Diana Palmer surprises fans by visiting some of her early characters in her new book Wyoming Tough. This novel is the story of King Brannt and Shelby Kane Brannt's (from To Love and Cherish) daughter Morie. Fans of Palmer who have wondered whatever became of the combustible couple, King and Shelby, will find out that they did indeed live happily ever after and had a couple of fun children along the way. Those kids are all grown up now and their daughter Morie is looking to find a way to convince her father that she can be a ranch hand. Problem is, no one wants to let her try because of who she is. So Morie decides to take a trip to Wyoming and apply for a job on Mallory Kirk's ranch incognito. She gets the job and discovers a lot about herself and her expectations of life.
Mallory Kirk is a no nonsense rancher, and he's not too thrilled with the new cowgirl. However against his better judgment he puts aside his misgivings and hires her on. Before long he finds himself thinking about her far too often while trying to juggle a budding romance with a local socialite and keeping his brothers in line. Mallory Kirk is reminiscent of the hero's in Palmer's early books. He's basically an honest man, with attitude, and slightly rough around the edges.
With Wyoming Tough, Diana Palmer, returns to her proven formula of her earlier novels. This turns out to be a good fit for this novel because it seems to pay homage to the early novel To Love and Cherish with a slightly softer edge. Diana never fails to tug at the heartstrings while delivering a beautiful story of love and adventure. The plot is well woven and includes an interesting look at several motivations lying beneath the veneer of her supporting cast of characters. Her characters are well drawn and though each are a bit flawed this just adds realism to the story which is both satisfying and believable. Once again, Diana Palmer has delivered a satisfying, heart warming read.
A cowboy through and through, ranch owner Mallory Kirk knows what it means to put in a full day's work. But does his new cowgirl? He has his doubts that Morie Brannt will be able to pull her own weight, even if the petite young woman does seem to have a lot of spirit.
As they spar over events at the ranch and a past that threatens their hopes for the future, sparks begin to fly, and Mallory can't help but notice Morie in a new light. But is this tough Wyoming man ready to love?