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review 2017-11-12 18:30
A Lot Like Love
A Lot like Love - Julie James

Jordan happens to be the daughter of a rich man and the sister of someone who did something stupid and is paying for it. Jordan also happens to be fucking awesome all by herself. She's a successful business woman, owning her business, a popular wine store. She knows knows everything about wine.
Nick, is an undercover FBI agent who has worked one undercover job after another. He doesn't "do" relationships. He lives her the job.
You know where this is going! See, the FBI needs her for her connection to someone. She can get the FBI in, so they can get the evidence they need to take this person down. Nick becomes Jordan's fake BF. Things happen and their fake "date" has to become more. 
I enjoyed this one so much. I loved the banter between Nick and Jordan, Nick and his family, Jordan and her family. In fact, I enjoyed this so much, I wasn't ready to say goodbye at the end of the book. An epilogue would have been nice:-) Nick has his preconceived notions of who Jordan is based strictly on the fact she has money (or in this case stands to inherit $$). Jordan quickly proves him wrong. I liked how this progressed from not-quite enemies to an admiration to lovers. 
One of the only things I didn't like about this book was how most women were struck dumb by Kyle's attractiveness. Really?! It's also a little dated with the "Lost" references (Kyle looks like Sawyer).

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text 2017-09-16 01:28
A Lot Like Love By Julie James $1.99
A Lot like Love - Julie James

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 fund-raiser 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...

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text 2017-08-14 18:01
Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James $1,99
Just the Sexiest Man Alive - Julie James

Nothing fazes Taylor Donovan. In the courtroom, she never lets the opposition see her sweat. In her personal life, she never lets any man rattle her—not even her cheating ex-fiancé. So when she’s assigned to coach People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for his next big legal drama, she refuses to fall for the Hollywood heartthrob’s charms.

Jason Andrews is used to having women fall at his feet. When Taylor Donovan gives him the cold shoulder, he’s thrown for a loop. She’s unlike any other woman he’s ever met: uninterested in the limelight, seemingly immune to his advances, and shockingly capable of saying no to him. She’s the perfect challenge. And the more she rejects him, the more he begins to realize she may just be his perfect match...

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review 2017-08-02 21:08
Shrug
The Thing About Love - Julie James

I don't know what to say. This was a perfect inoffensive and bland book. Even the sex scenes were bland and usually James can write a pretty good one. I just didn't think the two leads were that interesting past their prior relationships. I really think if James had circled back to their prior relationships and actually speak on female and male dynamics when one is cheated on, it would have made for a stronger book.

 

So the male hero in this one is John Shepherd. Picture Chris Hemsworth in a FBI uniform.

 

 

 

And the female heroine is Jessica Harlow. Picture Reese Witherspoon. Yeah, picture her. 

 

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Both of them are reeling for the end of their prior relationships and both are aiming to succeed at the FBI. Jessica has transferred from LA back to her hometown in Chicago. And John is hoping he gets the call soon that will land him a coveted spot on the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team. 

 

We quickly find out that both characters have thought of the other person over the years. They met 6 years previously when they were going through their training at Quantico. They are both dismayed when they find out they are partnered on a bribery case that will take them to Florida. 

 

Honestly, there's not much to say about either character. The development of both characters was very thin. I was intrigued with John and Jessica's background and former relationships with their exes. I also think that John's storyline would have been improved if James had circled back to his rift with his long time friends. Instead as you read you can practically check the boxes cause you know what is coming your way.

 

Two characters will have initial animosity but keep noting how attractive the other person is (Blue-when this happens to me in real life I don't think about how hot the guy is, I think about how I can just stab him in the neck with a pen and roll his dead body under his desk).

 

They will both admit they handled things poorly in the past and look to become friends (Blue-I am always right. Forget that noise.)

 

They will then start to flirt and talk things that would get you an HR complaint in the real world (Blue-I have told several men over the years that I am not interested and no we are not going to discuss my sex life. Dear everyone, don't ask a man or woman about things like this at work. Otherwise you will find yourself at HR talking about how you were just making a joke.)

 

Eventually they will give in and have wild passionate sex (Blue-Please. I have read hotter sex scenes in my mom's bodice rippers back in the day). 

 

They will both start inner monologuing about love and falling for the other person (Blue-This is why rom-coms drive me up the wall. I had a guy talking to me about him thinking he was falling for me. This was after 2 dates. Don't do this.)

 

Something will come up to keep them apart. (Blue-Whatever.)

 

One or both of them will give up something so they can be together (Blue-See above).

 

I have for the most part generally liked the other books in this series. I just found this one to be rather ho-hum. A good way to past the time, but nothing that I would re-read in the future. 

 

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text 2017-08-01 14:18
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Thing About Love - Julie James

A 3 star read. Not much to write home about. A pleasant way to pass the time without having to think too hard. I wish James had followed up with some important plot points. The ending was kind of a mess though I have to say. 

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