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Sweet Talk Hardcover – August 7, 2012
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite Julie Garwood book's. I have read it a few times as I love the interaction between Olivia and Grayson. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Isabel M. Soto
This story has it all; danger, romance, and deep and abiding friendships. While you feel sorry for the child Olivia, there is only admiration for the adult she becomes.Published 1 month ago by Vickii B
I thought I'd already given a review of this book, but let me advise any and everyone to read it! 's. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Harwood fan in Cleveland
Honestly one of the worst books I've ever picked up. Terrible quality of writing on top of a boring basic plot. But mostly the writing quality was awful.Published 1 month ago by LPE
Otherwise was an enjoyable read. Will still read and recommend Julie Garwood books. Have read all her historical fiction and plan to complete this series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alex Hargrave
Just ok, at times almost painful to finish. Slow, boring and a lot of irrelevant and useless information and dialogue. Read morePublished 1 month ago by N Lawson
Fun, entertaining read. Julie Garwood never disappoints. Olivia and Grayson are endearing characters with lots of fun humor that keeps you engaged and entertained.Published 2 months ago