Series: FBI/US Attorney

Guest Review: Suddenly One Summer by Julie James

Posted June 16, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Suddenly One Summer by Julie JamesReviewer: Tracy
Suddenly One Summer by Julie James
Series: FBI/US Attorney #6
Also in this series: It Happened One Wedding
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: June 2nd 2015
Genres: Contemporary
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four-stars

Divorce lawyer Victoria Slade has seen enough unhappy endings to swear off marriage forever. That doesn't mean she's opposed to casual dating—just not with her cocky new neighbor, who is as gorgeous and tempting as he is off-limits. But once she agrees to take on his sister's case, she's as determined to win as ever—even if that means teaming up with Ford....

Investigative journalist Ford Dixon is bent on finding the man who got his sister pregnant and left her high and dry. He's willing to partner with Victoria, despite the fact that the beautiful brunette gets under his skin like no other woman. He might not be looking to settle down, but there's no denying the scorching attraction between them. Still, the more time he spends with Victoria, the more he realizes that the one woman as skeptical about love as he is might be the only woman he could really fall for…

Tracy’s review of Suddenly One Summer by Julie James

Victoria is a family lawyer who has seen her share of divorces – including her parents. She’s positive she doesn’t want to get married and she’s happy with the “casual” dates and sex that she has. That’s until she ends up moving in temporarily next door to Ford Dixon. She’s not thrilled with her neighbor at first but what starts as friendship and moves into casual soon becomes more than she thinks she wants.

Ford is dealing with his father’s death as well as his sister’s new baby. He is frustrated by the beautiful yet incredibly uptight woman who moved in next door. Despite his frustration he can’t seem to keep his eyes off of her and ends up wanting her more and more.

When Ford and Victoria start working together to try and find the father of Ford’s sister’s baby the pair get to see another side of each other that they hadn’t previous seen and actually become friends. But each of their relationship hang ups might mean that they end before they ever really begin.

Julie James is one of my favorite contemporary authors because she writes such strong characters. In Suddenly One Summer she wrote them again and I really enjoyed reading about both Ford and Victoria. I loved how they were both judgmental about the other one at first but still so curious about the other. The way the author brought up and then dealt with each of their personal issues, and those issues with each other, really worked for me. I really loved Victoria’s sessions with her shrink. They made me laugh even while I my heart was hurting for what she’d been through in life.

The romance in this story kind of took a back seat to Victoria’s panic issues as well as Ford’s sister’s baby daddy issues which was a bit disappointing. While Ford and Victoria were together most of the book I missed that deep connection that I normally feel when reading one of James’ books. It was still good but not as good as I know James can do. The ending issue that split the couple apart was a bit of a “big mis” which was a bit frustrating but it all worked out in the end.

Overall a good book and one I really enjoyed.

Rating: 4 out of 5

This title is available from Jove. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

four-stars

Review: It Happened One Wedding by Julie James

Posted May 7, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: It Happened One Wedding by Julie JamesReviewer: Tracy
It Happened One Wedding by Julie James
Series: FBI/US Attorney #5
Also in this series: Suddenly One Summer
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: May 6th 2014
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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five-stars

SHE KNOWS BETTER THAN TO SAY “I DO”

After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, Sidney is thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are…

BUT HE MAKES IT HARD TO SAY “I DON’T”

Special agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without…

Vaughn is in a coffee shop when he sees a gorgeous woman walk in and sit down with another man. Vaughn can tell within moments that it’s a first date and watches the pair for a bit. He can tell that the man is completely full of himself, as he can’t stop talking about himself, and Vaughn knows the guy is gonna strike out…which he does. After the man leaves, completely confused as to why the woman wouldn’t give him her number, Vaughn decides to turn on the charm and approach the woman himself. He, strangely enough, strikes out as well. Not only is she not open to his charm, she actually profiles him telling him what a womanizer he is. Well! Of course she’s right, but Vaughn brushes it off and heads to the restaurant where he’s meeting his brother, Simon, and his girlfriend of 3 months, Isabelle. Vaughn’s more than a bit peeved when Isabelle’s sister, who was invited as well, turns out to be the woman in the coffee shop, Sidney Sinclair.

When Simon and Isabelle announce that they’re getting married and that Vaughn and Sidney will be the best man and maid of honor, Sidney and Vaughn realize that they’ll be spending much time together and to try to make the best of a bad situation. Neither likes the other, though they each think the other is hot, hot, hot.

As time goes on Sidney gets into her job as a director of a private equity fund and Vaughn heads off to do his undercover work for the FBI that he’s so good at.

Sidney decides that she’s going to step up the dating (she’s got her profile on an online dating site) and comes up with a list of bullet points that are either a “must or must not” pass for each date. It seems that there’s no one out there that can pass everything on her list. While doing wedding things Sidney and Vaughn kind of become friends, and then end up sleeping together. They think that it’s only the one time but then it keeps happening and even then Sidney just thinks of Vaughn as Mr. Right Now – not Mr. Right. On top of that Sidney keeps asking Vaughn questions about her dates when she wants to know if she’s being scammed by the men she’s dating. Since Vaughn is a ladies man she figures he’s the go-to guy. But Vaughn, the more he hangs around Sidney, isn’t looking at other women any longer and only wants to be with Sidney.

I don’t even know where to begin to share my thoughts on this one. I think I loved just about every minute of reading this book and couldn’t put the darned thing down. Dishes didn’t get done, kids didn’t get fed (ok, their father fed them) and nothing much happened while I was reading this book because I was so entranced. I’m not usually one who goes in for couples who don’t like each other at first and continue to fight their feelings but this was different for me.

Vaughn – OMG what can I say about the guy? He was awesome. Yes, he’d been a womanizer in the past but we didn’t really see that in this book because even though Sidney shot him down he just couldn’t seem to get the woman out of his head. I loved the relationship between Vaughn and Sidney and how they became friends. It cracked me up seeing the texts between the couple when Sidney went on dates. I think I enjoyed it so much because it showed me how much Sidney was thinking about Vaughn even though she was out with another guy.

Sidney was a wonderful heroine. She was a tough woman on the outside but had a soft inside. She really wanted a man with the whole package and never in a million years thought that was Vaughn but as she got to know him she realized that maybe she was wrong. Seeing Sidney come to this realization was pretty satisfying.

I won’t tell you everything about the book but know that it’s damned good. James gives us a great story, great characters and family, humor and romance all rolled into one fabulous book.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Julie James

five-stars