Release Date: 01 Mar 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement
Summary: 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.
Review: Wine connoisseur Jordan is incredibly worried about her twin brother who was recently incarcerated for shutting down twitter after his girlfriend broke up with him via tweet. She's been given an opportunity to get him released if she allows sexy FBI agent Nick to go undercover as her boyfriend at an exclusive party hosted by a suspected money launderer. I don't think there's any part of A Lot Like Love's premise that didn't have me totally hooked.
A Lot Like Love was such a fun read. It had everything I desire in a romance novel; an interesting story, witty banter, great chemistry etc. I was especially appreciative of the fantastic characters. Our hero and heroine, Jordan and Nick, were both so easy to love. I loved each of them as an individual but together they were on fire. I even found myself falling for one of the minor characters, Kyle the very naughty, dramatic brother. I'm so excited that he will be getting his own book. He and Jordan were hilarious together, loved all of the jail jokes/humor.
Often times I honestly don't care about the storyline when it comes to romances. I have to say that I really enjoyed this one though. The special agent/undercover tension was very well done and added a lot to the the romance. I had expected to be turned off by the undercover scenes since I'm not one for the misunderstandings and confusion that it usually brings out. James didn't do that to us though. She used it as a tool to feed their banter and passion, and I loved every second of it.
I only have one itsy bitsy complaint about the book. I'm not a wine girl. I enjoyed the wine talk thrown in the beginning of the book because it made the characters' lives more real. I also adored when the wine talk turned sensual. However, it became a little tedious for me nearing the end of the book when it was just page after page of wineries and wine making.
That said, I enjoyed the book too much to let that bother me. A Lot Like Love was fun, witty and didn't have much of any angst, thank you Julie James! We got to see both Jordan and Nick's POV which is another aspect that I always enjoy. Both characters had great voices. Basically I can sum up this review by saying that this book was a quick read simply because I couldn't put it down once I got started. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Thoughts as I Read:
- ""So? Tell us. How'd you meet him?" "What does he do?" Melinda asked. "Nice, Melinda. You're so shallow." Connie turned to Jordan. "Is he hot?"" I'm always surprised when I find myself laughing more during romances than humor books. James definitely has the banter down that I love so much.
- "She spoke under her breath to Nick. "Is there a reason he's only wearing one sock?" "He puked on his foot." "Oh." She turned back to Huxley. "Can we get you another sock?"" Ugh, that always happens to me. Not the puke-y sock, but whenever I absolutely can't be sick, I always get the plague.
- "She braced one arm against the door frame. "That's the longest you've gone without talking since we met, Brooklyn. I take it you like the dress." Busted." I love the start of their relationship. Nick's POV is especially fun to read.
- "He shrugged. "Fine by me. I'm as eager as the next guy to get to spit or swallow." She so was going to regret giving him that as ammunition. "Next up is smelling the wine." "This sure is a lot of foreplay." Nick peeked over the bar. "Don't they have any wines back there that are into quickies?"" I loved this scene! Perfect combination of wittiness and attraction.
- ""Do you kiss all your fake boyfriends like that?" he asked raggedly. "Considering you're the only fake boyfriend I've ever had, yes," she panted. When he waited for her to say more, she put on her best innocent face and tried to sound nonchalant. "What? You told me to make it look good, so I did."" I was so worried about the undercoverness/pretending for nothing. I love what it adds to this book.
- ""I'm sorry you couldn't made it home this weekend." She rested her chin in her hand and sighed. "What can I say? Xander's an asshat." Nick blinked, then laughed. And something pulled tight in his chest when he realized that was exactly what she'd intended. "I didn't realize billionaire heiresses were allowed to say asshat."" What is it about that word that makes me giggle so much?
- "When she opened her eyes, she saw Nick watching her intently. "What?" "It's just... when you eat and drink, you make these faces that ar-" He stopped himself and exhaled. "Never mind."" I read this scene so many times and all I can think of is Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, the original food moaner.
- "Jordan stood up from the table, brushed past Nick, and followed Cal to the door. She went for a joke, trying to cover her embarrassment. "Not the way DeVine Cellars usually treat its customers. I guess I should've warned you that it's 'Take a Tall, Dark, and Scowly Guy to Work' day."" I need one of those days where I work especially if I'm provided a sexy, jealous FBI agent.
- "She raised an eyebrow. "I'm not used to taking orders in the bathtub, Agent McCall." "You better not be."" Oh, yum!
Rating: 4½ Bites