*I received this book from the publisher Dutton in exchange for an honest review.
From the back of the book:
Attorney Olivia Mackenzie and FBI agent Grayson Kincaid make an excellent team to fight corruption. But Olivia is also fighting the immediate and intense attraction she feels for Agent Kincaid, and that may be a battle she is bound to lose.
Olivia has a somewhat…odd relationship with her family. She wants to put her father in jail. Growing up in a hospital with three other girls, all undergoing an experimental treatment for cancer, Olivia didn’t have a typical childhood. Her parents and sister never visited her and wrote off her disease as weakness. Her father has hopped from one bogus career to another, and Olivia is sure he’s cheating people, running a pyramid scheme. But the further she digs, the more danger she is in, and that’s when Grayson enters. Tall, confident, and dangerously handsome, Grayson is drawn to Olivia and wants to protect her. Olivia, unused to being taken care of, resists his protection.
Ahhh, my brain! I wish I could turn off my critical side when I read something for pure enjoyment. Because Sweet Talk is good. There are female characters who talk about things other than men (a la Bechdel Test). Olivia is strong and intelligent and unwilling to change her life just because she meets Grayson.
But there are also children not talking like children, even mature children. (Trust me. It feels stilted.) Characters are either good or bad, no in between. And the classic “barrier” that I plan to talk more about at some point. (“They had been acting like horny teenagers who couldn’t keep their hands off of each other, and it had to stop…She was getting too emotionally involved, and since the relationship couldn’t go anywhere, separating herself was the only decent thing to do.”) And some funny language that made me laugh out loud in the final pages. (“Grayson only fired one shot. That was all he needed. The bullet sliced into Simmons’ black heart.” [emphasis added]) And the requisite “you’re beautiful without makeup” lie. (“…she wouldn’t believe him if he told her that, no matter how she dressed, she was beautiful to him. Her face scribbed clean and dressed in clothes that could pass for bag lady rejects, Olivia could still grace the cover of any glamour magazine.”) Please.
So the verdict? I still raced through this book. I still thoroughly enjoyed it. It was also a pleasant surprise that Olivia didn’t wilt the minute she realized she loved Grayson.
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