by Diana Palmer

June 2009
ISBN: 978-0-373-77378-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin
Mass Market Paperback

Gracie has been in love with her step-brother Jason, ever since Gracie’s Mom married Jason’s Dad and they moved into the San Antonio mansion twelve years before. Gracie’s Mom passed away shortly after but Myron, Jason’s Dad, kept Gracie at the house and raised her, along with Glory, the heroine from Fearless. Gracie’s childhood was a nightmare, with a vicious, jealous alcoholic father until the night that changed everything. Her mother drilled into her that men were cruel and sex wasn’t worth it and it ultimately damaged Gracie, not to mention the other injuries she has from childhood. However, she is content being Jason’s hostess and her other interests until……..

Two years ago, Jason realized that Gracie grew up and his feelings for her grew in a different direction. One night, there was an accidental kiss between them and Gracie panicked and pushed Jason away. Jason, being a Diana Palmer “hero”, went to New York and did a stupid thing because his ego was bruised. Jason’s act hurt the entire family and had the household in an uproar! That act also forced Gracie out of her home and into real life, got her to stand on her own two feet, which was a good thing for Gracie until one day………

Diana Palmer’s Heartless is your typical Diana Palmer book in that the hero, older than virginal heroine, does stupid thing to drive heroine away until a crisis arises and he can rescue her. *sigh* The good thing is we have some surprises in this book – not big surprises but still. I loved Gracie and Jason when they were introduced in Fearless. That feeling carried over through this book, as far as Gracie is concerned. Jason? Well that’s a whole ‘nother story. I wasn’t feeling the love for him, since he went macho stupid on Gracie, with the help of a most nasty, evil secondary character. What made this book a tad better than most is we get a closer look-see at those luscious brothers, Kilraven & Blackhawk, and the mysterious Grange. The staff at the house in San Antonio is great and believe it or not, we’re introduced to one of the nicest “bad” guys ever written! I’d be real interested in reading about Kilraven, Blackhawk or Grange in the very near future, as long as our heroes aren’t made into jerks!

Reviewed in May 2009 by PamL.

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