Series: Buchanan-Renard

Fast Track by Julie Garwood

Posted July 6, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

Fast Track by Julie GarwoodFast Track by Julie Garwood
Series: Buchanan-Renard #12
Published by Dutton Adult on July 29, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Won
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Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy’s girl—her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother.

Cordelia can’t suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.

Hotel magnate Aiden Madison is Cordelia’s best friend’s older brother. He’s oblivious to the fact that she’s had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he unknowingly puts her life at risk. He’s recently angered a powerful congressman by refusing to purchase overvalued land. Congressman Chambers is not a man to let such an offense slide, and he has the resources to get even and to get what he wants.

In Australia sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but multiple attempts on Aiden’s life are made while Cordelia is with him, and he realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most.

 

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Cordelia (Cordie) Kane’s life gets turned upside down when her father dies and she discovers the huge secret he’d kept from her for her entire life. The secret is so explosive, it puts her life at risk. In the meantime, Cordie decided it was time for her to move on and forget Aiden Madison, her best friend’s brother and the man she’s crushed on since she was 5-years old. Her plans to leave town get delayed until her safety is no longer an issue but it thrusts her and Aiden together in the meantime.

 

It’s a good story that held my interest through the end but it failed to create a strong connection for me to either Cordie or Aiden. I admired both of them separately but their romance was pretty sterile. And, Cordie vacillated between being treated as helpless and helpful. Aiden came across as overbearing and diminishing, never really exhibiting any emotion close to love, maybe strong affection. Their sexual exploits, however, were off the charts. Reuniting Cordie with Regan and Sophie in this story was certainly a highlight. And, the secondary characters and storylines made this more interesting.

 

I’m always going to read the books in this series because, at worst, they’re entertaining. However, neither the suspense or romance hit the mark for me in this one. It was just okay.

About Julie Garwood

It’s no surprise that Julie Garwood became a writer. Growing up in a large family of Irish heritage, she took to storytelling naturally. “The Irish relish getting all the details of every situation,” she explains. “Add in the fact that I was the sixth of seven children. Early in life I learned that self-expression had to be forceful, imaginative, and quick.”

Creating stories was always a passion for Julie, but she didn’t focus on making it a career until the youngest of her three children entered school. After the publications of two young adult books, she turned her interests to historical fiction. Her first novel, GENTLE WARRIOR, was published in 1985, and there has been a steady parade of bestsellers ever since. Today more than 35 million copies of her books are in print, and they are translated in dozens of languages around the world. One of her most popular novels, FOR THE ROSES, was adapted for a HALLMARK HALL OF FAME production on CBS.

Whether the setting be medieval Scotland, Regency England, frontier Montana, or modern-day Louisiana, her themes are consistent: family, loyalty, and honor. Readers claim that it’s the humor as well as poignancy of her novels that keep them coming back for more. Julie described her goals this way: “I want my readers to laugh and cry and fall in love. Basically, I want them to escape into another world for a little while and afterwards to feel as though they’ve been on a great adventure.”

Julie lives in Leawood, Kansas, and is currently working on her next novel.


Oh, Yes He Is! Hotshot by Julie Garwood

Oh, Yes He Is! Hotshot by Julie Garwood

Posted September 16, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

Quick summary Peyton Lockhart can’t believe her good fortune when she lands a dream job as a food critic for a prestigious magazine. When that dream turns into a nightmare, her childhood idol, FBI Agent Finn MacBain, steps in to give assistance. Little did he know that “little Peyton” was going to finally get her Hotshot hero. What worked The beginning of the story was really great, especially the prologue. Finn and his two brothers stole that portion of the story and I got a great sense of their family dynamics. Peyton’s journey to Minnesota was a mixture of hilarity and horror, especially the stories about her date disasters. When things turned sour, the tension level ratcheted up pretty fast and I was on edge. […]