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#1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood takes readers from New Orleans' exclusive Garden District to the backwoods of Louisiana's mysterious bayou country in an unforgettable novel of passion and suspense that cuts straight to the heart. When esteemed Justice Department attorney Theo Buchanan is struck ill at a New Orleans gala, Dr. Michelle Renard works fast to #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood takes readers from New Orleans' exclusive Garden District to the backwoods of Louisiana's mysterious bayou country in an unforgettable novel of passion and suspense that cuts straight to the heart. When esteemed Justice Department attorney Theo Buchanan is struck ill at a New Orleans gala, Dr. Michelle Renard works fast to save his life. Soon, Theo finds himself in a race to save her when Michelle is targeted by a deadly crime ring. They call themselves the Sowing Club, a devious foursome driven by greed to accumulate millions in a secret bank account. Now they're dead set on silencing Michelle, who might know the secret behind the killing of one of their wives. Dodging a world-class hit man and a band of cunning criminals, Michelle and Theo walk a narrow path between passion and survival.


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#1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood takes readers from New Orleans' exclusive Garden District to the backwoods of Louisiana's mysterious bayou country in an unforgettable novel of passion and suspense that cuts straight to the heart. When esteemed Justice Department attorney Theo Buchanan is struck ill at a New Orleans gala, Dr. Michelle Renard works fast to #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood takes readers from New Orleans' exclusive Garden District to the backwoods of Louisiana's mysterious bayou country in an unforgettable novel of passion and suspense that cuts straight to the heart. When esteemed Justice Department attorney Theo Buchanan is struck ill at a New Orleans gala, Dr. Michelle Renard works fast to save his life. Soon, Theo finds himself in a race to save her when Michelle is targeted by a deadly crime ring. They call themselves the Sowing Club, a devious foursome driven by greed to accumulate millions in a secret bank account. Now they're dead set on silencing Michelle, who might know the secret behind the killing of one of their wives. Dodging a world-class hit man and a band of cunning criminals, Michelle and Theo walk a narrow path between passion and survival.

30 review for Mercy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    Mercy by Julie Garwood is such an elaborate story of lies and deceit, murder and trickery. I loved every minute of it. The story starts with meeting the sewing club. A group that is working to skim funds any way they can to reach their financial goal. Once they reach the goal, then they will divide the money and disappear. They had no doubt they could pull it off. When John's wife becomes to annoying for him, he arranges with the others to hit someone for a mercy killing. They find out it is a c Mercy by Julie Garwood is such an elaborate story of lies and deceit, murder and trickery. I loved every minute of it. The story starts with meeting the sewing club. A group that is working to skim funds any way they can to reach their financial goal. Once they reach the goal, then they will divide the money and disappear. They had no doubt they could pull it off. When John's wife becomes to annoying for him, he arranges with the others to hit someone for a mercy killing. They find out it is a con and then everything starts to fall apart. The revenge of the dead wife is delicious. He certainly deserved that fate. When Theo Buchanan comes to Bowen Louisiana he is met with a hilarious welcome. The townspeople have plans for him and they make not bones about it. He is there to fish and visit with Mike Renard. He liked her ever since she saved his life at that party they both attended. The romance of Theo and Mike, now known as Michelle, is adorable. They are both drawn to each other, but they know it can't work. They live in two different states. But boy do they want it to. It is fun to read their interaction and conversations. The dead wife has sent a package to her relatives and expects them to be able to stop her husband from getting off scott free. She wants him to suffer. The writing is divine. I laughed at the way the family acted about Theo being in town. I laughed at the misunderstanding of the young people of the town. It has some great comical moments. However, when the story got intense the writing was just as good in the serious and dangerous telling. I was glad to give this book a full 5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Kay

    ★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I’ve never heard a performance by Christina Traister – and it is truly a performance she gives – but this won’t be my last time. She was fantastic! Ms. Traister does a wonderful job on the southern Louisiana Cajun accents. I am sure they would be much thicker in Real Life, but they do need to be understandable on audio. I really felt Michelle’s father came alive in the audio, much more than on the printed page. Before, when I just read them, I didn’t ap ★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I’ve never heard a performance by Christina Traister – and it is truly a performance she gives – but this won’t be my last time. She was fantastic! Ms. Traister does a wonderful job on the southern Louisiana Cajun accents. I am sure they would be much thicker in Real Life, but they do need to be understandable on audio. I really felt Michelle’s father came alive in the audio, much more than on the printed page. Before, when I just read them, I didn’t appreciate all the subtle humor inherent in his voice for some of his scenes. I think Michelle’s voice as a little girl didn’t sound childish enough, but why quibble? Still, I liked her softening accent as she moved away from home, becoming Dr. Michelle Renard; nevertheless, it reappears when she’s interacting with her family. Especially when they push her buttons! LOL! I think most people do this in Real Life. I also didn’t even think to put Theo Buchanan, attorney for the Justice Department, with a Boston accent, but **smacks forehead** surely he’d have one. She manages to make him sound cynical, worldly, and sexy. Overall, Ms. Traister’s pacing, inflections, as well as her differentiation were spot-on, kicking it up a notch, from four stars to five. I love that Julie Garwood is releasing some of her books out on audio and they are finding such wonderful narrators. Her books deserve them! Really, these characters came so alive, I just didn’t want this book to end.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️

    I'm revisiting one of my favorite Julie Garwood series, I've forgotten how much I love Michelle "Mike" Renard and Theo Buchanan. Such a great read! The narrator Christina Traister for this book does a fantastic job! I'm not going to write a detailed review since there are many great reviews posted here on Goodreads already. But, I will say I loved this book!!! *Originally read: June 2011 I'm revisiting one of my favorite Julie Garwood series, I've forgotten how much I love Michelle "Mike" Renard and Theo Buchanan. Such a great read! The narrator Christina Traister for this book does a fantastic job! I'm not going to write a detailed review since there are many great reviews posted here on Goodreads already. But, I will say I loved this book!!! *Originally read: June 2011

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    I love Julie Garwood! In this book we have a little girl in the Bayou who grows up to be a brilliant surgeon. And we have a lawyer who has lost his passion. In the middle of their love story is murder and mayhem. A really good book, but skip the audio. The narrator tries to do a Cajun accent and fails. Bless her heart.😁

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    4.5 stars. What a happy surprise! This one felt almost like the old Julie Garwood, writing her Highland Lairds, even though it's set in the present time in Louisiana's legendary bayou -- gator and gumbo country. Most of the action occurs in Bowen, a tiny swamp town. Descriptive setting. This book's got Garwood's signature sense of humor and some of her most heartwarming characters. The attraction simmers. There is only one main plot line, so the story felt tight, not meandering (as with some of h 4.5 stars. What a happy surprise! This one felt almost like the old Julie Garwood, writing her Highland Lairds, even though it's set in the present time in Louisiana's legendary bayou -- gator and gumbo country. Most of the action occurs in Bowen, a tiny swamp town. Descriptive setting. This book's got Garwood's signature sense of humor and some of her most heartwarming characters. The attraction simmers. There is only one main plot line, so the story felt tight, not meandering (as with some of her books). Good suspense, too. (I began on audio and switched to print, because I was absorbed in the story but didn't like the narration by Christina Traister. Unbearable Cajun accent for the men. Big Daddy always sounded drunk or stoned, and stupid. Got a refund). Garwood dreamt up a hero to warm the coldest night. Theo Buchanan is a hot-blooded, soft-hearted, dirty-fighting Federal attorney with connections and class. He's weary of chasing down thugs for the US Justice Department -- like roaches, they just keep coming. Unconsciously seeking something more, Buchanan's a goner when he looks past Michelle's beauty and brilliance to her "best feature" -- her loving heart, of course. Theo Buchanan slightly reminded me of his fabulous Highland ancestor, Brodick Buchanan in Ransom. As an attorney fighting pro bono for the underdog, he reminded me even more of Harrison in Garwood's historical, For the Roses. I loved Michelle, aka Mike. She's a Garwood girl through and through. A kind heart, a sharp mind, a scrapper. This is no Sara the Silly, of parasol infamy in The Gift. Decent suspense! I was surprised by a few of the plot twists. One of the better suspense plots I have encountered in this RS genre. By better, I mean coherent, credible, and somewhat unpredictable. Some vivid scenes when the Sowing Club and their accomplice The Monk hunted down Michelle and Theo in the twisty-turny swamp. Vivid scene at the hospital. Quibbles about the suspense? Nothing major, but I could do without the irrelevant scene where Monk recalls killing an adolescent girl. It pulled me from the story, and I didn't need to know more about him. Also, I think Catherine transformed too quickly and without enough justification, from ambitious society beauty to bed-bound hypochondriac. Funny! I chuckled aloud at the football scenes. "Gimme a B!" The folks are absolutely determined to make Buchanan stay and become their coach. After all, he kept all his old playbooks from college. I chuckled at how the townsfolk tried to entice their "coach" to stick around -- and it got me hankering for Cajun food. Heartwarming. Buchanan helps a poor frightened little boy (the fence) and -- with Noah Clayborne's help -- takes on the nasty Carson brothers, sugar mill owners. Memorable, poignant, and vivid scene when Michelle performs immediate surgery on a critically wounded little patient. Textured secondary characters: I got a kick out of Big Daddy Jake Renard, Michelle's managing, shrewd, and softhearted father. Also loved John Paul Renard, her antisocial big brother, so reminiscent of grumpy old Brodick, in Ransom. What a character -- he needs his own book! (Turns out he got one, Killjoy). A former elite Marine, John Paul rules the bayou based on reputation alone (nobody messes with his sister or breaks into his Daddy's bar). He's a hunter assassin and a "damned fine" furniture maker. Chuckle. A man after my own heart. Can he cook, too? Noah Clayborne, FBI, will get his own book some day, too, I expect. He plays a major secondary role in this book. (update: his book is Shadow Dance.) Contents: One explicit love scene, and several more are alluded to. Some swearing -- but not much, and no profanity. Some murder and violence -- but thankfully, there's nothing gruesome or grisly, no bloodcurdling psychotic scenes like in the prequel, Heartbreaker. The Sowing Club murderers just kill for money, not for pleasure. No typos noted. Since John Paul and Monk battle it out in the sequel, I will read it. Killjoy, coming up next!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    Well done romantic suspense. Engaging characters. Neat things happened. I read the physical book a few years ago and just now listened to the audiobook. It was great. I didn’t want to stop listening. I had forgotten some of the events, and I’m glad because it made the current read better - not knowing. I loved what Catherine did for revenge. I loved the first scene that John Paul was in -- what an intriguing character. Suspense was good. And no stupidity. AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR: Christina Traister did Well done romantic suspense. Engaging characters. Neat things happened. I read the physical book a few years ago and just now listened to the audiobook. It was great. I didn’t want to stop listening. I had forgotten some of the events, and I’m glad because it made the current read better - not knowing. I loved what Catherine did for revenge. I loved the first scene that John Paul was in -- what an intriguing character. Suspense was good. And no stupidity. AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR: Christina Traister did a great job. She used a weird accent for the cajun characters. I don’t know if it was accurate but it was fine for me. And I’m happy that her breath noises were removed. DATA: Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 343 pages hardback. Swearing language: strong including religious swear words, but rarely used. Sexual language: mild with the f-word once. Number of sex scenes: 2. Setting: current day Bowen and New Orleans, Louisiana. Copyright: 2001. Genre: romantic suspense.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pamela(AllHoney)

    The second book in Julie Garwood's Buchanan/Renard series. Theo Buchanan, an attorney for the Justice Department, is in New Orleans, attending a charity black-tie affair, when Dr Michelle "Mike" Renard sees him and notices he is not feeling good. So she goes up to him to see if she can help him and he promptly throws up on her and tears her $400 dress. What a way to make a good impression! LOL. Well, while in the hospital, Theo meets Michelle's dad and gets invited to the small town of Bowen, LA The second book in Julie Garwood's Buchanan/Renard series. Theo Buchanan, an attorney for the Justice Department, is in New Orleans, attending a charity black-tie affair, when Dr Michelle "Mike" Renard sees him and notices he is not feeling good. So she goes up to him to see if she can help him and he promptly throws up on her and tears her $400 dress. What a way to make a good impression! LOL. Well, while in the hospital, Theo meets Michelle's dad and gets invited to the small town of Bowen, LA to go fishing. Theo takes him up on it. Meanwhile, a group called the Sowing Club has discovered that a package with incriminating evidence against them was sent to Michelle and they will do anything it takes to get it back! Theo and Michelle were perfect for each other. I loved the characters, especially the residents of Bowen, Louisiana. They really had me in stitches. The story itself was engrossing and intense at times. Great balance of suspense and romance.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    "Mercy" is the second book in the Buchanan-Renard Saga and the story of Theo and Michelle/Mike. When Justice Department attorney Theo suffers an appendicitis attack during a party, his life is saved by the redhead surgeon Michelle. However,dazed in excruciating pain, he "thanks" her by clocking her face and vomiting all over her new Armani dress. She operates on him, & during his recovery, he realizes is attracted to Mike. Soon he meets her father and is invite to visit their small town of Bowen f "Mercy" is the second book in the Buchanan-Renard Saga and the story of Theo and Michelle/Mike. When Justice Department attorney Theo suffers an appendicitis attack during a party, his life is saved by the redhead surgeon Michelle. However,dazed in excruciating pain, he "thanks" her by clocking her face and vomiting all over her new Armani dress. She operates on him, & during his recovery, he realizes is attracted to Mike. Soon he meets her father and is invite to visit their small town of Bowen for a fishing trip, where Mike is permanently moving to. Three weeks later, when Theo cant get her out of his head- he decides to take up Jake's offer in form of a mini vacation. However on reaching Bowen, he realizes this isnt going to be an ordinary trip! Someone has vandalized Michelle's clinic and she thinks she might have had a break in. Moreover, as he decides to investigate and help her,the town people start thinking of him as a coach and everyone wants his legal advice (all thanks to big daddy Jake's boasting) ,ferocious alligators swamp the fertile land (and snakes too!), and he soon realizes Jake might be matchmaking him with his daughter.. The secondary plot is of a well executed murder by four individuals known as "The Sowing Club" with the help of "The Ghost", aka the silent killer Monk- and a letter mailed by the victim to Mike connects the two stories. Entertaining read filled with suspense, humor and love, this completely captivated me since early on and the mystery was worth the wait, even though the bad guy technically got away (but we have so many more books to go!). The next one involves both John Paul and Monk- so cant wait to read that. Liked this one so much more than the first book. Both H and h were likable and extremely suited for one another. Safe 4/5

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Dr. Michelle Renard returns home to her hometown of Bowen, Louisiana to open a clinic for the small town. Weeks earlier, she had met Theo Buchanan, a US Attorney, in New Orleans when she performed an emergency appendectomy on him that saved his life. He decided to take some time off after his recuperation and took her father, Big Daddy Jake, up on his offer for some great fishing. Though not willing to admit it, he had more than fishing on his mind. His timing couldn't have been better since som Dr. Michelle Renard returns home to her hometown of Bowen, Louisiana to open a clinic for the small town. Weeks earlier, she had met Theo Buchanan, a US Attorney, in New Orleans when she performed an emergency appendectomy on him that saved his life. He decided to take some time off after his recuperation and took her father, Big Daddy Jake, up on his offer for some great fishing. Though not willing to admit it, he had more than fishing on his mind. His timing couldn't have been better since some pretty nasty people had an aim on the doctor. Garwood has crafted an excellent story of romance, suspense and out and out hilarity in this second installment of the Buchanan-Renard series. I was unprepared to laugh so much and that was a welcome surprise. Michelle and Theo make a great couple and the people of Bowen work hard to make their relationship a reality. While the antagonists of the story are revealed early on, this part of the storyline was still suspenseful and interesting, with some unexpected twists. I really liked this book and hated to reach the end. It's well written with great dialogue and perfect timing.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I really enjoyed this book, it's about Theo Buchanan the brother of FBI Agent Nick Buchanan from book one Heartbreaker, and god was it ever funny. The banter between him and Michelle (Dr. Mike) Renard were priceless. Oh and good lord could you get a better character than Big Daddy, well there was Noah and Noah to me is a priceless character, and I greatly enjoyed seeing him again. I found this book and to be intriguing and thrilling, but what really made was the humor and the love story. I liked I really enjoyed this book, it's about Theo Buchanan the brother of FBI Agent Nick Buchanan from book one Heartbreaker, and god was it ever funny. The banter between him and Michelle (Dr. Mike) Renard were priceless. Oh and good lord could you get a better character than Big Daddy, well there was Noah and Noah to me is a priceless character, and I greatly enjoyed seeing him again. I found this book and to be intriguing and thrilling, but what really made was the humor and the love story. I liked that Theo wasn't broken, he had scars but he wasn't broken and neither was Michelle, it was a given to both of them that they would end up in bed and they fought as two normal people with scars would but it wasn't over done or silly. It was perfect and a nice break from the norm for me anyway. I highly recommend this book to everyone, and can't wait to read John Paul's book Killjoy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    This is my favorite of the Garwood Suspense books. Theo is definately my hero. I love the way he reacts to the situation in the Louisiana backwoods. Michelle and her family are great. Their crazy personality's and the local element have you laughing, but the hot tension between Michelle and Theo is terrific. A Great book! This is my favorite of the Garwood Suspense books. Theo is definately my hero. I love the way he reacts to the situation in the Louisiana backwoods. Michelle and her family are great. Their crazy personality's and the local element have you laughing, but the hot tension between Michelle and Theo is terrific. A Great book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Splage

    I listened to this as an audiobook and it was a great listen. It had very endearing characters with sweet chemistry. Also the plot was strong and it kept my interest as well as gave me a few laughs. I am not a huge romantic suspense fan, but this Garwood story I would definitely recommend. The narrator did wonderful job with both Boston and Cajun accents. She was very easy to listen too.

  13. 5 out of 5

    MBR

    4.5 Star Romantic Suspense My first taste of Julie Garwood came in the form of her historical romance The Gift, which I received as a birthday present from my sister. Instantly hooked onto her style of writing, I remember trying to frantically get my hands on each and every published book by Ms. Garwood. My first encounter with her contemporary romances came from this very book which in the end turned out to be my favorite contemporary romance from her till now. For me, Mercy has got it all, an 4.5 Star Romantic Suspense My first taste of Julie Garwood came in the form of her historical romance The Gift, which I received as a birthday present from my sister. Instantly hooked onto her style of writing, I remember trying to frantically get my hands on each and every published book by Ms. Garwood. My first encounter with her contemporary romances came from this very book which in the end turned out to be my favorite contemporary romance from her till now. For me, Mercy has got it all, an unforgettably sexy as sin hero in Theo Buchanan, an endearingly lovable heroine in Michelle Renard and edge-of-the-seat adventure in the form of a crime ring who are ruthless and greedy enough to kill anyone who stands in their way. 32 year old Theo Buchanan comes from a family of 5 brothers and 2 sisters from Boston. A federal attorney who has just wrapped up a case involving organized crime for the Justice Department, Theo is on the verge of collapsing from an appendicitis that would rupture any minute when he comes into contact with Dr. Michelle Renard who herself is attending the gala in New Orleans. Born in Bowen, Louisiana, Michelle is the only girl in her family of 2 elder brothers and is the apple of her father's eye. Michelle had grown up, never having an active mother figure in her life and had been discovered for her high IQ when she had entered 3rd grade in school. Her father Big Daddy Jake Renard had done everything he could to make Michelle's dreams of being a doctor come true and it is Michelle's work at the Brethen Hospital in New Orleans that brings her to the very irresistible Theo Buchanan whom she operates on. From the first moment Theo lays eyes on the beautiful Michelle, whose passion for her work and to make a difference with her talent as a surgeon shines through, Theo aches to go back to the period of time in his life when he had been an idealistic graduate in law who had wanted to make all the difference in the world in his profession. Guilt from the death of his wife 4 years back which haunts him has Theo turning to work for solace until he just cannot take it any longer. Convincing himself that he is making a trip to Bowen, Louisiana to take up on Big Daddy's offer to fish and do some relaxing, Theo makes his way to Michelle just 3 weeks after surgery to come into the midst of a random act of vandalism of Michelle's clinic which sets all of Theo's senses on red alert. Unbeknown to the Renard family, it is the inheritance left by a distant family relative together with a material which contains evidence that could put her husband and his friends who call themselves members of the Sowing Club behind bars for life that puts Michelle and whoever tries to help her in danger. Theo's journey into small town life turns out to be exactly what the doctor ordered for someone on the verge of burning out as he discovers that in Michelle and the combination of the charming Southern life he finds in Louisiana, he has at last found where he belongs. There are so many things I love about this story even reading it the second time round. Theo Buchanan *insert major sighing session here* is such a dreamy and larger-than-life hero who is so comfortable in his own skin, confident to the point of being sexily arrogant (if there ever is such a thing) which just makes him such an easy hero to fall in love with. The way he seduced Michelle who is a little bit naive when it comes to men and the games men and women play in a relationship was just so sweet and endearing and hot at the same time. The man oozes sensuality into the story just by stepping into the pages and he just dazzled me right from the very beginning. Michelle is a lovable heroine who is an amazing surgeon who at heart is a small town girl who refuses to leave her hometown to embrace the big city life. The prologue which shows so much of her childhood is a sweet and poignant one that nearly brought tears to my eyes and makes it one of the most beautifully done prologues in any of the stories I have come across. Michelle's father, Big Daddy and the people of Bowen, Louisiana charmed me through every aspect of the story as they worked as a team to bring Theo and Michelle together, to show Theo that he belongs right at home with the rest of them. The strong and silent John Paul, older brother of Michelle makes for an intriguing character, whose story I would love to read someday. Though I have stopped following the Buchanan's series after the very disappointing edition which features the very sexy and tough FBI agent Noah Clayborne, after revisiting Mercy, I would dearly love to know if Ms. Garwood has any intention of following through on a story for John Paul. He would certainly make for a very yummy, broody hero which we girls in the world of romance tend to swoon over. Mercy is a novel that is very highly recommended for fans of Julie Garwood and fans of romantic suspense. I will finish off my review with one of the sweetest moments in the story which takes place right after Theo and Michelle first make love, moments that just took my breathe away. (view spoiler)[ She pulled the sheet up as she rolled onto her back and closed her eyes. She was falling into a deep sleep when Theo nudged her. "Michelle?" "Hmm?" "I found your best feature." "What is it?" she asked in a sleepy whisper. He tugged the sheet down and put his hand on her breast. If she hadn't been so tired, she would have asked him to explain why men had such an obsession with breasts, but then she suddenly realized just where his hand pressed and tears sprang into her eyes. How could she not love this man? He had placed his hand over her heart. (hide spoiler)]

  14. 5 out of 5

    E Wilson

    I didn't much care for this. I was not familiar with the author and thought it was a mystery. Instead, it was a romance and a disappointing one at that. The heroine, Mike, was very smart (she's a doctor) very beautiful (of course) very kind and altruistic (she's going back to practice in her little dinky old town). The hero, Theo, is handsome, smart (he can take down the unscrupulous owners of the local mill between breakfast and lunch) , kind and altruistic (he will use his own money to buy a fenc I didn't much care for this. I was not familiar with the author and thought it was a mystery. Instead, it was a romance and a disappointing one at that. The heroine, Mike, was very smart (she's a doctor) very beautiful (of course) very kind and altruistic (she's going back to practice in her little dinky old town). The hero, Theo, is handsome, smart (he can take down the unscrupulous owners of the local mill between breakfast and lunch) , kind and altruistic (he will use his own money to buy a fence so a little boy can play in his back yard and the alligator won't eat him). Not only does the author stretch the limits of reality, but her characters are perfect to the point of nausea. The mystery part of the book started out to be quite interesting. Then it got sidetracked and became just a sidelight to the romance. My stepdaughter saw me reading this book and said she loved the historical books the author had written. Maybe I'll give one of those a try.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Jo

    Mercy by Julie Garwood is an amazing and thrilling read with a heartfelt romance at it’s core. Exciting and passionate, this a romantic suspense novel you’ll kill to get your hands on! Justice Department attorney and Boston native Theo Buchanan is at the highlight of his career. While waiting to give a speech celebrating his recent success, he passes out only to be saved by the gorgeous doctor Michelle Renard who ends up performing his emergency appendectomy. When Michelle’s father invites Theo d Mercy by Julie Garwood is an amazing and thrilling read with a heartfelt romance at it’s core. Exciting and passionate, this a romantic suspense novel you’ll kill to get your hands on! Justice Department attorney and Boston native Theo Buchanan is at the highlight of his career. While waiting to give a speech celebrating his recent success, he passes out only to be saved by the gorgeous doctor Michelle Renard who ends up performing his emergency appendectomy. When Michelle’s father invites Theo down to Bowen, Louisiana for fishing, he finds he can’t refuse. Especially if it means spending more time with the good doctor. When Theo arrives, he discovers the new clinic Michelle was planning to open has been burglarized. Little do Theo or Michelle know, but they have been dragged into the workings of an illegal group known as The Sowing Club. Documentation describing their illegal activities has been sent to Michelle who is unaware of it’s importance. Which means the Sowing Club will stop at nothing to reclaim those documents, even if they have to eliminate Theo and Michelle....permanently. As they work to discover who is after them Theo and Michelle begin to develop a very close relationship. Both worry if they can actually stand a future together when they live worlds apart. Truly an awesome and stunning read, Mercy by Julie Garwood is not a book to be look at lightly. This book has strong, intense characters who are honest and incredibly down to earth. Theo, the ever brilliant and stubborn attorney is as saucy as he is sexy. He had this bold attitude that just had me smiling throughout. Michelle was confident within the hospital walls but was somewhat uncertain of herself with Theo. Which of course made them an awesome pair. Their banter back and forth had me laughing like crazy. They were absolutely adorable together and it was no surprise they fell hard for each other. Suspense novels are sometimes a tough fit for me. In some cases there is too much romance and not enough drama, whereas in other cases I feel there is far too much drama and very little romance. Garwood’s novel was a perfect fit. She had the parallel story of the villainous group told with the fantastic romance of Theo and Michelle. Not only that, but she had plenty of twists and turns at the very end that completely shocked me. Which of course made it all the more entertaining. Being book two in the Buchanan series, I read this without having read book one and did not find that the experience suffered at all. The hero from book one was brought in briefly, but hardly made an impact in the book. So an excellent choice for my first Garwood. I loved it! I am terribly excited to read the rest of this series. Fun action, dazzling drama and terrific characters make this book a definite keeper. Mercy is exactly what I look for in my romantic suspense novels and reminds me what I adore the genre so much! Series Order: 1) Heartbreaker 2) Mercy 3) Killyjoy 4) Murder List 5) Slow Burn 6) Shadow Dance 7) Fire and Ice 8) Sizzle Overall Rating: 5/5 Heat Level: 4/5 Lisa @ Once Upon A Chapter

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    Loved this book! Lots of action, mystery, and a little romance. Great storyline!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jewel

    2.5 stars It started really well and interesting, I thought that I was going to enjoy it more, but it started getting real slow for me once Theo got in the picture. There was so much of Theo and Michelle just hanging around Bowen. I was like come on, where is the action. And then at the end it kinda speeded up a bit and then I couldn't stop reading it. I was a bit disappointed with how Michelle's intelligence was handled, as you read you don't really see it, it was like she but it all into becoming 2.5 stars It started really well and interesting, I thought that I was going to enjoy it more, but it started getting real slow for me once Theo got in the picture. There was so much of Theo and Michelle just hanging around Bowen. I was like come on, where is the action. And then at the end it kinda speeded up a bit and then I couldn't stop reading it. I was a bit disappointed with how Michelle's intelligence was handled, as you read you don't really see it, it was like she but it all into becoming a doctor! And I didn't care much for Theo, he was just OK. And that's why I didn't care much for the romance. Jake and John Paul were quite interesting. And Monk, one of the bad guys was interesting as well. Which makes me want to read the next book, since its John Paul's book, with Monk still the bad guy. Noah also makes an appearance which only made me like him more, I want to reach his book quickly. Overall not a bad read, but not enough suspense.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    There wasn't much about this book I didn't enjoy. The characters were truly likable, with both of them coming from decent hard-working families instead of some tortured past. The suspense plot was well-done and kept me guessing on a few things. I thought Michelle was a little stubborn, but there were no "big misunderstandings" in the plot. I look forward to the next in the series about Michelle's reclusive brother, John Paul. There wasn't much about this book I didn't enjoy. The characters were truly likable, with both of them coming from decent hard-working families instead of some tortured past. The suspense plot was well-done and kept me guessing on a few things. I thought Michelle was a little stubborn, but there were no "big misunderstandings" in the plot. I look forward to the next in the series about Michelle's reclusive brother, John Paul.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Antonella

    I think I get how this series work. Gun wearing hero. Insta love. Long legged heroine. Who is so beautiful but doesn't know it of course. One main criminal/mystery story and one minor. I already picked up next one because I was intrigued with the hero who is side character in this book. Will I continue with the series after.... I really don't see the point... Copy / paste ....same pattern. I think I get how this series work. Gun wearing hero. Insta love. Long legged heroine. Who is so beautiful but doesn't know it of course. One main criminal/mystery story and one minor. I already picked up next one because I was intrigued with the hero who is side character in this book. Will I continue with the series after.... I really don't see the point... Copy / paste ....same pattern.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    I really, really like this series. This is by far one of the best in the bunch. The small town that it's set in is full of lovable and quirky characters and there's a lot of humor. There's plenty of passion and romance. And the suspense angle is pretty good too! Ms Garwood just knows how to do romantic suspense. That's all there is to it! I really, really like this series. This is by far one of the best in the bunch. The small town that it's set in is full of lovable and quirky characters and there's a lot of humor. There's plenty of passion and romance. And the suspense angle is pretty good too! Ms Garwood just knows how to do romantic suspense. That's all there is to it!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    Girl meets boy. Boy throws up on girl and ruins her very expensive dress. Boy needs surgery. Girl does surgery. ♥♥ L-O-V-E ♥♥. There is also someone else out to get her as well for what they think she knows or has. Good story. I give it ★★★★'s. Girl meets boy. Boy throws up on girl and ruins her very expensive dress. Boy needs surgery. Girl does surgery. ♥♥ L-O-V-E ♥♥. There is also someone else out to get her as well for what they think she knows or has. Good story. I give it ★★★★'s.

  22. 5 out of 5

    C Joy

    I loved how intricate the plot was, with a lot of twists and turns. I also loved the chemistry between Michelle and Theo and all the unpredictability of them all. This one threw me in for a loop but it was quite open-ended and a different kind of justice was meted out.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    The second installment in the Buchanan series by Julie Garwood, Mercy is even better than the first. Theo Buchanan is an attorney for the Justice department, and isn't a shoot 'em up guy even though his brother's FBI and he's now required to wear a gun as protection against the mob bosses he just put away. Theo is a workaholic trying to forget past mistakes which has turned him into a bit of a dry stiff. His family is worried about him as he's pulled away from them, but after falling sick at a p The second installment in the Buchanan series by Julie Garwood, Mercy is even better than the first. Theo Buchanan is an attorney for the Justice department, and isn't a shoot 'em up guy even though his brother's FBI and he's now required to wear a gun as protection against the mob bosses he just put away. Theo is a workaholic trying to forget past mistakes which has turned him into a bit of a dry stiff. His family is worried about him as he's pulled away from them, but after falling sick at a party and being treated by Michelle "Mike" Renard, he suddenly sees the sort of passion in her that's long gone out in him. And he's determined to get a tan off her glow. This book was great. Michelle is such a great characters. She's a Louisiana girl whose become a surgeon and who everyone calls Mike. She's opening a practice back in her tiny, swampy hometown alongside her dad "Big Daddy" who owns the local bar, The Swan. Her brother John Paul is a bit of a mystery, but the entire Renard family is fiercely loyal and protective of each other. As soon as Michelle and Theo meet the sparks go off, and they are believable ones. It's so easy to fall in love with these two, and the locale is great. I love a good Southern setting, and am partial to Louisiana. There is so much humor with these small town characters. Theo learns about their pride as well as their tenacity and it's such a blast to read, and on top of that you still have the murder mystery going on with the Sowing Club. The romance is great, the characters are charming (Noah is back!) the humor is there and the ending is satisfying. Not much more you can ask for.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ursula

    After literally falling into the arms of Dr. Michelle Renard, Justice Department Attorney, Theo Buchanan travels to Bowen, LA to thank her for saving his life and take her father up on his offer to go fishing. Unfortunately, instead of relaxing, Theo ends up protecting Michelle from a killer while trying to locate a package that may have the clue to why someone wants her dead. MERCY, Julie Garwood's second contemporary thriller, is an action-packed, page-turner filled with lovable characters and After literally falling into the arms of Dr. Michelle Renard, Justice Department Attorney, Theo Buchanan travels to Bowen, LA to thank her for saving his life and take her father up on his offer to go fishing. Unfortunately, instead of relaxing, Theo ends up protecting Michelle from a killer while trying to locate a package that may have the clue to why someone wants her dead. MERCY, Julie Garwood's second contemporary thriller, is an action-packed, page-turner filled with lovable characters and scenes that are so descriptive, you may actually hear the alligator snapping in the distance. Though some of the characters, like Big Daddy, may be a bit over-the-top with their antics, Garwood managed to develop them so you cannot help but fall in love with them. As with her previous novel, Garwood allowed her hero to have flaws, including a workaholic personality, a love for junk food, and his less than accurate shooting skills. Perfection is seen in FBI Agent, Noah Claybourne, the irresistable, lady's man from Heartbreaker. The one problem with Theo Buchanan that makes you scratch your head is his ability to go from not knowing how to be charming to being an expert flirt, who leaves the heroine hot-and-bothered with a few words. Mercy is a novel that is hard to put down once it is started.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Thenia

    Theo Buchanan, workaholic brother of Nick from Heartbreaker, gets his own story. Having ignored pain for a while, Theo collapses at a gala he was supposed to give a speech at, only to be saved by Dr Michelle Renard, a very attractive prodigy from Bowen, a small Louisiana town, that happened to be close. Grateful for her assistance and otherwise restless with his life, Theo decides to take a few days off to visit Bowen and thank her in person and go fishing. A matchmaking father, danger that threate Theo Buchanan, workaholic brother of Nick from Heartbreaker, gets his own story. Having ignored pain for a while, Theo collapses at a gala he was supposed to give a speech at, only to be saved by Dr Michelle Renard, a very attractive prodigy from Bowen, a small Louisiana town, that happened to be close. Grateful for her assistance and otherwise restless with his life, Theo decides to take a few days off to visit Bowen and thank her in person and go fishing. A matchmaking father, danger that threatens the good doctor's life (view spoiler)[in the form of a group of sociopaths that are after her because of evidence her estranged dead cousin has sent to her that will get them caught (hide spoiler)] and lots of chemistry, bring the two together and change both their lives for the better. Entertaining, with unhinged villains and introductions to a few interesting characters that we'll see more of in future books in the series, starting with John Paul Renard's story next in Killjoy. Previous book review: ✦ Heartbreaker (Buchanan-Renard, #1)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Graeme Stuart Waymark

    I really enjoyed this book, it is not a typical light plotted beach-read novel. The characters are as large as life, crafted with a professional pen and an author's humor. One could not get a better character than Big Daddy, the veritable "Mayor" of hick town Louisianna near New Orleans. From coaching a football team to emergency surgery in a backdrop of crime, scam, intrigue and wonderful twist that most readers would have even thought a twist was necessary or was coming - but it made the novel I really enjoyed this book, it is not a typical light plotted beach-read novel. The characters are as large as life, crafted with a professional pen and an author's humor. One could not get a better character than Big Daddy, the veritable "Mayor" of hick town Louisianna near New Orleans. From coaching a football team to emergency surgery in a backdrop of crime, scam, intrigue and wonderful twist that most readers would have even thought a twist was necessary or was coming - but it made the novel. I found this book and to be intriguing and thrilling, but what really made was the humor and the love story. That is the kind of romance I like - written by a woman and one can tell the difference between the writing of a woman and that of a man- a large difference ! The ending was a bit predictable but another little twist to used to suspend the ending such that the reader could take the future anyway they wanted. Without spoiling anything - I must say that the addition of Louise was cute and absolutely a good component of the novel giving veracity to what life must be like in the Bayou.

  27. 4 out of 5

    ErinReadsTooMuch

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Set in a podunk town in the bayou of Louisiana, the cadence of speech and sayings were really fun. The author went to the trouble of making the people of this small town likable, and delved into what a tight community small towns can be. You're not just seeing a bunch of rednecks living in the swamp. You are seeing kind and generous people. Though they may not have a lot of money, they will still cook for you, and they have their pride as well. It helps when an au I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Set in a podunk town in the bayou of Louisiana, the cadence of speech and sayings were really fun. The author went to the trouble of making the people of this small town likable, and delved into what a tight community small towns can be. You're not just seeing a bunch of rednecks living in the swamp. You are seeing kind and generous people. Though they may not have a lot of money, they will still cook for you, and they have their pride as well. It helps when an author makes the surrounding characters as much fun as the main characters. The chemistry between the Hero and Heroine was great, as were their separate personalities. Garwood is great at spinning tales from different perspectives so they interweave seamlessly. The story was wonderfully told, keeping you enthralled until the very end. I only wish there was a little more detail about how the last 2 bad guys got their comeuppance. :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    great mystery! 2nd in a series and it surpassed the first novel. the chemistry between michelle and theo was just right. the curve ball thrown by a murder victim (posthumously) changed the game for the murderers and drove the story. there was one big surprise for me, revealed at the end, that taught me that in a mystery one should assume nothing (talking about Dallas, here - and you'll know what i mean, if you've read it too) i'm happy i read this one. i may go on in the series, i liked it that m great mystery! 2nd in a series and it surpassed the first novel. the chemistry between michelle and theo was just right. the curve ball thrown by a murder victim (posthumously) changed the game for the murderers and drove the story. there was one big surprise for me, revealed at the end, that taught me that in a mystery one should assume nothing (talking about Dallas, here - and you'll know what i mean, if you've read it too) i'm happy i read this one. i may go on in the series, i liked it that much. it was a nice departure from all the serial killer books i have been reading. it makes me nervous. what if i died in my sleep and CSI came to my house and saw all of those dark thrillers piled up? they'd be all: "Thank God she died - this chick was dark and crazy! Disclaimer: i'm not dark. also, crazy is a matter of degree.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brianda

    Ok, now I DO wanna be a bitch. Waste of time and money. The author definitely should stick to historical romance.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sana Zameer

    A complex story of murder, deceit and revenge, told in beautiful prose by Julie Garwood.

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