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Killjoy (Buchanan-Renard #3)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,104 Ratings  ·  324 Reviews
Avery Delaney has always tried to put the past far behind her. Abandoned by her rapacious, conniving mother when she was only three days old, Avery was raised by her grandmother and beloved aunt Carolyn. Then, when she was eleven, she witnessed her grandmother's violent death, before Avery herself was shot and left for dead. Miraculously she survived. The man responsible i ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Lisa Kay
(This is a review of the audiobook.) I don’t know why I’m enjoying JG’s Contemporary Romances more on audio than I did when I read their dead tree versions, but I am. I’m one of those people who was vastly disappointed when she stopped writing Historical Romances. However, I loved this one; it held my attention though-out. Nicely narrated by Joyce Bean. ...more
Feb 20, 2014 Kathleen rated it really liked it
3.75 or 4 stars. Solid narration by Joyce Bean. Good story. Not as good as the prequel, Mercy, but better than most of Garwood's contemporary novels. Happy to see John Paul Renard again -- he was great in Mercy. Glad he didn't blow hot and cold, but knew he wanted Avery soon enough. No stupid misunderstandings, either. Decent suspense with a few surprising plot twists.

Garwood's most vivid character is the antagonist. That sociopathic, seductive siren brings to mind a cobra -- I felt unwillingl
Apr 18, 2010 Jess rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite so far out of the Buchanan series. Filled with action/adventure, romance and suspense, it was a perfect book IMO. John Paul is ex-military and hates all that is related to the government. The one thing he wants more than anything is to find the paid killer Monk and catch him before he kills anyone else. When John Paul first sees Avery walking into a spa, he thinks she's nothing more than a California fake blond. He thinks she might be able to lead him to Monk's whereabouts, s ...more
Kathryn Bain
Aug 11, 2012 Kathryn Bain rated it liked it
Mediocre romantic suspense. I'm getting real tired of heroes and heroines falling in love within a couple of days just because they have good sex. It's called lust people, not love.

Also, I had a hard time buying the whole story line of the hit man falling for Jilly and doing some of the stupid stuff he did. The first night they sleep together, he tells her all about himself. He also rushes what he's doing to please her. You don't get to be a top notch hit man by rushing. As for telling her who
Nov 16, 2008 Nikita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my third or fourth time reading this book. It is a part of Julie Garwood's Buchanan series which is her first time moving away from the historical romance genre into contemporary romanic suspense.

I read many of the reviews written by other members and it seems that a lot of the reviewers were complaining about the very characteristics that define the genre. I also think that readers should be forwarned that some of the inside jokes and other references may be lost on you if you don't r
Apr 25, 2014 Carol rated it it was ok
Pardon me while I stifle a slight yawn. The blurb billed this as a gripping novel of unrelenting suspense... hmm, perhaps I slept thru those scenes. Few surprises with predictable plot. Main character Avery seldom demonstrated usage of her so-called razor-sharp mind, but scored an A+ in the PITA department. Sad, really, when this reader felt no reason to cheer her on as she compulsively blundered about... I did, however, occasionally feel the urge to B-slap her. Working as an expert crime analys ...more
Jane Stewart
4 stars. A good time. Good romantic suspense. I didn’t want to stop reading.

BUT, I did not like:
After they had sex, she said no more sex because she felt they should distance themselves because they would split eventually. Is that believable? Do people really do that? We like each other now but we should not enjoy each other?

I also wanted a little more time spent in Monk’s mind (the bad guy). One example: how did he find Avery when she was in the motel?

I wanted to know what was in Ann’s letter.
Fairly good book, but I was disappointed a bit in it after being excited to read John Paul's story.

I liked the plot of the story. It was interesting and kept me wanting to read more. The tie-in to Garwood's previous romantic suspense "Mercy" was cool. And I like the character continuity she has had through these minorly connected books.

What disappointed me was the romance and sort of the depth of the characters. John Paul was fascinating character created in her last book. I couldn't wait to rea
The third book in the Buchanan-Renard series by Julie Garwood. Avery Delaney was abandoned by her mother and raised by her grandmother and aunt. When she was eleven her grandmother died and Avery was left for dead. Now Avery is employed by the FBI as a crime analyst. She goes on vacation to meet up with her aunt, Carolyn Salvetti, at an exclusive spa in Colorado. But when Avery gets there she is told the reservations were all canceled and her aunt is nowhere to be found. There Avery meets John P ...more
Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
Though the romance portion started slow, it heated up quickly. However, the suspense/mystery element of the book was better than most.

I also liked that some of the other characters - namely Aunt Carrie - had bigger parts.

It was very enjoyable and I can't wait to move on to Slow Burn
Dec 07, 2013 Katherine rated it really liked it
This was a really good suspense/mystery romance. From the very beginning I was on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen and what direction it was going to take. Can't wait to read more of this series. I am now going to pass this on to my Daughter for her to read.
Miss Kim
May 07, 2010 Miss Kim rated it it was ok
This is my least favorite of the Buchanan family series. The story wasn't as interesting as the other brothers.
Great series... Why did I wait so long to get book three read when I made the mistake of reading number four??? Not sure. I loved the premise of the tough, analytical girl working in the basement of the FBI. Her attention to detail was intriguing including finding the clues for the Shakespearian heists. Well done Julie Garwood. I would have liked to see more of Avery's mind when came to analyzing FBI data. I was almost a touch sad, that the story didn't move forward with this angle, but I did en ...more
Apr 23, 2011 Jonetta rated it liked it
In this third book of the Buchanan-Renard series, we have John Paul Renard, Noah Clayborne and Monk returning from the earlier book, Mercy.

John Paul has tracked Monk to Aspen, Colorado, a year after he wreaked havoc in Louisiana. Meanwhile, Avery Delaney is trying to find her aunt, Carrie Salvetti, who she was supposed to join at a spa in Aspen called Utopia. John Paul and Avery connect in the lobby of the facility as they both are on the hunt for the same people for different reasons. It doesn
Alvi Harahap
Aug 20, 2012 Alvi Harahap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
KILLJOY has more than enough action to keep thriller fans happy and has just enough romance to placate romance fans. Julie Garwood has created a female Hannibal Lechter, a woman so evil that readers will root for her downfall.

The action is nonstop, with the couple's escapades spanning several
states while enduring cliff jumps, swollen rivers, a forest sniper,
and dodging the FBI team dispatched to protect Avery. Their
survival depends on their own instincts, ingenuity, and stamina
and a little o
Feb 08, 2010 Maggie rated it it was amazing
I was excited to pick this book up, thinking I would learn thriller story construction from a talented author. Instead I found myself swept along in a compelling story. I thoroughly loved this book. The main characters were tough and believable. Their actions were so well motivated that I felt like I knew them.

I read all of Garwood's historicals and was devastated when she made the jump to thriller writing. However, I now see the tenderness that initially drew me to her work in her thrillers. It
Jackie Lane
Jan 08, 2015 Jackie Lane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review pending.

I am enjoying each book in the series more and more and love seeing characters from the other books.
Guys the grouchy reclusive bear of a brother of Dr. Michelle Renard - John Paul Renard in Mercy...has fallen for an equally stubborn FBI analyst Avery Elizabeth Delaney. This one also involves quite a lot of ground chasing through the forest...trying to elude a professional killer named Monk who is out for Avery. Yes the elusive Monk has once again made an appearance here and this time his character took on more of an active role. Avery's past especially one named Jilly Delaney has come back to ...more
Dec 16, 2012 Nonieღserenity2bliss rated it really liked it
My oh my, the female villain, Jilly Delaney, is a sick one! This story gives me the chills. The ending left me slightly baffled; I hope this is the end of Jilly. She freaked me out so bad, I don't ever want to read about her anymore ever again. Like, ever.

While I like John Paul and Avery, I'm a little bit on the fence about them as a couple. I guess I don't care much about them to care. I was more hooked in the storyline than I was with the romance. Having said that, I do enjoy their chemistry.
Jay Schutt
Aug 17, 2015 Jay Schutt rated it it was amazing
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Karen Landolfi
Aug 29, 2015 Karen Landolfi rated it it was ok
Me esperaba mucho más del libro de John Paul. La historia me decepcionó bastante. Hubo demasiadas cosas que me parecieron poco creíbles como por ej;
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Mar 21, 2012 Arttemizza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leituras-2012
Este é o primeiro livro que leio da escritora e devo que dizer que fiquei rendida.
Apesar de na minha opinião o final ter sido descrito muito rapidamente, todo o restante livro é divinal.
A leitura é bastante simples e rápida, as personagens cativam e conseguimos ter um pouco de tudo, desde romance, suspense, crime e partes cómicas.
Geovanna Maya
Aug 10, 2015 Geovanna Maya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esta serie cada vez esta mejorando, al saber que personaje masculino seria el de este libro ya estaba emocionada y la verdad es que me enamoro ese hombre, la relación entre John y Avery fue espectacular sobre todo ese primer encuentro, entre mas avanzaba mas entusiasmaba el romance, en ese aspecto no tengo quejas.
El pasado de Avery es bueno, como se va relacionando con el principal trama de la historia se vuelve mas emocionante, el problema que tuve fue que dentro del clímax del libro respecto a
Author: Julie Garwood
First published: 2002
Length: 442 pages
Setting: Contemporary. Colorado, Florida.
Sex: Explicit but not until the end. Most others fade to black or closed door.
Hero: retired Marine, carpenter
Heroine: FBI data analyst

An early Garwood contemporary-suspense that has a plot complexity completely lacking in her later books. They make for exciting, interesting reads that keep the reader engaged even after she has (rather naughtily) flicked further ahead to see who's the Bad Guy. Even
Jan 10, 2014 Coralie rated it liked it
Avery Delaney was raised by her aunt and grandmother after her criminally deranged mother abandoned her as an infant. During her childhood, her grandmother died of a heart attack as a result of an attack by a man sent by the criminal mother. In the book, Avery is an adult and working for the FBI when her aunt convinces her to join her for a spa vacation. On the way to the vacation, the aunt is kidnapped by the mother. Avery goes on a mission to rescue her, and in the process, meets up with an ex ...more
Shelley Lawrence
Jan 08, 2015 Shelley Lawrence rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Great, interesting story. Easy to follow, but clever. It captured my interest on page 1! I love how Ms. Garwood uses some of the same characters from the previous book; makes it much more engaging. Now I'm off to find her next.
Stephanie Tuell
Such an awesome book! I can't believe I waited so long to read it. So many twists and turns.......and the end! I look forward to reading more of her work.
Apr 29, 2016 Claire rated it it was ok
I enjoyed it. The characters were interesting - they were all unlikable in various ways, but I did still care about them. I think I would have enjoyed the book more, though, if at least Avery and John Paul were a little bit more appealing to me. There was some "exceptional woman" stuff that I didn't love from both of them. I was also slightly disappointed with the thriller side - after Avery proves her puzzle solving skills in the beginning, I kept expecting her to use them to help solve the cas ...more
Brilliant Hermione
Bagi saya, daya tarik novel ini bukan terletak pada kisah percintaan dua tokoh utama (Avery Delaney dan John Paul Renard) melainkan sisi psikopat Jilly (ibu Avery) dan kemalangan demi kemalangan yang menimpa Carolyn 'Carrie' Salvetti (bibi kesayangan Avery).

Serius, saya bahkan sampai pengen ngunyah pintu saat pengkhianat Carrie yang terakhir menampakkan diri. Uh, sakit, Man!

Singkat kata singkat cerita, karya Julie Garwood kali ini terbilang memuaskan jadi saya tak merasa buang-buang waktu (dan u
Sep 25, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it
This book surprised me and had me giggling at various instances. JG weaved the book with all the types of humor there is. It was an excellent read and the looming passion between John Paul and Avery was addicting and I couldn't put it down until I was done with it. The wickedness of Monk, the manipulation of psychotic Jilly, the fury of Carrie that was particularly fun to read, the dry humor of John Paul and the gentleness of Avery made this book worth the time I invested in it. The characters t ...more
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Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms. Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage. "The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation. Add in the fa
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