Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★☆
Reading Time: 3 minutes
Ren Colter may own an enormous ranch in Wyoming, but he scorns his wealth. He’s closed himself off since his fiancée left him months ago, so he’s shocked when he allows Meredith Grayling to stay with him. He tells himself it’s only to protect the blonde beauty from a stalker, but Ren’s alpha instincts soon kick in.
The last thing Merrie wants is a devastatingly handsome man like Ren lurking around her. He’s too experienced, too appealing for her already shot nerves. What she needs is just to get away from it all: the man haunting her waking dreams and the one hunting her like an animal. But no woman escapes this Colter cowboy!
First Line: “Ren Colter wasn’t welcoming.”
Ummm… gimme one of dem cowboys! Yespleasethankyou.
If you’re looking for true love and a man who locks his heart, this book is for you!
Diana Palmer is my go-to for quick feel good reads. Diana just gets it and she gets this genre! This is #6 in the Wyoming Men series (yes, I admit I read novels out of sequence).
Ren is mysterious, swoony, and almost barbaric. He was out of line at times in the book, but the angry side of his character was introduced to (just a little itty bit) remind Merrie of her father (whom she hates). It’s supposed to make you feel disgusted and hate Ren! So enjoy the disgust. Eat the disgust. Live within the disgust!
Recently abandoned by his fiancée, he isn’t in the best mood when his brother brings home a girl for him to babysit. Ren being completely oblivious and too pansy to just ASK, he assumes Merrie and his brother are an item… so he refuses to let himself have feelings for her.
Ren does not know that Merrie is running away from a killer. (Yes, this book has the mob!! LOL) Merrie and her sister suffered abuse growing up in Texas. Their father killed a woman, and the son of said woman is seeking revenge… meaning, he arranged a hit man to kill Merrie and her sister. Poor Merrie escapes to Ren’s Wyoming Ranch in hopes to find refuge. Instead she finds a cold-hearted man who doesn’t want her there.
Ren is accustomed to being used by his little brother’s girlfriends. His ex-fiancée had dated his brother, after all, and sought the comfort of Ren’s bed because he is wealthy. SHAME!!! So the entire time Merrie is staying at his ranch, he has mixed feelings about her intensions that entangle with his thoughts about his bro bro.
Merrie is interesting. I relate to her in a sense that I, too, am an innocent woman. (Yeehaw!) However, she was wayyyyy too sheltered. For someone who went to college, she should have known more than she did about life… especially having the mob around her life!! BUTTT at the same time, this is what made this story endearing. I don’t think Diana Palmer overdid it with Merrie’s character. I loved this book!
I love that Merrie dressed like a slob most of the time. I love that Ren saw the beauty behind the façade. Diana Palmer, yet again, presents a stunning western romance that will lasso your heart.