THE THING ABOUT LOVE is yet another fun release from New
York bestseller Julie James. This is a quintessential James
book with her usual trope of enemies to lovers. Although
retreading familiar ground, James always makes her same
trope fresh and exciting. James always gives us snappy
dialogue and a sexual chemistry that also snaps, with a
sensual conflagration so hot it almost burns the pages.
Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd were staunch enemies
during FBI training. Jessica was the poised ad cerebral
star of the class, and made John feel he was the slow
meathead of the bunch. John was the tough Army Ranger who
could complete any physical task with agility and panache.
When John tried to offer Jessica some typical
military-style motivational support as she struggled with
the physical parts of their training, Jessica thought John
was taunting her. The two graduated with a well-worn
resentment of each other. Five years later, they're newly
stuck working together in the FBI field office in Chicago.
They must work together intimately as undercover agents to
trap a crooked mayor.
I enjoy how James feeds us flashbacks from Jessica's and
John's perspectives as the story begins to take off, slowly
tantalizing us with why he hated her and vice versa years
before. It's a fun way to give the backstory, and I like how
it avoids info dump. I adore how Jessica and John slowly
figure put they were mistaken about each other as they work
their case as FBI partners. And watching them try to keep
their hands off each other is positively delicious.
James' THE THING ABOUT LOVE is a sprightly yet smart
read. Yet the character interactions are so compelling, and
the sexual tension so engrossing, that I could not put this
book down. I stayed up way too late to finish reading it,
but I'm not sorry- I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Julie
James' books are worth losing sleep over!
The New York Times bestselling author of
Suddenly One Summer blows the covers of two FBI
agents who can’t hide who they are from each other...
FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The
former lawyer and cocky Army Ranger clashed during their
training at Quantico and gladly went their separate ways
after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last
thing either of them expects is to be assigned to work as
partners in a high-profile undercover sting.
For both of them, being paired with an old rival couldn’t
come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood
producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to
prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one
case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite
Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida
politician, they’ll have to find a way to work together—a
task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole
up at a romantic beachfront resort as part of the
investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop
sparring threatens to make the job a lot more complicated...