(KINDLE) ë Heartbreaker ë eBook or E-pub free

3.5 4 stars This poor book I actually started it a week ago and had to pause twice and temporarily ditch it to get to other books, but the funny thing about it all is that I actually enjoyed this storythan the other ones I was desperate to get to Ha But that doesn t surprise me much because every book I ve read from Julie Garwood both historical and contemporary I ve either liked or loved, and this book was no exception I ve read a couple of books in this series already, and compar 3.5 4 stars This poor book I actually started it a week ago and had to pause twice and temporarily ditch it to get to other books, but the funny thing about it all is that I actually enjoyed this storythan the other ones I was desperate to get to Ha But that doesn t surprise me much because every book I ve read from Julie Garwood both historical and contemporary I ve either liked or loved, and this book was no exception I ve read a couple of books in this series already, and compared to them this book isn t my favorite, but it nevertheless delivered a chilling, unpredictable, and suspenseful storyline that had my attention I was never bored that s for sure Look out everyone there s a new serial killer in town and it s the Heartbreaker From the start it s clear this guy is demented and that no one or nothing can keep him from killing and mutilating victims again and again In present day of the book, Heartbreaker confesses to a priest in detail who he plans to take next, and it s none other than the priest s sister To protect his sister Laurant, he drags in his best friend and top notch FBI agent Nick Buchanan to act as her bodyguard while local police and the FBI work on luring out the killer before he strikes again.Throughout the story, there s a simmering attraction between Laurant and Nick, and it doesn t truly manifest until much later in the story, which I like since I m a fan of slow burn romances Reading this book reminded me why I love this author s books so much She has such strong depictions of not just the main characters but the side characters too like Noah Clayborne and there s a nice amount of dry humor and witty banter thrown in as well And the suspense and mystery was done well for a second there I thought the story would go down the predictable route but I was wrong There s quite a number of red herrings and I didn t figure out who the culprit was until the very end The balance between romance and suspense wastipped towards the latter and since I m a fan of RS reads to have a littlesuspense than romance, this worked well in my favor The romance was a pretty minor aspect, but the book had just enough to get me giddy and invested in Nick and Laurant as a couple.However, there were also a few things that didn t work for me and made the story drag a little First, there were too many side characters and all their problems and role in the story made my head dizzy There s definitely a reason why each and every one of these characters are present but I wish the author could ve kept their roles at a minimum and shifted her focus mainly on Laurant and Nick After reading multiple RS books from this author I see a pattern in the way she approaches the romance in these storiesoften it s the heroine who will realize her feelings for the hero and will voice them and scare off the hero because he just wants to protect her, or he s too afraid to get hurt Even though this is the first book in this series, I didn t read this one first and so to see this same romance timeline yet again bothered me In the romance department, I wish there wasflair, originality, and development Aside from those concerns, the rest of the story was a solid read I loved the suspense aspect of the book, both main characters were likable and complemented each other well, and the side characters were fantastic too loved Noah If I didn t have to pause it twice to go to other books, I know this is a story I would ve finished in one sitting.Heartbreaker is the first book in the Buchanan Renard MacKenna series and just like the other books, is an interconnected standalone Montgomery Clift in Alfred Hitchcock s 1953 I ConfessThis is a review of the audiobook I ve heard Tanya Eby read before and thought she delivered nice performances however, I wasn t thrilled over her narration in this one Especially her supposed subtle French accent for Laurant Madden, the heroine who grew up in a French convent It did NOT sound remotely French to me Ms Eby s diction is good, as is her pacing Her differentiation of characters wasn t terrible, but I ve heard h Montgomery Clift in Alfred Hitchcock s 1953 I ConfessThis is a review of the audiobook I ve heard Tanya Eby read before and thought she delivered nice performances however, I wasn t thrilled over her narration in this one Especially her supposed subtle French accent for Laurant Madden, the heroine who grew up in a French convent It did NOT sound remotely French to me Ms Eby s diction is good, as is her pacing Her differentiation of characters wasn t terrible, but I ve heard her do better Nick and Noah sounded exactly the same.I m one of those readers who still laments Garwood s shift from Historical Romance to Romantic Suspense Still, I did like this darker foray into this popular contemporary genre The psycho was just a tad too perverted for me, but I was expecting it.The story starts off with Father Thomas Madden, a Catholic Priest, who hears the confession of an evil man However, part of this confession hasn t take place yet One other important thing it involves sinister plans towards Father Thomas s sister, the heroine So, who should Father Thomas call to protect his beloved Laurant His best friend, FBI agent Nicolas Benjamin Buchanan.And what better way to shield Laurant and rile the psycho than to pretend to be Laurant s fianc Throw in the upcoming wedding of a dear friend, a jealous co worker, and a few arrogant home town characters young and old and you have a nice little suspense I am very late to be reading one of Julie Garwood s romantic suspense, especially since I consider her one of my favorite authors, and I love her historicals Honestly, I had my pout on because she doesn t write historicals any, and I just never got around to reading the contemporaries, although I planned to do so at some juncture I am glad I finally got that nudge from the Julie Garwood group on Goodreads, because what most of what I love about her historical book is here in Heartbreaker I am very late to be reading one of Julie Garwood s romantic suspense, especially since I consider her one of my favorite authors, and I love her historicals Honestly, I had my pout on because she doesn t write historicals any, and I just never got around to reading the contemporaries, although I planned to do so at some juncture I am glad I finally got that nudge from the Julie Garwood group on Goodreads, because what most of what I love about her historical book is here in Heartbreaker The main difference is the contemporary setting, the subject matter being much darker, andemphasis on the suspense That is as it should be, of course.As far as characterizations, as usual, I loved the main characters Laurant has both the sweetness and determination of the usual JG historical heroine I like that she s a very nice woman, but strong and stands up for herself She really earned my respect that she fought past her fears and took personal responsibility of helping the FBI draw out the killer who was stalking her And she was very afraid But she didn t want anywomen to die in the meantime She was brave enough to admit she fell in love with Nick, even knowing that chances were against them working out I also loved Nick He is the strong, solid hero that JG writes so well He also expresses the bewilderment that cracks me up about JG s heroes when he falls so hard for Laurant, despite his determination not to do so It was hilarious how he acted when Laurant told him she loved him He was determined not to believe her because he was afraid to acknowledge that he loved her back I think his gesture at the end was perfect, considering how petrified he was about flying.If you ve read enough of my reviews, you know I am not a big fan of the serial killer theme, so I won t beat a dead horse I do have to say that the villain in this book was pretty darn nasty, and Garwood surprised me at who it was I had gone through my list of suspects and the culprit was not who I expected She did a good job with the red herrings, where you couldn t immediately pick out the bad guy I m glad she wasn t too descriptive with the acts of the killer That is a real turnoff for me I had enough information to realize he was a sick puppy, and that was good for me I felt terrible for his victim The poor girl never got a chance to make a good life for herself.I also loved the secondary characters like Tommy, Laurant s brother, Noah, an FBI colleague of Nick s who is absolutely shameless, and the inhabitants of the small town of Holy Oaks I would love to seeof Tommy because he s a sweet guy And Noah is definitely a character I want to follow He made me laugh a lot Garwood s homey storytelling was evident in the interactions between her main characters and the supporting ones I laughed a lot and it tempered the disgust and fear the villain engenders The climax was very exciting The sense of risk very evident I loved how Laurant thought on her feet, despite her desperate situation The villain was suitably dangerous, definitely not a paper tiger I was glad they got him, and although it wasn t without cost, things worked out well And I was able to see how much Nick cared about Laurant, despite his determination to walk away He tickled me at how he was acting in the emergency room With a combination of Julie Garwood s singular romance writing and intense suspense, Heartbreaker is a very good book I can t give it five stars because it doesn t quite measure up to her historicals and like I said, the serial killer theme isn t a favorite of mine But despite those things, I enjoyed reading it and I am glad to findJulie Garwood characters to follow Looking forward to diving into Mercy next, as soon as I am able to find a copy and have time to read it Mmmm It was OK but didn t make the four or five star mark for me I was on holidays and dipping in now and again to the book Maybe if I had read it in one or two sittings it would have worked better It felt a bit dated and old fashioned at times Sometimes that works for me but not really this time.Sorry for the short review, but I finished this a while back Mmmm It was OK but didn t make the four or five star mark for me I was on holidays and dipping in now and again to the book Maybe if I had read it in one or two sittings it would have worked better It felt a bit dated and old fashioned at times Sometimes that works for me but not really this time.Sorry for the short review, but I finished this a while back Meh It passed the time, but lacked the charm of her historical romances Maybe she getsin the groove in later volumes Audio was average. 3.5 stars Well, it was interesting, but it didn t made me rave.The romantic part of the story between Nick and Laurant was lukewarm and didn t made me feel the fizz It developed toward the end with one sex scene and soon after the usual I m bad for her, so I ll leave trope I didn t feel the love sorry..The most interesting part was the suspense part And I m glad, because this is mainly a suspense crime novel.Some tedious parts that could have been avioded, but that I didn t hate.So, summing all up Well, it was interesting, but it didn t made me rave.The romantic part of the story between Nick and Laurant was lukewarm and didn t made me feel the fizz It developed toward the end with one sex scene and soon after the usual I m bad for her, so I ll leave trope I didn t feel the love sorry..The most interesting part was the suspense part And I m glad, because this is mainly a suspense crime novel.Some tedious parts that could have been avioded, but that I didn t hate.So, summing all up it s a solid 3 stars 2.5 starsI had a hard time getting into this book While I usually like mystery suspense books, this one felt too formulatic and predictable girl is target of crazy killer, agent acts as bodyguard, girl and agent hook up I found Laurant, the lead gal, to be an insipid pollyanna of a character I didn t connect with her and found her annoying Nick, the agent bodyguard, wasa bitbelievable I didn t buy into their romantic relationship It wasn t developed enough and then, boom, she 2.5 starsI had a hard time getting into this book While I usually like mystery suspense books, this one felt too formulatic and predictable girl is target of crazy killer, agent acts as bodyguard, girl and agent hook up I found Laurant, the lead gal, to be an insipid pollyanna of a character I didn t connect with her and found her annoying Nick, the agent bodyguard, wasa bitbelievable I didn t buy into their romantic relationship It wasn t developed enough and then, boom, she supposedly loves him I forced myself to keep reading The last 15% picked up and got a bit better, which is why I m squeezing out 2.5 stars for the book instead of only 2.If you are looking for good romantic mystery suspense, I d recommend the I team series by Pamela Clare, In Death series by JD Robb, Mr Perfect Cry No More by Linda Howard, Deadly series by Cythia Eden, Bodyguards Black Ops by Cindy Gerard or Steele Street series by Tara Janzen over this book I highly enjoyed all of these.If you like straight suspense thrillers ie, light on the romance , check out the Lucas Davenport cop books by John Sanford, Tami Hoag thrillers, Alexandra Cooper series by Linda Fairstein, Forensic series by Kathy Reichs, Alex Davenport series by Jonathan Kellerman, and Greg Isles thrillers Great reads (KINDLE) ô Heartbreaker í Bless me father, for I will sinIn the still shadows of the confessional, a madman tauntingly reveals his plan for a murder he is going to commit, pulling Father Thomas Madden into a twisted game by disclosing his next intended victim Tom s sister, Laurant In a frantic race to protect her, Tom calls upon his best friend, elite FBI agent Nick Buchanan, to track the predator who is closing in on Laurant Now, as an electrifying attraction grows between Laurant and Nick, so does the danger and one false move will cost both of them everything that mattersLet New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood take you on a thrilling excursion into the soaring heights and the darkest impulses of the human heart In this Julie Garwood thriller, a psychopath a k a the Heartbreaker confesses to the brutal murder of a young woman to a priest Then he makes his intentions known to kidnap, torture and murder the priest s sister, Laurent, next The priest contacts his best friend, local FBI super agent, Nick, and a full blown whodunit takes place as Nick fights to protect Laurent.It is fair to say that the first chapter of this book scared the unholy crap out of me I suspect this was because I listened to t In this Julie Garwood thriller, a psychopath a k a the Heartbreaker confesses to the brutal murder of a young woman to a priest Then he makes his intentions known to kidnap, torture and murder the priest s sister, Laurent, next The priest contacts his best friend, local FBI super agent, Nick, and a full blown whodunit takes place as Nick fights to protect Laurent.It is fair to say that the first chapter of this book scared the unholy crap out of me I suspect this was because I listened to the audio version while commuting to work The voice of the villian was creepy Very, very creepy But so perfect for the part.While this book held my interest, it was predictable The romance and the sex scenes were written with a little too much purple prose for my taste Laurent a former European model went from 30 something virgin to instant sex kitten Another cliche that I m not crazy about But all in all, it was an okay book I highly recommend the audio version if you can get your hands on it