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Monday, April 11, 2011

Review: A Lot Like Love by Julie James

Title: A Lot Like Love
Author: Julie James
Series: FBI/US Attorney, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
PublisherPenguin Group
Format: E-book
As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.

As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more…”
Special Agent Nicholas McCall has just finished a six-month undercover investigation, in which he helped bring down 27 corrupt Chicago policemen. He is planning to take some days off to go visit his parents in New York, his mother is turning 60 and his family is planning a surprise party for her. But his planes are changed when his boss calls him to his office, and asks for his assistance in a case a younger agent has been working for a while. They need to gather some evidence to be able to convict restaurateur and club owner Xander Eckhart with money laundry charges. And their only option for this, it’s to bug his office.

Billionaire heiress and wine entrepreneur Jordan Rhodes is approached by the FBI with an offer she cannot refuse. Her computer genius twin brother Kyle, is been in jail for four months for hacking Twitter and blocking it for two days, Kyle still has more than a year left to complete his sentence.
When Agent Nick McCall and Agent Huxley approach her and offer her her brother’s release in exchange for her collaboration in Xander Eckhart case, she doesn’t think twice and accepts.
Her part in the deal is to bring agent Huxley as her date to Eckhart’s next event and entertaining Eckhart while the agent plants bugs in his office.
She is glad is agent Huxley and not McCall, Huxley is nicer to her while Agent McCall rubs her the wrong way, judging her as a spoiled rich girl.
But things didn’t go as plan, the day of the event agent Huxley comes down with stomach flu, and McCall has to take his place in the operation. Some new revelations come out during the party and Jordan and Nick are force to keep pretending to be in a relationship for a while longer than the one planned.
But with the pass of the days they are not sure how much they are pretending or how much is real.

Jordan is a very likable woman. She may be the heiress of a big fortune, she may have had a nice an easy life growing up, but she has always worked hard to obtain what she has. She is smart, has a great sense of humor and is loyal to the ones she loves.
I loved her love for wine (I love wine too). I loved and laugh at the comparison she does between wine and a relationship; I think it was spot on.

Nick is a very strong character; he is a well balance alpha male. He is handsome, caring and funny. Because of his career choices he has lived for years without getting involved with anybody. He prefers life without complications, and then Jordan comes to rock his boat.

I loved Jordan’s brother Kyle, seeing them interact was a pleasure that always brought smiles to my face. I would love for Mrs. James to give Kyle a book. I think he will be a great main character.

A Lot Like Love was a great read. I devoured it in an afternoon. The relationship and romance between Nick and Jordan was well presented. I loved the sexual tension between this two. I also loved the snarky banter not just between Nick and Jordan but between all the characters. I loved that agent Jack Pallas and Cameron had a cameo in the story (Something About You). I think it was a nice touch to see them again. Likewise I enjoyed very much the wine information; I even took some notes.

After reading Something About You, I soon became a Julie James’ fan and knew I have to read this book. Mrs. James delivers again with her lovely characters and well elaborate story. A Lot Like Love is Julie James at her best.

If you like contemporary romance and you haven’t read this author you are missing one of the best authors in this genre. So go and pick one of her books, Now!

Favorite Quotes:

  • "Unfortunately, I'm not at liberty to fill you in on the details here. Agent Huxley and I would prefer to continue this conversation in private. At the FBI office." - And she would prefer to say nothing at all to the FBI, if they weren't dangling this bit about Kyle over her head. She gestured to the empty wine shop. "I'm sure whatever it is you have to say, the chardonnays will keep it confidential." - "I never trust a chardonnay," Agent McCall said. - "And I don't trust the FBI."
  • Time for Wine Tasting 101. "So here's how this works. When tasting a wine, as opposed to casual drinking, there are four basic steps you need to remember: sight, smell, taste, then spit or swallow." - Nick paused at that last part and cocked his head. "And your personal preference on the latter would be ...?" - "Only lightweights spit."
  • He raised an eyebrow. "Wine with cheese fries? No thanks." - "Wine with everything. Because wine means the responsible part of the day is over."

My Verdict: 5 Paws

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  1. I love that last quote. It makes me smile every time I read it. This really was a fun, light and quick read. I loved it and I'm super happy you did too!

  2. Julie, I love it too. It's kind of my philosophy :)
    Thank you again for recommending me this author.


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