Thursday, May 05, 2011

A LOT LIKE LOVE, the latest from Julie James

Julie James has a recently released book that is the stuff of romance readers' dreams! Check it out:
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. . .

Click here for a great excerpt!
My Romance Junkies (4 Blue Ribbons) review:

Intelligent, likable characters and well-researched subjects make for an enjoyable and thought-provoking romantic suspense. Julie James successfully delivers in A LOT LIKE LOVE.

Jordan Rhodes minds her own business, busily running an exclusive, highly successful wine store. Most people don’t realize that Jordan has worked hard to make her wine shop a success without assistance from her billionaire father. She also spends a fair amount of time worrying about her brother, in prison for a seemingly silly social media crime. When FBI agent Nick McCall pays Jordan a visit and makes her an offer too good to turn down, she grabs it. All Jordan has to do is take a handsome new FBI agent as her date to the annual party of wealthy wine collector and suspected money launderer, Xander Eckhart, in order to plant bugs in his office. When the rookie agent ends up sick the day of the party, Jordan’s new date is the ruggedly handsome agent McCall. The FBI’s offer to free her brother early is the only reason she’s agreeing to work with Agent McCall. The attraction they feel comes as a surprise to both of them.
Nick appreciates Jordan’s beauty and sophistication, not to mention her business savvy, but he can’t help but see her as the spoiled princess-like daughter of a billionaire. After spending more and more time with Jordan when it appears she could be in danger, he realizes that his feelings for her have changed drastically and he’ll do anything necessary to keep her safe.
A LOT LIKE LOVE is a highly enjoyable romantic suspense. Ms. James obviously has a vast knowledge of wine and the wine industry, the resulting character conversations are comfortable and easy, making for a smooth, satisfying reading experience. Jordan and Nick have more in common than either would have initially realized. Both are fiercely loyal to family and friends, and their respect for each other’s commitment to their job is commendable. Secondary characters are equally well-written and their placement is the book plays an important role and at no time does their role feel forced or like filler. I give A LOT LIKE LOVE my highest recommendation for all readers who enjoy well-written romantic suspense.

Haven't read it yet? But you'd like to, right? I'll give away a Kindle copy of A LOT LIKE LOVE to one lucky reader here. (Remember, you don't have to have an actual Kindle to read a Kindle copy - you can read on your PC, iPod, iPad, etc.) If you've read A LOT LIKE LOVE but would like to try one of Ms. James' other books, that's fine - it can be winner's choice of her books. Just leave a comment about Julie's work - are you familiar with her books? Your favorite? Favorite cover? Now that's a tough one, isn't it? I'm finding that I like the covers, contemporary and historical, with bare female backs on them. The lines are so incredibly svelte and sensual. Mine? Now it would have to have a little pudge around the sides I'm afraid. I'll pull a winning name next Thursday, May 12th. Send a friend and if they mention your name I'll toss your name in an extra time for each mention. Good luck!


Judy F said...

I love Julie James books. They are funny and sexy.

Judy said...

I am sorry to say that I have not read any of Julie's books. This book looks very good and I love that cover. I love the purple dress and the fact that there is only a little bit of the dress shown, that makes it so sexy. I am going to check out her books!!!!


Sheree said...

Loved "Something About You" - a tortured hero who still retain a sense of humor. The banter between the guys was great - never thought guys would discuss a "meet cute". Julie James' books have awesome covers, too, and especially "A Lot Like Love" with yummy Jed Hill on the cover!

ironss [at] gmail [dot] com

Laurie G said...

I haven't read any of her books yet. I believe I have The Sexiest Man Alive buried in my TBR pile.

I love the clinch covers! All of them are in good taste. My favorite is her first one The Sexiest Man Alive. I like how he's caressing her chin. I like the red dress.

Pat L. said...

I have read several and it is hard to pick a fav - they are all so good.

And the covers are so eye catching.

Would love to win her latest as I have not gotten around to reading it yet.

patoct at yahoo dot com

Modokker said...

I've recently found Julie James. Love her writing! Her covers are beautiful.

Lisa B
Modokker at yahoo dot com