Title: A Lot Like Love
Series: FBI / US Attorney Series, Book 2
Author: Julie James
First published: March 1st 2011, Penguin
Edition: ebook, 259 pages
Age group: Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The FBI wants her cooperation. 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.
Agent McCall just wants her. As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never e 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 whaget personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment— ont starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more.
I’m officially in love with this book. Julie James yet again has managed to create a wonderful story mixing an undercover crime investigation, with all its danger and risks, and a hot and fiery love story.
Like Something About You, the first book in the series, A Lot Like Love takes place in Chicago and one of the central characters is yet again an FBI Special Agent. Just like Jack Pallas, Nick McCall is very responsible and loyal. Being one of the top undercover agents, Nick’s life is basically a series of new assignments Nick has to pretend different persons for, which is the reason for Nick’s main rule – never get personal. He would never allow himself to get attached to anyone, especially to the person he’s working with.
But it changes when he meets Jordan Rhodes to work on the new assignment. Jordan is a billionaire’s daughter and though Nick first considers her to be spoiled, his opinion of her changes the more they get to know each other.
Jordan Rhodes is never the person anyone would expect a billionaire heiress to be. Her dad taught her and her twin brother Kyle to never rely on his money. And so having to support themselves Jordan and Kyle are quite independent and realistic. As for Jordan, her passion for wine becomes the ground for her business, she is the owner of Chicago’s best wine store. But just like Nick she’s not really into the dating scene, her main concern is Kyle who gets arrested for shutting down twitter, an act called the Great Twitter Outage of 2011, which is actually quite an entertaining story in itself.
So when FBI agrees to reduce Kyle’s sentence, Jordan has no other ways out. She desperately wants to help her brother even though it means she has to take part in FBI’s next undercover investigation, for which she and Nick will have to pretend a couple.
And from this point the love story begins to develop. In all the other situations the romance between Jordan and Nick would have probably take more time to grow, but since it’s an undercover assignment for both of them, it of course means possible dangers, which makes the hidden emotions to come out. I liked that there are sparks between them from the very beginning, first based on physical attraction of course. Nick thinks Jordan is stunning even before meeting her, having seen only her photo. And Jordan feels tingling the moment she sees Nick. His bad boy -ish appearance is a sign for Jordan to be on her guard.
As the story goes they get to know each other more as the persons and those prejudices they had about each other in the beginning become groundless. The sparks and electricity keep growing to until they reach their limit which results in a series very hot love scenes, which Julie James is really a master of.
After some necessary dangerous happenings concerning the investigation (Jordan almost gets killed) and decision-making consideration on both Nick’s and Jordan’s part concerning their relationship (Nick decides to leave his undercover work in order to be with Jordan and Jordan learns to be more open about her feelings) the happy ending is a sure thing.
What is also great about the story is that being the second in the FBI/U.S. Attorney Series it incorporates the characters from the previous installment. It was so great to have Cameron Lynde and Jack Pallas take part in this story too and to also see that their relationship is still on and is even stronger.
What I like about Julie James’s books it’s their simplicity. They are easy reads, of course, I finish each book in just one day. But their very entertaining and quite addictive as having read one book I quickly start with the next one, it seems I can’t get enough of them.
Of course this book is about romance first of all and though it does create some suspense with all this undercover investigation, the love story is the main theme. And for me it’s not bad, as the love story is what I’m reading this books for in the first place. About That Night is next on my to-be-read list for sure.