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Protector (Long, Tall Texans #41)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  967 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Diana Palmer takes readers back to Jacobsville, Texas, where Hayes Carson is a man on a mission—for justice.

Bobby Carson had been the only family Hayes had left in the world. A long, tall and serious Texan, Hayes has always suspected Minette Raynor had something to do with Bobby's death, that the bright-eyed blonde gave his
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Harlequin HQN (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jul 12, 2013 Melanie♥ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am rating this book based on the 50% of it I read before dozing off.

I used to be a big DP fan and still have a full shelf of keeper books by her. I should have stopped reading her books years ago, but I still feel compelled to read the new offerings.
I am SO over the never ending Long Tall Texans series and Jacobsville. It seems that DP just can't move on to anything new.

This book was a total disappointment. I didn't care about either of the characters and it was totally lacking tension, drama,
Sep 09, 2013 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disclosure: I was provided a ebook copy of "Protector" from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have never written a negative review so this is going to be a long one so I can fully explain.

First I would like to say that I feel a little confused by the description of the book which makes the book sound much more exciting than it is. I saw no evidence in the book that Minette is an undercover DEA agent. I read the description after I read the book
Aug 07, 2013 Rebekah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
The good news is, if this book can get published, there's hope for your book you've been writing, which I'm confident is a zillion times better written, more compelling, interesting, etc!

The bad news is, they published THIS one, so yours didn't get published, for which I am sorry.

I guess Diana Palmer is like a legacy with a long history of successes, so at this point she can just crank out whatever drivel she wants and they'll print it but jeez. A paragraph ended with "Everyone laughed," and tha
Caitlin Wyatt
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After reading most of the books in the LTT series, I was expecting fireworks between Minette and Hayes Carson. Instead I got a boring novel with tons of backstory, info-dumps, rehashing, tangents, and former LTT characters parading through scene after scene in an effort to turn a 100 page book into a 300 page one.

Yeah, I want my nine bucks back.

A quarter of the way through, I began to wonder if I was reading a romance novel or a mundane recounting of Carson's convalescence. A hundred pages in,
Angela Fristoe
Aug 19, 2013 Angela Fristoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I really wanted to like this one. I am a huge Diana Palmer fan, but lately I just can't seem to find one I like. The characters are 2 dimensional, and their interactions with each other were just the typical trip down memory lane to recap the current lives of former characters, to discuss some random topic, or to go in circles around the same old mystery. The good thing about this one was that they didn't constantly have silly arguments about how he thinks she's loose while she pines for him.

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The description has absolutely nothing to do with the book. Minnette is not a DEA agent and Hayes is not investigating her. It is extremely annoying for that fact alone but add to that a plot that feels overdone and recycled and you have a pretty disappointing combination. I was waiting for a kick butt heroine. I'm still waiting. Diana Palmer has been an auto-read author me for a very long time but it may be time to re-evaluate that. I'm sad to say this one missed the mark by a longshot starting ...more
Good read, getting tired of this story line.
May 01, 2014 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While part of a series, this can be read as a standalone. Minette has always loved Hayes but he has always hated her and she did not know why. When he is shot she takes him in to recover. I liked these two characters. Minette is on the older side for an ingénue but Hayes is older than her. Hayes is also not like Diana Palmer's usual male characters. He is not taciturn but lets us know his feelings. Minette is stronger than she believes. She has many surprises in her future but I got my HEA.
Vannessa Anderson
Hayes Carson is a lawman in Jacobsville, Texas. When his brother died from a drug overdose, Hayes blamed Minette Raynor who, consequently, abhors drugs. Hayes was shot by an unknown assailant and could not live alone during his recovery so Minette Raynor brings Hayes to her home to recover. They are attractive to one another but Minette won’t act on her attraction because of the way she believes he feels about her and Hayes won’t act on his attraction for Minette because he believes she was invo ...more
Jun 17, 2013 Rita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Protector is the latest Long, Tall Texans book by Diana Palmer. I have read many of the books in the series and was looking forward to Sheriff Hayes Carson’s story with Minette. Minette has had a crush on Hayes for quite some time, but Hayes has hated Minette ever since his brother died of a drug overdose because he blamed her for giving his brother the drugs that killed him. Of course, everyone in Jacobsville knows that Minette had nothing to do with his overdose, and deep down, Hayes knows tha ...more
May 25, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


It has been awhile since I have read a story about Jacobsville, Texas. A lot of tough guys live and work there. The description of the book is misleading for me. Or maybe it went over my head and I missed that part. It has happened to me before. There are a few love scenes towards the end of the book. Lots of drama and some action. Some interesting characters. Some good, some bad and some really bad guys. And one big iguana.

Sheriff is home on his ranch when he is shot. He never saw the s
Jul 24, 2013 Sue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cr
Palmer frequently uses her books to also make political/social commentary. In her previous books this has not been a huge problem because the romance overrides this. In this book of hers much more of it was spent as a social and political commentary and she spends a significant amount of time acting paranoid about security and people watching everything that everyone is doing. I thought this book was paranoia filled, with a huge dose of disrespect for the legal principles of the country. I finis ...more
Tammy Santiago
Diana Diana Diana what has happened to you darlin.your books used to be some great could read the books and feel the chemistry between the h/h and when a scene required a personal time between them you could feel sexual tension just by reading the books are filled with words that allow you no chance to connect with characters.I know people will read this review and Say something catty like quit reading her books if you dislike them so much.but the thing is when you have devoted ...more
Sep 02, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Minette has cared for Hayes Carson since high school, but he's known a secret about her father, who is unknown to Minette, that causes him to resent her. She's got great character and cares for her two step-siblings, as well as her great-aunt, and Hayes eventually looks past her heritage to realize how remarkable she is and how suited to his life. They do wind up kidnapped but escape to have a HEA. There is also the entry into the Palmer character list of Dane Lassiter's son, who appears to be a ...more
Long after I expected the book to end, it just keep going on. And on. And on. Any intrigue was so transparent it was nonexistent, and there was about as much subtlety as a sledgehammer because the author did not credit her readers with any intelligence, and spelled EVERYTHING out for us. The plot could've been better, but as it is, was completely implausible. Apparently, even moderately successful criminals are completely unintelligent and naive and accept the word of any Tom, Dick and Harry off ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all of the Diana Palmer books that I have read and this is no exception. One of the few authors that I actually laugh out loud while I'm reading. The sheriff, Hayes Carson, is shot while he was in his own living room. Since it will take him awhile to recover the use of his arm, the doctor refuses to release him from the hospital unless he has someone to help him out. A little difficult for someone that lives alone except for Andy, his lizard. The only one in the small town of Jacobsville ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book starts with a nice story line and then bam you have action already. It was a nice surprise to have it so soon in the story. It was a sweet thing for Minette to take him home. As he is in her home they start to know each other and realize they both have made unfair assumptions and start a solid friendship. I love the little details she uses about the cartoon movies, and his pet lizard, it is very funny. As the story perceeds it turns into something you may not have predicted. I don't wan ...more
Aug 29, 2014 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love her books. She has strong characters who can be quite humorous, that have to deal with drug kingpins and trying not to get assassinated, kidnapped, misconceptions and falling in love.
Jul 21, 2014 Missy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful read....another great book by Diana Palmer. Just love how she weaves them falling in love with the suspense & danger they face. The touches of humor she uses adds to the different characters making them more human & likeable. The continuing drama in Jacobsville keeps unfolding book after book so you get to know everyone, just like in a small town. She makes memorable characters that you just can't forgot along with a sweet charming love story.
Kaycee Sapinoso
Protector is an intriguing story that blurs the line between good and evil. It’s very engrossing. I was hooked from page one up to the last. I couldn’t put it down. I actually read it in just one sitting.

Hayes Carson has been the town’s sheriff for seven years. And when he got shot and needed help, the only person’s willing to help out and take him in is Minette. And everybody knows exactly how Hayes feels about her. But in the end, he reluctantly agreed. And goes to live with her and her family
I've read at least thirty Diana Palmer books, most of which were part of this series. I've enjoyed a lot of them, reread some of them. That said, I waited until this book was released in mass market paperback because it was just too expensive. I'm glad I did.

It was overall an okay book. I'll explain why.

(Possible Spoilers)
The blurb is not what the plot is about, not even a little bit.

There was a lot of rehashing earlier stories, characters basically talking about stuff that happened in other boo
Dani "The REAL Cullens_Girl since 2002"
2** Brain Candy - It was okay. Writing mediocre, will keep/re-read if part of a series

I picked this book off the shelf on a whim. I've read and enjoyed Diana Palmer's LTT series in the past. She consistently puts out category romance books that fill my need for reading something I don't need to think about. This book had about a dozen plot holes and even the book description didn't match up with the actual book. I like the action/suspense element and that none of the characters were seriously an
Oct 31, 2013 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carson Hayes knew a secret about Minette Raynor but gave his promise not to tell. Minette takes Carson into her house when he is shot to recuperate and learns that she is in danger also. Her danger is from a ruthless drug lord who finds that she is related to a very powerful rival and plans to kidnap her. In the end both Hayes and Minette end up in the drug lords evil hands and both our government and her relative join forces to save them.
Leslie Mesmer
Jun 10, 2014 Leslie Mesmer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on-it
I should have listened to the other reviews.
I usually enjoy Ms Palmer's books and especially the Jacobsville stories but NOT this one.
The first several pages was so simplified and almost amateurish in setting up a story line. It was so distracting and really did not draw you into the book, it made you want to run away.
Come on, the guy is talking about his Iguana! Then he is thinking about a secret his dad told him about the woman he hates, then he gets shot. Next to the hospital as he argues w
Amanda Sheila
Well, I was expecting some mean hero and cry-baby heroine, but overall I liked it.

Hayes isn't exactly like Diana Palmer usual character, he's sweet and polite. I kind of crave for mean hero and angst storyline and I don't think this book deliver both.

But it's good, I enjoyed it. Too bad it isn't really Diana Palmer style.
Apr 09, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't what I was expecting but that turned out to be a good thing. The characters aren't the cookie cutter variety and had some depth to them, the scenario's were realistic without being boring, and the plot worked really well. Would recommend this book to others.
Rachel C.
I really enjoyed this book and I most definitely enjoyed the ending. But (I'm sad to say there's a but...), there were a few holes that just bugged me as I was reading. For example, (view spoiler). The ...more
Dixie Thompson
Jul 14, 2014 Dixie Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Great read

fast moving great story line. as always you can't go wrong with Diana Palmer. love her characters and their morals.
Oct 26, 2014 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would really mark this 2+, but Goodreads does not allow that. Hayes is the local sheriff. His brother died of an overdose and for some strange reason he blames Minette. Minette runs the local paper and has a sterile reputation. Then Hayes is shot and no one will take care of him except Minette.In her house also is her Aunt Sarah and her 2 sibling by her step father and his second wife. From here it gets complicated with too many characters, some good some bad. Few you would really care about.
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Susan Eloise Spaeth was born on 11 December 1946 in Cuthbert, Georgia, USA. She was the eldest daughter of Maggie Eloise Cliatt, a nurse and also journalist, and William Olin Spaeth, a college professor. Her mother was part of the women's libera
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