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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Something About You by Julie James

Throwback Thursday Reviews is dedicated to those books that have been around for a bit but you’ve only recently discovered. They’re the “New but Old” reads that are just too good NOT to talk about!

This Week’s Throwback Thursday Book is:Something About You by Julie James

Format: mobi (Purchased)
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: March 2, 2010

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…

I just loved the setup for Something About You!

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde is staying in a hotel room next to an adulterous (and vocal) politician and ends up witnessing a murder, sort of. Since she may have seen and definitely heard something that means she’s not going anywhere anytime soon. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, Special Agent Jack Pallas is in charge of the investigation and yup, he still blames Cameron for almost ruining his career a few years ago. Now Jack and Cameron have no choice but to minimize the sarcastic jabs, tone down the resentment and work together but without those two elements, Jack and Cameron have to confront their simmering attraction which couldn’t happen at a more inconvenient time.

Jack and Cameron’s snarky banter was a big part of the draw of Something About You. I love a good enemies to lovers romance and this was definitely a good one. Both characters are driven and successful in their careers but they also have strong personalities that just clashed and built up the physical attraction well. I was pleasantly surprised that given their past neither Jack nor Cameron was ever cruel to one another while they were sniping and snarling. That would have been a deal breaker for me. Instead Julie James gave their relationship that special zing that had me anxiously awaiting their breaking point. It was so worth it too! I liked both characters and totally felt that unresolved tension.

Even when he wasn’t sure he even liked Cameron, Jack made sure that he did his job and protected her and that makes him swoon worthy in my book. Cameron was a strong willed woman but she wasn’t stupid, she knew she couldn’t defend herself against an unknown enemy and while she may have had her differences with Jack, she worked well with him when it came to solving the identity of the killer.

Mixed with the romance is quite a bit of action and suspense that amped up my enjoyment of the overall book. The anticipation of the “final show down” kept me engrossed for hours on end. The one thing I would have liked better is if the villain’s identity would have been kept a secret. I prefer finding out things at the same time as the characters do.

Final Verdict: Julie James has a knack for delivering a story with humor, heat, and heart. I’m totally on board for more books!

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