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Hotshot: Buchanan-Renard, Book 11 | [Julie Garwood]

Hotshot: Buchanan-Renard, Book 11

A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic after rightfully accusing her boss of sexual harassment. Out of work and in a bad place personally, to Peyton a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful. Peyton dives into learning the resort business but is quickly derailed by an escalating chain of events that puts her life in danger. She refuses to be intimidated - until she’s nearly killed. Then she calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help.
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Publisher's Summary

He saved Peyton Lockhart’s life when they were kids - but now she’s all grown up and he’s a seasoned FBI agent who comes to her rescue again in the new contemporary romance from number-one New York Times best-selling author Julie Garwood.

Peyton and her sisters have inherited Bishop’s Cove, a small, luxurious oceanfront resort, but it comes with conditions: 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 after rightfully accusing her boss of sexual harassment. Out of work and in a bad place personally, to Peyton a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful. Peyton dives into learning the resort business but is quickly derailed by an escalating chain of events that puts her life in danger. She refuses to be intimidated - until she’s nearly killed. Then she calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help. Finn is more than happy to do a favor for Peyton, but he doesn’t plan on dealing with the beautiful, passionate woman she has become.

There are countless challenges and too many people who want to stop Peyton and her sisters from succeeding. Among them are their contentious cousins and a powerful group of land developers who have been eyeing the coveted beachfront property. And it also becomes apparent that her old boss holds a serious grudge and believes in payback.

While the attraction between Peyton and Finn flames bright enough to distract them both from their dangerous situation, a happily ever after ending seems all but impossible. But the well-trained lawman never loses focus: He saved her life once; now he must do it again.

©2013 Julie Garwood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Karen CA, United States 06-14-14
    Karen CA, United States 06-14-14

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Pick Another Garwood, Like Sizzle"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was going to stop after 2 hrs, but kept going as some of the readers do get better as the story rolls out.I did finish, but would probably not re listen. The reader just could not get the job done for a re listen. Not sure where Ms Garwood was going with this one, harassment or a mystery or family trials. Frankly the family issues were very boring for me. Ms Garwood should have developed Finn's brothers as they had more charisma and the Navy Seals had more to offer. Not the best editing Ms Garwood has had.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hotshot?

    when Finn meets Payton at the wedding. the swim contest.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amy McFadden?

    Karen White could have made the most of the humor in this story. What a waste of good dialogue and humor. The cadence was off, and the last 2 hrs had the best voice changes, but I really had to stick it out in the first half of the book. Like some of the other Garwood modern stories, the first establishing chapters are not that great, but they get better as the story develops.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not give Sizzle a chance in audio, but the book read well, so give that one a look.
    Susan Deneker does Judith McNaughts "Every Breath you Take" and reads Sizzle from Garwood. Deneker aka Madison Cole is not to be missed when she does an Irish voice.

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    Judith SAYNER, WI, United States 04-14-14
    Judith SAYNER, WI, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Julie Garwood's Hotshot is terrific!"
    Would you listen to Hotshot again? Why?

    Julie Garwood is one of my favorite authors. Whether she is writing about the 16th Century or the 21st Century she is fantastic. Her characters are well rounded and her story line keeps me listening. I love her sense of humor. If I got stuck on a desert island I'd definitely want her books with me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hotshot?

    The start of the book where she introduces you to the 2 main characters as children is so good l wish this chapter was longer.


    Which character – as performed by Amy McFadden – was your favorite?

    I usually choose the heroine but Finn, the hero in Hotshot was so good I have to choose him as my favorite.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Be prepared to be entertained!


    Any additional comments?

    Hotshot is so good that I will have to have the hardback as well as the audiobook that I already have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hilary Honolulu, HI, United States 02-02-14
    Hilary Honolulu, HI, United States 02-02-14
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    "Great romance, action! It's an excellent listen!"
    If you could sum up Hotshot in three words, what would they be?

    Touching, passionate and gripping


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Finn is my favorite Character. He is strong and the hero of course but he is also flawed and has to over come his need to be alone so that he avoids becoming vulnerable. Peyton wonderfully shows him the way through that. She also is a wonderful Character. Her determination to do the right thing in the face of evil as well as stand up to her family with her cousin all make her a great character in the story.


    What about Amy McFadden’s performance did you like?

    Amy McFadden is clear and easy to understand


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I have actually listened to it three times now, never in one sitting but I always wish I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite audio books. I really enjoy the story and the characters. I do some times feel like Amy McFadden reads in a slightly perfunctory cadence which is not always preferable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hydesville, CA, United States 11-10-13
    Amazon Customer Hydesville, CA, United States 11-10-13
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    "Julie Garwood is always fun, sweet, & funny...."
    Any additional comments?

    Though her voice is pleasant, Ms. McFadden seemed to have difficulty keeping the characters accents & attitudes straight. Girls from Texas (and others) ended up at times with a flat Minnesota accent. Frustratingly inconsistent.

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    Kimberly Woodinville, WA, USA 09-11-13
    Kimberly Woodinville, WA, USA 09-11-13
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    "Not Garwood's Best"
    What would have made Hotshot better?

    The storyline itself was just bad. The characters were quite annoying.


    What could Julie Garwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Honestly, she never should have written it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amy McFadden’s performances?

    Not really.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I usually love Julie Garwood's books, but not this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Meadow Lake, SK, Canada 08-22-13
    Deborah Meadow Lake, SK, Canada 08-22-13
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    What disappointed you about Hotshot?

    predictable


    What could Julie Garwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A more interesting plot and storyline


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator was good, it was the reason I finished the book


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed many of Julie Garwood's books and read everything she publishes, however this is something I will change in future. For me, it appears that Ms Garwood is trying to give her contemporary heroines the same traits and characteristics as the heroines in her historical romances (totally enjoy this setting) however it isn’t working for me in a contemporary setting.

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    Darlene Yucaipa, CA, United States 08-14-13
    Darlene Yucaipa, CA, United States 08-14-13
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    "No One Does It Better"

    Julie Garwood is always a hit with me. I love how clever Peyton was with her slimy boss. And was on the edge of my seat when she was driving through the snow storm. Finn is a hero, even as a teenager. As always with it being an FBI thriller. This book has suspense, drama, & humor. So has it all as far as I am concerned.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn L. Fagan Georgia 08-13-13
    Carolyn L. Fagan Georgia 08-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Read"

    I enjoyed the book so much I had to listen to it twice. Great Job Julie.

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    George's Girl West [by God] Virginia, USA 08-13-13
    George's Girl West [by God] Virginia, USA 08-13-13

    happily ever afters

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    "If you liked The Ideal Man this is a book for you."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hotshot to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version. However, I'm certain I woul have liked it a bit more than the audio because the narrator's passable. Not exactly bad, but not great or good for that matter.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story has Garwood's trademark humor and snappy dialogue without being heavy on the bad guy(s) actions & thoughts. Just the way I like my books. In many ways I'd compare this story to "The Ideal Man" in overall feel. The characters, dialogue, plot centering around sexual harrassment in the work place and the resolution are fresh, but the underlying essence ... purely Garwood.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Amy McFadden?

    Well, that would depend upon if the author is a favorite. If the author is one I really enjoy, I'd be inclined, but I wouldn't be happy about it. For untried authors, I'd probably spend my credit elsewhere. Having said that, this narrator does a terrific Minnesota accent as befitted Peyton's friend. She made me smile because she put me in mind of the mother on the cartoon series "Bobby's World."


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing extreme as it isn't that kind of book. As with most of Garwood books, I do chuckle occasionally and appreciate the witty minds of her female leads.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Corrie DUBOIS, PA, United States 08-09-13
    Corrie DUBOIS, PA, United States 08-09-13
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    "Not one of her bests"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was just not good. I am a huge Julie Garwood fan , but I was so disappointed in this book. I wonder if she is using a ghost writer or something because this just didn't seem like it was written by julie.


    Has Hotshot turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator could have used a different tone for the lead role. Her voice just didn't fit.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hotshot?

    The beginning, the middle and the end


    Any additional comments?

    I was really looking forward to this book but I was sadly disappointed.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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