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Sweet Talkin' Lover

(Girls Trip #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Tracey Livesay delivers the first novel in hersexy new series about lifelong friends and unforgettablelove stories.

"With a diverse cast of characters who propel the story forward and an enchanting look at a modern small town,Sweet Talkin' Loveris a triumph."- BookPage, Starred Review

"Livesay knows how to both deliver and elevate the small-town genre." -Entertainment
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 384 pages
Published December 30th 2019 by Avon
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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
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 ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
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
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Multicultural & Interracial Romance, Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance
Kristina Birch
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Adele Buck
I've been waiting for Tracey Livesay to come out with more books since I enjoyed her last series a lot. This new one is a small-town romance with a mayor hero and a corporate executive heroine. There was a great deal to like about it: the insta-lust between the two protagonists was spicy and fun, since they're also on the opposite sides of a potential factory closure (she's sent basically to shut the place down after missteps at her job in Chicago). The people in the town were drawn in a nuanced ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this in a GoodReads giveaway and it was one of my anticipated releases this month, and I really enjoyed this one! The writing kept me hooked, and the small-town setting and the characters that were in it were so cute. I also liked the chemistry between Caila and Wyatt, despite it been a bit insta-lovey, I enjoyed the scenes they had together. And the scene in the beginning with Caila and her friends was so fun! I can't wait to read more about them in other books in this series.
Ms. Woc Reader
This was a cute story. It had different elements of those tv rom coms we all love to secretly watch. Small town full of heart, harvest festival complete with a Harvest Ball, hayrides, baked goodies,etc. The difference is in this tale a black woman named Caila leads the story. And of course she's the workaholic who doesn't have time for love but ends up in this small town on assignment where she starts spending time with Mayor McHottie. Just from the description you already know where this tale ...more
Olivia L
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
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. ...more
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I was very excited to read this novel since I’m a huge fan of Livesay’s previous works. This novel did not let me down and it weaves together a story that blends together the romance and slice of life genres.

Our main character of the story is Caila, a hardworking woman who wants to rise at the top of the company she works at. Her hard work is not without sacrifice and in doing so she has strained some family and friend
Angie Baptiste
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I mostly liked this book. In fact, it was quite good. It’s a quick read. I started it today and finished it today.
The way the main characters developed feelings, especially Wyatt, seemed... rather QUICK. I mean I know it happens IRL (kinda?) but that doesn’t mean I have to like it! Or find it realistic. Caila was a little more levelheaded. A little meaner. My kinda gal.
There were more than a few LOL moments for me and I always appreciate a good laugh.
The banter between these two was great.
Erica Naone
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance

January 07, 2020
Caila spends almost all of her waking hours working. She works for a beauty company as a marketing manager. She pushed herself, never taking a break, always on the phone to the point that she has no social life and misses important family events. After a fight with grandfather, who she was very close to, she doesn't talk to him in months, thinking that after promotion she will visit him and talked it out. Only he dies
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 1/12/20.

My first from Tracey Livesay, but definitely not my last! I loved the way she framed the story with the "girls' trip" starting off this book and hinting at the next. We get a glimpse at the four friends' distinct personalities, and enjoy their friendship and camaraderie. The bulk of the book is very much Caila's story--it seems that the stories should work fine as standalones--but this one at least really has me looking forward to the others.

Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
I need some more time to think on what didn't work for me, but so far all I know is that the fish out of water/professional enemies tropes didn't execute in a satisfying way for me. I like the character development for both Caila and "Mayor McHottie", but once they got together the romance didn't work. I really wanted to like it but I think small-town romances are hit-and-miss for me.

I liked that Caila didn't compromise her work ethic or skirt around issues of race. It was satisfying, though a
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a very fresh take on the small town romance! I love that it has the added dimension of what it's like for a black woman with power to show up in a mostly white small town. There was so much richness to Caila's character, from her deep friendships, to her family, to the way she's processing big change in her life. I'm always wanting romance novels to have really fun, memorable scenes between the two main characters, and this one really did, involving pinball, which I just LOVED.

My one
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Having read and enjoyed previous books by Livesay I was eager to read the start of her new series. At the start of this book I was afraid I wasn't going to like it at all. The opening with Cailah and her friends was more confusing, when I couldn't immediately keep them all straight, than a successful introduction to lay the groundwork for the next books in the series. The work and family drama all seemed overly contrived and the way Wade was characterized at first was off putting. As the story ...more
Melanie Greene
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I throughly enjoyed sinking into the world Livesay created - the core female friend group is a favorite set-up of mine, and Caila and her friends are the perfect example of why - all distinct personalities but with the kind of strong, loving connection built by years of caring for each other.
Caila's resistance to the myriad ways her life is changing against her wishes causes her to build very understandable walls, which she won't let fall even for the charms of the small town where "Mayor
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may be a book for Hallmark Channel fans. The plot follows a similar pattern and is told well. But there are more “words in print” of the couple’s attraction to each other, their lustful thoughts, and actions. Starting in Chapter Four with their initial meeting and immediate attraction, rarely a page goes by that does not include a sexual thought or deed...a bit over done, in my opinion. I won this book via Goodreads - I sincerely appreciate the author, Tracey Livesay for that. I don’t ...more
Kathleen Gray
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Caila blows up everything she's worked so hard for in one moment of bad decision - and finds herself sent to shut down a factory in a small town. Caila doesn't do small towns. She's been a workaholic living the big city life in Chicago so Bradelton is culture shock in more ways than one. Luckily, however, the mayor, Wyatt, is not only, well, hot, he's also a good guy. This likely will remind you of any number of love stories where the characters realize that what they've been focused on is not ...more
Julie PetitBon
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a giveaway and was so excited to read it. It did not disappoint! The characters are well developed and the story is interesting.
When Caila goes to a small southern town to shut down a factory, Wyatt, the town mayor must do whatever he can to convince Caila that closing the factory is a mistake. Caila is determined to get her career back on track, and that means closing the plant. However, can both Wyatt and Caila resist their feelings for each other?
Caila is a strong,
Danielle Urban
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sweet Talkin Lover by Tracey Livesay is a great contemporary novel that shows there's more to life than just work. Responsibilities, loyalties, and ambition are shown throughout this book. The characters were just as hardworking and stubborn as each other. I was surprised that either one could let go and live a little. The mayor knew how to charm and entice any woman. But he was deeply concerned for his town. Then enters, a marketing agent and she stirs up much more than just worries for his ...more
Alleyne Dickens
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to receive an ARC of this book by one of my favorite authors, and it didn't disappoint! Caila is smart and knows what she wants, and it's not a man. She's been sidetracked by grief and guilt and her precious job has suffered. Wyatt is trying to be everything to everyone because it's what he thinks he owes to his family name.

Caila makes Wyatt see that he has to make what he wants and needs a priority, and he convinces her that there's more to life than business. I was completely
Verity W
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really, really enjoyed this. I really liked that both Caila and Wyatt aren't being entirely truthful with each other - because my problem in a lot of similarily troped romances is often insufficient grovelling but that device mostly gets around that. The only reason it is four stars instead of 5 is because I really don't quite believe that Wyatt's family issues are sorted out either with his career or the way his family treated her (there's a bit at the family meal with his housekeeper that I ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads-wins, girly
This was a pretty cute book! I would give it a 3.5-3.75 rating. One thing I love about winning books is the exposure I get to authors I may not have ever known or looked into before. Tracey would fall into those categories so I am very happy about winning this one. Sure it was the usual chick lit storyline, but I loved the story and the characters! I had that real people feeling while reading. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
**Goodreads win**
Susan Stonesifer
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I received this book as a giveaway from Goodreads--it can happen!

This is the first Livesay book that I have read. I enjoyed learning about company mergers and the bottom line, as well as the impact a company can have as a small town. The relationship part was not quite as convincing. Maybe it's because of the current political atmosphere? I was surprised at how easily the whole town took to Calia and Wyatt being together. I did enjoy it and will try others in this series.
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Tracey Livesay’s latest release is Love Will Always Remember. She writes smart, sexy and emotional contemporary romances where strong, successful heroines find love with powerful, passionate heroes. She's past president of Virginia Romance Writers, volunteers on several national committees for Romance Writers of America and is a member of their Published Author’s Network. She’s been featured in ...more

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