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Defender: A Western Romance

Defender: A Western Romance

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by Diana Palmer

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The man who shattered her trust is back to protect her… New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer delivers a breathtaking story of second-chance love. 

When Paul Fiore disappeared from Isabel Grayling's life, he told himself it was for all the right reasons. She was young and innocent, and he was her millionaire father's lowly employee. Three


The man who shattered her trust is back to protect her… New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer delivers a breathtaking story of second-chance love. 

When Paul Fiore disappeared from Isabel Grayling's life, he told himself it was for all the right reasons. She was young and innocent, and he was her millionaire father's lowly employee. Three years on, Paul is the FBI agent assigned to Isabel's case. Too late, he realizes what life in her Texas mansion was really like back then—and how much damage he did when he left. 

Once love-struck and sheltered, Isabel has become an assistant district attorney committed to serving the law, no matter how risky it gets. But right now, the man she can't forgive is the one thing standing between her and a deadly stalker. She knows Paul won't hesitate to protect her life with his own. But if she can't trust herself to resist him, how can she trust him not to break her heart all over again?

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"Defender is an amazing story of second chance love." -Fresh Fiction

"As a romance follower you just can't do better than a Diana Palmer story to make your heart lighter and smile brighter." -Fresh Fiction on Wyoming Rugged

"Untamed is an excellent story with many familiar faces. Highly emotional, as fans of Palmer have come to expect, with some intriguing twists and turns and a soupcon of danger. "–RT Book Reviews

"Lots of passion, thrills, and plenty of suspense... Protector is a top notch read!" —Romance Reviews Today on Protector

"Readers will be moved by this tale of revenge and justice, grief and healing." -Booklist on Dangerous

"Be prepared to be dazzled."-Fresh Fiction on Untamed

"Defender is an amazing story of second chance love." -Fresh Fiction

"First introduced in Palmer's Texas Born, this emotionally damaged couple make for an appealing tale. With plenty of action, both online and off, and some pretty hot sex scenes, this story will not fail to please Palmer fans..." -RT Book Reviews on Wyoming Strong

"Diana Palmer is a mesmerizing storyteller who captures the essence of what a romance should be." -Affaire de Coeur

"The popular Palmer has penned another winning novel, a perfect blend of romance and suspense." -Booklist on Lawman

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Long, Tall Texans
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The prolific author of more than one hundred books, Diana Palmer got her start as a newspaper reporter. A New York Times bestselling author and voted one of the top ten romance writers in America, she has a gift for telling the most sensual tales with charm and humor. Diana lives with her family in Cornelia, Georgia.

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Defender 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read many of Diana Palmer's books and enjoyed them, I couldn't believe this was written by the same person. It read like a children's book. The conversations were repetitive and stilted. The story line could have been developed much better and shorter. The author missed the mark in this one and I probably will not buy another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read DP for years but this one did nothing for me. I almost quit reading because it was so dull. Not worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the ending was a littie lame
Anonymous 5 months ago
As always got hooked almost immediately. Loved renewing acquaintances with all the people from Jacobsville , it was a nice touch. Dianna needs to write novellas about all her characters and where they are in present day. Oh don't ever waste a second chance at love .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book!!!!! The story line was wonderful exciting and still the mystery we love to jump into and read and not put down. Cant wait for Merries story!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great story. Well written and keeps you interested from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poor story
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
In the years I have been reading Diana Palmer, she has evolved from the standard romance novelist to a connoisseur of romantic suspense. Good for her but not necessarily good for me. I received an ARC of her latest novel, Defender in exchange for an honest review. The Good - It tackled subjects that are relevant to society such as mental and physical abuse, child abuse. Ms. Palmer addressed a worldwide problem that affects many lives but is still looked at still as a dirty little secret. That she used her talent to spotlight a hot topic and did it with such delicacy and strength deserves to be applauded. The Bad - The strong subject matter drowned out everything else and left the story disjointed. The heartbreak outweighed the romance.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
I've read a few Diana Palmer romances now and each one is similar yet different. The long, slow pace. The innocent, naive heroine. The worldly, older hero. What usually ensues is a flighty dance of yes or no, want and need, lust and love. Paul and Isabel's dance is exactly that with an unusual dose of craziness. The horrors of Isabel's young life weren't known to Paul when he was employed by her father. It was a lovely game of Smile and Wave, you know? Isabel and her sister were pros at it. On the outside, they made the perfect picture of daughters happily devoted to their father. On the inside, they lived in terror and fear of him and his actions. Their scars were inside and out. For Isabel, the one man who was an escape from the darkness she lived in, the one man she loved more than anything, was the same man who seemingly abandoned her when she needed him the most. From the outside, it certainly appeared that way. But Paul's reason for leaving wasn't because he discovered his employer's dark side. He left because Isabel's love wasn't a fleeting crush or superficial lust. Her love for him ran deep. It touched his heart and scared the crap out of him. Leaving made sense. Coming back did too. It opened his eyes to the world Isabel and her sister lived in, one he was completely in the dark about because he needed to be. If he knew then what he knows now, he would have disappeared for good at her father's command. Their relationship is three years coming. What started as young love has grown into adult love, respect, and admiration. But there's a host of issues they have to confront before they can fully commit to one another. Their pasts are still a part of who they are as individuals. Facing that as a single person can be petrifying but doing it together makes the task less daunting. Where trust was broken, it's slowly restored. Where love's growth was stunted, it now can flourish. It just took time. Some of the parts of this book were a little confusing. The inclusion of things that didn't seem connected had me scratching my head and wondering, "Um..." but it didn't keep me from enjoying the story. Diana Palmer isn't for everyone. Her style of writing is...different for a contemporary author. If you're used to fast paced, quick dialogue, and hot sex, you might want to bypass this story. If you've got time, want something a little slower with more internal dialogue than not, and sex scenes that won't dominate a good portion of the book, you might want to consider this one. 3.5* Received from publisher via NetGalley for an honest review