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Merciless (Long, Tall Texans #42)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,642 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews

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 a gatekeeper: his efficient and reliable assistant, Joceline Perry. Without her he
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Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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Evelyn Bryant
Sep 22, 2011 Evelyn Bryant rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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. Um...didn'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! YIKE
Aug 30, 2011 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Savannah- Quad Motherin' Book Readin' Diva
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 heroine...good 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
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
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
Nov 25, 2012 Kristi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Kari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2012
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 digress...

Honestly, I'm not sure why I f
Samantha Janning
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 ...more
Alice Bola
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 is his
Oct 15, 2011 Vashti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: DP fans
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.AT times though ,I felt that I was in infomational land as the characters tells you everything about the particular t ...more
Alexis-Morgan Roark
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Dec 27, 2013 Elena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ann Keller
Oct 14, 2012 Ann Keller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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 part of wh ...more
Rating: 2.5/5

I'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
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?)
Amy Lignor

Readers 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 i
Romancing the Book
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
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
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, need
Sep 15, 2011 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Aug 11, 2011 Judith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, hated
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
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.
Kaycee Sapinoso

Okay, 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
Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
This novel was my first Diana Palmer book and I was eager to read it in the beginning. I've been hearing her name for a while but the reviews for her novels were always mixed. So, basically, the story was about Joceline Perry who was a single mom--her story was that she and a man got really drunk one night and the result was her son. The man was in the military and he was shipped to the Middle East but he never came back. Joceline worked for FBI agent Jon Blackhawk as his administrative assistan ...more
This book was a welcomed surprise for me. It is not your typical Diana Palmer. The characters were slightly more modern than the characters from her other books. Joceline, the heroine of this story, was not the typical naive young woman, that graces most Palmer novel. She is a single mother of sickly young boy, who is one of the best para legals working for the FBI. She can take care of herself and does not necessarily need a hero to rescue her financially. She was raised traditionally but circ ...more
Wendy Hines
Joceline has secrets and she carries them close to her heart. Many townsfolk have asked her about the father of her child, but she is not giving anything away. Jon's mother thinks he should be settling down, but he has other plans. He has no desire to marry and doesn't appreciate all of the prospective brides she sends his way. Fortunately, his administrative assistant Joceline helps keep them at bay.

She realizes he is attractive, but she's a single mom and has no room for love right now. Her ti
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Aug 06, 2011 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: PTA Reviewer Rewards
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, rom
Jul 11, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this eARC from Netgalley for my honest opinion and review.

If you've been reading my reviews here long enough you know that i have what i call a love hate relationship with Diane Palmer's books. They drive me batty when i read them usually but i still come back for more. I can't even tell you what draws me to them. Let me give the blurb then my thoughts.


Long, Tall Texans


HQN Books July 26, 2011

Tall dark and eligible? That’s all that matters to the women of Ja
Alexis Villery
Aug 21, 2011 Alexis Villery rated it it was ok
Joceline Perry is Jon Blackhawk's administrative assistant with responsibilities that include legal research, saving Jon from desperate women, and refusing to make coffee. All the while nursing a very big secret. Jon's family has seen their share of tragedy and hopes to put the bad guys behind bars and prevent more tragedy. There have been previous books featuring Jon's brother and his romance with Winnie. If you plan to read that book, then you have to read it first because this book serves as ...more
Dec 11, 2011 Ceej rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
What can I say? I've waited years for Jon Blackhawk's story and I feel cheated. Palmer's stories are usually fraught with angst and ripe with clever dialogue. None of the former but lots of the latter.

We've been raunted and teased with Jon Blackhawk for years. He's a 30 something male virgin who has no intent of losing his virginity until marriage. To say he exists in the 21st century is enough to make you salivate to see what woman will bring him to his knees. His brother and friends tease him
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Susan Eloise Spaeth was born on 11 December 1946 in Cuthbert, Georgia, USA. She was the eldest daughter of Maggie Eloise Cliatt, a nurse and also journalist, and William Olin Spaeth, a college professor. Her mother was part of the women's libera
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