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
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Publication Date: January 1st 1970
Pages: 296
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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.


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18 responses to “Retro Review: Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James.

  1. Tabitha C

    Oooh, I’m going to check this book out…nevermind that my TBR pile is growing more so than ever!! hehe

  2. Dev

    I have this one! I bought it last week when I splurged on ebooks (it’s all Holly’s fault!! 😀 )

    Hope to read it soon. Great review!

  3. OK – you sold me. I checked and this one is at Chapters. Once I’m dressed and out the door, Chapters is a stop I plan to make. And I just had to thank *wink* you in a post.

  4. Rowena,

    Thanks for the great review! I, too, am a sucker for a cocky hero who ultimately gets his comeuppance, and learns to be a better person, for the love of a heroine who knocks him off his feet from moment one.

    I had a lot of fun writing the book, and it’s nice to hear that people are enjoying it!

    Julie James

  5. Rowena


    Oh you’ll thank me, this was such a fun read. It’s fast and cute so it’s okay.=)


    Read it, I can’t wait to see your was such a cute story.


    You must buy this book and read it this weekend, I’ll have a quiz ready for you come Monday. 😉


    Awwww you’re too cute, thanks sweets!

  6. Rowena

    You know what though guys? I feel I should warn you that there isn’t ANY sex in the book. I mean, it’s mentioned but we get no details, we just know that it happens but I was wrapped up in this book so much that I didn’t care about that.

    Just a heads up for you guys!

  7. Rowena


    I really enjoyed it, you should try and enjoy it too! 😉

    Kramer =P,

    Give it a shot, I loved it!

  8. Tabitha C

    Oh no, a good book with no sex scenes…how could that be?? Hmm, I will try my best to contain my boredom for this book then. Hehe. Very interesting! Borders here I come…

  9. Rowena


    Odd or not, Jason was still hot stuff! =)


    So you like Jason, huh? LMAO. Just kidding, I really enjoyed your book so thanks for writing it. I can’t wait to read more of your books, for a first book this was great!

    Keep up the great writing! And Jason drove me nuts throughout the book, especially at his party but I still heart him!

  10. Rowena

    Oh no, Ames….no, but then again, okay I’ll give you this one. 😉


    There’s no boredom in this book, it’s all good in the hood!

  11. Ooooh, that sounds like something I’d really enjoy :-D. I’ll look for it used though because I’ve spent way too much on new books this year already 😉 Thanks for the review!

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