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Slow Burn: A Novel [Hardcover]

Julie Garwood
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Aug. 30 2005
Skillfully blending searing suspense, characters with grit and heart, and a dynamic plot, bestselling author Julie Garwood has written another electrifying novel of romantic suspense.

Kate MacKenna doesn’t have a bad bone in her body–or an enemy in the world. A woman who barely knew her father and has just lost her mother, Kate is a loving sister, a savvy business owner, and an unpretentious beauty who radiates kindness. So why are bombs igniting everywhere she goes?

The first explosion brings her face-to-face with a handsome Charleston police detective. The second one sends her into the arms of her best friend’s brother–a Boston cop who’s a little too reckless and way too charming for comfort. But Dylan Buchanan won’t let emotion prevent him from doing his job: Someone is trying to kill Kate, and Dylan is the only one standing between her and the monster who wants her dead. For Kate to understand the danger, she must learn all about desire–desire for pleasure, desire for power, and someone’s desire to kill.

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“One of bestseller Garwood’s biggest strengths is her marvelous sense of dialogue and humor. When jumping into one of her incomparable romantic thrillers, all you can do is hang on for the wild ride.”—Romantic Times

“A fantastic and exciting romantic thriller.”—Best Reviews --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

JULIE GARWOOD is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Murder List, Killjoy, Mercy, Heartbreaker, Ransom, and Come the Spring. There are more than thirty-two million copies of her books in print.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Slow Burn Jan. 3 2006
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As usual Julie Garwood has done an outstanding job! She continues to write wonderful stories where a person can soon find themselves lost in her world.
I knew once I started reading her lastest book, I wouldn't put it down until the end and as usual, after reading her books, I am left disappointed that I don't have another to go to immediately.
This book is a great read, if you love suspence and passion all mixed into one. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another fabulous read by Julie Garwood! Dec 31 2007
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Kate MacKenna has worked extremely hard to make a success of her business that she had started purely by accident when she made candles to give away as gifts. Her friends convinced her that they were marketable and her company grew from there. Just when it seems that everything should be going great, inexplicable events start happening.

Dylan Buchanan is the brother of Kate's best friend, Jordan. He also happens to be a detective in Boston. Dylan was injured in the line of duty and is currently on leave from the department. Dylan's had a crush on Kate for many years. He's never acted on it though, until now.

Unbeknownst to Kate or her sisters, a wealthy relation whom they'd never met changed his will, leaving each a very wealthy woman , but which puts them at great risk from the various money hungry relatives who are desperate to get their hands on the fortune. In Kate's world, everything is going wonderfully, her company is expanding, her sister's are both happy and well adjusted. The only exception is her sister, Kiera's attempts at `sexing Kate up' which includes wearing a Wonderbra. Little did Kate know that uncomfortable contraption would save her life! She'd worn the Wonderbra to an art showing that was being put on by a friend of hers'. When it became too uncomfortable, Kate was forced to go outside to remove it because the bathrooms were out of order. An explosion occurred and Kate was knocked unconscious. Once she is released from the hospital, Kate learns that her mother had put all her assets up as collateral before her death, one of the assets was Kate's company. When Kate had returned to college, she made her mother a partner so that she'd be able to make deposits and sign checks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slow Burn sizzles. Sept. 19 2005
By Judy - Published on
Slow Burn by Julie Garwood is a compelling story of mystery and romance.

Kate MacKenna has had a near miss on her life when a bomb goes off at a charity event she is attending. She is drawn out of town when her friend Jordan has a medical crisis. While there she falls into the arms of Dylan Buchanan, Jordan's brother. This is a complication she thinks she doesn't need.

After another near miss with another explosion Dylan comes to town to get to the bottom of who wants to harm Kate.

Dylan a detective is on leave after being injured on the job. He tells himself that he is looking after Kate at his sisters request but he comes to realize its always been Kate for him.

Getting to the bottom of these accidents is further complicated when it comes to light that Kate has inherited a boatload of money.

Dylan and Kate's romance is loaded with wit, charm and oozing sex appeal. The I Love You scene still makes me smile. The intrigue in this story is intense and heart pounding.

Julie Garwood has written another exceptional story. Can't wait for the next tale.
30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan Buchanan Finally Gets His Story!!! Oct. 18 2005
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on
Julie Garwood is an automatic buy for me and has been for years. When she first started penning romantic suspense I was afraid that her beautiful voice so apparent in her historical romances would be lost. Well, her voice has changed probably due to her change in genre but she still has managed to create vivid characters that are not only likeable but also entertaining.

Someone wants Kate MacKenna dead. So far they've tried to blow her up twice in two different but nasty explosions, and they've tried to run her down. The big question is why? She's not rich, (she has recently just found out that she and her sisters are in danger of loosing their house due to a bank loan their mother took out to cover her hospital expenses) not beautiful in her mind, and she lives a real simple life. Oh, she has friends and she has a burning crush on her best friends brother Dylan. This is a big problem as she can't love Dylan and the fact that this handsome police detective is willing to put his life on the line for her only complicates things. Specially as she does need a knight in shining armor to keep her safe.

Dylan has a thing for "Pickle" and his feelings for her are growing by leaps and bounds. When his sister Jordan asks him to fly down to keep her safe he does but he has no idea that Kate really is in trouble and that the person who wants her dead won't stop until she is. Will Dylan be able to keep her safe?

Dylan and Kate were wonderful protagonists! I've loved the Buchanan Family series from the get-go. This story is no exception. Although I miss the historical romances that this author used to write, her romantic suspense still entertains. Ms. Garwood is a wonderful addition to the romantic suspense genre.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Oozes chemistry and surprises galore Feb. 15 2007
By Tracy Vest - Published on
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Entrepreneur Kate McKenna has survived not one but two bombings, as well as a near fatal hit and run. She and her two sisters have just discovered that their mother, who died a year earlier, mortgaged Kate's business and soon they will lose their home, as well as Kate's livelihood if they cannot come up with a balloon payment. She travels to Boston to see her best friend and former college roommate, Jordan, who is undergoing surgery. While in Boston, Kate has a one night stand with Jordan's sexy brother, Dylan.

When Kate reveals to Jordan all the bad luck that has come her way, Jordan becomes concerned and asks that Dylan to travel to South Carolina to look after Kate. Dylan is still is upset with Kate for taking off without saying goodbye, but goes down there anyhow. While the two decide to keep it platonic, she is summoned to a Savannah, Georgia law office for the reading of her uncle's will. When it's discovered that Kate will inherit the bulk of the estate, there are a whole lot more suspects to sift through.

Garwood mixes humor with suspense and romance to come up with a knockout mystery about a woman who suddenly finds herself the victim of a mad bomber. Dylan and Kate ooze chemistry and Garwood gives them some great bantering dialogue. Dylan's way of telling her he loves her is priceless. I often guess who the baddie is, but this one had me baffled right up to the revelation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Forgettable Sept. 8 2005
By SailorLawyer - Published on
Based on her historical romances, Julie Garwood ranks among my favorite authors. Her contemporary works, however, have never quite delivered the thrill and enchantment of her historicals. For some reason, her contemporary characters never come to life, instead remaining distantly glued to the page. And while some of her contemporary stories have been entertaining despite this defect, Slow Burn is utterly forgettable. I finished reading it three days ago, and I had to stop just now and think hard to recall the storyline. The plot is unsurprising and her characters -- while not unappealing -- remain entirely two-dimensional. I don't mean to imply this book is bad. It's fine. It's just not up to the quality of the Julie Garwood I remember. Wait for the paperback.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Garwood knows romantic suspense Aug. 30 2005
By Terrie A. Figueroa - Published on
SLOW BURN - Julie Garwood

Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0-345-45384-0

September 2005

Romantic Suspense

Silver Springs, South Carolina

Kate MacKenna is a young woman on the fast track to success. Having just finished getting her masters degree, she's ready to take her company to the top. Everything thing seems to be working out. She's moved back home to Silver Springs; her oldest sister Kiera is in her last year of medical school, and, Isabel, her baby sister, is getting ready to start her first year of college. However, things start to go bad and, once they do, everything goes downhill -- fast. First she's nearly killed in an explosion, then she learns that prior to her death, her mother hocked everything Kate owns, and then some. When her best friend, Jordan Buchanan, gets some disturbing information from her doctor and needs surgery, Kate rushes to Boston to be by her side. That would have been fine, if Dylan Buchanan hadn't shown up just when she was near the end of her rope and then had the nerve to let her seduce him. She's determined to go back home heart-whole and figure out what to do about the financial disaster she is facing; unfortunately, she no sooner gets home than she is nearly killed again, twice. Maybe she's got really bad karma -- or maybe someone wants her dead. Whatever the case, when Dylan finds out about the trouble she's in, nothing will keep him away.

Boston Police Detective Dylan Buchanan is on leave after being shot on the job. Kate sat by his bedside in the hospital, and while she doesn't know it, he's aware she was there and hasn't been able to stop thinking about her. When she shows up in Boston, Dylan makes the most of the situation and "let's" her seduce him. But when he wakes up the next morning to find she is gone, old love-em and leave-em Dylan is more than just a little bit put out. When Jordan asks him to find out who is after Kate, Dylan agrees, even if it's only to give her a piece of his mind. However, when he arrives in Silver Springs, Dylan quickly realizes that it's not Jordan's overactive imagination; someone is out to get rid of Kate. Now it's Dylan's job to figure out who is after her and why, and convince the silly woman she's in love with him, while keeping her alive.

What neither Dylan nor Kate knows is that a long lost relative has changed his will, leaving Kate as the major beneficiary of his massive estate; in other words, her curmudgeon great-uncle has painted a bulls-eye on Kate.

SLOW BURN is classic Julie Garwood. Unforgettable characters, witty dialogue and romance to melt the heart make SLOW BURN a joy to read. There is a plethora of suspects in this romantic suspense, and several villains to choose from. The secondary characters, particularly Jordan, Kiera, and Isabel are wonderful additions and add depth to both Kate and Dylan's personalities as they interact with each other. As with most of Ms. Garwood's novels, I'm looking forward to more stories about the Buchanan brothers, as well as Jordan Buchanan and Kate's sisters, Isabel and Kiera. Hopefully, Ms. Garwood has stories planned for all of them!

Fast paced, SLOW BURN grabs the readers with the first page. The charming characters fill the pages with warmth and humor. The relationships between the main players are engaging. For a novel with just the right amount of mystery, suspense, and romance, grab a copy of SLOW BURN. I highly recommend it.

Terrie Figueroa
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