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Garon Grier---sang agen FBI---meninggalkan San Antonio dan menetap di Jacobsville, membawa masa lalu pahit yang tak diketahui siapa pun, bahkan keluarganya. Ia sudah bertekad untuk menjalani hidup sendirian, karena memberikan hatinya untuk mencintai seseorang hanya akan mengingatkannya pada rasa sakit itu. Tanpa diduga, Grace Carver yang tinggal di sebelah rumah peternakan Garon Grier---sang agen FBI---meninggalkan San Antonio dan menetap di Jacobsville, membawa masa lalu pahit yang tak diketahui siapa pun, bahkan keluarganya. Ia sudah bertekad untuk menjalani hidup sendirian, karena memberikan hatinya untuk mencintai seseorang hanya akan mengingatkannya pada rasa sakit itu. Tanpa diduga, Grace Carver yang tinggal di sebelah rumah peternakan Garon mulai membuatnya terusik. Gadis itu begitu pemalu, tetapi juga baik hati. Seluruh penduduk Jacobsville sepertinya sangat menyayangi dan melindungi Grace, serta memperlakukan gadis itu seakan dia rapuh. Di tengah penyelidikan federal yang sangat penting untuk menemukan pembunuh dan pemerkosa anak-anak, Garon harus menghadapi ketertarikannya pada Grace dan memerangi ketakutan-ketakutannya. Namun Grace juga memiliki rahasia kelam tersendiri, rahasia yang disimpannya sejak berumur dua belas tahun. Mampukah mereka mengalahkan masa lalu dan meraih masa depan bersama?


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Garon Grier---sang agen FBI---meninggalkan San Antonio dan menetap di Jacobsville, membawa masa lalu pahit yang tak diketahui siapa pun, bahkan keluarganya. Ia sudah bertekad untuk menjalani hidup sendirian, karena memberikan hatinya untuk mencintai seseorang hanya akan mengingatkannya pada rasa sakit itu. Tanpa diduga, Grace Carver yang tinggal di sebelah rumah peternakan Garon Grier---sang agen FBI---meninggalkan San Antonio dan menetap di Jacobsville, membawa masa lalu pahit yang tak diketahui siapa pun, bahkan keluarganya. Ia sudah bertekad untuk menjalani hidup sendirian, karena memberikan hatinya untuk mencintai seseorang hanya akan mengingatkannya pada rasa sakit itu. Tanpa diduga, Grace Carver yang tinggal di sebelah rumah peternakan Garon mulai membuatnya terusik. Gadis itu begitu pemalu, tetapi juga baik hati. Seluruh penduduk Jacobsville sepertinya sangat menyayangi dan melindungi Grace, serta memperlakukan gadis itu seakan dia rapuh. Di tengah penyelidikan federal yang sangat penting untuk menemukan pembunuh dan pemerkosa anak-anak, Garon harus menghadapi ketertarikannya pada Grace dan memerangi ketakutan-ketakutannya. Namun Grace juga memiliki rahasia kelam tersendiri, rahasia yang disimpannya sejak berumur dua belas tahun. Mampukah mereka mengalahkan masa lalu dan meraih masa depan bersama?

30 review for Lawman - Sang Agen FBI

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vintage

    This may be my least favorite DP hero ever and that's saying something. He's not the meanest, but his assholery comes from the double whammy of complete and total arrogance because he's so awesome in his mind and his indifference to the heroine. After the hero mans down and tries to ghost the heroine, he assumes she's stalking him because he sees her in an unusual places like the bank and the diner. He verbally abuses her LOUDLY and embarrasses everyone but the OW. As the h's lovelorn swain, Rick This may be my least favorite DP hero ever and that's saying something. He's not the meanest, but his assholery comes from the double whammy of complete and total arrogance because he's so awesome in his mind and his indifference to the heroine. After the hero mans down and tries to ghost the heroine, he assumes she's stalking him because he sees her in an unusual places like the bank and the diner. He verbally abuses her LOUDLY and embarrasses everyone but the OW. As the h's lovelorn swain, Ricky Marquez who will no doubt humiliate and emotionally torture his own heroine in True Blue, points out to him in a town of 2000 you will run into people all the time, and the diner's owner gives the OW THE BEST SMACKDOWN EVER. I had to read it twice as it made me laugh. (view spoiler)[ “It’s no loss, the food here sucks anyway,” Jaqui tossed over her shoulder. “I’m sure the food isn’t everything that sucks around here,” Barbara told the other woman with a smug, demeaning smile. (hide spoiler)] She gets pregnant despite not being able to get pregnant and the hero sweeps her off her feet with the proposal that they will stay married for eight months until the baby comes. UGH! Hello, skillet. The underlying search for the serial killer of 12 year old girls does not help the enjoyment.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"

    3 stars The subject matter in this one was a little heavy, but the clueless, snobby, hard-bitten lawman H was typical. The seemingly meek and mild h with a horrific past actually had some spine. I did laugh at the H's antics/thoughts - although harsh -because I've read enough spoilers to know what was going to happen and when. This book had a small commentary on the cost of Rx medications and their affect on the poor and/or elderly. I highlighted these areas.

  3. 5 out of 5

    KatieV

    2.5 stars and I'm not rounding up on principle. The extra 1/2 star was for the heroine who I did like and who really told the H what a POS he was. Unfortunately she did forgive him, but this is a "romance". This is no more than I deserve. I was given some recs for some older Diana Palmer books that I may enjoy. I wanted to give her another try since she's so popular, often with friends I tend to agree with and I'd only read 2 books by her in the past, one of which I saw potential in. Unfortunatel 2.5 stars and I'm not rounding up on principle. The extra 1/2 star was for the heroine who I did like and who really told the H what a POS he was. Unfortunately she did forgive him, but this is a "romance". This is no more than I deserve. I was given some recs for some older Diana Palmer books that I may enjoy. I wanted to give her another try since she's so popular, often with friends I tend to agree with and I'd only read 2 books by her in the past, one of which I saw potential in. Unfortunately those recs weren't readily available on Scribd and I didn't want to pay for one of her books at the moment. So, I picked up this mess all on my own. I will track down one of those older (pre-2K) recs, since people were nice enough to make a list before I give up on DP completely and permanently consign her to the 'not for me' bin. Where do I start? I've been kicking around the idea of a hero-tstl tag for some time. This book sealed the deal. Dude was dumber than a box of rocks on so many levels. I can buy the otherwise intelligent man who's an idiot when it comes to a woman, but he was just an idiot all around. This guy is an FBI agent? No wonder the federal government is a mess. Also the investigation part and banter between the cops was like the low budget pilot for a crime show that didn't quite make the cut. Lots of the hero throwing out things DP had probably heard on CSI and then failing to interpret those pearls of wisdom he'd literally JUST spouted when the real thing was right in front of his face. It was actually comical. Almost like a satire, but I think it was supposed to be serious. It was like an SNL skit - Barney Fife does CSI. Just for kicks, I'm going to highlight his most idiotic moments (with spoilers and a trigger warning for severe childhood sex abuse). (view spoiler)[ The "hero", Garon, was an FBI agent who decided to slow down a bit and take a job in DP's absurdly exciting TX town of 2000 residents. There's far more crime there than in my relatively small city of ~14K. His main focus is bank robberies, but a (much smarter) local cop approached him about what he suspected was a serial murder of a little girl and he got involved in that case. As it turns out, Garon's new next-door-neighbor was 25-year-old Grace. She was a life long resident of the town and much loved, although she didn't get out much. She was afraid of men and never dated and tended to underplay her looks with baggy clothes and no makeup, etc. This was because she was the very first victim of the serial killer 12 years before. She had survived (barely) but had been kept blindfolded by him for 3 days and God only knows what she actually went through. She was rescued after the sicko had stabbed her in the stomach multiple times and tried to strangle her, but he got away and she never saw his face. Small town politics had buried the case, but some in town knew parts of the true story and everyone was very protective of her. Garon became involved with her after her hateful old drunk of a grandmother had a heart attack and Grace had to go to his house to ask him to call an ambulance (her phone was down and car wouldn't start). Anyway, after that, he kind of inserts himself into her life. She doesn't ask him to. But he keeps turning up to help her out and insult her taste in clothing, choice of lifestyle, etc. He doesn't think she's pretty or intelligent or up to his standards at all, but he wants her. So, he seduces her. However, it took Mr. Lawman almost half the book to realize why she didn't want him to touch her and shied away. He was so insulted that the 'frumpy little spinster' would dare not be attracted to the wonder that was him. He finally had a Eureka moment and realized she must have had some trauma in her past which explained her shyness with men and playing down her looks. DUH! I thought an FBI agent who'd worked with profilers and on serial killer cases would have at least a tiny clue. After two days, he decides she's getting too close and probably getting ideas. And even though he knows he was her first lover, he callously tosses her aside by avoiding her and not even giving her an explanation. She's not an idiot, she gets it after he doesn't call for a week or two and she doesn't try to call him. But, it's a small town, and everyone knows Grace and were happy to see her with a man and maybe moving on with her life - so there was talk. Well, Garon didn't like that talk. Then he sees Grace at suspicious places like the bank, the town diner, and events that the entire town turned out for. He publicly humiliates her several times, loudly accusing her of stalking him. WTF?!?! How do you avoid running into a person in a town that small? One thing I did love was that the town turned against him and refused him services for being such a giant ass. However, Grace was embarrassed and traumatized enough to leave town to stay with a cousin. In the meantime, Grace tells the local policeman working the child murder case about her childhood experience since she'd heard mention of a clue that was far too similar to her case. She'd tried to tell Garon, but he just accused her of stalking. The local cop manages to dig up the suppressed file on her case and they realize they have a living victim. Garon is ashamed (as well he should be) and realizes that the news of what actually happened to her will likely get out and put her in danger, so he talks her into returning to town. She gives him a great chewing out too :) Turns out Grace is pregnant with Garon's child and they enter into a MOC. Meanwhile Garon has found out who the serial killer is. Problem is, any reader with half a brain knew who the serial killer was very early on. It was SOOOO obvious. And the reader doesn't know anything that he didn't know, so it's not a case of the reader getting a different POV and therefore having inside knowledge. The local cop was even suspicious of this guy, but mighty FBI Agent, Garon, poo-poo'd his suspicions. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Anyway, of course there's a HEA where he saves her from the serial killer and realizes how much he loves her. Blah blah. I guess if Grace wants to put up with his stupid ass, I'm happy for her. (hide spoiler)]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Debbie DiFiore

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Okay I just re-read this and I don't think he slept with the gross OW. I think he might have gone out with her but no sex or anything. But I don't know. I will say this, the H was a total a$$hole! Wow he was awful. I was stunned by his mean comments and it broke my heart when he was so mean to her and accused her of stalking him. I loved how the town blacklisted him. That cracked me up. I loved the h too. She touched something inside me. She had a truly tragic life. I loved how the town loved he Okay I just re-read this and I don't think he slept with the gross OW. I think he might have gone out with her but no sex or anything. But I don't know. I will say this, the H was a total a$$hole! Wow he was awful. I was stunned by his mean comments and it broke my heart when he was so mean to her and accused her of stalking him. I loved how the town blacklisted him. That cracked me up. I loved the h too. She touched something inside me. She had a truly tragic life. I loved how the town loved her too. She was so special. Now back to the jerk H. He sucked. I wish she would have loved the OM that truly loved her. But I still gave it 4 stars because he grovelled in my opinion. He was very remorseful and I loved the ending so much. She was so selfless and it changed him and made him a better man. I really liked it on re-read and no Jaeger was involved. I am glad I re-read it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    A sweet marriage of convenience story with a lovely ending. Hero was alpha male, deliciously over the top dominating, aggressive, and protective of his unwanted wife. He was bitter and cruel but this is exactly what I expect from a DP hero. At least he had his reasons. He lost his first wife and child so tragically I could forgive him for being so damn brooding. Grace was a true survivor. Emotional and sexual abuse is disgusting and heartbreaking. She grew up with her mean grandmother. No one ca A sweet marriage of convenience story with a lovely ending. Hero was alpha male, deliciously over the top dominating, aggressive, and protective of his unwanted wife. He was bitter and cruel but this is exactly what I expect from a DP hero. At least he had his reasons. He lost his first wife and child so tragically I could forgive him for being so damn brooding. Grace was a true survivor. Emotional and sexual abuse is disgusting and heartbreaking. She grew up with her mean grandmother. No one cared about her or loved her the way she deserved to be loved. But she never resented others. Such a good and warm heroine. I admired Grace for risking her life to have her baby and for fighting for love against all odds and despite all obstacles. Very emotional book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chantal ❤️

    This book does not even deserve to be a DP book! It was gross and it was vile! I can't even review all the horrible things that happen to the heroine and all the crap the hero does to the heroine. Oh and the far far fetch plot and characterizations. Wow learning to speak a foreign language in two second flat and many other silly things. I will not go back here. It was not worth my time. How could this book be so bad? I wanted it to be awesome! Just so disappointing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    StMargarets

    I liked this one better than Outsider because the hero, while cruel and clueless, wasn’t a whiner like the hero of Outsider. Plus, I liked this heroine a lot better. She had a difficult life (escaped rape and murder when she was 12 and then had to live with a gin-drinking, verbally abusive granny for years), but still kept her sense of humor and entrepreneurship after granny finally died. So the premise: hero is an FBI agent (and brother to the chief of Jacobsville police). He is trying to catch I liked this one better than Outsider because the hero, while cruel and clueless, wasn’t a whiner like the hero of Outsider. Plus, I liked this heroine a lot better. She had a difficult life (escaped rape and murder when she was 12 and then had to live with a gin-drinking, verbally abusive granny for years), but still kept her sense of humor and entrepreneurship after granny finally died. So the premise: hero is an FBI agent (and brother to the chief of Jacobsville police). He is trying to catch a serial killer who is targeting 12 year-old girls. He’s just bought a ranch in Jacobsville next door to the heroine and her evil granny. Evil granny mercifully dies of a heart attack and hero reluctantly helps heroine. They end up having sex and a one-week relationship. Then hero rejects her because he never wants to be married again after his first wife died of cancer during her pregnancy. He makes an ass of himself rejecting the heroine all over town, but this isn’t extreme behavior for a DP hero – and the town thoroughly rejects him so there’s that. There is a lot of police procedural stuff (including an autopsy of a 12 year-old victim – Really, Diana Palmer? Why was this necessary?) and the culprit was beyond obvious to this reader -so skim away if that isn’t your thing. The last third of the story is crammed with drama – including: Catching the murderer Medical drama and hero’s change of heart Heroine’s hidden abilities. Diana Palmer checklist: Hairy chest Yes Breast Description Small Cigarettes No AlcoholBrandy for the heroine. Whisky while the hero is waiting for the h’s surgery to be over. Town Descriptions Population of 2,000! There are mansions on Main Street. Two feedstores. Florist shop. Café. Baptist church. Baptist cemetery. Funeral home. Veterinarian who cremates pets for pet funerals. There’s a strip mall with a thrift store in it – next to the Community College. Gardenia Scent Roses LOL detail Heroine speaks fluent Arabic having never gone beyond high school or working two part time jobs in Jacobsville.?? Cutesy detail The hero has a Bucar - the FBI’s term for a bureau conveyance. He’s very proud of this and mentions it several times. DP hobbyhorse Small town good. Big city bad. “People in small towns mostly get married and have children and raise them. We don’t look at life the way people in cities do. Down here, honor and self-respect are a lot more important than closing a business deal and having a martini lunch. We’re just simple people, Mr. Grier. But we look deeper than outsiders do. And we judge by what we see.” DP is trolling us“So everybody in town is celibate?” he queried.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lu Bielefeld

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. UPDATE: Re-read March 2018 (Added comment and highlights) UPDATE: Relido em 25 de junho de 2016. ogro + doormat -------------- Our hero is ashamed of our heroine and has only negative things to say about her. He thinks she's ugly and uneducated. At no time did he redeem himself in my opinion. He was always comparing her to other women and finding her with less qualities than the others. He never had anything positive to say to her only offensive and sarcastic things. I think it was weird his first ma UPDATE: Re-read March 2018 (Added comment and highlights) UPDATE: Relido em 25 de junho de 2016. ogro + doormat -------------- Our hero is ashamed of our heroine and has only negative things to say about her. He thinks she's ugly and uneducated. At no time did he redeem himself in my opinion. He was always comparing her to other women and finding her with less qualities than the others. He never had anything positive to say to her only offensive and sarcastic things. I think it was weird his first marriage being so perfect and his wife wonderful and in the end he start pointing out defects in the dead wife and seeing that nothing was as good as he imagined. She will always be a second best. I feel sorry for her. The first time I read the book I really hope our heroine kicks him to the curb and falls in love with Rick. Cash had disowned his family over his father’s remarriage just days after his beloved mother’s death from cancer. He’d lost his one true love to cancer. It had eaten the heart out of him. Now, at thirty-six, he was resigned to being alone. The granddaughter wasn’t much to look at. She wore her blond hair in a long pigtail, and went around mostly in loose jeans and a sweatshirt. She was shy around Garon. In fact, she seemed to be afraid of him, which was curious. Maybe his reputation had gotten around. She had green eyes, very pale, and an oval face. She was plain, except for her pretty mouth and exquisite complexion. Miss Carver was the sort of woman he’d never found interesting. He loved roses, and during his brief marriage, he’d grown several varieties. ==>OW<== Jaqui Jones. Easy to remember, and her figure was more than enough to make her memorable in addition to her mom. It didn’t take second sight to know that she was available and interested. So was he. It had been a long, dry spell. “She’s only been in town two months and she’s already got a reputation. Put her hand down Ben Smith’s pants right in his own office!” His little mother had been a saint. No, he couldn’t have pictured her being available to any man except his father—until his father had cheated on her and hastened her death. The girl was doing all she could for her grandmother, who seemed about as loving as a python. Garon glanced at her. She wouldn’t win a beauty contest, but she was a fast dresser, he thought with admiration. “Nothing. And that’s all I want to know. I did her a favor tonight, but I am not in the mood to take on dependents. Especially spinsters who look like juvenile bag ladies.” He didn’t like having her as a responsibility longer than he had to. “It’s only breakfast. I’m not proposing,” he added sarcastically. “No ambition to go to college or learn a profession?” Garon asked. “You’re nasty, I’m nasty,” she returned. “If you ever develop a pleasant personality, I’ll even smile at you.” “I’m amazed you’re not a number in a home for the unbalanced,” he said under his breath. “You go to a job looking like that?” he exclaimed. He shook his head. “The women in my office wear pantsuits and makeup.” “You’ll never be alone in Jacobsville. We’re your family, Grace. All of us.” “Don’t tell me she’s afraid of the dark,” he laughed. “There are four brothers,” he replied. “Cort and Parker are the other two. Cort runs our West Texas ranch with our father. Parker’s in law enforcement.” He didn’t want any more contact with her than necessary. He didn’t want to know intimate things about her, either. He only felt sorry for her. It made him angry that this frumpy little woman looked at him as if he were a rapist. It fascinated her that some of the town’s leading lights thought so much of old Mrs. Collier, and she mentioned it to Barbara. “Don’t be silly,” she chuckled. “It’s you they’re fond of, Grace,” she added. ==>OW<== "I just wanted a look at you,” the woman chided. She laughed coldly. “I can’t believe I was worried about the competition,” she added carelessly, and walked out without another word. He wasn’t interested in a relationship with his neighbor. Garon glared at him. “I’m not in the market for a frumpy girlfriend.” “Never mind,” he said when she didn’t reply. “It isn’t as if I’m interested in you that way,” he added almost as an afterthought, and with a cold, faint smile. “Good night.” “That niece of Mrs. Tabor’s brought food to the house,” she said. “She told me that she’d worried I was some sort of competition until she saw me. She was very insulting.” Before she realized his intention, he brushed his hard mouth over her lips in a shiver of contact that made her heart jump. He bent again. This time, he brushed her lips apart with slow, sensuous motions and caught her upper lip between both of his in a sensuous, nibbling motion. He was no longer teasing. His mouth was demanding, masterful. ==>OW<== Garon felt oddly out of place with these people. Especially with Jaqui, who rubbed against him at every opportunity, almost panting with desire. He didn’t like public displays of affection, and it showed in his face. ==>OW<== “As long as you aren’t running after your little neighbor,” she chided. “God, that frumpy woman! And you had her staying in your house, I hear!” “She’s a loser, like most people around here,” she said carelessly. She reached up, dragged his head down and kissed him with her whole mouth. She’d heard at work about Garon’s attendance at Jaqui Jones’s party. Before she got the words out, he had her up in his arms, and he was kissing her as if there wouldn’t be a tomorrow. He had a sudden, urgent arousal that he couldn’t control. “Open your mouth, Grace,” he bit off against the taut line of her lips. He drew away from her. He looked as shocked as she did. She was good company, for a shy and damaged spinster. I became a lawman. He made it sound like a holy cause. In some ways, I guess it is. We speak for victims who can no longer speak for themselves.” “You’re good for my ego, Grace,” he murmured. “But I don’t think I’m good for you.” “I was in an…an accident, when I was twelve,” she said. “A bad accident. I got cut up, especially my stomach. So I can’t have children.” She’d suffered enough already at the hands of one man. She didn’t need Garon to put nails in her coffin. But Barbara knew she couldn’t stop this train wreck of a relationship from happening. “Relationships don’t stagnate, Grace,” he said quietly, searching her wide, gray eyes. “We either go forward, or we stop seeing each other. I’m too old to settle for a platonic relationship.” It had been too long since he’d had a woman. He was dying for her. He couldn’t stop. “Grace, you were a virgin, weren’t you?” he asked after a minute. She stopped breathing. She hesitated. “Well, yes,” “Grace, you do understand that I’m not in the market for a wife?” he asked quietly. She’d been such a fool. He didn’t want to marry her. He just needed a woman, and here she was, waiting eagerly for him. Without missing a beat, he lifted her in his arms, and kissed her as if he hadn’t seen her in a year. Moaning, helpless, she yielded at once. He turned and carried her down the hall to the bedroom. Garon was still uncomfortable with their scrutiny, and getting cold feet. Colder by the minute, He loved Grace in bed, but he wasn’t going to marry her because of it. She was seeing him as a prospective husband, but he didn’t want her for keeps. He was bad-tempered and impatient since he’d stopped seeing Grace, because he knew it was going to hurt her when she realized that he was ending their brief relationship. She hadn’t gotten the message, he realized. Grace was a sweet woman. He liked her. But she wasn’t the sort of woman who normally appealed to him. He liked aggressive, confident, powerful women; women like Jaqui. A quiet, clinging woman who couldn’t relate to him intellectually wasn’t going to fit into his world. “You don’t take hints, do you, Grace?” he asked coldly. “I tried to do it the easy way, but you’re persistent. So let’s get it straight. I don’t want to see you again. I don’t want to hear from you. Don’t call, and don’t come here again.” “You’re a small town spinster, Grace, with few talents and minimum education,” he said firmly, hating the words even as he forced them out. “We don’t have anything in common except physical attraction, and it doesn’t last. You need some steady cowboy who wants a domesticated little woman to keep house for him.” I’m tired of having people gossip about us. That’s over. I don’t want you, Grace. Go home.” She went to the bank the following Friday, and there he was, standing in the next line. He looked at her and glared, as if he thought she’d followed him there. He turned and saw her standing behind him and his eyes flashed with fury. He threw down the reel and strode to her. “I told you I wasn’t interested, Grace,” he said through his teeth. “Following me around isn’t going to get you anything! Didn’t you get it? I don’t want you!” ==>OW<== BUT THE FOLLOWING Friday, there was a performance by the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra at the Jacobsville High School Auditorium. Garon invited Jaqui to go with him. She dressed in a scanty little black number that emphasized her lush figure, and she clung to him like glue. “Again?” he asked curtly. “Why the hell can’t you stop following me around?” he demanded. “What does it take to convince you that I’m not interested?!” “Stalking is against the law, Grace, in case you didn’t know,” he added icily. “I could have you prosecuted!” She grew paler and thinner. ==>OW<== Grace felt her heart sink. Before she could speak, there he was, just coming in the front door, with Jaqui hanging languidly on his arm. “Good God, not again!” he raged. “Do you have radar? Every damned place I go, you turn up! How did you know I was coming here? Do you have someone spying on me, to make sure you don’t waste an opportunity to ruin my day?” “No, you don’t understand!” he snapped, moving forward. “You’re thick as a plank, Grace. I don’t want you in my life! How many times do I have to say it before you believe it?!” “It’s no loss, the food here sucks anyway,” Jaqui tossed over her shoulder. “I’m sure the food isn’t everything that sucks around here,” Barbara told the other woman with a smug, demeaning smile. ...the older woman added with a cold gleam in her eyes. “He’ll wish he’d never moved here.” He scowled. “She turned up everywhere I went, after I told her flatly that I didn’t want to take her out again.” ...he’d seduced her and then pushed her out of his life, like a man discarding a used towel. “DNA.” He stared at Cash while the truth drilled a hole in his heart. “DNA.” His teeth ground together. The son of a bitch had raped Grace…! He’d knocked her back, savaged her verbally and emotionally. He’d frightened her so badly in the café that she’d backed away from him, shaking like a leaf. “She doesn’t hide her assets,” he admitted. “She likes having men around her.” She gave him a cold smile. “Lucky girl, not to have my history.” She was a strong, independent, intelligent woman. We both knew on the first date that we’d be together forever.” “When she was five months pregnant, she started feeling tired all the time. “The oncologist diagnosed it as non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.” “That was ten years ago. I decided that I’d never take that risk again. “But you don’t want to marry me,” she started again. “No, I don’t,” he said honestly. “But it’s only for eight months,” he added. “After the baby comes, we’ll make decisions.” She’d never expected him to want her permanently. Nobody ever had. It had been a long time, but he still remembered the joy of his first wedding. He was fond of Grace, and he wanted the child, but he couldn’t separate himself from the past. “Grace, if you don’t eat properly, you could hurt the baby,” he said in desperation. She felt part of herself die every time he said things like that. But all of it, everything, was for the baby. She had no illusions about his feelings for her. ==>OW<== Jaqui had phoned her, unbeknownst to Garon, to remind her that as soon as the baby came, Grace was only going to be a footnote in Garon’s life. Jaqui insinuated that Garon was sneaking around to see her. She didn’t tell Garon about the phone calls. She knew he wouldn’t care, unless Jaqui’s harassment was endangering the baby, of course. He’d told her they’d only be married until the baby came. He’d probably forgotten saying that, but Grace hadn’t. She was just marking time, feeling like an insignificant incubator in his house. “You’ve lived in an open grave since you lost your wife and child,” she said simply. “Don’t you think it’s time you lived in the present? You have another wife, and a child on the way. It isn’t fair to them to make them second best after ghosts.” “Obviously Jaqui is the sort of woman you admire,” Barbara said, her eyes growing cold. “Once the baby’s born, you can get a quiet divorce and saddle up with your ideal woman. With any luck, Grace will realize that Rick is far more her style than you are. Excuse me. I have to get ready to open.” “You can speak Arabic?” the agent exclaimed. “Yes. What do you want to know?” she asked. “Come right in,” the agent invited, smiling. “Well, it looks like you had a good time.” Her eyebrows lifted. “Yes, you can sometimes take me out in public. I can talk and walk,” she replied. “Anyway,” she added, fastening her seat belt, “I guess getting to know me better doesn’t really concern you. Once the baby’s born, I’m going home.” “You’re working part-time at menial labor jobs. I thought you wouldn’t be able to handle a more sophisticated level,” he pointed out curtly. “Garon,” he said gently, “Grace has a bad heart valve. It’s gone critical. If they don’t operate very soon, she won’t make it.” “Then I took her to work with me and left her in the waiting room. When I came back, she was happily chatting away in Arabic to a Jordanian murder witness, translating for him. She speaks several languages,” In a way, he’d resented the fact that he had to marry Grace because of the child.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aou

    He was incredibly awful even after realized his sadistic behavior and felt guilt, while she was the perfect saint all the time. OTT drama full with angst made me cry my heart out. 😎

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cheesecake

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Garon and Grace. Thank goodness I got this from the library for free. What an excruciatingly angsty read with not nearly enough grovelling at the end! I try to find those few Diana Palmer books where the hero is redeemable by the end and imho, this wasn't one of them. Poor Grace. She just has the worst luck! Grace had a very sad scary childhood and the people of the small town she lives in may not know all about it, but what they do know makes them very protective of her. They also keep her secre Garon and Grace. Thank goodness I got this from the library for free. What an excruciatingly angsty read with not nearly enough grovelling at the end! I try to find those few Diana Palmer books where the hero is redeemable by the end and imho, this wasn't one of them. Poor Grace. She just has the worst luck! Grace had a very sad scary childhood and the people of the small town she lives in may not know all about it, but what they do know makes them very protective of her. They also keep her secrets from newcomers like Garon. Garon is her new neighbour, an FBI agent and wannabe rancher. He is dismissive of his frumpy little neighbour and her mean grandma from day one. But things happen to bring them together and he decides he's got the hots for her for a couple days. Then promptly kicks her to the curb... and is seriously despicable about it. Meanwhile he starts working on the case of a serial child killer. A killer that he finds out, didn't manage to kill one of his earliest victims. You can see where this is going I'm sure, so I won't spell it out. But Grace is a woman of many layers and secrets. Not just the obvious ones. I did like her character even if she was a bit of doormat. Now Garon on the other hand... Like another reviewer said, if he's indicative of the FBI's intelligence level, well that's just plain worrying! Grace exhibits all the signs of a woman who's been abused, but somehow Garon fails to notice til about 3/4 into the story. I do wonder if it was willful ignorance? You know, because he wanted to get into her pants with no strings attached. He truly does spend most of the book being a complete jerk to her. Even after he marries her, he was unforgivable. The book is pure harlequin 70's style with an evil OW, an OM who pines unrequitedly, an OTT villain, a jerky Hero whose been hurt in the past, heartwarming townsfolk and a heroine whose practically a martyr. What's not to like right? Well, I guess that would be the ending. (view spoiler)[ I had hoped that the townspeople giving Garon the cold shoulder would help smooth my angst ruffled feathers, but he is like teflon and it just makes him feel more put upon. Doesn't even occur to him that he's in the wrong. Not til Grace is at death's door while 8 months pregnant with his child. Then all of a sudden he's full of remorse. But while he is remorseful, I really didn't get to see any grovelling because Grace forgives him immediately. I felt like smacking some sense into her despite her being in the hospital. There is an epilogue, but It's still Grace doing all the work. I would have liked to have a scene where Garon is tender and considerate with her in public... something he never is at any point of the story. OK I'm done ranting now. (hide spoiler)] Honestly I have a headache now. Upon reflection, I think if DP had pulled Garon's head out of his ass earlier and less abruptly, it might have been salvagable. Maybe if DP had dribbled some of the revelations about Grace throughout the story so it doesn't seem like she just tacked that on at the end to redeem Grace's character from utter patheticness... ...and *jaqui* WTF? Safety is NOT good.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Celly

    I can't believe this book was even printed, let alone that I actually bought it and MADE myself finish it! I even spent some time online searching for some sign that this was written in the 80's and was just reprinted with some gratuitous mention of e-mail and cell phones. The banter was straight out of some cheesy b-movie. That's not the worst of it... Garon had NO redeeming qualities whatsoever. He thinks she's an unattractive, frumpy spinster even after getting to know her. Despite his better I can't believe this book was even printed, let alone that I actually bought it and MADE myself finish it! I even spent some time online searching for some sign that this was written in the 80's and was just reprinted with some gratuitous mention of e-mail and cell phones. The banter was straight out of some cheesy b-movie. That's not the worst of it... Garon had NO redeeming qualities whatsoever. He thinks she's an unattractive, frumpy spinster even after getting to know her. Despite his better judgment he begins to date her and eventually sleeps with her only to break it off quickly after he realizes he's embarrassed to be seen in public with her. 'A quiet, clinging woman who couldn't relate to him intellectually wasn't going to fit into his world.' Can you imagine the person you care about thinking that about you after multiple dates and sex?! That's just embarrassing! But poor, dumb Grace just doesn't get it so he proceeds to publicly humiliate the emotionally unstable little female in her hometown. His cruelty is unforgivable. Truly, it was that bad. Trying to like EITHER of these two was excruciatingly difficult. Grace is mind-numbingly unappealing as a person. She's apparently so fragile in mind and spirit that the entire town has to take care of her. She has lived a sheltered existence rotting away in her mean grandmother's house. And yet, inexplicably at the end of the book she is a member of MENSA, a successful business woman, and an expert linguist....yeah, right! I won't even mention the serial killer plot that is a part of the story except to say that I don't think such graphic details about crimes against children have a place in ANY fiction book let alone a damned stupid ROMANCE novel! I can't even express how many times this book pissed me off. There's even a part of the book where Garon discovers that Grace is pregnant (before she does) just by brushing against her 'hardened swollen belly' when she's just 1 month pregnant. PUH-lease!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    ♥ℳelody

    DNF @ 20% I stopped at the words fanny pack. I just can't. I decided to give Palmer another try with Lawless and this one. This author has a serious MAJOR fixation for unfeeling, selfish, belligerent, misogynistic, sexist, dickwad heroes who have the emotional depth of a stick. No dimension, no growth and absolutely ZERO self-awareness which is a deal breaker for me. It's almost offensive how she writes these guys--no actually it IS offensive. Am I supposed to be swooning? And having a victimized DNF @ 20% I stopped at the words fanny pack. I just can't. I decided to give Palmer another try with Lawless and this one. This author has a serious MAJOR fixation for unfeeling, selfish, belligerent, misogynistic, sexist, dickwad heroes who have the emotional depth of a stick. No dimension, no growth and absolutely ZERO self-awareness which is a deal breaker for me. It's almost offensive how she writes these guys--no actually it IS offensive. Am I supposed to be swooning? And having a victimized heroine who's scared of her own shadow with no back bone and stuck in the dark ages has no appeal to me. I have no patience for this kind of dated trope. I just really don't want to read about a selfish asshole who acts like he's g-d's gift to an unassuming abused woman. And the charity case attitude? Honey please.... Sorry Diana Palmer, I tried but once again... I'm out.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 stars Welp. I went looking for one with an uber-mean, nasty dude and got it. The first half wasn't anything special, though the topic of multiple child murders was disturbing. A little over half-way, our typical Diana Palmer alphahole took a deep dive into the cruel and unforgivable. Me being the trainwreck ho that I am, perked to attention. He stayed pretty disagreeable until almost the very end. After finishing the story, I'm still wondering if he could be believed or forgiven. There was no 3.5 stars Welp. I went looking for one with an uber-mean, nasty dude and got it. The first half wasn't anything special, though the topic of multiple child murders was disturbing. A little over half-way, our typical Diana Palmer alphahole took a deep dive into the cruel and unforgivable. Me being the trainwreck ho that I am, perked to attention. He stayed pretty disagreeable until almost the very end. After finishing the story, I'm still wondering if he could be believed or forgiven. There was no (view spoiler)[true cheating, (hide spoiler)] unfortunately. That always spices things up. Or maybe there was. It never said specifically. There was definitely high doses of (view spoiler)[verbal abuse and public humilation (hide spoiler)] that was cringe-worthy. I have no idea how she's ever going to be able to show her face again if she stays with him. I still hate his guts...which is always a recipe for a good time in my opinion. So if you're looking for a good angry/hater story, then you'll be a happy camper with this one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christel

    This one is about Cash's brother Garon. Garon is an FBI agent and is working on a possible serial-killer case invovling little girls. Grace is the town sweetheart but she is holding a secret that other people in the town of Jacobsville knows about but are unwilling to talk about. This is oneof the better books of Diana Palmer's little town of Jacobsville.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    I was trying a few of this author's books because so many people seem to like her. After 3 books I've decided I don't. The hero is an idiot and a nasty one at that in this book. The heroine is a wimp. That seems to be par for the course with Palmer. I can stand a wimpy heroine better than a hero who is verbally cruel to the heroine. In addition he thinks she is stalking him whenever he sees her in a town of 2000. That's a pretty small town and you're bound to run into people at social events and I was trying a few of this author's books because so many people seem to like her. After 3 books I've decided I don't. The hero is an idiot and a nasty one at that in this book. The heroine is a wimp. That seems to be par for the course with Palmer. I can stand a wimpy heroine better than a hero who is verbally cruel to the heroine. In addition he thinks she is stalking him whenever he sees her in a town of 2000. That's a pretty small town and you're bound to run into people at social events and for him to not realize that was assinine. And that she just gave up and left everytime was too wimpy. But I repeat myself. I think I'm done with my Diana Palmer experiment.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Savannah- Quad Motherin' Book Readin' Diva

    This "hero" was the biggest jackass I've ever had the misfortune to read about. I've read books before (mostly older ones from the 80's and 90's lol) where the male lead is cold, distant, cruel-whatever. This idiot htakes the cake. He has absolutely NO redeeming qualities so even by the end, I was left wishing she had picked the OTHER guy who had, evidently, loved her forever. Normally, authors at least give the losers an epiphany moment early enough to make you root for them before the final wr This "hero" was the biggest jackass I've ever had the misfortune to read about. I've read books before (mostly older ones from the 80's and 90's lol) where the male lead is cold, distant, cruel-whatever. This idiot htakes the cake. He has absolutely NO redeeming qualities so even by the end, I was left wishing she had picked the OTHER guy who had, evidently, loved her forever. Normally, authors at least give the losers an epiphany moment early enough to make you root for them before the final wrap up, but no-not in this book. To compound the horror, the heroine is literally Sweet Polly Purebread, with a heart as big as Texas, loved by all who know her(except the jackass) and...wait for it......a child rape victim. My heart. Did nothing but ache for this woman and I never got the satisfaction of a time when she really told him off the way he deserved. A few flashes here and there but DEFINITELY not enough to have put up with mistreatment and flat out degradation this chump put her through. Horrible. Just horrible.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    FBI Agent Garon Grier is married to his work and has no plans to change that, when he helps his neighbor Grace Carver he is intrigued by the woman who has obviously had a very hard life but brings a ray of sunshine in everything she does, and doesn't have any qualms about putting him in his place. When Garon is asked to help with a possible child serial killer investigation, Garon is shocked when he finds out one of the victims maybe closer to home than he expected. Heart wrenching story, I crie FBI Agent Garon Grier is married to his work and has no plans to change that, when he helps his neighbor Grace Carver he is intrigued by the woman who has obviously had a very hard life but brings a ray of sunshine in everything she does, and doesn't have any qualms about putting him in his place. When Garon is asked to help with a possible child serial killer investigation, Garon is shocked when he finds out one of the victims maybe closer to home than he expected. Heart wrenching story, I cried several times. Grace is a survivor through and through and with many of Diana Palmer's male characters Garon is treading backwards when it comes to Grace and does some things that look to be unredeemable. I give this a 4.5 probably one of my favortie books by the author, it would have recieved the whole 5 if I didn't feel like there was something missing when Garon realizes his mistake in handling Grace. Otherwise a book you just can't put down.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alexis-Morgan Roark

    This little book packed quite the emotional punch...a little too much at times for me. There was violence against children and that always gets to me. The romance part was your typical DP, however, with the obligatory virginal heroine, lonely/still mourning or hurting over his ex hero, and Jacobsville's finest. Gotta luv it!! The part you don't end up lovin': how absolutely STUPID these supposed FBI agents are!! You gotta read the book to understand, but I just can't see how any crimes get solved This little book packed quite the emotional punch...a little too much at times for me. There was violence against children and that always gets to me. The romance part was your typical DP, however, with the obligatory virginal heroine, lonely/still mourning or hurting over his ex hero, and Jacobsville's finest. Gotta luv it!! The part you don't end up lovin': how absolutely STUPID these supposed FBI agents are!! You gotta read the book to understand, but I just can't see how any crimes get solved with these hunky, clueless agents in charge. LOL

  19. 4 out of 5

    shms

    This had it all going on, pretty much every hardship you can think of was thrown at the h. Ok, thats a bit of an exaggeration but it seemed like it. The suspense element was a big fail, utterly boring. The 2* rating was for the romance and that largely for the angst that went with the cruelty but alas we were deprived of any kind of a grovel. The H, well...words fail me. what a complete douche.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mtve41

    Finally. This DP hit all the check boxes for me! I’d take away maybe a star because it deserved more romance between the mcs. But have to give fair rating to a book that claims to be a suspense/romance genre. I love DP’s descriptive writing and the intricacy of hundreds of side characters in the special forces. You’d feel like she really knows the whole town when she writes her book and they’re all important characters. The melancholy of it is rather sweet and soulful. Grace is a sweet and shy n Finally. This DP hit all the check boxes for me! I’d take away maybe a star because it deserved more romance between the mcs. But have to give fair rating to a book that claims to be a suspense/romance genre. I love DP’s descriptive writing and the intricacy of hundreds of side characters in the special forces. You’d feel like she really knows the whole town when she writes her book and they’re all important characters. The melancholy of it is rather sweet and soulful. Grace is a sweet and shy next door neighbor to Garon. Her mundane life bothers Garon who’s forever on the go, hunting for trouble. With her sole guardian’s passing, her abusive grandma, the whole town is worried about Grace’s future and safety. Apparently the whole town is on a small secret of Grace’s past and no one is willing to share. Incidentally Grace ends up having temporary residence with Garon and he can’t but fall for her. The more Garon spends time with her, the more he realizes that she’s built of strong stuff. Deeming himself a man who has no patience for small town girls, he says the cruelest unkindest things to Grace to push her away. Their HEA is a sweet surrender of Garon. I stayed up the whole night to finish off this book and just wished that there was a bit more loving between the mcs. They barely get a page of an epilogue and the climax really doesn’t wrap up till the page before that. Also trigger warning: this might not be for someone looking for easy reading. There is some really disturbing ghastly inclusion of serial killing involving young children. Crime scene details and such. However still, this ones’s a keeper!

  21. 5 out of 5

    lily waheed

    I cried my eyes out 😥 Grace girl you are a hero a survivor and an angel I am happy you found peace and happiness ❤ and I am happy your baby is healthy ❤ Garon 😑 you were an ass jerk I hated you ,you don't deserve such a pure person like Grace but .... she loves you , God knows why! Very enjoyable read Loved it

  22. 4 out of 5

    T

    Despite the difficult topic, it was very good, mostly thanks to awesome heroine and no thanks to totally delusional hero who thinks he’s really awesome.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dea

    1,5 Sometimes I hate my inability to dnf a book...such is the case with the Lawman. I have rated quite a number of books with 1 star because I hate them intensely... But this one cant't even evoke such a strong emotion from me....it's just plain stupid! Our main protagonists are so unintelligent that I kept asking myself have I ever read any book that had a worse set of characters while reading this one. I can read a book with an old fashioned feel to it,where characters have some backward attitudes 1,5 Sometimes I hate my inability to dnf a book...such is the case with the Lawman. I have rated quite a number of books with 1 star because I hate them intensely... But this one cant't even evoke such a strong emotion from me....it's just plain stupid! Our main protagonists are so unintelligent that I kept asking myself have I ever read any book that had a worse set of characters while reading this one. I can read a book with an old fashioned feel to it,where characters have some backward attitudes toward some things that are regarded as normal nowadays if the characters are well developed or if the plot is amazing. But "hero" from Lawman, Garon Grier is a pathetic paragon of every horrible masculine trait imaginable multiplied by zillion. He supposedly works for FBI. I would buy into that if the FBI is acronym for Foul Brainless Imbecils. Let's not discuss our heroine, Grace Carver whose awful childhood trauma made us sympathize with her but later I forgot everything about it while reading about her ceaseless TSTL behaviour. I believe she is a member of MENSA ( if that stands for Mindless Exasperating Naive Slow-witted Anonymous). The mystery around serial killer could have been solved by a blind 100 year old person with Alzheimer's symptoms. But our characters got rid of him when he approached them himself. I have taken into account the publication date of this book and the fact that the plot is set into a small southern city but the characters were too obtuse even considering above mentioned things.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was very disappointed in this book. The premise sounds great, a FBI agent comes back to his home town to re-connect with his estranged family...which is mentioned several times, but he only speaks to his brother three times...then he meets his shy, introverted neighbor and immediately decides she is backwards, and not good enough for him. He constantly belittles her and then, when he decided she's good enough to go to bed with, he sleeps with her twice and decides that she's too attached and h I was very disappointed in this book. The premise sounds great, a FBI agent comes back to his home town to re-connect with his estranged family...which is mentioned several times, but he only speaks to his brother three times...then he meets his shy, introverted neighbor and immediately decides she is backwards, and not good enough for him. He constantly belittles her and then, when he decided she's good enough to go to bed with, he sleeps with her twice and decides that she's too attached and he dumps her. When, after the "breakup" she shows up in the same place he is (the bank, the cafe) he publically berates her for following him...in a small ranching town. Gee, imagine that. While investigating serial child murders, he interviews a "witness" and never questions why the man is wearing gloves in the house...or follows up on the witness. When he discovers every other child murder has ONE witness, he never connects the dots. I knew from the interview of the first witness who the killer was and then when he FINALLY confronts the killer, the killer spills his guts, I wanted to spill mine all over the book. I've read a couple of other books by Diana Palmer and I guess I must be very optimistic as I keep going back for more...maybe I just can't believe someone can write this badly...please, God, give me brains to not read her again!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ashley♥Alexis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not only did the murder investigation not make any sense, the first time Garon meets the culprit it was very obvious he was the killer yet neither officers made a mention to his odd behavior or the gloves. I also found it really strange that the whole town knew about Grace's younger years, even Barbabra 's son and yet never made a connection until Grace herself brought it up. the actual murder/rape crime going on in this book makes no sense for it to be in this story it didnt help the book any. Not only did the murder investigation not make any sense, the first time Garon meets the culprit it was very obvious he was the killer yet neither officers made a mention to his odd behavior or the gloves. I also found it really strange that the whole town knew about Grace's younger years, even Barbabra 's son and yet never made a connection until Grace herself brought it up. the actual murder/rape crime going on in this book makes no sense for it to be in this story it didnt help the book any. Garon was a jerk to Grace on many occasions not just in public but also during his internal monologue and still he ends up dating her and getting her pregnant. He doesn't like the way she looks the way she dresses and he thinks shes unintelligent but still he ends up falling for her but hey, wait, its' ok she's not really dumb shes part of MENSA and she's bilingual and about to be rich. It's a good thing he stuck with her or he wouldn't have found all this out.

  26. 4 out of 5

    amanda s.

    Okay, this one's about Cash Grier's youger brother. Garon is bitter about love. He used to loved, hard, and the woman he loved died by cancer. He just can bear another pain like that. Then he met Grace, young girl with blond hair and shy demeanor. He didn't knew that Grace's suffered by awful past. Real awful. So far, I like this one. Garon's quite nice. Even though he's arrogant as ass, but I always love when Miss Palmer pull the punches where he regret everything he did to Grace. Akk! :))) Not Okay, this one's about Cash Grier's youger brother. Garon is bitter about love. He used to loved, hard, and the woman he loved died by cancer. He just can bear another pain like that. Then he met Grace, young girl with blond hair and shy demeanor. He didn't knew that Grace's suffered by awful past. Real awful. So far, I like this one. Garon's quite nice. Even though he's arrogant as ass, but I always love when Miss Palmer pull the punches where he regret everything he did to Grace. Akk! :))) Not my favorite, but hold my third place. Very typical of Miss Palmer, but not disappointing. Good but not perfect. Recommended!

  27. 5 out of 5

    ♛ Jarusauskas

    ESTÚPIDO HÉROE.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hannah M.

    I did it, I read another Diana Palmer. See, when I saw this book for a dollar I figured why not try it out. The little blurb seemed interesting enough and since the male lead happens to be the brother of Cash, from Palmer’s Renegade whom I liked very much, I figured I might as well give it a go. Garon Grier, FBI agent and new ranch owner, and Grace Carver, small town girl, meet under unfortunate circumstances. Grace’s grandmother needs to be admitted to the hospital and so Garon helps her out whe I did it, I read another Diana Palmer. See, when I saw this book for a dollar I figured why not try it out. The little blurb seemed interesting enough and since the male lead happens to be the brother of Cash, from Palmer’s Renegade whom I liked very much, I figured I might as well give it a go. Garon Grier, FBI agent and new ranch owner, and Grace Carver, small town girl, meet under unfortunate circumstances. Grace’s grandmother needs to be admitted to the hospital and so Garon helps her out when she shows up in the middle of the night asking to use the phone. But that’s really only the beginning. Lawman is a romance with a bit of a crime thriller thrown in. Garon is approached by a police officer asking for help to look into a case of child murder. He suspects that the man is a serial killer, but his superior doesn’t want to believe it so he, Marquez, goes to Garon looking for help. And so Garon gets involved in the case looking for a serial child killer. That’s taxing for anyone. At the same time, as he helps out his neighbor Grace, he starts to realize that even though she doesn’t look like the women he goes for, he is still attracted to her. Grace, while innocent and unsure when it comes to men because of events of her past, really falls head over heels for Garon. Her feelings stick even when he ends up a jerk. The two end up with something of a surprise when Grace becomes pregnant, especially when it was thought that she couldn’t conceive. But, of course, this is a romance. So there is, without question, the happy ending. The child killer is found out, Garon and Grace overcome their issues and end up deep in love. Say it with me now, “Awwww.” Where to start… There were aspects of Lawman that I liked and parts that had my hackles rising. I near threw the book at the wall in disgust a time or two, courtesy of our male lead Garon. First I’ll say this: The one thing I noticed when I read a few of Palmer’s books last year was a lack of character variation. Unfortunately that carries over into Lawman. Once again we have an innocent woman who experienced a trauma in her past that leaves her weary of men. A woman who is over a decade younger than the man she wants. Again, said shy woman is amazed that she could ever be so sexually attracted to a man who is so much worldlier than she. Again, we have a woman who busts ass just to make ends meet. Thankfully though there was one difference between Grace and Palmer's other lead women, she was not of the chastity belt wearing club, standing up to her man declaring that no way, no how would she ever spread them for a man she wasn’t married no matter how bad she wanted him. As for the man, I’ll repeat, again we have a lack of character variation. We have our strong, experienced man who wants to “take his woman” without worries of wedding bells. We have another leading man in the law enforcement field. Another man who is well to do and can afford to own his own ranch along with a couple of nice expensive cars. He’s got the tragic past woman experience that keeps him from wanting to ever fall for a woman again, he only wants women who will satisfy his needs when he has them and then send them on their way (oh, joy!). Again, our male lead is extremely tall, with big hands and feet and hairy chests (I wonder what kind of men our author is attracted to…). That being said, here is what REALLY pissed me off about Garon. He was far more arrogant than Palmer’s other male leads. Garon went and made love to Grace, introduced her to this experience that was amazing, and then he ran because he realized she was falling for him and that he could potentially fall for her (god forbid!). So he starts treating her like shit. Then he has the balls to yell at her and insult her everytime they see each other in public. Garon accuses Grace of following him and the like. If it were me, I would have punched the asshole. How difficult is it to run into someone that you don’t want to see when you live in a town of 2,000? Anywho, this man’s arrogance was astounding and knew no bounds. Then when they find out she’s pregnant he marries her because of course you can’t have a baby out of wedlock in small town Texas, and has the gall to say that we can take care of divorcing after the baby is born. At this point, I’m still really, really pissed. I’m just glad that the townspeople gave him shit for a while even though he really needed a smack. While I could continue to talk about all the things that Garon did to piss me off, I’ll move on. As for the crime part of the story I actually really got into that part. Palmer stays true to the fact that many departments struggle with low budgets and incompetent officers while other departments are given everything they need. It is far too true that local PDs don’t always have the things that are necessary for the job. I also like that she was able to illustrate the difficulty of working on a case that involves a child murderer. Palmer stayed more true to a real investigation than any TV show ever will. I applaud her on that. All in all, I can’t really recommend this as anything more than a cheesy romance read for a rainy day or something. And that’s assuming that you can handle Garon’s attitude. I have to say that I liked Renegade far more than I liked Lawman. If I’m going to read another Palmer, it won’t be for some time, I suspect.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hasnamezied

    I enjoyed reading this book a lot. It felt different from Diana Palmer's usual type of books. It is a keeper.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    BE WARNED IT'S GRAPHIC And I'm not talking about the sex. FBI agent Garon is hunting a rapist whose only left one victim alive and is the heroine. Diana Palmer is really good and describing the scenes the agents go into finding the raped and murdered bodies. It's so horribly graphic I had to put the book down several times and just breath. At one point I threw the book across the room and said I can't read anymore. But then I found myself looking at it, wondering what happened. So I picked it up BE WARNED IT'S GRAPHIC And I'm not talking about the sex. FBI agent Garon is hunting a rapist whose only left one victim alive and is the heroine. Diana Palmer is really good and describing the scenes the agents go into finding the raped and murdered bodies. It's so horribly graphic I had to put the book down several times and just breath. At one point I threw the book across the room and said I can't read anymore. But then I found myself looking at it, wondering what happened. So I picked it up and kept going. This is not for the faint of heart and I'm not kidding when I say IT'S GUT WRENCHING REALISTIC!! That said, the struggles the Hero faces to get her to trust him not just as a friend but as a man is heartwarming. He literally takes what was broken and puts it back together. He's the best alpha male I've read in a long time. This was my first Diana Palmer book, and since this one I think I've read all her Jacobsville series. I will say they all have a law enforcement type Hero and a broken heroine. They are all alphas, and very good to read. This one in particular was more graphic than the others in the series. But I would recommend it simply because the story that develops between H and h is really good. And even though it's graphic violence it's still one I couldn't put down!!

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