A Lot Like Love by Julie James
Published March 1st 2011 by Penguin
About the book
The FBI wants her cooperation. As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city's top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there's only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother's release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.
Agent McCall just wants her. As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This "date" with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment— one they're both determined to pull off even if they can't be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick's investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they're a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more.
"Well, Ma, see… there’s this girl.”
Okay, I really enjoyed this second installment of the Julie James FBI series. Nick McCall and Jordan Rhodes were matched to perfection. Take a millionaire heiress with a knack for wine and an Italian, Brooklyn bred FBI agent who also happens to be tall, dark and smoldering and you’re definitely going to get some witty banter, steamy moments and plenty of action (of all sorts).
In A Lot Like Love Nick Rhodes finds himself in an undercover operation that lands him the role of boyfriend to the million heiress Jordan Rhodes. Probably not the best part for Nick to play seeing as he’s not the commitment type and has no interest in courting a rich girl. But when the operation is compromised, Nick and Jordan are forced to play out their fake relationship for a bit longer landing them both in a situation they didn’t anticipate.
Julie James sure has a keen ability to hook me in with her characters. She infuses tension and steam at just the right amounts to keep me anticipating the combustion and loving every minute of it. I adore her slow building romances that never leave me in the cold. You get to know her characters, laugh at their snarky banter, experience their resistance to each other and ultimately enjoy where it all leads them in the end. James has her timing down to perfection!
I’ll definitely fish out her other books to see what else she has up her sleeve. Loved it!