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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 14:23

Review: The Thing About Love by Julie James

Written by Jennifer Porter
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thingaboutloveThe Thing About Love by Julie James (contemporary, Berkley, April 2017)


FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army Ranger clashed during their training at Quantico and gladly went their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to be assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.


For both of them, being paired with an old rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work together—a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a lot more complicated...


Jessica and John from The Thing About Love by Julie James have a hero-once-pulled-on-the-heroine’s-pigtails-because-he-liked-her type of romance. The two met and became rivals while training at Quantico to become FBI agents. There was an underlying attraction between them, but also a massive rivalry. Years later, neither can forget how much of a pain in the ass the other was while they were in training. This sets the scene for their romance when the two are forced to work together undercover.


Jessica Harlow is new to the Chicago field office, having transferred after a painful divorce. Her job as an undercover FBI was not something her Hollywood producer husband could deal with. She is looking for a new start and planning to get right back into undercover work. She doesn’t plan on her nemesis, John Shepherd, being part of her new life.


John, much like Jessica, is newly single. His girlfriend wasn’t so thrilled with his work either. He certainly is surprised when Jessica shows up in his office - and even more surprised when they end up as partners on an undercover mission that takes them to Florida. John is also consumed with his desire to make it onto the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team, something he has been working towards since he first joined the FBI.


However, the spark that has sizzled between these two since their training days flares when they are back together. There is some serious friction combined with some serious heat in this romance. This leads to contentious yet heated banter as the two get reacclimated to each other and learn how to work together. They work well together while undercover, often having to improvise to keep the op going and to get evidence on the corrupt Florida politician they are pursuing.


I loved John and Jessica together. Their shared history is important to their relationship and we get many flashbacks to their days at Quantico. Little did either one know how much the other impacted their training - or how much the other pushed them to succeed. Of course, just when the two start to realize that they have strong feelings for the other, John finally makes it onto the Hostage Rescue Team.


One of my favorite things about The Thing About Love is the banter between John and Jessica; it is both sexy and witty. The two butt heads repeatedly, almost as often as they get intimate (okay, maybe more). The sex is hot and is made that much hotter by the fact that these two do not get together easily. They enjoy battling. But this makes their romance a hard fought one that kept me glued to the page.


I adore Julie James’ writing and the stories she tells (I’m not sure any book will ever beat the Twitter Terrorist one, but anything is possible). The Thing About Love is a wonderful, sexy romance that pits two one-time enemies against each other and lets the sparks fly. Don’t miss this one.


Julie James: http://juliejames.com/


Book Disclosure: An ebook was provided by the author via NetGalley.

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