Sweet Talk Me
Okay. I’m a sucker for “second chance at love” stories. They can be cute and humorous, dark and angsty, I like them either way. For that reason, I had high hopes for Sweet Talk Me but while it had its good points, it ended up being a little too twee for me to handle.
True Maybank has just picked up her wedding dress when she runs into the last person she expected to ever see again. Harrison Gamble was once her very best friend and they shared an unforgettable wild night together in high school, but he’s a country superstar now and they haven’t spoken since they were teens. Back in the day, Harrison lived in a trailer park and True’s family didn’t consider him good enough for her. Now, True is about to marry one of those acceptable suitors but she quickly finds herself caught between the future she expected and the idea of having a second chance with Harrison.
In a way, the plot intrigued me with the manner in which it played with the “wrong side of the tracks” idea. True started off living a life of privilege while Harrison lived in a trailer park, but as adults, their circumstances have changed. Harrison’s superstardom affords him a very comfortable life, but True has fallen on very hard times. In fact, her impending marriage seems to be almost as much about security as anything else.
It’s pretty easy to see why Harrison would be appealing. From the author’s description, he’s obviously gorgeous and a talented musician. He’s also a decent human being and in contrast to some of the discussion of his earlier years, he now seems comfortable in his own skin. True, on the other hand, is no longer the wealthy debutante she once appeared to be. However, I liked that True didn’t live too much in the past. She started a business and even if she’s not fabulously wealthy, she got herself back on her feet and managed to take care of her sister. I wished she would stand up to her odious fiance and his mother more often, but she’s basically a likeable heroine.
Where the story lost me was in its conflict. True is supposed to be torn between her fiance and Harrison. However, the author draws the fiance with a pretty heavy hand. He has few, if any, redeeming qualities, so the contrast between him and Harrison is really no contest. I only found myself wondering why in the world True ever put up with him in the first place. And then there was the wedding drama. The various pitfalls of wedding planning that popped up felt obviously contrived and just made me roll my eyes.
Overall, Sweet Talk Me isn’t a bad book. It’s actually a supersweet small town romance. However, cute contemporary romances abound and I just couldn’t get too excited about this one. It’s entertaining enough, but one can find better ones out there.