. A murder occurs shortly afterwards wherein Josie is a witness and her testimony is destroyed because of the outcome of the trial when she was 15.
Two years later Josette, who works as a junior investigator for Simon Hart, the Texas State Attorney General, and Marc , who has returned to the Texas Rangers,are thrown together to investigate the death of Dale Jennings, the person who was convicted in the death of Henry Garner, the same trial in which Josette was a witness. As the story goes back and forth, it is implied that Marc left to join the FBI after the rape trial, then the story indicates that he left after the infortunate incident 2 years before and you are never sure when he did join the FBI. This occurs several times in the story.
More murders occur, a Texas crime boss, is involved as well as Bibb Webb and others. The search is on for a missing ledger which would show who was responsible for the Garner death and provide evidence on the crime boss, Marsh. The ending is predictable.
Another descripancy is the fact that early on in the story, it is noted that Josette has brought only a black and navy suit with her. Then during the story, at the same location, she wears, beige, and peach. Huh? Where did she get those clothes. I don't think anyone proof read this book, hence the discrepancies.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please Don't Encourage Her 23 Feb 2006
By Michael Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This has to be one of the worst books I have ever read...Diana Palmer needs to buy a Descriptionary so she can broaden her terminology and quit using the same words in different ways...You can only have so many 'wicked smiles', 'smiling wickedly', and 'he said with a wicked grin.' By the time you are a quarter of a way through the book you have already put two and two together and know who the bad guys are...Maybe I need to move to Texas and become a Ranger because the very CLUELESS Marc Barron and his girlfriend that works for the State Attorney couldn't figure it out until the woman was in front of him pointing a gun....DUH!...Maybe if the Ranger spent more time trying to work the case instead of dipping his wick into his former girlfriend every 3 pages then it would have saved everyone a lot of time and maybe some of the characters in the book would still be alive and well...He more or less sexually assaults his former girlfriend every chance he gets, when she says no he says yes (can you say rape?)and then makes comments that scream SEXUAL HARRASSMENT LAWSUIT FROM HELL...The characters aren't very well written, the former girlfriend is far more forgiving than the Virgin Mary at the Crucifixion...I would love to meet a woman like her that forgave me after I treated her like the main character did....Bypass this book, don't waste your time on it...A soap opera is more intelligently put together than this book....Talk about someone typing out garbage just to make a quota...Woof!...I have read better prose on the back of a shampoo bottle while taking a crap...Burn this book if you ever get your hands on it and save the world from this kind of tripe...If I could rate it lower than zero I would be in negative 7 digits...I think you catch my drift...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disapointment 10 Aug 2001
By DinaC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I found it to be somewhat ironic that they are advertising Diana Palmers Hardcover coming out in '02. Who would ever buy a hardcover after reading this?!!!
There was no proof reading. I don't know how many discrepencies I caught in the story, I lost count after the first 3 chapters, but I am thoroughly sick and tired of "how observant", "his eyes did not miss a thing" coming up 3 times in a paragraph. O.k already, Mark is the most incredibly observant person to have ever been born, and he does not miss a thing. That said describe something else. And to my knowledge silver has always been classified as a gray color, so telling me he has silver gray eyes is redunant. Another thing, if Josette never wears make-up, how can she go up to the hotel room to refresh it?
I am 1/2 way through the book, and this is all I can tell you about it, besides for all the commenting on Marks incredible observations, he apparantly has no clue who the murder is. (you know for sure as soon as you meet her.)
Don't waste your time. For all the remorse Mark feels about accusing Josie of being a liar, he never really quits being much of a jerk, but we are supposed to feel sorry for him, because he has never gotten over her. Who loves a guy who thinks she is lying about being raped?! Sorry, but this one is hard not to rant about.
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