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Retro Review: Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James.

Posted January 18, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 18 Comments

Retro Review: Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James.Reviewer: Rowena
Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James
Published by Berkley Sensation
Publication Date: January 1st 1970
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 296
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four-half-stars

No woman could resist him—except the one he wanted most...
Cool, Calm, Collected...

Nothing fazes Taylor Donovan. In the courtroom she never lets the opposition see her sweat. In her personal life, she never lets any man rattle her—not even her cheating ex-fiancé. So when she's assigned to coach People's "Sexiest Man Alive" for his role in his next big legal thriller, she refuses to fall for the Hollywood heartthrob's charms. Even if he is the Jason Andrews.

Confident, Famous, Irresistible...

Jason Andrews is used to having women fall at his feet. When Taylor Donovan gives him the cold shoulder, he's thrown for a loop. She's unlike any other woman he's ever met: uninterested in the limelight, seemingly immune to his advances, and shockingly capable of saying no to him. She's the perfect challenge. And the more she rejects him, the more he begins to realize she may just be his perfect match.

******As part of our 10 year anniversary celebration, we’ll be re-posting old reviews that make us cringe, laugh or sigh all over again.

This week, we’re featuring the review of the book that started my love of all things Julie James. Just the Sexiest Man Alive completely rocked my socks the first (and every) time that I read it and I thought it was super cool that Julie James came and commented on my review. If you haven’t read this book, you should. It’s great.*****

This review was originally posted on October 17, 2008
I’m a sucker for those flirty heroes that are cocky and arrogant. You know, the kind of heroes that are bewildered when the heroine’s don’t fall into a puddle of lust at the sight of them. I love seeing them humbled. I loved seeing them so full of themselves in the beginning and then watching as they slowly come to realize that they’re not as great as they think they are. I love seeing them come full circle and wooing their heroines into loving them anyway.

This book was great. It was a fast and funny read and I’m seriously wanting to read another Julie James book. It took me no time at all to read this book and I was sad to finish the story and say goodbye to the characters. They became real to me and I enjoyed getting to know them.

This book is about Jason Andrews and Taylor Donovan. Jason is this big hot shot celebrity actor, think Brad Pitt, a Multiple People’s Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive and he pretty much got everything that he ever wanted. Women dropped their panties for him at the snap of a finger and people jumped to do his bidding every time he so much as glanced at them. He had that kind of power over people, the celebrity kind of power and he was so used to it that he didn’t bother to think about what other people thought, it simply was and he enjoyed the power he had over people.

Taylor Donovan, on the other hand is a rising star in the law world. She was one of the top lawyers from her firm and she was sent to L.A. from Chicago to help with a big sexual harassment case and she takes her job very seriously. Even if she’s forced to take a job she doesn’t want, no matter who the job is for.

She doesn’t give two flits about Jason Andrews and even though she thinks he’s insanely attractive, she doesn’t see what the big deal about him is, she vows to treat him as anyone else. She was going to treat him like she treats all of her other clients, only he stands her up at their first appointment and then stands her up again for their second appointment. She had cleared her schedule for him and he didn’t even have the decency to call her and let her know he couldn’t make it. He just left her hanging and so she did what any other woman would do.

She got good and pissed. She was so livid with him that when he finally did decide to come in and see her, she didn’t care who the hell he was or anything, she was too busy for him.

That first meeting between Jason and Taylor was the best frickin’ meeting ever. I thought it was hilarious and I loved the way that Taylor handled it. She totally had me crackin’ up and then grinning like a fool, she was frickin’ awesome. The way that she kept putting him in his place always had me laughing my ass off.

The characters were great, the dialogue was easy to follow along with and the plot all made for a really fast and a really fun read. I really enjoyed reading this book, I would really recommend this book to those of you who are looking for a light and entertaining read. This book delivers the laughs, the emotions and a romance that had you cheering the main characters on.

Jason was hawt stuff and I seriously fell in love with him even through each and every one of his boneheaded moves. All of the plans that he came up with to win Taylor over made me want to beat him over the head with something sharp but I never stopped loving the heck out of him. He was such a normal and good guy that with each page that I turned, I fell a little more in love with him until my heart was near to bursting with him. I really enjoyed his character and I really enjoyed his friendship with Jeremy. I hope Jeremy gets his own book, Jeremy seriously rocked my socks!

Taylor was another fantastic character. I don’t really care much for heroines as much as I’m always focused on the heroes and how hot stuff they are but this heroine was strong and she was confident and yet still a little vulnerable. She was everything that I wish I was and she made me want to be a lawyer again. She made practicing the law and researching every little detail of her cases seem so cool and the way that she would not let Jason get away with anything made me love her all the more. She was memorable, not a lot of heroines are like that for me but Taylor was. I’ll remember who she is and I’ll remember how funny, confident and smart she was and I’ll want to read her book again because she was great.

This book is a good one, it’s not a pull your heart strings kind of book but it’s enjoyable anyway. It’s a solid read and I’m so glad that I read it. You guys should definitely put this on your list of books to buy soon and read because I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as well.

This book is available from Berkley Sensation. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

four-half-stars

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Weekly Wrap Up: October 10 – October 16, 2016

Posted October 16, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment

We hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Here’s our weekly wrap up post that rounds up the posts you may have missed on the blog. Enjoy!

Reviews Posted

10/10: Tracy reviews Christmas Comes to Main Street by Olivia Miles | 3.74/4 out of 5
10/10: Tracy reviews To Win a Viscount by Frances Fowlkes | 3 out of 5
10/10: Tina reviews Longbourn by Jo Baker | 5 out of 5
10/11: Jen reviews In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle | 4.25 out of 5
10/12: Rowena reviews Four Letter Word by J. Daniels
10/12: Tina reviews The Daylight Marriage by Heidi Pitlot | 3 out of 5
10/14: Tracy reviews A Christmas Kiss by Elizabeth Mansfield | 3 out of 5
10/14: Tracy reviews Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch | 4 out of 5

Posts You May Have Missed

10/11: Release Day Blitz: Wolf Betrayed by Carrie Ann Ryan
10/13: Cover Reveals: Unbreakable by Kallie Ross & Only with Me by Kelly Elliott
10/13: Blog Tour: Wolf Betrayed by Carrie Ann Ryan
10/14: What Are You Reading? (304)
10/15: WTF Cover Saturday (180)
10/16: Sunday Spotlight: Keepsake by Sarina Bowen

From Around the Internet

Nalini Singh blogged about a glimpse into Silver Silence that she shared in her newsletter. If you haven’t signed up for her newsletter to check it out, you should change that because it’s good stuff.


Julie James also announced on her blog that her upcoming release got a revised cover blurb. In case you missed that news, here it is:

The Thing About Love

The New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer blows the covers of two FBI agents who can’t hide who they are from each other . . .

FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.

For both of them, being paired with a former 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 as a team–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 whole lot more complicated. . .


Kristen Callihan revealed the cover for Book #2 in her VIP Series and I like it. I need to get my butt in gear and get the first book read so that I can jump into the second one. Here’s the cover in all its yummy glory.

managed

It started off as a battle of wits. Me: the ordinary girl with a big mouth against Him: the sexy bastard with a big…ego.

I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I was upgraded to first class on my flight to London.

That is until HE sat next to me. Gabriel Scott: handsome as sin, cold as ice. Nothing and no one gets to him. Ever. He’s a legend in his own right, the manager of the biggest rock band in the world, and an arrogant ass who looks down his nose at me.

I thought I’d give him hell for one, long flight. I didn’t expect to like him. I didn’t expect to want him. But the biggest surprise? He wants me too. Only in a way I didn’t see coming.

If I accept his proposal, I leave myself open to falling for the one man I can’t manage. But I’m tempted to say yes. Because the real man beneath those perfect suits and that cool façade just might be the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And I just might be the only one who can melt the ice around his heart.

Let the battle begin…

Giveaway Winners

No winners to announce this week, sorry…maybe next week? 🙂

That does it for this week’s weekly wrap up. How was your week in books? Hear any book news that we missed? Get any new books you want to share? Review any books we should check out? Please share.

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Weekly Wrap Up (1)

Posted July 3, 2016 by Rowena in Features, Giveaway Winners | 2 Comments

weekly wrap up

I follow a lot of book blogs and one of my favorite features I love seeing every week are the weekly wrap up posts that some blogs have. Smexy Books does one, Nick & Neyreda’s Infinite Book List has their own version of the weekly wrap up post and I figured, why don’t we do this at Book Binge? Well, now we do. Actually, now I do.

Here you’ll see what you missed on the blog, what’s new in our book world and we’ll announce winners for giveaways that we host here on the blog.

Weekly Feature Updates

7/01: What Are You Reading? (291) | Come find out what Casee, Holly and I are reading this week and share what you’re reading too. The good and the bad…we want to know!
7/02: WTF Cover Saturday (165) | This week’s WTF Cover is a doozy…you won’t want to miss it.
7/03: Sunday Spotlight: Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis | When I wrote this post, I hadn’t read the book but I’ve read it now and it’s definitely worth the spotlight. Go on over to the post and catch the excerpt that got me all excited to meet Finn!

Reviews Posted

6/27: Rowena reviews The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon | 4.25 out of 5
6/28: Tracy reviews MacLean’s Passion by Sharon Cullen | 3.75 out of 5
6/29: Tracy reviews Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
6/30: Jen reviews Under the Wire by Helenkay Dimon | 5 out of 5
7/01: Tracy reviews Stormswept by Sabrina Jeffries, writing as Deborah Martin | 4 out of 5

Blog Tours

6/27: Release Day Blitz: The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon
6/28: Release Day Blitz: Forevermore by Kristen Callihan
6/29: Blog Tour: Tough Luck Hero by Maisey Yates
6/30: Blog Tour: A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa James

Book Stuff we’re obsessed with this week

  • Julie James dropped some serious news on us this week and I’m super stoked about it. She’s revealed her new title AND cover for her upcoming 2017 book. The title was changed from Flirty Little Secrets to The Thing about Love and here’s the new cover:

The Thing About Love

You can pre-order The Thing about Love now. [Amazon] | [iBooks].

  • My favorite part of every week is receiving new newsletters from my favorite authors because those things are filled with the best news. This week, Kristen Callihan made two announcements. First, Managed (Book 2 in her new VIP series) will be releasing on October 18, 2016 and the next book in the Game On series will come out in January of 2017. We have Callihan goodness to look forward to. Yippy skippy!

  • Is anyone reading Jen Frederick’s weekly serial Lainey’s List? If you’re not, you should definitely fix that. It’s addicting and my Fridays aren’t the same without reading the latest chapter. This week’s chapter is a good one. If you’re interested in reading it, just sign up for her newsletter and a new chapter will show up in your inbox every week. You can catch up on her blog here.

Our weekly winners wrap up is going to be a part of this weekly post and this week, we’ve got some winners.

Monthly Reads: May 2016

Psy/Changeling Book of Choice

Katie Bynum

Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen:

Helen

Blood Magic by Jennifer Lyon:

Kareni

Sunday Spotlight: June 2016

Janhvi

Winners: You will be contacted by email so please keep your eye out. 🙂 Check back on Sundays to see if you’re a winner in one of our giveaways.

That does it for our very first weekly wrap up post. You’ll be seeing a lot more of these posts every week, I promise. So how was your week in books? Hear any great book news we missed? Get any new books we would like? Review any books we should check out? Please share. 🙂

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Birthday Giveaway: Suddenly One Summer by Julie James (Autographed!)

Posted July 17, 2015 by Holly in Giveaways | 43 Comments

Suddenly One Summer by Julie JamesIt’s no secret we love Julie James here at Book Binge. Her novels are smart, sexy and filled with a ridiculous amount of fun wit and banter. Her latest release, Suddenly One Summer, is no exception. Rowena and I adored Ford and Victoria.

To celebrate my birthday and summer, we’re giving away three signed copies. This is the perfect beach read. Enter below for your chance to win!

From the New York Times bestselling author of It Happened One Wedding comes a novel about a man and a woman whose summer is about to get very, very hot…
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…

 

Leave a comment telling us what exciting plans you have for the summer for a chance to win. Use the Rafflecopter widget to enter! CONTEST OPEN TO US AND INTERNATIONAL

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Suddenly One Summer is available now from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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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

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