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Heartbreaker (Bestselling Author Collection)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,575 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
Rule number one: never settle down. J. B. Hammock treated his women well, but with a no-strings detachment they gladly accepted. Until sweet Tellie Maddox began hovering around, caring about him. And when Tellie lost her memory, she believed she was J.B.'s friend. Even he couldn't be so heartless as to push Tellie aside, and so he played his role...until friendship turned ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 185 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Harlequin Books (first published August 1st 2006)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
JB is another meanie from Diana Palmer's stable of heroes. I thought this was a good book otherwise, but JB is definitely near the top of the list for Diana Palmer jerks.

I find I spend a lot of time defending why I love this author so much. Why do I love her books so much? Very emotional, angsty and involving. What can I say? I think she tells a good story. She makes me laugh and sometimes makes me cry, but her stories always touch me and I don't end a book feeling unmoved, even if the storyline
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Booklover
It started out good but the H spoiled the book for me,it was intense emotional and full of angst which i enjoyed but H was very very cruel and i just cannot forgive him:(

These issues were brought out by Alexis-Morgan Roark,these are same things that i have problem over-looking it so i am copy-pasting here

* If he was so darned IN LOVE with Tellie then WHY THE HEL& did he KEEP SEEING Bella AFTER Tellie's accident?
* If he was so congnizant of the fact that she was "unawakened" then why did he F
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Julz
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Alexis-Morgan Roark
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Lynsey A
J.B. was an extra special jerk. Wow, was he an asshat to Tellie in the beginning. He did get better after he finally admitted he did want to be with her but too little too late.

Really, I didn't feel much for either character. I thought Tellie had too little pride when it came to J.B.

No connection to either character and I was glad when the book ended. Although, the ending was quite cute with the "proposal" and the baby but it just didn't work for me. Oh, and I have quite the pet peeve in all o
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Janie
Okay, lemme cry first before I write this review..

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Okay, so right off the bat, my first impression of our hero JB was that he was a JERK , and throughout the first few chapters he become an even bigger jerk. Oh poor poor Tellie. I don't know how many times I've cried for you! JB put Tellie through so much and he didn't grovel enough. Heck I wanted to slap him throughout the whole book!

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He was always hot and cold throughout the whole book, with the exception of the last chapter. Make up your God d
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Dee
Apr 15, 2012 Dee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dee by: ♥Alyssa♥
I am really in turmoil with rating this one.

I loved the angst it was amazing and can see why Diana Palmer is the master. When you read a Harlequin angst the Hero is usually a jerk which I can deal with and in a weird way I suppose I like. What I really struggled with is the Heroine....I understand her behaviour and naivety when she was in her teenage years but still naive and quite frankly as stupid when she was 22!

I am not berating her for being a virgin because there are some out there but no
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Rie_dominique
jujur aja, setengah dari buku Diana Palmer mengusung tema yang sama (dengan jalan cerita yang praktis hampir sama). istilahnya same script different cast-lah...

tapi kenapa oh kenapa tiap dia ngeluarin buku aku selalu berada diurutan terdepan untuk beli???
walaupun tiap habis baca pasti ngomel sendiri, ini kan hampir sama dengan cerita si itu dengan si itu, atau si itu dengan si itu. hmmm... ga ngerti deh..

padahal tipe cowoknya juga tipe yang rasanya pengen ditabok deh saking ga sensitifnya. terus
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Jacqueline
I don't mind a asshatty hero as long as he's got some basis to stand on and he redeems himself at the end. This hero just seemed to be a spoiled 14 year old boy. His actions were totally irrational and not what a grown and emotionally adult person would do. The heroine was a lovelorn wimp. No real redeeming features. I marginally liked the other man and suspect he might have his own book. I'm not going to look for it though because I'm sure he would turn out to be an irredeemable ass in his own ...more
KatieV
I disliked this for different reasons than others perhaps. I went in knowing that the hero was going to be a prize d-bag (he was). That's partially why I read it, that and the amnesia trope. Cheesy and overdone yes, but I enjoy it.

It's weird. I've always played it rather safe in my personal love life. I have a good instinct as to who will be a safe bet and who will likely cause trouble of varying sorts. I'm not saying I've never had to deal with jerky behavior, but NEVER to such an extent as yo
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Desiree the Reader
1 star.

Why did I pick this up?

I've already read two other Diane Palmer books and hated them why would I think this would be any different. The three stories I've read by DP I can't remember completely what happened in each book because something similar happens in every book I've read. Hero's are a-holes, and heroine's are doormats or idiots. Add a little danger and a nice guy friend and you've got a DP novel.

I admittedly haven't read this book in about 4 years but I only just realized that t
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Christine
Apr 18, 2012 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book reminded me of the brainless arm candy the "hero" was dating throughout most of the story. Just not as superficially pretty. It's more like that woman suddenly developed a horrible rash and her hair fell out, but she still tried to be seductive.

Basically, the guy was a jerk and the girl didn't have a life outside f her attraction for him. But I can handle stereotypes falling in love (more or less). They do that very often in romance. The trouble came when Darren suddenly became Daryl.
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drowningmermaid
Why is it that romance novels feel the need to glorify assholes? Srsly, anyone who acted like this in real life would not set the heart to beating faster-- unless it was due to the speed at which any sane woman would run from this dumbass.

Why is it that they so proudly espouse the lie that 1) anyone you are physically attracted to must be THE ONE 2) that there IS a THE ONE 3) all one need do to secure the psychologically damaging and potentially life-threatening affections of said belligerent as
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Christel
Apr 29, 2008 Christel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Contemporary romance readers
Shelves: diana-palmer
This is not a Historical Romance. This is a Contemporary romance. JB is a Playboy, with a capital P. All he likes are the leggy blondes that have the brains of a gnat. Tellie has been abused and has no family. Abused as a foster child, she was taken in by JB's sister Marge. The only thing I do not like about this book is the way JB treats Tellie. He actually treats her like dirt but there is a reason for his treatment. But Tellie has a car accident that changes everything because she has a case ...more
Michelle
Oct 03, 2011 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I think it's time for Diana Palmer to quit writing. I grew up reading her, she was never a great writer but something about her stories made that fact easy to overlook. But that's just not possible anymore. This is the silliest story with the most horrible "hero" I have encountered in roughly 20 years of reading romance fiction. I spent two hours of my life reading this, I should contact Ms. Palmer and ask for that time back.
Elizabeth Ayala
Dec 01, 2012 Elizabeth Ayala rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok. It usually takes alot for me to not like a book. The book is well written I just don't think the main characters were that believable. Tellie was just too much of a doormat. She let J.B walk all over her and she just takes it. J.b is a big jerk and treats Tellie horribly. I usually like this authors books but this one wasn't one of her best.
Teri-k
Jun 20, 2015 Teri-k rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
I guess it's a happy ending when two totally unlikable people end up together. lol I really hated this book. I knew going in that JB would be a jerk, but I didn't realize he'd be so cruel and not have any redeeming features at all. He humiliates and taunts Tellie, calling her names one minute and coming on to her the next. (And I don't buy that he loves "too deeply". He doesn't know what love is.) As for Tellie - the girl was an immature, weak mess who just puts up with his abuse. "She'd have lo ...more
Lu Bielefeld *Book Whore Brazil*
Update: Re-read in January 2015
Danielle
Nov 09, 2009 Danielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-romance
I would consider myself a feminist but there is something about Diana Palmer stories that I cannot resist. Maybe its the fact that the heroes are these macho men that allow their lives to be completely changed for the better by these women. However, I found it very hard to like J.B. Hammock. I understand that J.B. was a sexually frustrated because he felt that Tellie was not "sexually awakened" and could not return his ardor for her. But he was extremely mean and I can't see a woman forgiving a ...more
Kaycee Sapinoso

I always enjoy reading Diana Palmer’s books. But on this one, I hardly enjoy it.

I don’t like how mean, arrogant and damn conceited J.B was.

Tellie worshiped J.B. Hammock for years before she realized that her feelings went beyond that. But J.B kept hurting her, walks all over her feelings and took her love for granted. . But she’s still willing to forgive him. I don’t know if she’s stupid or what. I mean she forgave him easily. She didn't even let him beg or grovel after berating her, and paradi
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Deanne
Apr 23, 2012 Deanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It is a story about J.B. a Texan rancher who enjoyed life and women , he and his sister Marge took Tellie in when she was a teenager and cared for her and since then Tellie has been highly protective of J.B. and he the same towards her , When Tellie turned 18 and she was staying at his house during the summer they had one day of passion that changed his vision towards her , and saw Tellie as an annoying love struck teenager mooning over her than the grown woman he can be with and since then he h ...more
Linda
Jun 13, 2015 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After her parents were killed, Tellie Maddox came to live with Marge and her two daughters. Marge’s brother J.B. Hammock lived close by and Tellie developed a huge crush on him. He was good natured about it and laughed it off when she was younger but now that she was older, it was more serious. He brought his blonde girlfriends home thinking Tellie would get over him. He didn’t realize that he was in love with her until it was almost too late.
Amanda Sheila
Jul 15, 2013 Amanda Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heavy angst!

When she was 14 years old, Tellie met J. B. and she's been in love with him since. But when she turns 18, there are something different in J. B.'s eyes. He knew that Tellie liked him but he didn't want to accept it. Until one day when she finally reached an adulthood, J. B. couldn't stand his feeling toward her anymore. He sent Tellie away. Hurting and brokenhearted, she's having an accident and got an amnesia..

The angst is sooo heavy! I feel bad for Tellie, I mean, she's wearing h
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Suzanne
May 03, 2015 Suzanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
J.B. Hammond, the male lead, is a mean, verbally abusive jerk, whom I hated, wished nothing good for, and hoped he got what he deserved in the end. The female lead, Tellie Maddox, is a sweet, naive, doormat. Who just kept taking all his verbal abuse and kept wanting to take care of him and love him. And when he finally decides he wants her, she is so happy. I think she needed therapy.
nurmawati
Dec 09, 2010 nurmawati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, cowboy, ebooks
bayangkan co gabungan antara judd dunn ama jordan powell....pemenangnya pasti JB hammock di buku ini...
why ?
dia jahat banget ke si Tellie......
dia tau telly dari umur 14 taon suka sama dia...tapi dia menolak dengan cara yang kasar...padahal itu buat nutupin perasaan nya kalo sebenernya jauh di lubuk harti nya dia care sama si Telly...
tapi bukan gitu cara nya dong ya...dia menuduh telly yang enggak2 dan meng hina dina dia.....sampe telly pergi naik mobil hujan2 an dan kecelakaan.....
telli amnesia
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RexcatReader
3.5 stars. I've always enjoyed this type of romance where the hero is difficult to the heroine and she steadfastly remains herself despite his troublesome (and sometimes cruel) behavior. This is a classic in that genre. I can't figure out how Ms. Palmer continues to rope me in, but she does it every time.
shms
A douchebag H to top DP's particular brand of douchebag Hs'. I, like others, give a fair bit of leeway to the H in DP's romances becuase she does the angst and the lurve pretty well and I know what to expect when I pick up a DP novel...I was mistaken. In this case, all the reasons in the world wouldn't make up for the way the H was cruel to the h over so many years. He just came across as petty, small minded and mean. The h, she was pretty likeable with a back bone but she STILL didn't hold out ...more
Jenny
Nov 24, 2013 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diana Palmer does wonderful work in this book to show how frustration and desire lead to some men being downright jackasses. I'm not saying that I agree with the extent J.B. went to take out frustrations on Tellie but it is eye opening to the old tale of when a boy has a crush on you he pulls your ponytail or trips you in the school yard.
Personally if I were Tellie, I'd have made him suffer a bit, strong feelings or not. Her life had been hell and he just added to it and used her own feelings ag
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Jenny
Feb 16, 2014 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for unrequited love, a cruel hero and a sweet innocent heroine who is hopelessly in love with him. Diana Palmer is the best author for us sentimental dreamers!
Karla
Dec 20, 2011 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book started incredibly slow. Halfway done it became interesting. After all J.B. didn't show an interest in Tellie, unless it was to hurt her and occasionally seduce her, and then leaving her hurt again. It annoyed me how much he hurt her, how weak she was towards him and how he didn't seem to make up his mind. But then it began to clear and what I thought would be predictable, turned out in a different, unexpected by me way. The ending was fabulous and made up for the slow beginning. Will d ...more
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