Sunday, February 27, 2011

Random Romance Sunday: Lacy In Leather?

The Book: Lacy by Diana Palmer

The Particulars: Historical romance, first appeared in 1991 from Ballantine.  Has since gone on to be reprinted numerous times, the most recent an upcoming mass market paperback edition from HQN (Harlequin).

The Blurb:
At the sprawling Whitehall cattle ranch, one indomitable woman dares to follow her desire no matter where it may take her.

When Lacy Jarrett and Cole Whitehall are unwittingly compromised into marriage, her dreams of a passionate forever are met with hard, cold resentment. For the boy whom she teased and flirted with not so long ago has been changed by the horrors of war. Their uneasy union bridles with torment - made worse by the blatant desire that remains unquenched and unchallenged. But Lacy's undying love for the handsome Texan is her destiny, and she vows to reignite the sensual fire dormant in their souls AND unlock the secrets of Cole's stormy heart.....
Is It In Wendy's TBR?:  Nope.

Any Reviews?:  Not really.  Amazon customer reviews range from 2 to 5 stars.  The average rating over at GoodReads is currently showing as 3.84 out of 5 stars.

Anything Else?:  I've never read Diana Palmer.  Now, that said, I've read enough reviews for various Diana Palmer books over the years to give me the feeling that it's probably a good thing I've never read a Diana Palmer.  My gut tells me that it wouldn't be the best experience for me.  At all.  Maybe I'm wrong and missing out.  And maybe this is a wise decision and it's allowing me to hang on to that last thread of sanity that my one and only book by Danielle Steel didn't snap.

That being said, I know more than one romance reader who considers Palmer their crackalicious guilty pleasure.  Hey, it's not our place to judge.  Mine is Thea Devine, and dollars to donuts over 75% of you reading this have gobbled up a fair number of J.R. Ward novels.  Here at the Bat Cave we preach tolerance and acceptance....as Wendy eyeballs that Old Skool Thea Devine in her TBR with the over-the-top trashy cover art.

Ahem.  

Even with the numerous reprints, I just had to showcase the original cover art.  I couldn't seem to find a bigger image, but I'm fascinated by what the heroine is wearing.  I mean, what is she wearing?  To me it looks like a leather apron with nothing underneath.  If she's a butcher or carpenter, I'm thinking it's not wise (or sanitary) to go to work with just a leather apron on.  Wonder if she's had the health department called on her....

10 comments:

JamiSings said...

Looks like a black slip to me.

And woah - different books, basically the same experience. My one and only Danielle Steele is Big Girl. God, I hated that book, for a lot of the same reasons you disliked Lone Eagle. But also because I really felt she wasn't fat. She was tall. The taller you are, the more weight you can carry off and still look thin. And size 16 isn't that huge.

Also I hate the fact she didn't speak up at her sister's wedding.

A Library Girl said...

Heh, I've got you both beat - I've read TWO Danielle Steel books. Probably the only reason I got through that many is that they were both audio books. At the time, I thought there was a possibility I might get a job at a public library, so I wanted to try reading Steel, who always seems to have tons of books in just about every public library I've ever been to. I found House of Hope Street to be less unbearable than H.R.H. - it probably helped that House on Hope Street was the second Steel book I read, and I had learned by then not to expect romance.

nath said...

I know!! that's what surprised me as well, what was she wearing ^_^;

I've never read this author either. From her blurbs, I don't think she'd be my style either.

Rebecca said...

Well the upside of reading your first Diana Palmer is that once you've read one, you've read them all! Her books are a lot like the instructions on shampoo: lather, rinse, repeat.

A Library Girl said...

@JamiSings & nath - Lol, when I saw the cover image, for a second the title looked like "Racy" to me. What do you suppose that outfit is of? I'm guessing it's supposed to be silk, but it kind of looks like pleather to me.

Marie-Thérèse said...

Just reading the name Diana Palmer gives me the heebie jeebies. Tried one book-backed away in horror about 1/3 of the way through. ACK! Do not want!

Amy said...

*head desk* I have this book on my TBR, I just know I do.

Yet another reason that seriously purging the TBR is really, truly a good idea.

Wendy said...

Jami: I once ranted in a totally separate review that a 5'9" heroine who wears a size 10 IS NOT FAT! Argh!

Library Girl: There should be a support group for readers who slogged through Danielle Steel novels. I buy her for work, because well, it's my job, but ugh!

Nath: I know readers who like Palmer, but pretty all of them admit "she's my guilty pleasure." LOL

Rebecca: My tolerance for asshat heroes is pretty low - hence, I've never read a Palmer. My gut tells me it wouldn't end well....

Marie: LOL! I'll admit, there's a teeny-tiny part of me that feels like I should try one. But then I see all the books I have in the TBR and the insanity passes.

Amy: Or at least getting an organizational system in place :)

sybil said...

I have this book! I adoreeeeeee Diana Palmer *g* although haven't read this one (and own this cover IIRC)

As for DS last one I read I reviewed at TGTBTU and it was an F but back in the day I had read 16 or so of her books and loved her. Zoya was a fave of course I was 14-19 at the time.

;)

Wendy said...

Sybil: Dude, of course you have it! You're our lil' Diana Palmer junkie :) And dig out that book and tell me what the heck that chick is wearing, because it's driving me crazy.....