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Sweet Talkin' Lover

(Girls Trip #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  476 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Tracey Livesay delivers the first novel in her sexy new series about lifelong friends and unforgettable love stories.

When everything is on the line, surrendering completely to love is your only choice…

Marketing manager Caila Harris knows that the road to success in the beauty industry doesn’t allow for detours. She’s forsaken any trace of a social life, working 24/7 to ens
Mass Market Paperback, 1st edition, 363 pages
Published December 30th 2019 by Avon
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4 stars

Sweet Talkin' Lover is a fun and sweet small town romance. Caila Harris is a business woman who has her eye focused on the prize- the promotion she's been working towards for years. She goes to a small town to evaluate/shut down a factory. That factory is the towns lifeblood. Wyatt Bradley is the Mayor of Bradleton and is determined to save the factory and all the jobs. These two are at odds at first, but their chemistry is spot on. They can't seem to stay away from each other, but it le
Jacob Proffitt
While both protagonists were interesting and engaging in their own rights, I didn't find the romance compelling at all. Which was a really odd experience for me, frankly. They only had a bit more than a week together and it seemed they only really had physical attraction pulling them together. They shared some heart-close secrets but I didn't get a sense of them really bonding from it as each gave the other basic human kindness and respect and simple, honest feedback. Which isn't nothing but did ...more
3.5 stars

You know how in those Lifetime or Hallmark Christmas movies the plot is basically that the heroine is a big city gal who has a big city job and finds herself in a charming small town where in one way or another she has to close down or sell off or in some way destroy one of the town's long time institutions? Yeah, that is this story in a nutshell, only it doesn't take place during Christmas time.

Caila Harris is your original work-a-holic. For ten years she has worked for a beauty produc
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have you read Tracey Livesay's books?
Why not? What are you doing with your time?

This one was a very cute small-town romance with little drama and a lot of steam.
There is also dealing with grief when our heroine lost her grandfather, but overall this was just so so sweet. I love this friend's group and can't wait for other two friends' stories.

Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, southern-lit
I loved everything about this sweet romance by Tracey Livesay. All the elements I like in a romance novel came perfectly together in this story; small-town setting, great characters, strong friendships, complicated families, and a sizzling romance. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. ...more
If Hallmark wants to dip its toes into interracial romance, they won’t have to get out of their comfort zone too much by adapting this book. It has all the elements of their usual fall specials - small-town mayor tries to save his town’s biggest employer from getting closed down by an ambitious big-city corporate executive. They fall in love but the executive has to go back to her job elsewhere. There’s a pinball bet, a football game, bake sale, hayride, color run, and the highlight Harvest Fest ...more
Lynsey A
I really enjoy Tracey's writing style. She has a way with words. This is my 4th book by her. I have to say Love Will Always Remember is my favorite of hers. The angst and the love was best in this book.

In Sweet Talkin' Lover, you have Caila (said "Kayla" and boy did I have a hard time not saying "Callie" in my head. LOL), who is strong, independent woman who is focused and has one goal in life and that is to be a successful woman. Which, there is nothing wrong with that but the way her childhoo
A small town romance with a diverse cast of characters, where’s my confetti cannon? Caila has worked her tail off to move up the ranks at a cosmetics company, and her latest assignment should be quick and easy—visit a newly acquired factory that isn’t meeting productivity standards and write up a report that justifies ending their contract. But Caila wasn’t counting on Wyatt, the town mayor, gluing himself to her side, escorting her to events around town, and trying to convince her that the fact ...more
What a fun romance!!!
This was like a Hallmark movie but WAYYYY steamier 😂

Super cute! I loved the couple and the small-town setting.
I just wasn't that big of a fan of the conflict in here.
I cant wait to read the rest of the books in the series!!
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Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book sooooo much! Wyatt is so swoony. Caila is such a boss! Takes charge and if people underestimate her, that’s their problem.

Wyatt’s family can take a long walk off a short cliff.

Can’t wait to read the next one!

Black Author Readathon Prompt: Friend Group Series, Realistic Contemporary

*I was given an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review
Carole Bell
This one was a challenge to review, and I’m still thinking about why. I like the outline of this story a lot, the book not quite as much. Caila, the main protagonist of Tracey Livesay’s Sweet Talkin’ Lover, is a shark, an ambitious, workaholic city slicker dispatched to small Virginia town to investigate a factory her company would like to cut ties with as part of a pending acquisition. It should be straightforward— she’s done similar assignments several times before— but meeting Wyatt, widely k ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. I seem to enjoy things with a high amount of family drama, and there was family drama on both sides. I also very much enjoyed the friendships on both sides. The only thing I'm sad about is that I don't want to leave the small town Livesay created. The other characters that I assume will be getting books don't live in the town. I hope another series, set in the small town, might be in the future. ...more
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May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Going into this book, I thought it was just going to be another small-town romance. Enjoyable, but nothing too special. Well, I didn’t take into consideration what a fantastic author can do with a well-used plotline. Tracey Livesay made the “big city girl coming to the small town” trope seem more fun and fresh than anything I’ve read recently. Plus, it’s surprisingly sexy, which I was here for 100%!

This book follows Caila, a workaholic still grappling with the death of her grandfather. After a m
Wavering between a 3.5 and a 4, so I'll round up and see how I feel as the book settles.

I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this one! This is the second Tracey Livesay title I've read, and both times I couldn't put the book down. Some of the first romances I ever read were small-town contemporaries, so this gave me nostalgic feels to my early romance-reading days. As a bonus, though, this time I got to read about characters who looked and grew up like me.

Caila and Wyatt had great chemistry. It
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caila Harris is determined to secure the promotion she's been aiming for every since beginning her marketing job at a large cosmetics company, but some bad personal decisions land her out on a punishment assignment, namely heading to small town Bradleton to find reasons to close the one factory in town that employees most of its residents. Local Mayor McHottie Wyatt is just as determined to prevent this from happening, but his own desires and feelings for the beautiful Caila also throw a wrench ...more
I liked this! I am a little surprised that a series called "Girls Trip" featured very little of the girls or the trip? I hope that future entries use it as more than a brief framing device. I liked the relationship in this, though I really didn't like their last fight and I could have used more on the page to resolve it, rather than grand gestures. ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this contemporary romance. It's my first by Tracey Livesay but will not be my last. Overall I would give it a B+, so four stars here. ...more
J. Greene
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
*A special thanks to the publisher for this review copy. This freely supplied copy does not affect my opinion.*

I think I have a thing for small-town romances. I rather enjoy the tight-knit community, even the gossip mongers that cause trouble where it's not needed.

I wasn't too sure how I would feel about Caila with her hard-headed, have to work every second of every day, type A personality. But I enjoyed her strength and resolve to be the best woman she wanted to be. I think that's admirable, ev
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Rating: 2.5
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Chloe (Always Booked)
When I started this series I thought it was going to be about a girl's trip and the group of friends. However, this is the romances of each of the 4 friends with only brief glimpses of the friendship so I was disappointed in that, but thats a me problem not a book problem. This book is about Caila and Wyatt. Caila is a marketing person that works for a line of clean makeup. Her grandpa dies and it impacts her so much that her work is suffering and she clearly needs a break so her boss sends her ...more
Rosie J.
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance Lovers
As mentioned in other reviews, this story could easily be a Hallmark Christmas movie, complete with a small, but charming southern town, a single but commitment-phobe (very) attractive mayor and a workaholic heroine that doesn't know when to stop burning the midnight oil.

Caila Harris, regional marketing manager is tasked with shutting down a non-performing plant in a small southern town where everybody knows your business and your name. It's one of the few sustainable businesses that hasn't take
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it
BRBC October 2020. This was just ok for me even though it was a nice and pleasant read. I also would really like to have a Harvest Ball to go to.
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Loved the fresh takes on well-worn romance tropes, and how Caila and Wyatt challenge each other from the beginning. Hope to see more of the four ladies together in future books, they deserve a lot more on-page time!
Kristina Birch
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent start to what promises to be a fun new series!

Sweet Talkin’ Lover is book one in Tracey Livesay’s New Girls Trip series and which means that it carries the weight of building the series’ world...but in true Livesay fashion it does so in matching kickass heels and designer handbag!

Caila has decided she is going to “make it” on her own to fulfill the dreams she shared with her father and grandfather but were cut short. Wyatt comes from a family that is the equivalent of the Kennedys
Olivia L
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The writing was descriptive yet easy to read, however, everything from the sassy girl talk to the boys' banter seemed contrived and wooden. Both Caila and Wyatt did a great deal of thinking but not a whole lot of talking. This made it difficult to connect with the characters as I did not catch any spark between the pair. In this instance, I believe that my personal preferences in writing styles hindered my enjoyment of the book rather than the book itself.

Thank you to NetGalley, HarperCollins Pu
This book was like a hallmark movie but with sex so I loved it.

It’s a delightful love story. The end conflict was meh, but I loved how the ending worked out overall.

The premise for this one is simple, there are 4 women who met at UVA, and have maintained their relationship and support network in the intervening years. The group of women (of whom we only got small snapshots) are wonderfully diverse and their relationships are complex, and while there seem to be more ‘pairing off’ in terms of who goes to whom first for support, I think that by the end of the series, they will all have developed into the sort of friend group that everyone should aspire to. But ...more
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Tracey Livesay writes smart, sexy and emotional contemporary romances where strong, successful heroines find love with powerful, passionate heroes. In addition to winning the 2020 Emma Award for Best Interracial Romance, she’s been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly and on CBS This Morning. A graduate of the University of Virginia and the ...more

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