A Very Modern Romance in Love Irresistibly by Julie James

Posted September 9, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 9 Comments

A Very Modern Romance in Love Irresistibly by Julie JamesLove Irresistibly by Julie James
Series: FBI/US Attorney #4
Published by Berkley on April 2, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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four-half-stars

HE’S USED TO GETTING WHAT HE WANTS…

A former football star and one of Chicago’s top prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan will do anything to nail a corrupt state senator, which means he needs Brooke Parker’s help. As general counsel for a restaurant company, she can get a bug to the senator’s table at one of her five-star restaurants so the FBI can eavesdrop on him. All Cade has to do is convince Brooke to cooperate—and he’s not afraid to use a little charm, or the power of his office, to do just that.

AND WHAT HE WANTS IS HER

A savvy businesswoman, Brooke knows she needs to play ball with the U.S. Attorney’s office—even if it means working with Cade. No doubt there’s a sizzling attraction beneath all their sarcastic quips, but Brooke is determined to keep things casual. Cade agrees—until a surprising turn of events throws his life into turmoil, and he realizes that he wants more than just a good time from the one woman with whom he could fall terrifyingly, irresistibly in love…

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Quick summary
Assistant US Attorney Cade Morgan meets Brooke Parker, general counsel for a restaurant company, when he needs to set up a sting at one of her dining locales. Though there’s obviously an attraction, her past relationships haven’t survived the rigors of her career and he never has progressed beyond casual.

 

Story dynamics
Though there’s an element of suspense centered around the sting, it’s minor as the real issues are focused on Cade and Brooke’s relationship. It takes a while for the two of them to even admit they were in one. Their friends figured it out before they did. She’s smart, driven and operating in a male-dominated arena so she’s a challenge for Cade. He’s attractive, successful but his normal “Barbie” date allows him to get away with keeping it casual.

 

What really works
Brooke and Cade’s relationship is honest, sexy and steamy. It evolves in spite of the two of them, developing slowly and naturally, which is one of the highlights of the story. Both of them are multi-dimensional characters with lots to like about them individually and as an unconventional couple. Their banter is clever, fresh and fun. When serious challenges arise for both of them, the impact on the two are handled realistically and emotionally. Their reactions will hook you emotionally.

 

The bottom line
I’m a big fan of this series even though it morphed from romantic suspense to contemporary romance with light elements of suspense. The stories are always well written with carefully designed characters who are incredibly interesting. This one is one of my favorites because of the dialogue, the depths of the characters and the relationship conflicts that ring true and relevant. I breezed through this story and was sorry to reach the end.

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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9 responses to “A Very Modern Romance in Love Irresistibly by Julie James

  1. I know, I know! I should have already listened to this series, but I wasn’t a big fan of romantic suspense, in fact, the only book I had listened from this genre when this came out was Linda Howard’s Dye for Me, and I don’t know why I didn’t enjoyed the genre then, but that’s all changed now, and I really liked my last romantic suspense listens, so this would be one the first ones I’ll add to my list.
    Great job Jonetta 🙂

    • Thanks, Lupdilup! The first book in the series is romantic suspense but the rest are contemporary romance with some suspense elements. They’re all really well written with great characters and storylines. I’d bump this one up.

  2. I started with the latest book because I got it in the mail from Tantor for review by mistake. But it was a happy mistake. I have the rest on audio too. I’m going to listen to them by the end of the year.