Slow Burn: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – Dec 26 2006
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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
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On the heels of her New York Times bestseller Murder List, Julie Garwood has written her most electrifying work of romantic suspense yet-an unforgettable novel of heart-pounding action and intense emotion.
With millions of her engrossing books in print, each remarkable novel from this much-loved author generates enormous attention from her devoted fans. Slow Burn" tells the gripping story of a woman who returns to her tiny hometown, and finds herself implicated in a decades-old brutal murder. After so many years away, it is nearly impossible for her to tell whom she can trust . . . and whom she should fear.
Skillfully blending white-knuckle suspense with matters of the heart, Julie Garwood once again pens an exhilarating tale that will keep her faithful readers guessing until its explosive and utterly surprising ending.
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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.Read more ›
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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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.
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.
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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WARNING!! There will be some SPOILERS in this review!!
I got about 2/3 through the book before I had to stop. These people are not real, or even close to real. It took half a page to go from, 'ok I think he sexy', to 'oh I guess I do like him', to 'He's so perfect...Oh! I've fallen in love!'. But it's a romance novel I can get over that, it's not good but I'm not expecting a lot here.
What I can't fathom is she and her sisters are in money trouble, their mother signed all their money and assets away (which she shouldn't be mad about?) they're losing their house, have no life savings, the youngest can't go to college for more than a semester, the middle is losing her company, and the oldest will probably be fine. Their great uncle dies and leaves Kate a lot money, he's kinda mean so her first instinct to to give it to her depraved, horrible, spoiled cousins? Wait, what?
She changes her mind when they say mean things about her dead mother, then the next day has decided that her uncle was colder and meaner than she thought so she now doesn't want to use it to save her family (who are sweet kind and all things good) but instead wants to get rid of it in a way that leaves nothing for anyone in the family. What the hell?! Where is the logic? She is now actively making things harder for herself and her family. Perhaps she should just keep enough to not be homeless and pay off the loans? Nope she wants to get more loans that she can't pay off, like anyone would give them to her. Great plan. She is way to stupid to have started her own company in high school and gotten an MBA while running it.
This is why I stopped reading the book, the people are too fake, I don't - can't care about them, and most of what they do doesn't make sense.