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Heartbreaker (Buchanan-Renard #1)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  18,701 Ratings  ·  543 Reviews
Cloth. 8vo - over 7Â" - 9Â" tall. First edition. Fine in fine dj. ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Atria (first published January 1st 2000)
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
3.5-4 stars!


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. Ha! But that doesn’t surprise me much because every book I’ve read from Julie Garwood – both historical and contemporary – I’ve either liked or loved, and this book was no exception. I’ve read a couple of books in this series already, and compar
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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. ...more
Lisa Kay
Montgomery Clift in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1953 “I Confess.”

(This is a review of the audiobook.) I’ve heard Tanya Eby read before and thought she delivered nice performances; however, I wasn’t thrilled over her narration in this one. Especially her supposed subtle “French” accent for Laurant Madden, the heroine who grew up in a French convent. It did NOT sound remotely French to me. Ms. Eby’s diction is good, as is her pacing. Her differentiation of characters wasn’t terrible, but I’ve heard her do
Jul 30, 2015 Mo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mmmm. 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 ...

In this Julie Garwood thriller, a psychopath a/k/a "the Heartbreaker" confesses to the brutal murder of a young woman to a priest. 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 t
Shannon C.
2.5 stars
I had a hard time getting into this book. While I usually like mystery/suspense books, this one felt too formulatic and predictable: girl is target of crazy killer, agent acts as bodyguard, girl and agent hook up. I found Laurant, the lead gal, to be an insipid pollyanna of a character. I didn't connect with her and found her annoying. Nick, the agent/bodyguard, was more a bit more believable. I didn't buy into their romantic relationship. It wasn't developed enough and then, boom, she
The first book in Julie Garwood's Buchanan series and, really, all I can say is WOW. When compared to her historical romances, I would probably only give this 4 stars but compare to other romantic suspense, I think it holds up quite well. Well enough to deserve 5 stars from me. Father Thomas Madden waits in the confessional and a man comes in. He proceeds to tell the Father some pretty disturbing stuff. How he has killed and will kill again. In fact he has his next victim picked out. The Father' ...more
Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
Picked this up after reading Fast Track, I have to say in one sense it's not as good. (Nick just isn't as hot as Aiden!) But, in one sense, it's much better. The mystery/suspense element is excellent. Considering this is Garwood's first foray into the contemporary romantic suspense that is excellent.

I was a little disappointed in myself for not picking up on some plot points, though.
A true-blue romantic suspense. Some romantic suspense books are romances with suspenseful storylines, but this is one of those books that is a pure suspense books with a solid romance behind it. And overall it was a pretty good read. I enjoyed it.

Good plot...well planned, enough twists, plenty of suspicion cast about. Good characters...likeable, interesting, fairly well developed. And a decent romance...not great, but substantial enough.

If you like solid romantic suspenses, then give this one a
Oh boy *sigh*

Julie Garwood is the first writer that introduced me to romance books through "The Bride" and since then she was my top favorite author EVER, not one of the favorites but THE favorite ^^ I've been biased to her Historical novels and refused to read her contemporary work since it was thriller-like, but oh boy what have I been missing.

(BTW this is going to be my first review to one of her books, even though I read all her historical works and some even have memorized by heart, but I h
My first Contemporary Romantic Thriller from JG, I enjoyed it, but because I really LOVE her historicals I think that affected my experience and my rating.

The thriller part was very interesting and smartly written, the pieces of the puzzle all fit in the end, I had my suspicion from the beginning, but I was never sure until the end.

The romance fell short, it wasn't the kind that you feel and cheer up for them, not like her other books, but again I think that comparing the two genres has affected
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Aly is so frigging bored
Very disappointed in this. I was expecting so much more from ms Garwood.
Aug 25, 2011 Lindsay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: julie-garwood
This was not my favorite book of the series. It was still good but I liked some of the other books better.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I really enjoyed this book. I will definately give Julie Garwood another try.
Aug 07, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYone
I have never really been a big fan of Suspense, then I found Romantic Suspense, and then I found Julie Garwood!!! I first found her when I read Sizzle (I know out of order, and it killed me when I found out because I hate reading out of order). I fell in love with her style almost instantly, so I knew I was going to love this book.
Nick Buchanan is the best of the best, but even the best of best needs a mental break from a job like his. He felt like there was no place in his life for love or a f
Rebecca Minto
Jan 28, 2012 Rebecca Minto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know a number of traditional Garwood fans objected once she started on her contemporary series, but I loved this book. Let me correct that - I LOVED this story! The the humor was a bit more subtle than with her historicals, but the characters were well-developed and there were moments of humor, if not outright hilarity. I could see personality traits in some of the characters we were led to believe that were descendants from well-loved historical characters. I loved Laurent and Nick from the f ...more
Laura V.
Se lee bastante bien. La autora no tiene reparos en prestar atención al más mínimo detalle de la trama, por lo que a veces los POV de otras personas pueden resultar densos.
Noah es adorable, <3 Ya quiero leerlo.
La historia está bien, hace más hincapié a la trama principal que al romance, pero los personajes son bastantes simpáticos y te hacen la historia llevadera.
El romance a mí me pareció bastante apresurado a pesar de la cantidad de páginas que tiene y un poco increíble.
Pero el final fue
Kristina Brownell
I was hoping for a great mystery/thriller. It didn't feel very mysterious or thrilling. I knew the basics of "who did it" way too early on. It was boring. There was also a hint of romance thrown in. It felt contrived and ridiculous. She's hot. He's hot. He's best friends with her brother, so she's off limits. Oh what the hec, she came on to me and says she loves me. We can have this one night together, so let's do it! So lame. Or maybe I'm just in a bad mood? I did not hate this book when I was ...more
Oct 26, 2014 Cmkage rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, suspense, kindle
I bought this book on impulse, but I'm so glad I did. It turned out a delightful read. The suspense was great, the couple sweet and there were plenty of scenes that made me smile. I'm definitely going to read the next book in this series.
Jane Stewart
Narrator Tanya Eby was bad. And the story was not good. I wanted it to be over.

Tanya Eby said S’s in a way that detracted from the story, and some of her T’s and TH’s were odd. Throughout the book I was on edge listening for each time she would say these sounds. She also used a bad voice for Nick (hero). He sounded dorky and constipated. She had a weird accent for Laurant (heroine). I don’t know what that was. She said “dunt” or “douynt” instead of “don’t.” She said “mehbehh”
The story of Nick Buckanan, an elite FBI agent, his best friend's sister, Laurant, and a sociopath who's nicknamed himself Heartbreaker and whose actions bring the two together.

Nick is close to burning out after one of his latest cases comes too close to a very bad end for comfort and his superior gives him time off to regain his equilibrium. Before he can actually enjoy his time off, his best friend asks for his help. A madman is threatening to kill his sister and Nick is the best equipped pers
Mar 29, 2011 Lisarenee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different from the other books by Garwood I have read. I'm thinking something must have happened in the book world to cause so many author's of romance novels to go more dramatic (McNaught, Iris Johansen, and now Garwood). The only thing I wish had not been in the book was the killer's point of view. A little too sinister for what I was hoping to read. Good book, however. Will probably read more from this series.
Nov 27, 2008 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real page turner. Well developed characters, good plot, some romance and humor, and I didn't know who the read bad guy was until the end. What else can you ask from a romantic mystery thriller? I've read some of the author's romance novels and enjoyed them, and she handled this genre just as well. I will look for other thrillers by Garwood.
Surest sign of a great book: You never want it to end.

Heartbreaker was a great book.
Anne OK
Sep 15, 2009 Anne OK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love those Buchanan men! This was my first Garwood book and I was hooked on the contemporary series.
May 18, 2016 Ira marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This my first JG's non historical book, let's see how I feel about this.
Wow! This novel is really something! I was actually planning to read this for a little while, instead I got so hooked up in the story that I've forgotten all those important things that I should have been prioritizing. For I've spent most of my time reading this novel and finishing it to the very end earlier than I thought. Yes, that's how truly addictive this novel really is. I don't know why but romantic suspense novel truly intrigues me. The main characters the beautiful Laurant and the hands ...more
Hope Frost
Aug 26, 2011 Hope Frost rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Garwood book, but it will not be my last. The first part of this book was pretty slow to me, a lot of back story was given, and in my opinion it would have been better to scatter it around the book, which was done, so it was some redundancy. That being said, once I got to the dialogue, it was great. Laurent and Nick were witty and she gave as much as she got. She was strong but not in the alpha sense. I loved reading the struggle Nick was having when it came to matters of the h ...more
Apr 05, 2011 Tiffany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I was excited to read this book after the reviews I read and I was horribly disappointed. The first chapter held a lot of promise...the scene was beautifully set. I felt like I was right there with the priest as he was receiving the creepiest and most terrifying confession of a would-be serial killer. Then, we meet the FBI agent who is supposed to be the love interest for Laurant. But then, the characters never developed. The story felt flat and just rambled on without really going ...more
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With more than 35 million books in print and 26 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Julie Garwood has earned a position among America's favorite fiction writers.

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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Buchanan-Renard (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Murder List (Buchanan-Renard #4)
  • Slow Burn (Buchanan-Renard, #5)
  • Shadow Dance (Buchanan-Renard, #6)
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  • Sizzle (Buchanan-Renard, #8)
  • The Ideal Man (Buchanan-Renard, #9)
  • Sweet Talk (Buchanan-Renard, #10)
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