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)
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.
Get another narrator
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.
No. Story line is weak and unbelievable.
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.
yes.The book is enough different from all the ones out there that it was a nice change .
no favorite .Liked many for their differences.
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 .
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 .
Of course I would reccomend it. It keeps you guessing til the end.
The most memorable moment was when Olivia gets shot.
My favorite seen was the beginning on how the pips were in the hopsital.
A good book makes you laugh and cry. I laughed out loud and teared up as well.
It is a good book and great performance.
Yes, the story line was good, but the "love scenes" were sophomoric .
Dont think so....silly impression of male voices.
Writer, economist, stand-up comic
The story was juvenile and lacked credibility. The narrator read without any conviction or passion.
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.
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
Short of rewriting the book, there is nothing an editor could have done to revive it.
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.
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 ...
So melodramatic, mushy and predictable
Story not bad, but way too long
I know this is the authors usual genre, so to be fair, most people love her, I am not one of them
Not necessarily better, but certainly no worse either.
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.
I enjoyed her interpretations and characterizations.
Honor Before Blood
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.
I love Julie Garwood but this person reading the story was so bad I couldn't finish the book.
didn't make it that far
lose the person reading the book
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