Iíve read Julie Garwoodís books over many years and have found many of them to be very enjoyable, but others have missed the mark. Unfortunately, Sweet Talk didnít really work for this reader either, but itís hard to put my finger on why.
Perhaps itís the feeling I had throughout the book that it
isnít very realistic. Our heroine, Olivia MacKenzie, works for the IRS. She's on the trail of the perpetrator of a Ponzi scheme and plans to bring him down; the problem is that heís her father. It is hard to feel full sympathy for a women who seems to be so ruthlessly gunning for her parent. Yes, heís done wrong, but you would have felt that conflict of interest suggests that somebody
else does that work. And his credulous family around him are rather unbelievable.
Be that as it may, when Olivia is endangered by stumbling into the middle of an FBI sting operation, the unfortunately named Grayson Kincaid joins forces with her to protect her and to fight corruption.
Of course, put two attractive people together and youíre bound to get a romance.
Indeed we do, even though Grayson isnít really the sort of chap sheís after.
The problem for me with Sweet Talk is that the work-related situations seemed contrived
and unlikely. I also found myself not caring overmuch about either of the main characters, who
are too perfect for their own good. Its fairly mediocre plot and the lack of anything memorable about this book at all
are its outstanding qualities. In fact, having waited a month to write the review,
I find it quite difficult to remember what it was actually about!