Sep 17, 2018

Unbridled by Diana Palmer Review

Long, Tall Texans #49
By Diana Palmer
Release Date: June 26th, 2018
HQN Books
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

A lone wolf takes on a threat, endangering everything he loves in an unforgettable story in the sensational Long, Tall Texans series

Widowed Texas Ranger and single dad John Ruiz hardened his heart years ago. Day after day, he tracks the roughest criminals in the Lone Star State, leaving little room for love. So when John butts heads with the beautiful nurse who’s helping his young son, he’s floored by how quickly the sparks fly.

Ever since her mother’s and brother’s brutal murders, Sunny Marlowe has devoted her life to helping save others. Adorable Tonio Ruiz is just another youngster she’s trying to help—or so she tells herself. Little does she know he’s John’s son. When her life comes under fire, can one mysterious rancher rescue her?

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

I have been a huge fan of Diana Palmer for years, you can always rely on her books to bring you a dramatic story, but without the overbearing sexual tension.

With Unbridled you get a slightly different version than normal, you have Texas Ranger John Ruiz who is a widower with a teenage boy, that he never seems to have time for. Then there is Suna Wesley who lost her parents and young brother in a gangland killing when they were mistaken for an enemy of the gang, she lost her grandmother a few years later, leaving her totally alone.

Without revealing too much about this story, I struggled with John's relationship with his son, especially when he chose to go on a date rather than spend time with his son who was clearly suffering, and I think that is really the only hang up with the book, but it really affected the way I connected with the characters and in part the storyline.

I give Unbridled 3 1/2 stars.

Diana Palmer, AKA Susan Spaeth Kyle, was born in 1946 in Cuthbert, Georgia, the eldest daughter of William and Eloise Spaeth. She and her younger sister, Dannis, were raised in Chamblee, where Susan graduated from Chamblee High School in 1964. The family moved to Cornelia, Georgia, in 1965. Susan married James Kyle in 1972. They have a son, Blayne, who is married to the former Christina Clayton. They are both graduates of Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. They live in Tennessee and have a daughter, Selena Marie Kyle, born in February 2009.

In 1991, Susan returned to college and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, in 1995. She continues to work on her master’s degree in history as time permits. Her first novel as Diana Palmer was published in 1979. She has over 115 novels in print. She has written historical novels as well as contemporary romance and has produced science fiction, with her novel THE MORCAI BATTALION appearing in hardcover in 2007. Two sequels to this book have been released as eBooks. THE MORCAI BATTALION: The Recruit and THE MORCAI BATTALION: Invictus are both available from all eBook retailers now. Her latest hardcover novel is INVINCIBLE by HQN, released in August 2014 and mass market paperback novel is WYOMING STRONG by HQN, released November 2014.

Susan’s hobbies are gardening, knitting, crocheting, astronomy, archaeology, and animals. She has dogs, cats, birds, and lizards. She enjoys getting mail from her readers but is slow to answer it. 

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