May 16, 2010

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Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends in bloodshed. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and nearly ruining his career…

Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke: the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension…

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Cameron Lynde is an assistant US attorney. Unforeseen circumstances lead to her being the sole witness to a high-profile murder, which puts her in the path of an FBI agent she'd rather not cross paths with ever again after they crossed swords professionally in the past. I loved Cameron. She is a great heroine who will definitely be added to my favorite heroines list. She's professional, witty and not afraid to own her mistakes.

Jack Pallas is an FBI Special Agent. After a forced transfer to the Nebraska office, he's returned to Chicago and the key witness in his first case is the assistant US attorney responsible, in his eyes, for his transfer. Julie James has provided me with yet another sigh & drool-worthy Jack to add to my fave heroes list. He seems so aloof and cool but it's just the surface of a passionate man.

The cast of secondary characters isn't very big but there were plenty of remarkable and memorable characters to help Cameron and Jack carry the story. In particular, Sam Wilkins, Jack's partner who made a lasting impression on me with his humor and metro sexual ways, which he had no fear displaying.

In SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Julie James combined a few elements that reel me in every single time: law enforcement/legal stuff and humor. I am a sucker for both and SOMETHING ABOUT YOU had plenty, making it an instant candidate for my keeper shelf. With it's exceedingly strong start, once I read the first page it was very hard to stop reading, the humor, legal stuff, and investigation and FBI stuff...I ate it all up and loved it. Something that had not happened in a while occurred when I read this book: I read it in almost one sitting because I just couldn't put it down.

I liked that it wasn't a whodunit but it was still suspenseful in the way Cameron's role was incorporated in the investigation. This gave more room for the relationship between Jack and Cameron to be set up and explored. The build up of the sexual tension between the main characters was brilliantly and believably done. I wouldn't have liked it if Jack and Cameron had jumped into the sack immediately because to me that would've been out of character, so another point for Julie James' wonderful writing skills. Though not extremely focused on the romance, the balance between romance, plot and characters is excellent. And knowing who the killer was early in the story made it a more of a contemporary romance rather than a romantic suspense novel for me.

SOMETHING ABOUT YOU is a contemporary romance just the way I like them! My first taste of Julie James' writing has left me wanting more, much more. I am definitely ready to dive into JUST THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE and PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!

He stole another look, for security purposes, and watched as the sweater once again slid away from her collarbone, inching down, taunting him, teasing him, dipping lower and lower, revealing creamy ivory skin and that delicate gray silk strap he could rip away with his teeth.
A shoulder. He was going crazy over a fucking shoulder.

Thank God -he was cranky about something. This Jack she could handle. The Jack who cupped her face as he whispered the most romantic and sexy things anyone had ever said to her as he made love to her on her own staircase, on the other hand, was a force of a different nature.

Rating: 8.8 out of 10


Marissa said...

Hi hon, finally have time to drop in. Love your review, I still have this somewhere in the tbr pile but it sounds great!

Sophia (FV) said...

Great review Pearl. I have this one on my Kindle and I can't wait to get to it. :)

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