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review 2017-08-02 21:08
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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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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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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

 

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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.

 

 

Until next time book lovers...

 

 

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