When Amanda Carson left west Texas, she left behind a family scandal and a man she was determined to forget. Now, Jace Whitehall -- the man Amanda hated and desired with equal intensity -- wants Amanda and her advertising agency for his family's empire, and to get them he's ready and waiting to finish what began years ago
The Cowboy and the Lady served as a reminder of how much I dislike Diana Palmers insipid romances. Once again, we have a naïve, virginal heroine, Amanda Carson (age 23) and her verbally abusive cowboy love Jace Whitehall (age 33). A reversal of fortunes has hit them both: Amandas wealthy family is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy due to her fathers mishandling of the family finances and his wife Beas impulse shopping.
Jaces family started off poor and, thanks to his ranching and breeding stock, they are now nouveau riche in the small Texas town of Jacobsville.
Amanda is a bit of a smartass in this book, which I liked, but she still falls for Jace when he treats her horribly. He insults her, he allows his slutty girlfriend Julie to insult her, and he then turns around and claims that he loves her! He also forces himself on her more than once. In the real world, this would be grounds for a restraining order. In Palmers world, this is what love is built on. Give me a break.
Lust and sex do not a marriage make. I wish Palmer would figure this out already. Her constant reuse of tired romance tropes makes me wonder how and why she has so many fans.
At eighteen, Amanda Carson left west Texas; family scandal and a man she was determined to forget. But the Whitehall empire was vast, and when the powerful Texas family wanted something-including Amanda and her advertising agency - they got it.
At sprawling Casa Verde, old fires were burning with intense fury. Jace Whitehall, a man Amanda hated and desired with equal intensity, was ready and waiting to finish what began years ago.
Now, they must confront searing truths about both their families. Long-buried secrets that shattered so many lives are about to be exposed. And the very thing that drove Amanda from this land may be the only thing able to keep her there.
I loved this story to. There is always an arrogant, domineering, know-it-all hero in Ms. Palmer's stories but it makes an interesting read as to discovering how the heroine handles him. Our heroine tries to keep her distance and stand up to our hero but she endures a wounded heart before he mends it. Nice story if you like drama.