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Courageous (Long, Tall Texans #42)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,116 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
The Life of a Paid Mercenary
makes sense to Special Forces Officer Winslow Granger. The jungles of South America may make his former job as a ranch manager for his friend Jay Pendleton look like a cakewalk, but it's nothing that the former Green Beret can't handle.

A woman's heart, however - that's dangerous territory. Back in Texas, Grange's biggest problem was avoiding Peg

Hardcover, 283 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Harlequin HQN
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Jul 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cowboy-romance
I love Diana Palmer and the fact that the books are all written with the same formula. I actually like that! I like that the hero/heroine are always so similar (older guy/younger girl with strong moral values etc). They were always funny and well written, with an emphasis on the hero/heroine and their relationship. This was such a disappointment. The secondary storyline with General Machado totally took over that there was no way I could get behind the relationship of Grange and Peg. I was so lo ...more
Aug 12, 2012 marked it as dnf
Recommends it for: people who think lectures from their grandma are romantic
If your idea of romance is two people endlessly, smugly lecturing each other about how corrupt and immoral everyone else in the world is except for them, draw up a bubble bath and settle in for a treat. I gave up when the heroine declared that she wouldn't go to college because she'd be forced to live with strange men in co-ed dorms.
Jul 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
I wonder if I should count it as dnf as I must have skimmed 50% of it?

Peg and Grange were only in about half of the book, though maybe this was a good thing as neither character was very likeable. Just a horrible mess of a book. Totally outdated concepts and dialogue.

I used to look forward to DPs new books, but now I almost dread reading them. I checked this one out of the library and it sat on my counter until it was overdue. The thought of the fine was my incentive to read it. Won't be checki
Jun 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook-arc, adult
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It is rare that I don’t finish a book, even if I hate a it I normally read to the end, anything else feels like cheating but I got to the half-way point of Courageous and had to stop. I just couldn’t carry on.

I think the big problem I had with this is that I just found it really, really boring. I could not get myself interested in it at all. The romance was bizarre and the rest seemed to be taken up with military talk that just did not interest me.

I also had
Melissa Stuart
Jul 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
I've been reading DP's books since the 80s, and this may be the last book of hers I pay for. The hero is a nonentity, the heroine is mentally deficient, there isn't a plot per say but rather a history lesson, the dialogue is atrocious and the love scenes are over before they even start. Ms. Palmer wrote better stories 15 years ago. They were all "virgins meet men who are 15 years older than them but that doesn't matter" stories but they were humorous and fun. The last batch have been anything bu ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This is my first audiobook of a Diana Palmer book, and overall, I liked it. I didn't care for the way the narrator voiced the females. He sounded too falsetto for my tastes. I think I enjoyed this more than other reviewers, although I agree that there were a lot of random conversations and less focus on the romance than I would have liked.

Diana Palmer is a long-time favorite of mine. She's a sweet lady and I will always read her books.

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Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: heroine-i-adore
A very romantic old school romance from the Queen Diana Palmer!
Laura Beth
One day I will learn to look at reviews BEFORE I buy/check-out a book instead of AFTER so I can determine if I am alone in my assessment. Diana Palmer was one of the first romance writers I read (sneaking the book from my great-aunt's guest room as a young teenager). I was super disappointed in this book to the point I stopped reading after the hero landed in the jungle. It was too much military stuff. As others have noted, the heroine supposedly has all these values but then over-sexes herself. ...more
Jun 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'll be bluntly honest and say I wasn't able to finish this book. While I can generally get over Palmer's use of the super Alpha hero and the naive heroine, this time it didn't work for me.

Peg was past naive and fell into the TSTL category that I can't stand to read. How can a young woman be so naive that she'll get on a plane to a war ravaged country without any questions? She's basically believing what this person tells her and follows after skipping and singing la-la-la! (figuratively speakin
Chitra *CJ*
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: v-card, safety-first
'Courageous' is the story of Grange and Peg.
Grange is a rancher and an undercover officer, and lives with his morals and dignity, when his foreman's daughter Peg starts attracting his attention.
Peg is 19 and has loved Grange forever. When he refuses to acknowledge her, she tries out various methods to get his attention.
However, soon Grange has to go on a mission and that leads to start of an adventure.
As a DP book, we know we are getting a virgin heroine, a brooding hero and loads of hairy chest
Angela Fristoe
Aug 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
I have been a Diana Palmer fan for the past sixteen years, ever since I read my first book by her when I was sixteen. Whether she was writing historical, or modern Texas cowboy romances I was always willing to shell out the money for her latest release, without even reading the book blurb. That has slowly begun to change the last four or five years. Oh, I still buy them but I'm just a bit hesitant, and after reading a couple of reviews on Courageous, I decided to borrow it from the library first ...more
Jun 14, 2012 rated it liked it
When you think of mac and cheese ,pepperoni pizza,mashed potatoes and gravy and fried chicken?What comes to mind?I think comfort food.Diana Palmer is my literary version of comfort food.She is an indulgence,no matter how bad you may think it is for you.I really wanted to rate this book higher,as this author has long been a particular favorite of mine.The book started out fine,we meet the heroine Peg ,who is housekeeper/cook for the hero Grange.The setting is on a ranch in Texas,Commanche Wells.S ...more
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Do you like books that have cowboys, friendship, romance, moral values with a little South America coupe thrown in? If so you are going to love Courageous by Diana Palmer!

Now I will totally admit that I am a fan of Ms. Palmer’s books. Whenever I am in a reading slump or just want something comfortable to read – I pick up one her books. While a lot of them are in a series, you never feel like you missed anything y not reading them in order. Also a lot of her books have some of the same plot to th
A lot of other readers here on goodread don't really like this one. I thought it was an amazing addition to the story of El General and his country. I liked Grange and Peg's story, Diana Palmer did a good job on it. It was engaging and spirited. Also Peg was a spit-fire, I love a good heroine. And Mrs. Palmer does a great job of writing one. I like military based books, whether historical or romance based. I haven't read a lot of historical militia books but ive watched enough documentaries to ...more
I am so glad I got this book from the library. Amazon wants $9.46 for the Kindle edition, and it's so bad they should pay us to read it.

The plot is feeble, the dialogue is stilted, and the characters are one-dimensional stereotypes. My biggest peeve -- the characters are in Manaus, and the supporting cast (waiters, clerks, etc.) keep throwing in words in Spanish. I guess that's to give us some local color. A quick glance in a guide book would show that Manaus is in Brazil where they speak Portug
Jun 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
I should have put it down after the first 20 pages but I decided to tough it out. Big mistake. This was a seriously lousy book. I've read some self-published books with a better plot and more likeable characters. I'm just happy I got it from the library so I don't have to feel dumb for wasting money.
Mar 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
I can't believe that I made it through the whole book. The first half was really preachy and makes you suspend a lot of disbelief. If you make it through that, it isn't a half-bad story.
Mar 22, 2016 rated it did not like it

- 100* (negative ONE HUNDRED STARS!)
OH MY GOD! What the hell was this!??!?!! I am sorry, what???? This book deserves NEGATIVE STARS! (And how did it even get 3.6* avg rating when the top 10 reviews I read were all 1* reviews?!) More than anything, I hate when authors insult my intelligence! Actually, no, more than anything, I hate when they PREACH at me. Direct quote that summarizes the preachy tone of this book: "I believe sex and marriage go hand in hand. I can't change and I won't change. Th
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: diana-palmer
While this book follows the general norm of Diana Palmer, I must say that the romance was quick paced, even for her. I have noticed that when she writes her characters to BOOM confess their feelings or admit they have a future, early on in the story, something is going to happen to draw them apart.

Of course, I loved Peg. She's spunky and is in love with Winslow, and wants nothing more than to be his woman. She flirts, or tries to, and says things that leave him, literally running for cover. Thei
Jun 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I kept thinking while listening to this book that it was written in the early 1970's or maybe 1980's and rewritten for 2012 re-publication. it was bad .. so so bad. The herione is a 19 yr old virgin .. the Hero is a 30 something virgin ... (really?), Don't buy it, get it from your local library Amazon has it for $5.99
Apr 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really enjoy DP books, but this one was a miss for me. I skimmed over 50% of the book, I don’t care to read about the military which felt like most of the book! The characters were out of date and not very relatable. So sad.
Michele Thomas
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another story after a story

I enjoy a good read that leads to another good read, series are fun! I also enjoy a book that I don't have to read in a certain order. This author writes a great book full of excitement and controlled romance!
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This book had some interesting parts but some of it was too much a sappy romance novel.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Diana Palmer books. It actually had a great story instead of just romance. Read the book in a day.
Jeanne Miller
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can not say enough good things about Diana Palmer books..The characters are real and the plots are great.
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: action, romance, sexy
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Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review:Courageous by Diana Palmer
. 4 STARS Peg Larson is determined to catch her boss Grange. She is only 19 been kissed once but she knows what she wants. She tries flirting,suggestive talk,talking about collage. Peg is his cook and her father is his manager. Its a small ranch that Grange's boss gave him after he rescued his wife. Pegs talks all about her experience since she had sex at 14. Which got Grange kissing her hard and scared her. Grange realized that she had been lying to him. Grange
Sep 14, 2012 added it
I've read four Diana Palmer books so far, and I would rank this at #3, probably. I didn't really like it, had to force myself through parts, especially toward the beginning. I am drawn to her books through an interest in particular characters, rather than an overall plot or appreciation for her writing. So it's always disappointing when those characters aren't discussed as much as I'd like. "Grange" was uneven and not as smart as he is described, "Peg" is as thick as a plank, and they both have ...more
Adriana Fogaça
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Homens do Texas 46
Diana Palmer
H.Rainhas do Romance 80


Sou fã da Diana Palmer, mesmo assim, fiquei surpresa.

Arrisco a dizer que é um dos melhores livros que li desta autora nos últimos anos.


Muita calma nesta hora.

Isso não quer dizer que o livro e tudo mais seja perfeito.

Houve deslizes básicos, que devemos nos acostumar, porque além de ser uma constante, a autora não esta bem de saúde e sua memória já no é a mesma.

E como o número de personagens só aumenta, não podemos culpa
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The hits just keep on coming with this series! Winslow Grange has either appeared, or his name has come up, in many of the Long Tall Texan books. In COURAGEOUS we learn what makes him tick. In addition to being Jason Pendleton's ranch foreman, he is a former Special Forces officer and a modern day mercenary. As ex-President Emilio Machado mounts his attack to retake his country he hires Grange to lead his army. A wise choice since Grange has the necessary connections both in and outside of the c ...more
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