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Protector (Long, Tall Texans) Hardcover – June 25, 2013

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" the queen of desperado quests for justice and true love." -Publishers Weekly

"The popular Palmer has penned another winning novel, a perfect blend of romance and suspense."--Booklist on Lawman

"Diana Palmer is a mesmerizing storyteller who captures the essence of what a romance should be."--Affaire de Coeur

"Nobody tops Diana Palmer when it comes to delivering pure, undiluted romance. I love her stories."--New York Times bestselling author Jayne Anne Krentz

About the Author

The prolific author of more than one hundred books, Diana Palmer got her start as a newspaper reporter. A New York Times bestselling author and voted one of the top ten romance writers in America, she has a gift for telling the most sensual tales with charm and humor. Diana lives with her family in Cornelia, Georgia.

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  • Series: Long, Tall Texans
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN; First Edition first Printing edition (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037377771X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373777716
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in south Georgia(USA), graduated from high school in Atlanta, married my husband, James, in Habersham County, and graduated from Piedmont College(Demorest, GA) summa cum laude in history with minors in anthropology and Spanish in 1995.

I worked for over 16 years as a newspaper reporter on both weekly and daily papers. In between reporting jobs, I had a son, Blayne, my greatest creative achievement. I love iguanas and most other animals, and am the biggest geek on earth. If it's electronic, and non-lethal, I probably have one. I was always the kid who was out of step with the rest of the world, and I still am. My father was a college professor, so my sister and I grew up not quite understanding what prejudice was.

I traveled a lot when I was more mobile than I am now, and I never met a person I didn't like. Writing books is more than a job to me, it's my life, next to being a wife, mother and grandmother. I am a person of faith, but I respect all religions and all cultures.

I write romantic suspense for HQN books, mass market and series contemporary romance for Harlequin, and science fiction novels for Luna Books. In my spare time, I sleep. :)

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By fictiongal on June 25, 2013
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PROTECTOR is the latest "Long Tall Texan" novel by Diana Palmer. Yes, it is overpriced even at the Kindle price. I'm not sure why Harlequin publishing has taken to doing hardcovers of Palmer's books. I gave the book 4 stars because it is the best Palmer novel in years. Palmer apparently has finally listened to her readers. The hero is not a woman hater or verbally abusive to the heroine (at least in this book). Both hero and heroine aren't afraid of sex. All that said, it is still an old-fashioned romance with a virgin heroine and all the Diana Palmer hallmarks (historical trivia, gamer lingo, scaly reptiles and mercenaries who seem to be overgrown boys).

Carson is a stalwart sheriff taken into the home of old enemy Minette after an assassination attempt to recuperate. They quickly overcome their differences and romance and intrigue ensue as Minette is the unknown daughter of a "nice" drug lord.

I began reading Palmer as a teenager and the ongoing connected stories have been a guilty addiction. I've read them all no matter how trite and disconnected from modern reality more than a few have been. Fans of Palmer will like this one. She brings in many characters from other "Long Tall Texan" stories and the plot holds together. If it you are looking for a good old-fashioned romance with alpha heroes and women happy to provide home cooking, sit back and enjoy.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sheri V on June 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
FINALLY, finally Hayes Carson gets his own story. I've been reading and loving Diana Palmer for a long time, and I've waited patiently for Hayes to get his own story.

This was a great Jacobsville story, we got to catch up on a lot of old characters and we get to see Hayes Carson fall in love with the one person he's blamed for his brother's overdose for years. Minette Raynor has always been innocent but she took Hayes' scorn in stride because she understood he needed to blame someone.

I love Hayes and his big pet iguana that no one likes and chases every woman he's ever been interested in away. The iguana is a lot like how Hayes treats Minette at first,he doesn't want to like her, he wants to chase her away but he needs her help. He also is extremely attracted to her.
Minette is a great character and very true to Ms. Palmer's other female leads. She's kind, sweet and very innocent but with a backbone of steel. She takes after her siblings and never complains about her lack of a social life and is very old fashioned.

I think that's what I love most about Jacobsville, Texas it's like stepping back to a simpler time, it allows the reader to enjoy the idea of old fashioned romance. Heroes and Heroines who don't jump into bed right away, they fall in love quickly but they save intimacy for marriage.

I recommend this for fans of Diana Palmer and for fans of a simpler time filled with sweet romance!

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Inspired Fiction on July 25, 2013
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After reading most of the books in the LTT series, I was expecting fireworks between Minette and Hayes Carson. Instead I got a boring novel with tons of backstory, info-dumps, rehashing, and old friends being paraded through scene after scene in an effort to turn a 100 page book into a 300 page one. Yeah, I want my nine bucks back.

A quarter of the way through, I began to wonder if I was reading a romance novel or a mundane recounting of Carson's convalescence. A hundred pages in and I was still waiting for a kiss (heck, I would've cheered a near miss by that point). And don't get me started on the saintly drug lord. (Seriously???)

The protagonists lacked even a smidgen inner conflict, which is most unfortunate because this is what makes Ms. Palmer's stories shine. "Protector" was devoid of all the hallmarks of a good romance novel: angst, high emotion and sizzling passion. If Ms. Palmer had taken the same amount of time to develop the romance between Carson and Minette as she did setting up sequels for My-Name's-Unoriginal, Lassiter Redux, Oops-I-Didn't-Know-I-Had-A-Son, Desperately-Seeking-Dowdy-Virgin and the sheriff's coffee-fetcher, we may have had a decent book to read.

I've tacked on an extra star because the author's cheesy sense of humor was alive and well and that made the story slightly entertaining.

Forego this novel. You'll save yourself the hassle of having to return it for a refund.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader VINE VOICE on June 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
With "Protector", Diana Palmer finally gives her readers the story of Hayes Carson and Minette Raynor. Hayes has hated and despised Minette for years, since he blames her for the death of his brother, Bobby, 'a notorious drug user' (to quote the novel).

Like many of DP's books, "Protector" follows a formulaic path from beginning to end, with a fillip of 'mystery' thrown in. Current hot button topics are brought up, like bullying and the availability of health care, with a shoe-horned in speech by one or more characters complaining about the issue at hand. Hayes is said to be a military history buff (as he moans about the lack of the History Channel and its affiliates while he is stuck whenthe hospital), but later this bit of information is contradicted when Hayes makes snide comments about Kilraven's fondness for 16th century history. Minette is a newspaper editor/publisher/owner, and, of course, a history major. The mystery involves one of the many many drug cartels that operate in the Jacobsville area, which is an incredibly stupid thing for them to do, since the town has so many law enforcement personnel (Sheriff, Police, DEA, FBI, ATF...) and a boatload of mercenaries-both current and past.

Minette is different from many DP heroines, in that she is actually well-off, tall, and PRETTY! Not plain and mousy, with glasses and bad clothes and no money. She is also closer in age to the hero (26 <?> to his 34) than many of DP's female leads. She has a job, but somehow I don't think that a reporter for a small town weekly newspaper is someone envied by a reporter for a big city daily. Add to this the fact that Minette considers herself to not be a civilian, since as a reporter she sees lots of terrible things (!
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