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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,534 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Garwood Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9780739357675
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Whether it's exhilarating historical romance or spine-tingling contemporary suspense, #1 New York Timesbestselling author Julie Garwood weaves magnificent stories of passion, adventure, and intrigue. Now she raises the heat and spices up the action with a sexy, smart, daring new heroine and a smoldering thriller that's classic Garwood—and pure Sizzle.

Lyra Prescott, a Los Angeles film student, is closing in on graduation and facing important decisions about her future. She's already been offered a job at her hometown TV station, an opportunity that could ultimately launch her dream career as a film editor. But heading back home would also mean dealing with her overprotective brothers, social-climbing mother, and eccentric grandmother. Unsure of her future, Lyra dives into work on her final school assignment: a documentary transformed by a twist of fate into a real-life horror film. 

After she unwittingly captures a shocking crime on camera, a rash of mysterious, treacherous incidents convince Lyra that she's trapped in a sinister scenario headed for a violent ending. Running scared, she turns to her best friend, Sidney Buchanan, whose connections bring dauntless and devilishly handsome FBI agent Sam Kincaid into Lyra's life. As the noose of deadly intrigue tightens and the feelings between them deepen, Lyra and Sam must place their faith in each other's hands—and stand together against the malevolent forces about to break loose.
 
No one mixes life-and-death suspense with feverish desire better than Julie Garwood. In Sizzle she burns hotter and brighter than ever, keeping the action and passion blazing till the incredible, unforgettable end.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Excellent adventure . . . [An] element of quirky humor provides a nice lift to the story and is the quintessential Garwood touch. RT Book Reviews
  • Sizzle most satisfying . . . If a book has Julie Garwood’s name on it, it’s guaranteed to be a meticulously written, well thought out, and thoroughly engaging story [with] captivating characters. Sun Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tera | 2/7/2014

    " I enjoyed this book.. it was a quick and easy read. It was just very predictable in my opinion... no real surprises to keep you hooked! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lila | 2/2/2014

    " just for passing the time...quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy T | 1/26/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. This was a new author for me and look forward to reading more of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizziet | 1/19/2014

    " Predictable but I like the main character "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 1/12/2014

    " i was torn between 2 or 3 stars... because of my loyalty to Julie Garwood i gave it a 3 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terri | 1/8/2014

    " The first half dragged like crazy. Many characters didn't even meet until a quarter of the way through the story. Lame romance, pretty good mystery. Downloaded it free from the library - you get what you pay for. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 1/5/2014

    " This book was kind of pointless. There really wasn't a plot line or interesting characters. Not one of my favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 12/30/2013

    " A quick little read. Not many surprises. Enjoyed the characters; again no surprises. Very funny in places. I enjoyed it. The end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benita | 11/13/2013

    " Garwood is excellent at mixing murder and romance. Her characters are somewhat predictable, but a good story nonetheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelsey | 11/8/2013

    " I don't know if I have just read too many books in this genre, but this seemed like every other romantic suspense novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 10/19/2013

    " This was a good suspense in that it kept me guessing a bit. One young woman suddenly finds herself under FBI protection due to a break-in at her apartment. Throughout the book, we read about the men following her and assume they're all related, but are they? It's a good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandy anderson | 10/1/2013

    " Not as good as other books by Julie garwood "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 9/28/2013

    " Let's see if Julie Garwood keeps her momentum... I thought it was decent. Would have made for better reading on the beach.. Good summer reading. Not too much detail and had an easy flow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna Jo Atwood | 6/16/2013

    " I'd make this 2.5 stars. I really liked Garwood's historicals, but I realize that authors like to move on. There were some of her fun moments in this one, but they didn't quite compensate for the dragging sections. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri Jordan | 2/9/2013

    " Great! I love Julie Garwood's Contemporary Novels. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eva Nickelson | 1/13/2013

    " This was a standard Garwood contemporary romance. It had a number of new characters with just a few recurring ones. The plot was decently paced, and I enjoyed the parts of the book focused more Lyra's film studies. Overall, it was an entertaining break from every day life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mylinda | 10/11/2012

    " Julie has done it again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 W.s. Gager | 8/23/2012

    " I read this on vacation and it was the perfect book for the plane but I didn't get it finished and I couldn't put it down. Julie just has a great way of grabbing you at the beginning and not letting go until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kel | 8/10/2012

    " Sweet, charming and funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/30/2012

    " Typical romance. Was nice and quick reading and fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley Lawrence | 5/8/2012

    " I thought this was a terrific book. I really enjoyed the characters and the plot was interesting. Very fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mum | 11/18/2011

    " Enjoyed this one, and the plot twists. It was an easy read, and made the afternoon fly! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 7/26/2011

    " I thought I was ready for an airport escape novel, but couldn't finish this one. Nothing really grabbed - characters seemed total sterotypes. Is that what an airport novel is? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 7/13/2011

    " An enjoyable rom-thriller in typical Garwood style. Not great literature but fine winter diversion when one is too tired to have the cranium challenged. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine Wilson | 5/18/2011

    " Rather predictable and not as good as I remember some of her other books. It could be that I read Julie's books when I was younger and am just past this author now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Javen | 4/15/2011

    " One of the villains has a hilarious run in with librarians, which I, of course, enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 W.S. | 4/14/2011

    " I read this on vacation and it was the perfect book for the plane but I didn't get it finished and I couldn't put it down. Julie just has a great way of grabbing you at the beginning and not letting go until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 4/13/2011

    " Break ins bombs shootings all because Lyra Prescott did something someone did not like. Sam Kincaid was asked as a favor to be her bodyguard. Sam is hot and Lyra is sexy and the two connect. I think Milo did not have to be in the book because he was too stupid for words "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jean | 4/13/2011

    " This was my first Julie Garwood book. I decided to try it based on past good reviews of her prior books. Not impressed. Thin plot, silly parallel story of hitman, and predictable story line. I won't ready any more of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 james | 4/4/2011

    " This author is known for romantic suspenses. Sizzle is a mystery story with a bit of the romantic angle. A film student sets up an automatic camera at a city park, and inadvertantly records a crime. The criminals figure this out and.... It's a fast-moving fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 4/3/2011

    " This book was good, but the bad guy was a freakin IDIOT! It was funny during the entire book...I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 3/31/2011

    " Fun, light read. Julie Garwood always makes me smile and delivers a Romance with delightful characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 3/21/2011

    " Always enjoy Julie Garwood...but I thought this one wrapped up a bit fast. I would have liked a little more time to develop the relationship between the main characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 3/20/2011

    " A quick one for the airport- not recommended for your teenage daughters though! "

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About the Author
Author Julie Garwood

Julie Garwood is a bestselling historical romance novel author. Over thirty-five million copies of her books are in print, and she has had over twenty titles on the New York Times bestseller list. Her first novel, Gentle Warrior, was published in 1985, and her novel For the Roses was adapted into a Hallmark Hall of Fame production on CBS. She lives in Leawood, Kansas.

About the Narrator

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.