Thursday, September 22, 2011

Merciless by Diana Palmer ~ review

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; First Edition edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373775792

About the book:

Can she convince a man to let down his defenses when he's set on guarding his heart?
Tall, dark and eligible?
That's all that matters to the women of Jacobsville when it comes to handsome and aloof FBI agent Jon Blackhawk. But if it were up to him, he would never settle down. Luckily, Jon has the best gatekeeper: his efficient and reliable assistant, Joceline Perry. Without her help, he'd be at the mercy of husband hunters—but the more he comes to rely on her, the more he notices how invaluable she really is…
While Joceline can't deny that her boss is attractive, as a single mother with responsibilities she's determined to be professional. But when Jon is accosted by a criminal seeking revenge, she comes to his aid—fueling the spark that is growing between them.
As the attempts on Jon's life increase, Joceline stands by his side. But when the smoke clears, will the man who avoided love realize that all he ever needed was right there all along?

My take on this book:
It has been several years since I read anything by Diana Palmer, but after reading Merciless I am thinking I need to catch up on what she has written.
This story revolves around Jon Blackhawk and his assistant Joceline. Jon is a thirty year old FBI agent whose mother wants to help him find a wife, something he is dead set against. Joceline has been Jon's assistant for several years, and while they have a good work relationship, she is determined to keep her work life and personal life separate. She has always been known as a very conservative person, but a few years back she had a son,Markie, and has always kept her son away from the office, only sharing the fact that Markie's father was killed in war before the two could get married. She is keeping a secret though, one that will change several lives. When one of Jon's enemies starts making threats against not only him and his family but Joceline and Markie as well, he wants to protect them by taking them to his ranch, and while there Jon and Joceline's feelings heat up! Can they figure out who is making the threats, and what happens when people around Jon start figuring out Joceline's secret?
This story was romance, drama, and mystery rolled into one. While I liked the characters, Joceline was a struggling single mother, whose secret really was very easy to figure out, and I was a bit surprised it took the secondary characters so long to get it. I felt that the attitude that Cammie had about Joceline being a single parent was repeated way to often, and was quite outdated as well. While I did enjoy the banter between Joceline and Jon, the bit about her not making coffee was another line that was really overused.Those few complaints aside, I found myself reading this book thru in one sitting, I always love a good romance, and the mystery and suspense of not knowing what might happen next made for an interesting story. The author does a great job of wrapping the book up nicely at the end.The author also provides the first chapter of her next  book titled "Wyoming Tough," due out in Nov.2011, and if the first chapter is any indication it going to be a great book, one that I can't wait to read!
Overall if your looking for an entertaining read that will hold your attention for a few hours and are a fan of romance with a happily ever after ending then you just might enjoy this one. 
rating 4/5

1 comment:

  1. I went through a period of time where I read a whole bunch of Diana Palmer and really liked them and then something happened and I stopped being able to get into them. Some of it was the repetitions and a lot of characters felt like stereotypes. I think teh first ones I read were the best because her style and format was new to me. I keep meaning to try her again and keep picking up the same one from my nightstand and getting to about the same spot and stopping again. Maybe I need to try a different one all together!


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