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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Review: Dangerous by Diana Palmer

Tall, lean and headstrong, FBI agent Kilraven lives by his own rules. And one of those rules includes keeping his hands off Jacobsville’s resident sweetheart, Winnie Sinclair, no matter the temptation. Shy and innocent, Winnie couldn’t handle a man like him — a merciless man with a haunted past. And this small town may hold not only the woman he fights to resist, but the answers to a cold case that is very personal to Kilraven.... 
Winnie has had her own share of sorrow and senses Kilraven’s pain. Even though she tries to deny it, the gentle 911 operator feels a connection with the darkly handsome agent. When he makes the disturbing discovery that her family’s unsavory past might have a bearing on his case, Winnie is determined to help him crack it…and the ice around his heart.
As they combine forces in a dangerous investigation, the stakes rise ever higher. Winnie’s life is on the line, and she’ll need Kilraven more than ever. But if they are to have a future together, her ruthless Texan will need to confront his past and risk it all for their love. 


I'm warning you ahead of time - if you don't like snarky reviews....look away. I know this is a sensitive topic these days but I'm sorry but there is no other way for me to review a Diana Palmer novel. All I can say in my defense is that I ADORE her books. They can pull me out of the worst moods. Sure - I'm positive it's not in the way the author intended but fun is fun...

** spoiler alert ** 

Dangerous is a book that drinking games were invented for.

Take a shot every time:

•Someone glares
•Mentions birds – Kilraven, Blackhawk, ravens, he’s a tough bird, a strange bird, a little canary bird
•For every mention of the word/words: Halo - the video game, snickered, chuckled, silver eyes, little blond chain saw
•Everytime someone mentions how Winnie saved Kilraven with her “gift” on that domestic abuse call.

My observations of the MC’s.

Kilraven. This man HATES ties. HATES them. He glares. A lot. He knows almost every language and can use almost any weapon – and has had almost every cool dangerous undercover government job but he’s NOT…..I repeat NOT an FBI agent – that’s just a horrifying thought - he's a FED. He does not want Winnie to get pregnant. He’s a prude. He is a sex stud. He has awesome chest hair. He’s Dangerous. (and a huge asshole)

Winnie. She is a 911 operator. She loves her job. No really – almost as much as Kilraven hates ties. She has the gift. Her life will be over if Kilraven leaves town. There will be no reason to ever go out again. She’s a blond chain saw, a canary bird, a little violet, and an innocent.

General observations:

It would be wrong to pretend Kilraven & Winnie are married for a planned weekend undercover assignment. That would sully her reputation – her going away with a man for the weekend. What would people think?! It is quite alright though to marry someone you don’t love, deflower her on said weekend and then divorce her as soon as you get home. Nope that won’t affect her reputation at all. Except to make her look like a gullible idiot! Also to put a finer point on this….if he can restrain himself (because no way does he want to take the chance of her getting pregnant!) that will be an annulment, BUT if he can’t restrain himself (after all it’s been 7 years and she is walking around in skimpy dresses & has irresistibly sexy feet… that hussy) that would be a divorce.

Almost everyone in town has either “the gift”, “restless feelings”, premonitions…really someone should investigate this phenomenon.

Favorite line:
First the set up: Winnie’s breath caught at the wide, thick wedge of curling black hair that covered him to his belt buckle. (ewww)

He pursed his lips. “Impressed?”

“Oh, yes….”

“And I will tell you, it feels as good as it looks” he murmured.

Oh my.

I could go on and on. It may seem like I hated this book and I guess in the strictest sense yes I did, but I honestly haven’t had so much fun reading anything in a long, long time! I kept notes. I have post-it notes everywhere in the book. I stayed up until midnight reading it. It was like going to the old creature double feature movies. It’s so over the top but so much fun anyway. It’s all just so crazy and makes no sense. There are random facts about Scottish history, guns, Emergency Services. Kilraven is such an unbelievable ass to Winnie but I couldn’t stop reading.

There was one paragraph that has me completely perplexed though. Seriously – if anyone has read this and gets what it means please tell me. Did I miss something? Is it a metaphor for something else?

Kilraven states that he has only ever been with his wife then a few pages later (pg 113) He says this really odd thing to Winnie…

“This is how you looked that morning when you found me and Sheriff Hayes in bed with your brother and Keely,” he said.

“Excuse me?”

“You stopped playing with me,” he said somberly.

Whaaaaat??? I have no idea what he is talking about!! Did he have an orgy with Winnie's brother, best friend and the sheriff?

So sorry if I offended anyone who loves it. I love a lot of books that people could make fun of me about and feel free to do so to get even!

Rating: Seriously - how do you rate such a thing?? It's horrible but it brought me endless joy!

My review for Heartless by Diana Palmer coming Thursday 5/26th

Buy the book: Dangerous

1 comment:

  1. I really don't know what to make of this review - I'm getting the impression that this is a book we may well love to hate but I could be wrong.