Review: Sweet Talk — Julie Garwood

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Book List:
51. The Overlook — Michael Connelly
52. Chasing The Dime — Michael Connelly
53. Sweet Talk — Julie Garwood

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.

Following up on my earlier post, I have finished Sweet Talk and it was just the kind of light, fluffy fun read I needed to get back in the game. I can see why it’s become a best-seller so fast — I really enjoyed it.

Sweet Talk has basically everything you could ask for in a sexy/romantic crime-thriller type of book: the tight-knit group of girlfriends, hunky lead, paper-thin, easily-solved “reason” why one of them won’t commit, set against the backdrop of guns, drugs, and money. (Admittedly I didn’t quite understand the Ponzi scheme side of Sweet Talk, but financial crimes are a bit over my head. Murder, I get. Fraud, not so much.) My only issues are that it contained a lot of unnecessary scenes that didn’t really contribute much to the story, and Grayson Kincaid was a little too perfect of a love interest. (Yes, that is a valid complaint.) No one is that talented at so many things.

Anyway, a quick, fun read. Pick it up if you’re in the mood for…that.

Next book: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin — Louis de Bernieres

– Kelsey

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