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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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    Brenda COLUMBUS, OH, United States 11-10-12
    Brenda COLUMBUS, OH, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Better Read than listened to"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Another great story by Julie Garwood but the narrator annoyed the heck out of me. Her inflection was horrible most of the time. She needs to put more feeling into her performance because she takes away from a fantastic author's work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Olivia's personality


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get another narrator


    Did Sweet Talk: A Novel inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annette MAGNOLIA, TX, United States 10-23-12
    Annette MAGNOLIA, TX, United States 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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cajoje DELTONA, FL, United States 10-03-12
    cajoje DELTONA, FL, United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2008

    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 .

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 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
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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 0 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 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Fort Gratiot, MI, USA 09-29-12
    Michael Fort Gratiot, MI, USA 09-29-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Tedious talk"

    Garwood is trying to win some kind of award with this book. Either the one for most drawn-out, boring, gratuitous sex scene or the one for most cliches strung together to make a mixed metaphor. One more broad shoulder, square jaw, large breast or long leg and I'm going to throw up. If that isn't nauseous enough, hearing the narrator swallow in the middle of all that pablum ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Albuquerque, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-09-12
    Bruce Albuquerque, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Lame"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Teenagers


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

    So melodramatic, mushy and predictable


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

    Nobody


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Story not bad, but way too long


    Any additional comments?

    I know this is the authors usual genre, so to be fair, most people love her, I am not one of them

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Columbia, MO, United States 08-28-12
    Lisa Columbia, MO, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2007
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kaye Allons, TN, United States 08-27-12
    kaye Allons, TN, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2007
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    "The narrarator was awful!!"
    What did you like best about Sweet Talk: A Novel? What did you like least?

    I love Julie Garwood but this person reading the story was so bad I couldn't finish the book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    didn't make it that far


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

    no never!


    Any additional comments?

    lose the person reading the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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