Heartbreaker (Buchanan-Renard, #1) by Julie Garwood2.5 Stars
I love Julie Garwood, but I have only ever read her HR books. This book just didnt do it for me. It wasnt bad but it was just okay. The 2 main problems I had with this book was
Problem 1. There was detail overload. There was just so many details about everything. It really slowed the story down and made the plot drag. I got bored from the start. I kept asking my husband why do I need to know the color and make of a counter top? Why do I need to have a whole chapter for a secondary character talking about her dog dying? I get that the dog was killed by the bad guy but that shit could have been wrapped up in a few lines. This book needed to have about 200 pages cut. Here is a few quotes of Detail overload.
leaned back against the wall, and began to read the Holy Oaks Gazette he’d brought along to Kansas City with him. 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 announcements—two births, three engagements, and a wedding—and then he found his favorite column, called “About Town.” The headline was always the same: the bingo game. The number of people who attended the community center bingo night was reported along with the names of the winners of the twenty-five-dollar jackpots. Interviews with the lucky recipients followed, telling what each of them planned to do with his or her windfall. And there was always a comment from Rabbi David Spears, who organized the weekly event, about what a good time everyone had. 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. The rabbi said the same thing every week, and Tom invariably ribbed him about that when they played golf together on Wednesday afternoons. Since Dave usually beat the socks off him, he didn’t mind the teasing, but he did accuse Tom of trying to divert attention from his appalling game. The rest of the column was dedicated to letting everyone in town know who was entertaining company and what they were feeding them. If the news that week was hard to come by, Lorna filled in the space with popular recipes. There weren’t any secrets in Holy Oaks. The front page was full of news about the proposed town square development and the upcoming one-hundred-year celebration at Assumption Abbey. And there was a nice mention about his sister helping out at the abbey. The reporter called her a tireless and cheerful volunteer and went into some detail describing all the projects she had taken on.
Why the fuck do I need to know so much about the damn news paper? There was more boring details but I got sick of typing them all. Here is another smaller detail overload quote
Having made the decision not to fret about Laurant any longer, Bessie Jean sat down at the dining room table and opened the wooden stationery box her mama had given her when she was a young girl. She took out a sheet of pink, rose-scented paper embossed with her very own initials, and reached for her pen. Since Sheriff Lloyd wasn’t going to do anything about Daddy’s murder, Bessie Jean was taking matters into her own hands. She’d 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 hadn’t heard a word from anyone. She was going to make certain this letter didn’t get lost. This time she was going to address her request to the director himself, and as expensive as it was, she was going to spend the extra money to send it by certified mail.
That is a little from the whole chapter that was just the little old lady next door talking about her dead dog daddy and all about her neighbors.... blah blah fucking blah. It dragged so badly.
Problem #2 I didnt feel the romance between Nick and Laurant. They showed no interest in each other almost the whole book then at like the 80% we have one super rushed sex scene then the heroine is saying I love you Nick is saying no you dont. Then they are not together again, til like the last few pages. This wasnt a slow burn romance it was a no burn.
Now I bought 6 books from this series at a used book store for a 1.00 each so I am trying to decide if this was just her getting her wings in a new genre and give one more book a chance or just move on.
In 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 matters. Let 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
Heartbreaker Buchanan-Renard 1. Author: Julie Garwood. Series: Buchanan-Renard. Bless me father, for I will sin In 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 matters.
In the still shadows of the confessional, the penitent kneels and makes a bone-chilling disclosure: Bless me father, for I will sin Slowly, tauntingly, the man describes his murderous past—how he stalked his victim, worked his way into her life, and then took that life in a violent rage—and his plan to kill again. Only this time, he has raised the stakes in his twisted game, daring authorities to catch him if they can. And this time, he has revealed the name of his next intended victim. Agent Nick Buchanan has come face-to-face with society's worst monsters and depraved minds in his work for one of the FBI's most elite units, but The Heartbreaker threatens to hit close to home.