The Thing About Love by Julie James | FBI/US Attorney #7
Published on April 18th, 2017
ARC from Netgalley
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I’m going to preface this review by saying that as this is a Julie James book, I had every intention of loving every bit of it. That’s what has always happened with me in the past, and I expected nothing less from The Thing About Love. The thing is, I didn’t love this one, and that makes me sad. Julie James has been my go to author when I want a sophisticated heroine who has her life together with just a few kinks to work out, and I love that that was something I could count on. But there was something about this heroine that I couldn’t quite connect with, and as far as the story goes, I don’t feel like there was much meat to it. I liked Jessica and John separately much better than I liked them together. And while I can see how years long competition could lead to some hot sex, I wasn’t sold that this particular relationship would lead to more than that.
I thought the beginning of this book was brilliant, as it’s usually the opposite – a woman walking in on her significant other with another lover, so I was sold right off the bat when John walked in on his girlfriend going at it with another man. I even liked the way he handled the situation, with the maturity of a typical Julie James character. It was when Jessica entered the picture that things went downhill for me. The details of her first marriage seemed kind of shallow, and I thought it odd that Jessica and John remembered their conversations from years ago verbatim. I also wasn’t a fan of the way Jessica ‘asserted’ herself at their shared time at the academy. It came off as desperate to me. As I mentioned, the romance was a little thin, and while the case they were working together was interesting, it came to a close in a rather anti-climactic way.
Now the good – the ribbing of John by his co-workers. Oh, man. What a hoot. The way they made fun of him for a previously worn man bun was awesome, as was his rapport with his brother. The banter between the men was really well done. And the families – Julie James knows how to bring a family to life, giving them strong personalities, thereby giving you a strong feel for them without overwhelming the rest of the story, and John and Jessica’s families were wonderfully fleshed out.
Unfortunately the bad outweighed the good for me with this one, and I just didn’t enjoy it. Now this is the part where I forget everything I just wrote, pick myself up, dust myself off, and eagerly await her next offering!
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Series: FBI/US Attorney