Diamond in the Rough

 
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Sassy Peale is desperate to help her family, but her meager salary doesn't stretch far. Then she meets John Callister, and she thinks her new friend is an honesttoGod cowboyrugged and trustworthy.

But John isn't a ranch hand, he's a millionaire from one of Montana's most powerful families! And when Sassy finds out who he really is, she's certain the arrogant millionaire is just playing with her. John has to convince Sassy that he's the man she first thought he wasa diamond in the rough.

Customer Reviews:

  • Diamond in the Rough
    This was a great read until the end. Then I thought that half of the pages were left out or condensed. I was just a little disappointed. I still would recommend the book because of the writer Diana Palmer is my favorite. And it is a continuation of a previous book about the Callister family....more info
  • A good read. True Diana Palmer book
    Nice read. Recommended. If you like her books, you will like this one....more info
  • Diana Palmer What Happened? This was a disappointment!
    I am a diehard fan. I have almost every Diana Palmer book ever written even the ones under Diana Blayne and Susan Kyle and there have been a few in recent times that haven't been up to total Diana's best, but this one was a true disappointment. I was very excited to see it being offered and had it reserved only to be very disappointed with the read. The hero John, although had some more depth that the usual cowboy could have gone so much further with a deeper story. And Sassy, again, without a strong story, just withered and died as a heroine. There was too much that was just left out, not even alluded to... just plain left out...like... the entire wedding night Diana. Her sensual writing has always been such a strong point and her western heroes so delicious but this was a real sad story. And the whole sexual predator angle could have really been a page turner but again, fell flat. And the cancer aspect....come on Diana...in today's time...do you really want us to believe that doctors would have this poor woman suffering needlessly and then it takes a master surgeon to realize that she just needed an operation to recover completely. Oh Diana. Maybe you need to get away for a little while and recharge your batteries. We miss your wonderfully written western heroes with their strong attitudes and sensual natures and their heroines with their sassiness. This wasn't it by a long shot....more info
  • Sweet . . . But Maybe Too Sweet?
    3.5 Stars

    One word: Sweet

    This is a new Medicine Ridge Story, featuring John Callister. The Callisters recently bought a farm in Hollister, and John came down to oversee the renovations. While in town, he meets Sassy Peale, who works at a feed store. Like most millionaires in romances, he changes his last name so he could walk around town as a normal guy. He finds himself attracted to Sassy, but didn't feel comfortable with dating someone so young. Soon, circumstances brought them together, but he still had to tell her who he really is.

    This book was a pleasant, straightforward read. Diana Palmer's recent stories had heroes that acted like jerks and going out of their way to abuse, harass and embarrass their heroines. And this story, John is the total opposite. He goes all out to protect and rescue Sassy, no matter the cost. A really great guy. Our girl, Sassy, is still the typical Diana Palmer heroine. Meaning, she's still straight out of high school. In this case, nineteen (I don't know why author can't just add 2-3 more years to their ages). She takes care of her family without complaining, happy to be surrounded by her loving family and friends. The perfect girl. I liked it but didn't love it. Normally, I'm all for smooth sailing romances, but this was maybe a little too smooth, little too predictable. I wished there were more quick witted, humorous conversations or emotional conflicts that I usually enjoy in Palmer's other romances. All in all, a cute story.
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  • Pride and Prejudice Revisited
    This is one of my favorite books Ms Palmer has written since she got her college degree. She got back to basics and I really liked it. This almost how she used to write, no explanations of the things that happened in previous books, no preparation for upcoming books.
    Way to go D P!
    John Taggert(Callister) was prejudice, he thought he was better than Sassy (Cassandra) Peale because he was rich, well educated and powerful.
    He saw her as a young woman too poor to be of any use to someone as high up in his own prideful esteem as he was.
    Sassy treated him like he was just a plain cowboy, (which is how he thought he wanted to be treated, after having people sucking up to him so much) but it turned out that he felt he was of a different world than the poor, lowly Sassy.
    Then Sassy made him feel small, in that she was thankful for all she had, even though compared to what he had, it was very little.
    John started out finding Sassy being mistreated both with work, and sexually by her boss Mr Tarleton, and he didn't like it. After investigating Mr Tarleton, John leased the store and had Mr Tarleton fired.
    Mr Tarleton got around his attorney by telling him lies, that Sassy had come on to him, and John was jealous, the lawyer almost got Mr Tarleton out of the jam he got himself into.
    But then Sassy mom Mrs Peale, who had cancer had to be rushed to the hospital, she thought she and her little adopted sister Selene were taking their mother to the hospital to die.
    Again John stepped in, he made sure she had the best of care, and because of MONEY (sad but true)she was given a operation that saved her life.
    I was hoping Sassy's ran-away father had been found and whipped to within an inch of his sad life. Or at least kind of like the book Evan.
    From the back of the book: 'Sassy Peale is desperate to help her family, but her meager salary doesn't stretch far. Then she meets John Callister, and she thinks her new friend is an honest-to-God cowboy-rugged and trustworthy.
    But John isn't a ranch hand, he's a millionaire from one of Montana's most powerful families!
    And when Sassy finds out who he really is, she's certain the arrogant millionaire is just playing with her. John has to convince Sassy that he's the man she first thought he was-a diamond in the rough.'
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  • From J. Kaye's Book Blog
    John Callister and his brother, Gil, own a ranching empire in Medicine Ridge. His brother has a wife and kids and John feels like the odd man out. He decides to expand their enterprise by purchasing a rundown ranch in Hollister. He goes under an assumed name, not wanting the locals to get wind of his financial status.

    At the local feed store, he meets a Sassy Peale, an attractive young woman who carries more weight on her shoulders than one person should. When he comes to her rescue, she views him as her prince. He's attracted to her, but feels there is too much of an age difference between them.

    Readers familiar with Diana Palmer, this is the typical older man - younger woman scenario. The female character is poor and wholesome to a fault. The thirty-something John Wayne style hero is rich beyond imagination and feels like falling for a nineteen year old virgin isn't right.

    Yes, DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH is predictable, but sometimes I like it that way. Coming off a stressful day, it's nice to plug into something light. And at only 192 pages, I can read it all in one sitting.
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