Talk to Me (Public Lives, Part 1), by Clare James
Rave reviews on Goodreads:
“WoW! Hot and yummy!” -Medavis66 , Goodreads
” I was hooked from page one.” -Lindsay, Goodreads
“Steamy and intriguing story. Be warned you are going to want more.” -Karen, Goodreads
“This is sexy, and downright kept me wanting more of Finn.”
Synopsis: A damaged sports star. A smart-mouthed TV reporter. A steamy encounter–and a
struggle for control that threatens to destroy them both. TALK TO ME is Book 1
in the sexy and suspenseful new Public Lives Series.
Finn Daley took the world by storm two years ago when he was drafted by the
NHL. The young, handsome, high-scoring player quickly became a fan favorite. He
had everything going for him: fame, fortune, a promising career, and his pick
of women. But when he made an abrupt exit from the NHL, everything changed and
he’s been in hiding ever since.
Casey Scott plans to find out why.
After interning all summer at the top television station in the Twin Cities,
Casey lands an on-air gig. Trouble is, the new role is Sports Girl–which means
reporting from local bars and tailgating parties to create excitement for the
hometown heroes. All while wearing tiny team jerseys that are so tight they
leave little to the imagination.
But she has a plan. Uncover the biggest sports mystery of the decade, and
she’ll be on her way. Question is, how far will she go to get the story?
TALK TO ME is Part 1 in the Public Lives Series. Finn and Casey’s story
continues in JUST LISTEN, Public Lives Part 2, set for release June 23, 2014.
“This is a must read!! I absolutely LOVED this book! I cannot wait to read the 2nd in this series!” -Shanyn, Lustful Literature
“5 STAR- This book was so so good! I couldn’t put it down. The chemistry between Casey and Finn was so well written I thought I was right there with them peeking at their most intimate moments. I can’t wait for part two!” -TLBC’s Book Blog
“Funny, hot, fantastic, refreshing light read!! I loved this book. A real page turner that grips you from page 1, I read this novel in one sitting, absolutely fantastic read.” -Hooked on Books
“5- Stars. WOW HOT I just finish reading this book, and I have to say I love it.” -Anny Books
“The chemistry was strong, and the sexual tension was mind-blowing! I fell in love with the mystery, and the ending is killing me. I can’t wait for the next one in the series!”-Book Freak Blog
“Steamy read filled with a whole lot of suspense. From the very first page you get sucked into the plot.” -Kawehi’s Book Blog
“ARGH! I need book 2 now!” -Cocktails and Books
“I enjoyed reading about Finn and Casey. The author did a good job with the mystery. Will Casey deliver a story on Finn to move herself up?? Will Finn find out Casey’s true intentions…. are they still her intentions…. we will have to wait and see!!!!” -Broadway Girl Book Reviews
Print Length: 202 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149933723X
Publisher: C.J. Books (June 7, 2014)
Because I read so much, any time I can come across a text that’s writing style is completely different than anything I’ve read before, it’s a definite bonus, and Clare James’ new book Talk to Me is one such text. Talk to Me is told through both the hero and heroine’s perspectives, and it is set-up in a reporter/interviewee format. The hero, Finn Daley, is an ex-professional hockey player whose unexpected retirement remains a mystery; his point of view is told through the role of the interviewee while the heroine, Casey Scott’s side is delivered as a reporter investigating information. But here’s the problem, what starts off as a potential career making news story turns into so much more, and the objective writer that Casey is supposed to be gets thrown out the window when feelings develop between herself and Finn, her unknowing story. By the end of book 1, it’s unclear what’s more important to Casey – the story or the man – the career or the relationship.
I absolutely loved this story. The characters are interesting and well developed. The mystery behind Finn’s sudden departure from the game of hockey and what his secret is, is slowly built up throughout the book. Clare James provides some clues in terms of Finn’s actions while playing hockey both on and off the ice as to what it might be, but even at the end of the text, it’s still merely speculation, which has me dying to dive into book 2 and finally solve the mystery. Casey is an interesting character; she’s driven to succeed, but through her internal monologues, readers also see that she does have a moral code, which is not the best combination for a reporter who wants to move up the ladder. She’s definitely conflicted about what she should do, and as her feelings for Finn grow, it gets worse, and I think she knows that her betrayal is not going to go over well at all with Finn; it will more than likely end what they have, which is why she won’t say anything.
Talk to Me is a fantastic book. I love how the story’s presented, and I can’t wait to find out Finn’s secret. A definite must read!