Review: Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood

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Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood

3 Stars

I’m always up for a good contemporary romance novel that features a sexy law enforcement guy, so of course, I’d be all over Sweet Talk. Plus, that cover is sexy to me. FBI Agent Grayson Kincaid did not let me down. Intelligent and fierce, with a gold, tender heart. Yup, dream guy. I was really surprised that Olivia hadn’t been in many relationships, considering she was pretty much drop dead gorgeous with a kind, generous heart, and a fun sense of humor. She did have a couple of hang-ups which I guess did lend a hand to her single status. I loved how Olivia and Grayson couldn’t keep their hands off each other though! It certainly made for sexy and steamy scenes.

Sweet Talk did have a lot of story to tell, that’s for sure. It was like one thing lead to another, then led to another, giving us a whole lot of bad guys, all connected to one another somehow. It definitely made for an interesting plot, but there were a few chapters at about the halfway point where I kind of lost interest for a while. I think it was because the story kind of stalled and was at a point where they were playing a sort of waiting game. Soon things did pick up again, once the unravelings began, and I was back in it for good. So that small lull is the reason why this book, while steamy and with really great characters, is a three-star book instead of four for me.

There were other characters, friends of Olivia and Grayson, who I can see getting their own stories, and I hope I get to read about them soon. I also plan to add a few more Julie Garwood titles to my library since I did really enjoy Sweet Talk for the most part.

Book Info

Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood
Series: Buchanan-Renard #10
Published by Dutton Adult
Pub Date: August 7th 2012
Pages: 366
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: ContemporaryRomanceSuspense
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In the new contemporary romance from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood, a detective and a lawyer are falling in love— and making a federal case out of it.

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 has 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.

Olivia isn’t intimidated by his partner’s bullying because she’s something even scarier . . . she’s IRS.

And working for the IRS isn’t for the faint of heart. 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 questions of the wrong people, her life is suddenly endangered. She’s accustomed to fighting for the underdog but being vulnerable herself is a very different story. Smart enough to know when to call for reinforcements, she contacts Grayson Kincaid.

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.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

19 Responses to “Review: Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood”

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    Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    I haven’t read all of Julie Garwood’s contemporary novels, but I have read every single historical romance she has written. I’ve loved them all (except one!). She is one of my favorites, and I wish she would write more historical romances again, especially the ones set in the Highlands.

    But this one does sound interesting, so I will have to give it a try. I think Julie Garwood does a wonderful job creating strong, caring heroes.

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      Ahh, I’ve done all the historicals too ;) *sigh* miss those. I’ve never been able to get into her contemporaries. But I loved the old ones…memories!

      Btw…which one didn’t you love?

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        Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

        The only one of her historicals I didn’t care much for was Shadow Music. Maybe my expectations were too high, though, because I was so excited to read a new historical romance by her. But my favorites are:

        The Secret
        Saving Grace
        The Bride
        Honor’s Splendour

        I have re-read them so many times!

        Do you have any favorites?

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          Saving Grace! OMG it was my first historical romance ever…I think I’ve read it like 5 times. I also like the Lion’s Lady and the Clayborne series. It’s hard to find westerns…I wish there were more out there.

          I thought you were gonna say Shadow Music for the dislike. It didn’t feel the same as her earlier work. Very disappointed in that one.

          All this chatting is making me long for another reread of Saving Grace…It’s been years since I’ve done it. I wonder if it will hold the same appeal?…

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            Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

            Shadow Music definitely didn’t have the same feel as her earlier work! Definitely a disappointment. I think that is the last newer book I’ve read by her. But I should look into some more of her contemporary books.

            I first read Saving Grace I think 8 years ago, but every time I re-read it, I love it! I think Garwood was so great at adding humor into her novels. In Saving Grace, all the talk about killing and blinding that wine tester guy. I can’t remember what they called him, but it was funny.

            And I loved how the heroines would get what they wanted in a roundabout way. I think I need to re-read some Julie Garwood historical novels, too!!! But which one. So difficult to choose!

            So much fun talking about them with someone who likes them, too! :)

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            I know! I just always loved the love between the characters. And how the women were encouraged to be strong. And the guys were always just manly enough. Bad boys with hidden soft sides ;)

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            Jess @ Gone with the Words

            SO then read her historicals? Got it!! :D Thanks for the great discussion, ladies!!

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    I’ll agree: that is one sexy cover…you get the business suit and tie PLUS the gun holster – hot! lol.

    I have to admit I’ve read every Julie Garwood historical romance title. ALL of them. Some multiple times. But I’ve never gotten into her contemporaries. I’m just kinda sad she stopped writing historical. I thought they were better – though it’s been years since I’ve done them…I should really go back and do some rereads! lol.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      YES! Everything you said about the cover is a YES! :D

      After your discussion with Quinn on her historicals, I’m really looking to get my hands on the favorites you named! Some day soon, hopefully. :)

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    I haven’t read much contemporary adult romance but this sounds like a fun one! I would be curious to see why Olivia wasn’t in many relationships either but I guess the hang up things make sense. I like that this one is so steamy! Great review, Jess!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Thank you, Elena!! I think you’d enjoy it! It might not blow you away, but it’s definitely worth a library borrow, I think. :)

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    Allison (Allure of Books)

    This one really didn’t work for me, but I absolutely LOVED The Ideal Man, the last romantic suspense she published before this one….so I’m definitely not giving up on her yet. Glad you liked it!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Thanks, Allison!! I did enjoy it, but I am curious about her other books, which people say are better. I’m definitely going to check out The Ideal Man! Thanks for the rec!

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    Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books

    I absolutely adore Julie Garwood’s historical romances! I haven’t read too many of her contemporary books, but I think I should try them out.

    (And yes, the cover is totally and incredibly hot. I can see the appeal!)

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      You’re the third person to say her historicals are awesome!! I’m definitely going to have to check them out soon!!

      (I know, right!? The suit, and the gun holster! RAWR! :D)

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