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.
©2012 Julie Garwood (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Heartbreaker moves along at a racehorse pace, its plot swerving and darting with sudden turns and jolts.... Garwood's characters are well drawn." (New York Post)
Totally addicted to Audible.
Some of the most delightful characters are found in this book. I want more of them. The narration is wonderful. The story about Lois nearly tickled me silly.
And the story was not good. I wanted it to be over.
Tanya Eby said S’s in a way that detracted from the story, and some of her T’s and TH’s were odd. Throughout the book I was on edge listening for each time she would say these sounds. She also used a bad voice for Nick (hero). He sounded dorky and constipated. She had a weird accent for Laurant (heroine). I don’t know what that was. She said “dunt” or “douynt” instead of “don’t.” She said “mehbehh” instead of “maybe.”
It felt uninspired and formulaic. No chemistry between the couple. I didn’t see how they grew to like each other. All of a sudden she tells him she loves him and asks him to kiss her.
THE BUCHANAN/FBI SERIES:
This is book 1 in the series. I did not like books 1 and 10. But I really liked books 2 and 3 “Mercy” and “Killjoy.” I suggest reading Mercy before Killjoy.
Genre: romantic suspense
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
I am huge fan of Julie Garwood's older books and I like her newer stuff, just not as much as I enjoyed her Highlander or Regency books. This book is good but I wouldn't say great. I didn't connect with the characters as well as I would have liked. I have a hard time when the main characters are lacking any flaws. One thing that annoyed me is that we never hear the stories being told about Nick and Tommy only that there are stories and that they were funny. Maybe she was going for heartwarming and not funny because I didn't laugh. Narrator was okay, the recording had a few instances where the sound would drop, it usually only last a couple of seconds.
Love her performances. Have listened to others. She is a five star reader.
This is a great series by Garwood. When are the rest coming out?!
I was terrified the narration would ruin this one, as I said I was pleasantly surprised. This ranks one my favorites of Garwood books. Eby did a good job with it, but Nick sounded...off. It wasn't bad but it wasn't good. It was minor problem which I quickly got over because I was sucked into the book.
Even though I have read this book a million times, Eby did a good job and, of course Garwood writes a hell of a story.
I read so I can write
The book itself is not Garwood's best. There is a lot of editorial issues For example one character refers to a pair of sheets instead of a set of sheets. There are a lot of other such problems. Beyond that, there is way too much unnecessary narration that doesn't add to or carry the story.
This makes for a mediocre story way less than the quality expected from Ms. Garwood.
Add to that a horrible performance of the narration. The heroine starts out having a little accent that is even referred to in the narration, but very quickly the accent goes away and never comes back. For the rest of the book her voice is simply Miss Bedroom voice.
The male voices are horrid. Nothing else can be said about them.
The narration pulls the already mediocre story into the 2 star rating.
I love to read. On average I read and/or listen to more than 100 books a year. Audible has been a fantastic addition to my life. Love it!
I've read this book before but never listened to it. I still love the story but the narrator was terrible. Her accents are laughably bad. As the main character has a French accent by the end I was ready to pull my hair out listening to the narrator butcher it. Unfortunate because the story is otherwise worth a listen.
Yes, but am going to listen to rest of series first!
No, but it was enjoyable. I mostly enjoyed the interaction between characters. Narrator did a great job.
one of the humorous scenes where Laurant jogs with a bunch of school boys following behind...it became quickly apparent Nick didn't like it too much
If you like Julie Garwoods books, this is an enjoyable way to "read" it.
I would recommend the book to a friend and have. It's a wonderful and suspenseful story.
I would love to hear Elizabeth Klett read this story. I don't know if she would but she has an amazing way of bringing a story to life.
I would most definitely go see this if it were made into a movie.
I am glad I read the book before getting the audio book. Because I can't even finish it. The narrator STUBBORNLY refused to say the name of a main character correctly. I expect a little research to be done prior to the reading so that an obviously french name will be pronounced correctly. Laurant is said at least a thousand times, the "t" is silent and Ms. Eby pronounced it with the "t' every time. The only break you get is when the other charaters say her name incorrectly in the book. She can at least pronounce Lauren. Ok. . . rant over. I feel better now. I still wish I could get my money back on this one. I don't want it any more.
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