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Long, Tall Texans – Volume III: Ethan and Connal by Diana Palmer (Book Review)


ETHAN “Long, Tall Texans #5” (originally published January 1990 in Silhouette Romance #694 and reissued numerous times)
Arabella Craig was eighteen when Ethan Hardeman first opened her eyes to passion…and then turned around and married another woman. Four years later, tragedy brings Ethan, still just as tall and handsome, but newly divorced and bitter, back into her life. He runs his family’s cattle empire with an iron hand, yet he refuses to loosen his grip on the reins holding back his heart. But Arabella is determined not to let this Long, Tall Texan escape her again!
CONNAL “Long, Tall Texans #6” (originally published August 1990 in Silhouette Romance #741 and reissued numerous times)
For years, Penelope Mathews worshipped the elusive C. C. Tremayne from afar. Until one night, when, trying to protect the mysterious loner from landing in jail after drinking a little too much, Pepi seeks refuge in a wedding chapel—and winds up emerging as Mrs. Connal Cade Tremayne! When C.C. realizes what happened, he’s outraged and plans to end their “arrangement” immediately. Yet the more time he spends with Pepi, the more he realizes he doesn’t want their marriage to end….
I’ve read a few of Palmer’s books and until now I haven’t posted any reviews on them. 
The answer is simple. I kept giving her another try to show me something different. That how she portrayed her characters wouldn’t be a recurring theme. Unfortunately, it is and I decided not to hold my tongue any longer. 
Diana, I have no idea why you feel the need to have the “heroes” in your stories ridicule, belittle, and speak so harshly to their supposed love of their lives. 
Why do the men have to call them fat, ugly, plain, etc because they can’t come to terms they actually love the “heroine”. 
The women all (for the stories I’ve read) have pronounced body issues and low self esteem and the men they love throw it in their faces. Then when they suddenly realize they might lose their woman, they confess they were scared, truly love them, and BAM, all is forgiven. 
I don’t bloody think so. 
If a man called me plain, ugly, fat, yelled at me, told me to leave them alone, I would not fall at their feet when they suddenly have a change of heart. No self respecting woman (or man) would. 
I’m sorry to say I regret reading your stories. The money I spent on them. 
The only bright spot of the stories (that I’ve read) are the covers. 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: This is a first for me but I am giving this story ZERO HEARTS.
Due to this, I’m not supplying the purchase links. 

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The ‘Worth the Fight’ Series” by Michele Mannon (Multi-Book Review)

Logan Rettino never imagined she’d fall so far. Dropped by her ex on national TV, she’s gone from prima ballerina to ring card girl, reduced to revving up the crowds before MMA bouts. However distasteful she finds her new job, it pays well…and she needs the money if she’s ever going to rebuild her life. Promised a huge bonus if she can convince a brooding, gifted welterweight to keep fighting, she’ll do whatever it takes to earn his trust.

Keane O’Shea is unbeatable in the octagon. A former marine, he fights with a ruthlessness no gym jockey can match. He knows his brutal strength is too much for the delicate ex-ballerina, regardless of how fascinating he finds Logan’s tight dancer’s body. But one private performance and he’s drawn to her in a way he can’t—or won’t—resist.

As Logan discovers the heartbreaking truth that lies beneath this handsome warrior’s rage, she’ll need to forfeit everything she thought mattered for the one thing that matters the most: saving Keane from himself.

Late-night shock jock Sophie Morelle has been fired, dumped by her network after an embarrassing incident cost them big bucks. But she knows just how to get back on her feet—by filming a raw, gritty documentary about MMA fighters, starring the hottest welterweight around. The only problem? He’s the one responsible for ruining her life.

MMA-champion-turned-model Caden Kelly is hell-bent on reestablishing himself as the best fighter in the country. He’d been on a roll, too, until that loudmouth reporter hit him in the head with a camera on national TV. The headaches he’s suffered since are nothing compared to the one he gets when she shows up, seeking an exclusive. That Sophie’s gorgeous is undeniable…but she’s also the most infuriating woman he’s ever met.

Stepping into the ring with Caden Kelly is not for the faint of heart, but Sophie’s never been the delicate type. This champion may have finally met his match—both in and out of the bedroom.


Bracken Kelly is a lot of things. A ball buster. A hardass. An undercover narcotics detective who’s gotten in too deep with a biker crew and landed himself in big trouble with Internal Affairs. Posing as a trainer to clear his name and uncover the methamphetamine being run out of Reno’s toughest fight club is the easy part—Bracken’s been fighting for half his life. Convincing a female featherweight with a smart mouth and a hotter body to let him train her? That complicates things.

Huntley Wittaker left a lot behind when she moved to Reno—her family business, her overprotective brothers, her psychopathic ex-boyfriend and her Southern Belle persona. In Nevada, she can be whatever she wants to be. And what Huntley wants to be is a fighter, even if her punch stinks. All she needs is the right trainer. The domineering brute of a biker who answers her ad isn’t it, but he’s all she’s got.

Bracken has a job to do and this time, he plans on succeeding, even if that means lying his way to getting sweaty with Huntley outside of the ring. But as he and Huntley grow closer and lies turn into truths, they’ll be faced with a different kind of fight—one neither of them is prepared for and one that threatens to tear them apart forever.


I was highly impressed with the MMA terminology Michele used before the start of each chapter. It showed the dedication behind the story/series and the love she has for the sport.
For those not familiar with MMA, it will shed some light on the sport. For those who are fans of the octagon (like myself), it was an added bonus feature to an already stellar read. 
Now, let’s meet the cast and crew of the octagon. Shall we……
If you are looking for a man or woman with great stamina, then look no further. With their cardio regime, power and agility are a must in the ring and out of the ring….. well, my kinky ones, it’s a very titillating quality in a bed partner too. 
Suddenly, the energizer bunny slogan is buzzing around my head. You know the one —-> Keeps Going, Going, Going and ………. *wicked grin* 
In Knock Out and Tap Out, two fighters (men) weren’t looking for love. Ghosts (demons) from their past made them steer clear of anything resembling a commitment. However, you all know they get their HEA. Yeah, no brainer there. However, the road to HEA was an intriguing tale. 

Knock Out: For the most part, O’Shea was an ass. Of course, his behavior was explained and I could sympathize with him but still, Logan took quite an emotional beating. He might have the bigger muscles, but for the most part, I found her the stronger character. O’Shea did redeem himself in a major, romantic way at the end of the story. I only wish he did it sooner. I was actually tired of watching her chase/beg/plead for him. 
My only other complaint about Knock Out was the juvenile phrases. Example: Logan saying “Splitting leotards” –  “Twist my tutu” – “Leaping leotards”. I’m not much of a curser but even I was thinking, Fucking curse already.

Tap Out: We’ve all heard reports of drug use in correlation with any sport. So, the plot was not off the mark at all. For that, I give this story an A. What made this story get an A++ rating was the chemistry, the playfulness, between Caden and Sophie. I absolutely adored their video messages to each other. Romance at its finest moment.

Complaint: I felt Sophie’s past issues weren’t resolved. MM brought up Hank Cawfield multiple times but her demons were pushed aside to make room for Caden’s. For me, the brush off was noted and not appreciated. 

Out for the Count: Yes, MM focused her attention on a female fighter. This pleases me to no end. 🙂 While the men of the octagon are badass, this tale reinforces the knowledge women are a force to reckon with as well. Trainer, undercover cop, DEA agents, rogue cop, gangs…. This story is a thrill ride from beginning to end. Loved it! 

And way to kick some major ass, Huntley! Oh yeah, Bracken wasn’t so bad either. *winks* 

Complaint: Again, we find another woman throwing themself at a man. Why? It’ not needed. 

For this repeated offense, my score went from a 5 to a 4. 


 Overall Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

Score: ❤❤❤❤

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The Shadows by J.R. Ward (Book Review) (WARNING – SPOILERS INCLUDED)

Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward..

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice..


Review (Spoilers Included) 
Let me stress again that if you HAVEN’T READ the latest BDB book yet then DO NOT READ ON.
Okay, Ward definitely dropped some major revelations upon us. I didn’t see iAm’s true status coming. It was way out of left field. To Ward, I say, “Way to go chickie pie.” I do love me some surprises. Also, I am so glad he finally got him some lovin and found his mate/wife/shellan. Whatever title you want to bestow upon her. 
Now for the bitchin’ part of this review…….
WHAT THE HELL, WARD! You have the fans watch Selena and Trez love unfold, never truly acted upon, and then when they do consummate their love, get engaged, she perishes. Yeah, her final days were sweet/romantic. Trez treated her like a queen so why did you allow her to “be free”? After Trez’s shadows delayed the disease from taking her/turning her into stone, I thought for sure we would see a cure. He would be her cure. Man, I felt ripped off. 
When he met her in the Fade, I knew he wasn’t going to stay. Not after that gut-wrenching goodbye they shared. Again, I kept waiting for someone/something to step in and give them their HEA. 
Maybe in the next book, something truly spectacular will occur. The way Rhage was acting, maybe something involving him. *shrugging* 
For the most part, like 90%, I liked this book. However, I can’t believe the build-up to Trez and Selena big epic romance was over in a few short days. 
Not pleased at all and I’m sure the other fans will be ranting and raving about this for a long time. 
But as they say, “There is no such thing as bad press.”
Yup, this is going to be a best seller. No doubt about it. And I know, like most of you, you will be eagerly awaiting the next BDB book. 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤1/2
For the reading order of the BDB series, click HERE



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Hulk: The Complete Collection Volume 1 by Jeph Loeb (Comic Book Review)


Red alert! There’s a sadistic new red-skinned Hulk in the Marvel Universe, with keen intelligence and a radioactive touch! Who or what is he? And with Marvel’s heroes powerless against him, will it take a Hulk to catch a Hulk? It’s an explosive battle as the red and green Hulks collide! But even as Bruce Banner is attacked by a pack of wild Wendigos, She-Hulk recruits a cavalry of super heroines including Valkyrie, Thundra, Ms. Marvel and Storm! Plus: the Defenders are reassembled to take down the Red Hulk, but he’s got a team of his own!


Hulk has to be the most badass character Marvel has created for us. He is a “man” of few words. Yeah, I like he lets his actions speak for himself. 

In this collection, we met Red Hulk (Rulk) who was a chatterbox but also brought the pain. His battles against everyone under the sun created a fast pace storyline.  

Most memorable scene à When Rulk took Thor’s hammer. Sorry folks but I like when Thor gets taken down a notch. He irritates the hell out of me. 

 Now the epic flow of words wouldn’t have packed quite the power punch without the illustrative talents of Ed McGuinness, Arthur Adams, and Frank Cho. 

 You three have mad skills!!!! Errrr, you four. We mustn’t forget Jeph Loeb. 🙂

 And Super Chicks, better luck next time! 


 Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

Score: ❤❤❤❤


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