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Publisher's Summary

Living a successful life in Charleston, South Carolina, Kate MacKenna has always been able to turn her challenges into triumphs. But now the fates seem to be lining up against her in a lethal fashion.

While attending a reception at a friend's estate for a controversial artist, Kate is nearly killed by an explosion. Once home, Kate is hit with the news that the prosperous fragrance company she has nurtured from the ground up is in jeopardy: It turns out that her late mother used the business as collateral for a huge loan, and full payment is due in three weeks. Kate's still reeling from this devastating news when her younger sister's volatile ex-boyfriend shows up and threatens her.

Then Kate receives a call from her best friend, Jordan Buchanan, who is hospitalized and scheduled for surgery in Boston. Though stretched to the limit, Kate immediately rushes to her side. Once she knows that Jordan is going to be fine, Kate abandons her calm façade and allows herself a major meltdown, doing something that is totally uncharacteristic: She has a one-night stand with Jordan's brother Dylan.

Coming to her senses, Kate returns home determined to get back on track and save her business. But the mishaps keep coming.

At Jordan's insistence, Dylan checks up on Kate. He's convinced that she's merely having a spell of bad luck - until he discovers how many people want Kate MacKenna dead.

©2005 Julie Garwood (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Enjoyed It, but why "Slow Burn" as a Title

I enjoy Romantic Suspense books with bite to them--this one was good--could have been more bite though. Narrators can make or break book. I enjoyed the narrator also, however she doesn't do "southern" very well (the reason she got a 3). I know I have listened to her before and I know she has done a better job.

I started listening to the sample story about Jordan--she seems to be more herself in this one--she will probably rate much better, at least in my opinion.

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  • Donna
  • MERIDEN, CT, United States
  • 04-12-15

Main Character annoyed me

Found the main character to be ridiculous, kind of stupid actually. Found her responses to events to be dumb and it frustrated me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fast paced and totally engaging book

I truly enjoyed the characters. The book will make you smile and care what happens just what a great book is supposed to do. This book wont disappoint you

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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This is a good story. However, the narrator's port

This is a good story. However, the narrator's portrayal of Kate and her sister spoils the telling of the tale. Her southern accent and inflection make these characters sound uneducated, shrill and petulant. I was very disappointed.

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  • Donna
  • Fayetteville, GA
  • 01-24-18

Very Disappointing

I have listen and read many Julie Garwood books and I am usually pleased with them but she not only missed the mark with book she wasn't even in the neighborhood. But much worst then the writing was the narrating of the book. Overall, the main thing I find so objectionable about the book was the protrayal of a southern lady. It was inaccurate, sickening and insulting to the true ladies of the south. It protrayed us as being more concerned with proper etiquette than with the story plot. The writing is off & appears to have been done in a hurry. But Joyce Bean's performance illustrated than in all likelihood she had never even met a person from the south nor had she ever held a conversation with them. Very disappointing book.

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Wonderful Read

Julie Garwood does it again. All of her books in this series are very good, I just wish that there were more of them.

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  • MC
  • 09-04-17

Love the books but...

I love the books but the narrator (in my opinion) makes the characters sound old. not a fan of this narrator.

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Great

Great re-listen. Joyce Bean did an excellent job narrating the different characters. And of course, Julie Garwood did an excellent job writing this story. I am a little surprised she didnt sum up ALL the loose ends at the end of this audio book. I'll not tell because I don't want to give anything away. Definitely worth a credit. 😊

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The reader

She didn't do a good interpretation of the Southern Accent and she didn't do a good interpretation of emotions especially since Kate sounded like she was experiencing just another day being bombed -- like it was just another daily occurrence. I've read this book and the story is very good but it could use another reader.

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Boring and lacked love/passion

I really couldn't connect with this book at all. Sometimes this author can make me believe the couple loves each other, then other times I feel nothing just words on a page. This one fell flat.