Fast Track by Julie Garwood ( Buchanan-Renard #12)

Fast Track by Julie GarwoodAvailable: July 29, 2014 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Dutton Adult

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

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.

What a fun, sexy and engaging story, I absolutely adored this one. Ms. Garwood has always been an author I love to read, she creates such amazing characters and stories that grab you from the beginning and do not let go.

Cordelia Kane grew up in the Chicago area with her father. He started as an auto mechanic and built a multimillion dollar empire that he recently sold. When he suffers a heart attack that he can’t recover from, he reveals something startling about her mother. Cordie is a high school chemistry teacher, who just received her PhD, and with the ending of the school year she has given her notice, not sure what she wants to do next but she is ready to move on.

She finds out that her mother gave her father a fake name when they got married, her real name is Simone and she comes from a very wealthy family in Sydney Australia. Cordie wants to confront Simone (she can’t call her mother) so flies down with Aiden in the private jet. Cordie makes it known to Simone that she is alive and well as she stirs up trouble and anger within the family.

Regan and Sophie are Cordie’s best friends, they grew up together along with Regan’s three older brothers who treated all the girls as sisters, Cordie tried to keep it secret that she was in love with one of the brothers, Aiden but her friends knew. As they uncover truths about Cordie’s family the danger ramps up, there are threats that can’t be ignored and Aiden becomes increasing willing to keep Cordie by his side to keep her safe.

I really enjoyed this book; it is part of a long running series but can easily be read as a standalone. The characters are interesting, the premise holds your attention and I was engrossed until the end.

When I find I am crying about a character I barely know in the beginning of a book, I know the author has me hooked. We meet Cordie while she is sitting with her father in the hospital, the relationship she has with her father is so charming, we not only see what she is going through we also find that her father was a pillar in the community and everyone loved him and will miss him. And what a great heroine Cordie is, an intelligent woman that can hold her own in most situations, that is except when Aiden is around, when Aiden is near she gets a bit flustered and can’t think straight. She has loved him for years, and although her friends knew of her crush, they believe she has moved on, which is exactly what she wants to do. During their last conversation her father talked about loving a woman for years, this is a life she does not want.

Aiden exudes confidence, he is a take charge sexy man with only one flaw, he has never noticed Cordie for more than a friend, at least until their recent trip. While he helps her with the revealing (to Simone) he begins to see her differently and they share some very sexy times together, but when they are get home, he is back to his workaholic status and she continues to make some changes in her life, and they both seem OK with the separation. When danger comes too close and Cordie is threatened his eyes open to the possibility of her not being there and he is surprised at his feelings.

The pace works well in this book; it starts out slow as we go through the emotion of loss, it gets a bit more edgy and suspenseful while in Australia as Cordie meets her relations then the actions heats up when threats are made and people get hurt. The secondary characters add so much to the story and I like how we get to see Cordie’s best friends enjoying life since we last saw them featured in previous books. I also like how the author portrays Simone and her family, sometimes things are not always bright and cheery, and that works well here. All in all an engaging romance with some suspense and danger.

I give Fast Track by Julie Garwood 4.25 stars!

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