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Mercy (Buchanan-Renard #2)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  12,606 ratings  ·  314 reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood takes readers from New Orleans' exclusive Garden District to the backwoods of Louisiana's mysterious bayou country in an unforgettable novel of passion and suspense that cuts straight to the heart.

When esteemed Justice Department attorney Theo Buchanan is struck ill at a New Orleans gala, Dr. Michelle Renard works fast to
Paperback, 454 pages
Published November 9th 2002 by Simon & Schuster
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Lisa Kay

(This is a review of the audiobook.) I’ve never heard a performance by Christina Traister – and it is truly a performance she gives – but this won’t be my last time. She was fantastic! Ms. Traister does a wonderful job on the southern Louisiana Cajun accents. I am sure they would be much thicker in Real Life, but they do need to be understandable on audio.

I really felt Michelle’s father came alive in the audio, much more than on the printed page. Before, when I just read them, I didn’t appreci
4.5 stars. What a happy surprise! This one felt almost like the old Julie Garwood, writing her Highland Lairds, even though it's set in the present time in Louisiana's legendary bayou -- gator and gumbo country. Most of the action occurs in Bowen, a tiny swamp town. Descriptive setting.

This book's got Garwood's signature sense of humor and some of her most heartwarming characters. The attraction simmers. There is only one main plot line, so the story felt tight, not meandering (as with some of h
Jane Stewart
Really well done romantic suspense. Engaging characters. Neat things happened.

I loved what Catherine did for revenge. I loved the first scene that John Paul was in -- what an intriguing character. I was laughing at one of the Michelle-Theo conversations. Suspense was good. (And no stupidity.) This book was a good time.

Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 343 pages hardback. Swearing language: strong including religious swear words, but rarely used. Sexual language: mild with the f-word
I really enjoyed this book, it's about Theo Buchanan the brother of FBI Agent Nick Buchanan from book one Heartbreaker, and god was it ever funny. The banter between him and Michelle (Dr. Mike) Renard were priceless. Oh and good lord could you get a better character than Big Daddy, well there was Noah and Noah to me is a priceless character, and I greatly enjoyed seeing him again. I found this book and to be intriguing and thrilling, but what really made was the humor and the love story. I liked ...more
The second book in Julie Garwood's Buchanan/Renard series. Theo Buchanan, an attorney for the Justice Department, is in New Orleans, attending a charity black-tie affair, when Dr Michelle "Mike" Renard sees him and notices he is not feeling good. So she goes up to him to see if she can help him and he promptly throws up on her and tears her $400 dress. What a way to make a good impression! LOL. Well, while in the hospital, Theo meets Michelle's dad and gets invited to the small town of Bowen, LA ...more
I listened to this as an audiobook and it was a great listen. It had very endearing characters with sweet chemistry. Also the plot was strong and it kept my interest as well as gave me a few laughs. I am not a huge romantic suspense fan, but this Garwood story I would definitely recommend.

The narrator did wonderful job with both Boston and Cajun accents. She was very easy to listen too.
Mar 25, 2009 Wendy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspense/Romance lovers
This is my favorite of the Garwood Suspense books. Theo is definately my hero. I love the way he reacts to the situation in the Louisiana backwoods. Michelle and her family are great. Their crazy personality's and the local element have you laughing, but the hot tension between Michelle and Theo is terrific. A Great book!
4.5 Star Romantic Suspense

My first taste of Julie Garwood came in the form of her historical romance The Gift, which I received as a birthday present from my sister. Instantly hooked onto her style of writing, I remember trying to frantically get my hands on each and every published book by Ms. Garwood. My first encounter with her contemporary romances came from this very book which in the end turned out to be my favorite contemporary romance from her till now. For me, Mercy has got it all, an
Lisa Jo
Mercy by Julie Garwood is an amazing and thrilling read with a heartfelt romance at it’s core. Exciting and passionate, this a romantic suspense novel you’ll kill to get your hands on!

Justice Department attorney and Boston native Theo Buchanan is at the highlight of his career. While waiting to give a speech celebrating his recent success, he passes out only to be saved by the gorgeous doctor Michelle Renard who ends up performing his emergency appendectomy. When Michelle’s father invites Theo d
Dr. Michelle Renard returns home to her hometown of Bowen, Louisiana to open a clinic for the small town. Weeks earlier, she had met Theo Buchanan, a US Attorney, in New Orleans when she performed an emergency appendectomy on him that saved his life. He decided to take some time off after his recuperation and took her father, Big Daddy Jake, up on his offer for some great fishing. Though not willing to admit it, he had more than fishing on his mind. His timing couldn't have been better since som ...more
E Wilson
I didn't much care for this. I was not familiar with the author and thought it was
a mystery. Instead, it was a romance and a disappointing one at that. The heroine, Mike, was
very smart (she's a doctor) very beautiful (of course) very kind and altruistic (she's
going back to practice in her little dinky old town). The hero, Theo, is handsome,
smart (he can take down the unscrupulous owners of the local mill between breakfast and lunch) , kind and altruistic (he will use his own money to buy a fenc
2.5 stars

It started really well and interesting, I thought that I was going to enjoy it more, but it started getting real slow for me once Theo got in the picture.

There was so much of Theo and Michelle just hanging around Bowen. I was like come on, where is the action.

And then at the end it kinda speeded up a bit and then I couldn't stop reading it.

I was a bit disappointed with how Michelle's intelligence was handled, as you read you don't really see it, it was like she but it all into becoming
There wasn't much about this book I didn't enjoy. The characters were truly likable, with both of them coming from decent hard-working families instead of some tortured past. The suspense plot was well-done and kept me guessing on a few things. I thought Michelle was a little stubborn, but there were no "big misunderstandings" in the plot. I look forward to the next in the series about Michelle's reclusive brother, John Paul.
Girl meets boy. Boy throws up on girl and ruins her very expensive dress. Boy needs surgery. Girl does surgery. L-O-V-E . There is also someone else out to get her as well for what they think she knows or has. Good story. I give it 's. ...more
Graeme Stuart Waymark
I really enjoyed this book, it is not a typical light plotted beach-read novel. The characters are as large as life, crafted with a professional pen and an author's humor. One could not get a better character than Big Daddy, the veritable "Mayor" of hick town Louisianna near New Orleans. From coaching a football team to emergency surgery in a backdrop of crime, scam, intrigue and wonderful twist that most readers would have even thought a twist was necessary or was coming - but it made the novel ...more
The second installment in the Buchanan series by Julie Garwood, Mercy is even better than the first. Theo Buchanan is an attorney for the Justice department, and isn't a shoot 'em up guy even though his brother's FBI and he's now required to wear a gun as protection against the mob bosses he just put away. Theo is a workaholic trying to forget past mistakes which has turned him into a bit of a dry stiff. His family is worried about him as he's pulled away from them, but after falling sick at a p ...more
After literally falling into the arms of Dr. Michelle Renard, Justice Department Attorney, Theo Buchanan travels to Bowen, LA to thank her for saving his life and take her father up on his offer to go fishing. Unfortunately, instead of relaxing, Theo ends up protecting Michelle from a killer while trying to locate a package that may have the clue to why someone wants her dead.

MERCY, Julie Garwood's second contemporary thriller, is an action-packed, page-turner filled with lovable characters and
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Set in a podunk town in the bayou of Louisiana, the cadence of speech and sayings were really fun. The author went to the trouble of making the people of this small town likable, and delved into what a tight community small towns can be. You're not just seeing a bunch of rednecks living in the swamp. You are seeing kind and generous people. Though they may not have a lot of money, they will still cook for you, and they have their pride as well. It helps when an au ...more
Laura V.
Me encantó!
Me encantan las historias que ocurren en pueblos pequeños, y este es genial.
En el libro anterior el pueblacho de Laurant no me convenció, pero este tiene un encanto en sus raíces que enamora. Está genial que Theo haya visto su potencial.
Estoy medio enamorada de Jake Renard, ese hombre es tan lindo.
Le pongo 4,5/5 porque todavía no compro el paquete de Me-siento-enamorada-a-pesar-de-haberlo-conocido-ayer, pero la relación de ellos es muy divertida, entretenida, simpática, sus idas y ve
great mystery! 2nd in a series and it surpassed the first novel.

the chemistry between michelle and theo was just right. the curve ball thrown by a murder victim (posthumously) changed the game for the murderers and drove the story. there was one big surprise for me, revealed at the end, that taught me that in a mystery one should assume nothing (talking about Dallas, here - and you'll know what i mean, if you've read it too)

i'm happy i read this one. i may go on in the series, i liked it that m
Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
I really, really like this series. This is by far one of the best in the bunch. The small town that it's set in is full of lovable and quirky characters and there's a lot of humor. There's plenty of passion and romance. And the suspense angle is pretty good too!

Ms Garwood just knows how to do romantic suspense. That's all there is to it!
Another great book by Julie Garwood. I love this series.

And this particular book was very funny.

I really love this second installment of the Buchanan-Renard series. This time this story introduced Theo Buchanan a federal attorney for the Justice Dept. and a brilliant and talented surgeon Michelle Renard and that unforgettable way they met for the first time. I love how Ms. Garwood described each main characters and the sleepy tiny swamp town of Bowen. The people there are quite poor but are proud and even though they are wary of outsiders, once they will accept you they will welcome you wi ...more
Anna's Herding Cats!
So my first time reading Julie Garwood...was a hit. I really enjoyed Mercy. Loved the characters and got lost in their romance (even though it's not hot and heavy) and the mystery they fight to keep Michelle out of the clutches of a group of murderers. It was a quick read because I just couldn't put it down :)

Theo and Michelle are what totally won me over. I loved that Theo wasn't a complete macho man. He's scared of snakes. He's scared spitless of needles and shots. And he man so doesn't mind o
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Listened to this as an audio book and the reader along with the characters and story line was what made me go from rating this at around 4.5 to 5. Evey if you can get this as an audio book from one of your sources I think you will enjoy it.
Good book...I didn't LOVE it, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. More so than I did "Shadow Dance" and maybe a smidge more than "Slow Burn".

Solid storyline, fairly good romance and characters - I LOVED John Paul - and it kept me wanting to keep reading. I was rather surprised at who one of the antagonists was...though looking back there were clues, I just wasn't expecting it. Which is cool. I'm not often surprised by that kind of thing. There were a couple of details I thought were neglected, but the
I liked this one!

Okay, so I'm reading these in the wrong order. That's okay - it doesn't seem that big a deal ... yet.

I really liked Michelle and Theo. The way they can tease each ohter, press each other's buttons, you could feel the sparks between them.

The setting was great and the plot wasn't bad either. I thought it weird that both plots from Mercy and Slow Burn are alike, but this one was much better.

The right about of adrenaline-pumping action in all the right plaes. And there's a twist I d
I listened to this book, and the narrator wasn't my favorite, but still, the story was good. I will definitely be reading more of Julie Garwood.
Laine (librarianscanreadtoo)
This is actually my first Julie Garwood book and I am very impressed with her work. She really caught my attention on the mystery plot and I didn't even know how it was going to end. You always anticapte how it will end (Bad guy loses, Good guy wins) and with this one I had no idea what could happen. Loved the way it ended too! She brought a new romance in it; kind of like my heart beats a little faster when you near WHY DOES IT DO THAT?!?! Everyone says we should be together but I don't see it, ...more
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“The surgical nurses were right. Theo Buchanan was gorgeous.. and sexy as hell. But none of that should matter. She was his physician, nothing more, noting less.. His hair was sticking up and he needed a shave, but he was still sexy. There wasn't anything wrong with her noticing that.. unless, of course, he noticed her noticing.” 19 likes
“Take pride away from a man and you might as well run a knife through his heart.” 11 likes
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