*apparently Amazon print version is under review as of 3/3/11
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Not a series although characters are mentioned from Something About You
Julie James is a new-to-me author I stumbled across this year from stalking my blogger friends. This author is like baked lays; once you read one you have to read ‘em all. So, to say I was ‘excited’ to get my hands on A Lot Like Love is an understatement.
A Lot Like Love stars tall, dark, and smoldering Nick McCall; an Italian, undercover FBI agent. A no strings kind of commitment phobe. His latest assignment is to take down wealthy restaurateur Xander Eckart and the only person who can help is billionaire heiress and wine shop owner Jordan Rhodes. Jordan is no Paris Hilton, she actually works for a living and even though she and her twin brother, Kyle are set to inherit a ba-gillion dollars, she is down to earth. Her twin brother Kyle is in jail for hacking twitter and taking it offline (this is effing hilarious in the book) in order to release him from jail early, Jordan must work with the FBI to take down Xander.
[When Jordan and Nick first meet]
How Can I help you, Agent McCall? [Jordan]
“Unfortunately, I’m not at liberty to fill you in on the details here.” [Nick]
“I’m sure whatever it is you have to say, the chardonnays will keep it confidential.” [Jordan]
“I never trust a chardonnay.” [Nick]
“And I don’t trust the FBI.” [Jordan]
This book could have gone the whole spoiled heiress route and I’m so glad it didn’t. Since I don’t a. have a billion dollars (yet – Mr. Steve Jobs I’m waiting for you xoxoxo) or b. a Mazarati; it would have been hard to connect with the main heroine if she was the spoiled rich heiress. But, Jordan is a down-to-earth girl who likes to stand on her own two feet and like most of James’s female leads she’s independent, witty, and likable. I’m also a sucker for I-didn’t-like-you-at-first-impression but I’m still really attracted to you type of tension.
If you were expecting the legal theme from James’s first 3 books this one focused more on the undercover FBI angle rather than what I like to call the Law and Order-esk theme from her previous books. Don’t get me wrong I liked this book with all my book heart, but I think I missed some of the aspects and characters from the 3 previous books like Jack Pallas’s intensity, or Jason Andrews sarcastic banter.
There are guest appearances by Jack Pallas and his new DA from Something Like You throughout the book, which always makes KC happy. Julie James also brought her side character A-game especially with Jordan’s twin, Kyle, and the prissy Ivy league FBI agents. How can you not fall in love with a guy who hacks Twitter because his girlfriend broke up with him? I’m really hoping Kyle gets his own story once of these days.
Although I miss the law and order-esk theme from James earlier books, A Lot Like Love had me devouring the entire 304 pages in one evening and left me with a smile on my face. I dare you not to like this book!
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