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Romperé tu corazón

(Buchanan-Renard #1)

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'Perdóneme, padre, porque voy a pecar...'. En la penumbra del confesionario, el padre Tom escucha una declaración provocadora... Un desconocido le revela el crimen que planea cometer, atrayendo al sacerdote a un escabroso juego al revelarle la identidad de su próxima víctima; la hermana del propio cura, Laurant. En una frenética carrera por protegerla, Tom apela a su mejor ...more
Paperback, 383 pages
Published November 28th 2004 by Vergara (first published 2000)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
2.5 Stars

I love Julie Garwood, but I have only ever read her HR books. This book just didn't do it for me. It wasn't bad but it was just okay. The 2 main problems I had with this book was

Problem 1. There was detail overload. There was just so many details about everything. It really slowed the story down and made the plot drag. I got bored from the start. I kept asking my husband why do I need to know the color and make of a counter top? Why do I need to have a whole chapter for a secondary
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
3.5-4 stars!

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This poor book! I actually started it a week ago and had to pause twice and temporarily ditch it to get to other books, but the funny thing about it all is that I actually enjoyed this story more than the other ones I was desperate to get to. Ha! But that doesn’t surprise me much because every book I’ve read from Julie Garwood – both historical and contemporary – I’ve either liked or loved, and this book was no exception. I’ve read a couple of books in this series already, and
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Aug 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Julie Garwood fans/RS readers
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) by: Julie Garwood Fans Buddy Read
I am very late to be reading one of Julie Garwood's romantic suspense, especially since I consider her one of my favorite authors, and I love her historicals. Honestly, I had my pout on because she doesn't write historicals anymore, and I just never got around to reading the contemporaries, although I planned to do so at some juncture. I am glad I finally got that nudge from the Julie Garwood group on Goodreads, because what most of what I love about her historical book is here in Heartbreaker. ...more
Mo
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mmmm. It was OK but didn't make the four or five star mark for me. I was on holidays and dipping in now and again to the book. Maybe if I had read it in one or two sittings it would have worked better. It felt a bit dated and old fashioned at times. Sometimes that works for me but not really this time.


Sorry for the short review, but I finished this a while back ...



Lisa Kay
Montgomery Clift in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1953 “I Confess.”

(This is a review of the audiobook.) I’ve heard Tanya Eby read before and thought she delivered nice performances; however, I wasn’t thrilled over her narration in this one. Especially her supposed subtle “French” accent for Laurant Madden, the heroine who grew up in a French convent. It did NOT sound remotely French to me. Ms. Eby’s diction is good, as is her pacing. Her differentiation of characters wasn’t terrible, but I’ve heard her do
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KatieV
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, audiobook
Meh... It passed the time, but lacked the charm of her historical romances. Maybe she gets more in the groove in later volumes?

Audio was average.
Mei
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Well, it was interesting, but it didn't made me rave.
The romantic part of the story between Nick and Laurant was lukewarm and didn't made me feel the fizz. It developed toward the end with one sex scene and soon after the usual "I'm bad for her, so I'll leave" trope. I didn't feel the love... sorry..
The most interesting part was the suspense part. And I'm glad, because this is mainly a suspense/crime novel.
Some tedious parts that could have been avioded, but that I didn't hate.
So, summing all up
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Shannon C.
2.5 stars
I had a hard time getting into this book. While I usually like mystery/suspense books, this one felt too formulatic and predictable: girl is target of crazy killer, agent acts as bodyguard, girl and agent hook up. I found Laurant, the lead gal, to be an insipid pollyanna of a character. I didn't connect with her and found her annoying. Nick, the agent/bodyguard, was more a bit more believable. I didn't buy into their romantic relationship. It wasn't developed enough and then, boom, she
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Tammy
Nov 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads, suspense
In this Julie Garwood thriller, a psychopath a/k/a "the Heartbreaker" confesses to the brutal murder of a young woman to a priest. Then he makes his intentions known to kidnap, torture and murder the priest's sister, Laurent, next. The priest contacts his best friend, local FBI super agent, Nick, and a full blown whodunit takes place as Nick fights to protect Laurent.

It is fair to say that the first chapter of this book scared the unholy crap out of me. I suspect this was because I listened to
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Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
4.5 Stars! Another series/author on my must read list!
Pamela(AllHoney)
The first book in Julie Garwood's Buchanan series and, really, all I can say is WOW. When compared to her historical romances, I would probably only give this 4 stars but compare to other romantic suspense, I think it holds up quite well. Well enough to deserve 5 stars from me. Father Thomas Madden waits in the confessional and a man comes in. He proceeds to tell the Father some pretty disturbing stuff. How he has killed and will kill again. In fact he has his next victim picked out. The ...more
Chitra *CJ*
"Heartbreaker" is the story of Laurent and Nick.
When Laurent and her brother Tommy are targeted by a killer who calls himself "The Heartbreaker", Tommy's best friend, the FBI agent Nick steps in to help.
The book is the story of them racing against time to catch the killer, while living in Holy Oaks, the small town where everyone knows each other, discovering each other and rooting out the miscreants.
Both the lead characters were average, their love story played a very minor role but their
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Sarah
Some spoilers, but no names are revealed.

I'm reading this for the 'Romance involving Murder' category of the Unapologetic Romance Readers Halloween Challenge


22/10 - This was such a disappointment! Maybe if I hadn't loved Mercy so much this wouldn't have paled in comparison so badly, but Mercy has been one of my favourite classic romances (I call it 'classic' not because of when it was written, but because it was one of the first contemporary romances I ever read, all Mum's previous books were
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Kirsten #ripcarollspinney
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Picked this up after reading Fast Track, I have to say in one sense it's not as good. (Nick just isn't as hot as Aiden!) But, in one sense, it's much better. The mystery/suspense element is excellent. Considering this is Garwood's first foray into the contemporary romantic suspense that is excellent.

I was a little disappointed in myself for not picking up on some plot points, though.
jenjn79
A true-blue romantic suspense. Some romantic suspense books are romances with suspenseful storylines, but this is one of those books that is a pure suspense books with a solid romance behind it. And overall it was a pretty good read. I enjoyed it.

Good plot...well planned, enough twists, plenty of suspicion cast about. Good characters...likeable, interesting, fairly well developed. And a decent romance...not great, but substantial enough.

If you like solid romantic suspenses, then give this one a
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Janja
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is something quite different from previous history romances and i loved it. Something fresh with captivating story and characters you must love.
Gina
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Chumchum_88
Oh boy *sigh*

Julie Garwood is the first writer that introduced me to romance books through "The Bride" and since then she was my top favorite author EVER, not one of the favorites but THE favorite ^^ I've been biased to her Historical novels and refused to read her contemporary work since it was thriller-like, but oh boy what have I been missing.

(BTW this is going to be my first review to one of her books, even though I read all her historical works and some even have memorized by heart, but I
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Jewel
My first Contemporary Romantic Thriller from JG, I enjoyed it, but because I really LOVE her historicals I think that affected my experience and my rating.

The thriller part was very interesting and smartly written, the pieces of the puzzle all fit in the end, I had my suspicion from the beginning, but I was never sure until the end.

The romance fell short, it wasn't the kind that you feel and cheer up for them, not like her other books, but again I think that comparing the two genres has affected
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I really enjoyed this book. I will definately give Julie Garwood another try.
Aly is so frigging bored
Very disappointed in this. I was expecting so much more from ms Garwood.
Lindsay
Apr 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: julie-garwood
This was not my favorite book of the series. It was still good but I liked some of the other books better.
Booboohead
Jul 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A fat turkey of a book, and the suspense was lost in the stuffing &
This book was a slog. I've read a lot of overstuffed stories, but this might be there right at the top of them.

I've read Garwood books that move along at a nice clip. This one doesn't. Every introduction to every main character is endless. Every conversation is full of non-essential information and there's no sparkle in the dialogue, nothing that feels like classic Garwood. I don't even miss the historical part of it; I love
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Jasmine
Wow! This novel is really something! I was actually planning to read this for a little while, instead I got so hooked up in the story that I've forgotten all those important things that I should have been prioritizing. For I've spent most of my time reading this novel and finishing it to the very end earlier than I thought. Yes, that's how truly addictive this novel really is. I don't know why but romantic suspense novel truly intrigues me. The main characters the beautiful Laurant and the ...more
LJ
Heartbreaker - Ok
Julie Garwood
Setting: Holy Oaks, Iowa, present day
Sensuality rating: 4
A psychopath confides his obsessions to a terrified priest, whose beloved sister is the star of the killer's homicidal fantasies: Garwood's first foray into contemporary romantic suspense.Father Tom Madden and younger sib Laurant are close, even though the untimely death of their parents meant a childhood spent thousands of miles apart. The lovely Laurant grew up in a posh Swiss boarding school run by kindly
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Rebecca Minto
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know a number of traditional Garwood fans objected once she started on her contemporary series, but I loved this book. Let me correct that - I LOVED this story! The the humor was a bit more subtle than with her historicals, but the characters were well-developed and there were moments of humor, if not outright hilarity. I could see personality traits in some of the characters we were led to believe that were descendants from well-loved historical characters. I loved Laurent and Nick from the ...more
Lisarenee
Feb 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different from the other books by Garwood I have read. I'm thinking something must have happened in the book world to cause so many author's of romance novels to go more dramatic (McNaught, Iris Johansen, and now Garwood). The only thing I wish had not been in the book was the killer's point of view. A little too sinister for what I was hoping to read. Good book, however. Will probably read more from this series.
Carol
Nov 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real page turner. Well developed characters, good plot, some romance and humor, and I didn't know who the read bad guy was until the end. What else can you ask from a romantic mystery thriller? I've read some of the author's romance novels and enjoyed them, and she handled this genre just as well. I will look for other thrillers by Garwood.
Cmkage
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, suspense, kindle
I bought this book on impulse, but I'm so glad I did. It turned out a delightful read. The suspense was great, the couple sweet and there were plenty of scenes that made me smile. I'm definitely going to read the next book in this series.
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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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“-"Nick?"
"I'm still here, Laurant."
-"Did you tell Tommy we slept together?"
"No, but you just did. He's standing right here."
She fell asleep. But this time she didn't have any dreams or nightmare.”
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