Series: FBI/US Attorney

Audio Review: The Thing About Love by Julie James

Posted June 2, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 1 Comment

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

Audio Review: The Thing About Love by Julie JamesThe Thing About Love by Julie James
Series: FBI/US Attorney #7
Narrator: Karen White
Published by Tantor Audio on April 18, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 12 hours, 17 minutes
Source: Publisher
Audio | Goodreads
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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 and gladly went their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to be 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 together-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 . . .

 

Jennifer read and reviewed this book earlier. Here’s mine of the audio version and how it connects with the series.

 
FBI Special Agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have an interesting history. They attended the academy together and competed against each other full out. Both graduated with not so great opinions of each other. Now, six years later they find themselves in the same Chicago office assigned to the same high profile undercover case in Jacksonville. They’re both professionals so of course they’re going to make it work…right:)

 
This isn’t one of those stories with lots of action and pivotal moments. It is, however, a wonderfully developed story about these two characters. We begin with John and then transition to Jessica’s point of view. I loved watching from the sidelines as these two slowly discovered what we already know…that they are two highly skilled and admirable people who’ve experienced hard knocks in the area of relationships. They come from close-knit families, are well adjusted and are kinda perfect for each other.

 
I liked how the story meandered getting to its conclusion. When you really like the main characters and their interactions with each other, it’s just fun waiting to see it work out. Jessica’s well respected as is John and their constant need to compete with each other make for some entertaining moments. I liked her spirit, his grit and their relationship. The narrator really nails the personality of them both and I enjoyed listening to the story.

 
Despite it not being formally connected to the FBI/US Attorney series on Goodreads (which I love), it is #7 as there are characters from the series showing up here. Just be advised. Yes, it stands alone well but for you purists out there, that’s the order.

 

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About Karen White

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audio books since 1999 and has well over 150 books to her credit and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Honored to be included inAudiofile’s Best Voices 2010 and 2011, she’s also an Audie Finalist and Best Audiobook of the Year winner for 2009, 2010 and 2011 (The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon Reed, Too Good to be True by Erin Arvedlund, and Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor) and she has earned multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards, recently for and You Had Me at Woof by Julie Klam and Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz. Publishers Weekly says of Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, “Karen White delivers a stunning reading, her character interpretations are confident and well-rounded, and she forges a strong bond with the audience.” Speaking of Audiobooks says of her, “Karen is one of my auto-buy narrators – if I think a book may interest me, her narration will sway me to give it a try.”

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

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Posted June 3, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | 8 Comments

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Review: About That Night by Julie James

Review: About That Night by Julie James

Posted July 17, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

  Rylann Pierce and Kyle Rhodes had an encounter in Champaigne, Illinois nine years ago when she was a law school student and he was completing his graduate work. Circumstances interrupted what might have been and now they find themselves together again but this time in court to handle his request to reduce his sentence to time served. She’s now an assistant US attorney working out of the Chicago office and he’s trying to pick up the pieces of his life after having served four months in prison for hacking into Twitter and shutting it down for two days.I enjoyed Kyle’s relationship with his sister Jordan in A Lot Like Love and he doesn’t disappoint here. He’s interesting, clever and extremely appealing (looks like Sawyer […]


Review: A Lot Like Love by Julie James

Review: A Lot Like Love by Julie James

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

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 […]


Review: Something About You by Julie James

Review: Something About You by Julie James

Posted June 7, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

Cameron Lynde happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and inadvertently glimpsed a man who had just committed murder. She’s an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago and finds herself needing witness protection as police and the FBI search for the killer. Unfortunately, the FBI Special Agent assigned to the case is Jack Pallas and the two of them have a history that’s not good. They soon find themselves dealing with new emotions that provide many moments of sexual tension that both find hard to resist. Julie James is a new author for me and I’m now an instant fan. This story is well written with a delicious mix of humor, suspense, mystery and romance. The secondary characters are also well developed and […]