Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: A Lot Like Love
Author: Julie James
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Chicago
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Julie's Website/Blog: www.juliejames.com
Jordan Rhodes owns a thriving wine store and is heiress to her billionaire father’s fortune. She’s invited to all the top parties in Chicago, but usually she attends alone. She’s not sworn off of men, but it’s hard to find someone who wants to be with her for her—not her fortune. The FBI wants to get into a very exclusive wine-tasting party to try to catch a money laundering7 scheme run by the mob. The only way they can get in is to put an undercover agent in place as Jordan’s new boyfriend. She’s not interested until they dangle the right carrot before her – then she jumps at the chance.
Nick McCall is the top undercover agent in Chicago. He’s glad he doesn’t have to ‘date’ Jordan and can just sit back in the FBI van providing back up. Nick & Jordan can’t be around each other without making each other hopping mad. Both can lay on the sarcasm and like to hit below the belt. But when an emergency crops up, the only choice they have is to fake a happy and loving relationship. As the assignment goes on, both begin to feel like it could be more. But can either one put the past behind and crack open the door to a possible future together?
Nick and Jordan sparring made me laugh out loud. Those two are toe-to-toe from the opening pages until the closing pages. They both have a strong desire to get this case closed so they can go on with their lives. When it begins to drag out longer and longer, the lines between pretend loving couple and reality blur more and more. Neither one is willing to take a risk, so they continuously fight their feelings for each other.
Nick is quite the alpha male and he can heat up a room just by standing in it. I love when he’s forced to go to ‘frou-frou’ wine tastings when he’d rather be watching sports or working out. Jordan is a great compliment to him because she has the uncanny knack to know how to get under his skin.
There’s a lot of fast-paced action that goes with the storyline. A few hair-raising moments where I’m not sure if either one will live to the end of the story. I had trouble putting the book down and even learned quite a bit about wine tasting. The mix of an FBI investigation using a civilian gave the story an edgier feel. I was totally absorbed in the story and hope Julie James will write the stories of the other characters, too.
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