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Buchanan Family Series

Since this book and series has already been described in detail, I thought about adding my own thoughts to the mix 😉

Shadow Dance was the first of the Buchanan series I read (true to my nature I read the rest of series in disorder haha), and I fell totally in love with Garwood’s contemporaries (Noah, especially. He’s such a goofball *loves*). I later read a few of her historicals and didn’t quite enjoy them as much as her contemporaries *shrugs* But that’s personal preference. I know lots of people prefer her historicals over her contemps. But, I digress. So, here goes:

This book is a romance and thriller at once. Add in some contemporary shake, and you’ve got Shadow Dance. I rather liked that the title is a play on Jordan’s father’s situation (bodyguards shadowing his every step) inadvertently happening to her when she finds the dead body of a historian she’s met two days prior in the trunk of her car and her brother Nick and Noah Clayborne, two FBI agents, fly at her aid. Hence, being shadowed by bodyguards of sort. Then Nick has to leave, for matters unknown, and suddenly begins a dance of should-shouldn’ts with Noah even as they try to find the real murderer, who proves to be one heck of a surprise.

This is a great read, and I found it refreshing, witty and intelligent and less tedious than some of her previous works. The writing is fast-paced, which makes sense as this is a thriller as well, and Jordan and Noah’s relationship does not bloom quite as suddenly as has been said. Re-reading through it, you’ll find that Noah unknowingly had feelings WAY before they even began *cough* dancing. Anyway, hopefully we’ll get to read more about Jordan and Noah and their treasure hunt!

I love Susan Mallery and I love her books. The Buchanan Family Series is a good series to read and I enjoyed it because it had some funny scenes and romantic scenes. The Buchanan Family is made up of 3 brothers and 1 sister and put them all together with their cold hearted grandmother makes for some good reading. Here are the descriptions of the books from the back covers and pictures:

DELICIOUS $ 6.99 (Book 1)(377 Pages)

Menu
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Appetizer

Cal Buchanan needs a top-flight chef to take over his failing Seattle restaurant, The Waterfront. He can afford to hire the best in town—the only problem is that the best happens to be his ex-wife, Penny Jackson.
Entrée
Penny really needs this opportunity, but she doesn’t need the distraction of working with her ex. She’s sworn off romance—she’s even having a baby on her own. But before she knows it, the heat is on…and the attraction between her and Cal moves from a low simmer to a full boil!

Dessert
The rest should be easy as pie, but a secret from Cal’s past could spoil everything. Maybe it’s true that to many cooks spoil the broth—or maybe two is enough to make it irresistible.

IRRESISTIBLE $ 6.99 (Book 2)(376 Pages)

It wasn’t just her homemade brownies that made Walker find Elissa irresistible…
When ex-Marine Walker Buchanan stops to help Elissa Towers change a tire, he tells himself it’s just the neighborly thing to do. and when Elissa finds herself baking him a thank-you pie, she’s just returning the favor…right?

Both of them have sworn off dating—Elissa’s determined to protect her little girl, and that means ditching her taste for dangerous men…especially former Marines with dark secrets. Walker knows that he’s not cut out for hearth and home…his own crazy family made sure of that. But the sparks won’t stop flying between them.

Now the two are struggling to keep their relationship “just friends,” but with every kiss, their rules fly out the window.

SIZZLING $ 6.99 (Book 3)(376 Pages)

Reid Buchanan was always a fan favorite on the baseball diamond. But between the sheets?
A spiteful article about the former pitcher and current playboy questions his talent in the bedroom. And the newspaper’s just the first bad news. Reid’s grandmother Gloria’s broken hip means she needs constant care—but Reid hired Nurses 1 and 2 for their bedside manner with him. So for Number 3 he chooses Lori Johnson, the first candidate who seems immune to his brand of charm.

Lori’s never wasted her time with amoebas like Reid Buchanan. So why are her well-fortified defenses starting to crumble under the force of his sexy smile—and the kindness he shows her at every turn? There’s only one explanation for the feelings flaring between them—chemistry. Chemistry so hot, it’s sizzling!


TEMPTING $ 6.99 (Book 4)(379 Pages)

Nothing’s hotter than a disaster in the making…
After three romantic flame-outs in a year and a restaurant career going nowhere, Dani Buchanan needs a fresh start. She goes looking for her biological father, but never expects to find a senator running for president. As his long-lost “love-child,” Dani could seriously derail the election—something his handsome campaign manager Alex Canfield isn’t going to let happen. Dani isn’t about to let Alec run her life, no matter how tempting she finds him—and Alex isn’t going to allow Dani to melt his cynicism, no matter how close he has to get. The last thing either of them wants is love, especially with scandals brewing and family trouble on the way. But Dani and Alex are forced to trust each other, and when trust turns to passion, the potential disaster is only a tabloid scandal away.
I love the Buchanan family and Julie Garwood has both good contemporary and historical romances. They are all stubborn and smart but they all have one adventurious and dangerous journey that leads them to their life parnters. So far there is 6 books published in the series. Here are the book descriptions from the back of the books and the picture covers:
HEARTBREAKER $ 7.99 (Book 1)(520 Pages)

Bless me, father, for I will sin….
In the still of the shadows of the confessional, a madman tauntingly reveals his plan for a murder he is going to commit, pulling Father Thomas Madden into a twisted game by disclosing his next intending victim: Tom’s sister Laurant. In a frantic race to protect her, Tom calls upon his best friend, elite FBI agent Nick Buchanan, to track the predator who is closing in on Laurant. Now, as an electrifying attraction grows between Laurant and Nick, so does the danger—and one false move will cost both of them everything that matters.

MERCY $ 7.99 (Book 2)(454 Pages)


# 1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood takes reader into New Orleans’ exclusive Garden District and the backwoods of Louisiana’s mysterious bayou country in an unforgettable novel of passion and suspense that cuts straight to the heart.
When esteemed Justice Department attorney Theo Buchanan is struck ill at a New Orleans gala, Dr. Michelle Renard works fast to save his life. Soon, Theo finds himself in a race to save her when Michelle is targeted by a deadly crime ring. They call themselves the Sowing Club, a devious foursome driven by greed to accumulate millions in a secret bank account. Now they’re dead set on silencing Michelle, who might know the secret behind the mercy killing of one of their wives. Dodging a world-class hit man and a band of cunning criminals, Michelle and Theo walk a narrow path between passion and survival.
KILLJOY $ 7.99 (Book 3)(441 Pages)


When it comes to gripping novels of unrelenting suspense, # 1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood is in a class by herself. As her legion of fans can attest, she has mastered the art of creating characters who live and breathe in compelling, page-turning stories. Now with Killjoy, Garwood has written her most electrifying thriller to date.

Her razor-sharp mind and ability to decipher evidence have made Avery Delaney an expert crime analyst for the FBI. Now she will have to use every one of her skills on a case that hits painfully close to home.

Avery’s beloved aunt Carolyn was on her ways to a posh spa in the Colorado Mountains. But she never arrived. Now, with a scant clues and fewer resources, Avery must track down Carolyn—and outmaneuver a brilliant killer named Monk who is part of an elaborate plot of madness and lethal vengeance.

MURDER LIST $ 7.99 (Book 4)(425 Pages)

There are few authors who can weave together nail-biting thrills, edge-of-your-seat drama, and romantic suspense as masterfully as Julie Garwood. Now she ratchets up the tension with Murder List, in which evil is on the hunt….

Hotel heiress Regan Hamilton Madison is flirting with danger. She agrees to help a journalist friend expose Dr. Lawrence Shields, a shady self-help guru who may have been responsible for the death of one of his vulnerable devotees. Hoping to find some damning evidence, Regan attends a Shields seminar, where the doctor has his guests make a list of the people who have hurt or angered them over the years and asks: Would your world be a better place if these people ceased to exist? Treating the exercise as a game, Regan plays along.

The experience is all but forgotten—until the first person on Regan’s list turns up dead. Shock turns to horror when another name from her list surfaces as a corpse. While brutal murders seem to stalk Regan’s every move, her attraction to detective assigned to protect her grows. As the menace intensifies and a serial killer circles, Regan must discover who has turned her private revenge fantasies into grisly reality.

SLOW BURN $ 7.99 (Book 5)(424 Pages)

Everything fire begins with a little heat—and in Slow Burn, # 1 New York Times bestselling author 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 one 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.

SHADOW DANCE $ 25.95 (Book 6)(336 Pages)(also in mass market paperback $ 7.99)

Jordan Buchanan is thrilled that her brother and best friend are tying the knot. The wedding is a lavish affair—for the marriage of Dylan Buchanan and Kate MacKenna is no ordinary occasion. It represents the joining of two family dynasties. The ceremony and reception proceed without a hitch—until a crasher appears claiming to be a MacKenna guest. The disheveled and eccentric professor of medieval history warns that there’s “bad blood” between the couples clans, stemming and involving the Buchanan theft of a coveted MacKenna treasure.

Jordan has always led a cautious life and has used her intelligence and reason to become a successful businesswoman. So she is intrigued but skeptical of the professor’s claims that the feud has been kept alive by the grave injustices the Buchanans have perpetrated over the centuries. But when Noah Clayborne, a close family friend and a man who has never let a good time or a pretty girl pass him by, accuse Jordan of being trapped in her comfort zone, she determines to prove him wrong and sets out on a spontaneous adventure to the small, dusty town of Serenity, Texas, to judge the professor’s research for herself.

Maneuvering through a close-knit community in which everyone knows everyone else’s business, Jordan never anticipates the danger and intrigue that lie in her path, nor the threat that will shadow her back to Boston, where even in familiar surroundings, her life is at risk.


A powerful thug who rules by fear, a man who harbors a simmering secret, and an unexpected romance that pierces all defenses—beloved author Julie Garwood weaves these dazzling elements into a brilliant novel of romantic suspense. Shadow Dance is a searing tango of passion and peril.
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Phoebe Jordan
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Phoebe Jordan

I'm a part-time aspiring romance novelist, book reviewer and blogger. I've always wanted to travel the world and learn everything I can about other countries. Learning the Italian language is one way of trying to make that dream come true. Traveling will help me with my writing because I'll be learning about the history of the U.S., Latin America, England, Italy, and Ireland, the countries I find so fascinating while reading the romance genre. I read and review romance novels of almost every subgenre along with erotic romance, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy and young adult novels. You can find the reviews at my blogs, Talk About My Favorite Authors and Phoebe Jordan's Reviews. I’ve also started a live podcast show called TAMFA | Phoebe Jordan hosted on Blog Talk Radio. This show is dedicated to everything I love about romance and young adult novels. I love having romance and young adult authors live on my show to be interviewed and showcase their books. I plan to write contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, paranormal romance and young adult when I get my writing career started with help from Keta. I'm not sure what genre I'll write to begin with since I love to read so many different romance genres.

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