Author: Diana Palmer
Blurb: Woman Hater-Everyone in Nicole White’s office described their boss’s mysterious older brother as a real woman hater. So when Nicki had to tag along with her ailing employer to his brother’s Montana home, she was prepared for the worst. To her surprise, what she found was a man more roughly masculine than any she’d ever met. But Winthrop Christopher’s distrust of women ran straight to the bone. Nicki knew she should steer clear of him, but she couldn’t hide the feelings he stirred in her. Could she ever teach him to love again?
The Humbug Man-Montana rancher Tate Hollister was the grouchiest widower Maggie Jeffries had ever met. But, as the holiday season progressed, Maggie discovered that Tate wasn’t completely immune to the Christmas spirit. In fact, his loving embrace might just be the gift of a lifetime….
Thoughts: What can I say? This is classic Diana Palmer. I have always enjoyed her as a writer, however some books do stand out a little more than others for me. I’ve heard many readers complain that she has a certain theme (virginal young ladies falling for bitter men who don’t have a great opinion of women), and it’s a lot like reading the same story over and over again with only slight variations and name changes. While I can understand their point of view, Palmer always weaves a great tale for me. The theme works, and no matter what Palmer is an amazing talent. Some of her titles are constant re-reads of mine that I hunt down periodically because they are simply that good.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t one of the stand out titles for me. This one reads like a lot like a carbon copy of some of her other titles – and is one that will simply get lost amongst many of her other titles in my book collection. It’s a good read, of course, just like anything by her – but won’t make my list of favorites.