ARC Review: Fast Track: Julie Garwood

Fast Track (Buchanan-Renard #12)

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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.

Another entertaining read from Ms. Garwood! 

Aiden and Cordie had a fun friendship, one I took delight in; however, I struggled a bit when it came to their romantic connection. Anything deeper than this friendship felt overshadowed by the suspense and quick progression of their love story. Nevertheless, they kept me engaged enough to finish the book in a day, and left me ready and anxious for the next one!

And, while this may not have been my favorite book of the series (that honor goes to Ellie and Max from The Ideal Man), Fast Track is still an enjoyable addition to the Buchanan-Renard series. I can honestly say I have not run across a book yet by this author, whether it is her historical or romantic suspense series, that has not kept me faithfully coming back for more. Aiden and Cordelia were no exception to the rule. 

FYI--All the books in this series can be read as a standalone or out of order. 

Thank you, Penguin Dutton, for the opportunity to read and review a complimentary copy of Fast Track in exchange for an honest review.

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It's no surprise that Julie Garwood became a writer. Growing up in a large family of Irish heritage, she took to storytelling naturally. "The Irish relish getting all the details of every situation," she explains. "Add in the fact that I was the sixth of seven children. Early in life I learned that self-expression had to be forceful, imaginative, and quick."

Creating stories was always a passion for Julie, but she didn't focus on making it a career until the youngest of her three children entered school. After the publications of two young adult books, she turned her interests to historical fiction. Her first novel, GENTLE WARRIOR, was published in 1985, and there has been a steady parade of bestsellers ever since. Today more than 35 million copies of her books are in print, and they are translated in dozens of languages around the world. One of her most popular novels, FOR THE ROSES, was adapted for a HALLMARK HALL OF FAME production on CBS.

Whether the setting be medieval Scotland, Regency England, frontier Montana, or modern-day Louisiana, her themes are consistent: family, loyalty, and honor. Readers claim that it's the humor as well as poignancy of her novels that keep them coming back for more. Julie described her goals this way: "I want my readers to laugh and cry and fall in love. Basically, I want them to escape into another world for a little while and afterwards to feel as though they've been on a great adventure." 

Julie lives in Leawood, Kansas, and is currently working on her next novel.


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