A Lot Like Love by Julie James
Series: FBI/US Attorney #2
Published by Berkley/NAL Publishing Group on March 1, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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The FBI wants her cooperation...
As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city's top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there's only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother's release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.
Agent McCall just wants her...
As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This "date" with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they're both determined to pull off even if they can't be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick's investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they're a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more.
The Julie James FBI/US Attorney series glomming continues!
This one was good. I enjoyed it but not as much as books #1 and #5. It was good. Not great but good.
Of course, some of my trepidation maybe related to the fact that I dislike deception in Romance books. I don’t know why, it just makes me all squirmy. While I understood the reason and nature of the deception (Jordan and Nick pretend to be a couple in order to get information to stop mafia related corruption), it still bothered me. Especially since Jordan has to introduce an undercover Nick to her friends under a false identity. She felt bad about deceiving her friends and I felt bad about it, too. I actually took quite some time (for me) to finish reading this one – I kept putting it down due to the deception – but since the deception wasn’t between the hero and heroine I was able to finish the book with too much squirming.
Other than my personal deception issues (and one problem mentioned below) I enjoyed A Lot Like Love! I really enjoy the interactions and conversations between the main characters and – per usual – Julie James’ heroines are a breath of fresh air. I think that this quote really sums up why I love Julie James heroines:
Nick folded his arms across his chest, not worried in the slightest. “In what alternative reality do you think Jordan’s going to allow anyone to make decisions for her?” He gestured to the doors that led to the X-ray room. “But you should go give her that speech right now. She could use a good laugh, and that ought to do the trick.”
Outside of deception, the biggest issue I had with A Lot Like Love with the situation with Nick’s ex-booty partner. At the beginning of the book, there is a scene with Nick and a woman he used to casually hook up with named Lisa. Lisa was extremely unhappy that Nick brushed her off and she reappears near the end of the book. Lisa is used to create a pivotal turning point for the plot but her character is the one-dimensional, harpy-ish, jealous other woman. Lisa follows Nick to Jordan’s workplace one day and confronts Jordan after Nick leaves. Getting no satisfaction from the confrontation with Jordan, Lisa storms off. Lisa’s attitude catches the attention of the man the antagonist assigned to follow Jordan and he makes contact with her. Lisa tells the man everything she knows about Nick – destroying his cover. Of course, since Lisa is a toss away character, no mention of her and her contribution is really made again. While this situation would normally bother me only slightly – James uses this same type of character in the same basic way It Happened One Wedding (which I read first).
All in all, I had very few complaints about this book and I was entertained! The best parts of A Lot Like Love center around the sizzling dialogue between the main characters and their great chemistry. Recommended for Contemporary Romance Readers!