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Sweet Talk

(Bakery Sisters #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  6,460 ratings  ·  345 reviews
Is there anything sweeter than first love?

Don't ask Claire Keyes. The twenty-eight-year-old piano prodigy has never had a regular boyfriend, much less a real romance. Her music career has left little room for friends or family--which is just part of the reason she hasn't seen the family bakery or her two sisters in years.

But now Nicole is sick, and Jesse is AWOL. Despite t
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Harlequin Books (first published June 24th 2008)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Reviewed for Release date: July 2008

Getting a sneak peek at the first book in a new series by one of my favorite authors is enough to make me do the happy dance (TMI?). I’ve been a big Susan Mallery fan since the first time I picked up one of her books. She seems to have the knack of making the unbelievable, believable. Her stories are sweet, smart, and sexy…and her latest “Sweet Talk” is certainly no exception.

For the first third of this book, I absolutely despised the heroin
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Susan Mallery is usually a safe read for me as her books are usually pretty light and enjoyable. This one, I had so many issues with. While I liked Claire mostly, I found her to be a doormat. She will do put up with anything in order to gain the approval of her sisters, whom she hasn't seen much of over the years since childhood. Claire left home at the age of 6 as a piano playing prodigy. Claire's mother and grandmother traveled with her at times and when Claire went home, it was very apparent ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an adorable romance with a stellar performance on audible.
Our heroine was a child piano prodigy. Now she is twenty-eight and has lived a practically cloistered life. She begins as such a goody-two-shoes doormat that she comes across as kinda annoying. But hang in there. Soon she is kicking ass and taking names. She proves to all the haters that she is honest to a fault. While finding her strengths she makes those around her face their own truths.
Good story, good romance.
Nicole: fuck you
Jesse: fuck you
Drew: fuck you
Amy: you're cool
Wyatt: fuck you
Lisa: fuck you
Claire: you're annoying and stupid
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
I was really disappointed with this book. Not only the author has put me under her spell with a previous series-first I've read by her, Delicious, but also the plot had so much more promise.

It tells the story of the clueless pianist Claire and the single father Wyatt.

I'm gonna be harsh about this book and the characters. Claire is a pianist, she's very very talented and is taken away from her home when she's like 6 years old to get her music lessons and is plunged into the world of orchestra. In
Jacob Proffitt
I picked this up on sale at a really good price and I'm pretty satisfied with it. I stayed up way too late to finish, but that's not as big a recommendation as it could be.

I really liked Claire. She has been isolated since she became a child prodigy at age six and has lived in something of a bubble since then, surrounded by managers and scheduled beyond all reason (to develop her talent, but also to perform and perfect and all that). So she's finally on her own with the excuse to help her sister
Apr 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I wanted to like this book more. It had so much potential but the female characters in this book really made me angry. It was hard to connect with them. Claire was a complete doormat and after a while I wanted her to stand up for her self. Nicole was a mean girl and I hated her in the beginning but surprisingly even I started to warm up to her after a while. Jesse was so dense and after a while I gave up on her. While all of the family drama was going on, I couldn't find myself liking the idea o ...more
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
I quite liked this book, I don't normally read much contemporary romance, but I thought this was sweet and funny. What stopped me giving it more then 3 stars was that I found Jesse the younger sister extremely annoying and selfish I don't understand why she just didn't out right say what her problem was! I didn't mind so much Nicole, mainly because I found her sarcasm funny. Wyatt was a weak hero though, he was nice, but I didn't really feel the chemistry between him and Claire. Hid deaf daughte ...more
Two-haiku review:

After years she's home
Tries to care for estranged twin
Meets and falls for guy

Really tugged my heart
Outstanding character depth
Overcame problems

Read in "Bakery Sisters Bundle" kindle book borrowed from library.
Felt like if I wasn't delevoping such a huge dislike for Nicole, the sister, I could have liked this book more. Plus, I wished there was more of the h/h than there was, because I really liked them both.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I did get an entertaining story!

The characters didn't really resonate with me. I found it hard to identify with Claire, and couldn't like Nicole. Jesse was this little talked about quantity, and I found Wyatt to be a total a-hole. What I did like was seeing Claire just BE. I liked watching her grow as a person, and that's where most of my enjoyment of the book came from. I would have liked to learn more about Amy as well!

I'm not sure I will conti
This book seems to be an exercise in exaggerations. Characters don't get angry, they say things like "I wish you were dead!" and "I will never forgive you!" and "I hate you!" The main character tends to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, overlooking such venom. The romance is ok, not great - but overall this is an enjoyable enough read. Therese Plummer on audio makes it better than it otherwise might have been.
Mar 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because I usually really enjoy Susan Mallery books, and this sounded right up my alley.

Cut to some of the most unlikable characters I've read in a long time.

Lets start with Clare - the main character. She is a concert pianist who is estranged from her sisters. She has led a sheltered life, in which it seems she's only met her sisters a few times since childhood. I know a lot of people didn't like her, but I found her quite sympathetic. She's a gentle soul, without a mean bone
This is the first in a series about the 3 Keyes sisters. Claire is the "middle" child, but only because she is the younger twin to her sister Nicole. Claire left home at 6 to become a famous pianist. Her sisters have never forgiven her for leaving and taking their mother with her. Although they are biologically related, they barely know each other. When younger sister Jesse calls and tells Claire that Nicole is having surgery and needs her, Claire returns home looking for the family she has alwa ...more
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-f, adult-lit, 4-stars
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Sharon Mariampillai
December 2017 Review:

This was an enjoyable read. I thought the story was well-written and great. I really liked the relationship between Wyatt and Claire. Claire is a great heroine and I really liked to she does not let anything keep her down. I really like her characterization. She is really relatable to me as she has the same attitude as me. Also, I still really love Wyatt. I love that he is a single dad with a deaf daughter who he loves with all his heart. He is a businessman and best friends
I just have to say that Susan Mallery is a really fun Author to read. This is another one of hers that I just found and turned out that I really liked. She has unconventional characters that interact in a way that will have you rolling.

Mallery captures the feelings of a family that is torn apart by their different paths in life and their misunderstandings of each orhers lives. Her characters come together in love, hate, envy, lust, disapointment and greed. She paints a picture in all of her boo
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad I decided to give a chance to Susan Mallery! I read her sheikh series this summer and I remember I've been bored with all those sheiks... so I was not sure about this author.

Instead this book was good, even a bit of fairy tales, with this 28-years old sister, still virgin and very naive about fact of life. But I enjoyed the story so much!

Another sweet story!
Linda A.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure Joy

Simply put, this is a thoroughly delightful story of family, meeting challenges, and falling in love. From start to finish, the reader falls in love with the characters flaws and all and roots for a happily ever after for the main character. Once again, Ms. Gallery does not disappoint.
Brittany Walker (NekosBooks)
3.5 stars
Very cute romance & it was a lot different than what I normally read which was a very nice change of pace.
April   ♥"LOS" ♥
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This was a fun read with some interesting twists thrown in along the way.
Beatrice Followill
Love this Author, sweet romance, great character s, will have to read the next book in this series for sure
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute, lighthearted contemporary romance novel. I truly enjoyed this book and could not put it down. As a straight chick-lit novel I didn't have anything I would change about this book and it greatly exceeded my expectations. The story is easily set up as a trilogy with three Keyes sisters, this first one is about Claire, a very successful concert pianist who has recently experienced panic attacks. Her most recent one happens when she is performing and she decides to take a break from ...more
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I didn't really think I was big into contemporary romance, but I really enjoyed this book and want to read the rest of the series. This book is definitely "cute, but not squicky." I found some of the premise for the sibling anger and fighting to be a little far fetched, but I'm also not one to hold grudges for decades. Still, the book is thoroughly enjoyable and I would consider this excellent beach reading material.

What I liked:
Love interest (Wyatt) is a single dad with a thriving construction
I am beyond words... THIS is beyond words...
The amount of idiocy in this book ... The number of idiots in one place...
WOW ! Just wow!

Let me just paint you a picture first:
This starts off as a story about two estranged twin sisters (well, there is a third sister in there, but she's neither here nor there - more on Jessie later!) ... One sister (Claire) is a professional concert pianist in New York (led down this path from 6 years of age, by her mother and her dragon-lady manager), the other si
Apr 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, susan-mallery
I actually read the second and third book in this series awhile ago, and for some reason this one was always checked out of the library. But I finally nabbed it!

It was a great intro to the series, I had to stop and try to remember all the characters, but Mallery introduced everyone nicely and I fell right back into the plot. Claire in this book was a little annoying. Have you ever known that person that was so selfless and perfect that it made you want to cringe? Well... Claire was that characte
Dec 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kim Beck
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will say that I bought the bundle that is offered to get all three books. It's a great price for great books. There are three Keyes sisters, Claire, Nicole and Jesse. This one was Claire's story. She is a concert pianist who has been away from home since she was six. Her sister hates her for reasons beyond her control. But when she gets the call that her sister needs help she drops every thing to come home to help. She gets hit with severe hostility and her presence isn't wanted there by eithe ...more
Oct 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been on hurricane evacuation for 3 weeks, home again for two, and read a bunch of books in the intervening time. I'm not sure I'm back on track to review again--but here goes.

The heroine was a child-prodigy pianist. She went out on tour at a shockingly early age and essentially hasn't been home since. And the sisters left behind resented it. Especially the heroine's twin. Now her twin sister is sick, and she has the chance to finally come home and re-connect. Except her twin's resentment ha
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've a bad cold going, the last book I read was a thriller - a good one, actually - and bed sounds like the perfect place to spend the whole day. The only thing that was missing earlier today was a good book. I hadn't read anything by Susan Mallery before but I did remember my sister talking about her books and that was why I chose it from among the others on the shelf. I think I am in love. I've read it in 4 hours and I have loved every single page, every single word. Seriously. I've laughed an ...more
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