Review: A Lot Like Love by Julie James

Posted June 14, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

Review: A Lot Like Love by Julie JamesA Lot Like Love  by Julie James
Series: FBI/US Attorney #2
Published by Berkley on March 1st 2011
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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four-stars

The FBI wants her cooperation...

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.

Agent McCall just wants her...

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.

Nick McCall is an FBI Special Agent who has spent the last six years working undercover. The Roberto Martino case has led to another potential suspect who has laundered money for Martino’s organization. Jordan Rhodes owns a wine business, is the daughter of a billionaire and the twin of man who is now in prison for computer hacking. She’s been invited to the suspect’s gala event and is the FBI’s ticket to gaining entry to his establishment to place listening devices.

I really enjoyed this story, primarily because of the characters. Nick is given more dimension through his interactions with his family, providing another perspective of the hard-edged G-man. Jordan is interesting, witty and self-confident without being arrogant. She’s quick and the dialogue with Nick is the real winner of this story. She and her brother, Kyle, have more than the typical twin relationship, providing lots of fun banter to mitigate the fact it’s happening in prison. And, while neither Jordan nor Nick seems to like each other very much initially because of preconceived notions about the other, the relationship warms naturally as they get to know one another. The romance isn’t overpowered by the case but the ending was climactic enough, though it’s still light on the suspense angle.

As with the first book in the series, the story moves at a perfect pace with a nice blend of humor, romance and suspense. Characters from the first book also appear in this one, though not as much as I would have preferred. Still, I’m continuing to enjoy this series and look forward to the next book.

About Julie James

After graduating from law school, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie James clerked for the United States Court of Appeals. She then practiced law with one of the nation’s largest firms for several years until she began writing screenplays. After Hollywood producers optioned two of her scripts, she decided to leave the practice of law to write full-time.

Julie’s books have been listed on the American Library Association’s Reading List for Top Genre Novels, Booklist‘s Top 10 Romances of the Year, and have been featured as one of Cosmopolitan magazine’s Red Hot Reads. Julie’s novels also were chosen as the Best Contemporary Romances of 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 in the All About Romance Readers’ Polls. Her books have been translated into sixteen languages and Julie’s seventh novel, It Happened One Wedding, hit bookstores and on-line booksellers this spring on May 6th.

Julie James lives with her husband and two children in Chicago, where she is currently working on her next book.

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2 responses to “Review: A Lot Like Love by Julie James

  1. Yay! This another audiobook I’m looking forward to.
    Thanks for the great review, I totally got your thoughts about it without giving too much away. I can’t wait to get my ears on the first installment.