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Heartless Hardcover – May 26, 2009

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A handsome rancher-tycoon and his shy, sheltered stepsister fall in love in Palmer's latest romantic melodrama (after Fearless) that's long on humid heat but hampered by cornpone theatrics. Gracie and Jason Pendleton share no bloodlines, but they've been close ever since Gracie came to live with her now-deceased mother, Beverly, who married Jason's cruel (and also now dead) father, Myron. Jason is a good ol' boy who prefers his Rocking Spur ranch to the family mansion old-fashioned Gracie tends to. Gracie, meanwhile, harbors a dark secret that has made her frightened of romance even though she's desired Jason for years. The feeling's mutual, and, eventually, their hearts collide despite the interference of Kittie Sartain, a bitchy redhead supermodel who tries to lasso Jason. Palmer, a romance veteran, knows how to concoct a savory chicken-fried love plot, but sometimes the gravy's laid on a little too thick. (June)
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About the Author

The prolific author of more than 100 books, Diana Palmer got her start as a newspaper reporter. A multi-New York Times bestselling author and one of the top ten romance writers in America, she has a gift for telling the most sensual tales with charm and humor. Diana lives with her family in Cornelia, Georgia. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; 1 edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373773781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373773787
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,355,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Jaz'elle Lynn on August 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I must as usual, begin my review of Diana Palmer's latest body of work with a "sigh".

To any one who purchased this book and expected to get a new and exciting book...well shame on you. For those of us who purchased this book despite the fact that we already knew the begining, middle and end of the story...well shame on us.
We knew the heroine would be a pale blond, shrinking violet with some sort of handicap ( be it physical or mental)...and we got it.
We knew that the hero would be a dark, brooding, rich, class A jerk...with a yen for younger women ...and we got it.
We knew that thered be missunderstandings, snotty girl friends, and characters who are somehow all related to spanish royality....
and you know what...ladies...we got it.
Diana Palmer delivers as always. And yet the majority of us readers are still miffed.
We should know better by now.
If nothing else at least the story is a little more fleshed out. Although I must say the book was about 50 pages too long for me. But it wasnt as trite and rediculous as the last few books ( please see my review for winter roses and heartbreaker..or anyone elses review for that matter)
After I put the book down, I was frustrated and had a literary break down. WHY WHY, I SCREAMED to the heavens
WHY in jesus's, buhdah, and krishna's name cant this woman come up with a new story line!!!!!
WHY must the heroine always be a simpering ball of lilly liveredness ( except when she single handledly rescues her husband from a dictator... but SHE cant stand up to a waif like model?)
ISNT this the 4th story MS PALMER'S told where the heroine has hooked up with her own stepbrother?
WHY cant the female lead be pretty?
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Nature Grrl on February 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The more a man loves you, the angrier he will get with you.

The way to win a fight is to sidestep any question asked and then make your own accusation. Accusations are especially effective if they revolve around the other person wanting someone else, them using you for money, or lying about their past.

A man really wants you if he can't touch you without completely losing control.

It's just "immaturity" to hurt lots of people you care about when you're angry.

Have a PI investigate your loved one's secret past if they don't tell you everything. You have the right to know.

Horniness will almost instantaneously overcome years of abuse and negative sexual programming.

Great sex naturally equals having kids. Great sex also makes any amount of verbal abuse immediately forgivable.

Raising concerns about someone else's actions will "damage" your relationship with them.

Men can "let" women do things like keep their job and drive a car.

Apologizing makes everything better even if you continue to do mean things you have to apologize for.

Words speak louder than actions.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ruthie on June 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a HUGE DP fan. I've been reading her work for years (since the late 80s) She's given me many hours of pleasurable reading & memorable characters. However, In recent years I have not enjoyed her work because of the veering off into the drug war stuff. If you're a fan, you know what I'm talking about. However, let me say that this book is the best of her recent work. I was pleasantly suprised when I read this one. She took her time developing the characters & I felt myself responding to them as I read along. Praise for Ms Palmer on this one. If you like her old stuff, I think like me, you'll really enjoy this.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Romantic Glutton on July 21, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well. Don't know where to start about 'Heartless' which, thank goodness, was such a quick read I zoomed through it in about four hours. That being said, I wasn't overly disappointed or impressed with it-- more bemused. The plot was so strange in parts and unbelievable and the main characters were simply odd. Though I did like parts of the story... If you don't like *****SPOILERS***** don't read this review- there are a few her though basically, the back of the novel summed it up too so...

Here is what I learned from Heartless:

If you own a big ranch in Texas and you're antisocial, you'll make friends with movie stars and famous athletes that will help you to win over computer geeks.

If you ever get kidnapped and taken to Mexican, no worries, just make your kidnapper fall in love with you... "splash" across the Rio Grande and escape.

If you want to snag a millionaire, take him home drunk, get naked and curl up beside him. Hide your birth control pills to get a ring. Then show him your birth control pills but insist you still marry him.

If you get engaged to a millionaire you've known for week but still haven't slept with, be sure to get his keys from him, fly to his mansion in Texas and rearrange his life. Make sure you fire his staff, sell his heirlooms and furniture and destroy his family.

If you have a BA in History and have no job experience in your late 20's, don't you worry, just get a job at a college and be a professor. If you teach adults at night- that's all they need!

If you are a poor girl living in a millionaire's home and you ever find yourself on the streets, you should definitely take your servants with you, move in with your middle class friends and make sure they hire your staff.
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