Review: A Lot Like Love by Julie James
March 1 2011
Mass Market Paperback
Received from publisher
Yummy Man – Nick McCall
Kick Ass Chick – Jordan Rhodes
“Jordan Rhodes is invited to all of Chicago’s best parties, but there’s only one the FBI wants to crash. To get her brother out of jail, she agrees to take Agent McCall as her date. But when the mission gets botched, requiring their “relationship” to continue, it starts to feel less like an investigation-and a lot like something else.”
Seriously, is it possible for Julie James to write something that isn’t really fun, sexy and smart? Is it possible for Julie to write absolute and utter crap?
A Lot Like Love is Julie’s newest contribution to the Contemporary Romance world. It’s the story of Nick McCall, an undercover agent with the FBI and how he gets wrapped up with Jordan Rhodes, a billionaire heiress.
Jordan may be a billionaire heiress, but she is not like the ones you see on TV – thank goodness. She is a smart and successful business woman. Her business is wine. Once again Julie’s research talents came through in this book. Jordan’s knowledge of wine and the various vintages and notes was outstanding. I think I may have learned something from her! Jordan’s father doesn’t foot the bill for her or her twin brother’s life. They have to earn a living and carve out their own way in the world. That made Jordan a smart and compassionate woman. And her brother…well he took down Twitter.
That part of the story is really quite funny. Jordan’s brother, Kyle, is in prison because he froze Twitter for a couple of days. (I’ll leave the details out of it so you can giggle lots when you read it.) Really, his sentence is much harsher than it should be, but what can you do. When Jordan is approached by the FBI about helping them out, they offer a shorter jail stint for Kyle in exchange for her cooperation. Of course, because she is a smart and compassionate woman, she says yes. And that is how Jordan and FBI Special Agent Nick McCall meet.
Nick is awesome. He works undercover so he is barely able to have his own life. Then he meets Jordan. I really enjoyed how they were like oil and water at first. Come to think of it, they were like that near the end too! But they are excellent together. Sharp and quick. And even though Nick is a little rough around the edges, he makes a very good match for Jordan. I loved their dialogue. It made me smile – they made me smile. Oh, and Nick’s “don’t-fuck-with-me face”…it too made me smile.
One thing that kind of surprised me in A Lot Like Love is that we got to see characters from Something About You. Jack Pallas was part of this story as was Cameron! That is a first for Julie. Usually her characters don’t cross-over from one book to the next but I really liked this new direction. I enjoyed Jack and his FBI partner in the last book and it was great to see them again. And it looks like this is something Julie is thinking of continuing since her next book, title still unknown, will be Kyle’s! That should be a really fun read as Kyle was quite…special.
Now back to my earlier question. No, I don’t think it’s possible for Julie to write crap. Her style is wonderful, her characters are lovable and you can tell she really puts a lot into each story. Goodness, she could write a book about a monks and hippos and it would be fantastic! But that is not Julie’s next project, Kyle’s story is. That one should hit stores sometime in 2012.
Giggle worthy quotes
“He raised an eyebrow. ‘Wine with cheese fries? No thanks.’
‘Wine with everything. Because wine means the responsible part of the day is over.’”
“’I shouldn’t be doing this, ‘she murmured against his ear. ‘I don’t even like you seventy-five percent of the time.’”
“It was Twitter.”