The Thing About Love Book Review *Julie James*
FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.
For both of them, being paired with a former 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 as a team–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 whole lot more complicated. . .
The Thing About Love (FBI/US Attorney #7) by Julie James is another enjoyable romance by this author, even though this one seems a little more on the lighthearted side. It’s a very character driven novel with a lot of dialogue, and not much shoot em up action. This is also a reunion story of sorts, even though the hero and heroine don’t have much if a positive opinion towards one another because of their interactions in the past. But these two unlikely people come together again to work undercover on a case that deals with bribery. They must put aside their differences to catch the bad guy. When they do, they become excellent partners, both in and out the bedroom.
Jessica was once a lawyer turned FBI agent. She is newly divorced from her Hollywood producer husband who never really understood her job. She has now moved on, and is excited to work a new case. But she’s in for more surprises when she finds out she must team up John, who she knew six years ago. She and John both trained together. Their relationship then was not on the best terms. She felt John was cocky and a know it all who thought she was a cupcake and couldn’t make it in the program. John never meant to offend her because he was insanely attracted to her. But they went their separate ways. John is also getting over a bad relationship- he found his girlfriend in bed with one of his close friends. An undercover assignment is just what he needs, even though Jessica is there to push his buttons.
Jessica and John are professionals, so they try to keep their feelings about one another to themselves. Through flashbacks, we see how these two first met and why they couldn’t stand one another. As they fall deeper into their assignment, which isn’t that dangerous or scary, they decided they have a lot more in common that they first thought. As they reach common ground, their respect for one another grows, which turns into something more deeper and sexual.
The Thing About Love is a strange title for this story, including the cover, which doesn’t fit because this romance is heavy on the FBI atmosphere even though the concentration is one Jessica and John bonding. These two are very smart, independent and hard working. They are equals in every way, which makes for a nice read, especially because they have great chemistry together. The love scenes fit the tone of the book, even though they aren’t too graphic or seductive. The joy in reading is watching the action unfold as Jessica and John try to take down their man.
Reading a Julie James’ novel is always a pleasing experience. The Thing About Love has many things to enjoy here, including a whip smart sexy heroine who not only makes the hero hum with satisfaction, but gives him a peace of mind because she is the special gift he once lost and found again. A great second chance at love for these two undercover agents. (Berkley)
Final Grade: B