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review 2017-07-06 06:31
FBI romance
The Thing About Love - Julie James

I expected more from this novel. It is a romance between two FBI agents, John and Jessica. Six years ago, while studying together at the FBI Academy, they were bitter enemies. Now, they have to work together on one undercover assignment, and they rapidly become friends, and then lovers.

I didn’t give much credence to their prior enmity – it felt like a writer’s gimmick, to create the first hurdle to their relationship – but the relationship itself built nicely. I enjoyed reading John and Jessica’s story.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to it. Some scintillating banter. Some self-searching inner monologues. Lots of sex. Lots of unnecessary details of food and clothing. The tension of their undercover case rose steadily, but the denouement was more of a farce than an FBI-style confrontation.

Overall – an average modern romance.    

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review 2017-05-12 01:57
Thoughts: The Thing About Love
The Thing About Love - Julie James

The Thing About Love
by Julie James

**The Thing About Love is not listed as part of James' FBI/U.S. Attorney series, but takes place in the same world, much like Suddenly One Summer.  Familiar characters from the series appear.

 

Two undercover FBI agents can hide who they are from everyone but each other in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer.

FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past.  The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy.  Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.

For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time.  Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office.  And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team.  In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work as a team–a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic, beachfront resort as part of the investigation.  Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated. . .



Next to Love Irresistibly, this is probably one of my favorites of Julie James' works.  This newest release was pretty amazing, to be honest, and even though there were a few things that frustrated me a little bit, it didn't seem to matter all that much to me.  In light of how much I loved the dynamics between our main couple, and even between other side and minor characters, I don't even care that some parts of the book were kind of slow-going.

The conflict between Jessica and John actually played out like a tacky home television family comedy at the beginning, truth be told.  But I found the way that they handle their situation in the present rather a nice, mature touch, setting aside their problems to do their job without causing even more problems.  And then actually talking about their conflict, even if neither of them will one hundred percent agree to how they remember their version of history from six years prior.

I found the "she said" and "he said" chapters, both flashing back to our couple's respective accounts of how things had gone down during their twenty-one weeks at FBI training Academy, rather clever.  It was presented well and DID show how such a petty conflict could have been born to begin with.  Especially with each person jumping straight to conclusions without actually talking to each other first.  While it seemed like a really childish competition, it also sort of gave their conflict a bit more depth than just "we didn't get along for reasons" and then leaving it at that.

Once again, the progression of the story DID turn out a bit slow for the most part, but I loved the developments in John and Jessica's relationship.  Their partnership on the job was actually a lot more fun to follow than when they started getting romantically involved, but the banter didn't fade any.

I also loved seeing all the work that went into one undercover operation, and the emphasis on how some undercover operations could take longer than a couple hours or days, even.

Also, for those familiar with Julie James' other work, there are some nice cameo appearances from beloved characters in the FBI/U.S. Attorney series--Jack and Sam, Nick McCall, and Vaughn Roberts.

Once again, Julie James just has this way with words and story telling.  Most importantly, I love the humor and the witty banter that are signature Julie James traits!  In spite of the fact that I had found her previous two contemporaries a bit mediocre, I am very happy with The Thing About Love, and am looking forward to the next release by Julie James.


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Roll #9:
This book involves travel by air (characters travel from Chicago to Jacksonville throughout the book).  Also, the book takes place mainly in Chicago, which has a subway system.

Page Count:  380
Cash Award:  $3.00

Updated Bank Balance:  $45.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-05-08 04:13
The Thing About Love by Julie James
The Thing About Love - Julie James

 

 

 

FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.

For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team.

 

In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work as a team–a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic, beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a difficult time deciding between three and four stars for this one.

It was good, not great but not bad either however it could have used less time sort of dragging out the sit downs and socialization and really focused on the h/h who I completely adored but expected more out of after all the focus being drawn on a certain attribute or trait but then never getting to see it. I didn't really get why it was made such a big deal out of why John was this or that when he just comes off as a regular joe without anything to establish the whole he's a 'this that or other' ditto that for Jess.

I didn't particularly get why they were a love match either since there wasn't a whole lot of love to be found or explored between them since their relationship is more or less a focus on their professional bond that made them feel more like friends than lovers than any passion or emotional bond that should have been established.

Yet there is a lot of world building, there is a lot in plot, a lot in the case being worked, there is a lot involved in Julie's author voice her writing is fantastic, I just wanted more out of our h/h and a reason to cheer for their love life involvement. Still, it was a great read and I enjoyed it so in the end I went with four stars.

Good read.

 

Julie James

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-04-22 15:47
Undercover heat!
The Thing About Love - Julie James

The Thing About Love - Julie James 

 

THE THING ABOUT LOVE is such a great enemies-to-lovers story. Julie James sure knows how to write Contemporary Romance.

John and Jessica have history together. They were in the FBI academy together and became enemy number one to each other. Fast forward several years and as luck would have it, they are being put together in an undercover operation in Florida that has them in some close quarters. They may not like each other but it doesn't mean that they can't appreciate how hot the other is.

Spending a lot of time together turns up the heat and also clears up so long ago misconceptions. But, when the case is over, so is their relationship. Or so they think.

I really thought this was adorable. John and Jessica were total frenemies. It was funny to see how the other viewed how things went down between them when they were in the academy. It's a shame that they lost that time thinking poorly of each other when if they had just talked, they would have saved themselves a lot of misery. But where would the fun in that have been?

I wanted to bop both of them on the head because they just couldn't see the forest through the trees when it came to their relationship, but I'm so glad that they figured it all out in the end.

THE THING ABOUT LOVE is loosely related to the FBI/US Attorney series but can easily be read as a standalone. Some previous characters make small appearances in the book, but you don't need all the history to enjoy this story.

I hope we continue to get more books out of this FBI/US Attorney world because I just love the stories and characters that come out of it.

*Advanced Reader's Copy provided by NetGalley and Publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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review 2017-03-30 14:42
Review: The Thing About Love by Julie James
The Thing About Love - Julie James

http://witandsin.blogspot.com/2017/03/review-thing-about-love-by-julie-james.html

 

There’s simply nothing quite like a Julie James novel. The Thing About Love has everything I’ve come to love about Ms. James’s work: intelligent, interesting characters, crackling chemistry, an engaging romance, and sharp attention to detail. It’s a story that feels light on its feet but also has substance, and I loved every bit of it.

John and Jessica are irresistible characters who grabbed my attention from the first. Jessica is quite possibly my favorite of Ms. James’s heroines. Not only is she incredibly smart, she’s the best example I have ever seen in a contemporary romance of a woman working to build a successful career in a male-dominated field. From the moment she starts training at Quantico, Jessica is aware that her gender and height are working against her. Jessica doesn’t waste time feeling sorry for herself because she has a disadvantage. She works hard to overcome the obstacles in her path and I have an incredible amount of respect for her dedication, strength, and resourcefulness. Her nemesis at the Academy is John, a former Army Ranger for whom the more physical aspects of FBI training are a breeze. John is no slouch in the academic department, but there are areas where he has to work just as hard to succeed as Jessica does when it comes to the more athletic areas of their training. The two of them push each other constantly, their competitiveness bringing out the best agents in them – though they’d be loath to admit it.

The flashbacks to Quantico set the stage for John and Jessica’s reunion six years later when she transfers to the Chicago FBI office. When the two of them meet again, they pick up bickering right where they’d left off at the Academy. But having to work together undercover means they need to play nice, and I loved watching them work through their issues and come to understand one another. With that understanding comes increasingly strong sexual tension. Theirs is a slow-burn romance, and the payoff is worth it. John and Jessica have fantastic chemistry both as partners and as lovers. I honestly enjoyed watching them work together as much as I adored their romance. They complement one another perfectly, and there’s no false drama to detract from their story. The obstacles hampering John and Jessica’s romance feel realistic to the characters and their jobs and the resolution that gives these two their happily ever after left me with a huge smile on my face.

Every Julie James novel I’ve picked up features characters who feel whole and real, with fully developed personal and professional lives. The Thing About Love is no exception and it makes Jessica and John’s story all the better. When you combine Ms. James’s well-developed characters with her snappy dialogue and a romance that’s both spicy and sweet, it’s easy to see why I adored this book. I highly recommend The Thing About Love to any contemporary romance fan!


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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