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Fire and Ice (Buchanan-Renard #7)

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Sophie Rose is a crime reporter at a major Chicago newspaper and the daughter of Bobby Rose, a charming gentleman and big-time thief.When asked to write an exposé about her notorious father, Sophie quits and goes to work at a small newspaper, covering local personalities such as William Harrington, the 5K runner whose trademark is red socks. Those socks—with Sophie's busin ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Bark's Book Nonsense
I don’t know if I’ve read a Garwood novel before but this one probably wasn’t the best place to start. I had heard she was a humorous writer which is probably what tempted me to borrow this audio copy from the library but either my sense of humor has gone on an extended vacation or I missed out on the funny because I didn’t smile once during the reading of this. And, as usual, I came into yet another book mid-series. According to Goodreads this book is #7 in the series. If I had it to do over ag ...more
jenjn79
Jan 13, 2009 jenjn79 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a connected characters series
I see that most people have given this book 4 or 5 stars, but for me it was only about a 3, maybe 3.5. It was good to the point that I didn't mind reading it, and I'll read any other books to come in this "unofficial" series of connected characters, but I also thought it was a bit flat and bland.

Fire and Ice brings back one of Garwood's previous characters, Sophie Rose whose father is an infamous Chicago Robin Hood-type criminal. Though Sophie loves her dad, she does best to keep her life separa
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Jan 01, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
Julie Garwood's newest contemporary "Fire and Ice" is a fast-moving, exhilarating read with an unlikely lead couple and a twisting mystery. The heroine was introduced in "Murder List", but now Sophie gets her own story, and her own FBI hero!

Sophie has left her big journalist job to work at a smaller paper outside Chicago. At least this editor agrees not to pump Sophie for information about her father! But when her father is implicated (again) in a possible crime, Sophie prepares herself for anot
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bookczuk
Apr 16, 2010 bookczuk rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
My girlfriend just raved and raved about how good an author Sandra Brown is and how I should get over my biases about her. To prove the point, she gave me this book to read. Ummm.... this book is by Julie Garwood.

But I read it anyway. I did learn some facts about Alaska, like that in some places, it's illegal to lock your cars. Why? Bear attacks. If car doors can't be locked anyone can jump into the car when a bear attacks and maybe be safe. But I've gotta tell you. For once, I'd love to see a
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Anna
Mar 07, 2009 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the lowest I've ever rated a Julie Garwood book but her writing style just keeps deteriorating. She sacrifices character study for a fun joke (which would be forgiveable if the joke was actually interesting) and she creates these twists and turns that are as twisty as a prairie road.

(No, I'm not sure where that came from.)

I'm probably going harp on this for an annoyingly long time but god. William Harrington, the man who dies and starts Sophie's quest to find out why, is a borin
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Katherine
Jun 15, 2016 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded to 4. Mostly for the writing and the hero. I really liked the hero, he was all hot, sexy, smoldering and dominating. The alpha male, one could call him. The secondary characters, the heroine's father, the heroine's boss were well written and likable. The story was a fluff piece, but it was good enough. My only problem with the book was the heroine. I think she is the first heroine of Ms. Garwood's that I actively disliked. She didn't display a lick of common sense or an ounce o ...more
Wendy
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Bettie
Apr 19, 2012 Bettie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love Julie Garwood. Really, I do. She is a literary goddess, and I worship at her feet. However, as divine as she may be, "Fire and Ice" is anything but ambrosia.

Honestly, it kills me to say this. You must understand that I cut my teeth on Garwood's brilliant romantic historicals. I have spent a good portion of my life collecting each and every one---not to mention reading them again and again to the point of memorization. (Sad, I know, but the woman is, after all, a goddess.) There was a time
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Miss Kim
Feb 09, 2009 Miss Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of romantic suspense
I liked her latest installment to her Buchanan brother’s books. It's linked to "Murder List", however, it's been about three years since I've read that one. I don't remember much about the heroine here, Sophie, and her role in that one. Anyhoo....

This one has a few stories going on that end up linking all together at the end. A lot of action, snappy bantering, and we even get some poor guy eaten by a polar bear.

I wish Ms. Garwood could crank out more than one book per year. I recommend for any
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Chumchum_88
Jul 27, 2015 Chumchum_88 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Ok I take back what I said in my review in the previous book, I still can't predict Julie Garwood's villains ^^

This book was a bit different in terms of the hero and heroine, here the hero was the type who likes to rile her up and pisses the heroine off, for his own enjoyment. At first I wasn't enthusiastic about reading this one cause it didn't get into the Buchanan family much, but it was good since it showed us plenty of a Buchanan couple.

- I liked the thing with the YouTube video, it certai
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Amanda
This is book 7 in the Buchanan series, about Sassy and Newly Independent Sophie Rose, the daughter of a very sought after person for question by any law agency out there. It's also about the newly assigned partner of Alec Buchanan from Murder List Jack MacAlister. Let me tell you Jack was the greatest Hero ever. Don't get me wrong I love Noah and will forever stay loyal to Noah but Jack gives him a run for his money. I loved the instant bickering and banter between him and Sophie, He so easily g ...more
Jacki King
Interesting plot and scenario for a non-romantic suspense romance. Cute dialogue between the couple (for the most part).

Loved the hero; hated the heroine (her wit/dialogue was great; her ability to be smart was not...this woman is what the horror community would call "too stupid to live").

Have to review it for a class, so won't say more now. Given Garwood's track record and popularity, I would sincerely hope that other books in this "family/community" are stronger representatives of her true tal
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Celeste
This book was missing something for me. I felt like the character development was severly lacking. Espicailly for Jack. His history and emotions were very second fiddle. I would have liked a bit more emotion from him... really from both of them in general. I thought it was a good story and it kept me entertained, but, for me at least, lacked that extra "something" that really appeals to me in a good romantic suspence. Usually I love Julie Garwood, but I think I prefer her historicals.
Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
A very solid (and surprising) entry in Ms Garwood's contemporary romantic suspense series. The final of the three friends gets her story told. Well, final in the sense that it was the last one for me to read.

I wasn't sure about the whole wolf and Alaska element, but it works really well. Jack isn't my favorite of her heroes but Sophie is surely one of my favorite heroines.

There are some great comic elements in this one as well.
Sonia Cristina
"Quero que os meus leitores riam, chorem e se apaixonem. Basicamente quero que, durante umas horas, escapem para outro universo e tenham a sensação que viveram uma grande aventura." ~Julie Garwood

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Julie Garwood alcançou o seu objetivo, sem dúvida. É impossível não me apaixonar pelos personagens, principais e secundários e sem dúvida que o enredo foi uma aventura bem vinda.
Katherine
Apr 01, 2009 Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I finished this in one day. Garwood is easily my favorite contemporary romance writer. It may not be the best writing with the best flow of a plot line but these books, including this one, have the ability to captivate me. I loved the relationship between Jack and Sophie and I also loved how often Alec and Reagan were in it. This was definitely worthy of my five stars.
Jody
Feb 20, 2009 Jody rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved Julie Garwood as a teenager and read her current books more out of habit than anything else. This one is a mishmash of plot pieces shoved together to make a totally unbelievable story. It's a shame because I liked Jack and Sophie and thought they deserved a better book.
ElaineY
Narrator wasn't bad but the story was incredibly boring. This was a DNF and my 2 stars are for what I made myself endure - only about 15%.
Kathleen
3.75 stars, almost 4. Audio narration by Rebecca Lowman was fine. Good performance, except I wish she had made the characters sound more distinct. Her voice is easy on the ears, with good inflections. Here is a video trailer for this book: https://www.goodreads.com/videos/3370...

STORY: Set in contemporary Chicago and Alaska, this one was fairly engrossing at times (especially the heartpounding survival scenes in Inuk, Alaska). However, the pacing was too slow in the first half of the book. Abo
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Debbie
Jan 26, 2009 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would actually rate this more of 3.5 stars if I could.

I was actually pleasantly surprised with this book. I’m not normally a contemporary romance fan and have not cared very much for Garwood’s latest books (although I love her historical romances) but I thought this one was a fun read. Some of the things Sophie did were pretty dumb yet I could see myself making the same mistakes. I loved her father being a modern day Robin Hood who steals from the corrupted big wigs in the world and using the
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Jessica
I have been a fan of Garwood for a while now, both her fiction and historical novels, and so I always get excited when I see she has a new book out. Her last 2 books left me somewhat underwhelmed, so I had high hopes that this book would break the strings of "meh" books. And, yeah!, it did! I really enjoyed the story. The journal entry chapters were a bit reminiscent of the Nora Robert's book "Northern Lights", but after the initial connection I was able to jump back into the story (I am easily ...more
kingshearte
This was fluff, but thoroughly enjoyable fluff, as Julie Garwood's books tend to be. I've enjoyed most of her romances, and when she started writing romantic thrillers as well, those have been just as good. The romance part is as predictable as any romance (which is to say, pretty much entirely), with stock characters, and all the usual hemming & hawing and verbal sparring before they finally get on with it, but her thriller plots are pretty decent. They're usually twisty enough to keep you ...more
Anne
Something is wrong here. I'm not enjoying Garwood's last three books the way I have every other book she has written. I'm not giving up on her, not by a long shot. Something is just off here.

I think maybe the books are getting more caught up in the mystery/suspense portion of the genre and less involved in the romance department. Sophie and Jack seem to wash around in a flood of other characters. The romance appears and it just isn't quite fleshed out.

I suspect character development was neglect
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Gizella Tóth
Feb 06, 2014 Gizella Tóth rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Szeretem ezt a könyvet. Majdnem megüti a Kegyes halál szintjét.
Már a mellékszereplők közt is akad egy-két csodabogár, aki feldobja a történetet: a piros zoknis, roppant fárasztó W. Harrington, Sophie Rose szélhámos, csaló apja, aki bármikor képes felültetni a szuperhős FBI-sokat, és… Ricky, az alfahím farkas, aki már szinte emberi, és abszolút belopta magát a szívembe.
Pedig az elején nagyon nem értetem a fejezetkezdő naplóbeírásokat: hogy jön ez ide? Nem nagyon akart összeállni a kép.
Nagyon h
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Saki
May 04, 2015 Saki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Jack MaCallister an alpha male FBI. He is playboy with no agenda for settling down on a single blond.
Sophie Rose daughter of notorious Bobby rose hates every government agency. when an accusations fall on Bobby, Sophie gets threatened. She comes into contact with the FBI she falls for him. rk
L.W.
Jan 03, 2009 L.W. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this had an interesting story line. I liked the further development of some of these characters that had appeared in her other works...and well, I'll admit it...I just plain like the way she writes. I think I've read everything she's written.

It was interesting enough to keep my interest. The female lead is a strong woman character that is likable enough and I found myself wanting her to succeed. I like that much more than simpering little misses that have to have someone take care of t
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Pamela(AllHoney)
The seventh book in Julie Garwood's Buchanan/Renard series. Sophie Rose, who we met previously in Murder List, is a reporter and the daughter of the notorious Bobby Rose. She is sent to do a story on William Harrington, runner and narcissist playboy, when he disappears at the race. Her father ends up in the news again and there are threats on her life. After an attempt on her life, she get Jack MacAlister as her bodyguard.

I have enjoyed the Buchanan series and this is no exception. It wasn't my
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Tasha
Feb 18, 2009 Tasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: he-loves-me-not
I'm a Garwood fan, this was another good one. I think she does a really good job of making a romantic novel more mentally intriguing. (If that makes sense.) It's not just mindless, girl likes guy, guy likes girl, they get together, they fight and part, then get back together. Hers is more of dangerous situation involving girl, protector/hero comes in to save the day, girl and guy like each other, there are circumstances that keep them together (like someone trying to kill the girl etc) and then ...more
Rhonda
Jan 11, 2012 Rhonda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the mystery of the whole thing is was kept me reading. I couldn't figure out what role the journal entries played in the story line until the final two entries, by which time the plot had already been divulged and it was just a matter of wrapping up the story. I find the pairing rather hilarious and wonder if this is going to be one of those couples that doesn't make it. I mean c'mon, what daddy's girl would stay with a man her daddy doesn't approve of? I know this daddy's girl wouldn't. Just se ...more
KJ
Better than the others. BUT I think the secondary main character, Jack, is actually a four year old in a man's body. The story went into Sophie's dippy air head thoughts but not into Jack's other than to say, "He missed her." Wow. He's deep as a frickin' well.

The mystery story was better than her other books so I'm sure a ghost writer did this. In regards to romance, they have a physical relationship and that's it. I'm not sure why the characters are going further with their relationship at the
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Buchanan-Renard (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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“Don’t you want to know what happened?” Jack asked Alec as he tilted his head toward the man he’d killed.

“I figured he didn’t get your order right.”
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