SLOW BURN - Julie Garwood
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.