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3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  845 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
After a devastating flood orphaned Noelle Brown, she thought her charming benefactor, Andrew Paige, could be the man of her dreams. So why did his steely-eyed older stepbrother, Jared Dunn, make her heart race and her breath catch in her throat? Desperado turned lawman, Jared had come home to Fort Worth, Texas, ready to leave his dangerous past behind. The green-eyed, feis ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 383 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Center Point (first published August 1st 1995)
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I couldn't put it down. I loved the moment heroine realized her one true love was not Andrew but his brooding brother Jared. I felt so sorry for Jared. He was in so much pain when he thought Noelle could never return his love cause she was still in lust with Andrew. He was a very jealous, possessive hero and the love triangle was very well written. I adored the angst!
This is my first Diana Palmer and I'm honestly torn. I know she's an extremely popular author and there were things I liked, but I also had issues. Perhaps I just picked the wrong novel? Or perhaps Palmer isn't for me.

IMHO this would have worked better as a Harlequin length novel (~200 pages). I wonder if she's ever written for one of the series lines?? hmmm...

The first 60% was sort of monotonous and could have been condensed and the point would still have been served.

Below is the "point" of the
Other than Catherine Anderson, I think I have found a new favorite author. Diana Palmer outdid herself when she wrote this book. The hero is amazing and he kept my interest throughout the book as a former desperado turned lawman who is surprisingly unconventional for the time he lives in. He isn't exactly a charmer and he has a dangerous edge to him which makes him especially appealing. He is an Alpha male posing as a Beta male. I later find out that he not only has a heart of gold, but has much ...more
Tonya Warner
Jul 01, 2012 Tonya Warner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noelle Brown was away from home, caring for her sick uncle, when Galveston was destroyed by a hurricane. Her entire family had been killed, leaving her with the tragic memories of identifying them, and still living in the city, fearing the next storm. When a distant cousin appears and invites her to leave and live with him and his grandmother, she works hard to fit in.

Andrew might be a dashing man, but he lacks true character. He is more than willing to have Noelle in his home, but she tends to
Chantal ❤️
Well this is my favorite historical of hers. I did not like some parts like when the hero would not be honest about his past and the having sex with her without meaning was cruel. He was not cruel by nature and I think that is what saved the book for me. I loved when he taught Noelle to dance and how he wanted her to be happy. I had to read this book 2 times because I missed some issues. like the brother leaving her to face the music after he almost raped her. I was confused because of the Hero ...more
Alexis-Morgan Roark
Mar 26, 2012 Alexis-Morgan Roark marked it as never-gonna-finish  ·  review of another edition
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I have promised myself to write a review for each book I finish from now on...starting with this one. I will, of course, have to comment on the preceding storylines in this series (I could have smacked both of the previous heroes...Cal and King). I am GLAD this book was not about Alan. I just can't get into Beta heroes. [shudder]

Ok. This book is about the lawyer from Nora. Who cares? Putting this one aside for now
Oct 12, 2009 Robyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always I love what Diana Palmer writes. I loved reading about Jared and Noelle the ancestors of Judd Dunn for Lawless.
Mandy Menasco
Oct 26, 2016 Mandy Menasco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book, and story line

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Sep 11, 2013 Pupottina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harmony, storico
Un romanzo storico semplice, ma intensamente romantico.
Diana Palmer con Il colore del fuoco ha saputo entrare, ancora una volta, nel cuore delle lettrici con una storia romanticissima fra la dolce e ingenua Noelle Brown e due fratellastri, completamente diversi.
Uno, il fratello maggiore, è un avvocato misterioso di nome Jared Dunn.
L’altro, Andrew, è un affascinante giovane alla moda, perfettamente inserito nell’ambiente sociale.
La vicenda si svolge del 1902 e per una ragazza la scoperta dell’am
Aug 09, 2015 Mirella rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diana-palmer-s
Per essere uno della Palmer... è stata una delusione ! Di tutti i personaggi... l' unica sempre coerente con se stessa è la protagonista ed ho trovato davvero biasimevole che il fratello minore del protagonista prima scappa dalla città lasciando la protagonista in balia dei pettegolezzi, e poi torni dopo qualche mese felicemente fidanzato e pure perdonato dalla famiglia. Quanto al protagonista... è vero che tutti gli uomini della Palmer sono arroganti, dominatori e dalla mentalità quasi retrogra ...more
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
Per me la Palmer è come una copertina di Linus. Pur se con qualche leggera variazione, il suo schema è ormai fisso e consolidato, perciò se ami un suo libro li amerai tutti... e io li amo XD Il colore del fuoco è il suo secondo romanzo storico ad arrivare nelle mie manine bramose e mi è piaciuto più del primo. Noelle pur facendosi spesso maltrattare da Jared in fondo ha un bel caratterino e quando emerge si salvi chi può XD Jared sa essere freddo e crudele ma anche infinitamente dolce e gentile ...more
Dec 16, 2009 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Had the house to myself so I read this in one evening. It is a reprint but I'm 90% sure I hadn't read the first edition. It is one of Diana Palmer's better books. I haven't liked a lot of her recent ones. I love the banter between the two characters. There always seems to be banter in her books but sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It definitely works in regards to these two characters. Also unlike some of her other books I did feel like these two characters actually have a future tog ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Megan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize at first that this was an older book, re-released. Still, I don't love the interaction between Noelle and...I can't even remember his name. That's how non-memorable the so-called "hero" is in this book. He's just an asshole who is teeth-grindingly cruel to Noelle.

Jealousy is not attractive, my friends.

Anyway, Palmer's books tend to follow a lot of similar themes, but they can sometimes be sweet and/or enjoyable. I just wish she didn't feel all her male leads have to start out a
2.5 stars

The hero was so annoying that I considered abandoning this book, but I persevered. The hero was so hot and cold, he was like a pendulum. If I had been Noelle, I'd have gone back to Galveston after Andrew smeared my good name. Nothing would have prevented me from going and there would be no way I'd marry a man who thought so badly of me and who wouldn't even listen, much less consider my side of the story.
Amanda Sheila
I loved this book, definitely one of my favorite. Even though Noelle is a bit meek and Jared is annoying but overall this book is very refreshing.

I enjoyed this book but I was expecting something more from Andrew. Because I feel that he needs to apologize more and make a better closure with Jared.

But then again, I still liked it. :)
Jul 12, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure how I was going to like it when I discovered that it was a sort of period piece - always hard for me to get past the slang and the way people talk. But it wasn't too far out there - once i really got into the story I couldn't stop - I love reading about first love and the way you feel when everything is new and forbidden love too
Carol Brunquell
Another good read from Diana Palmer - set in 1902 shortly after the floods that devastated Galveston, TX... typical wimpy heroine, uncertain hero - the formula never changes, but her writing remains irresistible to me. And the cover is pretty... :-)
Amber Lord
Dec 27, 2012 Amber Lord rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic
I can't get enough of her books when i read them in a few days each book. Time to find more books of hers because i am hooked. Plus she uses character from other books and it brings a sense of connections. I cannot wait to read more.
Oct 10, 2015 Gayle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diana Palmer' s books all follow much of the same lines as taming of the shrew but I'm always drawn to them. Who can resist a rough cowboy with a heart of gold? I reccomend her books because her writing really does draw you in as if you could feel what the characters are feeling.
A much better Palmer book than the last I read. Still formulaic and predictable, but at its core an enjoyable mindless read.
Jun 02, 2010 Dee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009, western
this is probably one of my favorite DP books because its an older classic, because she got into her more formulatic writing style!
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

Diana Palmer is a pseudonym for author Susan Kyle.

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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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