Saturday, August 6, 2011

Shadow's Review: Merciless by Diana Palmer


by Diana Palmer
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by HQN Books
Courtesy of NetGalley
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?

Shadow's Thoughts:
Do you enjoy a book where the characters exchange verbal banter? Do you like a book about the boss and assistant falling for each other? How about a book that has law enforcement men dishing out justice and catching the bad guys? Then look no further! Diana has once again weaved a story that captures the readers attention and stolen a piece of our heart! Jon Blackhawk is Joceline Perry's boss and they have worked together for five years, needling each other and throwing words back and forth. I really liked the characters; their personalities were fun and enjoyable to read.

Joceline is a woman after my own heart! She's efficient with her job but doesn’t do anything that’s outside her job description; like make coffee, which drives her boss crazy. Joceline's a single mom raising a four year old but the dad is no where in site. He went missing in action....or did he?

Jon is working on a case to put the bad guys away that killed his niece and sister-in-law. As he gets closer to the killers, the bad guys start targeting his family and close friends. First they shoot him, then brake into Joceline's apartment and finally do away with his mom. Where does he go from here? He calls in his friends and they make a plan.

Through this story, Jon and Joceline realize that they love each other. Jon is more than happy to become the family man and a daddy to Markie, Joceline's son. But what will Jon say when he finds out Joceline's secret??
Through this story, I always had a smile on my face. The story flowed nice and had a surprise or two in store. I've been a huge Diana Palmer fan for years and this story is definitely in my love pile. Diana creates stories that have action, mystery, love and passion and her stories haven't disappointed me yet! This books is part of an on going series “The Long, Tall Texans” and she gives a hint or two about how past character's are doing and I love that!

Rating: 5 Wine Glasses

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  1. I'm already a fan of Diana Palmer. I've read a few of her books & loved them! With such high praise though, it looks like I'm gonna have to check this one out too. Thank you for your review.

  2. I didn't read your review too closely because I'm planning on reading it this week, BUT I'll come back and chat after I'm done :)


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