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.
"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)
Can't even listen to the story cause I can't get past the voice. I love Julie's books and Angela Dawe just ruined it for me. I don't know if I can continue to listen it hurts my ears.
Loose Angela Dawe
If I could return it I would.
While the preface wasn't believable, it was fun and I liked it. Chapter one was also worth several grins, although for me the narrator (who can, bless her heart, do humor) puts the emphasis in, for me, unlikely places. I find myself repeating the phrases to figure out why they didn't 'work'. But then, it wasn't distracting enough to make me stop listening.
If you've read Julie Garwood before, you know what to expect, and you'll get it in this book. It doesn't feel phoned in and, while I may not listen to it again any time soon, it wasn't a waste of time or money, either.
My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.
Story predictable and boring. Descriptions the same. Repetitive. Not a happy listener.
Reader was great though. Will listen to Angela Dawe again. As a Julie Garwood fan, will give her another shot, but not if it is the same as this book.
I have never reviewed a book before, this narrator's performance was torture!! It's like each sentence was read individually and they were pieced together. Sweet Talk may be the title of the book but the narration was not. The book was predictable, tedious and way too long. I no longer listen to everything I pay for.
And the narrator Angela Dawe made it worse.
The narrator read like she was a TV news reporter, abrupt and fast. It was stressful to hear. There was not enough emotion or sense of wonder. Sex scenes sounded like she was reading a business report -- no sensuality. Some of the men sounded constipated, like she was holding her breath. She made the hero undesirable.
A few scenes kept my interest, but overall it was not a well done story. I didn’t care about it. I did like two scenes: 1. about a bully at school and 2. what Olivia did when she suspected someone put poison in someone’s food.
THE BUCHANAN/FBI SERIES:
This is book 10 in the series. I did not like books 1 and 10. But I really liked books 2 and 3 “Mercy” and “Killjoy.” I suggest reading Mercy before Killjoy.
Genre: romantic suspense
IVE LIKED THE OTHER BOOKS IVE LISTENED TO VERY MUCH, AND IVE GOT TO SAY I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS ONE. HOWEVER IT IS SO IM PORTANT TO HAVE THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB AND THIS CASE YOU DO NOT. THE NARRARTOR IS SO NOT INTO IT AND EVEN PRONOUNCES SOME WORDS INCORRECTLY. I MIGHT READ BOOK TO GET MORE OUT OF IT.
NO HAPPY TO GET THROUGH, SORRY I WASTED MONEY ON IT.
In the middle. It was enjoyable, nothing noteworthy.
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.
Not really, but I think that is because I have the book, and have read it a few times already.
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.
The story is okay. Nothing special, but fairly enjoyable entertainment while driving. Sweet romance, with about three sex scenes. Olivia and Grayson, hero and heroine, are perfectly flawless, like Ken and Barbie. Predictable suspense plot involves fraud and attempted murder. Some fun banter and good humor. Some heartwarming scenes with a 7-year-old boy. Some violence. Minimal or no profanity or coarse language.
The narrator, Angela Dawe, has a nice voice. She read the non-dialogue beautifully, but she didn't portray dialogue with distinction. All four of the girlfriends (The Pips) sound similar. Dawe portrayed Collins' voice with an inconsistent Southern accent -- on again, off again. I couldn't tell the difference between the two men, Ronan and Grayson.
I listen mostly when I'm driving (or if the book is too good to put down) so I prefer to keep things on the lighter side.
The narration (not the voices as much, but the text) was beyond grating! It felt robotic and made me almost return the book before the first chapter was through.
The story itself was just okay, but felt largely predictable and the romance felt forced and overdramatic to me.
Maybe, if the reviews were incredible and the narrator was different.
Probably not. Her voices for the characters were not bad (she does children especially well), but her actual narration was beyond terrible.
JG's books are always sweet and funny! Love the strong women and men and their quirky sense of humor.
Absolutely NOT. Will likely return this book because of the horrible narration. Every sentence was rushed/anxious. Ms. Garwood's books are sweet, fun, and sensitive. This narration did not portray any of those emotions. There was no difference in speed or inflection between warm romantic scenes and suspenseful angry scenes. On a scale of 0 to 10, for me she was below 0. Very disappointing.
From the first sentence, listening to Dawe was a trial. I will not listen to her again, even for a Julie Garwood book :'(
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