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Sophie Rose is a crime reporter at a major Chicago newspaper and the daughter of Bobby Rose, a charming gentleman and big-time thief. When asked to write an expose about her notorious father, Sophie quits and goes to work at a small newspaper, covering local personalities such as William Harrington, the 5K runner whose trademark is red socks. Those socks--with Sophie's busSophie Rose is a crime reporter at a major Chicago newspaper and the daughter of Bobby Rose, a charming gentleman and big-time thief. When asked to write an expose about her notorious father, Sophie quits and goes to work at a small newspaper, covering local personalities such as William Harrington, the 5K runner whose trademark is red socks. Those socks--with Sophie's business card tucked inside--are practically all that's found after Harrington is killed near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, seemingly in a brutal polar bear attack.Sophie heads north to investigate, but danger follows in her wake. After one attempt on her life, she's assigned brash but sexy Jack MacAlister as a bodyguard. But Sophie and Jack will soon be fighting more than their growing passion for each other. Powerful forces will stop at nothing to prevent the exposure of the sinister conspiracy Sophie and Jack are about to uncover....

Title : Fire and Ice
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ISBN : 9780345500762
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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Fire and Ice Reviews

  • Bark
    2019-01-23 08:17

    I don’t know if I’ve read a Garwood novel before but this one probably wasn’t the best place to start. I had heard she was a humorous writer which is probably what tempted me to borrow this audio copy from the library but either my sense of humor has gone on an extended vacation or I missed out on the funny because I didn’t smile once during the reading of this. And, as usual, I came into yet another book mid-series. According to Goodreads this book is #7 in the series. If I had it to do over again I probably would’ve skipped #7. Maybe the funny resides in the earlier books? This is going to be a bit ranty and possibly spoilery so you may want to skip reading further if this in your to be read pile. The heroine is Sophie, a beautiful reporter who grew up with loads of money and the best of everything that cash could buy. She has decided to take the hard road to life by getting a job, giving up her car and refusing to accept daddy’s money because she’s been guilted into it by her friends. Her dad is on the run from the IRS, the FBI, and hoards of folks who claim he’s stolen their life savings (hey, wouldn’t the IRS have cut off the funds anyway? She ain’t fooling me!). Sophie is a confusing character, one I never could connect to on any level. She whines over not being able to buy “stuff”, weeps over the demise of a Dolce & Gabbana blouse and her “one of kind” Gucci bag but yet gives her money away to the homeless shelter because she says its something she has to do. Her materialism is supposedly an act but I don’t get it. Why would anyone purposely want people to think they’re so shallow? I found all of the whining about her “stuff” obnoxious. The only time she perks up in the entire story and shows emotion is when her designer things are damaged. Then she goes into a screechy rage but other than that she’s a generically flat character. This book is supposed to be a romantic suspense but it was nearly halfway over before I figured out who the freaking hero was supposed to be. FBI agent Jack MacAlister loses a bet and is assigned to watch over her after the dimwit gets herself shot by answering an anonymous phone call. It goes something like this: ominous, unknown voice says, “Go stand in the window so I can see you better, move a little to the left, wait now move a bit to the right, now stand still” and . . . Powie! Have no fear, however, because the buckle on her Gucci purse saves her life! Now I see why so many women are obsessed with the brand. Sophie’s obviously a super tough chick because after nearly getting shot in the chest she goes about her life like nothing happened and doesn’t seem at all afraid of dying. Maybe I’m just whimpy but if some stranger called me, attempted to shoot me dead and was still on the loose I’d be hiding under my bed while peeing my pantaloons. But then again, I don’t own a Gucci anything.Adding some mystery to this is a weird subplot about an insufferable man with a fetish for running and red socks who gets eaten by a polar bear in Alaska and another subplot about a bunch of money grubbing mad scientists experimenting on wolves and people. Sophie, of course, gets messed up in this but sadly does not get munched on by the polar bear. WTF does all this have to do with the romance, you ask? If you must know more, you’ll have to read the book because I’m not sure.Overall it was just strange, boring and unfunny. The romance lacked chemistry and there was no emotion between them. She dubs him the “hubba hubba hunk” (honestly, I did not make that up), they have sex because they’re both so hot and all and can’t help themselves and it’s all so tepid that I’m asleep before they are. After they escape danger and solve the X-Files mystery they declare themselves in love. None of these storylines meshed well together. I may not have everything correct because I admittedly dozed off a time or two during the listening. If you pick this up, may your experience be a better one than mine.

  • jenjn79
    2019-02-11 11:28

    I see that most people have given this book 4 or 5 stars, but for me it was only about a 3, maybe 3.5. It was good to the point that I didn't mind reading it, and I'll read any other books to come in this "unofficial" series of connected characters, but I also thought it was a bit flat and bland.Fire and Ice brings back one of Garwood's previous characters, Sophie Rose whose father is an infamous Chicago Robin Hood-type criminal. Though Sophie loves her dad, she does best to keep her life separate from that of her father, but when he's rumored to have been involved in the downfall of a popular Chicago company, she starts getting death threats. When her best friend Reagan's husband Alec - an FBI agent - gets involved, Sophia meets his partner Jack MacAlister. There's an instant chemistry, but Jack is an FBI agent. She doesn't trust lawnman. They've made her life hell because of her father. Things get weird for Sophia when a man - a dreadfully boring, narcissistic man - she interviews for the paper she works for ends up dead after being attacked and eviscerated by a polar bear named Barry. Sophie thinks there's something more to what happened to him. Some of the things he'd told her made her curious. So she travels to Alaska to investigate. Jack, having lost a bet and ordered by his boss to accompany her, goes along and he and Sophie can no longer fight their attraction. But meanwhile, someone apparently wants Sophie dead, only they don't really know who and have to find out before it's too late.The plot of this book kinda goes every which way. There are so many spokes on the wheel that your never quite sure which way the story is going. You've got the thing with her father and the Kelly's Root Beer company; the story with the guy who was polar bear lunch, a sleazy coworker doing nefarious things, a romance with Jack...It just never feels like any of the threads picks up enough steam to drive the story. With the sort of lack of a definitive direction, I ended up a little bored. There was one point where I looked up to see what page I was on and saw I was on page 220. And I was just like, wow, 220? I'd read all that and it seemed like hardly anything interesting had happened in the book. A lot of build-up, but little zing.To me, the story just had no intensity. I kept expecting it to kick into high gear, and it never exactly did. It just had a very lackadaisical pace that made it easy to put down the book for a while and not feel a dying need to get back to it.Plus interspersed between every chapter were these journal entries by a scientist about studying wolves. And you know they have to have something to do with the story, but they're so obtuse and it's like, why do I have to read all this? They also take up a lot of space. I think there's about 33 of them in the book, each a page long...that means these random journal entries take up 33 pages of a 320 page book. That's a lot. I think Garwood could have conveyed what she needed to convey with maybe 10 of these journal entries.The romance was okay. There was some good chemistry between Jack and Sophie, but I didn't feel any emotional bond between them. Near the end, there was a scene where Jack goes to Sophie and tells her he's there with her and to deal with it, and as she's falling asleep she's thinking all negatives. And then first thing in the morning when she wakes up, she says she loves him. I could only blink and think, what? It was so out of the blue. I didn't feel they were at that point at all. Then all you get was half a page of them together and they're getting married. I wasn't buying into it.So yeah, for me, the book was okay, but I didn't find it all that engaging. I started it on I think Thursday, read some Friday, then didn't touch it for the whole weekend. It didn't draw me in and was easy to set aside. But at the same time, it wasn't bad. I guess I just prefer romantic suspense novels with a high level of intensity. Having said that, I'll most likely still read the next book in this "series" (that is, if there is one!).

  • Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover Reviews❤️
    2019-01-27 09:28

    October 2017 Series Reread and ReviewAnother great reread with the girls reunited for Sophie's book. We first meet Sophie Rose in Murder List as one of Regan's best friends (along with Cordie, who both have roles here). Sophie has basically been in the care of the Madison family since she was nine years old due to her father's business practices. Sophie loves and adores her father regardless of all the accusations and shady "business" practices.....he is continually wanted for questioning by the FBI, but, Bobby Rose is really not a bad guy, he's a sort of modern day Robin Hood.Sophie is a newspaper reporter who works for a small newspaper, after quitting a more lucrative job when they insist she write an expose on her father. Now her little human interest story has taken on a whole new outlook when the man she was doing a story on is killed. Now she's caught up in a murder mystery and she's determined to find truth. Jack McAllister is Alec Buchanan's partner, who is close to Sophie because of her bond with his wife Regan. Soon Sophie's murder mystery puts her in danger and after one attempt on her life, the FBI assigns Jack to protect her. Needless to say, sparks fly, they half heartily resist, and eventually fall in love. As much as Sophie fights the attraction, she's a goner for him....which doesn't sit well with her Father to say the least. Now all Jack needs to do is find a killer before he gets to Sophie.All in all, the back story on the "research facility" was kind of weak and a bit boringBUT I love Sophie, her BFF's, the protective and loyal support system Sophie has, and swoon worthy Jack, and of course her father!! So totally worth the read (to me anyway).* Narrated by Rebecca Lowman who does a great job. * Originally read: July 2011

  • Julie (jjmachshev)
    2019-01-31 08:39

    Julie Garwood's newest contemporary "Fire and Ice" is a fast-moving, exhilarating read with an unlikely lead couple and a twisting mystery. The heroine was introduced in "Murder List", but now Sophie gets her own story, and her own FBI hero!Sophie has left her big journalist job to work at a smaller paper outside Chicago. At least this editor agrees not to pump Sophie for information about her father! But when her father is implicated (again) in a possible crime, Sophie prepares herself for another round of questioning from various government agencies, not to mention threats from his enemies. Then one of Sophie's local intereste interviewee's turns up Alaska...eaten by a polar bear! Surely a trip to the frozen north will give Sophie a break, and it couldn't hurt for her to have a little distance from totally unsuitable Jack MacAlister.Jack would have to be dead from the neck down not to notice how attractive Sophie is. But Bobby Rose's daughter? How inappropriate is that? Too bad that it seems Jack's libido isn't listening. And when Sophie is injured, Jack quickly realizes that she could use a little muscle on her trip to the frozen wastes of Alaska. And good thing Jack's handy with a gun when it appears Sophie's trip didn't deter someone who wants her dead!Several different stories come together and require the reader to track carefully if they want to figure out who's trying to kill Sophie, and why. The banter and sizzling attraction between Sophie and Jack add just the right amount of humor and heat to Garwood's latest romantic suspense. Another hit for me and one I couldn't put down till the end.

  • Amy
    2019-02-03 15:46

    My girlfriend just raved and raved about how good an author Sandra Brown is and how I should get over my biases about her. To prove the point, she gave me this book to read. Ummm.... this book is by Julie Garwood. But I read it anyway. I did learn some facts about Alaska, like that in some places, it's illegal to lock your cars. Why? Bear attacks. If car doors can't be locked anyone can jump into the car when a bear attacks and maybe be safe. But I've gotta tell you. For once, I'd love to see a short, plump woman with pendulous breasts become the love of someone's life. Oh, wait. Maybe I need to write that one, since I'm living it.

  • Hina
    2019-01-26 15:35

    3. 5 Stars

  • Anna
    2019-02-04 08:17

    This is probably the lowest I've ever rated a Julie Garwood book but her writing style just keeps deteriorating. She sacrifices character study for a fun joke (which would be forgiveable if the joke was actually interesting) and she creates these twists and turns that are as twisty as a prairie road.(No, I'm not sure where that came from.)I'm probably going harp on this for an annoyingly long time but god. William Harrington, the man who dies and starts Sophie's quest to find out why, is a boring narcissist who, uncomprehendingly, is successful with women. I say "uncomprehendingly" because, if his interview with Sophie is an example of his so-called charm, I'm not sure how he's able to get laid at all. Isn't charm something that engages another person? An interest in another person that makes them feel connected with you?How is this boring, long-winded narcissist able to stop talking about himself long enough to engage a woman in conversation which would convince her to have sex with him on a short acquaintance? How?! Are Julie Garwood's pretend women that dumb?! Is this her statement on women who would sleep with a man without being in a relationship? What is she trying to say?Or is she just not able to portray a character fully without resorting to her written tics of bad people written as stupid, bad and ugly, while good people are beautiful, smart and engaging?I don't know why I keep reading her novels except that there are times when she's absolutely brilliant, even if they are few and far between. I just keep hoping for more and I'm continually disappointed when it never reaches that "more" that I hope for.Recommendation? I'm not going to stop you from reading the book. I just think expectations should be tempered. Don't go in expecting an amazing read; go in expecting a very quick read with bad characterization and a few laughs.

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-02-13 09:30

    3 ½ stars. A pleasant way to pass the time.There were a couple things I could quibble about, but not a major problem.Sophie has a clue about a murder. If the bad guys had just kept quiet and bided their time, she would never discover anything and they would get away with it. But because they tried to kill Sophie more than once, she and her FBI friends were able to learn things. That seemed too easy. I would have preferred some interesting clues along the way.And then we have the formulaic separation which could have been done better. They are falling in lust/love and then Sophie breaks it off, which was not consistent with her feelings.But, I still enjoyed the story.AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:Rebecca Lowman did a fine job.DATA:Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: about 320 pages. Swearing language: I don’t recall any. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: about 3. Setting: current day Chicago, Illinois and Alaska. Book copyright: 2008. Genre: romantic suspense.

  • Bettie
    2019-01-22 12:39

    I love Julie Garwood. Really, I do. She is a literary goddess, and I worship at her feet. However, as divine as she may be, "Fire and Ice" is anything but ambrosia.Honestly, it kills me to say this. You must understand that I cut my teeth on Garwood's brilliant romantic historicals. I have spent a good portion of my life collecting each and every one---not to mention reading them again and again to the point of memorization. (Sad, I know, but the woman is, after all, a goddess.) There was a time that I would count down the days until a new Garwood was published like a crack addict awaiting her next fix.Unfortunately, those days are now gone.I have known it for a while, but, with each new book since the debut of "Heartbreaker," I have watched this author turn her back on every talent in her arsenal (witty, hilarious dialogue, fast-paced plots, fabulously interwoven and highly-entertaining sub-plots, sigh-worthy love stories, interesting historical facts, and side-splitting chaos) to reach out for the murder-mystery world where she simply doesn't shine. Ever since "Heartbreaker," (I am not even going to bring up "Shadow Music"--Don't get me started on that trainwreck) I have had to read the same basic plot over and over again, each time growing more and more disenchanted and disheartened. The smart-yet naive, sexy heroine is in danger from a psycho killer---but refuses to actually believe that---and it's only the big, bad loner lawman who is going to be able to save the day. P.S. They fall in love somehow along the way. Did I mention that?Now, I will tell you that I am not a huge fan of the murder-mystery romance genre. This is why it has taken me this long to speak out (or type, as the case may be). I kept thinking it was me. Well, guess what? I just read this latest book, "Fire and Ice," and I can tell you one thing for certain:The problem isn't me.Not only are we dealing with the same plot as all the others, but we also have the incredibly quick development of Jack and Sophie's relationship. It's like someone injected them with steroids or something. One minute, they barely know each other, the next he's announcing that they'll be heading off to bed "by 10pm." Huh? I am all for quick romances and I have seen plenty of authors pull it off dozens of times. This one just isn't believable to me. These two just get to head off to Alaska, jump into bed, dodge a few bullets---as well as a crowbar (ouch)---and, BOOM, live happily ever after. Sophie herself even tries to figure out why she's so involved with someone she barely knows. Honey, if the characters are asking these questions, don't you think the readers will, too?Then, there is the mystery plot. It was far-fetched for me to believe that someone like Sophie would really pursue this Harrington fellow as much as she did after he disappeared. He was irritating, boring, and colossal waste of brain power every time she was in his presence. He disappears before a race. So what? I was a journalist for many years. Believe me; reporters (especially those who work for smaller papers) have too much to do and too little time to do it in to worry about people like that---especially when the guy is a self-centered, egotistical creep. Even if you honestly want an apology, you wouldn't try to track him down because you would be too worried that he would suck you into his narcissitic vortex again. No, you'd put him in the "weirdoes to be avoided in the future" file and move on to the next story.But, let's say Sophie is jonesing for an apology so bad she tracks him down. Why on earth would the bad guy actually call her? And, if he did only call her to find out what she knew, it was obvious she knew next to nothing about the whole thing---or at least not enough to piece anything realistic together. (We'll leave out the fact for a minute that Sophie is automatically suspicious of all lawmen and, nevertheless, answers every question fired at her by two strangers on the phone calling from Alaska). Harrington's death was ruled an accident. The bad guy is in the clear. Why would he keep calling her, trying to get her to come to Alaska? Does he want someone to connect him to the Harrington death? The bad guy is supposed to be this smart, educated scientist. I know rednecks who aren't that stupid.I could go on and on about all the issues I have, but I won't. I could tell you the few things I liked in this book (and there were actually a few), but they're irrelevant. It comes down to this: If you love Julie, as I do, you would buy a copy of the phonebook if she put her name on it. But, in return for this devotion, it would be nice if she'd forget about all this foolishness of trying to be this "thrilling, Queen of Suspense" and write to her strengths. Julie: Just tell a good love story that has heart and rings true. If you still feel the need to toss in a body or two along the way, I'll survive.Maybe she'll listen. Maybe she won't. Until then, I guess I'll just be doomed to disappointment.

  • Remy Kripton
    2019-02-06 13:27

    2 Disappointing Stars!If I wanted only good Mystery and decent sex I would just watch a bond movie. This series keeps deteriorating with each new book.Ever heard of character development. I mean I would like to know something more about Sophie and Jack beyond their perfect bodies and awesome chemistry. What's wierd is that there is more is more depth to Bobbie Rose than any other character in this book. It's a crying shame that I'm giving 2 stars to a Julie Garwood book. But this book was really a disappointment.

  • Karina Garcia
    2019-01-19 15:23

    Me encantó!

  • Wendy
    2019-01-24 11:28

    This is another hit by Ms. Garwood. I have enjoyed all of her romance mystery novels (Buchanan Brothers). And this is another great story. Sophie Rose is the daughter of a so called theif and a news paper reporter for a small time paper in Chicago. She is assigned a story about a ego maniac 5K runner. After meeting with the runner and going to see him start the race he disappears and Sophie is left to wonder what happened to him. Upon returning to work she finds out that her father is in the news again and she receives several death threats. Alec Buchanan, married to one of her best friends, and his partner Jack McCallister come to watch over Sophie and see what they can do to help. Sophie is attracted to Jack, but isn't about to get involved with someone from the FBI.Jack is a calm and competent FBI agent assigned to be partners with Alec Buchanan (Murder List). Upon meeting Sophie he is interested in this beautiful and intellegent woman, but when he finds out who her father is he is a little nervous about getting involved. Throughout the story Sophie and Jack bicker and argue. their attraction is there, but they are fighting it. When the whereabouts of the runner are revealed, the two stories merge and the intrigue is notched a little higher. You will love this book. I recomend it highly, along with JG's other Buchanan books.

  • Katherine
    2019-01-26 11:35

    3.5 stars rounded to 4. Mostly for the writing and the hero. I really liked the hero, he was all hot, sexy, smoldering and dominating. The alpha male, one could call him. The secondary characters, the heroine's father, the heroine's boss were well written and likable. The story was a fluff piece, but it was good enough. My only problem with the book was the heroine. I think she is the first heroine of Ms. Garwood's that I actively disliked. She didn't display a lick of common sense or an ounce of caution in the whole book. She was plain stupid and careless most of the time. Sometimes, I just wanted to shake some sense into her. Julie Garwood usually writes such good strong heroines, this book actually disappointed me in that aspect.

  • Pamela(AllHoney)
    2019-02-07 12:43

    The seventh book in Julie Garwood's Buchanan/Renard series. Sophie Rose, who we met previously in Murder List, is a reporter and the daughter of the notorious Bobby Rose. She is sent to do a story on William Harrington, runner and narcissist playboy, when he disappears at the race. Her father ends up in the news again and there are threats on her life. After an attempt on her life, she gets Jack MacAlister as her bodyguard.I have enjoyed the Buchanan series and this is no exception. It wasn't my favorite of the series but I still say Julie Garwood writes some good romantic suspense. Not as good as her historical romances, though. But I try not to compare the two. They are two totally different romance genres.

  • Miss Kim
    2019-02-13 16:41

    I liked her latest installment to her Buchanan brother’s books. It's linked to "Murder List", however, it's been about three years since I've read that one. I don't remember much about the heroine here, Sophie, and her role in that one. Anyhoo....This one has a few stories going on that end up linking all together at the end. A lot of action, snappy bantering, and we even get some poor guy eaten by a polar bear. I wish Ms. Garwood could crank out more than one book per year. I recommend for any romantic suspense fans.

  • Katyana
    2019-01-18 15:30

    I thought this was a great romantic suspense ... I loved Sophie and her dad (poor guy gets a bad rap, but I think he's pretty great), and Jack was wonderful.It has been a long time since I read the earlier books in this series, and I don't really remember the secondary cast much... which meant they were a little thin in the characterization - I think it would play much better had I read the other books recently, and in that case, I'd be annoyed if a lot of time was wasted filling out their character, because I'd already know them and it would feel like a rehash. So no points deducted for that.I wish we'd gotten more detail on what those scientists were doing - what that stuff was - and I also would've loved more of a resolution with Sophie's dad. But that all said, really enjoyed the book.

  • Chumchum_88
    2019-02-04 09:29

    Ok I take back what I said in my review in the previous book, I still can't predict Julie Garwood's villains ^^This book was a bit different in terms of the hero and heroine, here the hero was the type who likes to rile her up and pisses the heroine off, for his own enjoyment. At first I wasn't enthusiastic about reading this one cause it didn't get into the Buchanan family much, but it was good since it showed us plenty of a Buchanan couple. - I liked the thing with the YouTube video, it certainly gave the book and certain scenes some humor.- I liked the fact that Jack was Alec's partner, and Sophie was Regan's best friend. - Of course I hated all the villains in all the books but the ones in this one were beyond despicable, human experimenting is just wrong in every way, and to justify it to since, that's just sounded like a lame bullshit of an excuse to me.- I liked Sophie's dad, he sounded more like a modern day "gentleman" pirate than a robin hood XDOverall. *thumbs up*

  • Amanda
    2019-01-27 16:44

    This is book 7 in the Buchanan series, about Sassy and Newly Independent Sophie Rose, the daughter of a very sought after person for question by any law agency out there. It's also about the newly assigned partner of Alec Buchanan from Murder List Jack MacAlister. Let me tell you Jack was the greatest Hero ever. Don't get me wrong I love Noah and will forever stay loyal to Noah but Jack gives him a run for his money. I loved the instant bickering and banter between him and Sophie, He so easily got under her skin and I found myself on more than one occasion laughing my head off. I was also surprised at myself mostly for how much I loved Barry the Polar Bear. This story is very much worth reading even if you don't read the other which I highly recommend that you do, you should still read this one so you can understand my appreciation for Jack.

  • Jacki King
    2019-01-18 16:38

    Interesting plot and scenario for a non-romantic suspense romance. Cute dialogue between the couple (for the most part).Loved the hero; hated the heroine (her wit/dialogue was great; her ability to be smart was not...this woman is what the horror community would call "too stupid to live").Have to review it for a class, so won't say more now. Given Garwood's track record and popularity, I would sincerely hope that other books in this "family/community" are stronger representatives of her true talent. The entire book read like it was written rushed/on deadline or as a stepping stone to get to something else.

  • Celeste
    2019-02-06 13:22

    This book was missing something for me. I felt like the character development was severly lacking. Espicailly for Jack. His history and emotions were very second fiddle. I would have liked a bit more emotion from him... really from both of them in general. I thought it was a good story and it kept me entertained, but, for me at least, lacked that extra "something" that really appeals to me in a good romantic suspence. Usually I love Julie Garwood, but I think I prefer her historicals.

  • Kirsten
    2019-02-06 15:26

    A very solid (and surprising) entry in Ms Garwood's contemporary romantic suspense series. The final of the three friends gets her story told. Well, final in the sense that it was the last one for me to read. I wasn't sure about the whole wolf and Alaska element, but it works really well. Jack isn't my favorite of her heroes but Sophie is surely one of my favorite heroines.There are some great comic elements in this one as well.

  • Katherine
    2019-01-25 14:39

    I finished this in one day. Garwood is easily my favorite contemporary romance writer. It may not be the best writing with the best flow of a plot line but these books, including this one, have the ability to captivate me. I loved the relationship between Jack and Sophie and I also loved how often Alec and Reagan were in it. This was definitely worthy of my five stars.

  • Sonia Cristina
    2019-01-26 15:30

    "Quero que os meus leitores riam, chorem e se apaixonem. Basicamente quero que, durante umas horas, escapem para outro universo e tenham a sensação que viveram uma grande aventura." ~Julie Garwood********Julie Garwood alcançou o seu objetivo, sem dúvida. É impossível não me apaixonar pelos personagens, principais e secundários e sem dúvida que o enredo foi uma aventura bem vinda.

  • Jody
    2019-01-23 10:16

    I loved Julie Garwood as a teenager and read her current books more out of habit than anything else. This one is a mishmash of plot pieces shoved together to make a totally unbelievable story. It's a shame because I liked Jack and Sophie and thought they deserved a better book.

  • ElaineY
    2019-01-29 11:38

    Narrator wasn't bad but the story was incredibly boring. This was a DNF and my 2 stars are for what I made myself endure - only about 15%.

  • Heather Alderman
    2019-02-02 14:42

    I couldn't finish this one, I was tempted to read the ending to see if my guess on the mystery was correct, but ultimately, I didn't really care.

  • Kathleen
    2019-02-05 08:22

    3.75 stars, almost 4. Audio narration by Rebecca Lowman was fine. Good performance, except I wish she had made the characters sound more distinct. Her voice is easy on the ears, with good inflections. Here is a video trailer for this book: in contemporary Chicago and Alaska, this one was fairly engrossing at times (especially the heartpounding survival scenes in Inuk, Alaska). However, the pacing was too slow in the first half of the book. About 30 journal entries from unethical researchers slowed the pace across the book and didn't add much to the story that couldn't have been said more succinctly. The two interviews with the narcissistic William Harrington went on too long (but Harrington's characterization was vivid -- more vivid than anyone's). Even though the pace lacked intensity and drive at times, I thought Garwood did a nice job of weaving together various seemingly disconnected threads: Kelly's Root Bear, Marathon Racing, Polar Bears and Arctic Wolves, The Alpha Project, The Barrow Whalers football team...and modern-day Robin Hood.Sometimes, especially in her historicals, Garwood makes me chuckle. I have noticed that I smile a little during her contemporary novels, but I usually don't laugh. In this book, I did chuckle about the YouTube video gone viral, (view spoiler)[showing Jack MacAlistir holding a bank robber on the ground at gunpoint with a knee in this back, while calmly ordering a cheeseburger.(hide spoiler)]Our hero, FBI agent Jack MacAlistir, was credible. He had some texture. I chuckled at how much he absolutely dreaded freezing temps. I feel the same. As for the relationship, it wasn't love at first sight, and began with minor animosity. The first sex scene -- halfway through -- felt like it almost came out of nowhere, since Sophie and Jack were barely friends at the time. Annoying Part: Once the two had slept together, we get the typical drivel from Sophie: "I lust for him -- may even love him -- but I am NOT gonna sleep with him again. Gonna stay away from him. Oh no!! Here we go! I cannot resist! Well, I really WILL resist next time, because this relationship can never work." (Oy vey. Give me true relationship building, please.)However, I really loved Sophie's father, a sort of modern day Robin Hood, protecting Chicago's humble folk from the ravages of dirty dealing fraudsters. Would have liked to see more of him. Unlike Sweet Talk, our heroine doesn't have a vile family. I also liked the scenes with Sophie's girlfriends, and with Reagan and Alec. Her girlfriends added something without dominating the story, which was a problem in Sweet Talk. I also loved Sophie's editor boss, Mr. B.As for the suspense, I didn't figure out exactly who would show up in the dark warehouse at the end. That's a plus.

  • kingshearte
    2019-02-11 12:30

    This was fluff, but thoroughly enjoyable fluff, as Julie Garwood's books tend to be. I've enjoyed most of her romances, and when she started writing romantic thrillers as well, those have been just as good. The romance part is as predictable as any romance (which is to say, pretty much entirely), with stock characters, and all the usual hemming & hawing and verbal sparring before they finally get on with it, but her thriller plots are pretty decent. They're usually twisty enough to keep you intrigued, and what more can you ask from such a book, really?This one in particular had a decent plot, with an aside that takes you awhile to come up with any workable theories as to what's going on, but I don't think it was one of her best. The verbal sparring wasn't as witty as some of her others, and there were a few inconsistencies in minor plot points that didn't quite hang together. For example, she goes up to Alaska to investigate Harrington's death, which makes sense, as he's from Chicago, but the other stories she writes while she's up there, human interest pieces about a local football team (who the hell do they play, exactly?) and a long-time couple, don't make sense. Sure, they're cute, feel-good stories, but they're entirely irrelevant for her audience. She writes for a small Chicago paper. Why the hell should Chicagoans care about some old couple in the middle of nowhere in Alaska? And then there was her boss, Mr. Bitterman. Everything about his behaviour indicates that he likes Sophie, respects her, and feels almost as protective of her as an extra father. So why the hell does he have such a hard time breaking the habit of calling her "blonde girl" and, even worse, whistling for her attention (although that was never actually done that I recall; only mentioned by Sophie)? It just doesn't jive at all with the way he's otherwise been presented, so that was a bit annoying, too.And I have no idea what's up with the cover art, which has no relation to the story whatsoever.Aside from that, though, like I said, I enjoyed it, and expect to continue to enjoy Garwood's delightfully fluffy work.

  • Anne
    2019-01-20 12:28

    Something is wrong here. I'm not enjoying Garwood's last three books the way I have every other book she has written. I'm not giving up on her, not by a long shot. Something is just off here.I think maybe the books are getting more caught up in the mystery/suspense portion of the genre and less involved in the romance department. Sophie and Jack seem to wash around in a flood of other characters. The romance appears and it just isn't quite fleshed out. I suspect character development was neglected a bit. Character development was rich in her other novels. Other than his interest in the Food Channel, we don't find out a whole lot about the "real" Jack. Information is given, it just doesn't stick. Sophie's interactions with her girlfriends are real. Her interaction with her co-workers and others is not heart-felt. They seem to be almost by wrote. I do give points for Garwood's interwoven story about the mad scientists. Totally cool. Suspense and then an adrenaline rush. The mystery surrounding their actions and the full account of their transgressions is revealed very satisfactorily at the end.I'll soldier on with Ms. Garwood. I suspect this slump, too, will pass. I think she is still appealing to many readers and look forward to seeing where she goes next with her stories.Would I recommend this book to a Mad Scientist? Possibly. He may like a feeling of unity with the scientists in this book.Would I recommend this book to Michele Obama? Naw. She has less time to read than the average person and I'm sure she'd like to spend it on things that are just a bit better. Unless she's really a Mad Scientist in disguise.Would I recommend this book to a man in a bear suit? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Bears do not fare well in this book.

  • Jessica
    2019-01-31 09:31

    I have been a fan of Garwood for a while now, both her fiction and historical novels, and so I always get excited when I see she has a new book out. Her last 2 books left me somewhat underwhelmed, so I had high hopes that this book would break the strings of "meh" books. And, yeah!, it did! I really enjoyed the story. The journal entry chapters were a bit reminiscent of the Nora Robert's book "Northern Lights", but after the initial connection I was able to jump back into the story (I am easily distracted by book moments of "Hmm...I've been here before, or somewhere similar..."). I liked the opening paragraphs of the book, you can't help but want to know more with how Garwood sneakily lures us in. Overall I enjoyed the weaving of the plot, how she gives us so much about the villain, and yet we really didn't know who the ultimate villain is until the very end. At one point she provides us with a character whose introduction is questionable, we know they must be in on it because things just are done that way (I'm being vague in an effort not to spoil anything for those who have yet to read the book), and yet we are easily led to disregard them as a villainous character because he is so damn charming we start imagining how he will figure into the romance side of the story. Sneaky author. Anyway. Good read :)