Why do I need to have a whole chapter for a secondary character talking about her dog dying? This book needed to have about 200 pages cut. He turned to the society page on the back first, because he got such a kick out of it. He glanced over the usual club news and the smattering of announcementstwo births, three engagements, and a weddingand then he found his favorite column, called About Town. Tom was suspicious that the society editor, Lorna Hamburg, secretly had a crush on Rabbi Dave, a widower, and that was why the bingo game was so prominently featured in the paper. Since Dave usually beat the socks off him, he didnt mind the teasing, but he did accuse Tom of trying to divert attention from his appalling game. The front page was full of news about the proposed town square development and the upcoming one-hundred-year celebration at Assumption Abbey. Why the fuck do I need to know so much about the damn news paper? Shed already written one letter to the FBI requesting that they send a man to Holy Oaks to investigate, but her first letter must have gotten lost in the mail because a full eight days had passed and she still hadnt heard a word from anyone.
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 story more than the other ones I was desperate to get to. Throughout the story, theres a simmering attraction between Laurant and Nick, and it doesnt truly manifest until much later in the story, which I like since Im a fan of slow-burn romances. 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 didnt work for me and made the story drag a little. Even though this is the first book in this series, I didnt read this one first and so to see this same romance timeline yet again bothered me.
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. 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. 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 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. And I was able to see how much Nick cared about Laurant, despite his determination to walk away. With a combination of Julie Garwood's singular romance writing and intense suspense, Heartbreaker is a very good book. But despite those things, I enjoyed reading it and I am glad to find more Julie Garwood characters to follow.
Sometimes that works for me but not really this time.
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Ive heard Tanya Eby read before and thought she delivered nice performances; however, I wasnt thrilled over her narration in this one. Her differentiation of characters wasnt terrible, but Ive heard her do better. The story starts off with Father Thomas Madden, a Catholic Priest, who hears the confession of an evil man.
The most interesting part was the suspense part.
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. 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.
Then he makes his intentions known to kidnap, torture and murder the priest's sister, Laurent, next. Laurent (a former European model) went from 30-something virgin to instant sex kitten.
With more than 35 million books in print and 26 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Julie Garwood has earned a position among America's favorite fiction writers. After the publications of two young-adult books, she turned her talents to historical fiction.