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Heartbreaker | [Julie Garwood]

Heartbreaker

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 07-15-14
    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted to Audible.

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    "Fun and Funny"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany 05-01-15
    Tiffany 05-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story, terrible narrator"

    The story is great, I love Julie Garwood. But this narrator is horrible! Her cadence is extremely annoying. Literally had to force myself to continue listening because I wanted to find out what happened but I hated the narrator so badly. Will make a point to never buy another audiobook she does.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chelm 03-27-15
    Chelm 03-27-15

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    "You might want to read this book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I might add a little more suspense - it didn't keep me on the edge of my seat.


    What didn’t you like about Tanya Eby’s performance?

    Very annoying. The narrator had the same dragged out inflection on the last word of every other sentence (almost).


    Do you think Heartbreaker needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Already part of a series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy St. Petersburg, Russia 02-18-15
    Lucy St. Petersburg, Russia 02-18-15 Member Since 2015

    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!

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    "Great story awful narrator"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-14-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrator Tanya Eby was bad."

    And the story was not good. I wanted it to be over.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    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.”

    THE STORY:
    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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 07-09-13
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "FBI to the rescue."

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie 04-15-13
    MickeyMarie 04-15-13 Member Since 2014

    I read so I can write

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    "Not Garwood's Best"

    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.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 02-11-13
    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Was pleasantly surprised."
    Where does Heartbreaker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria A. Condon 01-04-13
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    "Great book!"
    Have you listened to any of Tanya Eby’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Love her performances. Have listened to others. She is a five star reader.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great series by Garwood. When are the rest coming out?!

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Lou Stevens Woodbine, MD United States 04-03-15
    Mary Lou Stevens Woodbine, MD United States 04-03-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story"

    I enjoy Julie Garwood books have read them all. If you enjoy her other books you should like this. I liked the reader too.

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