Tuesday, August 9, 2016

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Fire Brand

About Fire Brand

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (August 30, 2016)
He’ll risk his whole heart to save her from the past 
Gaby Cane was always a bit afraid of her attraction to Bowie McCayde. Even when she was fifteen and Bowie’s family took her in, she had sensed his simmering resentment. Now ten years later, she’s an aspiring journalist who can hold her own with any man professionally, the dark shadows of years gone by far behind her. Then Bowie strides back into her life—only this time, he needs her, and the pull of loyalty to his family is too strong to ignore.
When Bowie asked Gaby to help save his family’s Arizona ranch, he never expected the girl he once knew to return transformed into a stunning, successful woman. As they work together, Bowie is shocked to find that her innocence and beauty stir a hunger he can’t deny. But the rogue rancher can sense something holding her back, and he’s determined to uncover the terrible secret Gaby is fighting to keep hidden…
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Review: Diana Palmer is one of those authors that feel like they are part of your life. I've read her books since I was a very young girl.  Fire Brand is a reissue, but it is a good way to introduce new readers to some of her older books that they otherwise wouldn't have had the chance to read.

This book was originally published in 1989. The reader needs to take that into account when reading. Times they have a changed since then, and parts of the book can feel dated to the reader. OK, a lot of the book feels dated.

One of the things that will point you to the original release date is Bowie. He's a smoker. Now we all know its a nasty habit, but people still do it, just not in your average Harlequin release. It just isn't done. Seriously, when was the last time you saw a Harlequin character have a bad habit like that?

Bowie is close to the typical alpha male cowboy type that you have come to expect from Diana Palmer. So yeah, he's a bit of an arrogant (insert expletive here) at times. He is better than most though. He definitely has feelings for Gaby, but he really is the type that has to have his way. His treatment of his mother and her new gentlemen friend will make you want to hit him with a big stick.

Now then there's Gaby. She's a strong female and she's got secrets of her own. I think most people will figure out part of her secret right away. The other part you figure out shortly after she reveals the first secret to Bowie. Then you start shaking your head, because I was in high school in the eighties I know women were a lot stronger than she ends up being.

There's another romance going on in this story, between Bowie's mom and a man she met on a cruise. It makes for an interesting side plot that keeps the story going. I almost like Ned and Aggie's story better, though there is a bit of alpha-ness that almost spoils that one too.

Don't get me wrong, this was an entertaining story, but even by 1989's standards, it was a bit old fashioned even for those times (Seriously, Jackie Collins' best books were written during this time period)

Ned and Aggie broke up over sleeping together before marriage.

Again this story is a bit dated, but it is a good introduction to Diana's older books.

Rating: 4 flowers

About Diana Palmer

The prolific author of more than one hundred books, Diana Palmer got her start as a newspaper reporter. A New York Times bestselling author and voted one of the top ten romance writers in America, she has a gift for telling the most sensual tales with charm and humor. Diana lives with her family in Cornelia, Georgia.

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Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

It's funny how culture and what is acceptable/normal changes over time, like smoking being so common.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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