Every time a Julie James book comes out, I get excited because I know it’s going to be a good one. Her characters have fantastic chemistry—they bicker and banter and usually intensely dislike each other before they love each other—and I adore how her protagonists from past books pop up now and then to remind us that they are beautiful and still in love. Another source of her books’ appeal? James typically focuses on FBI agents, but you know, the hot, hyper-masculine, and also sensitive ones—not the ones that ruin entire elections. (I know, I know. That’s for a whole different blog post.)
I bought The Thing about Love for myself on Mother’s Day and it was a decadent treat.
In the opening chapter of the book, Special Agent John Shepherd discovers that his girlfriend is cheating on him with a good friend. He’s pretty upset about this, but he also sees it as a good excuse to follow the opportunity he’s thought about for a long time—pursuing the Hostage Rescue Team. He’d have to move and undergo intensive training, but he’s single (now) and without any major commitments.
Special Agent—yes, both lead characters are FBI agents in this book!—Jessica Harlow has divorced her husband and moved back to Chicago. Her boss assigns her to an undercover mission where she and a partner will try to take down a corrupt Floridian mayor who is accepting money in exchange for helping companies break zoning, etc. laws.
Her partner is John Shepherd, and there’s only one problem. They’ve detested each other since FBI training. Okay, there’s a second problem, too. They're also crazy attracted to one another.
John and Jessica travel to Florida to catch the mayor doing his nefarious deeds, and along the way they discover that there are some misunderstandings in their past. But they’re coworkers who have both been burned recently in the romance department, and one of them—John—has plans to change his whole life to become a member of the specialized HRT.
Do John and Jessica have the potential to be more than hot, Floridian sex partners? That's the question of the day.
Read Julie James’ The Thing about Love to find out.
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