Review: Merciless by Diana Palmer

Merciless by Diana Palmer
Series: Long, Tall Texans
Pages: 304
Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Source: PTA Reviewer Rewards, (reposted from Molly’s website, with permission)

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?

Review: I must say this first: WOW! Where on earth have I been that I haven’t read a Diana Palmer novel before?! I guess I must have been in a cave, but now I’m out and am SO happy to have read this novel. When I chose it to review, I couldn’t wait to jump into it. Boy, was I glad I did, too!

Merciless is a wonderfully written novel, and Palmer’s characters jump at the reader and hook them into the heart of the story with them. The reader is instantly pulled in and taken on the whirl wind of action, romance and suspense; riding along for the duration.

Merciless follows Jon Blackhawk and Joceline Perry. Jon is a 30 year old senior FBI agent and his secretary Joceline is a single mom of a 4 year old little boy with medical issues. And, she harbors a secret. One that could forever change lives around her. Jon is targeted by someone he had arrested…or so he thinks. When clues start arising to the truth of his enemies, will Joceline and Jon be able to solve the mystery? And confess their true feelings for each? Or will secrets, and one mean mama, keep them apart?

Each page turn brought new twists and turns, and I couldn’t put the book down. I loved the western cowboy feel, the hunky FBI agent, the mysterious suspense and the romance! I highly recommend this a 5 star MUST read for every one who loves suspense, and romance, and those hunky good looking Texans! I am definitely going back to read Dangerous, Jon’s brother’s story! And, I look forward to being a devoted fan of Ms. Palmer’s and reading all her past and future works!

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