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Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood

August 14th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: August 7, 2012

Publisher: Dutton Books

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from Attorney and IRS agent Olivia Mackenzie is the kind of tough, wise-cracking, powerful woman fans expect from a Garwood protagonist—but this time she has outdone herself. Olivia is not just any woman, she is every woman; flawed in the familiar ways so many of us are.

On the trail of an elaborate Ponzi scheme, one that threatens to ruin the lives of naïve and unsuspecting victims, Olivia suddenly finds her own life is in danger after she asks questions of the wrong people. She is accustomed to fighting for the underdog, but being vulnerable herself is a very different story. Smart enough to know when enough is enough, Olivia calls for reinforcements.

When she meets FBI Agent Grayson Kincaid there is an immediate and obvious attraction, palpable on both sides. Together they make an excellent team 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.

I absolutely love Garwood’s historical romances but for the most part other than The Ideal Man I have not been a huge fan of her contemporary romances.  Fortunately this one brings back many of the aspects I enjoy in her historical romances.  Garwood’s trademark humor is back and on the mark bringing me lots of laughs.  The humor in Garwood’s books is a major factor in making Garwood one of my favorite authors.

I also really enjoyed the main characters.  Olivia is feisty, strong and intelligent without feeling like she has to take stupid risks to try and prove how smart and independent she is. (I have to admit a pet peeve of mine is when supposedly smart women make stupid decisions just to prove no man is going to be the boss of her.)  Kincaid was just about as close as you could get to the perfect guy.  He’s strong, caring and while alpha male and self-confident he admits when his judgment may be clouded by his feelings which often times the heroes in these books will not do.

The story line is great and is filled with action, humor and romance all perfectly balanced.  It opens up with Olivia experiencing possibly the worst job interview ever as she gets mauled, beat up, almost shot and then accused of botching up an FBI sting.  From that moment on there are shootings, threatening phone calls, ridiculous family situations and a few other mysteries.  The outcome is pretty obvious but that doesn’t prevent this book from being a wonderfully fun read especially as we are winding down the summer reads.

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