The Thing About Love
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The New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer blows the covers of two FBI agents who can’t hide who they are from each other...
FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army Ranger clashed during their training at Quantico and gladly went their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to be assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.
For both of them, being paired with an old rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work together—a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a lot more complicated...
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Classic Julie James, but not
The latest Julie James novel, The Thing About Love, was not what I expected. Don’t get me wrong, it was still classic Julie James with a smart and snarky heroine, frenemy hero and heroine, sexy FBI agent, cameo appearances by old friends, and a believable plot that keep everything moving. All the usual elements, but there is just something different and it is wonderful. A slightly different energy gives this novel a fresh, new feel. The words rat-a-tat off the page like a classic Bogart and Bacall (those of you that are too young to know who they were, Google). Then there is the cover! I have such cover love for this one. I wanted nothing more than to curl up with this book from start to finish, sadly that didn’t get to happen. I always look forward to a new Julie James and I definitely was not disappointed. Except when I turned the last page and realized I had to wait for the next one.
If you like smart, snarky, sparkling storytelling pick this one up as soon as you can.
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I was given an advanced copy of this book to write an honest review for Netgalley and Cocktails and Books.
I thoroughly enjoyed this fun and flirty story. What makes it so captivating are the well developed characters and the the witty, snappy dialogue. I enjoyed the main characters and all the entertaining secondary characters. This is a fast paced story with a hunky, alpha male hero and a sassy heroine.
Special agent John Shepperd and special agent Jessica Harlow first meet when they go through the FBI academy in Quantico together. They spend twenty one weeks trying to outwit each other and compete over everything. By the end of their training, they loathe each other and hope they never meet again. Before joining the FBI, John was an Army Ranger and is the biggest, most athletic in their training group. While Jessica, an attorney, is one of two women in their class and feels she has to constantly prove herself.
Now, six years later, Jessica moves back to her hometown of Chicago and finds herself partnered with her former nemesis, John. Neither of them is happy to be working undercover together and find themselves falling right back into their old habit of competing over everything. I was laughing out loud, enjoying their snarky remarks and how they continually try to one up each other. All the while, pretending to everyone else, they get along. As they work on the case, they grudgingly start to admire each other and find themselves having to fight their mutual attraction.
I loved the chemistry between John and Jessica. They have a dry wit and there is a lot of verbal bantering and funny lines. Julie James has an easy, breezy, carefree style of writing that is so hard for most writers to achieve but she seems to do it effortlessly. I was immediately transported into John and Jessica's world and I never wanted to leave.