- By Diana Palmer


  • Title: Merciless
  • Author: Diana Palmer
  • ISBN: 9780373775798
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Merciless 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

    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 WithouCan 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 he comes to rely on her, the 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

    1 thought on “Merciless

    1. The only merciless one in this book is the book itself!The first 6-7 chapters are filler ones with lots of same old DP spiel and preaching, and not much substance. The h is smart-aleckingly annoying and has I-am-a-make-no-coffee-PA-take-it-or-leave-it on loop, which she may think is cute/smart/funny but is actually only irritating as hell! Still her son is adorable and the H is surprisingly plain nice. The suspense about the son’s parentage is quite a non-suspense.The crime/killer angle was di [...]

    2. 2 stars is generous. I didn't dislike the book but it really isn't anything to write home about. Oh how do I start? I just have to make a list:1. The book was ridiculous.2. The reasons for keeping the truth of Markie's parentage a secret were ludicrous and the whole idea that a deeply religious woman has to decide between carrying an illegitimate child or having an abortion is dumb! Heck, I'm not deeply religious but no way in this world would I terminate a pregnancy because I was worried the fa [...]

    3. Too many characters, too many mentions of other cases in other books, too much detail and not enough substance. Joceline had sex with Jon who forgot having had drugs dropped into his drink @ at party. Joceline gets pregnant but never tells Jon because it will "ruin" his FBI career.(for real? Oh please what century is this) Little Markey (hopes his name is really Mark)has asthma, possible ADD a few other health issues and poor Joceline is exactly that. Poor. Then Jon's mother hates Joceline for b [...]

    4. MEH! Not so much!The story was just okay, and the narration was bad, bad, bad! The "voice" was so distracting that I could barely concentrate on the plot. I thought if I listened long enough I would get used to it. Umdidn't happen!Did you ever see the movie To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar? Well Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes played drag queens in the movie and that was what the voices sounded like! A man pretending very hard to sound like women with a southern accents! YIKESke [...]

    5. Pretty classic DP- filled with a quirky heroine and a sweet(and finally not grumpy boss), fun banter, loads of mysteries, (view spoiler)[ double v card and a secret baby (hide spoiler)]- some sad moments and a hea!I would have loved more chemistry and less rushing towards the end.Safe read3.5/5

    6. I was SO bummed that I didn’t like Merciless more. The premise was one of my faves – the assistant falls in love with the boss, but miscommunications and general mayhem ensues.I loved the humor and the witty banter, and I thought that the plot was handled well, but what wasn’t handled well? The heroine! I hated (HATED!) how Diana Palmer used such a heavy hand on the sex before marriage plot.Everyone feels free to treat Joceline as if by having a child without (1) marriage, or (2) even a ma [...]

    7. OK, I think me and Ms. Palmer need to part ways. I listen to books while at work everyday and I don't think hers are good enough for me to justify all the talking to myself and character irritation I deal with while listening.The heroinegood grief. Her irreverantattitude with the boss/love interest was completely at odds with her prudish, stick up the butt attitude. At one point, I checked the publication date because this book is completely out of step with ANYTHING published in the last 20 yea [...]

    8. Let me first say to publishers out there, PLEASE start telling us readers when a book is part of a series. This book was not clearly not a stand alone novel. There were so many references to books that came before this one that it was hard to follow it at times. There were also too many characters and it was hard to keep them straight. I didn't even have a hope of figuring out any of the mystery because I felt like I was missing too much back story. But I digressHonestly, I'm not sure why I fini [...]

    9. What to say?I am a long time Diana Palmer fan since she started writing in the old Silhoute romance line.She has a formula and sticks to it,you know what you are going to read when you open the pages.That said,I brought this book to read on my Nook because it is so much cheaper than the HB version.I liked this story alot.It was old fashioned romance as only Diana Palmer can write times though ,I felt that I was in infomational land as the characters tells you everything about the particular topi [...]

    10. This book had a lot of potential that was, among other things, lost in the authors insistence on putting personal beliefs above character development and plot. Did we really need to have two separate conversations about the evils of child car seats? Can we get a tally of how many times 'out-of-wedlock' and 'illegitimate' are associated with the main female character? The 'romance' is laughable since the development of any kind of 'romantic' relationship doesn't being until well past the mid-poin [...]

    11. I can't do it. I usually try and be fair in my negative reviews, but I honestly can't find anything good to say about this one. The blurb sounded interesting, but the story is completely implausible and the characters shallow and one-dimensional. The big secret for why Joceline keeps the paternity of her son a secret? Predictable and lame. There is also at least one mildly explicit sex scene.I did not care for any of these characters and felt like I'd been dropped into the middle of a soap opera [...]

    12. As you know, I have been on a romance novel kick as of late. I have read some good ones. Sadly, this is not one of them. The story centers on Jon, a Native American FBI agent, and Joceline, a feisty, sharp tongued single mom as his secretary.I’ll cut right to the chase: here are the bad parts. Jon is boring. I completely disliked him (and that was before I found out he was a 30 year-old virgin. Don’t get me wrong, I can understand abstinence. Fact is I respect it. What I can’t understand i [...]

    13. Ughhh what an awful, awful book!!! What just happened here?!?!?!Written and takes place in 2011, but sounds like it takes place half a century earlier! It is constantly mentioned how the heroine had a child out of wedlock - ooohh myyy, how shocking!! I really couldn't get over how shocked and tactless everyone was when talking about this. Is this not a very common occurence now-a-days?? Who is still shocked by an unwed 30-something single mother in this day and age? Then the hero admits he is a [...]

    14. I had a really difficult time getting into Merciless by Diana Palmer. The first two chapters sat well with me, but then it really went downhill from there. The two main characters, FBI agent Jon and single mom Joceline, are seemingly in love with one another but neither will admit it. When their lives are threatened and they are forced to hide out together, the two finally decide to be with one another and Joceline spills a big secret that is really pretty obvious from page one. The dialogue in [...]

    15. WTHeck??? He's on the phone while his mother is shot and it was just a setup? Hell no!! Foul! Foul! There are other ways to stage a murder that do not involve her son/stepson whatever being on the phone while she is shot! Just MHO.

    16. Rating: 2.5/5I've read better books by Palmer. This one just seemed off.Series Note:Oh what a tangled web the Jacobsville books are. This book is part of Palmer's "Long, Tall Texan"/Jacobsville series. Which is just books connected by characters and location with Western themes. But it's such a complicated series with many many many books. Really, this books should not be read as a stand alone, but honestly, trying to backtrack and find a spot to jump in would be nearly impossible. There's so mu [...]

    17. SorryReaders have been fans of Diana Palmer for quite a while now. This is a woman who writes romance novels that have made the New York Times and USA Today’s bestseller lists. Her characters have become beloved in many romance sectors, however, this new one is a bit…dull.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 [...]

    18. READ: SEPTEMBER 2012RE-READ: DECEMBER 2014Okay, I've been re-reading non stop. It's no secret that I'm a sucker for romance novels. And that Diana Palmer is one of my favorites.Jon Blackhawk is an FBI agent who works on the violent crimes and specializes in human trafficking crimes. And he isn't ready to settle down yet and certainly not with a woman whom his mother Cammy deems appropriate. Joceline Perry is a single mom of a 4 years old little boy. Has been in love with Jon and has worked for h [...]

    19. This is a horrible book. I don't recall ever having read a Diana Palmer book before and believe me I won't ever pick up another one.Merciless has to be a book in a series, that is the only way anyone would be able to understand half the book. The characters are one dimensional, the plot is so grossly underdeveloped and yet so obvious to anyone with half a brain it's really just insulting to read. The reader is introduced to Jon Blackhawk who is a thirty year old FBI agent who is a virgin(maybe?) [...]

    20. Reviewed by RBtWBC reviewer, Shadow. Shadow's Review: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, needl [...]

    21. Cammy Blackhawk is determined that her son, Jon, will marry well. Jon is an experienced FBI agent. With the Native American’s dark good looks, it isn’t difficult to find a large number of prospective brides. Luckily, Jon’s assistant, Joceline Perry, has an uncanny knack for reminding him about court appearances and important telephone calls he can’t afford to miss, diffusing their ardor. Even better, Joceline has the rare ability of finding evidence in the most unlikely places. That’s [...]

    22. Review by Molly: 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 wi [...]

    23. As a long time Diana Palmer fan, I was disappointed in this story. As an author I feel that she's not growing in her craft. I much prefer her earlier works when the virginal heroine was fashionable and more in touch with the times. Merciless was so convoluted that it made no sense at all to me. The story was so unbelievable. Our heroine goes to a party with her boss where he ends up going to the hospital because someone drugged his drink. But before that they apparently do the nasty and she ends [...]

    24. There are so many things that I hated about this book that I don't even know where to start.1. It felt like the author wrote this in the 70s and threw in some video gamer slang to freshen it up.2. The dated feelings about the female character having a child out of wedlock.3. there was also one factor that completely threw me for a loop. I was caught soooooo off guard by this. Im not going to mention it because its a spoiler, but trust me, you will be like "WTF?"Overall, this book seemed like it [...]

    25. Read this because my mom said it was funny. It was in places but there is something about the style of writing that just doesn't do it for me. It was good to get to the end of the mystery and discover "whodunnit". I haven't read the whole series but I pretty much had an idea from early in this story who it was.

    26. I loved the funny/sweet banter between the main characters.The whole "keeping who is her sons dad a major secret" not so much.

    27. 3.5 stars. This was my first by this author and while I didn't hate it by any means, it kind of lacked a bit in the romance part. Now, all I mean by that is there could have been more bonding scenes however I'm aware I could have missed the main part of that happening in an earlier book. I just didn't feel this huge amount of chemistry. The case was confusing but there again I probably should have read the previous book but nonetheless, something kept me turning the pages. I would have liked les [...]

    28. Very dated thinkingNot a fan of this Diana Palmer. I usually find some charm in the small town stories and strong principles but this time the people were too judgy. Yes the woman had a child out of wedlock, but it's 2017. This book had most of the town looking down on her and her keeping her private life to herself like her some was some kind of shameful secret. Was this book written in 1950? I am sorry, I really wanted to love the story of Jon and Jocelyn but I couldn't. The only interesting p [...]

    29. I've read several books from Diana Palmer and most are pretty good.This one was okay. It was very simply written and not a lot of insight from any of the characters. The character's discovery of love was not credible or very passionate.As I said, It was okay.

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