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Killjoy (Buchanan, #3) (Buchanan-Renard #3)

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When it comes to gripping novels of unrelenting suspense, Julie Garwood is in a class by herself. In the course of her career, she has mastered the art of creating characters who live and breathe in compelling, page-burning stories that never fail to surprise. As her legion of fans can attest, she strikes the perfect balance between excitement and insight, action and heart ...more
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Published September 17th 2002 by Random House Publishing Group (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
Kathleen
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
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Jess
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
Nikita
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
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Kathryn Bain
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
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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.
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Carol
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
jenjn79
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
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Kirsten
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
Pamela(AllHoney)
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
Katherine
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
This is my least favorite of the Buchanan family series. The story wasn't as interesting as the other brothers.
Jonetta
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
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Alvi Harahap
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
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Maggie
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
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Jackie Lane
Review pending.

I am enjoying each book in the series more and more and love seeing characters from the other books.
LailaBC
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
Nonieღserenity2bliss
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.
Arttemizza
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.
Coralie
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
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.
Frank
[library audiobook, plot summary elsewhere]

A dnf, but I listened far enough it gets a 2. The central character, Avery Delaney, some kind of analyst for FBI, with a master's in criminology from Stanford [do they even offer such a degree?], was ditzy enough in an early scene to throw off my interest. The Aunt Carolyn, running a million dollars a year advertising business, was also ditzy and celebrity obsessed. Many other characters made no sense.

Makes me unlikely to read the next Garwood.
Danielle
This was a good novel to read and one that wasn't overly romantic. Although I like the romance genre it can sometimes be hard work to read a novel about two people falling in love and that's that. There was a focus beyond that in this novel, it wasn't just about Avery and John Paul, it was about her mother and Aunt, it was about the murderer Monk last seen in Mercy. There was more depth than just a love story.

This novel had just enough suspense and drama for me toppled with the romantic side. Th
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Kris
4 STARS

"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 is serving time in a Florida prison. This traumatic experience propels Avery into a life of law and order.

Her razor-sh
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Laura V.
Esta autora casi me causa un infarto. Sin ir a extremos, tuve ganas de quemar el libro u__u

No es que sea mala la historia, pero creo que se le fue la mano con eso de hacer que la trama suene coherente. Una cosa es delinear a los villanos con sus razones y vidas en pequeños flashback y mínimos párrafos, otra, muy distinta, es dedicarle casi todo el libro.
Cuando ya iba por la mitad del libro, y solo tuve dos escenas de los protagónistas, me di diez minutos para calmarme y me fui a dormir. Luego du
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Pattianne
killjoy - Buchanan-Renard - COLORADO - (Avery and John Paul Buchanan) - the killers name is Monk - and John Paul is special forces -

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 respo
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Willow
Killjoy is the third installment in the Buchanan series, and it held it's weight. I'll say that the beginning and the middle held my attention, but at the end, where things should have gone boom, it actually lost my interest just a notch. Everything wrapped up quickly, and I didn't get the intense showdown I was looking forward to.

That being said, if you read Mercy you're already half in love and completely intrigued by John Paul. And Avery holds her own. I like that the girl has scars and can
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Jencey/
Welcome to a wild ride in Killjoy by Julie Garwood. This is novel is the third in the Buchanan-Renaud series. A ride you don’t want to miss.
Synopsis:
This would not be a good day for Avery at work. She is waiting for news of whether there still is a job as she nurses a sore knee. There are also plans to meet her Aunt Carrie at the fabulous spa Utopia. Her aunt has been begging her to go on vacation and spend some time together. Carrie leaves her estranged husband Tony at the airport in La and is
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Linda
I did something with this book I don't ever remember doing before, not only did I peek at the ending but I read it from back to middle to make sure I wasn't missing anything. I don't feel like I did.

It's the third installment in Julie Garwood's Buchanan-Reynard series. In this one John Paul Reynard is back from his sister's wedding and using his special ops skills to track Monk, a contract killer who tried to kill Reynard's family in the previous book. Monk got away at the end of that book. His
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