The Thing About Love by Julie James
Standalone Contemporary Romance
I read a few of Julie James FBI/US Attorney series about 5 years ago, and remember enjoying them, so when I saw she had a new FBI book this month, The Thing About Love, I grabbed it and I’m glad I did. It doesn’t seem to be related to the series, as it is a total standalone, but clearly, this is her specialty.
Jessica and John were in the same FBI training class, and they totally clashed. They were both highly competitive and a thorn in each other’s side the whole time. Luckily, after training, they moved to opposite sides of the country. 6 years later, they are paired together to work undercover on a white collar crime case.
“Nearly fifteen thousand special agents in the FBI, spread throughout the United States in fifty-six field offices, and she had to show up in Chicago for what was quite possibly his last undercover assignment.
As his new partner.
And here he’s thought HRT tryouts had been hell.”
Both of them are just getting over long-term relationships, plus John is getting ready to ship out to join the elite hostage rescue team. So when the nasty banter turns to flirting, and then genuine respect, and then sexy times, they both know it’s just a fling.
At first I really didn’t like Jessica. She had a major chip on her shoulder, and hated John for no reason except the fact that he was good at everything and she was jealous. But I warmed up to her, and liked her by the end.
“Do you know how long I’ve waited for you to look at me this way?”
She assumed he was teasing her. “What are you talking about? You didn’t even like me for most of the time we’ve known each other.”
He bent his head before turning to go, his voice low and confident in her ear. “Or maybe I’m just that good of an undercover agent.”
I feel like there may have been almost too much research for this book and the author felt like she had to put it all in. It was more about the FBI inner workings than it was about the relationship, so I kept waiting for some big climactic scene, and there never really was one. I guess I expected a little more adventure in an FBI book where the hero is portrayed as almost a super hero and the heroine is a tough girl who can take down a man double her size.
- Enemies to lovers
- Witty banter
- The way a woman was better than most of the men in a “man’s world”.
- Well written and well paced.
- It broke a reading slump for me.
- Good sexy times.
- I prefer covers with object rather than people, but I don’t get the lollipops.
- There was so much going on outside the relationship that the love felt secondary.
- I kind of felt like I never saw them fall in love.
- John’s like a superhero, but he never got to use those skills! What a waste! I was waiting for some excitement!
The Down and Dirty:
Rating: 4 stars, 4 Heat