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Monday, October 29, 2012

Review: Killjoy by Julie Garwood

Posted by Irish in Review2 Comments

Title: Killjoy (GoodReads)
Publisher: Ballantine Books

Source: Library
Publication Date: 17 September 2002
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0345453816
Format: ebook
Pages: 464

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Place(s) Traveled to: Washington, DC // Aspen, Colorado // Sheldon Beach, Florida

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
First Line: Avery Elizabeth Delaney’s mother was a frickin’ maniac.

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Buchanan-Renard-MacKenna Series Order
Book 1: Heartbreaker
Book 2: Mercy
Book 3: Killjoy
Book 4: Murder List
Book 5: Slow Burn
Book 6: Shadow Dance
Book 7: Fire and Ice
Book 8: Sizzle
Book 9: The Ideal Man
Book 10: Sweet Talk

Unlike with the first two books in this series, Killjoy by Julie Garwood doesn’t involve a member of the Buchanan family. In fact, the Buchanan’s are barely mentioned at all. This story involves the brother other heroine from Mercy, the reclusive John Paul Renard. Who just happens to be in Colorado tracking down the assassin Monk which we also met in Mercy. For this book the reader has to suspend believably a little and accept that the assassin would also be hired to attack the heroine of this story, Avery, and that John Paul somehow manage to track down this killer that even the FBI and other agencies could not. 

I was able to do that though and for most of this book I felt sure that it might end up my favorite in the series. I really enjoyed the relationship between Avery and John Paul and only missed the Buchanan’s a little because we at least had some Noah Clayborne to sooth the ache. Killjoy had some good twists and turns to it but nothing so complex out out there that a person experienced in reading mysteries can’t figure out who is behind it all. The action is fast-paced and while not totally believable its easy to pretend since this is a romantic suspense novel.

Where this book lost me though was in the final few chapters. Everything was so well written and done prior to that point. Well, there was lots of Garwood’s trademark head jumping but that seemed a little less in this book or maybe I just am getting used to it so I don’t notice it as much. Anywho, with the last few chapters it was as if Garwood felt the book was too long and so she just ended everything in a very unsatisfying rush. The final chapter was all about Avery telling someone else what happened rather then we getting to “see” it unfold as it happened. For me, that just took away from everything that came before.

I’m also getting tired of the pointless Prologues in the books that give a detailed (and yet not) history of the heroine prior to meeting her in the story. Especially since the events that happen in the prologue are usually also woven into the narration of the main story so that this portion of the book is just pointless filler. I want more prologues like we saw in Heartbreaker which are more chilling in nature and better set up the plot of the novel. Overall, I was a little disappointed in this installment of the series but I do plan on reading the next book and hopefully things will get back on track.

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