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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; Reprint edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780373775705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373775705
  • ASIN: 0373775709
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

For years, Palmer's long, tall Texans have donned white hats and rescued ladies in distress. FBI Special Agent Mac Kilraven, the hunky hero of her bangup latest, is no exception. He reluctantly falls for doe-eyed 22-year-old Winnie Sinclair, but he's disturbed by a painting she gives him as a Christmas gift. It's eerily similar to a drawing his child, Melly, gave him before she and her mother were killed seven years ago. Kilraven's dedicated his life to catching the monster responsible, and now two cold cases converge as a dead body surfaces in the Little Carmichael River. There's no shortage of suspects—Winnie's drug-addicted uncle, the shady brother of a politician—as the investigation heats up and a development convinces Kilraven to ask Winnie to act as his wife when the trail leads them to the Bahamas. Palmer (Heartless) demonstrates, yet again, why she's the queen of desperado quests for justice and true love. (June)
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From Booklist

One night, FBI Agent McKuen Kilraven gets a homicide call and discovers that the victims are his wife and their three-year-old daughter, Melly. Only his constant work and an obsessive desire to catch his family’s murderer keep him going. Temporarily assigned in Jacobsville, Texas, Kilraven intends to return to San Antonio after the holidays. Jacobsville’s 911 operator, Winnie Sinclair, is in love with Kilraven, but he has shut her out. His family’s brutal murder has caused such emotional damage that there’s little chance of another relationship. Then Kilraven gets a lead on who might have killed his wife and little girl, and that person is the son of someone so powerful he’s almost untouchable. Kilraven needs someone with an “in” to help him get closer to his target. Unfortunately, that person is Winnie, who’s willing to risk everything for the man she loves, a man who can’t love her back. Readers will be moved by this tale of revenge and justice, grief and healing. --Shelley Mosley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I was born in south Georgia(USA), graduated from high school in Atlanta, married my husband, James, in Habersham County, and graduated from Piedmont College(Demorest, GA) summa cum laude in history with minors in anthropology and Spanish in 1995.

I worked for over 16 years as a newspaper reporter on both weekly and daily papers. In between reporting jobs, I had a son, Blayne, my greatest creative achievement. I love iguanas and most other animals, and am the biggest geek on earth. If it's electronic, and non-lethal, I probably have one. I was always the kid who was out of step with the rest of the world, and I still am. My father was a college professor, so my sister and I grew up not quite understanding what prejudice was.

I traveled a lot when I was more mobile than I am now, and I never met a person I didn't like. Writing books is more than a job to me, it's my life, next to being a wife, mother and grandmother. I am a person of faith, but I respect all religions and all cultures.

I write romantic suspense for HQN books, mass market and series contemporary romance for Harlequin, and science fiction novels for Luna Books. In my spare time, I sleep. :)

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Customer Reviews

I couldn't completely finish it and started skipping pages.
The characters are awful, the plot is boring and there are too many extra characters from past books.
M. Skulski
This is the worst book I have read since giving up on Danielle Steele decades ago.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By C. Stone on May 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
my oh my I hate saying that. But please at roughly 20 plus dollars for a hard back and a thin hardback at that...please dont rush on buying. I love DP. She is my guilty pleasure. I admit it. I know the heroine will be naive to the point of tstl, I know the hero will be craggy, crabby, a rancher, a cop and a woman hater. Yes he will be all of that and as a bonus he will be a billionaire. I still love it but Dangerous was NOT worthy of being a hardback and even if it wasnt this bad and I hadnt shelled out the money, I'd still be disgruntled.

Kilraven is the undercover federal agent thats been working in Jacobsville. He's been pretending to be a regular cop when everyone knows he's something more. Winnie is Boone's sister and has of course the requisite crush on our hero. I'm thinking this will be good because even with Kilraven's dark past he has come across as a nice guy. He is nice in this story, although he assures Winnie that if and when they have sex that will be it because he's never getting married again. I was ok with this.its standard DP.

My problem is that there is almost no plot. The one thats there is so thin as to not even exist. Kilraven is looking for those responsible for the death of his family. He convinces Winnie that they must get married for real so that he can visit her summer home and accidently meet a woman that he thinks may have some answers about the killers that got away after murdering his family. That whole scene takes maybe 4-5 pages toward the end.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader VINE VOICE on August 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
not in the way DP probably intended. I had read all the reviews before the library notified me that my hold was ready to be picked up. I was so thrilled!!! To me, DP is the written equivalent of "Whale Wars"-unintentional comedy gold! I knew I needed to go to the airport and get my children after their visit to gramma, and I needed some light, brainless reading for the wait. "Dangerous" was perfect: no thought processes were needed to grasp the plot or the dialogue, which was perfect for shuffling through the TSA security lines at Denver International Airport at 0830 in the morning.
Once again our hero is a super-secret covert agent, with mad skillz in gaming, hand-to-hand, and all sorts of other stuff (to include foreign languages, like Arabic, Farsi, and things like that!), with a Tragic! Past! that he cannot forget. Or heroine is a young (but not so young as some!), virginal, blonde-haired doormat (initially, at least), who believes our erstwhile hero is "dishy". Blahblahblah temporary marriage/questioning suspects/secret brother/illegitimate child molester son....
As I have mentioned in other reviews, DP's egregious use of random historical discourses by characters is disconcerting, to say the least. Who cares, one asks? Why, DP does! She apparently wants everyone to know that she has a degree in History (so do I, several in fact. I can have many many letters in the English alphabet, with punctuation, behind my name should I choose). I want to know where Kilraven went to university, because I wasn't allowed to specialise in any single area (like Scottish history) until my Master's work.
The info dumps on EOCs and dispatchers bothered almost as much as the random history lessons did. But the book is humorous, nonetheless.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Buried By Books on May 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I don't think I've read a worse contemporary book in years. I'm stunned that publishers considered Dangerous worthy of a hardcover release. It's clear that Diana Palmer has zero familiarity with gaming. Equally clear that she's not all that familiar with law enforcement. In fact, based on her writing, I'm wondering if she's familiar with 21st century life at all.

Our hero, Kilraven, is a fed working undercover. He's still haunted by the murder of his wife and three year old daughter 7 years before. And while he's aware that Winnie, our young heroine, has a crush on him, he's content to ignore her in the hopes that her feelings will fade with time.

Winnie has watched and loved Kilraven from afar for a long time. She keeps a frail hope alive that he will one day return her feelings. Her work as a 9-1-1 dispatcher keeps her in at least peripheral contact with him--even resulting her saving his life once due to her somewhat supernatural intuition.

Kilraven is at times callous, contemptuous of her feelings, and a real jerk. I really didn't care that he was still suffering. One minute, he avoids Winnie. The next he shoves his tongue down her throat. Followed by a stupid plan to use a "temporary" marriage as a cover for questioning a suspect.

Far worse than the "telling" way Palmer writes are the glaring inconsistencies in characters and plot. First, she shows our hero drinking a wine cooler, then a hundred pages later he claims he doesn't drink? Then we have the super naive, innocent too stupid to live 9-1-1 dispatcher who later references bondage?

I found the notion of "waiting until marriage" contrived and incredibly unbelievable here. As if a fake marriage was necessary to absolve these two people of having sexual feelings for each other.
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