I've read Diana Palmer books before and enjoyed them. Sadly, she tries to write a more complex book here but her skills are not up to it. I lost interest in the story line when it became obvious around page 50 who the murderer was. Sadly, the main characters start to look like idiots for not seeing what's so obvious to the reader. She also didn't seem to edit for consistency (as when the hero states that he can only afford to buy her a cheap burger, but when she says she'll go dutch, he orders himself a steak.) The story tends to hit the reader over the head with the obvious. Too much of the dialog is of the "As you know" variety and the supporting characters are all one-dimensional caricatures plainly built to support the "mystery". Diana should stick to what she does best--romance--and leave murder mysteries to those who write with more subtlety.
Texas Ranger Marc Brannon and District Attorney's Office investigator Josette Langley had an affair in the past, but it ended when Marc declared that Josette couldn't satisfy him in bed. This charming hero is most chagrined to find that he and Josette have been assigned to work together on an organized-crime murder case. Josette, understandably, is rather mortified herself. As they investigate, Marc and Josette exchange heated banter, largely consisting of Marc's suggestions that Josette is "sexless" and "not woman enough" for him. Beneath this witty badinage, of course, lurks a cauldron of sexual tension. Suspense builds: will the mob murder be solved? Will Marc and Josette try sleeping together again?
Mary (BookLady) - reviewed Texas Ranger (Hutton & Co, Bk 4) on
Bizzarre issues between the main characters and I am not a big Palmer fan, but the story was captivating and I wanted to finish the book. I could do without some of the "details", but otherwise, characters are well written and feel real.
Texas Ranger Marc Brannon and District Attorney's Office investigator Josette Langley had an affair in the past, but it ended when Marc declared that Josette couldn't satisfy him in bed. This charming hero is most chagrined to find that he and Josette have been assigned to work together on an organized-crime murder case. Great author, writes in series to connect characters.
Called to the scene of a high profile murder, Marc Brannon finds himself pitted against the vibrant and vulnerable junior investigator from his past. Years ago his heart had been intertwined with Josette Langleys until she'd made an explosive accusation that sent shock waves through political circles and shattered his faith in her. Now they are back to gether again and there is more at stake than just their stubborn pride.For this homicide investigation is becoming more complex and dangerous with each passing day and time is not on their side. Can these disillusioned lovers close in on the truth before the culprit claims another victim? Or will they both be caught in the cross fire...?
A man of intergrity with a soul of steel-pursuing honor and justice is as natural as breathing in Marc Brannon's line of work.
Called to the scene of a high-profile murder, Brannon finds himself pitted against the vibrant-and vulnerable-junior investigator from his past. years ago his heart had been intertwined with Josette Langley"s..until she'd made an explosive accusation that had sent shock waves through political circles-and shattered his faith in her. (Back cover)