“…interesting, suspenseful, intriguing, heart-wrenching, heart-warming and oh, so sensual.”
Fans of Julie Garwood’s contemporary series romances are in for a real treat with her recent release of Fast Track! The long awaited story of Aiden Hamilton Madison—oldest brother and ultimately the family patriarch—and the sweet, uber smart Cordelia Kane—best friend to Aiden’s sister Regan (see her fall for Alec Buchanan in Murder List)!
I’d like to start this review by saying I’m a huge fan of Julie Garwood. Pretty much anything she’s written from her historical romances to the latest contemporaries I’ve never been let down…or led astray. But the back cover copy for this one was a little misleading. I imagined a whole different book from what I received. Now, I’m not complaining. Not in the least. This one was SO much better than what I’d imagined. But there was something of a little disappointment as I imagined a whole push/pull scenario where Aiden was concerned for Cordie’s safety because of something to do with him. And an admission from Cordie about how she’d been in love with him for years. But what I received was interesting, suspenseful, intriguing, heart-wrenching, heart-warming and oh, so sensual. The two have been meant for each other from the beginning. Though I had some issues with parts of how this one played out, those issues were my personal failing as I’ve had way too much time to imagine this one since it’s been so long since Fire and Ice was released and the stories in between weren’t really involving the three friends or the Madison brothers.
Ultimately, though, I fell in love with this romance. From Aiden, who’s the perfect hero. He’s the alpha and always has been so responsible. Maybe a little too involved in everyone’s life but we see he’s changed some over time and is willing to spread the responsibilities around and doesn’t shy away from stepping back to enjoy life some. To Cordelia, who despite being smart is just a shade naive in a good way. The whole story—from the characters to the plot—played out really well. From Cordie making up her mind (with a little advice from her dying father) to move on and forget the childhood infatuation she had with Aiden, to Aiden realizing he wanted Cordie in his life forever. The two had a few obstacles from the outside, but not a whole lot of angst or struggle internally. Might have liked a little more there and Cordie sticking up for how she feels/has felt, but overall not disappointed with how it worked itself out. The supporting characters were wonderful as always. I enjoy visiting old characters to see what they’re up to. And since that is one of my favorite things about all Garwood romances—how the book stays centered on the main couple—I know this is one I’ll keep and re-read over and over.
I’m not sure where Ms. Garwood will go next but I can say I’ll have it on auto-buy!