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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; Reprint edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780373776665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373776665
  • ASIN: 0373776667
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Palmer...is the queen of desperado quests for justice and true love."

-Publishers Weekly on Dangerous

"The popular Palmer has penned another winning novel, a perfect blend of romance and suspense."

-Booklist on Lawman

"Palmer knows how to make the sparks fly...heartwarming."

-Publishers Weekly on Renegade

"Sensual and suspenseful."

-Booklist on Lawless

About the Author

The prolific author of more than one hundred books, Diana Palmer got her start as a newspaper reporter. A New York Times bestselling author and voted 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.

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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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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 27, 2011
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There are no words to describe the overwhelming disappoint I felt while reading this story. Palmer's writing has slacked in recent years, but this is taking it to a whole new level. There was no relationship development between the hero and heroine which is the most important element of any romantic book.. I felt like they were brother and sister. The book consisted of lame jokes by the heroine that did not make any sense and seemed really forced. I read this book because I want to know all the characters' stories from the Jacobsville books, but I could have done without this one. Do not waste your money. You will be disappointed.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By cpapa30 on July 27, 2011
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I have read many of DP's books and am a huge fan butthis book was a huge disappointment! There was no relationship development or chemistry whatsoever between the main characters. The slow building passionate sensuality that we have come to love and expect from DP was totally nonexistant! Sorry DP, I am still a fan but I think your older books are much better :( Better luck next time
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca F. Waters on July 31, 2011
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I have never written a review before, but after reading this book I felt the need to. This novel is standard Diana Palmer--lots of talk about chastity and old fashioned morals, stereotypical hero and heroine, law-enforcement subplot. Unfortunately, this book didn't have much of a spark for me. The characters lacked the sprited back and forth that most of Palmer's books contain--in fact, the dialogue was pretty sub-par with most of the historical details sounding like they were copied straight from an encyclopedia instead of flowing from conversation--and the hero wasn't even upset at the ubiquitous secret that the heroine was keeping from him. The denoument had less to do with the development of the couple's relationship and more with wrapping up the somewhat lame subplot started in Harley Fowler's book and continued in Kilraven's.

If you are upset by Palmer's occasional preaching on topics she is ill-informed about, avoid this book. The opinions and "information" on ADD/ADHD and proper treatments for those conditions is horrendous.

On top of that, I really find the lack of editing in regards to continuity annoying. At one point the characters reference happenings from another book by Palmer, but they get the main characters incorrect. A small thing, but irritating none the less.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Summer Belle on February 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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Truly, horribly, miserably Mercilessly bad.

Others have brought up the ADD/ ADHD aspect. Which apparently the kid didn't have because as soon as he had a wonderful DAD, he was miraculously "cured". (yeah, that doesn't send a msg to all those parents with kids with ADD/ADHS - just be better parents and your kid will be fine). But to have the teachers - the TEACHERS - suggest there was something wrong with people a single mom? in 2012? okay - maybeeeee in 1952 the teachers might have said something like that. Does DP know what year it is?

What FBI agent uses gamer lingo in the office? What was up with Jocelin's snarkiness? She wasn't clever or giving history lessons - she was just not nice. Her boss had a guest in his office and she insulted her. Professional, much? Why bring up the gamer stuff / the history stuff/ the coffee pot references - if they aren't going to mean anything?! ugh.

then, the mixed signals on religion. abortion is okay, but pre marital sex isn't? what Christian religion has that as a tenant? I kept thinking DP was referring to Catholicism, but abortion is definitely NOT okay in the Catholic faith. After all of Cammy's unbelievable, cartoonish dialogue, you find out her story. The story that made her that way.. and it still doesn't resonate.

It is 2012. Even the most "moral" among us recognize that single parenthood sometimes happens. I cannot imagine a scenario in which an FBI agent's mother calls up to scold her son's admin assistant about her past. So, i didn't get what DP was trying to say. Who were we supposed to empathize with? Usually, we're supposed to empathize with the heroine. Except, she essentially raped Jon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L.M. David on January 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This was my first cowboy romance book and I almost trashed the thing. Jon and Joceline are so mismatched and the idea she kept her secret from him all those years is amazing. Joceline is obnoxious and no ones idea of the ideal assistant, so why would Jon give her a second look, or third? He should have scalped the woman, instead. Yes, opposites may attract but it is sometimes a recipe for disaster. Jon's mother didn't like Joceline and others had problems with her mannerisms as well. In the real world, she would have been shown the door. I don't understand the mentality of these books because the characters seem to live outside the reality bubble. Its ashamed because this book had a plot that was interesting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Very Merry Shakespeare on September 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Readers have been fans of Diana Palmer for quite a while now. This is a woman who writes romance novels that have made the New York Times and USA Today's bestseller lists. Her characters have become beloved in many romance sectors, however, this new one is a bit...dull.

Jon Blackhawk is one of those stunning, rigid, quiet lawmen who really wants to be left alone in his home of Jacobsville. He is an FBI agent who specializes in helping children and throwing kidnappers and child traffickers in prison as fast as he possibly can. This is a man who is truly - well, the way he's written - a saint, apparently. He is the ultimate bulldog when it comes to his job, and the rumor around town is that he has `saved himself' for marriage.

His rich mother, Cammy, is a true bulldog as well. All she wants is for her son to marry and give her grandchildren. In order to do this, she sends some of the most ridiculous women straight into his office to try and woo him in order to get him down the aisle. These women want the big, tough guy, but all they seem to know about for conversation is haircuts, the latest fashion in Paris, and other things that Jon couldn't care less about. On top of that, they all want to change Jon and make him stop playing so many video games like Halo, World of Warcraft, etc. Jon is fed up with his mother, especially since his half brother has just gotten remarried with a baby on the way; and as far as Jon is concerned, that should be enough.

Joceline, pretty much the only character with some serious backbone and sense of humor, is Jon's paralegal and administrative assistant. There is no one smarter and no one better at her job.
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