Romantic Comedy Recap 5.14.18
It's been a while since I did a Rom-Com Recap, so I'm back again. I discovered Julie James last week, and now I’ve read everything she has written in the last 5 days. Does this mean I have no life? Probably, but it was completely worth it. I adored each of her books, which focus on attorneys and FBI agents. I am sure undercover operations are not normally this sexy, but Julie James brings a lot of heat when it comes to the undercover operations in her books. She is a master at the enemies to lovers trope.
Julie James’ most recent novel is The Thing About Love, which follows FBI Special Agents John Shepherd and Jessica Harlow on an undercover operation. They were adversaries back at Quantico but are partnered up six years later on Harlow’s first assignment since moving home to Chicago. Both agents are coming off bad breakups and are not looking forward to working together, while adjusting to their new lives. But as we find out via flashbacks, both John and Jessica were harboring feelings for each other until their pride and stubbornness took over. But as they begin working together again, those feelings start to bubble up again, but they are both determined to remain professional. But when their operation has them staying at a nice hotel in Ponte Vedra, Florida, it's difficult to deny the attraction. John is determined to make his last operation go off without a hitch since he will soon be training for the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team, while Jessica wants to make a good first impression with her first assignment from the Chicago office. I adored reading the background of John and Jessica’s rivalry and loved the scenes during their undercover operations. The two of them have so much unresolved sexual tension, but their interactions in their hotel rooms definitely pay off. I also really enjoyed their families; John is really close to his father and his younger brother, and Jessica’s twin older brother and sister are delightful (and crazy) characters. Their interactions with John and Jessica provided some excellent insight into their personalities and characters. And good news, Julie James announced The Thing About Love has been optioned for a tv series; I can’t wait to see who they cast!
Something About You is the first novel in James’ series of FBI/US Attorneys. Cameron Lynde, an assistant US Attorney is spending the night at a swanky Chicago hotel while her hardwood floors are being redone. She thought she would treat herself to a little staycation; what she didn’t count on was there being a murder in the room next door. The FBI gets involved because it looks like the murder victim was trying to blackmail a US Senator, and Special Agent Jack Pallas is the agent in charge of the case. Cameron never expected to run into Jack again. But fate has other plans. Cameron and Jack have a rocky history to say the least. Three years ago, Jack had been deep undercover, infiltrating Roberto Martino’s crime organization, and one of Cameron’s first cases as an AUSA was to prosecute the whole Martino organization. However, her boss, Silas Briggs, the US Attorney, decided against prosecuting and forced Cameron to be the one to tell Jack. Needless to say, Jack did not take this news well and made some hasty comments to reporters, pretty much calling Cameron out for not prosecuting the Martino organization. Both the US Attorney's office and the FBI were extremely displeased, and Jack was shipped off to Nebraska for the next few years. And on his first case back in the Chicago office, Jack and Cameron are thrown back together. Since she is a key witness in this murder investigation, she is placed under police surveillance to keep her safe. As she and Jack work together, their past keeps bubbling up and sparks fly, especially when the killer breaks into her house and shoots Cameron. Jack refuses to let the Chicago PD continue their police protection and declares himself as the one in charge of her protection for the remainder of the investigation. Steamy hijinks ensue. Jack and Cameron’s chemistry was insane, and I loved their relationship. I adored all the secondary characters, specifically Cameron’s best friend Collin and Jack’s partner Sam Wilkins. The great thing about Julie James’ novels are the cameos that pop up in her other books. Whenever Wilkins pops up in her subsequent books, I squeal. He is just the best.
A Lot Like Love is James’ second book in the FBI/US Attorneys series. Special Agent Nick McCall has been an undercover agent in the FBI Chicago office for six years, but he may have just met his match with this undercover operation. Billionaire heiress Jordan Rhodes owns a wine shop and has spent the last four months worrying about her twin brother Kyle, renowned computer geek who got drunk and took down Twitter for two days after his girlfriend cheated on him. The US Attorney’s office and the FBI sentenced Kyle to fourteen months in prison, even though it was his first offense. Naturally the Rhodes family is reluctant to aid the FBI. But Nick and the FBI enlist Jordan’s help to bring down restaurateur and night-club owner Xander Eckhart, who has been money laundering for the Martino crime organization. If Jordan helps them bring down Eckhart, they will release Kyle. It should be easy enough; all Jordan has to do is bring Nick to a charity wine tasting at Eckhart’s wine bar, and while Jordan distracts Xander, Nick can slip into Xander’s office and plant a few electronic listening devices. But what the FBI doesn’t plan for is that Eckhart has his sights set on Jordan and hires a private investigator to follow Nick (because he is a jealous jerk). So the fake relationship Nick and Jordan planned for one night has to continue indefinitely. The banter between Nick and Jordan is amazing and super sassy; both are extremely sarcastic and find it difficult to stay away from one another. My absolute favorite part is when Jordan explains wine tasting to Nick. Who knew there were so many sexual innuendos in the wine world? Nick never knew how sensual wine could be, that’s for sure. His reactions to Jordan’s wine tastings are priceless.
If you are looking for fun, enemies to lovers books, look no further than Julie James’ books. I loved these three books (and all her other ones). If you are planning on a beach trip or even just hanging out by a pool, definitely give these a try!