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12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.
There are only few books with a great storyline. This was one of
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So I think this is my last Julie Garwood for a while. At least,
The prologue stops me dead. It's almost 15 pages of little girls running around, creating havoc. It's boring, and does nothing to to move the story along. It's nothing that couldn't have been introduced into the main text of the story. I hate prologues that are useless. It took me a day to get past the prologue.
And then you meet Olivia MacKenzie, all grown up. And perfect. And Grayson Kincaid. Who's also perfect. This is the problem I have with the leads in Julie Garwood's books. They're perfect physical specimens. So impossible sexy and gorgeous, other characters are bowled over by their looks. It's annoying and I'm tired of reading about it. The attraction between the two is also superficial. Garwood spends a lot of time telling us that these two are crazy about each other, but all I can see is lust and sex.
The actual bare bones plot is mildly interesting, but the supporting characters are one dimensional and do nothing to prop up the leads, or even give the leads complexity. The villains have no depth. The family of the MCs are just there for wallpaper. The other FBI agent, Ronan, is mildly interesting, but disappears for pages at a time, and then does nothing interesting when he is around. The three other Pips, Olivia's childhood friends, slow down the action when they are around. Jane, the only one in the book for long periods of time, is only there to remind us that Olivia is super smart and there to save the day.
I just...I didn't like it. And it makes me sad because I look at my Julie Garwood historicals like Saving Grace, The Wedding, and Ransom, and I think...will she ever write like that again?
posted by MellySue on August 10, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
There are only few books with a great storyline. This was one of
There are only few books with a great storyline. This was one of them. A great summer read.
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Posted August 7, 2012
My Synopsis: 'Olivia MacKenzie was certain she would have been o
'Olivia MacKenzie was certain she would have been offered the job if she hadn't punched the boss during the interview. But knocking the man senseless turned out to be a real deal breaker.'
Many people claim to have had the worst job interview ever, but no one can hold a candle to Olivia MacKenzie's claim. While interviewing for a position as an attorney for an investment firm she asked the wrong question at the wrong time which lead to the owner ripping her top in search of a nonexistent wire. If that wasn't bad enough, he sent his body guard on her and made death threats. Luckily, the FBI who had been investigating the man, was close at hand or she'd probably have ended up with worse than being backhanded in the face. While at first, the whole incident seemed to be an event that would be written off as an unlucky quirk of fate, it turned out to have one good thing come out of it, Olivia met Agent Grayson Kincaid, a man who reminds Olivia of Bruce Wayne. He's now assigned to protect her in case that death threat becomes something more than a threat.
I just adored this book. While you can't always judge a book by the cover, this one you can. I didn't realize how much I missed the view of a man in a suit till I saw this cover. I swear the testosterone just oozed from the pages every time Gayson made an appearance and an earthy, clean male scent seemed to waft from the pages. *sigh*
Agent Grayson Kincaid is not your typical agent. He loves what he does or he wouldn't do it. He's actually quite wealthy and could do whatever he wanted or nothing at all. He finds his position with the FBI challenging. Perhaps that's what he also finds attractive in Olivia as well. It was fun to see him try to convince her to give their relationship a chance. Plus, the initial struggle he had to try to resist his feelings for her because agents aren't supposed to get involved with the people they are supposed to protect was fun as well.
Olivia is a smart, tough, sweet, strong person who is beautiful inside and out. When Olivia was eleven she came down with an illness that at the time was considered fatal. She was sent to DC for some experimental treatment and never went home. The treatment was a success and she left the hospital with three lifelong friends who'd undergone the treatments with her. They'd all managed to survive, but she lives in constant fear that the illness will one day come back even though blood tests and scans prove otherwise. Perhaps it is that fear that at times makes her a little reckless. It also keeps her from getting into a serious relationships.
Now grown up, Olivia is an attorney working for the IRS. Due to budget cuts she's looking for alternative full time position in case her old one gets the ax. That was the reason she ended up at the worst job interview ever. But working for the IRS is not her only job, she also does side work for a couple of judges for children's advocacy on the weekends and evenings. They say experience in our lives mold us, and in Olivia's case, it is definitely true, and her childhood experiences led her in the direction of helping children. She would have loved to do the work full time, but it was an emotionally demanding job, or perhaps she just allowed it to be because she cares. It was not uncommon for her to put her life in jeopardy to help one of her kids out of a dangerous situation because she cared so much.
No one really expected Eric Jorguson, her once prospective employer, or any of his men to come after Olivia once he realized his error. Grayson's standing watch over her was just standard procedure, a precaution if you will. When an attempt is made on her life, the question becomes was it Jorguson or someone else? Between her two positions, she's made a lot of enemies who wouldn't mind seeing her dead. That includes her father--with whom she's had a strained relationships since the age of 11, when her illness blemished his illusion of being the "perfect" family and whom she suspects of shady business practices.
Why is the title named 'Sweet Talk'? Well, in the book Olivia and Grayson have a discussion about sweet talk at an intimate moment. That, I believe, is where the novel gets its name.
Overall, this was a great read and I gave it 5 out of 5 roses. I thought it had a wonderful blend of romance and drama with a dash of humor mixed in. I enjoyed trying to figure out who exactly was after Olivia. I loved seeing the two fall in love and the fact that Grayson had to basically chase Olivia because she really wasn't looking for a permanent relationship. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one gets a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.
Side Note: If you're a fan of Ms. Garwood's historical romances and haven't yet tried one of her romantic suspense novels (or vice versa), they are quite a bit different. To attempt to compare the two would be a little like trying to compare a nectarine to a peach. While both are a juicy rounded self contained fruit, one can be warm and fuzzy (historical romances) while the other has a slightly tougher interior and less soft exterior (romantic suspense). At the heart or pit, if you will, they are both romances, but some will prefer the sweet flavor of one to the other while others will savor them both. I mention this because if you go in expecting one type, you might be in for a surprise. If I hadn't been told who the author was when I first read Heartbreaker I'm not sure I would have guessed it was Ms. Garwood. I'm guessing this is why some authors use pseudonyms when they change styles, genres, and/or subgenres.
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Posted August 17, 2012
Compelling characters and a story that draws you in from the fir
Compelling characters and a story that draws you in from the first
chapter. I hope each of the girls gets their own book and the next one
should be Collins and Ronan! Garwood creates two of the best main
characters in Grayson and Olivia, that you will ever meet. You will fall
in love with Grayson and Henry. I was pleased that the main character
was not stubborn to the point of stupid. The story line was practically
today's headlines. There is even an appearance of one of the Hamilton
men from a previous novel. Garwood knows how to make the sparks fly.
This is definitely a book I will re-read. It is a well plotted novel
that I enjoyed from start to finish. If you want to know more
regarding the level of sex, violence, drug/alcohol use and language see
my website. More Than A Review.
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Posted August 20, 2012
Excellent!!!! I love Julie Garwood and this one doesn't disappo
Excellent!!!! I love Julie Garwood and this one doesn't disappoint. It
has sadness, humor, great dialogue between the two main characters, and
it was just plain fun. Loved it!!!
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Posted August 19, 2012
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Posted August 7, 2012
Sizzling chemistry and tons of suspense! Every one of Julie Garw
Sizzling chemistry and tons of suspense!
Every one of Julie Garwood’s FBI themed books has been a great read and this one continues the streak. The book opens with a look back at the Four Pips, young girls all undergoing a highly experimental treatment for a life threatening illness. The girls, Samantha, Jane, Collins and Olivia, have banded together to survive the grueling treatment and Olivia is the ringleader of this band of pranksters.
Twelve years later, Olivia is having lunch with smarmy CEO, Eric Jorguson ostensibly to talk about a position with his accounting firm. She is worried about her current position as there is talk of cutbacks and she is the new kid on the block. When she tries to steer the conversation away from her famous financier father, she triggers Eric’s suspicions and he rips her blouse thinking she is wearing a wire and trying to trap him. Olivia responds by punching him and breaking his nose, only to be set upon by his thug bodyguard. Keep in mind this is all happening in full view of the other diners in the restaurant but when other people try to help the thug pulls a gun and then backhands her. All of a sudden the man is on the ground being cuffed by an FBI agent. Apparently Olivia has accidentally gotten into the middle of an FBI operation and disputed months of planning. The best line of the book occurs when the Agent in charge threatens “I could make your life a nightmare.” He put his hand in front of her face and unfolded three fingers as he said. “I’m F...B…I.” She smiled. It wasn’t the reaction he expected. “You want to talk nightmares?” she said. She put her hand up to his face and unfolded her three fingers. “I’m I…R…S.”
Olivia meets FBI Agent Grayson Kincaid at this lunch debacle and the chemistry sizzles right off the page. Unfortunately, Olivia is up to her neck trying to get evidence to prove her father is a crook and it is consuming her life. Her family is distant and disapproving with the exception of her maternal aunt. She is also getting death threats. Grayson has problems of his own. He is raising his nephew and watching out for his ailing father. He is also still trying to connect Jorguson to a serious crime.
Circumstances throw the two together and romance blooms. There is a lot going on in this book with death threats, attempted murder, recurring illness of one of the Pips, and lots of other mayhem. This book cannot be put down once you start it! The story is fast paced and the relationship between Olivia and Grayson makes your heart beat faster. There is the sense that some of the other Pips might be featured in future books, I really hope so. Write fast Ms. Garwood, please!
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¿¿I look at the list and I ask myself, who doesn¿t want to kill her?¿ Ronan to his partner Grayson
Thanks to the publisher, Penguin Group (USA), and NetGalley for the chance to read Sweet Talk early! Sweet Talk introduces you to the “Pips” – short for pipsqueaks; 4 young girls brought together by disease and the doctor, Dr. Andre Pardieu, determined to cure them. Jane Weston, the artistic one, from New York; Samantha Pearson, the adventurous one, from Alaska; Collins Davenport, the sensitive one, from Louisiana; and Olivia MacKenzie, the youngest and leader, from California. Hopefully, there are future installments for Jane, Sam, and Collins. But Sweet Talk is the story of Olivia. Wow…Olivia has got problems; twelve years have passed since she went into remission – so it not the disease trying to kill her…the question is who – a member of her very dysfunctional family, the arrogant-ass she punched during her interview (Eric Jorguson), Eric’s bodyguard (Martin), one the FBI agents of the sting operation she ruined, or one of the people she investigated for her job at the IRS. “…I look at the list and I ask myself, who doesn’t want to kill her?” Ronan to his partner Grayson Grayson Kincaid was a wonderfully well rounded hero. I loved him right away. Grayson is not an over the top alpha hunky male and instead he is a confident realistic man who works for the FBI. Even with all that is going on in his personal life he is 100% committed to ensuring Olivia’s safety. For the majority of the story, the reader is treated to a bit of a mystery trying to figure out who is out to kill Olivia and then a suspenseful buildup of the other subplots draws to climax. Olivia and Grayson’s feelings escalate quickly and they become a well-developed couple. The banter between these is awesome ~ one of my favorite quotes ~ “Grayson,” she groaned. “Gloat Later.” Mercy, by Julie Garwood, was the first adult contemporary romance I read; it was a Christmas gift. I was instantly hooked on the series and lucky for me she had already published other installments. My friends and I started a tradition the year I received Mercy (2006); each Christmas instead of Christmas cards we exchange books. Julie Garwood given me great romance book over the last 5 years she has given me a tradition that I am now passing on to others. If you are interested in knowing more about our tradition you can get more information on my blog.
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Posted August 7, 2012
I wait all year for her new release...it was well worth the wait. I love all of her books and "Sweet Talk" slides right into my list of favorites. Her characters are interesting, entertaining and keep you drawn into to their lives ready to fight or rejoice right along with them.
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Posted January 19, 2014
Another great read!!!!!!!
It does not matter which area of books she writes --be it historical or current FBI series no one does a better job of writing each story. I happen to love reading her FBI series and look forward to each and every new book in the series. I happen tl like the fact that she draws the names of her historical characters into her current FBI series. This book in my opinion is one of her best and I will be re-reading it again at a later date. Once I start one of her books, this one included I cannot put it down until its finished . A GREAT READ!!!!!
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