White Christmas: Woman Hater\The Humbug Man by Diana Palmer (Sep 24, 2013)
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"Master storyteller DIANA PALMER delights readers with timeless romances featuring unforgettable heroes. Cozy up to the fireplace with these two tales of love set during the merriest time of the year…""WOMAN HATER—Everyone in Nicole White's office described their boss's mysterious older brother as a real woman hater. So when Nicki had to tag along with her ailing employer to his brother's Montana home, she was prepared for the worst.To her surprise, what she found was a man more roughly masculine than any she'd ever met. But Winthrop Christopher's distrust of women ran straight to the bone. Nicki knew she should steer clear of him, but she couldn't hide the feelings he stirred in her. Could she ever teach him to love again?THE HUMBUG MAN—Montana rancher Tate Hollister was the grouchiest widower Maggie Jeï¬€ries had ever met. But, as the holiday season progressed, Maggie discovered that Tate wasn't completely immune to the Christmas spirit. In fact, his loving embrace might just be the gift of a lifetime…"
This novel is comprised of two separate reprints of novellas. “The Humbug Man” is from 1986 and “Woman Hater” is from 1987. These are very sweet stories and the titles say a lot about them. These are about men who are so damaged by women, that they swear they will never love again and pretty much show to the women around them that they basically hate women. However, do they really?
The stories withstood the test of time, but not perfectly. The values, morals and storytelling are a lot ‘sweeter’ than the usual romantic fare we read mainly now. There is heat and passion, but it is more banked – less fiery. The men are really just looking for that proverbial ‘good woman’ to come and teach them that they can love again, although there are huge difficulties with these new relationships.