Saturday 26 January 2013

Book Review: Sweet Talk

Book Title: Sweet Talk
Author: Julie Garwood
Publisher: Penguin Publisher
Cost: $26.95
Pages: 357
How I got it: Library
My Rating:★★★★★
Erotica Rating:★★★☆☆ 
Attorney and IRS agent Olivia Mackenzie is the kind of tough, wise-cracking, powerful woman fans expect from a Garwood protagonist—but this time she has outdone herself. Olivia is not just any woman, she is every woman; flawed in the familiar ways so many of us are. On the trail of an elaborate Ponzi scheme, one that threatens to ruin the lives of naïve and unsuspecting victims, Olivia suddenly finds her own life is in danger after she asks questions of the wrong people. She is accustomed to fighting for the underdog, but being vulnerable herself is a very different story. Smart enough to know when enough is enough, Olivia calls for reinforcements.

My Review::
The Pips were at it again. The four girls had vanished from the unit dragging thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment with them and causing quite a commotion. The staff was frantic, desperate to find them before word of their disappearance leaked out. The only person not concerned was the man who held their futures in his hands. He insisted that the restless, mischievous adolescents had not escaped. They were pulling just another silly prank, no doubt orchestrated by Olivia MacKenzie, the ringleader. From the minute he’d looked into those gorgeous, sparkling blue eyes, he’d known she was going to be a troublemaker and a fighter. He couldn’t have been more pleased. Olivia gave the other Pips—Samantha Pearson, Jane Weston, and Collins Davenport—strength and a voice. Until she’d entered the program, the girls had been sullen, lethargic, and even borderline suicidal. And who could blame them? They spent most of their days in forced isolation, locked away from family and friends and the rest of the world. Members of the staff were constantly telling them how fortunate they were to have been chosen for the experimental program. Nurse Charlotte even insisted they were blessed.The girls scoffed at the notion. All of them had a disease that, thus far, no drug had been able to conquer, and none of them felt the least bit fortunate to be human pincushions, subjected to a tremendous and sometimes unbearable amount of agony. The Pips were forbidden to call the wonder drug cocktail that was pumped into their veins poison, but that’s what all of them believed it was. Excruciating pain followed each infusion, and by evening their bodies were covered with blisters from the tops of their heads to the bottoms of their feet. No, none of them felt blessed.
I need the next book in the series, I have enjoyed all these novels by Julie Garwood.  I read a Julie Garwood historical novel years ago and to this day that's one of my all time favorite books. If I'm running out of my home that's on fire?? I'm taking this book with me. I still laugh when I think about many of the characters & I loved the romance that was written.  I can still get lost in that world, so when I saw Julie had written other books for the contemporary romance section I was all over it.  I can't explain how much I love the books I have read so far, the characters are well written and engaging and make you WANT to know what's going on in their lives.

Although there are moments when I wish to slap the female lead; helping others is one thing but if your dead you can't help them stop being stupid & listen to the professionals.  Other than that she's actually very well written.  This is one of those stories that sticks with you.  I didn't even know what it was supposed to be about. Olivia is a member of the Pips, an awesome group of young women who survived a pretty horrible childhood disease and became an awesome adult who is also an advocate for kids.  I absolutely loved the first moment that Olivia & Grayson meet, they were actually awesome from the very beginning, the whole scene in the restaurant had me cracking up.  from the beginning I was hooked and I couldn't wait to finish the book.

I got the book because Julie wrote it & I can't say it disappointed me, it was very very good, it was just as good as Ideal Man. I'm going to be buying a copy for my bookshelf (as soon as I have more room).  Oh her poor friend,  I kinda want the other girls to meet Grayson's friends especially Sam & Alec, hmmmm yes Collins better get a book as well.  Oh man & I feel so bad for her friend who was sick, that's why some people don't belong in your life.  She so badly wanted to hang onto her family, that she ignored all the signs,  yeah I saw that coming, but then again look at where I work (with the public).

I can't wait to read the others. I want to see if the other Pips get their own stories.  It's a must read!!! Happy Reading

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