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Love Irresistibly

Love Irresistibly, April 2013
by Julie James

Berkley
Featuring: Brooke Parker; Cade Morgan
304 pages
ISBN: 0425251195
EAN: 9780425251195
Kindle: B0090UOIW2
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"Solid entry in one of the better Contemporary Romance series..."

Fresh Fiction Review

Love Irresistibly
Julie James

Reviewed by Rachel Williams
Posted February 23, 2013

Romance Contemporary

As the latest novel in the FBI/US Attorney series, LOVE IRRESISTIBLY has firmly established Julie James as one of today's premiere Contemporary Romance authors. Fresh and inventive, full of intelligent people and witty repartee, this is a great story in a fantastic series. James really knows her lawyers, how they work and what makes them tick. Also, as this fourth entry in the series proves she has learned the art of the steamy sex scenes. No more fade to black bedroom scenes in this one.

Brooke Parker is general counsel for the Sterling Corporation, owner of a number of premier restaurants. She is approached by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan to aide in a corruption sting. The attraction between the two is instantaneous, but issues and problems abound. Both have just come off of relationships that broke up due to their job commitment and inability to be emotionally available. Both wonder if they are able to carry on any kind of a stable relationship with the kind of hours they work. They are both wary and commitment-phobic after being burned too many times in the romance department. They begin a very tentative relationship, one that they both plan to be nothing more than a light, casual affair. Fate has other plans...

There were a number of things that set this story apart from the average Contemporary Romance. Not only was the banter smart and witty; the leads were genuinely clever people, driven go-getters who are on the rise in their respective fields. There was more to the story than just the romance; there was a good backdrop of family and friends to keep the story interesting. I would genuinely like to know more about Brooke's friend Ford and her boss Ian Sterling. If James decides to branch out from the FBI and US Attorney side of the story, I would love to have a story on either or both of these men. It was great to touch base with the leads from previous books, and to find out how their lives are going. The secondary characters in the story were fabulous. I loved Cade's teenage brother Zach. Their relationship was a little tenuous in the beginning, but the brothers began forming a firm kinship as the story progressed. The reader actually learns more about Cade's past than Brooke's.

The best part of all was the connection between Cade and Brooke, how it changed and grew even when they didn't even realize it. LOVE IRRESISTIBLY is one of the more realistic love stories I've read in quite a while. I really liked that Brooke was finally able to temper her workaholic nature and drive for success; and manage a balance between work and her personal life without giving up her dreams.

LOVE IRRESISTIBLY is a lovely story, recommended not only to fans of the series, but fans of solid and realistic love stories.

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SUMMARY

HE'S USED TO GETTING WHAT HE WANTS...

A former football star and one of Chicago's top prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan will do anything to nail a corrupt state senator, which means he needs Brooke Parker's help. As general counsel for a restaurant company, she can get a bug to the senator's table at one of her five–star restaurants so the FBI can eavesdrop on him. All Cade has to do is convince Brooke to cooperate—and he's not afraid to use a little charm, or the power of his office, to do just that.

AND WHAT HE WANTS IS HER

A savvy businesswoman, Brooke knows she needs to play ball with the U.S. Attorney's office—even if it means working with Cade. No doubt there's a sizzling attraction beneath all their sarcastic quips, but Brooke is determined to keep things casual. Cade agrees—until a surprising turn of events throws his life into turmoil, and he realizes that he wants more than just a good time from the one woman with whom he could fall terrifyingly, irresistibly in love. . .

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Cade played with his glass, thinking this over. "I've been wondering something. Don't take this the wrong way."

"Never in the history of humankind has a man ever managed to not say something offensive after that lead–in, but if you want to take your chances, Morgan, be my guest."

The corners of his mouth curved in a smile. "Why are you single?"

Well, then.

Brooke reached for her wineglass and took a sip, making him wait before she answered. "Who says I'm single?"

"Vaughn. He deduced it from the fact that there aren't any pictures of a guy or kids in your office."

"You were talking about me with Agents Huxley and Roberts?"

"You may or may not have come up."

"I see. And what else did you three scamps say when you were gossiping in your little knitting circle?"

His eyes danced with amusement, but his gaze remained trained on hers. A prosecutor intent on getting his answer. "You didn't answer my question."

No, she hadn't. And while part of Brooke was tempted to move this conversation along to a different topic, there was another part of her that, admittedly, was a little curious herself.

She sat back in the booth, holding her wineglass with one hand as she faced off against him. "I'll tell you what. I'll answer that question if you will."

"How do you know that I'm single?"

"Because no man would ever ask a single woman that kind of quasi–flirtatious question if he was already seeing somebody. At least, not somebody he respected." Brooke took a sip of her wine. "So you're either disrespectful to women, or single."

The corners of his mouth curved. Touché. "I'm single." With that admission, he waited for her answer.

Brooke tried to appear nonchalant. "Apparently, I work too hard. According to the Hot OB, that means I'm not a ‘big picture kind of girl.'" She saw Cade's jaw tense, but he said nothing as she continued. "Oh, and dating me is like being in a relationship with a guy, because I don't complain about not being taken out enough."

"No offense, but the Hot OB sounds like an asshole."

"He wasn't the first guy with that list of grievances." Brooke bit her lip, not having meant to admit that last part. Must've been the wine. "All right. Now it's your turn."

Cade took a sip of his bourbon. "I'm emotionally unavailable."

Brooke fought back a smile at the matter–of–fact way he said it. "Is that right?"

"According to my ex–girlfriends, yes. And I use sarcasm as a defense mechanism."

Brooke pointed to herself. "What do you know? Me, too."

Cade tipped his glass at her. "So if you and I got together, we could probably go our entire relationship without ever saying anything meaningful at all."

"Yes, although you and I would never get together since we don't even like each other."

"True." Cade gazed at her across the candlelit table. "Good thing we got that straight."

Brooke felt a few flutters in her stomach at the way he was looking at her right then. "It sure is."


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