Saturday, June 21, 2014

#Review: Fast Track (Buchanan ~Renard #12) @JulieGarwood

Book Title: Fast Track (Buchanan ~Renard #12)
Author:  Julie Garwood |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Genre: Mystery
Series/Standalone: Series Book 12
Format: ebook, hardcover
Cost: $15.99
Pages: 352
How I got it: First to Read Program from Publisher
Purchase: | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: July 29th, 2014
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A corrupt congressman, a mother’s secrets, and a sizzling romance ignite passion and suspense in the new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood. Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy’s girl—her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother. Cordelia can’t suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them. Hotel magnate Aiden Madison is Cordelia’s best friend’s older brother. He’s oblivious to the fact that she’s had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he unknowingly puts her life at risk. He’s recently angered a powerful congressman by refusing to purchase overvalued land. Congressman Chambers is not a man to let such an offense slide, and he has the resources to get even and to get what he wants. In Australia sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but multiple attempts on Aiden’s life are made while Cordelia is with him, and he realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most
I'm very excited to be back in the Buchanan~Renard world.  This world always has hot me, good stories and a long winding road to a great romance.  Now personally I wouldn't have hung around as long as Cordie did, but I guess when you meet your one and only at a young age it's hard to let go. I'm happy finally have the last friend's story and to see Alec again.  Loved the fact that they were friends first. It's funny how obtuse Aiden is. Even when the truth was staring him in the face.

Because this book was told from the perspective of two civilians, it doesn't have a lot of action ( since this time he wasn't a cop) but enough to make you take notice.  I loved that Cordie wasn't an idiot who would run off to do her own thing like there wasn't a killer on the loose ( I hate when characters do that they act surprised when things blow up in their face, why?? There is a killer on the loose stop being an idiot), she had a strong sense of self, of her purpose in life, she was accomplished. and had a good life. She had friends and even though she was happy she was really in love and when she realized she was stuck she decided to make a change.

I loved Cordie, and I loved Aiden, although he was a little slow on the uptake. I loved how Alec and his wife were facilitators in helping Aiden realize he's an idiot.  I loved meeting new characters. I'm sure she'll give them their own books. I'm looking forward to reading those.  The mystery story began to unfold pretty quickly. and it didn't take long before we learn the why of the mystery.  Some people shouldn't be allowed to live, much less become parents.  I wasn't really a fan of her doing what she did, I totally agreed with her friends, WTF was the point?? It felt unnecessary and was to me pointless.

The story arc is getting good and I'm loving the characters.  Julie always writes characters that are amazing to read.  I loved Cordie and Aiden together, they were pretty steamy even though Aiden was as I said before slow on the uptake and Cordie was now a woman, but man oh man did he show up when it was necessary.  As a character Aiden was a strong man who when necessary did ask for the help he needed. he was smart, and fun.  He had always been a good friend and a good hero for Cordie, so it took him a while to become used to the little girl he had grown up with as a woman.  He, however wasn't too fond of her meeting and moving on.
I recommend this for those who love the series, if you haven't read it yet, get reading the series is really good!!
Happy Reading

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