Review: It Happened One Wedding by Julie James (FBI/US Attorney #5)

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Review: It Happened One Wedding by Julie James  (FBI/US Attorney #5) four-half-stars
It Happened One Wedding by Julie James
Series: FBI/US Attorney #5
Published by Berkley/Jove on May 6, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 292
Format: Paperback
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After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, she’s thrown in to close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are…


Special Agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without...

I decided I wanted to read this book after it received a Recommended Read tag by Dear Author. Once I made that decision, this book and I did a little dance for some weeks. Amazon and Barnes & Noble sell the ebook version for $5.99…but I have a Kobo. Kobo sells the ebook for $7.99. That made my itchy “buy” fingers slow down. I simply was not going to spend $2 for the privilege of buying the book from Kobo and I almost always compare prices. When you have a book buying habit like mine every penny counts. So I eyed the MMPB a few times. B&N was selling it for $7.99 but Amazon was selling it for $7.19. I stared at it a few times but didn’t buy – I wanted the ebook. Then I saw that Amazon dropped their MMPB price from $7.19 to $6.64. I bought it right away. I have no problem paying more for a paper version but I wasn’t paying $2 more for the ebook just because I own a Kobo and not a Kindle or a nook.


I loved this book! I’ve had a pretty good case of the cranky book fussies lately. Very little has really caught my attention long enough for me to complete a book. It’s been driving me a bit batty, lol. I finally had a chance to crack open It Happened One Wedding on a recent flight and I became seriously annoyed when people (including the suddenly talkative hubby) kept interrupting me. Yaaaay! I love a good read!

It Happened One Wedding is the story of Sidney and Vaughn. Sidney caught her fiance cheating on her 2 months before their wedding and Vaughn is a commitment shy playboy. While attracted to each other, they are two people with very different priorities. Sidney knows she wants to get married and have a family so she resists Vaughn’s charm. I have to say that I really appreciate that Sidney was…an amazing character in my opinion. A supportive sister, a powerful but approachable Executive – Sidney was everything I love in a heroine: confident, successful and not in need of saving.

One of the things I enjoyed the most about this book was that Sidney continued to date even though she had a “friends with benefits” relationship with Vaughn. I appreciated the fact that Sidney wasn’t going to attempt to force Vaughn into a relationship and that she was actively going after what she wanted.

I really liked Vaughn. He was “manly” without being a raging alpha. Vaughn was very honest about what he wanted – casual relationships – but when he realized he wanted more he admitted it. The “I love you” scene was just perfect. 🙂

I really can’t say that I disliked much about this book. I smiled and laughed throughout most of the book. The only thing that bothered me (and it’s really small) was the way the situation with the cheating fiance was explained. I wanted…more? To be honest, the story just felt anti-climactic when it was revealed. Other than that, I really loved this book. I’m going to go buy the first 4 books in the series now! So excited! If even one of the other 4 books make me this happy, I’m gonna glom her backlist something serious. 😀

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