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. From the Hardcover edition.
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1 . Great Story!
Posted August 24, 2009 by love2travel2gthr , Scottsdale, AZI had never ready anything by Julie Garwood so this was my first book and boy am I a fan. I had heard about her for years but never came around to reading any of her books until now. Great story from the start, kept me interested throughout. A book that I could have read in one day if I had the time. Highly recommend it!
2 . Enjoyable change of pace
Posted August 12, 2009 by Rachel , JoplinGarwoods historical fiction works have captivated me for years, but since so few were offered for the eBook reader I gave this modern American one a chance. It was surprisingly a fun ride. It almost qualifies as a murder mystery with all the tension and hidden layers (not to mention the growing body count!). But the romance is touching as well. Jordan is an interesting and very real character, not beautiful, but pretty, who is very very smart. Noah is strong in the historical fashion, but in a modern world way... he works for the FBI. It was a very good read from start to finish.
December 26, 2006
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Excerpt from Shadow Dance by Julie Garwood
The wedding of Jordan Buchanan's brother Dylan to her best friend, Kate MacKenna, was a joyous occasion, and the reception a beautiful affair --
Jordan walked into the ballroom and stood near the entrance trying to find Noah in the crowd on the dance floor. He still had her glasses in his pocket and her contacts were bothering her.
"What's got you frowning?"
Her brother Nick asked the question as he sauntered over to her.
"I'm not frowning. I'm squinting. Noah has my glasses. Do you see him?"
"Yeah. He's right in front of you."
She focused in, spotted him, and then did frown. "Look at those silly women panting all over your partner. It's disgusting."
"I think," she replied. "Promise me something."
"If I ever act like that, you'll shoot me."
"Be happy to," Nick promised before laughing at her.
Noah had excused himself from his fan club and walked over to join them.
"What so funny?"
"Jordan wants me to shoot her."
Noah glanced down at her, and for a second or two she had his full, undivided attention.
"I'll do it," he offered
There was a little too much glee in his voice to suit her. She had just decided to walk away from the two of them when she spotted Dan Robbins heading her way. At least she thought it was Dan. He was too blurry to be sure. She'd had one dance with Dan earlier in the evening, and no matter what music was playing, whether it was a waltz, a tango, or hip hop, Dan bounced to his own tune in something that resembled a spasmodic version of a polka. Jordan changed her mind and stayed put. She moved a little closer to Noah and smiled at him. The ploy seemed to work. Dan hesitated and then turned away.
"Don't you want to know why she wants me to shoot her?" Nick asked.
"I already know why," Noah said. "She's bored."
She slipped her hand into his pocket, found her glasses, and put them on.
"I am not bored."
"Yes, you are," Noah said.
He was looking over her head when he spoke to her. She suspected he did it on purpose just to irritate her.
"He's right," Nick said. "You have to be bored. All you had was your company, and since you sold everything..."
Nick shrugged. "You've got to be bored."
"Just because I don't like the same things you two do doesn't mean I'm bored or unhappy. I have a wonderful social life and-"
Noah cut her off. "Dead people have a better social life."
Nick agreed. "You really don't have much fun, do you?"
"Of course I do. I enjoy reading and..."
They were both grinning at her. They were obnoxious clowns, and she was about to tell them so when Nick said, "She does like a good book. What was it you were reading a couple of days ago?"
"I don't remember. I read lots of books."
"I do," Noah said, his voice gratingly cheerful. "Nick and Dylan and I had just gotten back from fishing, and you were sitting on the deck reading the complete works of Stephen Hawkings."
"It was riveting."
They had a good laugh over her defensive comment. "Stop making fun of me and go away. Both of you."
Her timing could have been better. As soon as she told them to leave, she spotted Dan approaching her again. She grabbed hold of Noah's arm. She was sure he knew what she was doing and why-he'd have to be blind not to notice Dan strolling toward them-but he didn't say anything about it.