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Show No Mercy (Black Ops Inc. #1)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  6,920 Ratings  ·  366 Reviews
From the USA Today-bestselling author of the Bodyguards series comes the first in a new trilogy of romantic suspense novels featuring the sexy heroes of Black Ops, Inc., a covert private security team. Original.
Hardcover, Large Print, 449 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Thorndike Press (first published September 23rd 2008)
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Opening Line"Tracer rounds zipped across the murky darkness, lighting up the night sky in brilliant slashes of red, yellow and green."

WOW this one's a keeper. I absolutely loved this book it's got everything you could possibly want in a romantic suspense; uber alpha-male hero, exotic locations, suspense, drama, explosions, gunfights, hot sweaty jungles, passionate love scenes, psychotic villains, movie-worthy action scenes and some of the most touching dialogue I've read. (gotta love those tortu
Sep 27, 2008 Auntee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense fans to begin? How about "I loved it!" This was a taut, action-packed read, with a hero and heroine I really liked.

We first met the H/H in a previous book called "Into The Dark". Although this book is technically the start of a new series (Black Ops series), do yourself a favor and make sure you read "Into the Dark" first, you'll understand the characters a whole lot more. I had read "Into the Dark", but it's been about a year, and I've read a lot of books since, so my memories were a lit
Kat Kennedy
It's not you, Gerard. It's me. Kind of...

I'm just so used to my heroes being able fly/regenerate their health/drink blood/turn into a wolf/read minds/move at impossible speeds.

I just guess a super commando butch dude with no super powers or abilities couldn't keep up with those kind of expectations. And to be honest, who could?

But something did get at me about Show No Mercy though.

You see, my Babcia (Pronounced: Bub-shia) and dziedek (Pronounced Jad-eck) watch those Danielle Steele movies that c
Oct 30, 2010 DarienMoya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to DarienMoya by: Buggy

So I am gonna do this a little differently, keeping it fresh and hot. So this is the first book in the Black Ops series, no its not about black operatives and yes the men are sexy. These guys infiltrate a situation and take out the bad guys and they do it in style. I am talking guns a blazing, knives a stabbing and smack talking. Yes! These guys got balls.

THE RUNDOWN- Its been a few months since Jenna McMillan was rescued from a nasty situation down in Argentina, this w
I'll start on a positive note because I was raised to have one of those "the glass is half-full" outlooks on life...

What I liked about this book:
1. The secondary romance. I can't give their names away because it doesn't start until half-way through the book and I don't want to mark this review as spoilery. I REALLY liked the secondary romance - it was believable between two warm, caring people. (I should note at this point that the secondary romance is the only reason this book received three s
Nov 16, 2012 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, favorites
I don't know what to say....except....I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!! OH MY GOD....

Action, suspense, good guys, bad guys, emotions, fear, bravery, honesty and hot steamy action and throw in a bunch of hot hot alpha men....

I loved Gabe.... I loved Jenna. I don't even know how to express how i feel...

I must think about this I think. I will say this, it is 11:15 pm, my alarm is going to go off at 4:30 am because i have to drive 4.5 hours to New York for an appointment and them back again in the s
Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
Oct 27, 2014 Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳ by: No one is guilty!
Rating rounded to 3 stars. 3 STARS

To much intel and not enough romance, this one was a tough one to get into.
Jane Stewart
Not recommended for a variety of reasons.

Adler is a bad guy with an operation in the jungle of Argentina. Gabe works for a covert private security team. He is in love with Angelina who has been kidnapped by Adler. Jenna is a journalist doing a story about Adler. Their paths first cross while fighting Adler and destroying his compound. Unfortunately Angelina died during torture by
Adler. Nine months later, Jenna returns to Argentina to do a story on Maxim, a wealthy businessman. Gabe
*Spoiler free review*

I didn't plan to read this one back to back with the Bodyguard series, I just couldn't help it.

The Black Ops Inc. revolves around Nate Black and his boys. Gabe being one of them. They once were all part of the same US army black ops force (Task Force Mercy) but after a mission went sour and another one of their team got killed, Nate Black (their CO) called it quit and created the Black Ops Inc. (BOI). Little after that, Task Force Mercy was dismantled and the boys joined him
Crystal~BIG book addict~
4 Have Mercy Stars!!
I loved it!

I had read CG's Bodyguard series and everyone encouraged me to go on and read this one and I don't know why it has taken me so long to pick them up. Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down and stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish - it was well worth forgoing my beauty sleep

We first met Gabe in the last of the Bodyguards series Into the Darkand I was looking forward to reading more about him and I wasn't disappointed. We also met Jenna in the same pre
Oct 03, 2008 Kathrynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People that have read the Bodyguard Series by this author
Thought this took awhile to get going, but once it did it became fast paced and hard to put down. I enjoyed reading about the secondary relationship that developed and would liked to have read more of their story than was in this book. Maybe they will still get their own story...

I think it needs to be said: This is a spin off from this author's Bodyguard Series AND the plot of this one is directly from the last book in that series. But, in order to understand that last book you need to have read
~E~ Riverina Romantics
Cindy Gerard is yet to disappoint me and to be honest I don't think she ever will.

Her writing is flawless. Short, sharp, dramatic sentences that are hard hitting and continuously entertaining. And funny, not side splitting, wet your pants funny but the sarcastic one liners make me giggle internally. Her heroines are strong willed and inspirations. And the men? Well the men are even better. Always sexy. Always 100% alpha male. ALWAYS additions to my spank bank. They never, ever disappoint.

Wendy Ciliacus
Nice series ...cant believe it took me so long to discover these books.

I enjoyed all the action...and all the hot alpha men

I just wished the heroine would have made the hero grovel some more. Damn he was a douche on more than one occasion.

Hopefully the heroines in the next books have a little bit more pride...begging is not really my thing...which is kind of what the heroine in this book did.

I could also do with a little less technical terms...made it confusing at times

3 stars and I will be loo
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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In the first book of Gerard’s Black Ops, Inc series, we see Gabe “Archangel” Jones and Jenna McMillan again. For those of you who follow Gerard’s Bodyguard series, you’ll be happy to note that this book starts off with a fantastic beginning that hooks you right until the end.

SHOW NO MERCY is a show-stopper, the kind of book where once you start, you won’t be able to stop. I made the mistake of trying to sneak a few pages in before bed and ended up staying up the entire
Apr 13, 2010 jenjn79 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
Another solid edition to this continuing series. Okay, technically this is the first of the Black Ops series, but it's connected to Gerard's Bodyguards series. I'm glad Gerard decided to continue on with this group of characters and write a story for Jenna and Gabe since they had me so curious in the last book.

Series Note:
I'm gonna say that you really probably should read the previous series before read this one. The previous book especially relates to this one. So I'd really recommend reading t
Jennifer Lane
The Man Who Showed No Mercy Learns to Feel Grace

Thank you to Buggy for recommending Show No Mercy, the first book in the Black Ops series. I definitely plan to read the next six novels based on this excellent beginning.

After leaving the military, Gabe Jones and his "brothers" become part of Nathan Black's private security-mercenary-kickass firm "Black's Operations, Inc" (a cute twist on Black Ops. They're also known as Black's Obnoxious Idiots). Gabe is reeling from losing his buddy Bryan in war
Jul 24, 2012 ~V~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting storyline with lots of action and suspense, awesome romantic tension between the lead couple and some great steamy scenes to boot! Loved Gabe and Jenna, who we first met in Into the Dark, a book i would highly recommend reading before starting this series.

Thoroughly enjoyed all the secondary characters, definitely looking forward to getting all their stories and i also really enjoyed the side story featuring Nate Black and Juliana Flores, although there was never any completion or clos
WOW- This was one great read! I loved it! I loved everything about it! (well somethings I didn't love)

This smokin' hot read just moved on up to one of my all time re-readable novels. I loved Gabe (be still my beating heart) & Jenna (amazing spitfire) they are perfectly flawed and perfect for each other!

One thing I loved about Gabe (and it's certainly not the most important) Is when he came to the realization that he loved Jenna and he didn't think, OMG what? I love Jenna! He already knew it
This book made me laugh, pulled the heart strings and kept me on the edge of my seat! Fantastic read!

Love Gabe, he's oh so sexy! *sigh*
Sep 08, 2015 Donnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great action filled romance! I loved it!
Sep 12, 2013 Fran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
LOVED IT! This is why I used to read books of this genre A LOT! Hot, overprotective alpha male. Stubborn heroine with a smartmouth. Sizzling sexual tension. Plus the right amount of action and suspense. Just the way I like it: PERFECT! :)

Jan 02, 2009 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cindy-gerard
After a horrifying experience in Argentina, Jenna McMillan is determined to get right back into that saddle. She's been hiding out at her parent's home trying to recover and after a few days of soul searching, accepts a job to return to Argentina, face her fears and hopefully run into Gabe Jones. He helped save her from the hellhole she was in and before he sent her on her way home, he left her with the memory of the most fantastic kiss of her life. She's about to meet her contact in Buenos Aire ...more
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Aug 25, 2010 TJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for romantic suspense, Cindy Gerard is your go-to author. She always delivers a wild ride that sizzles. My only complaint (and it's a big one for me) is her hero/heroine relationships ALWAYS go like this; hero and heroine meet, instant chemistry. Hero has issues and denies attraction. Heroine worms her way into his heart. After all the life threatening bangs, explosions, murders, fights etc. etc. (which are great BTW), hero hurts and walks away from heroine. Heroine chases aft ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3/5; 3 stars; B-

This book was a basic romantic suspense, written in the cookie cutter style of the new millennium romantic suspense. That is: very hot military men who are part of a secret force and very hot women who get stuck in a situation that the very hot military men have to rescue them from. Lots of tight t-shirts over ripped abs. It was entertaining and fairly well written so I can safely say its a 3 star book for me. However, it didn't have the things that would have pushed it up to fou
Damn these men are hot hot hot! Talk about a tortured hero, he has been to hell and back and only Jenna is the one who can save him.
**2.5 stars**

The problem with Show No Mercy is that the conflict was set up in a previous book (belonging to another series) so there was a lot of rehashing. And when I said a lot, I mean A LOT. The main characters met in the previous book, the conflict was started in the previous book so this felt like a (not very well done) part 2. It's as if the author felt she crafted such a great conflict that she felt like she needed to get two books out of it!

That anybody followed that villain was complet
Taryn at My Secret Romance
3.5 stars

I want to start off by saying that I did enjoy this book. The suspense is great, the romance is good, although I do like a little more in my books, and the characters are easy to connect to.

The only problem I had was that even though this is the first book in the Black Ops series, it's really have to read the last book in the Bodyguard series Into the Dark, to be able to follow whats going on. I was so confused. I had no clue how Jenna and Gabe met. I kept going back to the
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“She dug around in her bag, found what she was looking for, and brought the little stuffed dog back to bed with her. Childish, yeah. She didn't care. He was soft and cuddly-unlike Jones-and she had a need for soft and cuddly right now. She'd like to meet a woman who could breeze through a shotgun blast and not need something to hold on to. Even if it was just an old stuffed pup.(...)She swallowed hard,then caught her breath when he opened his eyes, turned his head on the pillow toward her. He searched her face in the dark.
"Come here," he whispered.
When she hesitated, he reached for her. "The dog can come, too.”
“Because they're probably long gone. Are you hurt?" Gabe asked with enough urgency that she realized he must have felt shiver in delayed reaction to the hole in the door.
"No. No, I'm okay. What a about you? Are you hurt?"
"Only if you count the fact that you damned near ripped off my plumbing groping around for my phone."
She made a sound of exasperation. "Now? You pick now to become a comedian?"
"It's all about timing," he whispered back.”
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