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Fast Track Book Review

Fast Track by Julie Garwood

Publication Date: July 24 , 2014

Publisher: Dutton

Source: Library

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

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Wired

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Wired by Julie Garwood

Publication Date:July 28th 2015

Publisher: Dutton

Synopsis:Allison Trent has always had a special talent for computers. When she’s not cleaning up after her troublemaker younger brother, Jason, she spends her days writing code and navigating the intricacies of the Internet. In fact, she’s working on a new program that will revolutionize the tech industry, and when she attends a prominent seminar, word begins to spread.

FBI agent Liam Scott discovers how brilliant Allison is and wants her to help hunt down a cyber criminal he’s been after for two years. He invites her to tour the bureau’s state-of-the-art cybercenter in Boston. Once she arrives, he thinks he can convince her to join the team.

But Allison doesn’t want to work for the government—until Liam makes an offer she can’t refuse: work for the FBI for one year, and they will expunge Jason’s illustrious criminal record.

Allison tries to deny her growing attraction to Liam, but just before her year in the FBI is over, she discovers someone has stolen the computer program she developed. Now she needs Liam’s help in tracking down the thief. And as they begin to close in on the culprit, they also begin to give in to each other..

Personal Thoughts: Ohh why does this one have to come out so late? I can’t wait until July! :-p The next installment in the Buchanan- Renard series is sure to be awesome as the previous ones were. The plot sounds pretty good and the characters pique my interest. I can’t wait to see what happens between Allison and Liam. Will they give in to each other and recover her program? I can’t wait to read the book and find out.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Hotshot Book Review

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Hotshot by Julie Garwood

Publication Date: August 6, 2013

Publisher: Dutton Adult

Source: Library

Synopsis: Peyton Lockhart and her sisters have inherited Bishops Cove, a small, luxurious oceanfront resort, but it comes with a condition: The girls must run the resort for one year and show a profit only then will they own it.A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic. Out of work and in a bad place personally, a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful.There are countless challenges and too many people who want to stop the sisters from succeeding. Among them are Peytons contentious cousins, who are outraged that they didnt inherit the resort, as well as a powerful group of land developers who have been eyeing the coveted beachfront property.Its soon apparent to Peyton that their efforts are being sabotaged, but she refuses to let the threats scare heruntil shes nearly killed. She calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help. He saved her life once; he can do it again. Julies previous two titles, The Ideal Man and Sweet Talk, both debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Personal Thoughts: We are taken on an adventure right from the beginning as Peyton recalls all her bad experiences from bad boyfriends to jobs that didn’t last long for whatever reason. Peyton is a great character who knows how to take charge and isn’t afraid to go after those that do her wrong. In her latest job, she is pushed to her limit and scared to death by a boss who is more interested in sleeping with her rather than in the type of work she does. Peyton quickly realizes what is happening and gets out, but there are consequences. No one is allowed to say no to the boss and get away with it. Luckily at this time, her Uncle Len offers to let her and her sisters run the resort if they choose to and if they make a profit by the end of the year, the resort will be theirs.

They take the challenge and embark on a journey that will change them. However, Peyton’s troubles follow her and she has to deal with her ex-boss. Enlisting the help of her childhood friend, Finn MacBain, they set out to stop the trouble makers so that Peyton can live another day. What they don’t expect are the sparks that start to fly when they are around each other. It is quite entertaining to see them try to fight it off and attempt to convince themselves that there is nothing going on and that nothing can keep going on.

Hotshot tells the story of family(both the good sides and the bad), friendships, and the relationships that blossom when you least expect them too. It is a romantic thriller that has a great balance of both and will please readers that love romance and thrillers both. Julie Garwood continues the FBI saga and doesn’t disappoint. 🙂

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Sweet Talk Book Review

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Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood

Publication Date: August 7, 2012

Publisher: Penguin

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): Attorney and IRS agent Olivia Mackenzie is the kind of tough, wise-cracking, powerful woman fans expect from a Garwood protagonist—but this time she has outdone herself. Olivia is not just any woman, she is every woman; flawed in the familiar ways so many of us are.

On the trail of an elaborate Ponzi scheme, one that threatens to ruin the lives of naïve and unsuspecting victims, Olivia suddenly finds her own life is in danger after she asks questions of the wrong people. She is accustomed to fighting for the underdog, but being vulnerable herself is a very different story. Smart enough to know when enough is enough, Olivia calls for reinforcements.

When she meets FBI Agent Grayson Kincaid there is an immediate and obvious attraction, palpable on both sides. Together they make an excellent team to fight corruption but Olivia is also fighting the immediate and intense attraction she feels for Agent Kincaid, and that may be a battle she is bound to lose.

Personal ThoughtsSweet Talk was a fantastic read. The main characters (Grayson and Olivia) were among my favorite. Not only was he swoon-worthy, but he also had a gentle side to him where he would go to the end of the world to make sure Olivia wasn’t hurt. His FBI background might have made him a tough guy, but he’s the good guy. J  The struggle between Olivia’s past and Grayson’s attempt to make her believe in the future was written well. The author went into just enough detail and dialogue to make it believable, informative and satisfying.

The “Pips” were a funny group, however, I would have liked to have seen more interaction between them. Aside from a detailed description in the beginning and a few mentions throughout the book, they are more there on the surface rather than adding to the story. I think they would have been a good addition had the author made them appear more throughout the book.

I thought the character depiction of Olivia’s family was done very well. I hated them and wanted to throw something at them or hurt them badly myself because of their selfish, careless attitude towards Olivia. And the fact that it was all for the sake of the money.  The things that people do when they get greedy is sickening. The only good person in that family was the aunt (Emma) and the uncle before he passed away. All the others were rotten to the core.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me laugh, almost scream from frustration and sigh during the romantic parts.

Rating: 4/5 Stars