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Publisher's Summary

Whether it's exhilarating historical romance or spine-tingling contemporary suspense, number-one New York Times best-selling author Julie Garwood weaves magnificent stories of passion, adventure, and intrigue. Now she raises the heat and spices up the action with a sexy, smart, daring new heroine and a smoldering thriller that's classic Garwood and pure Sizzle.

Lyra Prescott, a Los Angeles film student, is closing in on graduation and facing important decisions about her future. She's already been offered a job at her hometown TV station, an opportunity that could ultimately launch her dream career as a film editor. But heading back home would also mean dealing with her overprotective brothers, social-climbing mother, and eccentric grandmother. Unsure of her future, Lyra dives into work on her final school assignment: a documentary transformed by a twist of fate into a real-life horror film.

After she unwittingly captures a shocking crime on camera, a rash of mysterious, treacherous incidents convince Lyra that she's trapped in a sinister scenario headed for a violent ending. Running scared, she turns to her best friend, Sidney Buchanan, whose connections bring dauntless and devilishly handsome FBI agent Sam Kincaid into Lyra's life. As the noose of deadly intrigue tightens and the feelings between them deepen, Lyra and Sam must place their faith in each other's hands and stand together against the malevolent forces about to break loose.

No one mixes life-and-death suspense with feverish desire better than Julie Garwood. In Sizzle she burns hotter and brighter than ever, keeping the action and passion blazing till the incredible, unforgettable end.

©2009 Julie Garwood (P)2009 Random House

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    5 out of 5 stars

Loved It

I thought this book was one of her best. The characters were well developed and the plot was interesting. Best of all, it was funny. As outrageous as some of the characters were, you still rooted for them and wished you could meet them in person.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Winona
  • Decatur, AL, United States
  • 04-20-10

Another one out of the park

Well, she did it again.... just can't put it down, having to know more about the story. Keeping you on the edge of your seat... Can't wait for the next one to come out....

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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OMGOSH!! FUNNY READ AND GOOD LOVE STORY

If you could sum up Sizzle in three words, what would they be?

LAUGH OUT LOUD

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sizzle?

ALL THE ANTICS OF THE BUMBLING CROOK "MILO"

What about Susan Denaker’s performance did you like?

GREAT JOB WITH THE IRISH ACCENT

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

I CAN DO THIS

Any additional comments?

DON'T LET THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS SCARE U AWAY, SIZZLE MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN THE BEST TITLE FOR THIS BOOK BUT THIS IS AN ABSULUTE MUST READ IF U LIKE JG. THIS ON ONE OF HER BEST CONTEMP/SUSPENSE NOVELS EVER. AND YES, MILO THE CROOK AND GRANDMA MIGHT HAVE STOLEN SOME OF THE SHOW BUT THE STORY LINE IS STILL GREAT. I'M STILL LAUGHING WHILE WRITING THIS REVIEW.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great story

Julie always write a great story. This is just one of hers. If you like a romance without graphic sex, you'll like it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Must Love Garwood

Is there anything you would change about this book?

yes, the pace of reader was way too slow.

What did you like best about this story?

Garwood has good dialogue, wit & humor.

What aspect of Susan Denaker’s performance would you have changed?

Denaker's male voices very good. female ok. but her pace killed this story.
A faster reading pace would have made all the difference. Not sure if recording studio or Ms Garwood has the authority to assign readers. What good does it do, to not have a good reader who understands the work of the author they read.

Was Sizzle worth the listening time?

Sweet Talk, was great! I recommend it. The pace captured Garwood humor. If you are distracted, you miss it.

Sizzle had so much potetial, but Denaker failed to bring it out in her reading. The funny parts blended in so you miss it.

Any additional comments?

Garwood has always had such great potential, but she fails to enter the league of Judith McNaught. Garwoods outline is good, but she fails to bring it home somehow.
Her stories are just not consistent, so you get good with mediocore.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sylvie
  • MOncton, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 01-23-10

thrilled

Suspense, laughter and romance bundled up in a very nice package. Susan Denaker did a great job with the narration, and brought the characters to life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Julie Garwood still has it

Julie Garwood is one of my all-time favorite authors. This book reinforces my love for her story-telling. Although the story takes a little longer to completely engage than I would have wished, once hooked dynamite couldn't pry me from my ipod. The mystery may seem elementary at first (I thought I had it figured out from the beginning,) but surprised me by the end. The love story was very satisfying - so satisfying that I wish more of the book was dedicated to exploring the characters' feelings/thoughts toward one another and less on the supporting characters for the mystery plot. (Milo was amusing, but it was not necessary to the plot to dedicate so many pages to him.) Still, the plot was very entertaining and the characters were wonderful (Sam was the perfect Garwood hero and Lyra the perfect heroine.) This was completely worth the credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

NOT BAD, BUT I LIKE HER HISTORICAL ROMANCES!!

THIS WAS GOOD FOR A CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE, BUT I LIKE HER HISTORICAL ROMANCES. AND SPEAKING OF HISTORICAL ROMANCES, HER LATEST CLASSIC AUDIOBOOK IS "THE PRIZE" THAT WAS RELEASED IN MP3 FORMAT ON 12/27. HOW COME AUDIBLE IS NOT CARRYING IT? IF YOU ARE A FAN OF JULIE'S CLASSIC HISTORICAL ROMANCE NOVELS, PLEASE WRITE AUDIBLE AND ASK THEM TO PUT IT ON THEIR SYSTEM! FYI--GENTLE WARRIOR IS DUE OUT MARCH 27. HOPEFULLY AUDIBLE GETS THEIR ACT TOGETHER BY THEN.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Judy
  • Champaign, IL, United States
  • 01-07-10

More like fizzled...

This story was not bad, but it certainly didn't "sizzle." While not a typical, predictable romance, I still didn't' find the story or the characters engaging. The elements were there, but it failed to draw me in. At best, it was a mediocre story with snippets of humor. Your credit might be better spent elsewhere.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • K
  • 01-10-10

Sizzle lacks sizzle

While I did like Sizzle, it didn't live up to its title for me. My actual rating for this audiobook would be 2.5 stars. The only humor came from the bumbling antics of Milo (which eventually only engendered a smirk or an eyeroll) and Lyra's grandmother. And the connection between the two protagonist seemed superficial/weak. With Sam coming across as a much stronger character than uninteresting Lyra could ever be. I couldn't take Lyra as a smart adult woman seriously, let alone a seductress. Also, there was a time near the end where I fell into a big plot-hole, when Lyra's muted cell phone was supposed to provide the captured confession of a bad guy. Because a muted cell phone wouldn't catch anything from the person holding the cell phone- the point of the Mute button. But it was nice to see how the Kincaid line("The Bride" and "The Wedding") has progressed. So overall it came across as something that would have past the muster better in the early 90s. Where the young, beautiful heroine and handsome mature (older) man meet and fall in lust then love.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful