Buchanan Books In Order

Publication Order of Buchanan-Renard-MacKenna Books

Heartbreaker (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mercy (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killjoy (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder List (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Slow Burn (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadow Dance (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire and Ice (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sizzle (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hotshot (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fast Track (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wired (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Regency, romantic and medieval; that is what comes into anyone’s mind when you mention the name, Julie Garwood. As one of the most decorated romantic suspense writer of this era, Julie Garwood grew up in a very large family of Irish heritage. According to Julie, the Irish heritage is one of the main reasons why she was able to take storytelling much easily. Apart from her Scottish heritage, another factor that played a key role in her storytelling skills was the fact that she was the sixth of seven children. As the second youngest in the family, Julie Garwood was able to learn self-expression by being imaginative, forceful and quick at a very tender age.

Ever since she was young, she has always had a passion for creating stories. But despite her love of storytelling, Julie Garwood did not think of it as a career but rather as a passion. It was until the youngest of her children joined the school, then she decided to make a career out of writing. After publishing her first two books that targeted young adults, Julie Garwood turned her interests to historical fiction novels. Her first ever novel, the Gentle Warrior was published in the year 1985. To this date, over 40 million copies of her works have been printed with most of them translated into several languages across the world. Furthermore, Garwood’s most popular novel, For the Roses was adopted by one Hallmark Hall of Fame production which is working on a project for CBS.

Irrespective as to whether the setting is medieval Scotland, frontier Montana, Regency England or modern-day Louisiana, all her themes are constant. They include loyalty, family, and honor. Most readers who have had the time to go through her works claim that the humor and the poignancy in her works are what usually keeps them coming for more. According to Julie Garwood, her goals are to make the reader fall in love, laugh and cry. In other terms, she wants to take the readers to another world for a little bit of time after which they are going to feel as if they were on an adventure.

All of her novels are recognized for their quirkiness of her heroines who always clumsy and tend to get lost anywhere. As a writer, Julie Garwood is not afraid to tackle very difficult issues that most people may be afraid to talk about openly. In one of her books, Julie tackles the issue of spousal abuse that is rampant in many families though it remains a well-kept secret. In addition, all her novels are historically accurate. The accuracy can be attributed, to the fact that she has a tendency to refer at least to three book sources from the University of Kansas Library before completing any of her novels. Despite being successful in the genre of historical romance, Julie Garwood decided to venture into a new field by deciding to write contemporary romantic suspense.

Like all her historical romance novels, her contemporary romantic suspense novels still laid emphasis on family relationships and as to whether a group of friends or blood relatives have styled themselves as a family.

The Heartbreaker

Referred to many as a true blue romantic suspense, the Heartbreaker is the first installment in the Buchanan-Renard series. In the Heartbreaker, a psychopath killer confesses about his involvement in the murder of a young girl to a priest. After the confession, he makes his intention known. The heartbreaker is planning to kidnap, torture and kill the sister to the priest. The highly shaken priest contacts his best friend and super FBI agent, Nick. Nick becomes more than determined to ensure that the priest’s sister, Laurent is safe. If you have never read the book before, then be more than sure that the first chapters of the book are going to scare you a little bit.

Throughout the storyline, there is a simmering attraction between the FBI agent Nick and Laurent, the sister of the priest. However, this attraction does not mature until the latter stages of the story. Hence, this book is more of a slow-burn romance novel. As the first installment of the Buchanan-Renard series the plot is very well developed. Apart from the development, the plot is also well planned with a number of twists and plenty of suspicions. Despite the fact that the storyline is dark, Julie Garwood added a little bit of humor just to keep the storyline from becoming very intense. Apart from the humor and darkness, all the characters were developed to perfection; they are not only interesting but also very likable.


Mercy is the second installment of the Buchanan-Renard series, and it begins when Theo Buchanan falls ill while at the New Orleans gala. Dr. Michelle Renard works very hard and fast to ensure that she can save his life. No sooner, Theo Buchanan finds himself trying to save Dr. Michelle’s after she is a target of a deadly crime gang. The crime gang goes by the name, the Sowing Club. The Sowing Club is a devious group of four, which is driven by greed, to gather millions of dollars in a secret bank account. Now the only person, who might know who they are and what they have done, is Mitchelle. Is Dr. Michelle Renard going to be captured by this bloodthirsty gang or is Theo going to be the hero and save her life? Only, time will tell.


Julie Garwood is one among the few authors with the ability to take readers, from one location to another in a very captivating and mind-blowing way. In addition, she also has the aptitude of instilling her signature sense of humor which in turn leads to a very heartwarming and enchanting storyline. All her works and novels usually contain some decent suspense and textured secondary characters, which, in the long run, leads to a plot that is not only coherent but also very credible and unpredictable. As a master of the art, Julie Garwood is undeniably one of those readers that must be in the upper echelons of your reading list.

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