The Pips were at it again. The four girls had vanished from the unit dragging thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment with them and causing quite a commotion. The staff was frantic, desperate to find them before word of their disappearance leaked out. The only person not concerned was the man who held their futures in his hands. He insisted that the restless, mischievous adolescents had not escaped. They were pulling just another silly prank, no doubt orchestrated by Olivia MacKenzie, the ringleader. From the minute he’d looked into those gorgeous, sparkling blue eyes, he’d known she was going to be a troublemaker and a fighter.
He couldn’t have been more pleased. Olivia gave the other Pips—Samantha Pearson, Jane Weston, and Collins Davenport—strength and a voice. Until she’d entered the program, the girls had been sullen, lethargic, and even borderline suicidal. And who could blame them? They spent most of their days in forced isolation, locked away from family and friends and the rest of the world. Members of the staff were constantly telling them how fortunate they were to have been chosen for the experimental program. Nurse Charlotte even insisted they were blessed.
The girls scoffed at the notion. All of them had a disease that, thus far, no drug had been able to conquer, and none of them felt the least bit fortunate to be human pincushions, subjected to a tremendous and sometimes unbearable amount of agony. The Pips were forbidden to call the wonder drug cocktail that was pumped into their veins poison, but that’s what all of them believed it was. Excruciating pain followed each infusion, and by evening their bodies were covered with blisters from the tops of their heads to the bottoms of their feet. No, none of them felt blessed.
Though the youngest of the group, Olivia was the strongest and the toughest, and she had quickly stepped into the role of protector. Once she had gained her new friends’ trust, she began to chip away at the boredom and, more importantly, the anger and the fear. Pranks were Olivia’s specialty. Within two weeks of her arrival, the nurses and the doctors grew hesitant to open their lockers for fear of what was going to jump out at them. Nurse Charlotte developed a twitch in her left eyelid after a rubber snake sprang at her, delighting the Pips to no end.
As the girls became more fearless, their repertoire of mischief grew. Each had a favorite trick. Jane, the artistic one in the group, had a flare for design. She could sit for hours with a notepad and pencil drawing shapes, then connecting them into beautiful mosaics. She loved symmetry and color, so when the others suggested they TP the nurses’ station, she objected. She thought that would be too crass. Instead, she decorated the space from ceiling to floor with streamers of every color of the rainbow.
Samantha, or Sam as she was called by her friends, was the adventurer. She was unafraid of risk, but she wasn’t reckless. She went about each of the pranks methodically. Every situation was patiently examined and carefully planned to achieve the desired result. It took her a week to collect enough lime Jell-O to fill all the specimen cups. After warming them in the nurses’ microwave for a few seconds, she slipped the little beakers of green liquid onto the lab cart and sent them downstairs for analysis. The girls laughed for days remembering the sight of the red-faced nurse on the phone apologizing and trying to explain the mishap to the lab tech. Olivia had found it easy to bring Jane and Sam into the fun, but Collins had been more of a challenge.
Reprinted by arrangement with Dutton, Div of Penguin Putnam a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood
Copyright © 2012 by Julie Garwood
Julie Garwood takes the battle of the sexes to a whole new level when a gorgeous lawyer and a hunky FBI agent make a federal case over their sizzling connection….
Sweet Talk opens to chaos when Olivia MacKenzie stumbles into the middle of a sting operation headed by FBI agent Grayson Kincaid. Far from being intimidated by his irate partner’s tirade, Olivia declares herself to be someone far scarier…an attorney for the IRS! And what’s more, she too is working on a case that threatens lives.
There are personal reasons Olivia is out to expose an elaborate Ponzi scheme formulated by unscrupulous con artists to take advantage of naïve and unsuspecting victims. But though never considered faint of heart, Olivia isn’t foolish. When she starts asking the right questions of the wrong people and realizes her life is in danger, she calls the one man she instinctively trusts: Grayson Kincaid.
As a team seeking to end a dangerous game, Olivia and Grayson are a match made in crime-fighting heaven. But what about their chemistry as a couple? Although Olivia continues to resist her intense attraction to the infuriating FBI hotshot, Kincaid has decided it’s one battle she’s going to lose.
Hardcover Book : 368 pages
Publisher: Dutton, Div Of Penguin Putnam ( August 07, 2012 )
Item #: 13-594751
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.83inches
Product Weight: 13.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I have always been a fan of Julie Garwood but this is one of my favorites, The story line was great and the chemistry between Olivia and Grayson was special.
Reviewer: June N
I usually don't read girly romance books but i forgot to decline this one in my featured selections. 2 months later and with no new book to read i picked this book up and read it. I am floored. This is not the soap opera type of book that's usually made fun of this was a great read. The way she mixed action and suspense with the romance was phenomenal. Im definitely going to check into her other books. Way to go Ms. Garwood, you've turned Sci Fi/Fantasy girl into a part time Romance girly girl.
I have most of Julie Garwood's books and I love how she continues the characters. Can't wait until she writes the next one and who she writes about. You get immursed in their story. This book started out gangbuster and kept going. I loved how there were a couple of situations going on at the same time. I recommend this book and actually all of her others
Received this book by mistake from the Rhapsody Book Club (did not return my selection card in time), and was going to return it. After reading the reviews posted here, I deceided to keep and read it. I have only read a few chapters, but I am glad I kept it. It starts out very promising, and I am sure I will become a Julie Garwood fan. Thank you for the reviews. So far I give it three stars, but I am sure by the end of the book I will award more. Love Grayson already!
This is the first Julie Garwood book I've read and I have to say I really like Grayson.