Courageous is the newest in Diana Palmer's Long Tall Texans/Mercenaries series. Although these books are stand alone for the most part they are also interrelated and often reference events that happen in earlier books in the Long Tall Texan and Mercenaries series. The pacing of the book is slow, and heavy with military strategies. There is also a large emphasis on no premarital sex which is not uncommon in Ms. Palmer’s books. I rated this book as OK, because I did enjoy the scenes between Winslow and Peg. However, this book is very light on romance, it’s very slow moving and there are events that occur in the book that I found to be either unbelievable or too simplified. The characters acted in ways that I thought were counter to how the character was described and seemed to have been developed.
This story focuses on Winslow Grange and Peg Larson. Fans of Diana Palmer will be familiar with the plot line. An older man who is attracted to a much younger woman and that younger woman has been longing for the older man for years. Much of the book focuses on the libration of Barrera, South America and reinstating Machado – a pivotal character in earlier books in the series – as leader of Barrera. When Peg arrives in South America unannounced, Winslow quickly finds himself coming to terms with his true feelings for her. Winslow and Peg must fight to free Barrera and themselves from the danger surrounding them.
The life of a paid mercenary makes sense to Special Forces Officer Winslow Grange. The jungles of South America may make his former job as a ranch manager for his friend Jay Pendleton look like a cakewalk, but it's nothing that the former Green Beret can't handle.
A woman's heart, however—that's dangerous territory. Back in Texas, Grange's biggest problem was avoiding Peg Larson and all the complications being attracted to the daughter of his foreman would entail. Now Grange will need all his training to help General Emilio Machado gain control of the tiny South American nation of Barrera; when Peg arrives unannounced, she's a distraction he can't avoid. She's determined to show Grange she can be useful on and off the battlefield. Once she breaks through his armor, traversing the wilds of the Amazon will prove an easier task than defending himself against her winning charms….