Review: A Lot Like Love – Julie James

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau. As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more..
My thoughts:
This was my first Julie James book and it will not be my last, because this was a good contemporary romance with a bit of suspense on the side.
The heroine here is Jordan, the daughter of a billionaire. But she is no spoiled princess, no her dad told her to work and make her own money and so she did. She can stand on her own feet, she is smart, and what was there not to like. Then there is Nick, a FBI agent who spends most of his time undercover and never makes any promises to women. Not to mention that these two are from two different social classes. But put together to play a couple and you know things will happen.
I do like a couple that can’t stand each other at first. She is irritated by him, and he thinks she is a silly socialite.  But they get to know each other, they get attracted by each other, and then comes love. A nice romance and a couple you can root for.
I also liked the suspense part. It was not a lot but it was there. What would happen to her brother Kyle in jail? Would they catch the guy laundering money for the mob? And then at the end the tension was building up and something was about to happen…
Throughout the book I hoped that her brother Kyle would get a book, and I did get very happy at the end when it said that he would. That is one book I am looking forward too, and of course reading more Julie James.
A good contemporary romance that kept me reading. I enjoyed the book, I liked the couple, and at the end I knew that I wanted to read more books by her.
Kept me reading
I love her dress, but he doesn’t look too happy
Reason for reading:
I had heard good things about her books
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 304
Published: March 1st 2011

35 thoughts on “Review: A Lot Like Love – Julie James

  1. Missie says:

    I'm also a fan of couples that hate each other at first. They are just so fun to read about. I haven't read anything by JJ yet, but this book sounds like it would be a good one to start with.

  2. VampFanGirl says:

    I've GOT to read this author! I've had her on my TB list forever. And it's been forever since I read a straight contempory. Glad you enjoyed this one, Blodeuedd!

  3. Blodeuedd says:

    @FVI think it was last winter that I first really wanted to read a book by her, and I am glad I finally did@LindaIt was fun, it was light and it was good :D@JennyI would love that dress, so pretty@MaryOhhh yes move them up so I can see if they are good 😉

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    @CarolTrue, they do tend to take the same road. But sarcasm always spice things up@MissieIt just so much more fun to see them fall in love :)All her books seem pretty good, I have my eye on her first one@MeghanGo ahead 🙂 A do like contemporary romance, a bit of sweet HEA in modern times

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    @ShellieLOL. It does look like she is saying something and he is not keeping attention@VFGForever since is not good, you better read a normal modern romance then and she is good to get back in the game with@CarrieI didn't either before this year, but it has sure been fun reading them again

  6. Melissa (Books and Things) says:

    Oh I love that dress too. I've been thinking about this one since I don't read too many contemps in this genre and I've gotten good reviews. If it makes you want to read more of her books, that is a good reason to move it higher on the wishlist!

  7. Blodeuedd says:

    @ChrisI do wanna read those too now :)@AmusedIt was, I highly recommend it @MelissaI am so eyeing her first book written, so yes it sure made me wanna read more :D@NaidaThanks!She is a good writer

  8. Julie says:

    Read more for sure! Julie James is awesome! Her first two books have a slightly different tone than her last two books. The first two don't have that suspense mixed in really – they are just cute and fun romance stories. Enjoy!

  9. Lea says:

    Lovely Review as always B. I'm so happy you enjoyed Julie's book. She is a favorite author of mine and her books are in fact re-reads which I rarely have time for these days. I hope you do enjoy more of her stories. BestL

  10. Simcha says:

    Julie James is currently one of my favorite contemporary romance authors and I've really been looking forward to reading this book. I very much enjoyed her others and I definitely think you will as well.

  11. Blodeuedd says:

    DCIt just makes it so much more interesting.Julie>I had a look at her 3 books and the first one sounds so for me. I mean the next two sounds good too but that first :DNinaHe sure does, I guess it's cos he is an agent, and on duty. but who knows, lol

  12. Blodeuedd says:

    @LeaI do think that it was at your place I saw one of her books for the first time, and I just could not forget it :)@SimchaIf you liked the rest then I am pretty sure that you will enjoy this one too@JannaPick it up and enjoy 😀

  13. Aurian says:

    I have read another review about this book a little while ago. Time to go in search of it …I also like the story line from dislike to love.

  14. Blodeuedd says:

    @AlishaThat sounds like an excellent idea@YvonneI do think you would enjoy it a lot :D@MelissaHihi, well that is my plan 🙂 It was a good book and checking out other genres are always fun@StaciI kind of feel that it's pretty but at the same thing something is off when you look closer@AurianSearch away. It was a very enjoyable book

  15. The Book Vixen says:

    I just started reading JJ's books and I'm hooked too. Like you, I like reading books where the hero and heroine don't start off madly in love. I like tension!Great review! I just got this book the other day and I can't wait to read it 🙂

  16. Blodeuedd says:

    MishelI do try to try everything I find and want :DBook VI hope you enjoy it 🙂 Cos it sure a trope that works for me. Tension can be so much fun

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