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Heartbreaker book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Bless me father, for I will sin. In the still shadows of the co. Heartbreaker by Julie Garwood - #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood proves she is a master storyteller in this classic romantic suspense novel. Let New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood take you on a thrilling excursion into the soaring heights -- and the darkest impulses -- of the human heart.
Paperback , pages. Published December 1st by Pocket Books first published More Details Original Title. Peter Morganstern Holy Oaks, Iowa United States.
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Do we get a story for Noah?? Nell Noah's story is Shadow Dance, book 6 in the series. Does this work as a standalone? Diane Yes, this could be a stand alone. It's the first of a series of 12 books, but the book does have a definite conclusion that isn't a lead in to the …more Yes, this could be a stand alone. It's the first of a series of 12 books, but the book does have a definite conclusion that isn't a lead in to the second book in the series.
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Sort order. This book just didn't do it for me. It wasn't bad but it was just okay. The 2 main problems I had with this book was Problem 1. There was detail overload. There was just so many details about everything. It really slowed the story down and made the plot drag. I got bored from the start. I kept asking my husband why do I need to know the color and make of a counter top?
Why do I need to have a whole chapter for a secondary cha 2. Why do I need to have a whole chapter for a secondary character talking about her dog dying? I get that the dog was killed by the bad guy but that shit could have been wrapped up in a few lines. This book needed to have about pages cut. Here is a few quotes of Detail overload. He turned to the society page on the back first, because he got such a kick out of it.
The number of people who attended the community center bingo night was reported along with the names of the winners of the twenty-five-dollar jackpots. Interviews with the lucky recipients followed, telling what each of them planned to do with his or her windfall. And there was always a comment from Rabbi David Spears, who organized the weekly event, about what a good time everyone had.
Tom was suspicious that the society editor, Lorna Hamburg, secretly had a crush on Rabbi Dave, a widower, and that was why the bingo game was so prominently featured in the paper. The rabbi said the same thing every week, and Tom invariably ribbed him about that when they played golf together on Wednesday afternoons.
The rest of the column was dedicated to letting everyone in town know who was entertaining company and what they were feeding them. If the news that week was hard to come by, Lorna filled in the space with popular recipes. The front page was full of news about the proposed town square development and the upcoming one-hundred-year celebration at Assumption Abbey.
And there was a nice mention about his sister helping out at the abbey. The reporter called her a tireless and cheerful volunteer and went into some detail describing all the projects she had taken on. Why the fuck do I need to know so much about the damn news paper? There was more boring details but I got sick of typing them all.
Here is another smaller detail overload quote Having made the decision not to fret about Laurant any longer, Bessie Jean sat down at the dining room table and opened the wooden stationery box her mama had given her when she was a young girl.
She took out a sheet of pink, rose-scented paper embossed with her very own initials, and reached for her pen. This time she was going to address her request to the director himself, and as expensive as it was, she was going to spend the extra money to send it by certified mail.
That is a little from the whole chapter that was just the little old lady next door talking about her dead dog daddy and all about her neighbors It dragged so badly. Problem 2 I didn't feel the romance between Nick and Laurant.
Then they are not together again, til like the last few pages. This wasn't a slow burn romance it was a no burn. Now I bought 6 books from this series at a used book store for a 1. View all 35 comments. Mar 05, Lady Vigilante Feifei rated it really liked it Shelves: This poor book! I actually started it a week ago and had to pause twice and temporarily ditch it to get to other books, but the funny thing about it all is that I actually enjoyed this story more than the other ones I was desperate to get to.
To protect his sister Laurant, he drags in his best friend and top-notch FBI agent Nick Buchanan to act as her bodyguard while local police and the FBI work on luring out the killer before he strikes again. And the suspense and mystery was done well — for a second there I thought the story would go down the predictable route but I was wrong. The romance was a pretty minor aspect, but the book had just enough to get me giddy and invested in Nick and Laurant as a couple. First, there were too many side characters and all their problems and role in the story made my head dizzy.
In the romance department, I wish there was more flair, originality, and development. Aside from those concerns, the rest of the story was a solid read! I loved the suspense aspect of the book, both main characters were likable and complemented each other well, and the side characters were fantastic too loved Noah!
View all 58 comments. Julie Garwood Fans Buddy Read. I am very late to be reading one of Julie Garwood's romantic suspense, especially since I consider her one of my favorite authors, and I love her historicals.
Honestly, I had my pout on because she doesn't write historicals anymore, and I just never got around to reading the contemporaries, although I planned to do so at some juncture. I am glad I finally got that nudge from the Julie Garwood group on Goodreads, because what most of what I love about her historical book is here in Heartbreaker. The main difference is the contemporary setting, the subject matter being much darker, and more emphasis on the suspense.
That is as it should be, of course. As far as characterizations, as usual, I loved the main characters. Laurant has both the sweetness and determination of the usual JG historical heroine. I like that she's a very nice woman, but strong and stands up for herself.
She really earned my respect that she fought past her fears and took personal responsibility of helping the FBI draw out the killer who was stalking her. And she was very afraid. But she didn't want any more women to die in the meantime. She was brave enough to admit she fell in love with Nick, even knowing that chances were against them working out. I also loved Nick. He is the strong, solid hero that JG writes so well. He also expresses the bewilderment that cracks me up about JG's heroes when he falls so hard for Laurant, despite his determination not to do so.
It was hilarious how he acted when Laurant told him she loved him. He was determined not to believe her because he was afraid to acknowledge that he loved her back. I think his gesture at the end was perfect, considering how petrified he was about flying. If you've read enough of my reviews, you know I am not a big fan of the serial killer theme, so I won't beat a dead horse.
I do have to say that the villain in this book was pretty darn nasty, and Garwood surprised me at who it was. I had gone through my list of suspects and the culprit was not who I expected. She did a good job with the red herrings, where you couldn't immediately pick out the bad guy. I'm glad she wasn't too descriptive with the acts of the killer. That is a real turnoff for me. I had enough information to realize he was a sick puppy, and that was good for me.
I felt terrible for his victim. The poor girl never got a chance to make a good life for herself. I also loved the secondary characters like Tommy, Laurant's brother, Noah, an FBI colleague of Nick's who is absolutely shameless, and the inhabitants of the small town of Holy Oaks.
I would love to see more of Tommy because he's a sweet guy. And Noah is definitely a character I want to follow. He made me laugh a lot! Garwood's homey storytelling was evident in the interactions between her main characters and the supporting ones.
I laughed a lot and it tempered the disgust and fear the villain engenders. The climax was very exciting. The sense of risk very evident. I loved how Laurant thought on her feet, despite her desperate situation. The villain was suitably dangerous, definitely not a paper tiger. I was glad they got him, and although it wasn't without cost, things worked out well. And I was able to see how much Nick cared about Laurant, despite his determination to walk away.
He tickled me at how he was acting in the emergency room! With a combination of Julie Garwood's singular romance writing and intense suspense, Heartbreaker is a very good book. I can't give it five stars because it doesn't quite measure up to her historicals and like I said, the serial killer theme isn't a favorite of mine. But despite those things, I enjoyed reading it and I am glad to find more Julie Garwood characters to follow.
Looking forward to diving into Mercy next, as soon as I am able to find a copy and have time to read it! View all 16 comments. It was OK but didn't make the four or five star mark for me. I was on holidays and dipping in now and again to the book. Maybe if I had read it in one or two sittings it would have worked better. It felt a bit dated and old fashioned at times.
Sometimes that works for me but not really this time. Sorry for the short review, but I finished this a while back View all 9 comments. It did NOT sound remotely French to me. Nick and Noah sounded exactly the same. Still, I did like this darker foray into this popular contemporary genre.
The psycho was just a tad too perverted for me, but I was expecting it. One other important thing: So, who should Father Thomas call to protect his beloved Laurant? Throw in the upcoming wedding of a dear friend, a jealous co-worker, and a few arrogant home town characters - young and old - and you have a nice little suspense.
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View all 15 comments. View all 4 comments. It passed the time, but lacked the charm of her historical romances. Maybe she gets more in the groove in later volumes? Audio was average. Aug 30, Mei rated it liked it Shelves: Well, it was interesting, but it didn't made me rave.
The romantic part of the story between Nick and Laurant was lukewarm and didn't made me feel the fizz. It developed toward the end with one sex scene and soon after the usual "I'm bad for her, so I'll leave" trope. I didn't feel the love The most interesting part was the suspense part. Some tedious parts that could have been avioded, but that I didn't hate.
So, summing all up Well, it was interesting, but it didn't made me rave. So, summing all up it's a solid 3 stars! Jun 24, Shannon C. I found Laurant, the lead gal, to be an insipid pollyanna of a character. I didn't connect with her and found her annoying.
I didn't download into their romantic relationship. It wasn't developed enough and then, boom, she 2. It wasn't developed enough and then, boom, she supposedly loves him. I forced myself to keep reading. I highly enjoyed all of these. Great reads! View 2 comments. Nov 26, Tammy rated it liked it Shelves: Then he makes his intentions known to kidnap, torture and murder the priest's sister, Laurent, next.
The priest contacts his best friend, local FBI super agent, Nick, and a full blown whodunit takes place as Nick fights to protect Laurent. It is fair to say that the first chapter of this book scared the unholy crap out of me. I suspect this was because I listened to the audio version while commuting to work. The voice of the villian was Very, very creepy. But so perfect for the part. He called us in right away," Morganstern said. The team from Cincinnati were on their way," he added.
How did you know? I got this weird, gut feeling about her, and it got stronger as soon as I walked into her house… you know what I mean? What was the house like? The living room was small—a couple of easy chairs, sofa, TV—but, you know what was odd, Pete?
Yeah, I remember I thought that was real odd. She had plastic covers on her furniture. I guess a lot of people do that. Anyway, like I said, it was spotless, but it smelled peculiar. The smell was so strong it made my eyes burn. I figured she was just a compulsive housecleaner… and then I followed her into the kitchen.
It was clean as a whistle. Not a thing sitting on the counters, not a towel draped on the sink, nothing. She told me to have a seat while she fixed us a cup of coffee, and then I noticed the stuff she had on the table. There were salt and pepper shakers, but in between was a huge clear plastic container of pink antacid tablets, and next to it was a ketchup-size bottle of hot sauce.
I thought that was damned peculiar… and then I saw the dog. The animal tipped the scales. It was a black cocker spaniel sitting in the corner by the back door. He never took his eyes off her. She put a plate of chocolate chip cookies on the table and when she turned her back to get the coffee, I took one of the cookies and put it down by my side, to see if the dog would come and get it, but he never even looked at me.
If the sheriff had seen the dog with her, he would have known something was real wrong, but when he interviewed her, the cocker was outside in the pen. And I knew that the boy was somewhere in that house.
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The infamous football game. They must run that clip at least twice a year. Nick towered over his boss. Morganstern, in his tasseled black leather loafers, was five feet eight inches tall, and Nick was over six feet.
His boss was slightly built, with thinning blond hair that was quickly going gray, and his thick bifocals were constantly slipping down the bridge of his narrow nose. He always wore a conservative black or navy suit with a long-sleeved, white, starched shirt and muted striped tie.
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To the casual observer, Morganstern looked like a nerdy university professor, but to the agents under his supervision, he was, in every respect, a giant of a man who handled the hellacious job and the horrific pressures with unruffled ease.
When was the last time I got laid? Do you? Hell, yes. Since there was no : getting out of his forced vacation, he made some tentative plans.
He really was going to try to kick back and relax, maybe go sailing with his oldest brother, Theo, if he could pry him away from his job for a couple of days, and then he was going to drive halfway across the country to Holy Oaks, Iowa, to see his best friend, Tommy, and get some serious fishing done.
While he was on vacation Nick planned to weigh the pros and cons of the new job. He was counting on Tommy for help with the decision. He was closer to him than he was to his own five brothers, and he trusted him implicitly. He knew Tommy was worried about him. Tommy had his own battle to fight, and every three months when he checked into the Kansas Medical Center for tests, it was Nick who got the queasy feeling in the pit of his stomach that stayed until Tommy E-mailed him with good news.
So far, his friend had been lucky; the cancer had been contained. But it was always hovering, waiting to strike. Tommy had learned to deal with his illness. As Tommy had said, this was a war he had to wage alone, and all Nick could do was be there for him when he needed him. Nick was suddenly anxious to see his friend again.
He might even be able to talk him into taking off his priest collar for one night and getting roaring drunk with him the way they used to when they roomed together at Penn State.
Tommy had tried several times to bring her to America, but the conditions of the trust and the lawyers guarding the money convinced the judges to keep her sequestered until she was of age to make decisions for herself.
Laurant had been of age for some time now and had moved to Holy Oaks a year ago to be close to her brother. Nick had never met her, but he remembered the photos of her that Tommy had stuck up on the mirror.
One of her knee-high socks had fallen down around her ankle. She had scabby knees and curly long brown hair that drooped down over one of her eyes.
Both he and Tommy had laughed when they saw the photo. She did look like she had a bit of the devil in her and a zest for life that was going to get her into sure trouble one day.
Yeah, a vacation was just what he needed, he decided. The key to all of his plans was getting back to his home base, Boston, and that meant he was going to have to get on the damned plane first. No one hated flying as much as Nick did. It scared the hell out of him, as a matter of fact. As soon as he entered the Cincinnati airport, he broke out in a cold sweat, and he knew his complexion was going to be green by the time he boarded the plane.
The was bound for London with a brief stop in Boston, where Nick would be getting off, thank God, and going home to his Beacon Hill town house. He could feel his stomach tightening as he headed for check-in.
He knew the drill. He presented himself, his credentials, and his clearance to the security officer. He then escorted Nick around the metal detector the other passengers would have to pass through, handed him his boarding pass, and waved him down the ramp.
Captain James T. Sorensky was waiting for him in the galley. He even knew the kind of toothpaste the man preferred, but none of those facts made his nervousness subside.
He hated everything about flying. Sorensky could have been a model for an airline poster with his silver-tipped, immaculately trimmed hair, his perfectly pressed navy blue uniform with razor-edge creases in the trousers, and his tall, lean physique.
The captain radiated confidence. He was also rigid about his own rules, which Nick appreciated. Though Nick had the government clearance and FAA approval to carry his loaded Sig Sauer on the plane, he knew it made Sorensky nervous—and that was the last thing Nick wanted or needed. In preparation, Nick had already unloaded his gun. Now you wear a badge and he wears a cross. And saving that child… it made me proud to know you.
What was it he called the twelve of you? With a nod, he said, "You did a fine thing. Marshal Downing on board. He had to give me his weapon," he added with a grin. Downing thinks his lawyers will plea him out before the judge ever picks up his gavel.
Like you, they preboarded. You can hear it in his voice, and he seems like a real nice fella. You ought to go introduce yourself to him. Downing has the boy shackled and handcuffed. I will go say hello. Is the plane packed today?
He followed the captain into the cockpit and closed the door behind him. Nick put his suit carrier in the overhead compartment, dropped his old, scarred, leather briefcase in his assigned seat, and then crossed over to the left side of the plane and started down the aisle toward the U.
He was halfway there when he changed his mind. He did get a good look at him though, and the prisoner too, before he turned around.
Downing had one leg stretched out into the aisle, and Nick could see the fancy scrollwork on his cowboy boot. Tall and wiry, the marshal was all cowboy with his weathered complexion, his thick brown mustache, and his black leather vest.
Captain Sorensky had been on the mark in his evaluation of the prisoner. At first glance he did look like a kid. But there was a hardness Nick had seen countless times in the past. This one had been around the block more than once and had most likely killed his conscience a long time ago. Yeah, they were getting younger and dumber these days, Nick thought.
The prisoner had been cursed with bad judgment and god-awful genes. His face was scarred with acne, and his marble cold eyes were so close together he looked cross-eyed. Someone had done a real hatchet job on his hair, no doubt on purpose.
There were spikes sticking up all over his head, kind of like the Statue of Liberty, but then maybe he wanted to look that way. What did it matter what kind of punk haircut he had? Where he was going he would still have plenty of friends waiting in line for a chance to get to him. Nick went back to the front of the plane and got settled in his seat. He was in first class today, and though the seat was wider, it still felt cramped. His legs were too long to properly stretch out. After shoving his briefcase under the seat in front of him, he leaned back, clipped his seat belt together, and partially closed his eyes.
Then the anxiety would start all over again.Shaking his head. He had made reservations from the rectory. He put the paper on the seat next to him, mopped his brow again, and contemplated closing shop fifteen minutes early. He read as much as he possibly could about his specific type of cancer. He watched her dig her billfold out of her purse. Now I bought 6 books from this series at a used book store for a 1. In preparation, Nick had already unloaded his gun.
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