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Talkin' The Talk (Texas Hill Country) Paperback – June 12, 2018
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Once again, Evie Snow has kicked one hell of a goal with this smart, sexy and heartfelt novel that is everything sublime romance should be! I'm constantly in awe of Snow's storycraft - how she takes straightforward romantic fiction to another level with much deeper narratives and characters of complexity. There is a realism to these stories that set them apart and it makes them so emotionally satisfying. The danger for Evie Snow is that readers - certainly this reader! - will want to see more from the characters and situations set out in this novel. I, for one, can't get enough! Dean Mayes, Author of The Recipient
About the Author
Evie Snow is the pen name for a globe-trotting writing team working towards their very own Happily Ever After:Best-selling author Georgina (George) Penney does the actual writing and reads far too many books. In past lives, she got herself a communications degree, studied hypnotherapy and psychotherapy, and was well on the way to a contemporary history PhD when moving to Saudi Arabia re-introduced her to a teenage love of romance novels.
Her husband, Tony (AKA The Kraken) helps out with plot wrangling and is in charge of caffeine distribution. In previous lives, Tony worked all over the world as a petroleum engineer. He found the oil industry to be far stranger than fiction.
Together, George and Tony have lived in a bunch of countries including Australia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, and Scotland. In the past, they've stayed in a Yurt in the Scottish Highlands, scoured desert souks for souvenirs, swam in the Aegean sea, snoozed on beaches in Thailand and fraternized with Orangutans in the Bornean jungle. And wherever they go, they're always on the lookout for wonderful local food and to have a chat with anyone who has a few free hours to spare.
When not writing warm and funny contemporary romance together, George and Tony can currently be found roaming random Australian country towns, continuing in their never-ending quest for the perfect scone.
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I'm normally drawn to suspense/ thrillers but every so often a romance comes along that reminds me how much I still love this genre and Talkin' the Talk was one of those!
Sophie is a friendly Texan with a lodge she runs. Ian is an unhappy British (former) reporter who checks in to escape for a while. When they first meet it's uninspiring but after he apologizes and they get to know each other it's only their pasts that are preventing true love. It takes some time and understanding to overcome their cultural differences and find shelter in each others arms and that's the joy of this novel. I wondered how they would overcome their obstacles and that excited the mystery lover in me. This is only my second novel by this duo who write under the pseudonym of Evie Snow but it definitely won't be my last! If you love a good romance, you're sure to find it here!
As a Hidden Gem ARC reader I received this book for free. And promised an honest review. Here it is.
English isn’t my first language. Sorry for errors.
Rating: 5 stars (of 5).
In general: Complicated, sweet love story in an interesting setting.
- Sophie Grey. Living at the Lonely Creek Ranch House in Texas with her brother Hank and her father. Her parents were divorced. She was raised by her mother but now lives with her dad and works for him as the manager of the holiday cottages near the ranch.
- Ian Buchanan. Editor-in-chief of an important English newspaper. Fired by the owner of the paper, William Fairclough, to keep it a secret that a journalist, William’s son, made a serious mistake. The owner and his son want to publish that Ian is responsible for the mistake. And they are searching to find more dirt in Ian’s past, so they can give him a bad reputation. To reconsider his situation in peace and avoid his downfall, Ian hires a cottage of Sophie’s family for a few weeks.
- Candy Blume.
Childhoodfriend of Sophie. Married to Beau, who lost his job on an offshore oilrig. He’s looking for work and Candy gets him a
job on the family ranch.
Sophie and Ian meet when she has to show him his holiday cottage. Their first meeting is a disaster. Sophie is too late and Ian’s reaction is rude. A nervous Sophie talks a lot and a stressed, jet lagged Ian asks her to stop chattering for she invades his privacy and gives him a headache. But Sophie has to visit the cottage again. She looks after the house and has to refill his refrigerator regularly.
Despite the bad start they gradually like each other. Sophie admires his looks, confidence and interesting British accent. Ian thinks she looks gorgeous and secretly enjoys her spontaneity, intelligence and lovely character.
The author, Evie Snow, creates a sweet love story with a lot af complications. The relationship between Sophie and Ian has many problems. Among other things caused by their difficult youth, some blackmail attempts and a worsening situation between Candy and Beau, in which Sophie and Ian get involved. But it also results in interesting dialogues, exciting action scenes (among others in Scotland) and credible additional characters.