Tracey Livesay comes to the blog with the first in her Girls Trip series, this one focusing on the groups workaholic Caila in
Sweet Talkin‚Äô Lover
The premise for this one is simple, there are 4 women who met at UVA, and have maintained their relationship and support network in the intervening years. The group of women (of whom we only got small snapshots) are wonderfully diverse and their relationships are complex, and while there seem to be more ‚Äėpairing off‚Äô in terms of who goes to whom first for support, I think that by the end of the series, they will all have developed into the sort of friend group that everyone should aspire to. But, I digress. This is ultimately Caila‚Äôs story, and one that manages to touch on several deeper issues that go above and beyond her ‚Äėassignment‚Äô from work to the small Virginia community to evaluate a sub-contractor‚Äôs factory operations.
Caila has always felt like an outsider, from being different (decidedly) to from her mother, to the other kids at the small town she was moved to as a younger teen, through her working life ‚Äď always needing to put career first and never rely on anyone, having to be ‚Äėbetter than everyone else‚Äô to gain that promotion. Wyatt is the golden son of the town‚Äôs first family, now he‚Äôs the mayor and managed to separate himself somewhat from family expectations, but there are plans for him to marry the ‚Äúright sort of girl‚ÄĚ and become governor. While Wyatt manages to keep himself unattached, and find time to pursue his own interests, the reaction that he has to Caila is far beyond his keeping the factory in business and keeping a third of the town employed.
There was so much going on here ‚Äď the connection between Wyatt and Caila was suspiciously viewed by everyone ‚Äď from the interracial aspect to the fact that she was an ‚Äėenemy‚Äô in their town. Her unresolved grief over her grandfather‚Äôs death, and her own confusion about the attraction to Wyatt, the charm of the town and it‚Äôs people (with a few exceptions) and her determination to separate her ‚Äėpersonal‚Äô reactions from the very unemotional report and work she has to do for the business to keep the trajectory of her career on the path she has designated manages to add a TON of angst and tension to the story. From Wyatt‚Äôs secrets, to her own, the changes in them both, all for the better are wonderful and make this story one to keep. A layered set of issues, all handled with grace and the electric connection between Wyatt and Caila made this hard to put down and leaves me anxious for the next book‚Ä¶..
Title: Sweet Talkin' Lover
Author: Tracey Livesay
Series: Girls Trip #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Humor elements, Interracial, Multi-Cultural, Romantic Elements, Setting: American, Small Town, Southern
Published by: Avon
Published on: 30 December, 2019
Source: Avon Addict, Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 1 minute
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When everything is on the line,
surrendering completely to love is your only choice‚Ä¶
Marketing manager Caila Harris knows that the road to success in the beauty industry doesn‚Äôt allow for detours. She‚Äôs forsaken any trace of a social life, working 24/7 to ensure her next promotion. When grief over her grandfather‚Äôs death leads to several catastrophic decisions, Caila gets one final chance to prove herself: shut down an unprofitable factory in a small Southern town. But as soon as she arrives in Bradleton, she meets one outsized problem: the town‚Äôs gorgeous mayor.
Wyatt Bradley isn‚Äôt thrilled about his nickname, Mayor McHottie. He‚Äôs even less happy to learn that his town might be losing its biggest employer. If he has to, he‚Äôll use some sneaky tactics to get Caila on his side. Yet even as he‚Äôs hoping she‚Äôll fall for Bradleton, he‚Äôs falling too‚ÄĒright into a combustible affair that shakes them both with its intensity.
Two stubborn people, torn between loyalty, ambition, and attraction. But when you‚Äôre willing to give it your all, there‚Äôs no limit to how far love can take you‚Ä¶
A copy of this title was provided via Avon Addict, Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.