Review: Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James

Publication Date: October 7th, 2008
Berkeley
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 3 out of 5 Stars
SUMMARY
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-fiance. 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 theJason Andrews.
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.

Reeling from the recent discovery that her fiancé was a cheating, lying S.O.B., Taylor Donovan didn’t anticipate that her short stint in Los Angeles would place her right smack in the middle of the ultimate Hollywood scene as two ‘IT’ actors of the moment vie for her attention. In this corner, we find Jason Andrews, multiple winner of People’s Sexiest Man Alive title and on the other, Scott Casey, up and coming Aussie actor who’d do anything to dethrone Jason as the man of the hour, including snatching Taylor out of his grasp.

They didn’t realize, however, that the litigation attorney have had enough of their kind – the too good looking, unable to keep a steady relationship without cheating on their spouses kind. Taylor also didn’t foresee how much she would like Jason’s attention. But at the end of the day, would she be willing to risk her heart again or would she let Jason pay for her ex’s mistakes?

I must admit this Julie James’ book was very Harlequinish romance novel. There were some legal proceedings and jargons in here that were characteristic of her novels, but it wasn’t as complex as they were in her FBI series. It doesn’t mean that I enjoyed it any less. Truthfully, I did, but it was my least favorite. It was full of snarky banters and witty back and forth dialogues but it just wasn’t as suspenseful as her other books.

I also found Jason Andrews to be a bit of a shallow character regardless of how much of a heartthrob he was. He’s been my least favorite male character out of all of Ms. James’ leading men. My guess is Julie James was keeping him in true character of a spoiled actor who has it all and in that essence – she hit it dead on.

Taylor Donovan was your run of the mill heroine in a Julie James book. She’s strong-willed, passionate, funny, and independent. I’d say she’s boring but I’d be lying. The most admirable feat about her writing is that she manages to give each of her leading ladies their own character and it can’t be any truer than in Taylor’s character.

Verdict: Just the Sexiest Man Alive is a witty and enjoyable romance novel. Even though I wasn’t as involved in this story as I have been in her other books, I still had a hard time putting it down.