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)
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.
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
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.
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.
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.
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.
i liked it.
Started off very good ...but lost me half way through. Same old..Same old. I knew what would happen and a little boring.
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.
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 ...
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