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Wyoming Tough (Bitter Heart #1)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  2,040 ratings  ·  158 reviews
A cowboy through and through, ranch owner Mallory Kirk knows what it means to put in a full day’s work. But does his new cowgirl? He has his doubts that Morie Brannt will be able to pull her own weight, even if the petite young woman does seem to have a lot of spirit.

As they spar over events at the ranch and a past that threatens their hopes for the future, sparks begin t
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Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by HQN Books (first published 2011)
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Jacqueline
So I'm going to pick my jaw up off the floor and try to compose myself to write this review. I keep falling off the "No More Diana Palmer" bandwagon. I have seriously got to get myself a seat belt and stay on that puppy. This book is a veritable feast of tell not show with epic helpings of info dumping. When I was already full up with that I was fed a nauseating, treacly dessert of "my morality is better than yours and that's why the world is going to Hell in a sinful handbasket."

SERIOUS SPOILE
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willaful
Well fan me with a blowtorch -- I actually kind of enjoyed this! No question it has many flaws, not the least of which are the holier-than-thou, Mary Sue of a heroine -- Morie is the hardest working ranch hand ever, but she was also offered a modeling career and a musical scholarship, can cook and organize fancy parties, tames escaped convicts, and has birds suddenly appear every time she is near -- and the hero, who's such an idiot I suspect someday he'll drown in the rain like a turkey. (In ty ...more
Emma
This is without a doubt the worst book I've read this year. I don't particularly enjoy writting bad reviews (as a matter of fact I usually don't) but I can't help myself with this one.

This is ecaxtly the book some people would use to make fun of the romance genre : take two of the most stupid characters you can imagine, make them say the most stupid lines and act like the worst of children and there you have it. How can you not make fun of this I wonder ??

Mal our hero is in a relationship with a
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Lady Lioness
Train. Wreck. This is a classic case of an author who has aged with her books and those books have not held up well. Palmer was never big on sexy times in her books, which is fine, but her later novels are full on preachy about sex, lawsuits, agricultural matters, gender attitudes, etc. In addition, the books all follow the exact same storyline: Cowboy/Rancher hero, who is a full-on Mr. Crankypants, falls for a much younger female who is subordinate to him in some way. The heroine worships him f ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Morie Brannt is trying to create a life for herself. She's the daughter of wealthy and well known cattle baron King Brannt and his top model wife, Shelby. So why is she working as a hired ranch hand on Rancho Real in Wyoming? Because she is doing what she loves, learning to work a ranch, since her father would not teach her and her brother thinks she is just plain nuts. But Morie loves what she does. Too bad she doesn't like her boss,
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Jenny
Morie is a rich heiress who leaves home and goes to work at the H's ranch. There she pretends to be a poor plain nobody. Hero's girlfriend is a bitch and she tries to make Morie's life miserable. However Morie is a very feisty, spirited heroine. She speaks her mind, she is confident, super rich and sophisticated. When hero accuses her of theft she goes back to her rich daddy, she gets engaged to a rich tycoon and never looks back until she finds out Mallory is in danger. Then she goes after his ...more
Alexis-Morgan Roark
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Lu Bielefeld *Book Whore Brazil*
UPDATE: Re-read in March 2015

05/11/2011

O livro conta a história de Morie (Filha de Shelby Kane e Kingston Brannt do livro To Love And Cherish) e Mallory Kirk.

Ele é um herói típico da DP, moreno, alto, corpo definido pelo trabalho no rancho, olhos escuros e um temperamento difícil. Como ele é feioso e já foi enganado antes ele desconfia das mulheres em geral e acha que elas estão somente atras do dinheiro dele.

Ela é de família rica e criada numa redoma de vidro pela família amorosa. Ela gosta do
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Vashti
My second DP for this month and it was quite enjoyable.Again Ms Palmer writes a nice old fashioned love story ,this time with the daughter of Kingston Brandt and Shelby Kane whose story was one of my favorites.We meet up with some old characters from her beloved LONG,TALL,TEXAN series and it was nice to "meet" these characters again.I immmediately wanted to do a reread of all her older novels,it was like going home again.The h goes to work at the H's ranch as her father won't let her particpate ...more
StellaR
I thought I wouldn't say this to Diana Palmer's book..this book is unbelievable, no chemistry at all, no depth, it's boring enough to the point that I had to force myself to finish it.
I am a fan of Diana Palmer, love her old-fashioned sweet stories, I even love how predictable they are :D Unfortunately this one doesn't work for me. Too bad.
Melanie♥
2.5 stars. The first half wasn't too bad and I had hopes this would be better than the last few books. Only one or two brief comments on gaming. But then it went downhill....
Glad I still have my old DP keepers when I need a fix. This one will need to find a new home.
Heather
I was so excited to see a new series of books by such a prolific author. What makes it all the more unexpected is that Morie is the daughter of a hero/heroine from an earlier book (can you believe she has been writing for long enough that her couples can have children now who are old enough to have their own stories?!)

Mallory and his brothers all have issues, but Mallory feels like he doesn’t have much to offer, and that the only women he can get is by his money, not his looks. Morie likes him
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Paisley
I was looking forward to this book's release. I always read Diana Palmer books -I have since I was 16 and I own all of her books, as I have collected kept them over the years. Maybe this sounds like I am her biggest fan, trust me I am not. I do love some of her stuff - it's hard to explain, but like an old friend I am comforted by returning to her work time after time. Unfortunately I think many reviewers who read this story will not get her stuff and find it old-fashioned. I think her books sti ...more
Sarah
There were parts that I enjoyed in this book, but, overall, it wasn't real enough for me. We start off the book diving into background info that is not even close to being worked into the plot/dialogue. Then, we have no real progression between H/h and they are suddenly laughing together and "getting" each other. It feels odd and somewhat stilted. More words or cutting out large parts of the action to focus on characters could have made all the difference. I enjoyed Morie's fierce nature...until ...more
Jess
This was ok but I felt it was a bit unrealistic. Morie was likeable enough but I felt that it was unrealistic that a high society girl would want to work in the muck of a cattle ranch.. which I guess is what makes her the better character then Gelly. I did love the more modern look at things with the Kirks' farm being an eco friendly as possible environment and references to iPods, and songs from this era, although eventually it will date the book.

What I didn't like was how infuriated I was with
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Glamdring
Average story but stellar narrating!
Sheila Melo
Fans of Diana Palmer Will Get What They Expect

Diana Palmer's books tend to be sweeter and the sexual relationship between the characters is often in the context of marriage. WYOMING TOUGH is in that mold.

THE STORY: Mallory Kirk is the oldest of three brothers who own a ranch in Wyoming. One of his ranch hands is Morie Brannt is not who she seems to be. Despite her apparent poverty, she is actually the pampered daughter of a rich cattleman in Texas. She has come to Wyoming to get the hands on exp
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Jo-Anne
Morie is a very rich heiress who is tired of her father's constant protection and treating her like she would break. He keeps pushing her to marry a man who he considers to be the 'right' man so it turns out that anyone she dates is really just interested in her money - not her. Even though Morie's dad owns a huge ranch, he will not let her do anything on the ranch except ride the horses so she leaves and gets a job as a ranch hand on the Kirk ranch to prove that she can succeed without her fath ...more
Astraycat
It's been a while for me to read Diana Palmer's books, after getting tired of certain cliche in "more modern" romances, it's great to read DP's works: I liked the way she brought us into her stories, and the way she built up hero and heroine's relationship. If you were familiar with her works, you would prepare to her hero's jerk behavior. Although DP's heroes tended to be much older than the heroines, heroes' behaviors were immature more than often. You had to prepare it beforehand, then you wo ...more
Soriya
Heaven save me! Who knows why I decided to pick up another book of Diana Palmer after the disaster with the last one I've read before this (Wyoming Bold), but I did. I'll admit, the lady has grate ideas for stories. I wish she could just pull it off. I would like to think that a part of me want to giver her the benefit of a doubt.

I'm giving this a three star because at least it wasn't as bad as Wyoming Bold, the third book in this series. Again, there is little interaction between the main leads
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Deedee
Started off slow but got good towards the middle
The main female character is very witty and sarcastic .
Good book to read.
Would recommend

Happy Reading!! :)
Danielle
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Rebekah
Oh, boy. This is for dumbos. By and for dumbos. Also kinda rapey. Abandoning after a week of valiant attempts on the bus.
Jean
A cowboy through and through, ranch owner Mallory Kirk knows what it means to put in a full day’s work. But does his new cowgirl? He has his doubts that Morie Brannt will be able to pull her own weight, even if the petite young woman does seem to have a lot of spirit.
As they spar over events at the ranch and a past that threatens their hopes for the future, sparks begin to fly, and Mallory can’t help but notice Morie in a new light. Is there romance in the air?
Light reading for those who enjoy a
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Consuelo Morales
I have to say not my favorite book by Diane Palmer. I really liked the female character Morie, even though she was too young for my reading preference. She did made up for it by being sassy, caring and even a little foolish.

I did not really like Mallory, her love interest. He was just not very dimensional and a bit of a fool. Really he could not see the stupidity of his behavior! I guess the writing on this book was a little lacking and at time not very believable. Ms. Palmer was just a little o
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Angie
Synopsis: "A cowboy through and through, ranch owner Mallory Kirk knows what it means to put in a full day’s work. But does his new cowgirl? He has his doubts that Morie Brannt will be able to pull her own weight, even if the petite young woman does seem to have a lot of spirit.

As they spar over events at the ranch and a past that threatens their hopes for the future, sparks begin to fly, and Mallory can’t help but notice Morie in a new light. But is this tough Wyoming man ready to love?"


My Rev
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Lisa
I know I've said this many times before but i have a love hate relationship with Diana Palmer books. I hate them for almost the first half or so of the book them i just might love them by the end. lol Happens almost every time. Wyoming Tough is one of the best of Diana Palmer's books that I've read. I kept waiting for that feeling i get where i think the hero is such a jerk and someone should knock some sense in him. I still got that feeling just not to the intensity that i usually do. Morie is ...more
Jennah Scott
This was my first foray into Diana Palmer's books. I received the book from Net Galley for review.

I liked this book. It's not the greatest book in the world, but it's a good comfort read. You know there's going to be a happy ending, and there's a little excitement to go along with the romance.
One of the things I didn't like about the book was I could never figure out how old Mallory is. I know that's not a big deal for most, but more than once I felt like he should be Morie's dad, not lover. A
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Rhonda
I enjoy Diana Palmer's books. I have read a lot of her stories and some of the names spoken seem real familar.
Morie has run away from home because she wants to learn ranching and her father and brother won't teach her. She is pretending that she is down and out to get hired on a ranch in Wyoming. Morie is tired of guys wanting to marry her because of who her father is a very rich texas rancher. Morie wants to marry someone who loves her not her money.

Mallory is one of three brothers who own the
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jenjn79
Much, much better than the last Diana Palmer book I read!

Series Note:
Officially, I don't think this book has a series title, but it has many tie-ins to other Diana Palmer books. It has a direct connection to “To Love and To Cherish” in that the heroine of this book is the daughter of the couple in that book. There are also many references to characters from her Jacobsville/Long, Tall Texans series...so they kind of exist in the same universe. But I don't think you have to have read any of those
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Bitter Heart (4 books)
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  • Wyoming Bold (Wyoming Men, #3)
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