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Sizzle (Buchanan-Renard #8)

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Whether it's exhilarating historical romance or spine-tingling contemporary suspense, #1 "New York Times "bestselling author Julie Garwood weaves magnificent stories of passion, adventure, and intrigue. Now she raises the heat and spices up the action with a sexy, smart, daring new heroine and a smoldering thriller that's classic Garwood--and pure Sizzle.
Lyra Prescott, a...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by Random House Audio Publishing Group (first published 2009)
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TJ
Would someone please find my favorite author and bring her back!!
I fell in love with Garwood's historical romances. They are fun and exciting while exhibiting a wonderful depth when exploring her characters, their actions and the feelings behind them. That is undoubtedly why I am so disappointed with this book. There is NONE of that present here. Her flare, depth and understanding of her characters is non-existant! Instead of drawing us into the emotions behind the characters actions, all we...more
Miss Kim
This book is standard Garwood contemporary material. Main ingredients: 1) A single, Adonis-like FBI agent, with an aversion to long term commitment. 2) A young beautiful independent woman in need of a bodyguard. 3) One or both have a connection the Buchanan family. This recipe does not bother me. In fact, I like how I can read one of her books and know what I am getting and am happy with it. Comfort reads, maybe? I am not sure. I was pleased with this one. It is a quick read, and didn’t disappoi...more
Bettie
Call me old-fashioned, but when you've got the guts to put a name like "Sizzle" on the cover of your novel, I expect a tale full of sparks and a hefty dose of spice.

This book had as many sparks as wet fireworks and as much spice as vanilla pudding. I wish I could say that the story was a startling new take on an old favorite with quirky, humorous characters and epic intrigue. But, as much as you can call me old-fashioned, you can't call me a liar. "Sizzle" is the same book I have been buying for...more
Mike
This is the third romance novel I've read. Even though three different authors write them, they are amazingly similar. The first character, the woman (W), meets the second character, a man (M) who is a number 10 hunk with substantial and secure income. W is thin and beautiful. At the end of the book, they get married. These are "girl gets boy" stories.

Other similarities:

Each book contained several soft porn passages - about what you'd see in an R rated movie, but with a narrative of the emotio...more
Colleen
More like 3.5 stars. I really liked Lyra and Sam - they were so cute together!! What I didn't like so much was Milo's POV in the story - it just wasn't really needed in my opinion. Such a waste of pages. It almost felt like Garwood needed to fill the space and that's what she came up with (which disappointed me). I'm a huge fan of the Buchanans so it was nice to visit with that family again. Lyra's grandmother Gigi is a hoot!! I also liked the fact that Garwood made Sam's character a direct desc...more
T. Edmund
Garwood combines romance, action and slapstick humour into a book.

In the first chapter we are introduced to a couple of FBI agents, and it seems like the genre we're reading is going to be action. Then we meet the film student female protaganist and are presented with potentially the most boring plot ever: studying parks.

So far the book hasn't been too bad, the handling of the characters backstories is somewhat clumsy but we sense potential for some suspense. Then we are introduced to Milo.

Mi...more
EZRead eBookstore
Okay, so the plot has been adequately set up. If you have read any romance novels whatsoever, you have an idea of where things are headed. And, oh yes, “Sizzle” was adequately named for the heat between Sam and Lyra. There are just enough details for the romance to keep things steamy and provocative, but not too much to make me ashamed of reading it.

The romance itself is nothing mushy or gushy. It was all practical with none of the sappiness. There is just a strong sense of attraction, both phys...more
Pınar
3.5

Yorumun tamamı için

Lyra'nın bahçe satışından aldığı kitap ve DVD'lerin başına dert açmasını konu alan kitap olay yönünden daha doğrusu polisiye yönünden çok başarılı sayılmıyor. Sonunda tabi ki sürprizler katılmaya çalışmış ama onları da tahmin ettiğim için pek bir albenisi kalmadı. Zaten Garwood varken kim takar polisiyeyi aşka gel aşka.

Sam Kincaid, başı derde giren Lyra'nın korumalığına atanan FBI ajanımız. Kendisinin İskoç olduğunu söylemem yeterli olur sanırım :D

Polisiye yanını çıkartırsa...more
Jacqueline
I enjoyed this. There was a tendency to tell what happened rather than show in spots and I was actually taken aback by it in the first chapter. Kind of like 'surely I didn't just read a line that basically said "after that they became best friends!" The banter between the hero and heroine was lovely. I liked the bumbling hitman. I was pleased that he didn't turn out to be a crazed stalker but rather gave her up to keep her safe. I did feel like the dead wife of the hero was given such short shri...more
Camille
1.5

(Audio version)

This was a true wholesome, housewife romance complete with the Scottish prince and warrior with a castle and titles, contented climaxes, a rich and loving grandma, a heroine to whom everyone wants to make love and a hero who experiences the height of passion just from having and as soon as the heroine touches him there.

*GAG* (and not in the good way)

A fantastical mystery and a slap-stick comic relief bad-guy rounded out my experiment on the other side. Every element was weak a...more
Rachell
If I had never read any of Julie Garwood's books I would have really enjoyed Sizzle, however I've read them all, so was very disappointed.

Her last few contemporary romances, including Sizzle, have the following plot:
Beautiful, wealthy, modest young Woman somehow becomes involved in something dangerous, the Buchanan's are called and they assign protection by someone in or close to the family. Man protects woman, spending a few days together, they fall in love but Man doesn't believe in love, ther...more
Christie

According to Fantastic Fiction Sizzle is part of Julie Garwood’s Buchanan series. I didn’t realize this when I grabbed it from the new release shelf at my local library. I thought cute cover, catchy title; I might as well give it a whirl. I didn’t have any difficulty reading it as a standalone novel. The Buchanans were primarily supporting characters. I don’t feel their back stories would have made me like Sizzle any more or any less.

I felt the writing was so-so and the plot was predictable. Th...more
Amanda
First, I want to say that I love Julie Garwood. Some of her historical romances are the best romance novels every printed. If someone comes to me and asks what would be the best first romance novel they could read I will name of Ransom, The Secret, The Bride, and Saving Grace as options to get you started.

But, and you knew it was coming, that Julie Garwood is gone. She is now writing contemporary romance novels (though rumor has it she is going to go back and write some more historicals). Some...more
Ayu Wirdha
Tidak sebagus Julie Garwood yang historical romance, tp karena JG one of my favorite author jadi tetap bagi saya bagus2 aja wkwkwk.

Ceritanya sih tentang Lyra, yang ga sengaja pas ambil gambar film untuk tugas akhir-nya yang keambil malah gambar sebuah kejahatan. Merasa ketahuan, penjahatnya bikin plot utk melenyapkan Lyra & akhirnya melibatkan teman satu apartemennya yaitu Sidney. Kakaknya Sidney yang FBI meminta temannya Sam untuk melindungi Lyra.

Yah selanjutnya bisa ditebak, Lyra & Sam...more
Kathy
I loved Garwood's historical books, but I couldn't wait to finish this one. I actually skimmed the last 30 pages just to be done with it; I hate not finishing a book so I was determined to finish it.

Perhaps my problem was picking up this book after reading 3 David Ellis books. His books are rich in words and keep the reader guessing until the end. Sizzle had no sizzle. I felt like I had picked up a book for someone reading on the 3rd grade level. It was simplistic and there really wasn't much o...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
The eighth addition to Julie Garwood's Buchanan/Renard series. Lyra Prescott is a LA film student and roommate of Sydney Buchanan. While working on her last film project for her class, it becomes apparent that someone want something they think Lyra has and now she life appears to be in danger. So FBI agent Sam Kincaid arrives on the scene as a favor to Alec Buchanan to play bodyguard. Loved it. I enjoyed the interaction between the H/h and the romance that grew a little too fast. The suspense wa...more
Carla Hostetter
This book really didn't sizzle for me, though with Garwood being an experienced author it is good enough. Starting rather awkwardly where the last of the series left off, FBI agent Sam has recovered from his wounds and is going off to give a seminar. Then, we meet Lyra, a college film student and Milo, a comic hit man whose lives come together when he goes to kill a man only to find the irate wife is giving away all his victim's belonging since she found him cheating. Lyra picks up a box of boo...more
Deepthi Terenz
Lyra Prescott, a Los Angeles film student, is closing in on graduation and facing important decisions about her future. She's already been offered a job at her hometown TV station, an opportunity that could ultimately launch her dream career as a film editor. But heading back home would also mean dealing with her overprotective brothers, social-climbing mother, and eccentric grandmother. Unsure of her future, Lyra dives into work on her final school assignment: a documentary transformed by a twi...more
Celeste
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I have not been loving Julie's last couple of books but this one really reflected some of her older writing which I LOVE!
Kori
The romance was underdeveloped. The suspense was nonexistent. The ending was ridiculous. Not good. Julie Garwood's historical romance is much better.
Kris
4 STARS

"Lyra Prescott, a Los Angeles film student, is closing in on graduation and facing important decisions about her future. She's already been offered a job at her hometown TV station, an opportunity that could ultimately launch her dream career as a film editor. But heading back home would also mean dealing with her overprotective brothers, social-climbing mother, and eccentric grandmother. Unsure of her future, Lyra dives into work on her final school assignment: a documentary transformed...more
Joanna
Lyra is one of the most dingy heroines I have encountered in quite a while. I almost gave up listening to the book, but I didn't have another to listen to on my eight hour drive, so I was stuck with her. I rolled my eyes at her I do not even remember how many times, and of course she is a rich girl slumming it. Sam isn't so bad. He could be my shadow any day, but there isn't any real emotional connecting between them, just sex. Not even good sex scenes, very boring ones. There was too much going...more
Lovetoread47
It is the bodyguard/damsel needs protecting love story. It pretty much has the same storyline. It had action; it had suspense; it had sex. I liked the bumbling assassin, who turned out to be a good guy. I cracked up when Sam turned away his replacements. I liked Lyra's grandmother, Gigi - always taking the holy water. She is rambunctious. She was the only one in Lyra's family that was loveable. When the suspect was revealed, I was surprised. It was a fairy tale wedding and a happy ending.
Pattianne
Sizzle - Buchanan-Renard #8 - Sydney and Lyra Prescott - film student who captures some illegal activities.

Whether it's exhilarating historical romance or spine-tingling contemporary suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood weaves magnificent stories of passion, adventure, and intrigue. Now she raises the heat and spices up the action with a sexy, smart, daring new heroine and a smoldering thriller that's classic Garwood and pure Sizzle.

Lyra Prescott, a Los Angeles film stude...more
Barbara ★
Our heroine, Lyra Prescott, is a film student who somehow gets mixed up with the mob when she picks up a few first editions from an impromptu yard sale. When her place is broken into, her roommate calls on her large family for help. Our hero, Sam Kincaid, is the result. FBI special agent Kincaid is all a hero should be...Scottish (with a fabulous accent), a true hero and hot hot hot (need I say more)? The danger cranks up, the sizzle warms up and yet Lyra is still attending school and trying her...more
Charlotte Sterling
Now, let me preface this by stating that Julie Garwood is one of those amazing authors who has the ability and range to write anything romance: western, regency, medieval, contemporary suspense, etc., and the words just shine. She is one of my most favorite authors ever, and I buy her books without even reading the back covers.

That said, however, I have to say that I was pretty disappointed in Sizzle. There was nothing inherently wrong with it--Sam and Lyra appeared to be super people. But wher...more
Bookmom
Lyra Prescott is a documentary film student, who when stopping at a yard sale where the angry wife of a very rich man is giving everything away for free, picks up something she's not even aware she has. And someone else needs it and will stop at nothing to obtain it.

When Sidney Buchanan, her best friend and roommate gets hurt during a break-in, Sidney gets her FBI brother, Alec, to help out by sending agents to guard the two women while the police investigate.

Lyra and FBI Agent Sam Kincaid (desc...more
Shannon
Rating: Rent it...one time read.

First Line: They called him a hero for doing his job.

I am a self-professed nerd of the Type A variety. This characteristic reveals itself in many ways, but when it comes to books and reading, there are two main tendencies. 1) If I find an author that I like, I read everything that they have ever written in chronological order. 2) When I find a subject I am interested in, I like to find and read as many books on the subject as I can until I grow bored and move onto...more
Isis FG
Rating: 2.5 / 5

I'm rather ambivalent about this book. It didn't suck, but I also didn't find it particularly satisfying either. It was missing that special something to make me really enjoy it.

Series Note:
This is the eighth book in a set of books with connected characters. It is not necessary to have read the previous books.

Summary:
Lyra Prescott is a film student who inadvertently attracts the attention of some unsavory characters who seem hell bent on causing her harm. Only problem, Lyra has n...more
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