So over the first of our two big adventures the fam and I packed up and flew across the country for vacation. When traveling with an under two we quickly realised that we had a lot of spare evening time on our hands in very quiet hotel rooms. Enter the first four books of a series that I’ve already read the more recent ones.
Something About You
Cameron is an assistant US Attorney taking a much needed weekend away at a fancy hotel while her floors are being redone. Jake is an FBI agent finally back in Chicago, and his first big case is the dead call girl in the hotel room next door to Cameron. Cameron and Jake actually met three years before, working a case together, but thanks to some misunderstandings Jake pretty much called Cameron a dingbat on tv and he was sent to work in podunk Nebraska (no offense to Nebraskans, a lovely people). But now Jake is back and Cameron is his only witness to a murder that involves a congressman. While Cameron and Jake get to know each other again the murder works to cover his tracks.
It was solid. It walks the line between romance and thriller, but there’s just enough sexy times to shift it over to the romance side. I was entertained, didn’t have to think, and it was easy easy to pick up or put down when a kiddo started fussing. Pretty much a perfect “vacation read”.
A Lot Like Love
Jordan is a wealthy heiress who owns a hip wine shop, while Nick is an FBI agent who needs an in to a fancy party at a fancy restaurant. Jordan helps Nick out, but thanks to the mark of the party being romantically interested in Jordan their dating charade has to go on for a little while longer. Sparks and more obviously ensue.
This was my favorite of the bunch. Jordan and Nick, like before, are comfortable, stable adults with good jobs who aren’t desperate. They just happen to meet, and things progress naturally from there. They’re fun, quick witted, and there’s lots of talk about wine. The plot goes a little off the rails by the end (jealous prospective suitor, whatever), but that’s not important. The love story is, and it’s a very nice one.
About That Night
This time we have Rylann, and Assistant US Attorney and Jordan’s brother, Kyle, the “twitter terrorist”. Kyle, in a fit of pique, after being dumped on twitter, decides to drunkenly shut it down. See, Kyle is a computer a computer genius/wizard. This actually ends up with him in jail, but thanks to Jordan in A Lot Like Love he gets released early. Rylann and he meet again when she is in the courtroom representing the state in his case. They actually met briefly years before, but I will let you read for yourself that sweet story.
This one was also solid. It was a nice love story about grown ups. What more can I say, Julie James is a solid romance writer of adults. Kyle and Rylann both grow still throughout (always lovely), but it’s a natural, realistic change. All three of these will probably be rereads over the year in that peaceful, vacation read kind of way.
Anywho, this is all to say Julie James is solid. I may not always rave about her books and draw hearts around her characters, but I’m also not throwing books across the room in rage. Sometimes you just need to relax with some competent grown ups.