Tracey Livesay comes to the blog with the first in her Girls Trip series, this one focusing on the groups workaholic Caila in
Sweet Talkinâ 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 âpairing offâ 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 Cailaâs story, and one that manages to touch on several deeper issues that go above and beyond her âassignmentâ from work to the small Virginia community to evaluate a sub-contractorâs 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 â always needing to put career first and never rely on anyone, having to be âbetter than everyone elseâ to gain that promotion. Wyatt is the golden son of the townâs first family, now heâs the mayor and managed to separate himself somewhat from family expectations, but there are plans for him to marry the âright sort of girlâ 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 â the connection between Wyatt and Caila was suspiciously viewed by everyone â from the interracial aspect to the fact that she was an âenemyâ in their town. Her unresolved grief over her grandfatherâs death, and her own confusion about the attraction to Wyatt, the charm of the town and itâs people (with a few exceptions) and her determination to separate her âpersonalâ 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 Wyattâs 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 bookâŠ..
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
Heat: Get Your Copy: Amazon âŠ Barnes&Noble âŠ iTunes âŠ Kobo âŠ Downpour âŠ IndieBound âŠ Google âŠAudible âŠDirect from Publisher
When everything is on the line,
surrendering completely to love is your only choiceâŠ
Marketing manager Caila Harris knows that the road to success in the beauty industry doesnât allow for detours. Sheâs forsaken any trace of a social life, working 24/7 to ensure her next promotion. When grief over her grandfatherâs 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 townâs gorgeous mayor.
Wyatt Bradley isnât thrilled about his nickname, Mayor McHottie. Heâs even less happy to learn that his town might be losing its biggest employer. If he has to, heâll use some sneaky tactics to get Caila on his side. Yet even as heâs hoping sheâll fall for Bradleton, heâs falling tooâright into a combustible affair that shakes them both with its intensity.
Two stubborn people, torn between loyalty, ambition, and attraction. But when youâre willing to give it your all, thereâs no limit to how far love can take youâŠ
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.