Review: Love Irresistibly by Julie James (FBI / US Attorney #4)
April 2 2013
Mass Market Paperback
Received from publisher
Yummy Man – Cade Morgan
Kick Ass Chick – Brooke Parker
From Goodreads –
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…
Love Irresistibly is the fourth book in Julie James FBI/US Attorney series. I love this series. Don’t worry if you have not picked up the other books before reading this one. Julie calls this a series but it’s only because the characters crossover a bit. You will not feel left behind at all – but you should read them eventually though because they are really good reads. This is one of my most favorite contemporary romance series and Julie is easily one of my favorite contemporary romance authors.
Love Irresistibly is Cade and Brooke’s book. Let me tell you, these two are super cute together.
Cade is a US Attorney. He is smart and quick and really good at his job. And he knows he’s good – it’s what gives him a little cocky edge. I don’t know why but I love a man with a slightly cocky attitude in my contemporary books. But dude must also have a caring soul, and Cade definitely has that. His character surprised me more than once. He is actually quite complex but not so angst ridden that he’s no fun to read. He was a great balance of what I find important in a contemporary hero (charm, intelligence, sass, heart, yumminess). After meeting him in the last book I really wanted to love him in his book. And I did.
Brooke is the GC for a restaurant company. Basically she is the in-house lawyer but she has also been helping build the company. Sterling Restaurants is an up and coming company and Brooke knows just what needs to be done to build it higher. She is very driven – almost to the point of crazy but it’s all good. There are definite similarities between Julie James’ heroines. They are all very intelligent, strong in their field and determined to get what they have planned out of life. I like that her ladies are like that and Brooke definitely fits in that category. She faces some pretty significant life changes in this book and I appreciated how she faced them. She stayed strong and true to herself. I felt she was a very real character. And I absolutely adored her with Cade.
Cade and Brooke are just perfect for each other. They understand the demands of each other’s job and are totally accepting of the other. And even though they are in a bit of a ‘no this is not a relationship’ cycle at first, it’s obvious they truly care for one another. And their chemistry is instant. Julie does a wonderful job writing them together. There is never any doubt that Cade and Brooke belong together.
I was so happy that there wasn’t a huge conflict in this book. Honestly, contemporary romance couples don’t need to face big issues all the time. Life is a big enough issue. I really liked how Julie handled the relationship in this book. I’m not saying that Cade and Brooke’s coupling was all fluff and rainbows but it was life that threw them for loops (and their own stubbornness) and not some crazy stalker ex-boyfriend or a horrible car accident or anything like that. For me, that’s just right. Julie’s books are written this way. The couples have to go through growing pains or some sort of self-discovery but there is never some ridiculously forced bad-guy thing driving a wedge between the couple. That sort of stuff belongs in PNR or UF or romantic suspense books in my opinion. Contemporary romance books should be fun to read the whole way through. They can make you cry and laugh and jump around while feeling deliriously happy but they should not make you want to throw the book across the room. I feel Julie writes contemporary romance exactly right.
There were some amazing side characters in this book, but that’s not really surprising since Julie always writes amazing supporting characters. Ford is Brooke’s best friend and I totally want him to get a book! He is great. And the two FBI agents who are on the case with Cade, Huxley and Vaughn, were fantastic too. I want Vaughn (Cade’s best friend) to have a book too.
Dialogue is extremely important in a book and I find it’s especially important in a contemporary book. Julie writes amazing dialogue. It’s smart and witty. Her characters always have a sarcastic edge to them and it is well reflected in the dialogue. I smiled a lot while reading and I laughed a lot too. The way the characters interact in this book was perfect.
I honestly have no complaints about Love Irresistibly. The characters were completely lovable, the story was smart, the pace was perfect and the writing was solid. Julie James is an auto-buy author for me. I absolutely love her books and I’m sure if you are a fan of contemporary romance, you will love this latest installment.
Can you tell I’m a total fan girl? 😉
Giggle worthy quotes
“He cocked his head, studying her. ‘You’re nervous about tonight.’ A statement, not a question.
She shook her head. ‘No.’ She glared at his knowing expression. ‘Fine, maybe a little. If I threw you inot a complex multimillion-dollar restaurant deal on less then forty-eight hours’ notice, how well do you think you’d do?’
‘I’d kick ass.’
Truly, she wanted to shake him at times.”
“’Have dinner with me tomorrow.’
His directness took Brooke by surprise. She’d expected more quips and quasi-flirtatious sarcasm, not to be asked on an actual date. ‘I’m not sure that’s a good idea.’ Actually, certain parts of her were just fine with the idea of spending the evening with Cade. But other parts, the ones that were still thinking despite the blinding hotness of the cobalt blue eyes and three-piece suit, were remembering that she’d vowed to stay away from any emotional entanglements for a while.
‘I was there when we kissed, you know,’ he said in response to her hesitation. ‘I’m pretty sure you liked it. A lot.’ He took a step closer, so that she was trapped between him and her desk.
She put her hand on his chest to stop him. ‘Easy there, cowboy. This is a place of busin-‘ she paused, pushing her palm against what was undeniably a very firm pectoral muscle. ‘Seriously, why are you so built for a lawyer?’”
Books in the FBI / US Attorney series –
Something About You
A Lot Like Love
About That Night