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Sweet Talk (Buchanan-Renard-McKenna #10)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  6,667 ratings  ·  570 reviews
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 vi
ebook, 282 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Penguin (first published 2012)
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I must preface this by saying that I love(d) Julie Garwood. She was my gateway to romance in middle school, and (almost) every single one of her historicals is on my keeper shelf-- in fact, I have both print and digital copies of them all and have lost count of how many times I have read them. I also have audiobook versions of all that are available. Ransom remains one of my favourite novels of all time, romance or otherwise. I also truly enjoyed her early forays into romantic contemporary suspe ...more

When Olivia MacKenzie accidentally blows the cover on a FBI operation, she meets FBI agent Grayson Kincaid. Outside of her work as a lawyer with the IRS, Olivia is investigating her father's investment schemes. Estranged from her family, she is determined to put her father in prison. Obsessed with money, running his own investment firm, Olivia believes her father is cheating investors, ruining their lives and families. When Olivia is shot some months after first meeting Grayson, he and his partn
Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Read: 7/1/2012
Heat Factor: 3.5/5 – Sensual with love scenes
My Rating: 3.8/5

Expected Release Date: 8/7/2012

When FBI agent Grayson Kincaid first encounters Olivia MacKenzie, she makes quite an impression. Along with the events leading up to their first introduction, she’s startlingly beautiful and he struggled with his desire to keep staring at her.
Upon first meeting Olivia MacKenzie she made quite an impression with me too and it had nothi
Anne OK
“Sweet Talk” just wasn’t quite sweet enough for me – or enough of anything else really! Not up-to-par with books of the past by this seasoned author. I truly miss Julie Garwood’s older romantic suspenses and I still do a re-read from time to time of the Buchanan series. Her last few contemporaries haven’t been terrible reading experiences – but they haven’t been memorable ones either. I guess that’s my explanation for the 3-star rating.

I wasn’t particularly interested or entertained by the money
Notes: I was asked to read this by Penguin and received the ARC via Netgalley. A big thank you to both. To read an excerpt: Click on 'Read an Excerpt' button on top left hand side of screen at Penguin's Sweet Talk Page:

'Olivia MacKenzie was certain she would have been offered the job if she hadn't punched the boss during the interview. But knocking the man senseless turned out to be a real deal breaker.'

Many people claim to have had the worst job interview ever, but no one c
I thought this sounded good: a female attorney working with a male FBI agent to uncover a Ponzi scheme, written by “a New York Times best selling author.”

It turns out that the attorney is the incredibly unbelievably stunning Olivia MacKenzie, and the FBI agent is the incredibly unbelievably good-looking Grayson Kincaid. Both are (incredibly, unbelievably) single. Obviously they get together, as in he took possession of her. He is, need we qualify, strong yet gentle, viz.: “His skin was hot, and
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If Julie Garwood released a new book every day I still do not believe I would get tired of reading her books. I have enjoyed all of Garwood’s works from her romantic suspense to her historicals and this book is no exception. Garwood has a way of pulling you in right from the first paragraph and you never want to leave the world that she has weaved.

I really enjoyed Olivia. She is strong and independent. She has been through a life that most of us cannot ev
As an avid reader of Julie Garwood, I have to admit I'm a little disappointed. The magic that was there in her historical novels and her earlier contemporary novels has fizzled out, leaving a decent and somewhat forgettable read. (Given that I just started this book three days ago and I'm already scratching my head for details, I feel justified calling it forgettable.) There was definitely a lot going on, but to the point where it felt like the story was all over the place.

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AUDIO: Decent enough audio narration by Angela Dawe, but I could not hear a difference between the four girlfriends, the Pips. Same with Ronan and Grayson, the FBI agents.

STORY: This is your typical romantic suspense. Entertaining -- no real complaints -- but probably not something I will read again and again, as I do with Garwood's historicals. The pace is a bit slow and the characters are predictable. As for the suspense, a well-trod Ponzi scheme is masterminded by the heroine's devilish dadd
Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover ❤️ & KA Addict
3.5 - 4 Stars

Really enjoyed it but did didn't love it like the first seven books in the series (the Buchanan Series). Definitely an enjoyable read.
Sue Grimshaw
12/11 - DNF & probably won't :( But, I will definitely read her next book. Julie is an auto buy for me.

So here's the deal - I love Julie Garwood & I love her books but OMG I am not getting into this story. Now, I know it is just me because 59 people out of the 119 reviews on Amazon gave it 5 stars - so it has to be good right? I'm still reading - halfway through & I'm sure I'll finish it, but right now it is a struggle.

The characters are not intriguing - the Julie 'voice' is not at i
Kathy Martin
When Olivia was young, she had cancer. She went through the whole chemotherapy and experimental therapy with the support of three girls going through the same thing. He family was too "busy" to offer her support. Her father was busy making money and her mother and sister were busy being supports for her father. Now Olivia is an adult and a lawyer who works for the IRS. She is convinced that her father is a criminal running some sort of Ponzi scheme but hasn't found the evidence yet.

When she goes
Emily (Kindles & Wine Book Blog)

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Sweet Talk opens with a prologue introducing us to four young girls (the Pips) in a hospital simultaneously fighting a deadly disease and wreaking havoc on a hospital ward. As they try to maintain a semblance of normalcy by having fun and pulling pranks while going through their treatments, we get to know the four girls, learn about their lives, and how much they love and rely on each other. Their ring leader, Olivia MacKenzie, is the heroine of Sweet Talk and
♥ ♥ ♥ Martina ♥ ♥ ♥
yeah!! accepted by netgalley to review Julie Garwoods latest. So pleased :D
Why I read it: I picked this up from NetGalley because the blurb looked interesting.

What it's about: (from Goodreads) 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 F
Lady Allison

Olivia MacKenzie is an IRS agent with an agenda – to prove her father’s a crook who steals people’s investments & ruins people’s lives. When she inadvertently gets caught up in an FBI investigation while doing research on who else might be involved in his schemes, she meets Grayson Kincaid, sexy FBI agent. The two have instant attraction & even though they end up entangled in a case together, eventually they become entangled in bed. But, Olivia has quite the list of enemies that she

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Olivia MacKenzie shows up for a job interview and finds herself right smack in the middle of an FBI sting but not before the target tries to do her some serious harm. FBI Agent Grayson Kincaid intervenes and is immediately drawn to the very attractive Olivia. He uses the case to wrangle a meeting and both realize there's an attraction. It doesn't take long for Grayson to become inserted into Olivia's life.

Olivia comes from an extremely dysfunctional family, with her father being the lead head ca
This book was pleasant, but not compelling, if you get my drift. Like one of the reviewers I read, said : There was just wonderfully GOOD people or totally EVIL people. No-one was in between. And when someone tried to kill Olivia, there were so many suspects that it was laughable. Okay, she was an IRS agent, but really?!
I also have to complain about the love scenes. Pretty corny, I will tell you. And Grayson is awful arrogant about his prowess. How do I know that? On 3 different nights after a
Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood *ARC SUPPLIED BY PUBLISHER*

I have read very few of Julie Garwood’s books so I really have nothing with which to compare this novel to. Other reviewers will be able to compare her style in this book against her others. All I can give you is how I feel about this book in particular.

I chose this book because the synopsis sounded great. Any female protagonist who would dare to backtalk to an FBI agent who is thrusting his fingers in her face by claiming she is scarier tha
Tracy Harris
I am giving my review on the book Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood. Publisher is the Penguin Group.

The beginning of the book delves into the friendship of four girls called the Pips and how they became a family by bonding together because they were very ill. They felt that only their sisters through tragedy could only understand what it was like to understand that they may die at such an early age .

Olivia knows that each day could be her last and the cancer that she was diagnosed with as a child cou
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This is the first Julie Garwood book I’ve read, even though I have friends that are incredibly loyal fans – especially of her historical romance novels. And Sweet Talk starts out right in the middle of the action. Olivia MacKenzie, innocently, goes for a job interview and ends up assaulted, nearly shot, and in the middle of an FBI investigation. Olivia can’t believe it, she has enough on her mind with trying to get proof of her father’s Ponzi scheme that she doesn’t need the
Melissa McHugh
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 fon ...more
Brie C.
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

I’m a huge fan of Julie Garwood. She’s one of my favorite historical romance authors and I also like her contemporaries. I thoroughly enjoyed her last book, The Ideal Man, and I was anxiously waiting for Sweet Spot. I regret to say that I was very disappointed.

Olivia is an IRS agent and an attorney that works with children in danger. She’s investigating a Ponzi scheme to bring her father down. In the middle of a job interview, she interrupts an FBI
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Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood
Romance Contemporary
August 7, 2012
Dutton Adult

Reviewed by Tori

Favorite Quote: “I’m F.B.I.“
She smiled. It wasn’t the reaction he expected.
“You want to talk nightmares? I’m I.R.S.”

When Olivia Mackenzie inadvertently walked into the middle of an FBI sting during a job interview, destroying months of hard work, she wasn’t scared. After all, she’s IRS and in terms of scary, her job trumps all. But the attract
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*I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for a review*

Before I start I should point out that so far this book seems to be getting good reviews. There are a lot of people who seemed to love this so maybe this book was just not for me because I didn’t love this book at all. I think this book is an ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ situation.

The problem I had with this book is that I found it really, really boring. I didn’t like the plot and couldn’t get int
Jane Stewart
Story not as good as I hoped. And the narrator Angela Dawe made it worse.

The narrator read like she was a TV news reporter, abrupt and fast. It was stressful to hear. There was not enough emotion or sense of wonder. Sex scenes sounded like she was reading a business report -- no sensuality. Some of the men sounded constipated, like she was holding her breath. She made the hero undesirable.

A few scenes kept my interest, but overall it was not a well done story. I did
Wendy Hines
When Olivia was young, she had a terminal disease. She and the other 'Pips' became fast friends and have remained so as they grew into adulthood. Three of them are in remission and one is doing ok as long as she gets blood transfusions regularly. But being so sick, Olivia's family pretty much think her frail and don't take time for her. She considers her aunt her most closest family.

What Olivia would like more than anything is to take down her father. She believes him corrupt and her goal is to
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Ever read a book that had all the elements of an awesome story but things just didn’t quite click for you? Have you ever read a book that you didn’t quite connect with yet you still found yourself reading as quickly as possible because you really wanted to know what would happen next? Yeah…that was this book for me. I didn’t feel the book as much as I had hoped I would yet I found myself having trouble putting it down.

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Olivia McKenzie is on the quest to put her predator father behind bars. If her father goes down so will a lot of greedy rich and prominent predators. With the help of Special Agent Grayson Kincaid, they learn who tried to kill Olivia by putting three bullets in her while bringing down her predator father and his predator cohorts. Olivia, her Aunt Emma and Olivia's three female friends, Jane, Collins and Samantha were intelligent and independent and didn’t back down to anyone who tried to intimid ...more
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“Listen, you. Don't threaten me. I could make your life a nightmare. He put his hand in front of her face and unfolded three fingers as he said, I'm F-B-I. She smiled. It wasn't the reaction he expected. You want to talk nightmares? she said. She put her hand up to his face and unfolded her three fingers. I'm I-R-S.” 20 likes
“Olivia MacKenzie was certain she would have been offered the job if she hadn’t punched the boss during the interview.” 5 likes
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