Wyoming Tough is a slight departure from Diana Palmer’s usual formulaic romances in that it has a heroine who is attractive, independent and can stand toe to toe with the hero. I, for one, is extremely ecstatic to see her getting away from making her heroine a victim of molestation/rape and so timid that no one believes that a man with a strong personality could actually fall for these bland unattractive waifs. Ms. Palmer seems to be overly consumed in writing stories about rape/molestation and over-abundance of cruelty to women. It may be cathartic for her but for us readers, it is nice to see a somewhat normal heroine.
I must admit that I read Ms. Palmer for her background stories and plot more so than for the hero and heroine. Her stories by themselves are suspenseful and entertaining. She does know how to portray villains and use them in a storyline. Morie Brannt was born into a wealthy ranching family. Her old-fashioned father will not let her be the cowgirl she has always dreamed of being all her life. She gets a job on another ranch and learns ranching from the bottom up. Mallory Kirk, the owner of the ranch, is attracted to Morie but doesn’t want to act on it. Watching Mallory and Morie finally find love through the maze of this story is enjoyable and will keep you reading this book to the end.
Ms. Palmer has all of her secondary characters (evil girlfriend, nasty villain, and comeuppances) in this book that have made her one of the top romance authors. I hope that Ms. Palmer can continue to deviate from her unbelievable romance matches and grow with the times and her new audiences. I can recommend this book as a good read.