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But Olivia is even more intimidating. She’s IRS. Olivia is on the trail of an elaborate Ponzi scheme for her own very personal reasons, and her investigation has enraged some ruthless people and endangered her life. ...
But Olivia is even more intimidating. She’s IRS. Olivia is on the trail of an elaborate Ponzi scheme for her own very personal reasons, and her investigation has enraged some ruthless people and endangered her life. She’s no stranger to tight situations, but she’s smart enough to know when to call for help, especially if that help is tall, dark, and handsome.
Together, Grayson and Olivia make a great team to fight corruption, but they’re also fighting an intense attraction—the one battle they’re bound to lose.
Posted August 10, 2012
So I think this is my last Julie Garwood for a while. At least, until she writes another historical. Since she branched into the contemporary market, I've found myself increasingly dissatisfied, to the point that I've struggled to finish books. If I hadn't been reviewing this book as an ARC, I would have stopped reading this book after about eleven pages. The same problems keep cropping up, and there are just better books I could be spending my time on. I'll always remember her earlier books fondly, but I know Garwood can do better.
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?
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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
'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 23, 2012
To the children playing kittycat games here...this is a book review site, not a roleplaying web site. I have reported it to bn and hope they ban you. Go elsewhere to play your litterbox games and leave this to serious book reviews by grownups.
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Posted August 22, 2012
I have enjoyed Garwood books in the past; however, her past few books have not up to her standards.
This book is even more of a disappointment. The plot is not developed and the characters are unbelievable. Without the unneeded torrid sex and the fairy tale thought processes, the story could have been written in about 30 pages.
Needless to say, I will not be buying any more of her books until they have been out a while and I can check reviews.
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Posted August 16, 2012
Not Garwood's best. The story line is a bit flat compared to her
previous works. To me it seemed Ike very little action went on over,
just bits and pieces of events. The romance was under developed and I
While in her other books the character showed strength and heart I felt
like Olivia and Grayson were just bossy, stubborn, and typical. An ok
read but Garwood can do a lot better.
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Posted August 17, 2012
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 11, 2012
I LOVE Julie garwoods historical and early contemperary books,but i have not loved, or even liked, her most recent ones. I grew up on For the Roses and Ransom books and use to buy because she was a dependable writer. I couldnt even buy that these characters were even in love. I wish that she would go back to her old style od writing. I will not be buying another book.
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Posted August 20, 2012
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 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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Posted September 18, 2012
I was excited for this book to come out to restore my love of Garwood's books and this book did! Although this book doesn't compare to her early books, it was an enjoyable book to read. Besides the slow going in the beginning; I also felt there were too many plot(s) with many twists and turns. However, if Garwood will write another book about the other Pips, I will buy it.
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Posted September 5, 2012
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The beginning of Sweet Talk introduces us to four young girls in a
hospital being treated with the same experimental treatment for their
cancer. Oliva MacKenzie (our heroine), Samantha Pearson, Jane Weston
and Collins Davenport have become close friends, to help pull each other
through the dark and scary days in the hospital. Olivia is the
ringleader, of the group called the Pips, they pull pranks on the
hospital staff, to bring some fun into their lives, lift their spirits,
and make each day a little bit easier. Dr. Pardieu was the one who
treated them, and became a father figure to all four. During their time
at the hospital, Olivia was the only one who never had her family visit
her as only her Aunt Emma would visit and paid for her treatment.
Twelve years later, the four girls are in remission, and continue to be
best friends, as each has made some success in their lives. Olivia, who
keeps herself distant from her dysfunctional family, is now working in
Washington for the IRS. She is a lawyer, and secretly took the job with
the IRS to get evidence to take down her father, whom she feels is
running a ponzi scheme, taking all his clients money. Olivia’s Aunt
Emma knows what she is doing, and helps encourage her. Unfortunately
Olivia’s mother and sister are blind to the father, and treat Olivia
like the plague. All they want is her share of a trust fund she has.
With a bad economy, Olivia fears she will lose her job, and It is during
an interview for another job that she ends up in the middle of an FBI
sting, where she meets the handsome Grayson Kincaid. Grayson is the
agent, who was on site, and he ended up saving Olivia from serious
injuries. He was impressed at her handling of the situation, which had
gotten totally out of hand, not to mention that he found himself
enamored by the beautiful Miss Mackenzie. Both go their separate ways,
until a short time later, Olivia’s is shot three times on her way home
from work. Grayson becomes involved in protecting her, and at the same
time fights his attraction to Olivia, as he needs to keep it
professional, since he is on this case. Grayson is determined to find
out who is trying to kill Olivia, Olivia also finds herself falling in
love with Grayson, but due to her illness, and the worry that it could
back, she too tries to not allow this relationship to go any further
then the initial attraction. This is an exciting suspense tale of
finding out who is trying to kill Olivia; is it the man whom was part of
the sting; his guard: her father, who wants to stop her from discovering
the truth; her father scheming lawyer; or an IRS complainant. Olivia is
an awesome heroine, being strong, intelligent, stubborn, witty, and
unafraid to fight for what she believes in. Grayson is equally awesome
too, being the strong, confident and protective type. Garwood has
created a wonderful romance between Grayson and Olivia. Their
attraction to one another becomes stronger as the days go by, leading to
awesome sex, and both know they are falling in love. Each have their
own issues; Grayson being his job and a nephew he takes care of, and
Olivia her strange and awful family, as well as her illness. I loved
how Garwood kept the friends together, standing by one another. There
was even a mystery in that part of the story. Great story, great
romance. Loved Sweet Talk.
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