Monday, February 2, 2009

Book Review: Nelson's Brand


Nelson’s Brand by Diana Palmer Silhouette Desire 618 - Jan 91

This is my first Diana Palmer book and although it’s almost a decade old and Gene used a high-handedness he wouldn’t be able to get away with today, there was still enough mystery and spice to keep me thoroughly engulfed in the story.

Gene Nelson had the world in his hand. Everything was going his way and then the unthinkable happened. His father died and left a letter behind that ripped apart Gene’s world. Suddenly, Gene is spinning out of control. He’s trying to drink himself into oblivion. Emotionally lost and confused, he’s hitting out at anything and everything including women. If they want to bed him that’s fine with him – just don’t expect him to acknowledge them in the morning. For months, Gene is adrift in a sea of despair.

Then one night, he’s sitting at the bar when he notices a woman. Not just any women, but his half-brother’s fiancee’s best friend. He doesn’t know why and he doesn’t stop to think about it, but when she looks at him while he’s taking his first drink of the night up at the bar, he inexplicably puts his drink down...and doesn’t pick it up again. And thus begins their tenuous relationship...

Allison Hathoway has secrets and only her best friend and her best friend’s fiancé know them. (The reader doesn’t find out until near the end and although I suspected, I had to wait and so do you.) But one secret I will tell you is that 25 yr old Allison is very inexperienced with men. And yet, she’s drawn to Gene. She knows he uses women but when he starts to pay her attention, her normally wise brain goes on vacation leaving her heart bare for Gene’s plunder. Allison is leaving the area in a few short works. How will her heart survive.

Not only that, if his dad’s letter had this effect on him, whatever will Gene do when he discovers the secrets Allison has been hiding from him.

Heat Level: Yummy

My Rating: Great - 4 stars (a keeper)
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2009 Harlequin 100,000 Book Challenge: 8 books read

Harlequin Imprint: 8, Others: 0
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