Fast Track by Julie Garwood
Publication Date: July 24 , 2014
Synopsis (Goodreads): A corrupt congressman, a mother’s secrets, and a sizzling romance ignite passion and suspense in the new novel from #1New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood.
Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy’s girl—her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother.
Cordelia can’t suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.
Hotel magnate Aiden Madison is Cordelia’s best friend’s older brother. He’s oblivious to the fact that she’s had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he unknowingly puts her life at risk. He’s recently angered a powerful congressman by refusing to purchase overvalued land. Congressman Chambers is not a man to let such an offense slide, and he has the resources to get even and to get what he wants.
In Australia sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but multiple attempts on Aiden’s life are made while Cordelia is with him, and he realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most.
Personal Thoughts: Julie Garwood does a fabulous job once again with the newest book in the series. Cordelia’s life gets turned upside down when she finds out from her father (on his death bed) that her mother has been alive all this time and is not dead as previously mentioned. After receiving this shocking news, a chain reaction begins with her trying to change her life and become someone else. First step of business? Go and see her mother in Australia.
Second step of business? Get over her long time crush on Aiden(her best friends brother). However, as time passes by she realizes that it won’t be as easy as she thought it would be originally. It becomes even harder after a scorching kiss from Aiden and when he starts to notice her.
After visiting her mother and seeing just what kind of person she really is and the real reason Cordelia was told all her life that she doesn’t exist starts to make sense. It was just heartbreaking to read that a mother can do something like that to her child. 🙁 I couldn’t stand her mother throughout the book. Things start to get even more interesting when she comes back from her trip with Aiden and attempts are being made on her life. Someone wants her out of the picture and it is easy to see who.
Aiden starts to take matters into his own hands to ensure that Cordie is safe and so that he can ensure that what they have together can be long lasting and that nothing happens to her. It gets challenging when she wants to move to Boston and get over him, however, he has a few tricks up his sleeve and tons of help from their friends.
Overall it was a great story line with lots of plot twists and turns. There were plenty of great characters and they were developed wonderfully. It feels like you really know them. The secondary characters (from previous books in the series) also contributed to the story line and make it even more enjoyable.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars