by Diana Palmer

June 2008
ISBN: 978-0-373-77300-8
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Gloryanne (Glory) Barnes, an Assistant District Attorney for the city of San Antonio, has to get out of town and fast. Her life has been threatened by a drug lord and she is needed alive to testify against him so in disguise, she’s sent to Jacobsville, Texas, the place where she grew up and a place that, while she likes the town, holds nightmares for the young woman due to her childhood. Her disguise is as a cook on her step-brother’s truck farm so she dresses and “dumbs” down so she doesn’t give herself away. She’s also in bad health and has a limp, due to a broken hip as a child.

The farm manager, and her “boss”, is Rodrigo Ramirez, ex-mercenary and undercover DEA agent, who has been instrumental in bringing down several drug lords trying to move in on Jacobsville. He’s working on bringing down the same drug lord that Glory is hiding from but not even local law enforcement knows about it! He likes Glory but she’ll “never fit into HIS world” so he takes her to bed a couple of times, marries her and decides to divorce her!

With all the secrets between these two, it’s no wonder that their relationship isn’t all chocolate and peanut butter. Glory was a great heroine, except for one thing. She has a responsible job, she’s an intelligent kick-ass woman but she's had health problems for years and she continually forgets to take her meds??! Rodrigo is portrayed as condescending, egotistical, emotionally & physiologically abusive, secretive and sleazy! *shudder* Hell, he'd make a great villain but I certainly didn’t see him as someone who deserved a happily-ever-after! When he finally started acting like a man in love, it was way too little, way too late for this reader!

Fearless by Diana Palmer is her latest Jacobsville book and it had great potential…..until Rodrigo Ramirez came into the story. As much as I tried, I just couldn’t like anything about him. He may be a great DEA agent but he’s a lousy human being and Glory definitely deserved better. It was great to see Cash Grier, Rick Marquez, both Drs. Coltrain and Barbara again! I also found the new character Kilraven very intriguing. I’d love to see Rick Marquez and Hayes Carson with their own stories! As much as it pains me to say this, I simply can’t recommend this book!

Reviewed in May 2008 by PamL.

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