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Wyoming Tough

(Wyoming Men #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,754 ratings  ·  242 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
Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by HQN Books (first published 2011)
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Jacqueline J
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."

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 ...more
Nov 20, 2011 rated it liked it
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Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
For once we have a Diana Palmer h who is fully resourced -- she is smart, pretty, strong, rich, and has doting, protective parents and a strong support system. In other words, she doesn't have to be at the mercy of a petty, cruel, moody H if she doesn't want to. The difference in the dynamic between the MC's and the average Palmer MC's is dramatic.

This h is working icognito at a ranch so she can learn about her wealthy family's business. The H is the part owner of the ranch, along with his two
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I think this might have finally gotten me back on the Stop Reading Diana Palmer wagon.

I didn't even put this on my "Currently Reading" shelf because I was too embarrassed to admit I was reading it. I always admit to hatereading Diana Palmer. To put it into perspective, I once admitted to reading -- and liking -- Palmer's "Maggie's Dad", which is so laughably old-skool, so incredibly outside the bounds of logic and reason, and so ridiculously anti-feminist that I was embarrassed to be even
Amanda S.
One of my favorites!

When her life keeps giving her more reason to stand on her own feet, Morie get a job in a local ranch. Even though she needs no money, she has to be herself and not smothered anymore. Mallory take fancy of this young girl who just got hired in his ranch. But when Mal's so-called beautiful girlfriend starts seeing Morie as a threat, she'll do anything to get rid of her.

It's been a while since I enjoyed reading Diana Palmer this much. I mean, some of her books can be very
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this first book in the Wyoming men series tough as nails Mallory Kirk almost loses the love of his life Morie Brannt because he listened to someone else instead of his heart but she through for him when he was in trouble than he realizes what he almost loses
Mar 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
I wanted a cowboy read. And I guess I got one. I am completely underwhelmed.
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,
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 ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
So... her grandpa is a king. Her grandma is a movie star. Her dad is a huge cattle baron. She grew up with designers making clothes for her but she “whips on a fanny pack” when going on her date while working on a ranch as a cowgirl where no one recognizes her.
And the movie they saw (the cartoon lizard Jonny Depp movie) was actually described as “clever and funny”.
None of this makes any sense. These are just a couple of examples, but basically every page is screaming for me to call BS. Not to
Feb 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Judy Churchill
I always fall for the cowboy stories set in the wild, Wild West. If it’s a book in a series, even better. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. There is something so seductive about the great blue sky country.
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is only the 2nd book I've read by this author. The first was a book with two stories she had written in the 70s and I only finished one of the two. I felt I wasn't giving Diana Palmer a fair shake without trying out some of her more current work as some of my problems with the story I didn't finish in the first book was how dated it was.

It frustrates me to no end that I have to give this book only 2 stars. I really liked the characters, especially Tank and Cane. The storyline had a lot of
Alexis-Morgan Roark
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Nov 06, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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 ...more
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
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
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: western-romances
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
Average story but stellar narrating!
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: western
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!! :)
Sep 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
Oh, boy. This is for dumbos. By and for dumbos. Also kinda rapey. Abandoning after a week of valiant attempts on the bus.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
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Oct 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, western
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Mary Beth
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-romance
Morie, the daughter of a very wealthy cattle baron, is tired of being pursued by men who only want her for her daddy's money. She also wants to learn ranching from the bottom up and prove to herself and others that she can make it on her own. Her father will not allow her to do any work on his cattle ranch, so she gets out of Texas to find someone who will take her on as a ranch-hand.

Mallory Kirk and his brothers own a small, but successful ranch in Wyoming. Known as someone who will give
Three stars because I finished the book. It wasn't a struggle to give it 3 stars, but Palmer's very annoying habit of mentioning characters from previous books started to get on my nerves. One reference to a previous character went back to a book she published in 1982. Seriously?!?!?!? C'mon.

The hero was totally stupid and clueless. Can't say too much without giving up spoilers but let's just say men can be REALLY stupid when it comes to women. I wanted to bitch-slap him across the ranch more
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