Review: Fast Track by Julie Garwood

It’s been a while since I read a Julie Garwood, so I had to say “yes!” when offered Fast Track

Review: Fast Track by Julie GarwoodFast Track by Julie Garwood
Series: Buchanan-Renard #12
Published by Dutton on July 29th 2014
ISBN: 9780525954453
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 309
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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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.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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drey’s thoughts:

I loved the premise of the story in Fast Track – a young woman finds out at her father’s deathbed that the mother she thought died in an accident when she was a child, is still alive. And not only is her mother not dead, but her mother abandoned them for the most selfish reason of all – money.

That revelation, her father’s death, and a decades-long unrequited love has Cordelia Kane deciding to shake things up a bit. Which, in her case, means planning to move from Chicago to Boston – new start and all that (i.e. getting away from the boy, Aiden) – and heading halfway around the world to find out how her mother’s life turned out.

She doesn’t count on her friends making things difficult. Or on the boy poking his nose in her business. But Cordie’s really glad that he’s with her when she arrives in Sydney, Australia and finds out her family’s for shit. Like, really.

Next thing you know, this romance has a whole dash of danger to spice things up. Someone’s trying to kill Cordie, and we go along for the ride as she tries to figure out who. Good thing Aiden’s along for the ride… Anyway. As much as I liked the premise, I didn’t quite connect with any of the characters. Aiden is arrogant and haughty, Cordie’s stubborn and a little clueless, and her mother and grandfather are total pieces of work. I didn’t care whether, at the end of the day, Cordie and Aiden get together (or even stay together), or whether she finds closure with her mother. (That last scene with her mother was completely unsatisfying, by the way.)

I wanted so much to like this, there was so much promise. But at the end of the day, while I enjoyed the suspense part of the novel, my lack of care for the characters makes this only Ok. If you’ve read Fast Track and thought otherwise, feel free to share in the comments.

drey’s rating: Ok

Have you read Fast Track? What did you think?

About Julie Garwood

JULIE GARWOOD is among the most critically acclaimed—and popular—romance authors around, with nearly forty million copies of her books in print. She is the author of numerous bestsellers, including Hotshot, Sweet Talk, The Ideal Man, Sizzle, Fire and Ice, Shadow Music, Shadow Dance, and Slow Burn. She lives near Kansas City.