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New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood is a
temptress, seducing her legions of fans with novel after novel of
sizzling romance. Her latest book, SIZZLE, brings together Special
Agent Samuel Wellington Kincaid and Los Angeles film student Lyra

Lyra is involved in her final project for a documentary film
class, and the maniacal Professor Mahler is a “left-wing
activist who tended to go overboard with his projects and
opinions.” Her project was supposed to be a film about city
parks and how they were happy places where families gathered. In
reality, Professor Mahler’s statement that most parks have a
10-year lifespan is unfortunately true. Lyra wonders what makes
people dump their trash illegally in a public park and move on. She
sets up a camera to capture the activity at Paraiso Park for her
documentary, which means she must wade through the piles of pungent
trash to change the camera memory cards every few days.
There’s nothing romantic about this plot --- until Lyra
bravely interrupts an attack on her roommate Sidney, and the sexy
FBI lawmen in Sidney’s family come running to protect both

The Buchanan family men are familiar characters from previous
Garwood novels. Impossibly irresistible and lethally handsome, they
are heroes and rogues who provide sizzling chemistry in these
books. It is only fitting that they have equally lethal male
friends and co-workers. Garwood’s golden touch arouses
instantaneous lust in Lyra when she sets eyes on Agent Kincaid,
“the sexiest man she had ever seen.” Add in his
Scottish brogue, and Lyra is barely able to breathe around her new

Sam’s job is to protect Lyra and figure out why someone
broke into her apartment, held her roommate captive and set a bomb
under her car. After all, Lyra is a grad student, one who stumbles
upon a yard sale and purchases rare, first-edition books secretly
containing DVDs with incriminating information about a local crime
boss. There are a slew of bumbling “puppets,” including
Milo, who thinks of Lyra as “his Bond girl.” Milo
always seems to be having the “worst day of his life”
and is one step behind Lyra’s new bodyguard.

Sam never wants to experience the pain again that he felt when
his wife of three years died. He tries to deny his attraction to
Lyra, but the urge to take her in his arms and look into her sexy
green eyes erodes his willpower; their powerful first kiss only
makes him want her more. He begins to share more about himself and
the beauty of The Highlands in Scotland where he hopes to return
one day soon. There is no turning back for Sam when their sexual
chemistry explodes and the pair of lovers satisfy their desires.
Sam is a shrewd FBI agent, and the pieces of the puzzle come
together as he and Lyra complete the tasks associated with her
documentary and dodge the dangers that keep her a target.

Lyra’s eccentric, wealthy grandmother Gigi is a delightful
character whose marriage to the love of her life, Tobias, is the
model by which Lyra judges the self-centered, money-loving,
sex-addicted chauvinists she dates. Gigi is a romantic who believes
you only get one true love, and Lyra is very much like her
grandmother. Lyra tells herself she is happy being single, pursuing
her passion for filmmaking --- until Sam ignites her desire for a
man who provides passion and laughter.

The plot lacks the glitz and glamour and historical romance
Julie Garwood is known and loved for. She sets the modern-day story
in Los Angeles, including a fabulous beach house, and promises a
return to her roots with breathtaking scenes of Scotland. Once Sam
and Lyra surrender to their instant attraction, the reader is
finally appeased and the story picks up in pace and, well,

SIZZLE does not disappoint, and I look forward to
Garwood’s next bestseller.

Reviewed by Hillary Wagy on January 24, 2011

by Julie Garwood

  • Publication Date: January 25, 2011
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • ISBN-10: 0345500784
  • ISBN-13: 9780345500786