Feb 22, 2011

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Review: Something About You by Julie James

Contemporary Romance
March 2 2010
Mass Market Paperback
336 pages

Yummy Man – Jack Pallas
Kick Ass Chick – Cameron Lynde

From Goodreads
“Staying overnight in a luxury hotel, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde overhears a high-profile murder involving a U.S. Senator. Special Agent Jack Pallas is assigned to the investigation-the same Jack Pallas who still blames her for nearly ruining his career three years ago. Now the pair will have to put their rocky past behind them, focus on the case at hand-and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.”


I flew through this book.  I read it in one day.  For me, that is quite the feat.  The story was fun, the characters enigmatic…I just loved it.  And after reading this I just have to say that Julie James did it again.

Something About You is a little different from Julie’s other books.  This one included a bit of a  suspense/mystery.  You find out who the bad guy is pretty early on, but it doesn’t stop you from sitting at the edge of your seat because you’re not sure how everything will play out exactly.  Will Cameron ever know the whole truth?  Will Jack ever figure it all out?  I liked the little twist to this book.  It was very well written, and even though this is a romance novel and you know that Jack and Cameron will end up together in the end, you’re not entirely sure how the rest of the story will pan out.  But it still wasn’t so suspenseful that I lost sleep.  And for me that’s good, because when I’m reading a contemporary romance, I want to be entertained without suffering from stomach pains.

Cameron is a great heroine.  I liked how she was a little different than past leading ladies in Julie’s books.  She is definitely career oriented and her job as an Assistant U.S. Attorney is very very important to her, but she still knows the importance of life outside of work.  Her best friend is getting married soon, her other best friend is going through a tough patch too and she finds the time to be there for both of them.  While still kicking ass at the office of course.

Jack is really fun to read.  Rough around the edges, he’s FBI all the way.  He sort of said something stupid to the press about Cameron a few years back and it sort of soured their working relationship…and that’s putting it mildly.  And just when they were probably going to hook up back then too.  Jack has to step in it…and smear it around a little too.  I thought it was good how, even when falling in love, Jack never loses his rough edges.  That’s part of who he is and I really appreciated how Julie kept him true to himself.

Now, there are two things that really stand out for me in a Julie James book.  One, when she writes about her characters’ career, you can tell that she’s done her research or that she’s done the job herself.  Whether they are cops or lawyers or whatever, these characters know what they are doing and know what they are talking about.  And two, the chemistry between the characters is incredible.  And not just the main two, ALL of the characters.  The best friends, the co-workers, even the guy at the coffee shop.  Everyone just clicks.  Not one character seems forced or out of place.  I know I can count on those two thing when reading one of Julie’s books, and it was no exception in this one.

Something About You is yet another story filled with endearing main characters, lovely supporting characters, interesting plotting and a happy ending that will curl your toes.  But now I have read all of Julie’s books!  I don’t have any more waiting for me in my book closet.  I am finding that a little sad…  But I don’t need to fret too much though since her next book, A Lot Like Love is hitting shelves on March 1st 2011.  Woot!

5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“Collin snorted.  ‘Like you would know.  When’s the last itme you read one of my columns?’
She pooh-poohed this with a wave.  ‘I read your column all the time.’
‘Oh?  What was last week’s about?’
‘Sports stuff.’
Collin turned to Wilkins and Jack.  ‘This is why I stick to men.’
Cameron watched as Jack and Wilkins processed the meaning of Collin’s remark.  Wilkins blinked.  ‘Holy shit, I didn’t realize you were…’ he trailed off uncomfortably.
‘A Sox fan?  I get that a lot,’ Collin said teasingly.”
“’I was standing on the stairs when Jack first showed up at the door, and I saw they was you looked at him, Cam.’
Cameron threw her hands up in frustration.  ‘What is this so-called ‘look’?’  Whatever it was, she was going to have to start taking extreme measures to guard against it.
Amy grinned.  ‘You know the Tom and Jerry cartoon where Tom hasn’t eaten for days and he imagines Jerry looking like a ham?  Kind of like that.’”
Purple Hair stopped dusting blush over Cameron’s cheeks.  ‘Hold up.  Are you talking about the dark-haired guy who came in with you?  The one who searched me before I could do your makeup?’
Cameron grimaced.  ‘Sorry about that.’
‘Don’t be – it was the highlight of my month.’”

  1. This book sounds so darn cute!!!!

  2. I love Julie James’ books; she’s an auto-buy author for me. Love the scene where he reveals he’s a “Sox fan”!

  3. Mandi – It really is so darn cute. 🙂

    Patti – I really liked Collin and his side story. I really love how Julie writes supporting characters.

  4. I’m really excited to read this one, especially because of the suspense element. Thanks for the review!

  5. I am finally gonna read my first Julie James book in March. I am truly looking forward to it. And if I like it I will go back for this 😀

  6. Once I saw your review on the first Julie James book I bought ALL of them within 24 hours. Love this author. Can’t wait for her next book (March I think)

  7. Jack Pallas is all kinds of yum!!! I loved this book and can’t wait for A Lot Like Love!

  8. Hi Julie!
    I love Julie James’ books, too! I have this one unread on my TBR pile. I’d better get to it–it sounds like a really fun read!

    p.s. Love the new layout!

    p.p.s. I just read your About Me for the first time a few minutes ago and it almost felt like what I would write about how I started reading romance, too! Mine just happened in 2006… I used to read a lot of YA from maybe 2004-2006 when after reading Twilight in Sept. 2006, I looked for adult romanticized vampire stories and read Dark Lover, Lover Eternal and Lover Awakened which had just come out. The rest, they say, is history!

  9. Book Vixen – It does add a nice twist to the storyline. 🙂

    blodeuedd – Which one are you going to read? I can’t wait to see what you think!!!

    Amy – He is all kinds of Yum!

    Christine – Our story is similar! lol And yes read this book soon. You’ll love it!

  10. Sounds like another great book from Julie James (I think you’re just biased because of the name. :-P) I haven’t read any of Julie’s books yet but from all the reviews I’ve seen I really need to take some time to pick on up soon!

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