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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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    Lindsey 03-26-14
    Lindsey 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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    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 10-27-13
    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 10-27-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved It"

    I've read all of her Julie Garwood's legal stories and have loved all of them. Waiting on the next so that I can download.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karyn 08-18-13
    Karyn 08-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Sweet Talk was sweet"

    This book kept me laughing and sometimes sad, intermittently. I know some like the graphic sex parts, but I think a little mystery there is better. However the overall story was very well put. Besides those of us who like Julie Garwood, knows she is a consummate story teller. Well worth the listen, also.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Bismarck, ND, United States 07-16-13
    Rachel Bismarck, ND, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining"
    Where does Sweet Talk: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good enough to buy, but not good enough to be at the top of my favorites, or in my favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship seemed very realistic, the plot not so much but the relationship could have been real.


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

    Yes it kept me on the edge I couldn't figure out the ending way before it happened, which is unusual for me.


    Any additional comments?

    worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 10-16-12
    Karen 10-16-12

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "if you like 'em Sweet!"

    good old fashion wit, and sexy flirtatious dialogue. Garwood's old humor comes out!
    I have made up excuses to stay in the car so I can listen longer. This is light listening and a good show of a group of girls/ladies who have stuck by each other. Ms Dawe is not a new reader. She does tend to up turn her voice at the end of some sentences, but her fast pace makes up for this. Great for a long drive. You must be an Garwood fan of her contemporary stories. I have purchased Sizzle and I am only on chapter 4 on this book. I wanted to give Garwood fans a brief report.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    cajoje 10-03-12
    cajoje 10-03-12

    jeanne

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    "outstanding"
    Would you listen to Sweet Talk: A Novel again? Why?

    yes.The book is enough different from all the ones out there that it was a nice change .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    no favorite .Liked many for their differences.


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

    no favorite


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

    I did listen to it in one and also bought the kindle version and will read it in the future or maybe listen and read .


    Any additional comments?

    Just a nice book that kept my interest .For hours..I miss it now that I'm finished which means the characters made a connection .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris GARDEN CITY, KANSAS, United States 10-02-12
    Chris GARDEN CITY, KANSAS, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Mystery with Romance - A Great Combination"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course I would reccomend it. It keeps you guessing til the end.


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

    The most memorable moment was when Olivia gets shot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite seen was the beginning on how the pips were in the hopsital.


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

    A good book makes you laugh and cry. I laughed out loud and teared up as well.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a good book and great performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 08-28-12
    Lisa 08-28-12
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    "Victims of Circumstance, Friends for Life"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sweet Talk: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily better, but certainly no worse either.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The intro grabbed my attention and the relationship between the 4 sisters of circumstance held promise that was fulfilled in this book and, I trust, in 3 more focusing on the remaining "sisters." And the male lead was pretty much irresistible.


    What does Angela Dawe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed her interpretations and characterizations.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Honor Before Blood


    Any additional comments?

    It was pretty unbelievable than family members could be so oblivious and ignorant to blame the lead character for the sins of the father. Willful blindness only goes so far. Many of these interactions in the book just didn't ring as true as Garwood's writing normally does.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-14-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Story not as good as I hoped."

    And the narrator Angela Dawe made it worse.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    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.

    THE STORY:
    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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christina deltona, FL, United States 09-08-12
    Christina deltona, FL, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "love Julie Garwood...Hate Angela Dawe..."

    I will all ways get a Julie Garwood novel, she writes a good story and can make me laugh out loud. Sometimes I laugh because I can finish the lines for her. But this narrator is horrible, I could do better myself. As the story went on I kept thinking she would get better...she didn't. If I see any books Narrated by Angela Dawe again I'll be reading it myself.
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    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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