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Sweet Talk Hardcover – August 7, 2012

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“When it comes to striking the perfect balance between sexy romance and spine-tingling suspense, the consistently best-selling Garwood is unrivaled.”

“[An] intrigue-laden, passion-filled romantic thriller…A great plot with strong characters and red-hot romance.”
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About the Author

Julie Garwood is the author of numerous bestsellers, including The Ideal Man, Sizzle, Fire and Ice, Shadow Music, Shadow Dance, and Slow Burn. She lives near Kansas City.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; First edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525952861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952862
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (528 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sweet Talk is a passably good romance with mediocre suspense. Like her previous book "The Ideal Man", there's just too much going on, and it's hard to pay attention to the main characters, much less the main story line. There are too many secondary characters that are not necessary to move the story along (Grayson's nephew, his father - who apparently had a massive heart attack at some point during the story, but was only given about a sentence - Olivia's friends, her boss, her doctor, etc) and these additional characters end up being distracting.

The dialogue between Olivia and Grayson was GREAT, and I thoroughly enjoyed it when these two were alone on the page. I even liked the interaction with Grayson and his partner, Roland, and the conversations with Olivia and her friends were very realistic. There was just too much of it.

I haven't read JG's historicals, but I really miss the Buchanan series. It seems JG's entire writing style changed somewhere along the line, starting with "Sizzle". Where her stories used to be fresh and entertaining, now they're formulaic and predictable. She'll throw some witty dialogue in to change things up, but the end result is the same. And where a JG release was a definite pre-order for me a few years ago, these days I tend to wait and see what the reviews are.

Sorry, but I miss the old Julie Garwood.
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So I think this is my last Julie Garwood for a while. At least, until she writes another historical. Since she branched into the contemporary market, I've found myself increasingly dissatisfied, to the point that I've struggled to finish books. If I hadn't been reviewing this book as an ARC, I would have stopped reading this book after about eleven pages. The same problems keep cropping up, and there are just better books I could be spending my time on. I'll always remember her earlier books fondly, but I know Garwood can do better.

The prologue stops me dead. It's almost 15 pages of little girls running around, creating havoc. It's boring, and does nothing to to move the story along. It's nothing that couldn't have been introduced into the main text of the story. I hate prologues that are useless. It took me a day to get past the prologue.

And then you meet Olivia MacKenzie, all grown up. And perfect. And Grayson Kincaid. Who's also perfect. This is the problem I have with the leads in Julie Garwood's books. They're perfect physical specimens. So impossible sexy and gorgeous, other characters are bowled over by their looks. It's annoying and I'm tired of reading about it. The attraction between the two is also superficial. Garwood spends a lot of time telling us that these two are crazy about each other, but all I can see is lust and sex.

The actual bare bones plot is mildly interesting, but the supporting characters are one dimensional and do nothing to prop up the leads, or even give the leads complexity. The villains have no depth. The family of the MCs are just there for wallpaper. The other FBI agent, Ronan, is mildly interesting, but disappears for pages at a time, and then does nothing interesting when he is around.
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I usually enjoy Julie Garwood's books, but the last few (I wasn't a fan of Sizzle or The Ideal Man) have been clunkers. "Sweet Talk" has moved beyond clunker status however, and while I usually roll my eyes when reviewers insist a title is not actually written by the author, I have to wonder if they are correct on this one. I have read all of Julie Garwood's books (the great, the good, and the not so good), and this one really does not sound like her at all.

1. The writing is stilted and has a great deal of filler that does absolutely nothing to further the storyline. Things like, "Olivia walked into her apartment. She put her purse down on the table. She placed her keys next to her purse. She walked to her room to change her clothes. Then the doorbell rang."

2. The dialogue rings false. The conversations between the Pips as children are especially bad. They don't sound like children. Ten year old Olivia says, "My mother has caller ID. As soon as she sees it's the hospital calling, she won't pick up. My disease is too stressful for her....Mom has trouble coping." She describes her parents marriage, "Mom adores him [her father]. She's dramatic about it. I don't know how to explain it. She doesn't have room for anything else in her life." As this conversation progressed, I found it sounded more like a bad self-help book than a group of 10 - 11 year olds.

3. Olivia doesn't seem too incredibly bright. For a person who has gone through everything she has, she doesn't have a great deal of common sense. She flies off the handle a lot and sounds incredibly naive. Having her yell things, does not make her tough in my book - it makes her seem irrational and loud.
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By RW on August 8, 2012
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I believe I have read every book that JG has written. Some of her books I keep in my collection of awesomeness. This book definately doesn't belong there.
My problems with the book are as follows:
Too much focus on the characters attractiveness. It is bogged down with "oh he/she is so hot i need to have sex now". So they do alot. I personally feel this is laziness from the author or pandering to those who like the fifty shades type book.
I miss her old romances where the characters were fleshed out and my heart would ache when they went through trouble. The characters lack substance and the book is about how in lust they are not love.
I did like the plot and so I finished the book. Leaves it a little open for more books about the "pips" I will wait to see what other people say about those books before I buy.
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