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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)

What Members Say

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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.

    1 of 1 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 2011

    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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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-14-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-14-14
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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

    2 of 3 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 2010
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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?!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie 04-15-13
    MickeyMarie 04-15-13 Member Since 2003

    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.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Aston 08-28-14
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    "So much potential, no follow through"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book to a friend and have. It's a wonderful and suspenseful story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tanya Eby?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would most definitely go see this if it were made into a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine E Ketterhagen 07-29-14
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    "Oh Julie why"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Love the story, but Tanya Eby is like listening to a 90 year old woken tell a story. The narration was so terrible I had to stop listening and buy the book to finish the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Screwy voice that did not match the region the characters we're suppose to be from from. I will have nightmares with that voice in it.


    Was Heartbreaker worth the listening time?

    I was worth reading. Good story and set up rest of series.


    Any additional comments?

    Redo audible boom- minus Tanya!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karyn 12-15-13
    Karyn 12-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "WONDERFUL STORY"

    This book kept me enthralled and kept me working fast, as I listen to books while I work at a sewing job. The story kept me enthralled right up to the end. I had a hard time figuring out the end, totally, but we all know the end eventually. It had it's twist and turns.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie United States 10-28-13
    Julie United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not impressed"
    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Tanya Eby?

    No, I would not waste my money on another book by this author - her writing was amaturish and included details that seemed forced.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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