It’s like this: I’m the hottest restauranteur on the west coast. I work hard, play hard, and love my family. I’m also the guy on the receiving end of some unwelcome threats and fixation. Then Pascale Nichols walks back into my life, and I forget about everything but her. They say lightning never strikes twice, but she’s the one that got away. She’s also, I soon discover, the one my family *secretly* hired to protect me. Am I mad? Hell, yes. Am I game to play along? You bet.
She’s in over her head…
Everyone knows and loves Ethan Auprince. With his sexy-as-sin dimples and crazy likeability, he’s always the center of attention. I’ve been tasked with protecting celebrities, bigwigs, and high-ranking officials, but when I come face-to-face with the man I spent one incredible summer with, I’m in trouble. A careless mistake on my last assignment cost me, and now Ethan is looking at me like he wants to devour me, not cooperate with my subtle instructions while I work under the guise of his restaurant manager.
My reputation is at risk. His safety is on the line. But worse, were falling in love again.
Title: Sweet Talker
Series: American Royalty #2
Author: Robin Bielman
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 5, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
SWEET TALKER had me hooked from beginning to end, even though there was, in my mind, a division within the story that begins in one direction and then takes off in another. I understood it, I wished it could have been an easier transition because I could “feel” that first half of the book and then on to the second part. It worked for me, I saw no reason to drop my rating because of the plot twist. And, in some ways, we almost need that first half in order to really get the emotional impact from the second. I know, I’m being vague here because of possible spoilers that I do not want to mention… yet I loved Ethan and Pascale together and that is the real bottom line here.
Secondary characters and returning characters always make a story more realistic for me as no one lives in a vacuum. I adored Ethan’s family, even if they are strong-willed they love hard and protect even harder. Pascale had a few moments for me, yet she’s strong where she needs to be and vulnerable in some ways as well. I loved a professional female protector for a strong man and a man who, eventually, could handle that role reversal. Pascale and Ethan worked for me – they have a road ahead of them that is full of potholes, but together they can make it – they simply have to trust that the risk is well worth the reward. Two stubborn people who work their way back for a second chance to get it right this time.
I had a blast with SWEET TALKER and would not hesitate one moment to recommend this story to any reader who loves unusual plot twists, a strong couple, secondary characters with a strong presence and a really good love story.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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