Merciless Hardcover – Jul 26 2011
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"Palmer...is the queen of desperado quests for justice and true love."
-Publishers Weekly on Dangerous
"The popular Palmer has penned another winning novel, a perfect blend of romance and suspense."
-Booklist on Lawman
"Palmer knows how to make the sparks fly...heartwarming."
-Publishers Weekly on Renegade
"Sensual and suspenseful."
-Booklist on Lawless --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
The prolific author of more than one hundred books, Diana Palmer got her start as a newspaper reporter. A New York Times bestselling author and voted one of the top ten romance writers in America, she has a gift for telling the most sensual tales with charm and humor. Diana lives with her family in Cornelia, Georgia.See all Product Description
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If you are upset by Palmer's occasional preaching on topics she is ill-informed about, avoid this book. The opinions and "information" on ADD/ADHD and proper treatments for those conditions is horrendous.
On top of that, I really find the lack of editing in regards to continuity annoying. At one point the characters reference happenings from another book by Palmer, but they get the main characters incorrect. A small thing, but irritating none the less.
Truly, horribly, miserably Mercilessly bad.
Others have brought up the ADD/ ADHD aspect. Which apparently the kid didn't have because as soon as he had a wonderful DAD, he was miraculously "cured". (yeah, that doesn't send a msg to all those parents with kids with ADD/ADHS - just be better parents and your kid will be fine). But to have the teachers - the TEACHERS - suggest there was something wrong with people a single mom? in 2012? okay - maybeeeee in 1952 the teachers might have said something like that. Does DP know what year it is?
What FBI agent uses gamer lingo in the office? What was up with Jocelin's snarkiness? She wasn't clever or giving history lessons - she was just not nice. Her boss had a guest in his office and she insulted her. Professional, much? Why bring up the gamer stuff / the history stuff/ the coffee pot references - if they aren't going to mean anything?! ugh.
then, the mixed signals on religion. abortion is okay, but pre marital sex isn't? what Christian religion has that as a tenant? I kept thinking DP was referring to Catholicism, but abortion is definitely NOT okay in the Catholic faith. After all of Cammy's unbelievable, cartoonish dialogue, you find out her story. The story that made her that way.. and it still doesn't resonate.
It is 2012. Even the most "moral" among us recognize that single parenthood sometimes happens. I cannot imagine a scenario in which an FBI agent's mother calls up to scold her son's admin assistant about her past. So, i didn't get what DP was trying to say. Who were we supposed to empathize with? Usually, we're supposed to empathize with the heroine. Except, she essentially raped Jon. Yes, colour it any way you want, but he was drugged and lacked the legal ability to say "yes". If a woman was drugged (at least in a romance) our hero is supposed to see her eyes rolling back or her inchoherant speech and rush her to the hospital... NOT TAKE HER VIRGINITY.
Even the ending didn't make complete sense. She just wrapped it all up in a "Rourke is wonderful" paragraph and left it at that. Wait. What? Isn't our HERO supposed to do the majority of the wonderful stuff in his own book?
Aside from that - there simply wasn't any chemisty between our H/h. None. nada. no lingering looks, no smoldering eyes. no heat building until a helpless kiss over a long work day that turns into a build up of angst and threats to quit..
I got it from the library, so i didn't spend any money on this collection of misleading and nonsensical words, so i guess that's a plus.
Save yourself the time and money - avoid this with MERCILESS determination.
Jon Blackhawk is one of those stunning, rigid, quiet lawmen who really wants to be left alone in his home of Jacobsville. He is an FBI agent who specializes in helping children and throwing kidnappers and child traffickers in prison as fast as he possibly can. This is a man who is truly - well, the way he's written - a saint, apparently. He is the ultimate bulldog when it comes to his job, and the rumor around town is that he has `saved himself' for marriage.
His rich mother, Cammy, is a true bulldog as well. All she wants is for her son to marry and give her grandchildren. In order to do this, she sends some of the most ridiculous women straight into his office to try and woo him in order to get him down the aisle. These women want the big, tough guy, but all they seem to know about for conversation is haircuts, the latest fashion in Paris, and other things that Jon couldn't care less about. On top of that, they all want to change Jon and make him stop playing so many video games like Halo, World of Warcraft, etc. Jon is fed up with his mother, especially since his half brother has just gotten remarried with a baby on the way; and as far as Jon is concerned, that should be enough.
Joceline, pretty much the only character with some serious backbone and sense of humor, is Jon's paralegal and administrative assistant. There is no one smarter and no one better at her job. There is also no one better at sarcasm that she uses to get the little `princesses' Cammy sends, out of Jon's office, and has the ability to banter with her boss until he becomes so frustrated he can barely speak. But he puts up with her (even though she refuses to do menial tasks like make the office good coffee).
Joceline has her own difficulties. She is a single Mom of a little boy and she is shunned by most of the town. Rumors and gossip abound where Joceline's private life is concerned, so she keeps speaking the story about how she was engaged to a military man who went off to war and never came back; that's why she is a single mother. But, of course, Joceline has a secret that she can never tell.
Cammy despises Joceline. She is always coming to the office or calling and saying hideous words about this wonderful young woman who is completely in love with her boss, but is struggling to make sure that her asthmatic son is well, and there is enough money in the bank to take care of him.
When a monster that Jon put away gets out of prison and threatens everyone who was involved with putting him there in the first place, Jon and Joceline are in the path of his rage and must leave town in order to make sure that they remain safe. Add in a seven-year-old murder that happened to Jon's half brother's first family, and the story does it's best to add a `thrill' into the plot.
This book would've worked a great deal better if the setting had been about fifty-years-ago and not present-day. The reason for this is that all the characters in the book are amazingly self-righteous, and make the subjects of single parenting, sex before marriage, and racial issues into something huge, which is definitely not twenty-first-century thinking.
If you are a Diana Palmer fan you will love the book. But for some readers the story is just a bit too outdated, and the characters all seem to be running for "saint of the year."