Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Wyoming Rugged (Wyoming Men #5) by Diana Palmer Review

In WYOMING RUGGED the romance between Niki and Blair builds very slowly and in the beginning is mostly one sided. Niki is painfully inexperienced and naive in a way that is almost out of place in today's world. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, it just makes for awkward interactions between Niki and Blair. Falling almost instantly for her father's close friend doesn't make for an easy road to love for Niki Ashton. Sheltered and coddled by her father, Niki doesn't experience the world in the way that most twenty-somethings do. Being sixteen years younger than Blair makes getting his attention and being taken seriously by him very hard for Niki. The feelings that Blair initially has for Niki are more of protector and friend than romantic lover. 

This romance is very much an older man loving and introducing an innocent young woman into the world of romantic love. The feelings that Blair initially has for Niki are more of protector and friend than romantic lover. However, Niki has always thought of Blair as her ideal man. Mature, protective, and caring are all qualities displayed by Blair and desired by Niki. Blair does not set out to seduce Niki but through circumstances that continuously brings them closer together, their mutual attraction can no longer be ignored.

As the story unfolds Blair seems in need of rescuing almost as badly as Niki. Blair has the patience and eventually the desire to open himself to loving the shy and unassuming Niki. Palmer has created a very sweet romance between Niki and Blair that doesn't boil over with passion and chemistry. Their relationship builds steadily with the goal of creating a family and a peaceful happily ever after. 

The reason for a lower star rating for this one is the fact that I couldn't quite buy into how overly innocent Niki is. The wide eyed innocence of a young woman who wasn't excessively sheltered was a little less believable for me. Niki's naivete was too extreme at times. I don't always enjoy the much older man and young woman dynamic when it's presented in a way that the lover is more of a father than equal and that was the overall feeling I got from this one. WYOMING RUGGED is well written, it just wasn't my favorite relationship dynamic.

Happy Reading!

**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**



Billionaire oilman Blair Coleman has always taken care of his business. After having been used and cast aside by a woman he thought he loved, his personal life is far from his first priority. He knows only one has ever truly cared for him—but the irresistible blonde beauty is the daughter of his best friend.

Niki Ashton has seen her father's friend wounded and she's seen him fight. Blair is the strongest—and most stubborn—man she's ever known. That very heart and passion makes him the man of her dreams, but whenever they've been in danger of getting close, Blair has always pushed her away.

It takes a possible tragedy to strip away all of Blair's misgivings. Now it's all or nothing: marriage, baby, family, forever. But will the choice be too much for Niki…or too late?

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