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Thursday, February 04, 2010:
Something About You by Julie James (2010)

Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends in bloodshed. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and nearly ruining his career…


Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke: the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension…

When this ARC arrived in my mailbox weeks ago, I was beside myself with excitement. How could I not be? Julie James writes some of the best contemporary romance books out there, and I am beyond pleased to say that this one is no exception. One of my most favorite things about Julie's books is her distinctive voice. Her sense of humor and way with words is very evident here, and I appreciate reading a story where you get a feel for the author's vision because it's uniquely their own. And that's my cue to talk about the book.....

All Cameron Lynde wants is some peaceful, uninterrupted sleep, but instead she ends up sharing a hotel wall with two people attempting to break the sound barrier as they engage in some rather boisterous, wild sex. Bout after bout have the bed slamming against said shared wall, and as she marvels at the evident wonders of Viagra, it appears that the two have finally(!) settled down for the night. Or have they? When more squealing and banging ensue, Cameron realizes her hope of getting any sleep is useless, and after calling the front desk to complain, she hears a door close. Being a rather inquisitive sort, tries to get a good look at the stud as he leaves his hotel room.

When hotel security is unable to get a response from the room adjoining Cameron's, it soon becomes apparent to her that something might be wrong. And that something ends up being definitely wrong when the FBI arrive, most especially in the form of dark, brooding, scowling Special Agent Jack Pallas. Could Cameron's night get any worse?

Unfortunately the answer to that question ends up being a resounding yes, because a dead body has been discovered in the room next to Cameron's, and she just might be their key witness to a possible murder. Because of the nature of the crime and the parties involved, the case is now in the hands of the FBI, most specifically the hands of Jack Pallas and his partner. Cameron hasn't seen Jack in three years, since a case they had been working on together blew up in his face, an event he blames on her entirely. Now they must work together and catch a killer who very much does not want to get caught, and who just might be after Cameron in order to protect his identity.

Despite their rocky past, Jack takes his job very seriously, and intends to prevent anything bad from happening to Cameron while on his watch. Even if it means watching her every moment, whether she's on a date, throwing a bachelorette party, or attending her best friend's wedding. And most especially if it means he can't stop thinking about how soft her skin looks, how completely gorgeous she is, or how he has this incredible urge to kiss her at any given moment....

My thoughts:

Julie James is on a serious roll with her writing. As I mentioned to her, she is now 3 for 3 with me, slamming those home runs outta the ballpark with her stunning sexual tension and clever dialogue. What I think makes it more enjoyable is you can actually imagine two people interacting the way Cameron and Jack do.

Another reason I love Julie's books is that she creates these really complex heroines that on a superficial level, you might dislike and/or be very jealous of, but then she gives them a brain and adds a huge dose of substance and conscience which makes it hard to deny. Cameron has the type of magnetic personality that draws you in, and she's not a person who goes about drawing attention to herself or always trying to make herself look good. That doesn't mean she isn't good at what she does, because Cameron is very capable in her role as the Assistant U.S. Attorney, but she works hard at it, and her effort shows. She's no slouch in her career. In addition, we see the softer side of Cameron when she's hanging with her friends. She's the type of person that her friends can rely on to have their back, and isn't afraid to show her love for the people in her life. I'd definitely want to have someone like her in my corner.

Now let's get to Jack, because really, what great romance would be complete without the perfect hero. Now Jack is not perfect, not by a long shot, but he happens to be rather perfect for Cameron. He's gruff, cantankerous, and tenacious. He's also sexy as all get-out with a scowl that just won't quit. He's undeniably attracted to Cameron, though he tries to pretend otherwise, especially in the beginning. And if that wasn't enough to make you melt, he rides a motorcycle, which is very, very hot. Let's just say I'd jump on his bike anytime. But I digress. What I meant to say is that Jack lives and breathes his life as an FBI agent, and serving in the name of justice. Three years ago, justice was denied him, and it caused an ugly rift between him and Cameron. When they first meet again, those feelings are reawakened, but also something else. Jack may think he doesn't like Cameron, but what he really doesn't like is what happened to him back then, and her part in it. Now he's responsible for protecting her as a key witness to a murder, and the more time he spends with her, the harder it is to hold on to his anger. She's not the career-driven bitch who only cares about looking out for herself. But it takes him a little while to figure it out. But by then he's already unable to stop thinking about her, and wanting to touch her.

Back before things got ugly three years ago, there was mutual respect between the two of them, and a budding attraction. But things ended between them before they could even start. Now that they are spending so much time together, the walls inevitably come down. Defenses are dropped. Feelings realized. When the case becomes more dangerous and Cameron's life is threatened, a lot of truths are uncovered. The type of truths that make a reader very, very happy to be reading as Cameron's and Jack's story unfolds. These two beautiful, charismatic, intelligent, engaging people are falling in love, and there's nothing more wonderful to watch. Unless of course I was the heroine, but that's the story going on in my head.

Another highlight for me would be the frequent mentions of Chicago. Oh how I love to picture the story taking place on the streets of the city not so far from me. It makes what I visualize that much more vivid and convincing. Also makes me imagine if one day, as I'm walking down Michigan Avenue, I could be walking right by two people who could possibly be Cameron and Jack.

An additional mention I have to make is that a dress similar to the one Cameron is wearing on the cover of the book makes an appearance in the story, so keep your eyes peeled for that. I thought that was pretty cool. Just a special note that made this story that much more fun to read. A most satisfying read that I hated to see come to an end. Lucky for me I can go back and re-visit Jack & Cameron again and again :)

*** "Something About You" comes out March 2nd, less than a month away. I'll be getting at least one copy of the book with this gorgeous cover, and stay tuned for a contest sometime in March. Julie (along with Beth Kery, Colleen Gleason/Joss Ware & Shiloh Walker) will be having a signing on 3/13 in Chicago, so I intend to get some signed copies :) ***

Rating: ***** out of *****

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  1. Thanks for the review, Stacy! I've been looking forward to this book and I'm delighted to hear it's worth the wait.

  2. Aaahhh!! This is one of my most anticipated books of this year. Great review, I'm counting the days until the release!

  3. I'm definitely tinged with green that you got to read this one early. I was so impressed with her first two books and then meeting her in person and discovering what a great person she is, I'm really wanting this one!!!

  4. Great review, Stacy! I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this book and I totally agree with what you had to say. Julie's writing just gets better and better!

  5. Green with envy! I want! Great review.

  6. So jealous of you!!!!!! First that you got to read this early, second that you get to go to the signing! **pouting** But I know you will share your experience with us (or at least that is what I am praying for, lol)!
    I have been waiting for this book since I finished reading her other two books. She is an auto buy for me. I fell in love with her other two books! You are right, she writes her books so well that you feel like you can slip in the book ~ like you, at least in my head, lol.
    Great review honey... makes me want it even more!

  7. You are so lucky to get to read Something About You early! I've had it on my TBB list since I found out it was being released. Love Julie's books! Wish I could make it to the book signing, but not in the budget anymore.

  8. Oh, I wish Julie James would be in my town for a signing!

    So jealous that you got to read this early but I love your review, nonetheless. Can't wait for my copy!

  9. I buy every Julie James book but I still haven't read any!

    I will get round to it soon.

    Great review!

  10. Can't wait for this book to come out!! Thanks for the review Stacy!

  11. WOOT!

    Thanks for the review Stacy! I can't wait to get into my copy...

    (This weekend..)


  12. I can't wait for this book! I'm glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the review. :P

  13. Thank you Stacy. I think I'd like to try this. The last Julie James books didn't work for me, but that was a me thing and not the book thing, so I'd like to try again :0

  14. Great review. I haven't read any Julie James but I am definitely going to try her books. They look great.

  15. I want that dress.

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