Book Review – Protector by Diana Palmer

Published August 15, 2013 by The Book Momster

protectorRating – 2 of 5 stars

Crackers and milk!  This book is a bad episode of the Andy Griffith show.  That said, it is also quintessential Diana Palmer.  If you’ve read a lot of her books, then you know what to expect going in.  Sheriff Hayes Carson has been in many of her previous books and he finally gets his story.  He gets shot and the only person willing to take him in is Minette, the woman he has blamed for his brother’s death for years and hates.  It doesn’t take long to figure out why that is and frankly his reasons were ridiculous. 

Only in a Diana Palmer book are drug lords criminals, but decent because he offers his employees benefits.  Ugh!  Anyway, what I did like about this book is that compared to others, it was nice that Minette didn’t come off as a stupid twit like some other of her heroines.  She also has her own money and is independent and even though Hayes hates her in the beginning, he’s not overly mean to her as heroes in other books have been. 

Yet, the dialogue is not great through the book.  A lot of characters are introduced and we see a lot of old favorites, but I think it was too much.  Everything is spelled out as if the reader can’t figure anything out on our own.  Some of the characters actions were laughable too.  Hayes is a SHERIFF – yet Minette has to tell him he should report the fact his house is bugged.  He acts like he never thought of that.

Overall, if you’re a fan of Diana Palmer, then I will say it’s better than it has been.  If you’re just looking for a good romantic suspense book, this isn’t it.  And don’t read the description of the book to decide – it’s completely WRONG.  Hayes is not investigating Minette and she is not an undercover DEA agent.  Who in the world wrote that and how did it make it to the cover of the book???

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