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Soldiers of Fortune: Soldier of Fortune / The Tender Stranger / Enamored

(Soldiers of Fortune #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,405 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Soldiers Of Fortune by Diana Palmer released on Mar 24, 2000 is available now for purchase.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 24th 2000 by Silhouette (first published January 2nd 1985)
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3,40 stars
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heroine-i-adore
I loved it! Great chemistry, adorable characters!
Chitra *CJ*
Another classic, but average Diana Palmer book.
The introduction to Soldiers of Fortune, a mercenary group- Gabby has been assistant to JD, a criminal lawyer for two years. She's taken night courses, and now become a paralegal.
When JDs sister is kidnapped, he contacts his old team and takes Gabby along the mission of rescue.
As they pretend to be lovers, sparks ignite.
I enjoyed reading about the members and their group dynamics.
My BIGGEST issue is the scene that takes place midway, when JD is "rou
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bueno
Pero qué tercos estos hombres, defienden a capa y espada su soltería jajajajaja...
Amanda S.
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it!

Even though there are some parts that made me cringed and somehow the banter between Jacob and Gabby's a bit strange, I still loved it. I loved angst and that's why I quite enjoyed the 'minor hot stuff'. Adorable.

Can't wait to finish all Diana Palmer's books! :)
Lu Bielefeld **
Update: Re-read in January 2015
Jamie Erwin
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A great book and a great read. I really enjoyed this book and will recommend it to my friends also.
Gabby & JD

JD is a retired mercenary working as a criminal lawyer. He has a assistant, Gabby, that for some reason rattles him. When his sister is kidnapped he recruits his fellow mercenaries; Dutch, Diego, Apollo, Senson and First shirt on a rescue mission. Oh! And he takes Gabby for the ride!!! When he is almost killed, Gabby saves him, almost losing her own. He is etching to go back to his old life so he does everything to discourage her going way to far. Gabby finally realises there isn't
Sandra R
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First off - sorry for the 2 star rating, but I just didn't like this book and skimmed the second half. I was really wanting to read it too - especially when I saw it on sale on Amazon yesterday and that it was written in 1985. Just what I needed - a blast from the past. I hoovered romance up until that year. (My oldest daughter was born in 1985 and after that I pretty much stopped reading for quite a few years) There was a clueless, scared, (but spunky) virgin heroine of 23 (who looked much youn ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story brought to mind the space soldiers of old. Wrongly accused, do the right thing, even if it costs you everything type of heroes. I enjoyed the backstory as well as how it all fit together into the new. I found the characters fully developed and their emotions and responses to be justified. I also liked that the solutions were never outlandish luck. They were well thought out to fit the scenarios. I'm a sucker for a good guy gone bad but secretly mushy inside and this was executed very ...more
Anna Holmes
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jacob Dane Brettman is my favorite lawyer/mercenary ever and his paralegal/love interest, Gabby is adorable. Long story short, both are interested, but never act on it. His sister is kidnapped and all is changed. Diana Palmer writes in the fabulous ways of old harlequins. The male is super alpha and can be a perfect gentleman or a complete jerk. JD is both, but love finds a way to fix it. It was my second reading of this book, I really like it.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
Laura Calderone
Carino, amatoriale!
Bridget Lavigne
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a intriguing book

Wonderful and intriguing. Have not been disappointed with any books in this series. Looking forward to the next book m
Tracy Hall
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The story was very good. It was full of action and adventure and a few close calls. I look forward to the next book.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't all that impressed with it.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I saw quite a few high ratings of this book so I guess I had high expectations. It was an okay read. Definitely not one of my favourites from this author.
Jul 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Harlequin romance lovers
Recommended to Marilyn by: my husband
By Diana Palmer
Published by Silhouette Books
Copyright ©2000 Harlequin Books, USA
ISBN 0-373-48404-6

Let me preface by saying I do not like short stories and I don’t particularly like Harlequin romances. I read this book because my husband, who tends to get to the books before I do, told me that the stories were interconnected and he enjoyed it. So, I began reading Soldiers of Fortune.

The book begins with the story of J.D. Brettman, a retired mercenary. We meet J.D. and his fell
Adriana Fogaça
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soldado da Fortuna 01
Mercenários 01
Lobo Solitário
Diana Palmer
H.P Sucessos 02

Este romance com certeza é um dos meus prediletos, li as duas versões, sem duvida alguma a da Harlequin e milhões de vezes melhor, na realidade não há como comparar.

Acho J.D. uns dos personagens mais interessantes da Diana Palmer, ele consegue esconder seus sentimentos e tem um controle sobre si mesmo impressionante. Até quando faz algo desagradável tem objetivo concreto, faz de caso pensado, para afastar Gabby, pa
Oct 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I dunno why but this story is quite special for me. Eric van Meer was a special character. Probably because from the reference of him from the first story, he was introduced as a man who hated women, and marriage even more. But one look at bespectacled Danielle St Clair did him in to the point of offering marriage if that was the only way to have her. But then Dani found out what he did for a living and refused to live that kind of life, especially when he was leaving for a mission after their s ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I will say that I read this book every month when I find the time. All three are amazing, but my favorites are Soldier of Fortune and The Tender Stranger, especially Tender Stranger with Dutch and Dani. I mean, I have nothing against Enamored, but it paled in comparison to the other two.

Soldier of Fortune was exciting, and at times edge of the seat. Loved the rescue attempt, and the way the heroine fought to protect her boss, aka the man she loved. I loved the turn around when he realized how mu
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
large print from library is easy to read. J.D. (Jacob) 36?, lawyer and Gabby 23?, legal secretary. J.D. used to be in special forces and been a mercenary. When his sister was kidnapped in Italy, he goes to rescue her with Gabby, to Guatemala. He was falling for Gabby, but after she shot a guerilla who was aiming at J.D., he doesn't talk to her, and tried to scare her off physically, and told her not to have any hopes with him.

She wants to leave the job but is obligated to put in 2 weeks. During
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
This book contains the stories of JD Brettman, "Dutch" Eric van Meer, and Diego Laremos. Diana Palmer is one of my absolute favorite authors and I will read anything with her name on it so I am biased when it comes to reviewing her work. I've read seperate reissued books on JD and Diego before but I like how in this one the stories go in order so if there is an incident or event you know it's happening in order. I read them out of order previously and it was mentioned that Diego Laremos had hurt ...more
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the author
Shelves: read-in-2012, romance
These stories are dated, but do have many of the elements that make the author a favorite with her fans. What I have never liked about Palmer's heroes is evident in each of these tales... each is so self-protective that they shred the heroine's heart to bits and cause her to suffer before they begin to relax and admit that they love.

The volume contains two books originally published in 1985 and a third in 1988, and romance writers have come a long way since then, thank goodness. Still, those who
May 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know these books are kinda old, I've just read the first story (I plan to read the other ones lol) but in my opinion, the development of the story felt rush and I couldn't believe even if I wanted to, that the protagonists were in love. I don't know, for me they didn't have a lot of chemestry, their scenes together were boring and the part were he almost sexually assaulted her made me want to killed him.
I don't care if the apologized to her for acting like a jerk, but if Gaby was my friend ir
Some things were a little dated (um, finding a job to work with a computer? and Vietnam reference), but overall I enjoyed it. It was surprisingly sexy considering they didn't even have sex, but I really liked that they were traditional...that she attended church, and was waiting until marriage. But I also loved the part where he tried to scare her away by being brutal ;)
I tried reading the rest of the series, but somewhere around #3, I got bored/ wasn't as exciting or interesting.
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
this book was just ok for me
I thought the alpha males were great
I thought the virgin women were tstl!
and the fact that the men thought the women couldn't handle the men because of their job was annoying to me.
I thought with a book about soldiers of fortune
there would be more action and suspense.
Diana Palmer is a good writer but she is not my favorite.
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book reminded my why I quit reading books that included a virginal female lead character. Yes, this book was written in 1985 and probably was written according to a plot formula. Thankfully Diana Palmer's writing skill has been allowed to blossom.
Angelica Stevenson
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In 2005-2007 I read so many of Diana Palmer's books. My ex's mom had a lot and that got me hooked. She is an excellent author and I just enjoyed them. Especially the rancher, texas, farmer themes plots and stuff.
Overall : 2,5
Sometimes : 2
Other characters : 3.5
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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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