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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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    Annette 10-23-12
    Annette 10-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Horrible Narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator. The continuous pauses after every sentence. It is sad to say, but I could have done better. Each stated sentence ends with a 2 second pause. Was maddening.


    Would you recommend Sweet Talk: A Novel to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Story line is weak and unbelievable.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes, normally, I try not to let it bother me if the story line was good, however, on numerous occasions I wanted to stop listening her voice was driving me nuts. I even speed the narration up to a higher pace to see if that helped - it didn't.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Schafer Bennett The Woodlands, TX, United States 08-26-12
    Sharon Schafer Bennett The Woodlands, TX, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2014

    My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.

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    "Not As Good as I expect from Garwood"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Skipper 01-13-14
    Skipper 01-13-14

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    "Dirty Dealing"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HC 11-28-13
    HC 11-28-13
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    "Predictable & hard to listen to - not a good combo"
    What disappointed you about Sweet Talk: A Novel?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Julie Garwood again?

    Maybe, if the reviews were incredible and the narrator was different.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    Probably not. Her voices for the characters were not bad (she does children especially well), but her actual narration was beyond terrible.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zulu 08-26-13
    Zulu 08-26-13
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    "FBI vs the IRS"

    Julie Garwood is one of my favorite romance authors. The beginning was different and the scene where Olivia meets the FBI was classic. There's several story lines and I'm not sure the FBI would have solved all the cases without Olivia's help, even though she's IRS and not FBI. She comes from a dysfunctional family and the main goal in her life is to bring her father down.

    It would have been a lot better with a different narrator. She really needs to work on her male voices.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    brenda cincinnati, ohio, United States 01-30-13
    brenda cincinnati, ohio, United States 01-30-13
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    "loved sweet talk"
    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Angela Dawe?

    it is so ms.garwood, absolutly loved this book. funny and entertaining. listened to it all day. could not wait to find out what happened next.


    Has Sweet Talk: A Novel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What didn’t you like about Angela Dawe’s performance?

    i liked it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sweet Talk: A Novel?

    none


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 01-08-13
    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not so sweet"

    Started off very good ...but lost me half way through. Same old..Same old. I knew what would happen and a little boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Marsh Sandy, UT United States 11-27-12
    Debra Marsh Sandy, UT United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2014

    Debbie M

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    "Not Garwood's best"
    Any additional comments?

    I rated this book on how I felt it ranked among other books of its type. I enjoyed it but not as much as other Julie Garwood books. It may have been partially due to the narrator. Her male voices, and her reading in general, seemed somewhat stilted and unnatural to me.

    The overall plot was good, and I liked the characters. The action, however, left much to be desired. I kept waiting for something else to happen, a twist, or something unexpected. Instead, the climax and resolution was more of a series of ho hum events, one of which didn't really center on the main character.

    It was, nevertheless, a nice diversion. I assume Garwood will continue writing about this groups of friends and, hopefully, future novels will be more centered and gripping.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Palm Desert, CA, United States 10-01-12
    Nancy Palm Desert, CA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Keep to the storyline"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, the story line was good, but the "love scenes" were sophomoric .


    What was most disappointing about Julie Garwood’s story?

    Above


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    Dont think so....silly impression of male voices.


    Do you think Sweet Talk: A Novel needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brooklyn, NY, United States 10-01-12
    Mark Brooklyn, NY, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2002

    Writer, economist, stand-up comic

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    "A waste of time"
    What disappointed you about Sweet Talk: A Novel?

    The story was juvenile and lacked credibility. The narrator read without any conviction or passion.


    What could Julie Garwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She should have had someone grounded in reality read it before submitting it to her publisher. Olivia MacKenzie is supposed to be an accomplished woman: a cancer survivor who becomes a lawyer yet she is easily bullied by an FBI agent and falls in love with him even though he is an S.O.B. FBI agent Grayson Kincaid, according to Garwood, travels in high society circles and is an affluent real estate investor. How? Garwood offers no explanation. Was he corrupt? Did he inherit his wealth? Was he just toying with Olivia as a domineering bully? Even the sex scenes are tame, reinforcing the idea this was a juvenile tease. Toward the end of the story, Olivia, after rejecting Grayson's marriage proposal because she fears children she might have would become ill, accedes to his bullying again and gives in to his demands that he give her doctor permission to pseak with him. She had to be naive (probably but incredulously) or stupid (ditto) not to realize his motive and the results of the conversation are too predictable, so this book fails as a romance, even as it fails as a thriller.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator could have read the book a few times to herself before recording it to understand both the story (such as it was) and the characters


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sweet Talk: A Novel?

    Short of rewriting the book, there is nothing an editor could have done to revive it.


    Any additional comments?

    After investing initial time to listening to the prologue -- which I concede was enticing -- I kept hoping the book would improve. It didn't. Fortunately I was listening to and not reading this book so I could do something more entertaining and useful like clipping my toenails as the "story" plodded on. I gave this book one star only because I could not give it fewer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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