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May 7, 2008

Review: Sweet Talk by Susan Mallery

Filed under: Review — Tags: , , , , — jjmachshev @ 8:03 pm
Sweet Talk by Susan Mallery

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. 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 heroine’s twin. I just wanted to get her alone in a quiet room and smack some sense into her. Maybe I should up my meds? No, really…she was mean, spiteful, hateful, snotty…get the picture? I mean, I know this is one of the future heroines for this series and I was thinking, “How in the heck is Mallery gonna pull this off? I hate this woman!” But by the end of the book, I was panting for her story. Go figure. That’s one of the things I like about Ms. Mallery’s books-she can play my heartstrings like a maestro.

And speaking of maestros…

Claire Keyes is a 28 year old piano prodigy who was whisked away from her home and her twin at the young age of 6. Since then, her entire life has been programmed and planned by her business manager. She has no idea of how to be ‘normal’ (and that’s supposed to be a bad thing?), is still a virgin, has never driven a car, and has no idea of how to take care of herself, much less someone else. She has tried repeatedly to reconnect with her sisters without success. Yet when the youngest one calls her to ask her to come ‘home’ and help her twin recover from surgery, she drops everything for the chance to be part of a family. Claire doesn’t sound very likeable does she? Don’t we all hate the poor, little rich girl? The self-sacrificing sweetie? Yeah, me too. But after just a few pages, you DO begin to like her. She’s kind of like the energizer bunny—nothing keeps her down. Watching her begin to take control of her life made me feel good.

Now Wyatt, on the other hand, is such a sweetie. He’s Claire’s twin’s best buddy. A single dad with an 8 year old daughter who’s deaf, a successful businessman, and muy macho…very sexy…and VERY attracted to Claire. UH OH. But he’s also a man, which means he’s gonna mess up BIG time and not realize he’s falling in love and do stupid man things. Yet, I still ended up cheering for him when he did manage to get things right…and the ending? Very sweet, what every woman dreams of…a man who admits he was WRONG!!

Susan Mallery knows her audience. She delivers a sweet, but still sensual and sexy romance with witty dialogue and touches of humor. Her descriptions of the life of a world-class pianist help bring her heroine down to our level and wow, can she ever give us the men we’d all like to have! She’s an author that’s made her way onto my auto-buy list, whether it’s one of her stand-alone novels, Silhouette, Harlequin, or series. I’m entertained, amused, and sometimes aroused…and isn’t that a pleasant way to spend a few hours? Give her a try. Pick up “Sweet Talk” and see if you don’t develop a ‘sweet tooth’ for this author’s stories.

 

Reviewed by Julie

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1 Comment »

  1. I’m also a huge fan of Susan’s and personally can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Thanks.

    Comment by Marilyn — May 8, 2008 @ 8:32 am


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