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Sweet Talk: A Novel | [Julie Garwood]

Sweet Talk: A Novel

When FBI agent Grayson Kincaid first encounters Olivia MacKenzie, she makes quite an impression. The beautiful, tough young attorney has stumbled into the middle of an FBI sting operation and reduced it to chaos. Months of surveillance and careful planning down the drain, Kincaid’s partner is furious and lets Olivia know that she’s ticked off the wrong guy. After all, he’s FBI. But Olivia isn’t intimidated by his partner’s bullying because she’s something even scarier...she’s IRS.
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Publisher's Summary

When FBI agent Grayson Kincaid first encounters Olivia MacKenzie, she makes quite an impression. The beautiful, tough young attorney has stumbled into the middle of an FBI sting operation and reduced it to chaos. Months of surveillance and careful planning down the drain, Kincaid’s partner is furious and lets Olivia know that she’s ticked off the wrong guy. After all, he’s FBI.

But Olivia isn’t intimidated by his partner’s bullying because she’s something even scarier...she’s IRS.

And working for the IRS is no picnic. She’s on the trail of an elaborate Ponzi scheme, one that threatens to ruin the lives of naive and unsuspecting victims, and one she has personal reasons to be angry about. But after she asks the wrong people questions, her life is suddenly endangered. She’s accustomed to looking out for others who are weak, but being vulnerable herself makes her realize she needs help. In desperation, she calls Grayson Kincaid.

Together they join forces to fight corruption, but Olivia is also fighting the immediate and intense attraction she feels for Agent Kincaid, and that may be a battle she is bound to lose.

©2012 Julie Garwood (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"As always, Ms. Garwood creates engaging characters who come alive page after page. The banter and interaction between Ellie and Max is beyond charming. Ellie is a spirited and strong heroine, and Max is charming in a stoic, gruff sort of way." (New York Journal of Books on The Ideal Man)

"Julie Garwood creates masterpieces every time she writes a book. Indeed, she is the Rembrandt of romance novels." (The Kansas City Star)

"Julie Garwood has become a trusted brand name in romantic fiction." (People)

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    Beverly A. Fremming Maryville,Tn 08-20-12
    Beverly A. Fremming Maryville,Tn 08-20-12 Listener Since 2006

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    "typical garwood.... a great listen"
    What did you love best about Sweet Talk: A Novel?

    the fast pace and the laughs


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sweet Talk: A Novel?

    the resturant scene


    What does Angela Dawe bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I know some listeners didnt like her but I did


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    garwod always makes me laugh


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 03-01-13
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2012

    I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...

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    "More Please...More!"

    Julie Garwood is a very talented storyteller! I loved every minute of Sweet Talk: A Novel. I love her historical romance novels, as well as her contemporary romance novels.
    Angela Dawe is one of my favorite narrators who has performed more than 100 books on Audible alone. I really don't understand the negative reviews on Ms. Dawe. Her style of narration is very easy to follow and identify each separate character...male or female. Her ear for accents, such as those used in the Highlander/Historical Romances, demonstrates and confirms a real talent.
    Great Book! Definitely Credit Worthy!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J. Gilbert 08-09-12
    J. Gilbert 08-09-12

    seamsgreat

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    "Good story but annoying narrator"
    What did you like best about Sweet Talk? What did you like least?

    I love all of Julie Garwood's books. I just wish I had read the book on this one instead of listening to it. The narrater has an annoying habit of ending words and sentences with an upward tinny pitch.

    There isn't really any difference in her voice when she is narrating female dialog and giving background information. Her male voices are not very good.

    The story is good except the author tells you the main character has a "touch of Asthma" but through out the book she is desperately seeking her emergency inhaler. This got old fast. I think she used the emergency inhaler several time each day. All I could think of was the main character needs to see a pulmonary specialist.


    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 01-21-13
    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2010

    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

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    "Sweet and Poignant!"

    Olivia is a cancer survivor, who was treated shamelessly by her family, when she was a child. Therefore, her relationship with them is almost non existent. The sting operation that she inadvertently stumbled into has repercussions that are farther reaching than the FBI. Enter Grayson Kincaid, who is immediately taken with Olivia and her show of courage, and sets out to befriend her; in the course of things realizes someone is out to kill her.
    This was a very entertaining story, and yes I do recommend it.

    Angela Dawe did a fantastic job with her performance of the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michal Frankfort, IN, United States 09-25-12
    Michal Frankfort, IN, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love audible and Julie Garwood"
    Where does Sweet Talk: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's great....not Nora Roberts but still great story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the pips....those three little girls


    What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

    she does a great job on the voices


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nicola APO AP 08-16-12
    Nicola APO AP 08-16-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Request A Re-read"

    Lord, is the Narrator terrible! It was like listening to a cartoon mob boss ( tossing coin, cigar and all). I tried very hard to get past it but could not. Could have been a great book but....

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-17-12
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Three words I R S."

    I really, really like Julie Garwood’s older books, but with that said her newer stuff leaves something to be desired. Both story and narrator was mediocre, it does get better towards the end. I was annoyed with this book mainly because every time you turned around the guy took off with out a word for several weeks, without a word. Then the girl was mad, but then he comes back and everything is hunky dory with out saying a word about it. It did have some quirky moments when the heroine was threatening the bad guys with her IRS job.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Berlin, NJ, United States 08-10-12
    Linda Berlin, NJ, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Lose the narrator!"

    I love Julie Garwood and always wait for the next book. But what a disappointment. I hardly wanted to finish this one simply because of the narrator. Very ho-hum style with the same inflections over and over. I'm not sure I can even read the hard copy version without it being ruined now. Too bad. Don't let her read any more of your books, Julie.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 08-10-12
    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "What the hell was that!"
    What disappointed you about Sweet Talk?

    I didn't get 5 five minutes into the book when my ears started bleeding from the narrator. I will have to go buy the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Julie Garwood again?

    Julie Garwood is my favorite author, even though I hated "The Ideal Man" I hoped this one would be better...I will have to buy the book and read it to see.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Angela Dawe?

    My 6 year old could do better than Dawe!!!!


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 03-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Standard Garwood contemporary"
    Where does Sweet Talk: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle. It was enjoyable, nothing noteworthy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Strong heroine.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I really did not like the voice of the hero. It was very annoying to me, but her other male voices didn't bother me at all. Otherwise, she is very good. But every time Grayson had a line, I winced. Regardless, she is a good narrator, I just did not like that one character's voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really, but I think that is because I have the book, and have read it a few times already.


    Any additional comments?

    Garwood has a set procedure with her contemporary works, so if you read one, you have read them all. Heroine is strong, meets hero where one is in trouble, the other helps. Proceed cat and mouse romance, meanwhile heroine is threatened by something related to her marriage or family, and hero helps, then the final showdown where something almost happens to the heroine, but the hero will be there in the nick of time to prevent it. I have found this in every one of her books. But the kicker is, I still read them. Her works are no longer unique, but they are interesting, and you know that going in. They are cookie cutter, but still satisfying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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