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(Buchanan-Renard #8)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  11,863 ratings  ·  622 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published December 21st 2009)
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Apr 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
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
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
4 Inept Hitman Stars

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The youngest Buchanan sister, Sydney Buchanan is assaulted by a couple of thugs, who it turns out are looking for her friend and roommate Lyra. Lyra Prescott, a film student has inadvertently made herself the target of some very nasty individuals. Scared for her friend, Sydney calls in the FBI Calvary (aka the Buchanan clan), who in turn puts FBI Agent and family friend Sam Kincaid on the case of keeping Lyra safe.

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I loved this book, it had a bit of everything. Sam and
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 ...more
Jul 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
Camille Adams
May 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

(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
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.
I think this is one cute suspense book XD

Of course as usual I liked both main characters, the heroine was the mach type who likes to take care of herself and the people she cares about regardless to her safety. The hero was the by the book type of guy and oh how I loved him, the accent was divine XD

- I liked how the heroine was self possessed and seemed to other so self assured even if on the inside she was rattled XD

- I LOVED the hero, and he's the first one in the series with the Scottish
Truth be told, I only write reviews for books I really love or books I really, really, REALLY don't like. I wish I could say I was writing this review because I loved the book. I have been a huge Julie Garwood fan for years and years. I love all of her historical books, especially the highlander books. I still go back and re-read them from time to time. Her modern books... not so much. I have read all them in the Buchanan-Renard series up til now, but... I. Just. Can't.

In comparison to her older
Thomas 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.

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 wants something they think Lyra has and now her 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 ...more
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.


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
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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
Christi Snow
My Review:
I listened to this book on audio (unabridged.) This was an 8-disc audio version and it was literally disc #3 before I felt like the story even began. Everything before that was simply setting up the story. To me, that seemed a little extreme and made it really difficult to become immersed in this story. In fact, it took a whole month before I listened to the entire story, because I just didn't ever get that caught up in the story.

But, overall, it was an enjoyable audiobook and I truly
Sep 15, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 03-read-in-2010
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,
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.
Jacqueline J
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 ...more
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars, mostly because I loved the hero. He was so hot, calm, sweet and gorgeous that it was worth reading the book just for him. He reminded me so very much of Alec Kincaid, guess I'll be reading The Bride again. I just wish Ms. Garwood decides to start writing historicals again. In this book though, the mystery was well built. The heroine was kinda sweet and sensible. Definitely better than the one in Fire and Ice . A good time-pass read.
Lyndi W.
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
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.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked it. BUT.

I'm kind of tired of romance stories where ... one partner is all onboard, and wants nothing more than to be together, and openly throws him/herself at the other... and the other partner is reluctant, doesn't want a relationship/commitment/responsibility/etc. And then, at the end, the reluctant one goes "oh wait, I do want you" and ta-da, they are together.

The reason I'm tired of it is because, the vast majority of the time, the reluctant partner has been hurtful or dismissive
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So, I’m reading this and am like, something is off. I couldn’t point my finger to what exactly felt off while reading but then read a review where someone said that the author tended to tell you what happens instead of showing it in spots, and that’s exactly it. Also, the author kind of summarizes scenes instead of writing them (with incorporated dialogue), so you end up with a whole lot of narrative writing and not much else. Which I don’t particularly like

I had a hard time feeling the
Kris Rafferty
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a big fan of her decision to start her new books at page 75-ish. The characters don't even meet until then. I'm binging, so I've taken to jumping to page 100 to get to the story, and third book I've done this to, and it seems to be her new pattern. Still like the books, but that's a chunk of prose I'll never read. When backstory becomes the story, it's no longer romance. Maybe that's the point. She's moved away from it. But, you highland books are sooooooo good, I keep looking for the next ...more
Rachael Westgate
packed my bags and accidentally left this little guy at a coffee shop, ne'er to be seen again. I feel like it's not fair to rate because I really don't know how it was going to end, but I was a bit hung up on character development... BUT there were some pretty steamy parts I think we were heading towards a 3.5 or 4.
This one was fun. Very light! Perfect beach read. The hero and heroine were a little too perfect but that is a minor flaw. I liked Milo. This could a reread in a few years for certain.
Cathy Pardue
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Loved the whodunit in this book, the characters and the storyline. I even lived how ridiculously terrible the one hitman was. I laughed so hard at some of his hijinks. I really enjoyed Sam and Lyra and I liked them as a couple. Looking forward to the next book.
Una Tiers
Apr 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A major disappointment lacking any redeeming qualities.
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little bawdy for me, but a twisted mystery with some good writing.
Nov 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
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.

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
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 ...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

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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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