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It all started as a joke. Sabina was only pretending to be engaged to her best friend, millionaire Al Thordon. Al had talked her into this scheme as a way to trick his older brother, Thorn. Al had no choice but to lie. And to make Sabina his accomplice. Sabina thought that it would be for just one night. When Thorn accused her of being a gold digger, Sabina just laughed it of It all started as a joke. Sabina was only pretending to be engaged to her best friend, millionaire Al Thordon. Al had talked her into this scheme as a way to trick his older brother, Thorn. Al had no choice but to lie. And to make Sabina his accomplice. Sabina thought that it would be for just one night. When Thorn accused her of being a gold digger, Sabina just laughed it off. She didn't think of the repercussions--that Thorn would dig up her long-buried secrets. Revealing them now would destroy everything she'd worked so hard to out behind her. But she couldn't let her best friend down, could she?


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It all started as a joke. Sabina was only pretending to be engaged to her best friend, millionaire Al Thordon. Al had talked her into this scheme as a way to trick his older brother, Thorn. Al had no choice but to lie. And to make Sabina his accomplice. Sabina thought that it would be for just one night. When Thorn accused her of being a gold digger, Sabina just laughed it of It all started as a joke. Sabina was only pretending to be engaged to her best friend, millionaire Al Thordon. Al had talked her into this scheme as a way to trick his older brother, Thorn. Al had no choice but to lie. And to make Sabina his accomplice. Sabina thought that it would be for just one night. When Thorn accused her of being a gold digger, Sabina just laughed it off. She didn't think of the repercussions--that Thorn would dig up her long-buried secrets. Revealing them now would destroy everything she'd worked so hard to out behind her. But she couldn't let her best friend down, could she?

30 review for After the Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    2.5 I know when I start Diana Palmer book what to expect. Overbearing jerk of a hero. Young, innocent woman (usually a virgin). But sometimes her books are like crack to me and I have to read them! This one was no exception. He was a fucking ass. She was a bit immature and innocent! It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. And the fashion in the books!! LOL. Horrendous. I am sure I will dip in now and again when I need a bit of 80's cheese!!! 2.5 I know when I start Diana Palmer book what to expect. Overbearing jerk of a hero. Young, innocent woman (usually a virgin). But sometimes her books are like crack to me and I have to read them! This one was no exception. He was a fucking ass. She was a bit immature and innocent! It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. And the fashion in the books!! LOL. Horrendous. I am sure I will dip in now and again when I need a bit of 80's cheese!!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves

    Typical delicious Diana Palmer, all the right ingredients mixed and served just the way I prefer it-hot and spicy with dollops of sweetness. The cold cruel hero who bucks and fights his fate to the bitter end and the h, an amazingly perfect balance of strong and sweet, sassy and sensitive. Both have a bad past and are commitment wary, but on meeting have a magnetic attraction and affinity-both physical and emotional. But circumstances play spoilsport. She is in a pretend relationship with his yo Typical delicious Diana Palmer, all the right ingredients mixed and served just the way I prefer it-hot and spicy with dollops of sweetness. The cold cruel hero who bucks and fights his fate to the bitter end and the h, an amazingly perfect balance of strong and sweet, sassy and sensitive. Both have a bad past and are commitment wary, but on meeting have a magnetic attraction and affinity-both physical and emotional. But circumstances play spoilsport. She is in a pretend relationship with his younger brother to act as a red herring, so as to protect his real lady love from the disapproval of the domineering big brother. The controlling big bro wants lil brother to marry an oil heiress etc. Now as i said the H/h have an immediate and incendiary chemistry. But she cannot act on it (well, at least she tries not to!) as he is the ‘brother-in-law to be’ and he is anyways a misogynist who is hell bent on breaking the ‘engagement’. So he tries bribes, seduction and lastly threats but nothing works. All this interspersed with sharp n sweet banter and making out sessions.So as a last resort, he does something really terrible and enhances the angst to a satisfying heart achy level. Lovely lovely! Then she has this accident and hurts herself. So who comes to the rescue but..? Our repentant H does his delayed heroship bit -taking care/charge of her cum grovel till the delicious hea! So even if the story is predictable,it's the entertaining and achingly sweet chemistry between the two which makes this story special. *Sigh* I can read this again and soon!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    4.5 Stars A good friend (Yes that's you Erika ☺ ) recommended this one to me as it is one of her all time favourites and I can honestly see why. She warned me that it didn't really have any sex scenes which if I am honest if it had not been recommended by a friend that would have put me off as I do like a bit of steam in the books that I read. Having said that I don't mind occasionally provided the sexual tension is there between the H & h and we are not fobbed off with silly fluffy words. Anyw 4.5 Stars A good friend (Yes that's you Erika ☺ ) recommended this one to me as it is one of her all time favourites and I can honestly see why. She warned me that it didn't really have any sex scenes which if I am honest if it had not been recommended by a friend that would have put me off as I do like a bit of steam in the books that I read. Having said that I don't mind occasionally provided the sexual tension is there between the H & h and we are not fobbed off with silly fluffy words. Anyway I started reading this with the thought that I would probably end up lifting my eyebrows and wondering why on earth I was reading it but I continued to trust my friend's judgement and I so glad that I did. There are reviews out there that explain the plot and story line so no need for me to re-hash. I did find the writing a bit dated but then it was originally published in 1985 so I suppose this was to be expected. We did get treated to a good amount of sexual tension as Thorn and Sabina instantly felt the sizzle between them, and there were several scenes with some very heavy petting but there were 2 things that stopped Thorn from actually having sex with her - Firstly Sabina was engaged to his brother and secondly he knew she was a virgin. Of course he didn't know that the engagement was a cover for his brother to actually marry the woman he loves (Sabina's best friend) and I think that if he did know then the fact that she was a virgin would not have stopped him as he desperately wanted her. Up to this point I felt this book was a typical Harlequin, this story had been told many times which didn't make it a great deal different apart from the fact that the writing was excellent and I am sure was outstanding in its day. It was that well written that we did feel that we knew those characters. We knew that Sabina was a really likeable, sincere and kind person and we loved her personality and spirit. We also knew that although the Thorn was a bit of a brute (Notice my use of a very 70's/80's word - nowadays he would be called a Pig LOL), he was also quite a tortured soul in that he had never really been loved for himself and that women/people were only ever attracted to him for his money and therefore had no real friends. The only person he loved was his brother and he was determined to protect him from Sabina as she was obviously a gold-digger and he would do whatever was necessary! Throughout the story we learnt that the Sabina had had a hard and horrible life but we were never told the details, and although we knew that the Thorn would try and use this against her to try and break up the engagement, it was still an extremely moving scene. I actually had tears in my eyes and had a sniffle or two even though I knew it would somehow turn around and they would get their HEA. Yes, I did find it outdated but I did think that the writing was excellent and I probably would have given it a ranking of between 3.5 to 4 stars but those last few chapters were so moving and so well written and full of angst which I love, I couldn't help myself and upgraded that rating to 4.5 stars. Over the years it has been re-issued several times and feel that it is a shame that it wasn't bought a bit more up-to-date. By this I mean words & settings and definitly not having the H smoking or lighting up a cigarette in every single scene, not necessarily to add sex scenes as I felt they were not really needed and there was loads of sexual tension. If it had been then I honestly think that I would have automatically given it an outright 5 stars which is something I very rarely do for a Harlequin!

  4. 5 out of 5

    StMargarets

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Even on re-read this one packs quite a wallop. Opera/rock star heroine is scrappy and generous and emotionally scarred by a turbulent childhood. Oilman hero is stern and hard and emotionally scarred by a turbulent childhood. The heroine sees their similarities immediately and that's why I liked her. She fought the hero with the knowledge they could be friends. The hero, in order to protect his brother (and his own vulnerable feelings) sets his revenge scheme in motion out of duty rather than hat Even on re-read this one packs quite a wallop. Opera/rock star heroine is scrappy and generous and emotionally scarred by a turbulent childhood. Oilman hero is stern and hard and emotionally scarred by a turbulent childhood. The heroine sees their similarities immediately and that's why I liked her. She fought the hero with the knowledge they could be friends. The hero, in order to protect his brother (and his own vulnerable feelings) sets his revenge scheme in motion out of duty rather than hate. The fact that they both liked each other underneath all of that raging lust is what makes the angsty final third of the book so fraught. The stakes were so high and they both crashed spectacularly. The hero's grovel is everything a grovel should be - it shows his remorse and a new understanding of both characters. That DP packed so much characterization and story into 187 pages is a testament to tight writing and shows just what a category can deliver.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vintage

    Thank you GR reviewer friends. Based on the reviews I was expecting a train wreck of epic proportions and I got it. What surprised me was how much I loved it. The hero is a low-down, dirty dog who tries to drag the heroine through hell, but she rises above it and inflicts such emotional and psychic damage on the hero it is epic. Well done. The heroine does what few heroines in romances ever do, she holds her head up high and confronts her situation head on. No whining, no kvetching, no whimpering Thank you GR reviewer friends. Based on the reviews I was expecting a train wreck of epic proportions and I got it. What surprised me was how much I loved it. The hero is a low-down, dirty dog who tries to drag the heroine through hell, but she rises above it and inflicts such emotional and psychic damage on the hero it is epic. Well done. The heroine does what few heroines in romances ever do, she holds her head up high and confronts her situation head on. No whining, no kvetching, no whimpering. Cold, hard, cat can't-scratch-it-steel spine. (view spoiler)[He's brought so low he loses acquaintances (he has no friends- sniffle) and even loses some business. (hide spoiler)] I bought his remorse and I bought the grovel. Here's hoping he can keep it up. Oh what the hell, I'm bumping it to 4 stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kiki

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ok, I love a heroine who can give the jerk as good as she got! Heroine had a rough life and she was illegitimate. She was also pretending to be her best friends fiancée as he was engaged to her other best friend and was worried that his brother wouldn't approve of it. Hero is of course the bastard brother, who decides to teach the heroine a lesson, and announces the heroines birth details in front of half the elite society. Heroine didn't back off, gave him a piece of her mind and told him exact ho Ok, I love a heroine who can give the jerk as good as she got! Heroine had a rough life and she was illegitimate. She was also pretending to be her best friends fiancée as he was engaged to her other best friend and was worried that his brother wouldn't approve of it. Hero is of course the bastard brother, who decides to teach the heroine a lesson, and announces the heroines birth details in front of half the elite society. Heroine didn't back off, gave him a piece of her mind and told him exact how many different kind of bastard he was and trust me hero paid for his sins. Good grovel and good mental punishment. However 2 stars down because seriously hero was not sorry enough. He kept on saying he didn’t know. WTF did he not know? And also he blamed heroine for pretending to be engaged to hero’s brother. What irked me was that hero said he’d have been happy for his brother and his fiancée because he liked her. There was literally NO difference between the two girls, so why was the heroine not good enough for the brother? And heroine had to spill out the sob story of her life to gain sympathy and earn pity of the hero to be finally good enough for him? So what if she was just an illegitimate child of an average prostitute without the heart wrenching details? Would that have made hero’s actions justified? NO ONE, not even the heroine called him out on that. When he asked her to marry him anyone with half a brain would have asked if I’m good enough for you why wasn’t I good enough for your brother? Why do romance authors assume just because I prefer this genre I lack in intellect?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    "Listen to me, you half-baked adventuress," he said suddenly. "I'm not having my brother taken over by a wild-eyed rock singer with eyes for his bankbook!" Moving toward her, he reached into his vest pocket, caught her roughly by the arm, and stuffed a piece of paper into the valley between her high breasts. "You take that and get the hell out of my brother's sight. I make a bad enemy. Remember it!" He escorted her to the door and shoved her out of his office. "I'll make your apologies to my m "Listen to me, you half-baked adventuress," he said suddenly. "I'm not having my brother taken over by a wild-eyed rock singer with eyes for his bankbook!" Moving toward her, he reached into his vest pocket, caught her roughly by the arm, and stuffed a piece of paper into the valley between her high breasts. "You take that and get the hell out of my brother's sight. I make a bad enemy. Remember it!" He escorted her to the door and shoved her out of his office. "I'll make your apologies to my mother," he added sarcastically. The door slammed shut behind her. I just can't get enough of this book. After The Music is the most frequently re-read novel I have so far. Meet the heroine, Sabina Cane. She's an amazing young woman who has no family left, a survivor from a horrible past. Despite what she had been through, she's a brave, kind, and loving person. She's also a woman with a huge fighting spirit and she works hard for living. With her beautiful voice, she's trying to reach success as a rock singer. She loves to help her friends. So when her bestfriend Albert Thorndon, needs something to divert his older brother's attention, Sabina agrees to play a charade. Her past taught her one thing, a rich bastard man is the kind of man she would never, ever get involved with. A man like Thorn. Hamilton Regan Thorndon III is a survivor from a bitter past. He has become a cold-blooded tycoon and a heartless lover. The only person he loves is his younger brother. Thorn would do anything to protect the only family that still matters to him. His past taught him one thing, never, ever trust a woman. Especially gold digger kind of woman like the rock singer Al introduced to Thorn as his girlfriend. But Thorn won't let them go any further. He would seduce her to become his. Otherwise, he would destroy her. And then the game started. I was emotionally involved by the strong characters. Thorn was devilish but Sabina knew how to push him off limits. Sabina was fearless but Thorn knew her weakness. They argued until emotions exploded, they shared kisses and fell deep into temptations, they touched and passions burned. They tried really hard to ignore their feelings and it hurted them. Lots of romance books with the same theme, but this one IMHO was one of the very best. It was captivating. Diana Palmer surprised me because although there were so many sexual contacts between Thorn and Sabina, they have never gone too far. Some readers wouldn't like this book because of it, but some would still love it. The plot twist made me gasped in surprise. After the Music brought me joy, laughters and tears. I loved this book so much. A fascinating read and one of my all time favorites.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Leona

    I have this categorized under romance (I think)...... This was my very first DP novel. For being a romance addict, that's quite a statement. I have always avoided this author because she has a reputation of writing singularly ruthless, "bad ass", abusive heroes. Though, I love a "bad boy" hero, I stop at abusive. There is nothing sexy or loving about abuse, no matter how you sugar coat it. So I picked this one up, with great hesitation and trepidation. Surprisingly, it wasn't as bad as I thought i I have this categorized under romance (I think)...... This was my very first DP novel. For being a romance addict, that's quite a statement. I have always avoided this author because she has a reputation of writing singularly ruthless, "bad ass", abusive heroes. Though, I love a "bad boy" hero, I stop at abusive. There is nothing sexy or loving about abuse, no matter how you sugar coat it. So I picked this one up, with great hesitation and trepidation. Surprisingly, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. (poor DP, you have such a bad rap) Typical to the genre, the hero had his share of asshat, dysfunctional moments, but he also had a lot of depth that is atypical of these heroes. Also, the heroine could "dish" it right back which made for some fun moments. The author did a great job of writing an intelligent man who had more between the "ears" than his "legs". (Always a good trait to have in a hero). This one just happened to be a little wounded because Mama never stayed too long between the same bedsheets, and his fiancé dumped his sorry ass for Daddy whose pocketbook was larger than his. Consequently, hero ran around with a chip on his shoulder larger than the state of Texas, but who could blame him? All in all, this worked for me on the romance front. Especially the long "grovel" at the end. I thought it was absolutely appropriate and commensurate to the crime committed. However, I ended up rating this only 3 stars because the passion between the two just felt "forced". I thought the author went out of her way to push the envelope and write some "naughty" sex scenes, which ended up feeling tasteless rather than passionate. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a prude, BUT there was just some special chemistry missing between these two that left me cold.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aayesha Khatri

    Edited on 6th August, 2015 I cannot believe the number of times I have added :') to this review. Have I become less immature in these past 2 years? Please tell me that I have. Please. I loved this book so much. It was full of hair-wrenching angst and sweetness and...*sob* Now this is the Diana Palmer I love! :') ♥ Even though the heroine wasn't a typical DP heroine, even though I usually like less..um, feisty heroines, I found myself loving Sabina. She had such a big heart, was strong and indepe Edited on 6th August, 2015 I cannot believe the number of times I have added :') to this review. Have I become less immature in these past 2 years? Please tell me that I have. Please. I loved this book so much. It was full of hair-wrenching angst and sweetness and...*sob* Now this is the Diana Palmer I love! :') ♥ Even though the heroine wasn't a typical DP heroine, even though I usually like less..um, feisty heroines, I found myself loving Sabina. She had such a big heart, was strong and independent and fell completely head over heels for the hero. God DAMN, Diana Palmer. She always gives me what I want from a story. Doesn't she know how much I like a heroine who's not afraid to admit her love for the hero? :') The hero was so deliciously cruel :3 I even hated him for a while, but, as always, he was a wonder at grovelling. Oh how I love a good Diana Palmer grovel! It was so sweet and intense. I'm sure if I was a crier, I would have cried at their HEA. *sniffle* I loved the sexual attraction between the two as well. *shiver* Like I said, Diana Palmer knows how to give it to you good. The story was a meh story, it was really typical. I didn't care much for the rock singer theme (or the opera singer theme for that matter). The side characters' romance was cute and fluffy. And as usual, DP's writing was up to the mark. I love this woman :')

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What can I say about this one that hasn't already been said. The H is a really horrible piece of work and he does something pretty unforgivable to the h. He deserved to rot in hell quite honestly and although he pulls of a pretty good grovel. I wanted to see him grovel about 47% more. Quite honestly he deserved the punch in mouth not his brother! The h forgave faaar to easily!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chantal ❤️

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I just loved this book even when the hero was a jerk I still liked him. A swoon worthy hero and a sassy heroine what a winning combo. They both have issues but when he goes to her in the hospital and takes her home, my heart just melted. But the most powerful scene when he tell her he knows about her mother after she sings for him at his party, I was in tears. Was it was awesome! Read it and see. The most powerful emotional read by DP without sex.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Rock star Sabina Cane had a crappy childhood. She doesn't want anyone knowing about her business or trying to socialize with her. She doesn't want to repeat the same mistakes her mother made in her past. She doesn't want marriage or love or commitment. I admired her inner strength and her struggle to remain positive and find the light despite her broken heart. Thorn is also haunted by his past. He does his best to push people away from getting to know him. He wasn't expecting his brother's fiance Rock star Sabina Cane had a crappy childhood. She doesn't want anyone knowing about her business or trying to socialize with her. She doesn't want to repeat the same mistakes her mother made in her past. She doesn't want marriage or love or commitment. I admired her inner strength and her struggle to remain positive and find the light despite her broken heart. Thorn is also haunted by his past. He does his best to push people away from getting to know him. He wasn't expecting his brother's fiance, the feisty Sabina, to make him feel all the things he refused to feel. He tries to seduce her and ends up hurting and publicly humiliating her in the worst way possible. He really had to grovel to get her to accept his heartfelt apology. Super romantic, emotional read! Diana Palmer is simply the best!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bubu

    i knew this was a sure thing. All the the reviews said it and indeed i loved this book. I really liked Sabina she was kind and likable and held her head high. The reveal scene.. omg!!!! she was on fire. Thorn was cruel sometimes..the more i read the more i pitted him..in his case is true the saying "no one can hurt you more than you hurt yourself". The aftermath of his trying to drag her was the best.. he loses some business, he loses his acquaintances. The grovel was great -you go boy!!! grovel i knew this was a sure thing. All the the reviews said it and indeed i loved this book. I really liked Sabina she was kind and likable and held her head high. The reveal scene.. omg!!!! she was on fire. Thorn was cruel sometimes..the more i read the more i pitted him..in his case is true the saying "no one can hurt you more than you hurt yourself". The aftermath of his trying to drag her was the best.. he loses some business, he loses his acquaintances. The grovel was great -you go boy!!! grovel away!!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    "After the Music" is the love story of Thorn and Sabina. Sabina is a barely surviving, locally famous rockstar who spends her time enjoying whatever she has in life and helping her down on luck neighbors. When one of her closest friends and manager needs her help to fool his rigid and stubborn brother Thorn until he can marry his secretary Jessica- she decides to be his pretend fiancé. Thorn is prejudiced and is rude- but Sabina is a strong heroine who fights fire with Fire. Instant attraction betw "After the Music" is the love story of Thorn and Sabina. Sabina is a barely surviving, locally famous rockstar who spends her time enjoying whatever she has in life and helping her down on luck neighbors. When one of her closest friends and manager needs her help to fool his rigid and stubborn brother Thorn until he can marry his secretary Jessica- she decides to be his pretend fiancé. Thorn is prejudiced and is rude- but Sabina is a strong heroine who fights fire with Fire. Instant attraction between the two but he goes beyond limits to hurt her.. and then grovels and repents. Heavy dose of angst in this sweet love story. Safe 3.75/5

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aou

    “You worry me." "Why?" she asked, rising gracefully. "Because I know how to track deer?" "Because you don't fit any mold I've ever seen," he said, lifting his chin and scrutinizing her. "Because I want you. I could almost hate you for making me vulnerable, even physically.” How can someone can be physically vulnerable without physical threat? But of course the Harveyland is full of emotional freaks. 🙄 The H was not as cruel as the other DP heroes and as usual it was tearjerker book for me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Margo

    There are a lot of really accurate reviews, and what makes this a really good book is that it's a chance to see a Diana Palmer H experience legitimate consequences for his behavior, but at the same time, you really can see that he loves her despite his jerkiness.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Simona

    A beautiful DP experience with a tough cookie H and a feisty and sweet h with loads of tugs to heartstrings. The tension between Thorn and Sabrina as they get close is so thick and hot that you feel scorched by their passion. I loved how much H has to suffer and grovel to win her back. A peculiar thing I've been noticing in my recent DP reads is that her characterization of her heroes is much different than their age. Like what 34-year old uses sentences like this to describe himself, "Forget it A beautiful DP experience with a tough cookie H and a feisty and sweet h with loads of tugs to heartstrings. The tension between Thorn and Sabrina as they get close is so thick and hot that you feel scorched by their passion. I loved how much H has to suffer and grovel to win her back. A peculiar thing I've been noticing in my recent DP reads is that her characterization of her heroes is much different than their age. Like what 34-year old uses sentences like this to describe himself, "Forget it. I must be going soft in my old age. " It's evident that her editors forced her to reduce the age gap when DP herself probably preferred having her heroes near 40 and her heroines under 25. I wish Ms Palmer was allowed to keep that age gap as she does them so beautifully and I absolutely adore her May-December touches to her stories. And damn all those talk of having children and no epilogue.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Onu

    “It is a risk to love. What if it doesn't work out? Ah, but what if it does.” ― Peter McWilliams Some of us are afraid to love, afraid to get hurt and we clam up and shut ourselves inside a hollow shelf , refusing anyone to come near us, denying love. But love is a gamble and if you don't take the risk you might miss out on the most awesome feeling in the world. Sabine and Thorn were two such people hiding behind their masks, refusing to let anyone near them. Some may feel that Thorn, the hero was c “It is a risk to love. What if it doesn't work out? Ah, but what if it does.” ― Peter McWilliams Some of us are afraid to love, afraid to get hurt and we clam up and shut ourselves inside a hollow shelf , refusing anyone to come near us, denying love. But love is a gamble and if you don't take the risk you might miss out on the most awesome feeling in the world. Sabine and Thorn were two such people hiding behind their masks, refusing to let anyone near them. Some may feel that Thorn, the hero was cruel and abusive. I believe it was a sham. His rough demeanor hid a lonely, vulnerable man who was afraid to love and be loved. I am glad Sabine saw right through him and was not afraid to love him and take a risk. This was such a wonderful book and it has reinstated my belief in love, true love. There was nothing extraordinary about the storyline. But it was so well written and tugged at my heart strings and made me shed some tears. I am definitely going to re read this again sometime when I to reinstate my belief in love. One of my favorites.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sometime

    4.5 stars. I'm still riding the high that was this book! The MCs were perfectly matched and the story was deliciously angsty. I loved the h Sabina, she's just about perfect. Our H, Thorn was a huge manwhore but for some crazy reason I didn't mind it. I'm sure it was the writing. DP let's us know about his history with women but doesn't rub it in our face. The story brought out so much emotion and the grovel at the end was just enough. I believed in their romance and their HEA. I really loved this 4.5 stars. I'm still riding the high that was this book! The MCs were perfectly matched and the story was deliciously angsty. I loved the h Sabina, she's just about perfect. Our H, Thorn was a huge manwhore but for some crazy reason I didn't mind it. I'm sure it was the writing. DP let's us know about his history with women but doesn't rub it in our face. The story brought out so much emotion and the grovel at the end was just enough. I believed in their romance and their HEA. I really loved this one!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Janie

    Rating: 4 stars for Sabina! and not to forget Thorn ;) Finished reading: August 4 2015 The story in itself isn't really different from many of DP's other novels, however Sabina's personality and the banter between the hero and heroine is what really sets this book from DP's other works. Sabina was… FIERCE and always ready for battle with our hero. 'She rides?' Thorn laughed mockingly. 'She sure does,' Sabina said with a deliberate vacant smile. 'She even speaks all by herself, without help.' Gosh Rating: 4 stars for Sabina! and not to forget Thorn ;) Finished reading: August 4 2015 The story in itself isn't really different from many of DP's other novels, however Sabina's personality and the banter between the hero and heroine is what really sets this book from DP's other works. Sabina was… FIERCE and always ready for battle with our hero. 'She rides?' Thorn laughed mockingly. 'She sure does,' Sabina said with a deliberate vacant smile. 'She even speaks all by herself, without help.' Gosh I love her!! and DP too ;) The chemistry between them. She's no shrinking violet and neither is she the doormat, that most DP heroines are. All in all she's amazeballs!! I loved the banter between Thorn and Sabina, like cat and dog really.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lulu Ali

    I don't think I would have forgiven the love interest for what he did I don't think I would have forgiven the love interest for what he did

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    read this even though I'm not a DP fan because it fit the theme I was looking for. He done her wrong and then had to grovel to get back in her good graces. This was decent. I think because honestly DPs earlier stuff is better than her later stuff. The heat between the H/h was good and believable. But some of the events seemed a bit of a stretch. The thing which he did to get her to break up her engagement to his brother just made him look like a fool which is not really something I like for my h read this even though I'm not a DP fan because it fit the theme I was looking for. He done her wrong and then had to grovel to get back in her good graces. This was decent. I think because honestly DPs earlier stuff is better than her later stuff. The heat between the H/h was good and believable. But some of the events seemed a bit of a stretch. The thing which he did to get her to break up her engagement to his brother just made him look like a fool which is not really something I like for my heroes. And furthermore, it was just asinine that he even thought anyone would care. She's a rock musician whose mother was a high class prostitute. Really who cares?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julie Henke

    This is a story which compelled me when I first read it in 1986, I’ve read it many, many times and I still find it compelling. H is an ass, jerk, narrow minded and h is shy, innocent, unable to play his mind games. As most romance novels, h had a traumatic childhood and H has relationship issues. I’ve read this over 20 times, I enjoyed it!

  24. 4 out of 5

    KarenB

    "Did she tell you that I sat by you when they told me you might not come out of the coma, and that I cried like a boy?" He put his hard mouth slowly, warmly on hers -------------------- "So they tell me." He kissed her gently. "Marry me. Give me some children. I'll buy you a new bathrobe and let you sing in my nightclub." She laughed at his phrasing. "How can I sing when I'm pregnant?" "Listen, lady, you can even sing while you're getting pregnant, for all I care." ----------------- "Shhh," she whi "Did she tell you that I sat by you when they told me you might not come out of the coma, and that I cried like a boy?" He put his hard mouth slowly, warmly on hers -------------------- "So they tell me." He kissed her gently. "Marry me. Give me some children. I'll buy you a new bathrobe and let you sing in my nightclub." She laughed at his phrasing. "How can I sing when I'm pregnant?" "Listen, lady, you can even sing while you're getting pregnant, for all I care." ----------------- "Shhh," she whispered, putting her mouth against his. "Lie down, darling," she murmured wickedly. "Like hell." He chuckled. He got up, smoothing his hair. "You're not getting me into bed without a wedding ring." "Tease," she said accusingly. ----------------- he lifted her in his arms and carried her back to the sofa. "I thought you weren't going to let me get you into bed until we were married," she chided. "I didn't say one word about sofas, did I?" he murmured with a roguish smile.

  25. 5 out of 5

    amanda s.

    I loved it! :D Mostly because it's been a while since I read Diana Palmer and I just crave her usual plot. This book, is surprisingly good. I loved how raw the Hero felt after 'hurting' the heroine and it's like addiction. I just can't stop reading it until the very last page. Look forward to actually finished ALL Diana Palmer's.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha Ormiston-Smith

    I didn't like this. There's nothing sexy about abusive men.

  27. 5 out of 5

    ♛ Jarusauskas

    Heroe in this novel is a true piece of work. What he did to her was just mean. No, scratch that. It was awful! I'm so glad she didn't take him back as soon as he said he was sorry. He had to grovel for her forgiveness, and I always love it when that happens.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Loved the Herione she had great spunk. Hero got better a typical Palmer jerk.

  29. 4 out of 5

    postcrdprincess

    The books that I have read by Diana Palmer have always been good, and this book didn’t disappoint. I love her Alpha male characters. They are the type that when you first come across them in the story, you want to punch them for their mean and nasty behavior. But, as the story progresses you realize that they would do anything for the woman that they love. They just have a hard time making themselves vulnerable because of past experiences with women. Hamilton Regan Thorndon the Third (Thorn) is j The books that I have read by Diana Palmer have always been good, and this book didn’t disappoint. I love her Alpha male characters. They are the type that when you first come across them in the story, you want to punch them for their mean and nasty behavior. But, as the story progresses you realize that they would do anything for the woman that they love. They just have a hard time making themselves vulnerable because of past experiences with women. Hamilton Regan Thorndon the Third (Thorn) is just that type of Alpha male. Through most of the book he was a man I wanted to hate because of his treatment of Sabina, but for some reason I couldn’t completely hate because I knew he wanted her, and was falling in love with her, but had a hard time making himself vulnerable, besides that she was his brother’s fiancé or was she? I loved Sabina’s character. She had a tortured soul because of what she witness happening to her mother. She didn’t however let that distract her from trying to make something of herself, but it did keep her trusting people especially men. One of the few men she did trust was Al Thorndon, her best friend. It was no wonder that she felt an instant disliking for Thorn, because she thought he used woman like her mother was used by a rich and powerful man (don’t want to spoil too much of the story here). Now Al Thorndon, although he was a nice guy, in my opinion he needed to grow a backbone when it came to standing up to his brother. It seemed at times that his brother was more like a father figure then a brother, but that was no excuse for Al letting Thorn treat him the way he did. I did finally become impressed with Al, when he did finally stand up to his brother on Sabina’s behalf (again, I won’t spoil the story with too much info). I think that when you read this book you won’t be disappointed. Diana Palmer is one of my favorite romance authors, and I am always excited about reading her books, and her books are ones that I actually collect.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Venus84

    What an amazing story, I loved it!! I thought this book would be a 3-star, ok-read for me because I don´t like heroines who sacrifice way too much for friends/siblings and she sounded like one. But when i started reading it I discovered she wasn´t a gullible idiot taken advantage off by so called friends, no she was a hardworking, loving, honest and loyal person and was appreciated for what she was. The hero was a typical controlling and overprotective big brother who wanted to save his little br What an amazing story, I loved it!! I thought this book would be a 3-star, ok-read for me because I don´t like heroines who sacrifice way too much for friends/siblings and she sounded like one. But when i started reading it I discovered she wasn´t a gullible idiot taken advantage off by so called friends, no she was a hardworking, loving, honest and loyal person and was appreciated for what she was. The hero was a typical controlling and overprotective big brother who wanted to save his little brother from the gold digger he thought the heroine too be so I thought that it would be a 4-star readworthy. But it kept getting better and better, the hero was a hard man who had every reason to misstrust women but he really loved his brother and was a honorable man who refused to take advantage of the heroine even though he could. He respected her being his brother´s girl and respected her innocence, and no he didn´t need bloody sheets or medical certificate to know that she was virgin. He tried really hard to make her leave his brother and you couldn´t blame him, when a girl respond passionately to your kises every time it become to Think of her as your sister in law. The heroine wasn´t really involved with his brother but he didn´t know that so he was cruel with her to make her go away and the herone made me proud the way she handled the situation. It didn´t take the hero many minutes to see how horobile he was to her, but he got to suffer several months which made it a 5-star favorite for me.

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