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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 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 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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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 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. "

30 review for Diamond in the Rough

  1. 5 out of 5

    Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves

    A sweet but sedate Cinderella tale, with all the DP staples. But also without any of her usual nasties. The h is a poor and naive (almost gauche) 19 years old, and he's a 'millionaire' rancher. He comes to town and keeps his identity secret. Hes fascinated with her from the word go and pursues her in a sweet gentlemanly way. Theres not much of a plot/story but he keeps helping her one way or the other and shes also attracted to him. So they tumble along to an engagement, minor mu, wedding, A sweet but sedate Cinderella tale, with all the DP staples. But also without any of her usual nasties. The h is a poor and naive (almost gauche) 19 years old, and he's a 'millionaire' rancher. He comes to town and keeps his identity secret. He’s fascinated with her from the word go and pursues her in a sweet gentlemanly way. There’s not much of a plot/story but he keeps helping her one way or the other and she’s also attracted to him. So they tumble along to an engagement, minor mu, wedding, wedding night and back to the ranch for the hea. Only novelty was that there was no ILY said in the book! And that dint really feel odd. DP loves to portray rural Middle America as the last bastion of morality and the good simple life, and all the lectures are almost sweet in a way. But still the h’s unworldliness was bit of an eyeroller. Sample this… “I guess I’ve been very sheltered. I do have a cell phone, but I don’t know how to do text-messages.” This from a girl in a book published in 2009. And later, conversely she shows knowledge of the social media.. “I guarantee if you so much as kiss me, we’ll be on every Internet social networking site in the world,” she told him.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cheesecake

    A totally safe DP book. Who knew!? Sassy is only 19 but she's an old soul. John is 31 and has a hard time feeling comfortable with his attraction to Sassy when she is so much younger. The blurb is kinda misleading. It suggests that the angst of the story is when Sassy finds out he is a millionaire and that he has to work hard after that to get her to believe in his love. Nope. She is briefly pissed about it. But as soon as she sees him again he sets her straight and he had already declared himself A totally safe DP book. Who knew!? Sassy is only 19 but she's an old soul. John is 31 and has a hard time feeling comfortable with his attraction to Sassy when she is so much younger. The blurb is kinda misleading. It suggests that the angst of the story is when Sassy finds out he is a millionaire and that he has to work hard after that to get her to believe in his love. Nope. She is briefly pissed about it. But as soon as she sees him again he sets her straight and he had already declared himself anyways. So nothing much happens. But it was sweet. DP gets on her soap box about this and that as usual. I listened to the audio and it was entertaining but not particularly memorable. The reader, Jack Garrett, has that 'cowboy' voice that DP seems to like so much. He does a good job.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    This was a fun, sweet read by one of my favorite authors. John is probably one of the nicest heroes that Diana Palmer has ever written. Yes he did pretend to be a modest cowboy, but you can't hold that against him, considering his past. From the beginning, he reaches out and helps Sassy with no underlying motives. He sees the good and the beauty in a small-town, simple girl who has sacrificed everything for her sick mother and adopted sister. Although I love her writing, and don't have any issues This was a fun, sweet read by one of my favorite authors. John is probably one of the nicest heroes that Diana Palmer has ever written. Yes he did pretend to be a modest cowboy, but you can't hold that against him, considering his past. From the beginning, he reaches out and helps Sassy with no underlying motives. He sees the good and the beauty in a small-town, simple girl who has sacrificed everything for her sick mother and adopted sister. Although I love her writing, and don't have any issues with it, some readers find Palmer's stories to be formulaic. If that is the case, they would probably enjoy this story because of its freshness. Also for the fact that John is not like her typical heroes, fighting falling in love with Sassy. He has a moment or two of apprehension as he realizes he is getting in deep, but surrenders fairly quickly to the knowledge that he is in love with Sassy and wants to spend the rest of their life together. The ending of this book reads like a fairy tale comes true, the downtrodden princess gets her happy ever after with the handsome rich prince, and all ends well. But isn't that why we read romance novels? At any rate, I couldn't help smiling as the last pages of this book went by my eyes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Super sweet heroine and a very smitten hero who is a true prince charming. He saves the heroine and her family from poverty, from sickness and even from an evil guy who tries to rape our heroine. I want John Callister all to myself!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ryn

    Oh. My. Goodness. If it were possible to issue a negative rating, I definitely would have done so. Romance novels all try to spoon-feed readers a little bit; they seem to spell the plot out, and cheesiness is expected. This book was so much worse. Rather than focus on all the horrific things (weak plot, one-dimensional characters, pure sap, etc.), I'm just going to focus on the most horrific thing: the style of writing. I can't even describe the kind of language this novel used. It was so Oh. My. Goodness. If it were possible to issue a negative rating, I definitely would have done so. Romance novels all try to spoon-feed readers a little bit; they seem to spell the plot out, and cheesiness is expected. This book was so much worse. Rather than focus on all the horrific things (weak plot, one-dimensional characters, pure sap, etc.), I'm just going to focus on the most horrific thing: the style of writing. I can't even describe the kind of language this novel used. It was so simplistic and... plain that some parts were truly painful to get through. Let's be clear, I don't mean 'plain' as in 'honest,' or 'straightforward.' I mean that it seemed to be written by an elementary-school student. The remainder of the novel was so ridiculously cliched that my heart broke. It wept in sorrow. My eyes dimmed as I wearily turned to the next page, and the next, and the next... hoping, praying that there would be an end in sight... Well, you get the idea. Honestly, I have no clue how Diana Palmer is such an established author! I can only hope that I picked up one of her worse novels (although it doesn't seem like it judging by the reviews here).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kayleen

    Shallow fairy tale of exceedingly poor scrapper of a girl meets mysterious millionaire pretending to be just an ordinary cowboy, until he cures her mother's cancer, beats up her handsy boss, and generally rescues her from her poor life. The characters are ok, if two-dimensional. The plot is sweet, if predictable. I was flabbergasted that this was written in this century. It has all the heavy handed machismo of the 1970s. Diana Palmer is still using the same formula she started with in 1979. The Shallow fairy tale of exceedingly poor scrapper of a girl meets mysterious millionaire pretending to be just an ordinary cowboy, until he cures her mother's cancer, beats up her handsy boss, and generally rescues her from her poor life. The characters are ok, if two-dimensional. The plot is sweet, if predictable. I was flabbergasted that this was written in this century. It has all the heavy handed machismo of the 1970s. Diana Palmer is still using the same formula she started with in 1979. The lecherous boss locks Sassy in a stock room, tears her blouse to shreds, forces his kisses on her, leaves bruises all over and is trying to wrestle her to the ground when he is caught in the act. Her condition after her struggle is immediately well documented by boss the law and doctor. The district attorney though, tells her that they can't prosecute for sexual assault unless it was "sexual." Basically, unless she can prove rape, he will walk free. They can't go after him based on "a few bruises and unwanted kisses." And this same guy has been charged with sexual assault or battery in several previous jobs. Sassy needed that job, as she (at 19) was the sole provider for her small family of three. It's textbook and should have been a slam dunk. This is only one example of what an anachronism this book is. I read plenty of her older books and understand this mentality of female victimization is product of that era, but along with other signs of modernization in this story (cell phones, hotel key cards), this attitude toward women needs to be updated.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    A typical rag to riches story where John Callister doesn't feel the need to tell the community that he is a multimillionaire taking over some property him and his brothers have just purchased. Sassy is a poor 19 year old (to John's 31) working in the store of a sexual harasser trying to care for her mother dying of cancer and a small child who they took under their wings. Jake and Sassy become taken with each other even after she discovers he is richer than dirt. I have read other Diana Palmer A typical rag to riches story where John Callister doesn't feel the need to tell the community that he is a multimillionaire taking over some property him and his brothers have just purchased. Sassy is a poor 19 year old (to John's 31) working in the store of a sexual harasser trying to care for her mother dying of cancer and a small child who they took under their wings. Jake and Sassy become taken with each other even after she discovers he is richer than dirt. I have read other Diana Palmer books and have enjoyed them. I found this one very unrealistic (a 19 and 31 year old?) and the dialogue between the characters was so "sappy". Thank goodness it was a short story. It just didn't come together for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is a lovely story of two lost souls who find each other. Sassy is a lovely homebody who lives for her family and helping them in any way she can....and what a beautiful character John Callister is. The frustrating aspect of this story however was the unbelievable aspects of it. No one in today's western world could be as naive as Sassy's character. It was obvious that this was a remake of an old story introducing modern technology to make it seem new. Some things weren't changed though This is a lovely story of two lost souls who find each other. Sassy is a lovely homebody who lives for her family and helping them in any way she can....and what a beautiful character John Callister is. The frustrating aspect of this story however was the unbelievable aspects of it. No one in today's western world could be as naive as Sassy's character. It was obvious that this was a remake of an old story introducing modern technology to make it seem new. Some things weren't changed though which gave the age of the story away. Overlooking that though, this was a lovely story with beautiful characters.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Ahhh! I really enjoyed Sassy and John's story. It was sweet and entertaining. Sassy is a poor innocent young girl ( 19 years old) working for a sleazy boss, to help support her mother and young adopted sister. One day her boss attacks her, however, she is saved by John, a multimillionaire that she believed to be just a working cowboy. This was a good read, the characters likeable and the story flew well. No steamy scenes however. Highly recommended, nonetheless

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rogetwhi

    I liked this one even though I dont read a lot of books with 19yr old heroines anymore. The best thing is that this is a rare DP with a nice H and no OW. I do wonder about Caleb and his best friends girlfriend though....does he get a book? I liked this one even though I don’t read a lot of books with 19yr old heroines anymore. The best thing is that this is a rare DP with a nice H and no OW. I do wonder about Caleb and his best friends girlfriend though....does he get a book?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Diana McVicker

    You can't go wrong with a book by Diana Palmer, and this is one of my favorites!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Nice book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen Geurts

    A fun to read story about two complete opposites. I have read several times and enjoyed each time. Good characters and story line.

  14. 5 out of 5

    elstaffe

    I did not realize until I read this that the Diana Palmer-verse stretched beyond Jacobsville, TX.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Sometimes, Diane Palmer writes books that are character-driven and enjoyable (Renegade); other times, she writes the same book over and over again, employing the same fiction tropes and it gets old after a while (Diamond in the Rough). This book is part of her series, The Men of Medicine Ridge, and focuses on wealthy rancher John Callister and his romance with sweet, naïve Cassandra (Sassy) Peale. My first objection to this book is the age of the characters; John is 30, Sassy is 19 and innocent. Sometimes, Diane Palmer writes books that are character-driven and enjoyable (Renegade); other times, she writes the same book over and over again, employing the same fiction tropes and it gets old after a while (Diamond in the Rough). This book is part of her series, “The Men of Medicine Ridge”, and focuses on wealthy rancher John Callister and his romance with sweet, naïve Cassandra (“Sassy”) Peale. My first objection to this book is the age of the characters; John is 30, Sassy is 19 and innocent. John, at numerous points, feels that he’s too old for her. I would agree. Several of her books have heroines that are barely out of high school and are falling in love with men who are much older. It’s getting creepy. My second objection is the book’s length. Her books are generally short, and a lot of details are obscured. Each chapter has a couple of concluding paragraphs that describe what happens to various characters. Why not go into greater detail and show some character development, instead of simply summarizing? However, John is a good, strong character. He protects Sassy from her lecherous employer, at one point walking into a situation where Sassy is about to be raped. The police are called, and the employer is hauled away. However, a few sentences later, the author describes John looking at Sassy’s “sexy body” and “pert little breasts.” She was almost raped a few paragraphs ago; did the author realize how jarring this transition would be--to go from protecting her to fantasizing about her body? John proves his worth by arranging for Sassy’s mother to receive lifesaving surgery as well as promoting Sassy to assistant manager. Sassy is what a perfect 19 year old should be: devoted to her family (her mother is dying of lung cancer and she also cares for her 6 year old stepsister) and hardworking (her salary is their only source of money) and, of course, sexy in a guileless way. Sassy is naïve in some respects, but she still has “grit” as the author reminds us repeatedly (find another word to use, please). The book isn’t her best, but it’s a sweet Cinderella story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This book was a nice, simple read. Nothing too strenuous at all. It was a typical Diana Palmer with a naive and unworldly heroine and a hero who is much older than the heroine and much, much, much richer. Sassy Peale unlike other Diana Palmer heroines is extremely poor and lives in a house with her sick mother and her mother's six year old adopted daughter. At the age of nineteen, Sassy has to bear the brunt of providing for her family on the meagre salary she made as an assistant at the feed This book was a nice, simple read. Nothing too strenuous at all. It was a typical Diana Palmer with a naive and unworldly heroine and a hero who is much older than the heroine and much, much, much richer. Sassy Peale unlike other Diana Palmer heroines is extremely poor and lives in a house with her sick mother and her mother's six year old adopted daughter. At the age of nineteen, Sassy has to bear the brunt of providing for her family on the meagre salary she made as an assistant at the feed store. John Callister, moves to Hollister, Montana to rebuild a small dilapidated cattle ranch that he and his brother Gil had purchased. John had also left Medicine Ridge to because he had started to feel like a fifth wheel at the ranch since his brother's recent marriage. John decides initially to hide the fact that he was one of the new owners of the Bradbury ranch for fear that this information would cause the locals to raise their prices. It is his search to find someone to build him a new barn that he stubbles upon Sassy Peale working a the feed store and realizes the stores lecherous manager was making unwanted advances. In true hero form, John acts to save Sassy, while lying about his true identity as an ultra rich cowboy. Needless to say they fall in love, inspite of the obstacles. A lot of people complain about the macho alpha male characters that are Diana Palmer heroes but in this book I did not find John Callister to be a jerk in any way, he was a breath of fresh air. Yes, it may annoy some women that Diana Palmer heroines always need to be save but at least it was not so hard to see in this case why the heroine falls in love with the hero.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erotic Horizon

    I have been reading Ms. Palmers books since forever and to be honest she is an auto buy for me I know her protags are so stereotypical and she more or less has a mould that she sticks to but i cant resist any book that she write.. She has the whole testosterone alpha male character done to an art and while some times her female shows some sign of a fight, they are more or less the girly type who generally roll over and die type. With DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH it is no different. We are introduced to I have been reading Ms. Palmers books since forever and to be honest she is an auto buy for me – I know her protags are so stereotypical and she more or less has a mould that she sticks to – but i can’t resist any book that she write.. She has the whole testosterone alpha male character done to an art and while some times her female shows some sign of a fight, they are more or less the girly type who generally roll over and die type. With DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH it is no different. We are introduced to John Callister who has come to town to get an old derelict ranch up and running in order to tie in with the family business. There are two fly in the ointment of that simple plan. Firstly he has to more or less not reveal who he really is and secondly he has come up on a situation that feels right to demand his intervention – and intervene he does with the most surprising result. Sassy is literally caught between a rock and a hard place and desperate with it, neither did she need what was happening in her life or want the interference that was happening – less it rock the stability that she had – has fragile as it was. However John Callister has no such qualms and set about to steam roll right over her – whether she likes it or not. A quick read if i do say so – with the usual Palmer scenarios,these character were a little bit more developed than her usual protags –so you could identify with them on some level. As i said before there is never any sort of pros or con’s to reading Ms. Palmers work – it just is. As usual i await her next offering.

  18. 4 out of 5

    bibliophile ⭐️

    READ: JUNE 2013 RE-READ: DECEMBER 2014 As usual, Diamond In The Rough is your typical Palmers books that deals with age difference between the hero and heroine. In this book, we have John Callister, a millionaire, who run a multi-million dollar ranching enterprise. And decided to revive a run down ranch without revealing his true identity. Sassy Peale is a sweet and gentle woman who has a difficult life. She has to support her ailing mother and siblings on a meager salary. John Taggert, suddenly READ: JUNE 2013 RE-READ: DECEMBER 2014 As usual, Diamond In The Rough is your typical Palmer’s books that deals with age difference between the hero and heroine. In this book, we have John Callister, a millionaire, who run a multi-million dollar ranching enterprise. And decided to revive a run down ranch without revealing his true identity. Sassy Peale is a sweet and gentle woman who has a difficult life. She has to support her ailing mother and siblings on a meager salary. John Taggert, suddenly stepped in and helped Sassy. As the story goes, John and Sassy fell in love with each other. Will John be able to tell Sassy who he really is with a chance that everything between them will change? John is another hero aside from Jon Blackhawk that was not verbally abusive and didn't the heroine badly. I liked how John cared for Sassy. Although I disapprove of him not telling the truth to Sassy after knowing her, but I guess that's completely understandable with his past experiences. And like Jon Blackhawk's woman Joceline, Sassy wasn't a complete doormat. She's quite spunky and feisty. I loved her positive outlook despite everything that happened to her. Overall, Diamond In The Rough is a fast and light read. Not Palmer's best but enjoyable nonetheless. I know they tend to be a bit predictable yet I keep reading them.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Diamond in the Rough is by Diana Palmer. John Callister has come to Hollister to start a new ranch under the ageus of the Callister Empire in Montana. He decides he wants to be accepted for himself and not as a Callister so he uses his middle name and sets himself as overseer of the renovations taking place on the ranch. Sassy Peale is a pretty young girl who comes with baggage. She lives with and takes care of her mother and adopted little sister. She is trying to keep food on the table and Diamond in the Rough is by Diana Palmer. John Callister has come to Hollister to start a new ranch under the ageus of the Callister Empire in Montana. He decides he wants to be accepted for himself and not as a Callister so he uses his middle name and sets himself as overseer of the renovations taking place on the ranch. Sassy Peale is a pretty young girl who comes with baggage. She lives with and takes care of her mother and adopted little sister. She is trying to keep food on the table and clothes on their backs while paying for her mother’s medicine and making sure her little sister gets to school. This is a huge burden for an eighteen year old. She runs into John in the feed store and they strike up a friendship. John rescues her when the manager of the feed store tries to rape her. With the help of his lawyers and the sheriff, they try to get him put in jail. It isn’t until they find out that he had done this in a neighboring state that the charges stick without Sassy having to testify. However, John’s real identity is revealed to Sassy. One thing Sassy does not like is someone who lies. Can John regain her trust? What will be the outcome of their friendship? How long before the ranch is up and running? Will Sassy’s mother get well?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This was bad. So bad, I didn't even bother listening to the last half hour of the audiobook. The narrator was pretty good, but oh my gosh. The characters? Let's just make them so unrealistic it hurts. Man: a eco-conscious rich cowboy who really wants children and has bright shiny knight's armor. Teenager: pretty girl with no relationship experience for some odd reason with just about everything wrong in her life to make her a huge sob story, from sexual assault at work to a mom with lung cancer This was bad. So bad, I didn't even bother listening to the last half hour of the audiobook. The narrator was pretty good, but oh my gosh. The characters? Let's just make them so unrealistic it hurts. Man: a eco-conscious rich cowboy who really wants children and has bright shiny knight's armor. Teenager: pretty girl with no relationship experience for some odd reason with just about everything wrong in her life to make her a huge sob story, from sexual assault at work to a mom with lung cancer taking care of a child that isn't theirs living off only the girl's income as a clerk. O.M.G. Oh, not only that, but this rich guy saves her, then after one date decides to marry the girl that's a dozen years younger than him? Seriously?? This had EVERY KIND OF CLICHE a bad Western novel romance could have (well, I'm sure there's more, but it had enough). I should mention I got this by accident. It was just. SO. AWFUL.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    It is one of her best and I like the fact that you get to see other characters from Circle of gold and see how they progress. Really good book, not her usual formula of "rich man meets girl, girl falls for guy, misunderstanding leads to horrible insults on being poor/fat/plain/etc, something bad happens to girl, man realizes that he loves girl, man tries and succeeds in winning girl, live happily ever after." This time, yes the guy is rich, but the only misunderstanding is she doesn't know he's It is one of her best and I like the fact that you get to see other characters from Circle of gold and see how they progress. Really good book, not her usual formula of "rich man meets girl, girl falls for guy, misunderstanding leads to horrible insults on being poor/fat/plain/etc, something bad happens to girl, man realizes that he loves girl, man tries and succeeds in winning girl, live happily ever after." This time, yes the guy is rich, but the only misunderstanding is she doesn't know he's rich, but no insults fly that make her cry. Yes there is some trouble but they actually work through it. Overall the book was a good light read, romantic without being a tear jerker. Read it in four hours, and loved every minute of it. Would recommend this book to anyone who reads her books. Well worth the time and money.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    This is a combination of two books. 1- Sassy is the sole supporter of her dying mother and mothers ward. She has a meager job and having a hard time with expenses so she can't quit her job when her boss makes inappropriate advances. Enter John who is a millionaire and takes Sassy under his wing but Sassy thinks he is just a foreman of the new ranch. Will Sassy find out the truth who John really is or will they fall in love and his money doesn't matter? 2-Maggie & Nate. Maggie was a long time This is a combination of two books. 1- Sassy is the sole supporter of her dying mother and mothers ward. She has a meager job and having a hard time with expenses so she can't quit her job when her boss makes inappropriate advances. Enter John who is a millionaire and takes Sassy under his wing but Sassy thinks he is just a foreman of the new ranch. Will Sassy find out the truth who John really is or will they fall in love and his money doesn't matter? 2-Maggie & Nate. Maggie was a long time widow running a B&B. Along comes Nate who booked a room off season so they are alone at the B&B. Nate says that he is a US Marshall on vacation but he is really undercover investigating Maggie and her daughter who got in trouble with drugs. Is Maggie innocent? Will she find out the truth about Nate?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Cute light read *reread in 7/2015. Forgot I read this until a page in. Then I recalled it was a good story and just decided it was good enough for a re-read. Even an accidental one. Basic story plot is of a rich farmer who is fixing up a run down farm and bringing it into the tech age of cattle breeding. What he expected was alot of work that would not only benefit him and his brother but the town they are bringing all this work too. What he didn't expect was to have this little young mousy female Cute light read *reread in 7/2015. Forgot I read this until a page in. Then I recalled it was a good story and just decided it was good enough for a re-read. Even an accidental one. Basic story plot is of a rich farmer who is fixing up a run down farm and bringing it into the tech age of cattle breeding. What he expected was alot of work that would not only benefit him and his brother but the town they are bringing all this work too. What he didn't expect was to have this little young mousy female catch his eye. That's when the fun begins. You get a nice building romance with growing affections from both sides when this farmer "prince" who has everything discovers he has nothing without her.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Megami

    I picked up this book because I had just finished Circle of Gold and I was really intrigued by John. I was hoping that his story would shine a light on his past, but it really didn't. It kind of skimmed on why he was guarded... woman wanted to use him for money, pretty much. I also don't like that Palmer always makes her heroines "straight out of high school" and her hero's are at least 10 years older. It's weird. I wouldn't mind the age gap if the heroines were at least over 20. Based on I picked up this book because I had just finished Circle of Gold and I was really intrigued by John. I was hoping that his story would shine a light on his past, but it really didn't. It kind of skimmed on why he was guarded... woman wanted to use him for money, pretty much. I also don't like that Palmer always makes her heroines "straight out of high school" and her hero's are at least 10 years older. It's weird. I wouldn't mind the age gap if the heroines were at least over 20. Based on reviews, Palmer has a thing about paring really young girls with older men... not my thing at all. The heroine here seemed a little dumb, letting men treat her however just because she needed her job. Other than that, John was awesome as a hero and the story was very sweet and simple.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joni

    John Callister comes to town to get the ranch up and running that his family just bought. He is super rich but tells everybody he is the hired manager of the Ranch. Sassy works at the local feed shop to support her sick mother and little adopted sister. The person she works for is not at all nice to her and John notices that and her. John saves the day on so many levels, Sassy adores him. That is until he discovers he has been lying to her the whole time about who he is. John has to work to get John Callister comes to town to get the ranch up and running that his family just bought. He is super rich but tells everybody he is the hired manager of the Ranch. Sassy works at the local feed shop to support her sick mother and little adopted sister. The person she works for is not at all nice to her and John notices that and her. John saves the day on so many levels, Sassy adores him. That is until he discovers he has been lying to her the whole time about who he is. John has to work to get back into Sassy's good graces. Sweet story, very likable hero.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vera Wilson

    John's family brought a very run down ranch to expand. But when he met Sassy in the hardware store, didn't give his full name. Wanted to not be thought by the people in town as person with lots of money, just one of the cowboys. Never even thinking of having major feelings for Sassy. But when he does, is it too late to let Sassy know who he really is?? Lots of difference in their age and money. Very great love story. Would recommend to others. Have read books by Diana Palmer before, and as always John's family brought a very run down ranch to expand. But when he met Sassy in the hardware store, didn't give his full name. Wanted to not be thought by the people in town as person with lots of money, just one of the cowboys. Never even thinking of having major feelings for Sassy. But when he does, is it too late to let Sassy know who he really is?? Lots of difference in their age and money. Very great love story. Would recommend to others. Have read books by Diana Palmer before, and as always enjoy them.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deb Diem

    Diamond in the Rough is a fantastic feel good book by Diana Palmer. This well written book is a fast paced read. Ms Palmer has delivered lovable characters, drama, action and just a little steam. I enjoyed Diamond in the Rough and look forward to reading more from Diana Palmer in the future. Diamond in the Rough is book 3 in the Men of Medicine Ridge Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I won a copy of this book in a Facebook contest.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    I usually enjoy the Cinderella type stories but I had to give this one up. The feminist in me do not like the heroine. I don't care that she's from a small town but it annoys me no end when she doesn't seem to want anything more. It's one thing to be stuck in a place because of financial constraints, it's another to be content there because you don't think the rest of the world has anything more to offer. I can't get over that so I had to give this one up.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    I give Diamond in the Rough 3 and a half stars. Although the plot is somewhat formulaic, Palmer fans will happily forgive the author for this because the story is exactly what they want; sweet, with involved characters and of course the expected and demanded for, happy ending. A definite must read for Palmer and romance fans alike.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    This was a smaller book and the story line felt rushed besides the fact that I didn't like having a 19 year girl be the "heroine" of this Harlequin romance novel. Her age is addressed in the book but it didn't help me. To me this is the type of book that if you did a "where are they now?" the characters would not still be together.

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