Review: A Lot Like Love by Julie James

Publication Date: March 1st, 2011
Berkley Sensation
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars


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.

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.

Needing to enlist the help of wine connoisseur Jordan Rhodes, Nick McCall couldn’t be bothered to hide his preconceived notions about the billionaire heiress. But when best-laid plans go awry, he found himself in the mercy of the sophisticated, sarcastic beauty. That’s not to say Jordan Rhodes has it easy. She needed FBI’s help as much as they needed her. As far as she’s concerned, the only way she could set her twin brother free from prison was to put up with Nick McCall’s uncanny ability to rile her up…oh and that pesky undercover assignment to find enough evidence against Xander Eckhart and the mob that he laundered money for.
After weeks of being in each other’s companies, the two found themselves enjoying – maybe just a tad too much – their undercover roles as pretend lovers. But at the end of their assignments, the two had to question each other’s priorities. Can they just walk away after everything is said and done? Would Nick be able to put Jordan through all the hazards that come from his undercover work with the FBI?
There’s nothing worse than trying and failing to write a review without ever repeating yourself. Ever since I discovered Julie James’ works, I’m afraid that there’s probably a 99.65% chance that I’d be more than likely to do so.  
The best thing about Ms. James’ writing is that you won’t find yourself having a déjà vu. It’s quite a difficult task to make each of your character stand out with every book in the series. And even though she seems to follow a certain formula with her leading men, I’m still able to discern the differences between their personalities. She has this uncanny ability to add just the right negative and positive qualities to her male leads that enables the readers to easily fall in lust with them.
Nick McCall [insert gratuitous sigh here] aka, Tall, Dark and Smoldering, is one of those cranky, manly-man, protective-yet-would-probably-annoy-you-in-real-life-but-you-wouldn’t-kick-him-off-your-bed characters. See what I mean? I can’t pick and choose which of her male leads I like best.
This woman has a bottomless cache of witty repertoire. I’m unable to find a single one that she used before. And I should know because I literally read one of her books everyday last week. She’s got me hooked completely – with her style of writing, romantic stories, knowledge in law, not to mention that she makes all the aspects of her stories believable.
Verdict: Well, duh! Read it of course.
Two words, ladies – KYLE RHODES. Gah.