Sweet Talkin’ Lover: Girls Trip #1 by Tracey Livesay

Sweet Talkin' Lover: Girls Trip #1 by Tracey Livesay

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’ 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 ‘pairing off’ 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’s story, and one that manages to touch on several deeper issues that go above and beyond her ‘assignment’ from work to the small Virginia community to evaluate a sub-contractor’s 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 – always needing to put career first and never rely on anyone, having to be ‘better than everyone else’ to gain that promotion. Wyatt is the golden son of the town’s first family, now he’s the mayor and managed to separate himself somewhat from family expectations, but there are plans for him to marry the “right sort of girl” 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 – the connection between Wyatt and Caila was suspiciously viewed by everyone – from the interracial aspect to the fact that she was an ‘enemy’ in their town. Her unresolved grief over her grandfather’s death, and her own confusion about the attraction to Wyatt, the charm of the town and it’s people (with a few exceptions) and her determination to separate her ‘personal’ 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’s 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…..

 

Sweet Talkin’ Lover: Girls Trip #1 by Tracey Livesay

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
ISBN: 006297954X
Published on: 30 December, 2019
Format:eARC
Source: Avon Addict, Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 1 minute
Rated: four-half-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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When everything is on the line,
surrendering completely to love is your only choice…

Marketing manager Caila Harris knows that the road to success in the beauty industry doesn’t allow for detours. She’s forsaken any trace of a social life, working 24/7 to ensure her next promotion. When grief over her grandfather’s 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’s gorgeous mayor.

Wyatt Bradley isn’t thrilled about his nickname, Mayor McHottie. He’s even less happy to learn that his town might be losing its biggest employer. If he has to, he’ll use some sneaky tactics to get Caila on his side. Yet even as he’s hoping she’ll fall for Bradleton, he’s falling too—right into a combustible affair that shakes them both with its intensity.

Two stubborn people, torn between loyalty, ambition, and attraction. But when you’re willing to give it your all, there’s no limit to how far love can take you…

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.

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