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Every fire begins with a little heat–and in Slow Burn, bestselling author Julie Garwood provides the spark, skillfully blending pulse-pounding action, intense emotion, and characters with grit and heart. The result is an electrifying novel of romantic suspense that will have readers burning through the pages. An unpretentious beauty who radiates kindness, Kate MacKenna does Every fire begins with a little heat–and in Slow Burn, bestselling author Julie Garwood provides the spark, skillfully blending pulse-pounding action, intense emotion, and characters with grit and heart. The result is an electrifying novel of romantic suspense that will have readers burning through the pages. An unpretentious beauty who radiates kindness, Kate MacKenna doesn’t have a bad bone in her body–or an enemy in the world. So why are bombs igniting everywhere she goes? The first explosion brings her face-to-face with a handsome Charleston police detective. The second sends her into the arms of her best friend’s brother–a Boston cop who’s a little too reckless and way too charming for comfort. But Dylan Buchanan won’t let emotion prevent him from doing his job: Someone is trying to kill Kate, and Dylan is the only one standing between her and the monster who wants her dead.


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Every fire begins with a little heat–and in Slow Burn, bestselling author Julie Garwood provides the spark, skillfully blending pulse-pounding action, intense emotion, and characters with grit and heart. The result is an electrifying novel of romantic suspense that will have readers burning through the pages. An unpretentious beauty who radiates kindness, Kate MacKenna does Every fire begins with a little heat–and in Slow Burn, bestselling author Julie Garwood provides the spark, skillfully blending pulse-pounding action, intense emotion, and characters with grit and heart. The result is an electrifying novel of romantic suspense that will have readers burning through the pages. An unpretentious beauty who radiates kindness, Kate MacKenna doesn’t have a bad bone in her body–or an enemy in the world. So why are bombs igniting everywhere she goes? The first explosion brings her face-to-face with a handsome Charleston police detective. The second sends her into the arms of her best friend’s brother–a Boston cop who’s a little too reckless and way too charming for comfort. But Dylan Buchanan won’t let emotion prevent him from doing his job: Someone is trying to kill Kate, and Dylan is the only one standing between her and the monster who wants her dead.

30 review for Slow Burn

  1. 5 out of 5

    [~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥

    3 stars My first Julie Garwood book and I quite enjoyed it. I think personally I would have liked more sexy time, the person behind the bombings was no big surprise and some bits were a bit of a drag. Otherwise I'm interested enough to try the another Julie Garwood book. I think the hot cops are enough motivation for me to try more from this series :) 3 stars My first Julie Garwood book and I quite enjoyed it. I think personally I would have liked more sexy time, the person behind the bombings was no big surprise and some bits were a bit of a drag. Otherwise I'm interested enough to try the another Julie Garwood book. I think the hot cops are enough motivation for me to try more from this series :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Decided to give Julie Garwood a go since she'd been recommended to me, but apparently I picked the wrong book or something, because Slow Burn mostly just came across to me as Slow Bore. The blurb was promising, telling me all about how Kate MacKenna was being hounded by things blowing up everywhere she goes, and how said explosions were going to throw her across the path of two different men. And certainly we started off well, with things going splody around Kate as promised. Except that after tw Decided to give Julie Garwood a go since she'd been recommended to me, but apparently I picked the wrong book or something, because Slow Burn mostly just came across to me as Slow Bore. The blurb was promising, telling me all about how Kate MacKenna was being hounded by things blowing up everywhere she goes, and how said explosions were going to throw her across the path of two different men. And certainly we started off well, with things going splody around Kate as promised. Except that after two explosions, we got a long stretch through most of the latter half of the book of nothing but conversations, and boring conversations at that. I will give Garwood at least some credit for writing out the conversations in a way that people would likely actually talk, except that the problem with this is that if you're too realistic with your dialogue, including every little offhand comment that a character might say even if it's a bit of a repetition of things that have been said before, it will totally throw off your pacing. I don't need to hear every little word that characters say to one another, especially if I'm reading what's supposed to be a suspense novel about a chick getting stalked by a killer trying to blow her up. I want the characters to stop yapping, and I want to see some things BLOW UP. Also, I just didn't particularly like the heroine, which took a lot of oomph out of the book for me regardless. She went through the fairly standard waffling about whether she was in love with the handsome dashing hero, up to and including the standard cutesy little things he does that make her think she's got a zillion girlfriends and getting jealous over that. She flat refused to tell the guy she had any feelings for him, of course, and was completely and utterly blown away when he expressed his own sentiments for her, of course. And the heroine and her sisters were all too good and brilliant to be true; this particularly stood out when in one paragraph Garwood has the hero stand back and ogle all three of the women. Multiple sentences all over the book are lavished on how gorgeous they all are, and hardly any at all on what makes these women individuals. I got barely a sense of either of the sisters, who were mostly there to chirp supportive commentary at Kate and to try to shove her at various men to spice up her love life. Last but not least, what Kate chooses to do at the end as a result of a certain plot point that falls into her lap rang absolutely and utterly saccharin to me, and way too much along the lines of "look how virtuous and selfless this person is". Bah. By the time we got to the ending, what with all the yap yap yap, I was almost too bored to actually pay much attention--but to be fair, the pacing picked up again once we got to the threat of the final bomb and things started. So I will give it points for that. I'll also give it points for handling of sex scenes--while the first one didn't do much for me in general, I approved of not spending too much time on subsequent occurrences of Kate and her guy making love when it had no particular relevance to the action at hand. And there were halfway clever ways of cutting to black with those, too. All in all, Elizabeth Lowell and Tami Hoag have both done this kind of thing way better. Two stars, and I'll give an extra half for picking up again at the end, so two and a half stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    I love this series! Only 1 left for me to complete the series....I actually did not expect the who dunnit person(s)

  4. 4 out of 5

    ❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️

    Oct 2017 Series Reread and Review 4 Accident Prone Stars!! Dylan Buchanan is a Boston PD Detective on medical leave after being shot. Kate McKenna is a sweet and selfless young woman who runs her own candle and lotion business, she also happens to be Dylan's sister Jordan's bestfriend, who suddenly finds herself the victim of several "accidents". Jordan is concerned for Kate so she persuades Dylan to go to Savannah GA and "look into things". Turns out Kate is the beneficiary of a very l Oct 2017 Series Reread and Review 4 Accident Prone Stars!! Dylan Buchanan is a Boston PD Detective on medical leave after being shot. Kate McKenna is a sweet and selfless young woman who runs her own candle and lotion business, she also happens to be Dylan's sister Jordan's bestfriend, who suddenly finds herself the victim of several "accidents". Jordan is concerned for Kate so she persuades Dylan to go to Savannah GA and "look into things". Turns out Kate is the beneficiary of a very large inheritance which makes her a target of various nasty, greedy distant relatives all who become suspects in all her "accidents". Meanwhile, Dylan and Kate "his pickle" who already have some history are no longer unable to deny their mutual attraction. It's a race against time for Dylan to find the killer before Kate has another accident, one that may finally succeed in killing her. I loved Kate and her two sisters, her relationship with Jordan, and Dylan & Kate together. All in all, another great "Buchanan-Renard" book!!! * Narrated by the very talented Joyce Bean * Originally read: June 2011

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lyndi W.

    I read this like 3 years ago and liked it, but I'm DNFing it this time. These girls are so freaking ridiculous, it's painful. I am LITERALLY cringing as I read this stupid shit. The main character, Kate, is foolish and immature. Head in the sand, the family martyr, determined to be alone forever, blind to other people's faults. Hella annoying. I hated everything she did and said. She is about to lose everything - car, home, business, can't pay for college - and $80 million just falls in her lap. I read this like 3 years ago and liked it, but I'm DNFing it this time. These girls are so freaking ridiculous, it's painful. I am LITERALLY cringing as I read this stupid shit. The main character, Kate, is foolish and immature. Head in the sand, the family martyr, determined to be alone forever, blind to other people's faults. Hella annoying. I hated everything she did and said. She is about to lose everything - car, home, business, can't pay for college - and $80 million just falls in her lap. Problems solved. The future is bright. Everything will be okay. But "That money came from a meanie, so I don't want it." *smh* This poor dumb bitch. I hate her and I hope she gets blown up again. I wouldn't feel right taking away the rating or marking this DNF since I did read it (in 2014) and actually gave it three stars (why). But I'm so pissed off - at this dumb book and at myself for giving it three stars - that I'm taking one of those stars away out of spite. Don't fight me on this.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    I am a huge fan of Julie Garwood. So I wasn’t surprised that I loved this book. In this book we have strong characters with a smooth storyline.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    It seems Kate McKenna was born under a lucky star. She has survived two bombings, as well as a near fatal hit and run. She would tell you she has no enemies ... but that was before she found out a distant uncle left her millions of dollars in his will. Now there are many more suspects to investigate. Detective Dylan Buchanan is the brother of her very best friend and former college roommate. While visiting her friend, she winds up have a one night stand with Dylan. And Dylan is watching her back . It seems Kate McKenna was born under a lucky star. She has survived two bombings, as well as a near fatal hit and run. She would tell you she has no enemies ... but that was before she found out a distant uncle left her millions of dollars in his will. Now there are many more suspects to investigate. Detective Dylan Buchanan is the brother of her very best friend and former college roommate. While visiting her friend, she winds up have a one night stand with Dylan. And Dylan is watching her back ... very closely. I absolutely adore Julie Garwood's romantic suspense books. The reader gets mystery, thrills, suspense, romance, love, lots of suspects, and plenty of humor. I think it's the humor that pulls me in. I love the characters! Kate is smart, sassy, and loving. Dylan is irascible, but nothing and no one is as important to him as Kate. He's also a dedicated law enforcement officer and will let nothing harm her. The book is well written and the ending came as a surprise .... not even close to what I had anticipated. There are 13 books in this series .... each is terrific as a stand-alone and they don't have to be read in order. If you like romantic suspense, they don't come much better than this.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    "Slow Burn" is the story of Kate and Dylan. Kate MacKenna is the oldest of three sisters, and has been able to overcome all challenges in life- from taking care of her family after her mother's untimely death, to being a pillar of support for her sisters Isabel and Keira, and ultimately running a custom candle business. Life has kept her busy since she returned back home..until a business venture almost kills her, and she decides to de-stress by visiting her childhood friend Jordan, who has some t "Slow Burn" is the story of Kate and Dylan. Kate MacKenna is the oldest of three sisters, and has been able to overcome all challenges in life- from taking care of her family after her mother's untimely death, to being a pillar of support for her sisters Isabel and Keira, and ultimately running a custom candle business. Life has kept her busy since she returned back home..until a business venture almost kills her, and she decides to de-stress by visiting her childhood friend Jordan, who has some troubling news herself. Overcome with all the anxiety, she ends up having a one night stand with Jordan's brother Dylan. Expecting it to be an one off, she returns back, only to be blown up by another explosion, and soon Dylan realizes that the remote events might be connected to ending Kate's life. Fast paced thriller with loads of action including crazy exes, evil relatives, hidden inheritance, sibling drama, new lovers and a HEA. The ending was good but a bit anti-climatic, but Im glad I could not guess the reveal at all. Also The Florist angle was awesome. If the other sisters get a book, Id like to read it. That being said, this was 20% romance and 80% mystery. SWE (view spoiler)[ couple has known each other since childhood and obv dated other people 3.5/5 (hide spoiler)]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Thenia

    The story of Kate, one of three sisters whose life is in danger when she suddenly becomes an heiress, and Dylan, her best friend's brother and detective, who is determined to protect her. Kate wants nothing to do with her unexpected inheritance, but (view spoiler)[changes her mind when her despicable cousins badmouth her mother. While she had no idea who would want her dead before she found out about her new situation, she has a number of people in mind now, and Dylan's investigation into her new The story of Kate, one of three sisters whose life is in danger when she suddenly becomes an heiress, and Dylan, her best friend's brother and detective, who is determined to protect her. Kate wants nothing to do with her unexpected inheritance, but (view spoiler)[changes her mind when her despicable cousins badmouth her mother. While she had no idea who would want her dead before she found out about her new situation, she has a number of people in mind now, and Dylan's investigation into her newly found relatives is anything but encouraging. Turns out that there isn't even one decent human being among them, and although the signs point to one of her male cousins as the culprits, it is the wife of one instead. Unfortunately for her, the bomb maker who considers himself an artist and did not intend for his "work" to kill people, calls Kate with some information that ends up saving her life for a third time and lead to the capture of the people who wanted her dead (hide spoiler)] . Kate, who is not accustomed to all the danger and life-changing revelations, takes comfort in Dylan, fully intending to keep things casual between them. (view spoiler)[He doesn't seem to have any such intention, however, and although he humors her attempts to keep him at a distance, his presence alone forces her to finally admit her feelings and, when everything's said and done, accept his in return (hide spoiler)] . An engaging story with a couple that was meant to be, whose relationship smoothly makes the change from adversarial friendship to love. The series continues with Shadow Dance and Jordan's story next. Previous book reviews: ✦ Murder List (Buchanan-Renard #4) ~ ★★★★ (12/07/2018) ✦ Killjoy (Buchanan-Renard #3) ~ ★★★★ (26/04/2017) ✦ Mercy (Buchanan-Renard #2) ~ ★★★★ (22/11/2015) ✦ Heartbreaker (Buchanan-Renard #1) ~ ★★★★ (06/09/2015)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lilian

    This was the last book in Buchanan-McKenna-Whatever series in my TBR list. I'm just addicted to Julie Garwood's books - both contemporary and historical and I was longing to read this one - need to say that I read this series totally out of order. Well, maybe my expectations were too high. Truth is, I like this book, but is not the best one in the series for me. My fav so far is Killjoy and oh, how I miss John Paul. The plot of Slow Burn is kinda weird. I didn't feel much chemistry between the ma This was the last book in Buchanan-McKenna-Whatever series in my TBR list. I'm just addicted to Julie Garwood's books - both contemporary and historical and I was longing to read this one - need to say that I read this series totally out of order. Well, maybe my expectations were too high. Truth is, I like this book, but is not the best one in the series for me. My fav so far is Killjoy and oh, how I miss John Paul. The plot of Slow Burn is kinda weird. I didn't feel much chemistry between the main couple - is not that kind of romance that makes you sigh and wish you had someone like Dylan. Also I missed more suspense in the plot - I like to be entertained and wonder who did what or who is killing everyone. I mean, suspense and romance together are ok for me - I like it a lot, actually! But for me both need to have a balance in story. Since I've noticed that my friends who are Garwood's friends just like me have different opinions about the books, I'd recommend you to read and take your own conclusions. Anyways, Slowburn is a fine reading, perfect for those occasions when all that you want is a bit of romance and not worry about anything else!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Heli - So Many Books - So Little Time

    4.5 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chumchum_88

    Ms. Garwood's contemporary work is vastly enthralling and I'm loving all the mystery in it. What I love about this series is the amazing unexpected twists it contains, and the fact that it's not predictable. Usually I can sense the bad guy from the beginning or the middle of the book, but in this series I didn't know till the author herself revealed his identity, and I think this shows how much of a great writer she is. - The relationship between the main characters was amusing, one second they tr Ms. Garwood's contemporary work is vastly enthralling and I'm loving all the mystery in it. What I love about this series is the amazing unexpected twists it contains, and the fact that it's not predictable. Usually I can sense the bad guy from the beginning or the middle of the book, but in this series I didn't know till the author herself revealed his identity, and I think this shows how much of a great writer she is. - The relationship between the main characters was amusing, one second they try to act cold to each other, the next they are over each other trying to tear their clothes off, and the next they act like friends. The fact that the hero knew what he wanted from the beginning was great, he's not the type to be in denial or misery like the heroine but he welcomed it with a shit eating grin XD - I liked the sub characters, from the sisters to the flamboyant friend, he was amusing the most XD - I loved the story itself about the heroine getting blown up wherever she went and still they didn't know about the reason for the attempts most of the book. - I loved the twist about the bomber contacting her to help her, it certainly wasn't expected and it was entertaining. - I liked the fact that everyone around them turned to the hero for permission or decision making regarding the heroine as if he was her "handler" XD Overall, *thumbs up*

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stacey S

    Another Amazing Book Julie Garwood writes the best books! This is another one I’m sure to re read. This is one of my favorite series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Khalil Almasry

    I am shocked this was written by Julie garwood my only guess is that she was very bored when she wrote it. The story is not at all well written (too much ideal chatter with no point to make and a very slow pace that make you go mad and not in a good way. The characters are not at all realistic and lack any link to logical thinking and the story background is worthless. Its a shame really as i realy enjoyed the rest of the books in the series but every one fails every now and then. This is my opinion I am shocked this was written by Julie garwood my only guess is that she was very bored when she wrote it. The story is not at all well written (too much ideal chatter with no point to make and a very slow pace that make you go mad and not in a good way. The characters are not at all realistic and lack any link to logical thinking and the story background is worthless. Its a shame really as i realy enjoyed the rest of the books in the series but every one fails every now and then. This is my opinion it might be enjoyable to some one else.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cruth

    Author: Julie Garwood First published: 2005 Length: 353 pages Setting: Contemporary. Silver Springs near Charleston. Sex: Explicit at the beginning (sexual tension as a result of one night stand). Closed door or fade to black thereafter. Hero: Boston Detective on injured list. Heroine: Owns a candle/perfume company. The start of the transition between Garwood's early, complex stories and her later single plot more erotic books. A good story but it doesn't hang together as well as others. Still really en Author: Julie Garwood First published: 2005 Length: 353 pages Setting: Contemporary. Silver Springs near Charleston. Sex: Explicit at the beginning (sexual tension as a result of one night stand). Closed door or fade to black thereafter. Hero: Boston Detective on injured list. Heroine: Owns a candle/perfume company. The start of the transition between Garwood's early, complex stories and her later single plot more erotic books. A good story but it doesn't hang together as well as others. Still really enjoyable though. 3.5 stars rounded down. Garwood's Contemporary Series: Book 1 Heartbreaker - Laurent Madden and Nick Buchanan Book 2 Mercy - Theo Buchanan and Dr Michelle Renard Book 3 Killjoy - Avery Delaney and John Paul Renard Book 4 Murder List - Alec Buchanan and Regan Hamilton Madison Book 5 Slow Burn - Kate MacKenna and Dylan Buchanan Book 6 Shadow Dance - Jordan Buchanan and Noah Clayborne Book 7 Fire and Ice - Sophie Rose and Jack MacAlister Book 8 Sizzle - Lyra Prescott and Sam Kincaid Book 9 The Ideal Man - Dr Ellie Sullivan and Agent Max Daniels Book 10 Sweet Talk - Olivia Mackenzie and Grayson Kincaid Book 11 Hotshot - Peyton Lockhart and Finn MacBain Book 12 Fast Track - Cordelia Kane and Aiden Madison Book 13 Wired - Allison Trent and Liam Scott References: Author's website: http://juliegarwood.com/books/slow-bu... (ISBN 0345453840) -CR-

  16. 5 out of 5

    LailaBC

    I am so glad this one end up to my liking. Dylan Buchanan a Boston based cop who was on a mend from being shot in the line of duty was sent by his sister Jordan to her best friend Kate MacKenna, insisting that she look into the dangerous situations that Kate seems to be in. Kate has been having a real bad week after being almost blown up twice and then run down by a car. Although thanks to wonderbra she escaped death the first time that was morbidly hilarious. Daylan and Kate have a long history I am so glad this one end up to my liking. Dylan Buchanan a Boston based cop who was on a mend from being shot in the line of duty was sent by his sister Jordan to her best friend Kate MacKenna, insisting that she look into the dangerous situations that Kate seems to be in. Kate has been having a real bad week after being almost blown up twice and then run down by a car. Although thanks to wonderbra she escaped death the first time that was morbidly hilarious. Daylan and Kate have a long history already and have known each other for years but there has been some kind of attraction between them beneath the surface and it just took them a long time to realize that they are falling for each other. Dylan has always been the ladies man in the Buchanan family and Kate has on more than one occasion gave him hell for all those girls that keeps calling in the Buchanan home for Dylan whenever she is there for the weekend. They took to bed quickly early on in the story but Kate took Dylan by surprise when she left town the next day without so much of a good bye after a night of passion. Now Dylan is in town and is not going anywhere till they catch the culprit that is trying to get rid of Kate when later on they discovered that Kate suddenly inherited millions worth of money and estate from a great grand uncle whom she never knew. Now they understand that someone have millions reasons worth of dollars to kill Kate. I had my hunches of who were the mastermind behind the explosives, it was usually the ones who are trying not to be obvious and the ones who are maybe being too helpful with the investigation. There were quite a lot of suspects especially Kate's repulsive, vile, obnoxious and creepy cousins who made it clear that they are in it for the money. Poor Kate has been prone to crying for quite a number of times here due to stress from this and then there is the matter of weasel accountants that were trying to steal her company out of her nose. Oh but i love love that scene before the epilogue when Kate was trying to say good bye to Dylan thinking that he is leaving back to Boston now that her case was solved. Cheerios were flying everywhere so to speak and Dylan was just amused that she is trying to comprehend at that moment that he is telling her that he loves her and then he proposed! Noah Clayborne was being mentioned here again but he did not make an appearance though. Over all another engaging installment.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I wanted to like this one. I did. I liked Dylan, I thought he was an interesting Buchanan brother (Didn't dethrone my favorite, Theo, for those keeping score) and yes, I fell for that lazy sort of devil-may-care attitude he had, and that he had a long-standing flirtatious back and forth with the female lead, Kate MacKenna, who happens to be his sister Jordan's best friend. Combining those elements of getting to see Jordan, of another Buchanan brother, and a Southern setting, I was hoping for ano I wanted to like this one. I did. I liked Dylan, I thought he was an interesting Buchanan brother (Didn't dethrone my favorite, Theo, for those keeping score) and yes, I fell for that lazy sort of devil-may-care attitude he had, and that he had a long-standing flirtatious back and forth with the female lead, Kate MacKenna, who happens to be his sister Jordan's best friend. Combining those elements of getting to see Jordan, of another Buchanan brother, and a Southern setting, I was hoping for another book on par with Mercy, but alas it went the way of the last ones. Flat note. On closer look, I think the problem may be with the women. Kate got points for her relationship with her sisters, because the snapshots of them together brought the best out of her. A little spunk, a little spark. But whenever she thought of Dylan? My God, she turned into a limp noodle. The inner monologue of "I love him, but oh no, he's going to leave, oh, don't think of him, but I turn into mush if he touches me, but don't dare tell him." It was redundant, and exactly what the last female to fall for a Buchanan did. It's a tiring route to travel, and I wished for more, but I think the mystery held it's own. That one unfolded nicely, with a little bit surprise and turns that took me for a loop that I liked. It was this book's saving grace, when this one should have hit it out the park with Jordan's best friend and the woman killer Buchanan brother. But, no.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katyana

    Re-read June 2017 This one is lots of fun - it has an intricate plot, and great characters... Kate and Dylan are both fantastic, and their relationship struggles are fantastic. Teeny quibble is that Isabel, the youngest sister, bugs the ever-living crap out of me. And I also would like to punch in the face everyone who acted like Kate didn't have every right to be upset that the business she built had been signed away by her mother. (view spoiler)[Yes, in the end we find out that's not true, which Re-read June 2017 This one is lots of fun - it has an intricate plot, and great characters... Kate and Dylan are both fantastic, and their relationship struggles are fantastic. Teeny quibble is that Isabel, the youngest sister, bugs the ever-living crap out of me. And I also would like to punch in the face everyone who acted like Kate didn't have every right to be upset that the business she built had been signed away by her mother. (view spoiler)[Yes, in the end we find out that's not true, which is awesome. But Kate had a right to her anger before that point, and Isabel was a total bitch about it. Even Dylan was like "oh you're not really angry at her." Yes, she fucking IS angry, and she has every fucking right to be angry! It is condescending and shitty for anyone to say otherwise. (hide spoiler)] So, that's why I give it 4 stars. Because that was a B-plot that really only served to make me annoyed by the secondary characters. It felt unnecessary. But otherwise, really really enjoyed this one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pamela(AllHoney)

    The fifth book in Julie Garwood's Buchanan-Renard series. Kate MacKenna and her sisters are continuing on with their lives after their mother died one year before. Kate has her own business making scented candles and lotions. She goes to Boston to be there for her friend, Jordan Buchanan, while she undergoes some medical tests. During a weak moment she ends up in bed with Jordan's brother, Dylan. Now it appears that someone may be wanting her dead. Hearing this, Dylan rushes to South Carolina to The fifth book in Julie Garwood's Buchanan-Renard series. Kate MacKenna and her sisters are continuing on with their lives after their mother died one year before. Kate has her own business making scented candles and lotions. She goes to Boston to be there for her friend, Jordan Buchanan, while she undergoes some medical tests. During a weak moment she ends up in bed with Jordan's brother, Dylan. Now it appears that someone may be wanting her dead. Hearing this, Dylan rushes to South Carolina to help out since he is on leave, recuperating from a bullet wound anyway. Another exciting addition to the series. It was interesting trying to figure out who wanted Kate dead and why. I would highly recommend this series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    I like this series and think Julie Garwood has created compelling male leads in the Buchanan family. While this is an interesting story, Kate is a fairly bland character even though her background would suggest otherwise. Dylan is pretty well fleshed out and thank goodness we see a lot of him in the story. It's a good read but not on the level of Heartbreaker and Mercy. I was able to figure out the culprit in the mystery but there is a surprising twist to compensate for that. It was worth my ti I like this series and think Julie Garwood has created compelling male leads in the Buchanan family. While this is an interesting story, Kate is a fairly bland character even though her background would suggest otherwise. Dylan is pretty well fleshed out and thank goodness we see a lot of him in the story. It's a good read but not on the level of Heartbreaker and Mercy. I was able to figure out the culprit in the mystery but there is a surprising twist to compensate for that. It was worth my time to read and I ultimately enjoyed the book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Slow Burn is like those Sunday roasts your mother used to cook. It falls more into the category of satisfying than surprising or challenging. Personally I think there is a lot to be said for satisfying and I enjoyed this book a lot.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    A nice fun installment in Julie Garwood's contemporary romantic suspense series. However, it just didn't grab me as much as others in the series. I even figured out who was behind everything before the unmasking. That never happens to me. A nice fun installment in Julie Garwood's contemporary romantic suspense series. However, it just didn't grab me as much as others in the series. I even figured out who was behind everything before the unmasking. That never happens to me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Another wonderful Romance/Suspense. Date and Dylan are great characters that will have you wanting to move south. Again the Buchanan men! You will not want to put this down.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura (Kyahgirl)

    3/5; 3 stars; B- This was a pleasant addition to the Buchanan series. Nothing too surprising but good company in the form of an audiobook while doing boring housework.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shantana Powell

    more like 3.5, liked it, could have loved it but it was a bit predictable in some sense.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Wells

    This series is great. It has ups, downs and unbelievable happenings.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

    I hate to say it, but I hated this lead character. Kate did not impress me. I guessed the "killer" early, but dd miss a couple twists. I just kept wanting the book to end. I hate to say it, but I hated this lead character. Kate did not impress me. I guessed the "killer" early, but dd miss a couple twists. I just kept wanting the book to end.

  28. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn Ainsworth

    Interesting plot, but opportunities for suspense missed when action was done off stage and just summarized. Heroine was too immature in judgment for the role of dynamic business woman.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hina

    3.5 Stars!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marica (The Book Chick)

    You will find more of my reviews at my blog The Book Chick. Sometime you seek that kind of book, that gives you a feeling of comfort. That makes you want to settle down on the couch, in bed or in that favorite reading chair. With the biggest blanket (that you bought just to have when you read) with a big cup of beverage of your choice, and just stay there. The world outside does not exist and it is just you and your new friends. And for those brief moments, it all feels okay. Well, this is one of You will find more of my reviews at my blog The Book Chick. Sometime you seek that kind of book, that gives you a feeling of comfort. That makes you want to settle down on the couch, in bed or in that favorite reading chair. With the biggest blanket (that you bought just to have when you read) with a big cup of beverage of your choice, and just stay there. The world outside does not exist and it is just you and your new friends. And for those brief moments, it all feels okay. Well, this is one of those books for me. And I hadn’t really expect anything less since this is Julie Garwood. I know what to expect and I’m so happy that I got it. It was just what I needed. Garwood is an great writer in this genre and one of my favorite authors. And I always feel so good after one of her books. Here we get to follow Kate. After her mother’s death her life is starting to crumble around her. But she is a strong woman and refuse to give up. After she almost been blown up twice, in one week, Dylan Buchanan, Kate’s best friends brother, comes to help find out what is happening. He is on leave from his work at Boston PD and since he always had strong, secret feelings for Kate, he can’t let her fend for herself. The situation is intense and fireworks is going off right from the start. This is a “typical” romantic suspense book. You pretty much know what is going to happen. Though I do not want to call it predictable. I couldn’t early one foresee who the bad guy was in this book. It was easy to see why and there was no secret about the reasons, but it was not as predictable to find out who it really was. It was awesome. It is a great book. Just what I needed. There is great characters, great development, great story and plot and the way it is unfolding feels real and suitable. There is never any cliffhangers and sometime you get to meet characters that have had bigger parts earlier in the series. Mostly I would say that you can read it as an stand alone. But if you are as OCD as me, I do not recommend it.

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