The Cowboy and the Lady was nowhere near Diana Palmer's usual standards. Jace Whitehall was, quite simply, a jerk. That combined with the fact toward the end the book implies that adultery can be condoned and you have something I just could not get into.
The lead male and the leading lady have known each other since childhood. She had the prerequisite adolescent crush on him; he had the hots for her. She was rich, he wasn't. When her father died, the tables turned. Now he's rich and she's struggling to keep afloat of the bills her spendthrift mother constantly accrues.
company and sparks fly. Nothing unusual, the sparks normally fly when it comes to the lead characters of a Diana Palmer book, but normally there's some good reason. In this case, the reason for Jace's animosity is ridiculous. Jace takes out his anger with Amanda's mother on her and for the first three quarters of the book you're wondering why he appears to truly dislike her. He calls her names, implies on more than one occasion that she's little more than a prostitute and generally makes life hell for her. He's such a tyrant that even his mother is a bit scared of him.
Eventually they work through everything, as they must in order for the required happy ending to unfold, but I was still left with a bad taste in my mouth and this awful story line in my head. I am a definite fan of Diana Palmer's work. I think she's a great author, but this was no where near one of her better works.