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Winter Roses (Harlequin Romance) [Mass Market Paperback]

Diana Palmer
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Book Description

Oct 2010 Harlequin Romance (Book 3985)
Handsome, eligible ranch owner Stuart York was not one to mince words. Ivy Conley, his younger sister's best friend, found out the hard way. During a night's stay at his Jacobsville ranch, Ivy wound up in Stuart's arms. The resulting fireworks singed them both. . . and, knowing she was too young, Stuart closed his heart to her. Now, years later, Ivy is determined not to be treated like a little girl anymore. Although still an innocent, Ivy knows she has to fight her own battles, but for some reason Stuart is always fighting them for her, and keeping her from harm. And, safe in Stuart's arms, Ivy feels like a woman--a woman who belongs to him.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; Reprint edition (Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373837593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373837595
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,466 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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Winter Roses 24 Mar 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A nice gentle story from DP but only average. Lacks some of DP's usual flair & humour.
For those trying to build up a DP library & avoid duplicates hero is Stuart York & heroine Ivy Conley. Happy reading.
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Complete and utterly boring and predictable. Oh, and Ivy is meant to be blond, but is a brunette on the front cover, and Stuart is shown with blond hair although he's meant to have dark hair - is this a sign of the publisher starting to not really care, and allowing DP to trade on her past success? If you substitued Stuart and Ivy for any other characters from any other DP novels, you wouldn't even notice. DP has her formula, which works for many of her fans, but I think that I can no longer call myself a fan, as I found the book - sorry to repeat myself - boring and predictable. There was a lot of name-dropping as usually happens with the Jacobsville books, and again, Cara and the drugs situation (how many times has this issue been discussed and dissected in DP books already? As if some Hicksville is really going to be the centre of a major, cross-border drugs cartel, where they have 2 Sherrifs, and several of the inhabitants have DEA/Military/Police backgrounds and have never dealt with the issue) was mentioned, and the local baker turns out to be a long-time drugs dealer. And you know what, just thinking back on the book, I've just realised that Stuart and Ivy's scenes together in 2+years that the book spans, can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Absolutely no chemistry or passion between them. It is clear from this book that DP will shortly be writing Sheriff Hayes Carson's romance - this guy is meant to be the law, but made an unbelievable assumption that a secondary female character (his own lead no doubt, it was pretty obvious) was the drug dealer who'd supplied the drugs that killed his little brother. It's just a no-brainer, but hey, DP needed to introduce someone who just might catch readers' attention and make them want a new book. Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars I am so sick of the repitition!! 25 Oct 2007
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Ms. Palmer has about beat this horse to death. Pick any one of her books and I can tell you the plot. Tall, dark, hairy alpha male, usually a smoker, usually in his mid to late 30s, angry at women and ready to take it out on the Mary Sue-ish heroine. The girl is usually late teens to early twenties, EXTREMELY naive and sheltered, virginal and fixated on the hero since she was a child. She's spunky, but crumbles under the continued verbal abuse the "hero" sends her way. Eventually they will overcome terrorists/drug dealers/corporate raiders to live happily ever after in the town of Jacobsville.

Honestly, this place has so many alpha males that tourists must smell the testosterone 5 miles away.

This story has plot holes so large, one could drive a Mac truck through them. The hero is SO willing to believe the lies of the evil sister, even though he knows what a lying, whoring, drug dealing bimbo she is. The secondary male lead (the sherriff) is equally ridiculous in his grudge against yet another young, spunky virgin, whom he blames for the death of his brother, even though there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary smacking him in his thick bone head. This book is just a fill in the slots, paint by number cheat to all of Diana Palmer's fans. It's been told, over and over and over and ...

C'mon, Ms. Palmer. PLEASE try a fresh plot. Pretty please? With hairy men on top?
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yeah...its that bad 17 Nov 2007
By Jaz'elle Lynn - Published on
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So...I should begin by saying, I'm a fan. I know that at this point all her books are the same. A Blond, green eyed, plain faced, unsophisicated country girl head over heels in love with a dark, brooding, malboro man. Yet and still....she amuses me. I like the fights, I look forward to the break ups and make ups (even if theyre all the same)...but this book....was justt....not OKAY!
Its like shes not even trying any more. Like Norah Hess (another author who although shamlessly predictable is entertaining), Miss Palmer has seem to have lost the Love in the love story. I have read all of her books, and I really must say, this was soooo disapointing, and was way to short to reedeem itself. least the covers pretty
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Same old same old 4 Nov 2007
By Kathleen T. Guerin - Published on
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I have read Diana Palmer books for years and some of her writing is really good and heartwarming. In the past few years, the quality of her work has steadily decreased. I rated this book three stars because it is right in line with her last 10 to 15 titles. I thought the one star reviews were a little harsh. Ivy and Stuart's romance starts off as most Palmer books do: a makeout session that allows the characters to realize they love each other, but it also inevitably tears them apart. Some sort of crisis (a death in her family and the notorious Jacobsville drug cartel - haha) brings them back together and then they get married. Yes, her plots, heroes, and heroines tend to be dated and hard to believe...but that's what makes her Diana Palmer. I guess I am always hoping that she will reclaim some of her former magic and really impress with the next book...or the next...or the next. Sigh.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish it were zero! 24 Nov 2007
By Susan Hutchinson - Published on
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I wish I could rate this one as zero. Sure I knew that Ms Palmer's books are predictable. That's why I read them: a touching, comfort read with no surprises. Only this one completely left out the touching part. The characters were cardboard cutouts. An alpha male is not a staring, former rodeo jock who suffered child abuse if he NEVER acts like it! The heroine is not a love-struck virgin who suffered child abuse and wants to avoid bad alpha male if she DOESN'T MOVE out of the small town! Palmer fans, please avoid this one and read one of dogged-eared Jacobsville books.
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic Palmer?? 25 Oct 2007
By S. Woods - Published on
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The story: Ivy is the best friend of Stuart's younger sister, Merrie. Due to Ivy's crush on Stuart, she tends to avoid staying at Stuart's house, even though she loves and misses Merrie. One weekend Merrie convinces Ivy to stay at their home, b/c Stuart is out of town. Ivy agrees, and (gasp) Stuart comes home early and catches Merrie there.

They share a "passionate embrace" (believe me, that's all it was) and Stuart proceeds to stay away from her for the next two years. He believes that she's too young. She was 18 at the time. Stuart was 30. Two years later, Stuart runs into Ivy at a dance and decides to resume their relationship. That's their a nutshell.

The hi-jinx ensued when the little old town of Jacobsville becomes a "hot bed" for dug dealers and drug dealing activity. Hmmm...found that one a little hard to believe as well. Still...

Winter Roses is another "classic Palmer." I think. I mean the Palmer "cookie cutter" storyline rang true here...young, naive, virginal, poor, abused (verbal as well as physical) sweet, and not so pretty heroine versus the rich, handsome, not so nice, but "experienced" older man. I'm used to that from Diana Palmer.

However, usually her heroines has some redeeming qualities. Okay, not much, but some sort of backbone that they can call on at some point. Unfortunately, Ivy didn't have any. She was such a "doormat" in this story that I finally understood what the phrase "Too Stupid To Live" (TSTL) meant. And honestly, midway through the story, it would not have bothered me if she met with some untimely demise. Unfortunately, Diana just didn't oblige.

And Stuart was just boring. Usually, the hero in Diana's story tends to treat the heroine in some unforgivable fashion and has to crawl back to the heroine on "bended knee," so to speak. This did not happen in this story. And quite frankly, because it didn't happen, it made an already dry story practically unbearable.

Quite frankly, there is NO reason to suffer through this story. I mean, Diana generally writes pretty boring stories, but this was worse than normal. It was probably b/c it was so short, and she tried to rush a few plots with it. I don't recommend it to anyone, whether you're a fan (and I usually am) or not.
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