Julie Garwood. Shadow Dance (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2007) 978345453860.
Main Characters: Jordan Buchanan and Noah Clayborne.
Related Works: Noah Clayborne is directly related to Cole Clayborne from Come the Spring. Cole also appears in For the Roses, One Red Rose, One Pink Rose and One White Rose. Jordan’s brother Dylan Buchanan and best friend Kate MacKenna are the primary characters in the novel Slow Burn. Mercy features Theo Buchanan and Michelle Renard. Another Buchanan brother, Nick find his true love, Laurent Madden in Heartbreaker. Alec Buchanan meets his match, Regan Madison in Murder List. Michelle Renard’s brother, John Paul Renard is one of the central characters with Avery Delaney in Killjoy.
Description from the book:
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 that Buchanans have perpetuated 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 anticipated 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.
I ended up enjoying this book more that I actually thought I would – given that I generally prefer Julie Garwood’s older romances to her newer romantic thrillers. However, Jordan was such an intriguing character – so ruled by practicality and logic. Noah was the perfect foil for her. The professor was a bit of a crackpot – but the people of Serenity were extremely funny and heartwarming. Jaffe’s computer, named Dora, that he always needed some help with, made me laugh. Of course, the body showing up in Jordan’s trunk was bizarre, but really fit in with the story. So far, Jordan is my favorite Buchanan sibling.
Read First: January 11, 2007.