I still need to catch up on two of the books in this series but Julie James is definitely one of my favorite authors. Today is release day for The Thing About Love and I've got a nice little excerpt and my review.
Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Release Date: April 18, 2017
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...
What’s it About? FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd shared an antagonistic rivalry during their training days at Quantico that ended with them glad to go their separate ways. Six years later though John and Jessica are face to face again, this time as partners in an undercover assignment. The timing couldn’t be worse for both of them though. John is newly single after finding his girlfriend in bed with someone else and Jessica’s divorce from a Hollywood producer is still fresh.
Overall reaction to the story? Julie James has a knack for writing a hot romance with an intriguing plot and The Thing About Love is no exception. While I did notice that the romance kind of took a back seat to the undercover investigation, the book was no less entertaining. Energetic, witty, and fun, The Thing About Love has what it takes to be another fan favorite all while appealing to new readers as well.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? There’s something attractive about a man who can work with a woman as an equal and that was John. Sure, he had moments of wanting to protect Jessica but he never turned into a caveman, making Jessica the little lady. He respected her, her skills, and trusted her as his partner. That was something super awesome about this guy. John was just a charming guy with a good sense of humor. I loved how he would kind of poke at Jessica now and again just to get a reaction out of her. He was never cruel about it, even when he was under the impression that Jessica was cold hearted and mean.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Jessica took the bull by the horns and worked hard in a field that was dominated by men and that was the #1 thing I loved about her. She didn’t oversell her femininity nor did she try to be more masculine just to fit in or to succeed. She did it on her own terms with hard work and dedication. It didn’t mean she was a robot either, she was easy to relate to and even easier to like. She went toe to toe with John and didn’t back down or revert to a silly little girl in his presence. She was an equal to him and I loved that she didn’t always defer to him during their work because he was a man. She knew her job and contributed as a partner. Definitely not a damsel in distress.
Click It or Skip It? Click It. John and Jessica were the perfect example of there being three sides to every story: Yours, Theirs, and the Truth.
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