Friday, July 15, 2011

Book Beginning & Friday 56: Merciless by Diana Palmer

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages 
Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. 
If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.
The Friday 56
  • Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Freda's Voice
  • Post a link along with your post back to Freda's Voice
Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

I recently received the eARC for Merciless by Diana Palmer from Harlequin via NetGalley. The book will be published on July 26. I used to read every single one of her romances when she wrote for the Silhouette Desire line but haven't read much of her work lately. I thought I wanted to see if she still had the romantic magic that she used to have for me.

Here is the product description from Amazon:
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. Without her help, he'd be at the mercy of husband hunters—but the more he comes to rely on her, the more 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?
The attractive blonde sitting on the chair beside Jon Blackhawk's desk in the San Antonio FBI office was as irritating as most of the prospective brides his well-meaning mother threw at his head.
Friday 56 (estimated):
"She didn't come in this morning," Jon said, and the worry he felt was reflected in his tone. "Didn't call, either. That's not like her."
 Palmer writes traditional romances. You know where the story is going to end up. The joy is the journey and watching two people fall in love.


  1. I wonder what happened to her.

    Thanks for participating!

  2. I like that opening - you can tell just the type of character he (and his mother!) is going to turn out to be! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. wonder if this one holds up for you. have yet to read a diana book.

  4. She's off having a romantic interlude with someone great? Great line.


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