So lately, I've been in kinda of funk. Writing isn't working out, too hot this summer and now I'm getting passed over for sub jobs because I don't have anyone relative working for the district. Gotta love small towns. With that, I will not be a Debbie Downer today. Instead, I want to talk about reading a series and when the author decides to change the direction of the series.
The series that I'm going to talk about is Julie Garwood's contemporary series. 10 years ago, we moved to a small town in East Texas and I was trolling Walmart. I thought I would start reading again and I found the book Shadow Dance by Julie Garwood. OMG!!!! Romantic suspense, great characters and I found my 2nd favorite book boyfriend of all time...Noah Clayborne. Anywoos, I went to the library after that and read all the books that were before Jordan Buchanan and Noah Clayborne. Noah first appeared in Heartbreaker with Jordan's brother, Nick and Noah's best friends. The series deals with the hero's working for the FBI.
I worship this series. I got invested in the Buchanan's. This is how the series started:
1. Heartbreaker - Nick Buchanan
2. Mercy - Theo Buchana (Justice Department attorney)
3. Killjoy - Features Noah Clayborne and the heroine works for the FBI
4. Murder List - Alec Buchanan
5. Slow Burn - Dylan Buchanan (Boston cop) and his brother's make appearances
6. Shadow Dance - Noah Clayborne (FBI), Jordan Buchanan (sister of the brothers)
There are still 3 more Buchanans, Mike, Sydney and then a teenager (I forgot his name right now). I'm patient. I think the next book would be about Mike since he is a Navy Seal. Sydney is too young and the younger brother even more so.
But no. She decided to write about Reagan's friend (she is the heroine is Murder List). I'm game. Turns out that Fire & Ice is awesome and features an FBI agent that works with the Buchanan's, Jack McAlister. Again, great book. Nice to familiar faces.
BUT then she changes course and decides that she needs to introduce us to another FBI agent that has no connection to anyone. Grrr...
Then the next two books are about people that have NO connection what so ever to anyone. I gave up reading the books. I have the last 3 books on my nightstand from the library. I highly doubt that I will read them. Why?
Because like every other diehard Garwood fan, we miss her. Her writing is off kilter, there are no Buchanan's and the connections to the other books, even if just a thread, are not there. It is disappointing when an author does that. She only writes one book a year, if that anymore.
I have the first 6 books in my keeper collection at home. No one is allowed to touch them but me. In fact, Heartbreaker is in hardback and signed. I will tell anyone to read those first 6 books and stop. Fire and Ice is good too but only if you want to see how one of Reagan's friends gets her HEA. I did and she didn't disappoint me.
So my question to you is, what series have you given up on because the author decided to take a different turn? I will admit that the Brotherhood series is lost on me. Once I read Butch's story I stopped.
Until next month...