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Sizzle (Buchanan-Renard #8)

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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 eccentr ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published December 21st 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
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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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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Jillian (NetGalley Addict)


Sizzle is the eighth book in the Buchanan series, it follows Lyra and Sam. Lyra is a film student who gets mixed up in something that she doesn't understand. When her and her roommates’ apartment gets broken into, her roommate calls her brothers the Buchanan brothers. They send Sam as a bodyguard for Lyra until they can find out what is going on. People keep trying to kill Lyra and Sam keeps saving her. They are instantly attracted to each other and as time goes on they start growing attached. L
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
This is a cute story, it flows well, and the characters are actually pretty likable. I appreciated the fact that the heroine isn't a moron. She's not balking at having a bodyguard or trying to get away from him (like a complete idiot). There could have been more, though. More suspense, more danger, more emotion from the MC's. Still, not a bad way to pass the time.
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
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Lyndi
OMG this book has the most hilariously inept assassin I've ever read. So damn funny! This was a really busy story with threats coming from all directions and a sexy, but tense relationship. I really wasn't expecting the humor, so now I need to check out the rest of this series to see if they're just as entertaining.
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
Cruth
Author: Julie Garwood
First published: 2009
Length: 320 pages
Setting: Contemporary. Los Angeles.
Sex: Frequent. Reasonably explicit but not erotica.
Hero: FBI Agent. Scottish accent.
Heroine: Film student.

Bubblegum.

Tastes nice but there's really nothing to it.

Enjoyable. Easy. Sexy. Nice "suspense". Good characters.

Nothing remarkable.

Nothing complicated.

Nothing nail-biting.

Just bubblegum.

Garwood's Contemporary Series:
Book 1 Heartbreaker - Laurent Madden and Nick Buchanan
Book 2 Mercy - Theo Buchanan an
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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
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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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
Lisa
This was an okay story. There wasn't anything especially offensive about it, it just never really grabbed me. The characters and their romance were uninspiring and the mystery lacked a real sense of weight, so overall it was just a so-so story. I've certainly read worse books but I'll never reread this one or recommend it to a friend.

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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
AvidReader:)
I am sick and tired to Julie Garwood feeding us this sanctimonious s**t where the girl is the model of virtue and restraint but sleeps with the hero after 2 days. Heads up lady, real human females do not act like this so maybe in your next book, you could try making the female a little more human like. And while you are at it, you could try making the heroes more believable too by, I don't know, maybe not making them so f-ing perfect! Just saying!
Gloria
In this somewhat humorous romantic suspense novel, beautiful Lyra Prescott, a film student, decides to make a documentary about the destruction of a park. This project sets in motion a series of life-threatening events. Handsome Scots FBI Agent Sam Kincaid is assigned to be her bodyguard, whether she likes it or not, and the romantic sparks fly. An inept hit man, money-grubbing socialite parents, and an endearing eccentric grandmother who steals holy water for her garden provide a light side to ...more
Julie
I find writing reviews for this type of book difficult. I enjoy them. I like how fast and easy they are to get through. Someone once told me I should read more candy, that is exactly how I would describe this book and others like it. They really don't take a lot of mental power, but they are still fun to read.

I did enjoy the little twist, saw it coming, but it was still easy to see how the characters were surprised. I did like how the bodyguard was able to take her life into consideration withou
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Majca
Toast. I thought about toast a lot while reading this. White, soft, lurk warm, low fat, low fiber and altogether unsatisfying. This book is toast. It's harmless and feeds you when you're hungry and it's also mind boggling bland and boring. I don't like toast.

There was zero chemistry, zero excitement, zero funnies, zero anything. It's saving grace was that the characters weren't dumb idiots and I didn't want to slap them. A shining second star for that. And five stars for my incredible literate
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Teresa
This was a great break from "more serious" books I read recently (*cough*GoneGirl*cough*), and as a silly romance novel goes, I can't ask for much more. But I feel like parts of it suffered from an identity crisis. For example, the main male hero- is he an FBI agent? A Scottish Highlands warrior? Pick your archetype, Julie Garwood. Parts of it, like Milo's point of view, were unnecessary and seemed like they were in there as comic relief from the action, except it wasn't very funny. And it's nev ...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!
Patti
Julie Garwood achieves another great masterpiece. If you have read her many historical romance novels about the highlands, then you will fall in love this modern day highlander and the woman he falls for.

Lyra is a college student, attending a film school where she soon finds herself into a lot of trouble when she chooses a very sketchy park for her project. When her and her best friend's lives become in danger, her friend Sydney enlists the help of one of her many brothers to come help them out
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Other Books in the Series

Buchanan-Renard (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Heartbreaker (Buchanan-Renard, #1)
  • Mercy (Buchanan-Renard, #2)
  • Killjoy (Buchanan-Renard, #3)
  • Murder List (Buchanan-Renard #4)
  • Slow Burn (Buchanan-Renard, #5)
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“stopped after the sirens blared past him. Milo raised his head. Seeing no one, he darted from the garbage heap and raced down the road to his car. As he drove away from the abandoned building, he held tight to the steering wheel to keep his hands from shaking. Lyra had barely escaped being shot by her attackers, and he felt an overwhelming sense of guilt. He had put his love in terrible danger. This was all his fault. He never should have told Mr. Merriam about her. Tears flooded his eyes. Letting her go was the only way Milo could save her. TWENTY-THREE The good news was that the two men trying to kill Sam and Lyra were now in handcuffs. The bad news was that they weren’t the two men who had broken into her apartment. Sam drove her to the police station where the men were being processed. She stood in a tiny room behind a one-way mirror and waited while Sam stepped out into the hall to talk to two other agents. Ed, the man who had delivered the car, saw her and came in. “I looked at the car, and not a single bullet touched it. The perps were either lousy shots or Agent Kincaid was too fast for them.” Shaking his head, he repeated, “Not a single bullet.” Sam walked up behind Lyra and put his hands on her shoulders. “They’re bringing them up. Ready?” “Yes,” she answered. “Have they said anything?” “Yes. They want lawyers.” Two men were led into the interrogation room. They hadn’t even taken their seats when Lyra said, “They aren’t” 0 likes
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