I've read Julie Garwood's books over many years and have found many of them to be very enjoyable but others to have missed the mark. Unfortunately "Sweet Talk" didn't really work for this reader either, but it's hard to put my finger on why.
Perhaps it's the feeling I had throughout the book that it wasn't very realistic. Our heroine, Olivia MacKenzie, works for the IRS and is on the trail of the perpetrator of a Ponzi scheme and plans to bring him down; the problem is that he's her father. It is hard to feel full sympathy for a women who seems to be so ruthlessly gunning for her parent. Yes, he's done wrong but you would have felt that conflict-of-interest suggests that somebody does that work. And his credulous family around him were 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. But, of course, put two attractive people together and you're bound to get a romance, which indeed we did, even though Grayson isn't really the sort of chap she's after.
The problem for me with this book is that the work-related situations seemed contrived/unlikely and I also found myself not caring overmuch about either of the main characters who were too perfect for their own good. The plot was fairly mediocre and there was nothing memorable about this book at all - in fact, having waited a month to write the review it's been quite difficult to remember what it was actually about!
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2012