Review: Shadow Dance by Julie Garwood.

Posted December 15, 2011 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Rowena’s review of Shadow Dance by Julie Garwood.

Hero: Noah Clayborne
Heroine: Jordan Buchanan

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 couple’s clans, stemming from an ancient feud that originated in Scotland, 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, accuses 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.

We have Noah Clayborne’s book, in which he falls madly in love with his best friend and partner’s sister, Jordan Buchanan.

They’re at her best friend’s wedding, where Kate (the best friend) is marrying Jordan’s yummy brother, Dylan. Kate’s younger sister, Isabel gets a visitor, who says he’s a relative of theirs on their MacKenna side. He tells Jordan that it was a disgrace that a MacKenna would willingly marry a Buchanan and because she got annoyed with the weird guy, she tells him that maybe she’ll do her own research to see if there’s any truth to the tales that the nutty professor was spoutin’ at the wedding. While on the dance floor, Noah informs Jordan that she needs to get laid and loosen up because she’s pretty much…boring. So because she doesn’t need money right now after the selling of her computer chip and company which made her stinking rich, she tells him that she’s going on a treasure hunt to find some lost treasure.

And she goes to Texas to find the guy and copy his research for Isabel and start her own research, to try to make sense of the stories that the crackhead professor was talking about. Nothing has been going right since she got to Serenity but that doesn’t deterr her from her mission, well until she found the nutty professor dead in her trunk.


Because it’s aparent that someone is trying to frame her, she calls her brother Nick, who’s an FBI Agent and instead of getting Nick, she gets his partner, Noah Clayborne. The odious man who got her in this mess anyway, if he hadn’t told her that she was boring and needed to be spontaneous, she wouldn’t be in this mess in the first place. But she tells him what happens and he tells her to call the cops, report the body and then wait for him and Nick to get there, they’re on their way.

So she hangs up with Noah, calls 911 and while she’s on the phone with 911, she hears sirens which she thinks is the patrol unit sent to check things out, but while she’s on the phone with the 911 peeps, the sheriff’s car comes to a screeching halt and the two Dickey brothers jump out and one of them, hot head JD socks her in the face and stomps on her phone, ruining it.

Guilty much?

A bunch of crap happens, Nick and Noah finally show up and Noah sticks to her side like glue and more bodies show up in her trunk and it makes for a pretty good story but I was still a bit disappointed.

Not in the story so much but in the fact that I didn’t get to know Noah like I thought I would have. There wasn’t much character development where he was concerned and I was looking forward to that. At the end of the story, I still felt like Noah was a secondary character, sort of how I felt for Noah Maitland in Judith McNaught’s Night Whispers.

Also, the love match between Noah and Jordan felt kind of rushed and forced. It was like, one minute they were just friends and then the sleep together and BAM, they’re in love. It happened too quick for me which rendered it a bit unbelievable, but that’s just me. I didn’t see it coming and because of that I didn’t really care for it.

Aside from all of that, the book was just okay. It wasn’t her best, it wasn’t my favorite, I was disappointed that this was how Noah’s book turned out…I was just hoping for more and it fell short of that mark.

Grade: 3 out of 5.

This book is available from Ballantine. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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