A Taste for Romance and Adventure

If there is one thing I have always known about myself even as a young girl, it is the fact that I love books, be it reading or writing one myself. At 21, I have no certain goal, no clear path of what I want in my life. But my passion for books remains ablaze, only getting stronger as each day goes by. I don’t discriminate which genre to read. As long as the plot grappled my interest, then I’m in. Only recently have I discovered my favorite genre. It might change later on (probably when I grow older and wiser and definitely more cynical) but right now, I just can’t get enough of Romantic-suspense.

I am such a girl. I love romance just as much as I love action and adventure. Couple it with a smattering of humor then I am hands down, sold! Last summer, I went through a romantic-suspense fever. I spent a whole month devouring at least twenty books falling under the same genre and I was still looking for more. Too bad it’s difficult to find a book that fits my tastes. Anyway, during this ‘fever’ of mine, I discovered two amazing authors who write even more amazing books of my favorite genre–Julie Garwood and Julie James! Suffice to say, there is something about Julie.

And so with no further ado, here are Garwood’s and James’ amazing titles that will surely bring you to a dizzying, heart pounding ride!

(Note: Blue texts are not mine)

Buchanan-Renard Series

Author: Julie Garwood

 

Twelve amazing stories that will captivate you on each page!

Twelve amazing stories that will captivate you with each page!

Titles and back cover blurbs:

1. Heartbreaker

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“Going for it and changing what you could change-that’s what success was all about.”

 

Bless me father, for I will sin….

In the still shadows of the confessional, a madman tauntingly reveals his plan for a murder he is going to commit, pulling Father Thomas Madden into a twisted game by disclosing his next intended victim: Tom’s sister, Laurant. In a frantic race to protect her, Tom calls upon his best friend, elite FBI agent Nick Buchanan, to track the predator who is closing in on Laurant. Now, as an electrifying attraction grows between Laurant and Nick, so does the danger — and one false move will cost both of them everything that matters.

Let New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood take you on a thrilling excursion into the soaring heights — and the darkest impulses — of the human heart.

2. Mercy

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“Take pride away from a man and you might as well run a knife through his heart.”

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood takes readers from New Orleans’ exclusive Garden District to the backwoods of Louisiana’s mysterious bayou country in an unforgettable novel of passion and suspense that cuts straight to the heart.

When esteemed Justice Department attorney Theo Buchanan is struck ill at a New Orleans gala, Dr. Michelle Renard works fast to save his life. Soon, Theo finds himself in a race to save her when Michelle is targeted by a deadly crime ring. They call themselves the Sowing Club, a devious foursome driven by greed to accumulate millions in a secret bank account. Now they’re dead set on silencing Michelle, who might know the secret behind the killing of one of their wives. Dodging a world-class hit man and a band of cunning criminals, Michelle and Theo walk a narrow path between passion and survival.

3. Killjoy

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Avery Delaney has always tried to put the past far behind her. Abandoned by her rapacious, conniving mother when she was only three days old, Avery was raised by her grandmother and beloved aunt Carolyn. Then, when she was eleven, she witnessed her grandmother’s violent death, before Avery herself was shot and left for dead. Miraculously she survived. The man responsible is serving time in a Florida prison. This traumatic experience propels Avery into a life of law and order.

Her razor-sharp mind and ability to gather data and decipher evidence has made Avery an expert crime analyst for the FBI. But soon she will have to use every one of her adroit skills on a case that hits painfully close to home.

Avery’s workaholic aunt, Carolyn Salvetti, is certain her (hopefully soon-to-be ex) husband sent her the gold embossed reservation to the posh Utopia Spa in the mountains of Colorado. At first she is resistant, but then figures it will be a welcome respite from the cutthroat advertising business, not to mention a networking extravaganza. Plus she persuades her niece to join her for the two weeks of luxury and decadence.

But Carolyn never makes it to Utopia. Under false pretenses, she is taken to an isolated retreat by a handsome stranger with a dazzling smile, suave demeanor, and the darkest of motives. His name is Monk, a hired assassin. Now, with scant clues and fewer resources, Avery must track down and save Carolyn–and outmaneuver a brilliant killer who is part of an elaborate plot of madness and lethal vengeance.

4. Murder List

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There are few authors who can weave nail-biting thrills, edge-of-your-seat drama, and romantic suspense as masterfully as Julie Garwood. Now she ratchets up the tension with “Murder List,” in which evil is on the hunt- and proves to be methodically organized and chillingly successful.
When Chicago detective Alec Buchanan is offered a prime position with the FBI, it is the perfect opportunity to leave the Windy City and follow in his brothers’ footsteps to the top echelons of law enforcement. But first he must complete one last assignment (and one that he is not too happy about): acting as a glorified bodyguard to hotel heiress Regan Hamilton Madison. The gorgeous exec has become entangled in some potentially deadly business. Someone has e-mailed her a graphic crime-scene photo-and the victim is no stranger.


Regan suspects that the trouble started when she agreed to help a journalist friend expose a shady self-help guru who preys on lonely, vulnerable women. In fact, the smooth-as-an-oil-slick Dr. Lawrence Shields may be responsible for the death of one of his devotees, which was ruled a suicide. Hoping to find some damning evidence, Regan attends a Shields seminar.
At the gathering, the doctor persuades his guests to partake in an innocent little “cleansing” exercise. He asks them to make a list of the people who have hurt or deceived them over the years, posing the question: “Would your world be a better place if these people ceased to exist?” Treating the exercise as a game, Regan plays along. After ten minutes, Shields instructs the participants to bring their sheets of paper to the fireplace and throw them into the flames. But Regan misses this part of the program when she exits the room to take a call-and barely escapes a menacing individual in the parking lot.


The experience is all but forgotten-until the first person on Regan’s list turns up dead. Shock turns to horror when other bodies from the list start to surface, as a harrowing tango of desire and death is set into motion. Now brutal murders seem to stalk her every move-and a growing attraction to Alec may compromise her safety, while stirring up tender emotions she thought she could no longer feel. Yet as the danger intensifies and a serial killer circles ever closer, Regan must discover who has turned her private revenge fantasies into grisly reality.

5. Slow Burn

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Every fire begins with a little heat–and in Slow Burn, bestselling author Julie Garwood provides the spark, skillfully blending pulse-pounding action, intense emotion, and characters with grit and heart. The result is an electrifying novel of romantic suspense that will have readers burning through the pages.

An unpretentious beauty who radiates kindness, Kate MacKenna doesn’t have a bad bone in her body–or an enemy in the world. So why are bombs igniting everywhere she goes? The first explosion brings her face-to-face with a handsome Charleston police detective. The second sends her into the arms of her best friend’s brother–a Boston cop who’s a little too reckless and way too charming for comfort. But Dylan Buchanan won’t let emotion prevent him from doing his job: Someone is trying to kill Kate, and Dylan is the only one standing between her and the monster who wants her dead.

6. Shadow Dance

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Jordan Buchanan is thrilled that her brother and best friend are tying the knot. The wedding is a lavish affair–for the marriage of Dylan Buchanan and Kate MacKenna is no ordinary occasion. It represents the joining of two family dynasties. The ceremony and reception proceed without a hitch–until a crasher appears claiming to be a MacKenna guest. The disheveled and eccentric professor of medieval history warns that there’s “bad blood” between the couple’s clans, stemming from an ancient feud that originated in Scotland, and involving the Buchanan theft of a coveted MacKenna treasure.

Jordan has always led a cautious life and has used her intelligence and reason to become a successful businesswoman. So she is intrigued but skeptical of the professor’s claims that the feud has been kept alive by the grave injustices the Buchanans have perpetrated over the centuries. But when Noah Clayborne, a close family friend and a man who has never let a good time or a pretty girl pass him by, accuses Jordan of being trapped in her comfort zone, she determines to prove him wrong and sets out on a spontaneous adventure to the small, dusty town of Serenity, Texas, to judge the professor’s research for herself.

Maneuvering through a close-knit community in which everyone knows everyone else’s business, Jordan never anticipates the danger and intrigue that lie in her path, nor the threat that will shadow her back to Boston, where even in familiar surroundings, her life is at risk.

A powerful thug who rules by fear, a man who harbors a simmering secret, and an unexpected romance that pierces all defenses–beloved author Julie Garwood weaves these dazzling elements into a brilliant novel of romantic suspense. Shadow Dance is a searing tango of passion and peril.

 

7. Fire and Ice

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Fresh from her incredible smash-hit historical romance Shadow Music New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood returns to contemporary romantic suspense with this wonderfully sexy, exhilarating blockbuster. Filled with sizzling passion and breathless adventure, Fire and Ice features a feisty heroine whom Garwood’s devoted readers already know and love from her hugely popular novel Murder List.

Sophie Rose, a tough and determined newspaper reporter, is the daughter of Bobby Rose, a suave, charming, and handsome gentleman who also happens to be a notorious big-time thief sought by every law-enforcement agency in the country. When the major Chicago daily where she works insists she write an exposé about her roguish father, Sophie refuses, quits her job, and goes to work at a small newspaper. Far from her onetime high-powered crime beat, she now covers local personalities such as the quirky winner of several area 5K runs whose trademark is goofy red socks.Those red socks with Sophie s business card neatly tucked inside are practically all that s found after runner William Harrington is killed near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, seemingly the victim of a brutal death by polar bear. The Alaska cops want to know why Harrington carried Sophie s card. With an unerring nose for a good story, she heads north.What Sophie doesn t realize is that on her journey from Chicago to Prudhoe Bay, danger follows in her wake. After one attempt on her life, she s been assigned brash but sexy Jack MacAlister as a bodyguard by the cautious FBI. Amid great peril and deadly intrigue in the unforgiving Alaskan terrain, she and Jack form an uneasy alliance sparked with sensual attraction. But they will soon be fighting more than their growing passion for each other. Powerful forces will stop at nothing to prevent the exposure of the sinister conspiracy Sophie and Jack are about to uncover.

8. Sizzle

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Whether it’s exhilarating historical romance or spine-tingling contemporary suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood weaves magnificent stories of passion, adventure, and intrigue. Now she raises the heat and spices up the action with a sexy, smart, daring new heroine and a smoldering thriller that’s classic Garwood and pure Sizzle.

Lyra Prescott, a Los Angeles film student, is closing in on graduation and facing important decisions about her future. She’s already been offered a job at her hometown TV station, an opportunity that could ultimately launch her dream career as a film editor. But heading back home would also mean dealing with her overprotective brothers, social-climbing mother, and eccentric grandmother. Unsure of her future, Lyra dives into work on her final school assignment: a documentary transformed by a twist of fate into a real-life horror film.

After she unwittingly captures a shocking crime on camera, a rash of mysterious, treacherous incidents convince Lyra that she’s trapped in a sinister scenario headed for a violent ending. Running scared, she turns to her best friend, Sidney Buchanan, whose connections bring dauntless and devilishly handsome FBI agent Sam Kincaid into Lyra’s life. As the noose of deadly intrigue tightens and the feelings between them deepen, Lyra and Sam must place their faith in each other’s hands and stand together against the malevolent forces about to break loose.


No one mixes life-and-death suspense with feverish desire better than Julie Garwood. In Sizzle she burns hotter and brighter than ever, keeping the action and passion blazing till the incredible, unforgettable end.

9. The Ideal Man

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New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood delivers a contemporary romance that’s pulse-pounding in every sense of the word.

Dr. Ellie Sullivan has just completed her residency at a large urban hospital. While jogging in a park nearby, she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter’s face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation.

Agent Max Daniels takes over the Landry case. A no-nonsense lawman, he’s definitely not the ideal man that Ellie has always imagined, yet she’s attracted to him in a way she can’t explain.

Ellie heads home to Winston Falls, South Carolina, to attend her sister’s wedding. Shortly after she arrives, though, she receives a surprise visitor: Max Daniels. The Landrys have been captured, and she’ll be called to testify. But they’ve been captured before, and each time the witnesses are scared into silence-or disappear before they can take the stand. Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow until the trial, and it isn’t long before sparks fly.

10. Sweet Talk

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Attorney and IRS agent Olivia Mackenzie is the kind of tough, wise-cracking, powerful woman fans expect from a Garwood protagonist—but this time she has outdone herself. Olivia is not just any woman, she is every woman; flawed in the familiar ways so many of us are.

On the trail of an elaborate Ponzi scheme, one that threatens to ruin the lives of naïve and unsuspecting victims, Olivia suddenly finds her own life is in danger after she asks questions of the wrong people. She is accustomed to fighting for the underdog, but being vulnerable herself is a very different story. Smart enough to know when enough is enough, Olivia calls for reinforcements.

When she meets FBI Agent Grayson Kincaid there is an immediate and obvious attraction, palpable on both sides. Together they make an excellent team to fight corruption but Olivia is also fighting the immediate and intense attraction she feels for Agent Kincaid, and that may be a battle she is bound to lose.

11. Hotshot

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Peyton Lockhart and her sisters have inherited Bishop’s Cove, a small, luxurious oceanfront resort, but it comes with a condition: The girls must run the resort for one year and show a profit—only then will they own it.

A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic. Out of work and in a bad place personally, a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful.

There are countless challenges and too many people who want to stop the sisters from succeeding. Among them are Peyton’s contentious cousins, who are outraged that they didn’t inherit the resort, as well as a powerful group of land developers who have been eyeing the coveted beachfront property.

It’s soon apparent to Peyton that their efforts are being sabotaged, but she refuses to let the threats scare her—until she’s nearly killed. She calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help. He saved her life once; he can do it again.

12. Fast Track

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Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy’s girl—her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother.

Cordelia can’t suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.

Hotel magnate Aiden Madison is Cordelia’s best friend’s older brother. He’s oblivious to the fact that she’s had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he unknowingly puts her life at risk. He’s recently angered a powerful congressman by refusing to purchase overvalued land. Congressman Chambers is not a man to let such an offense slide, and he has the resources to get even and to get what he wants.

In Australia sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but multiple attempts on Aiden’s life are made while Cordelia is with him, and he realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most.

My two cents on Buchanan-Renard Series:

As much as I want to discuss each book in the series, I unfortunately  don’t have the energy to talk about all of it. Also, let me clarify that I have only read the first six books in the series (Heartbreaker, Mercy, Killjoy, Murder List, Slow Burn, Shadow Dance – of which I read in order) and I will only discuss my three favorites namely Heartbreaker, Murder List and Shadow Dance.

Heartbreaker is first in the series. I love the general theme of the story. I think Garwood and I share the same fantasy. Good girl meets bad boy–that kind of fantasy. Laurant and Nick are a cute couple. Laurant is very reserved, having been raised among nuns while Nick is your typical brooding, badass hero who works for the FBI. I love the FBI in books. They are portrayed as strong, smart and sexy which is the total antithesis of reality.

Murder List pretty much scopes the same plot as Heartbreaker. A damsel in distress is saved by a knight in shining armor. The plus factor here is that, the heroine, Regan does not want to be saved or rather, to be labeled as a damsel in distress. She doesn’t want to worry her family and to endanger them by being around her so she tries to be really brave on her own. What I love the most is when Regan actually saves her hero from demise! Now that’s a heroine you surely won’t forget.

Shadow Dance is the book I related with the most. I connected with Jordan (the heroine) maybe because I somehow see myself in her. She’s a computer geek (I myself am a geek in my own right but not in computers, no) and she feels like she’s living a boring, unsatisfactory life. She wants to explore outside her comfort zone. Over the years, she has become a millionaire from her own efforts and now that she has achieved her childhood dreams, she wants something new in life. She wants a different career, one that doesn’t require so much competitive energy and one  preferably with children. That’s what leads her to danger. She takes Noah’s advice to “live a little” only to fall on a string of small town murder. And who else is there to help her other than her sort-of pal Noah. What I like about this pairing is that they are very carefree around each other. They’ve been friends for so long and as they spend more time with each other, they start to realize that they have far deeper feelings for one another other than friendship. Noah is such a fun hero. He is funny, sexy as hell and really cute when he is around Jordan. I especially love this couple because their personalities jive well, the chemistry is always there and Jordan is a kickass heroine just as Noah is a fantastic hero.

Old school romance writers have always held a soft spot in my heart because they always seem to capture what I really love in a book. Maybe my tastes are old school that’s why most of my favorite books are written in the early 2000s or earlier. I love how Garwood tells her story. The characters are well personified, the development of the story is gradual and on point and most importantly, insta-love does not exist in her world. The slow build of romance is what makes her book sizzle with real chemistry. In a generation where everything is instant, you can’t help but consider things such as old school romance as gold.

The book covers above are from the later editions of the books. I choose to post those mainly because they are in HD and the first edition book covers are not. Although that is the case, I still prefer the first edition book covers. It may not be as vibrant and picturesque as the later covers but the classic, quaint look about it just attracts me. I guess I’m really old fashioned.

Here are the first edition book covers:

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FBI/US Attorney Series

Author: Julie James

 

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In the Chicago criminal justice system, the people are represented by two groups of confident, frequently sarcastic, and shockingly attractive people, all of whom seem to spend an inordinate amount of time at Starbucks: FBI Special Agents, who investigate crimes, and the U.S. Attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. These are the stories of what happens when they’re not out busting bad guys. Happily ever after guaranteed.

Author note: these books are a “series” in the sense that they are set in a shared world and some characters make appearances in later books. They can, however, easily be standalones. Feel free to jump in wherever you like.

Titles and back cover blurbs:

1. Something About You

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“More like a chocolate molten lava cake. A dessert so sinful, so luscious, so filled with inner heat it made a girl want to lick each and every crumb right off the plate. That was Jack Pallas.

See? From that quote alone, you may possibly swoon. Phew! This book is one of my faves from the series. From page one up to the very last, it was absolutely enjoyable. I couldn’t put it down. I read it in one sitting. In fact, this was the book that started it all. I got my first dose of action and romance then what do you know, I became addicted to it.

Cameron and Jack were former almost-lovers turned cold. They were in a budding relationship until one day, they had a fall out. It was mostly Jack who couldn’t let go of the past and harbored bitter feelings for Cameron. And then they met again in a very awkward situation. The old and new feelings collided. They’re both hot and cold. It was chaos waiting to happen. You know what that means: funny and sexy banters between the hero and heroine. I’m a sucker for that.

Here is one funny and cute scene:

Cameron looked over her shoulder just as Jack stalked into the tent. He got his first glimpse of the back of her dress. Or lack thereof.
He stopped dead in his tracks.
“Wow.”
His eyes lingered on her for another moment before he turned to Amy, gesturing. “This place looks great, Amy. You did one hell of a job.”
Amy grinned. “Nice recovery, Jack.”

And now the book blurb:

Fate has thrown two sworn enemies…

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 with a death. 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 for nearly ruining his career.

Into each other’s arms…

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.

2. A Lot Like Love

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“I’d like to know more about this undercover agent who posed as my daughter’s date. The ubiquitous Tall, Dark, and Smoldering.’

Nick put on his best meet-the-parent smile. ‘I generally prefer to go by Nick.”

Three words: Tall, Dark, Smoldering. That is how you describe the hero of this story. He is just as badass as Jack from the first book in the series. I love them both! What’s different about Nick is that he doesn’t really believe that he’ll fall in love. He hasn’t experienced that toe-curling, butterflies-in-your-stomach kind of love and he thinks he’ll never experience it. Until of course he meets Jordan. Jordan is the last person Nick expects to socialize with. The likes of her doesn’t exist in his world. Jordan is beautiful, smart, sophisticated, successful and incredibly rich while Nick thinks he is just a lowly FBI agent who’s all glowering and bad who also doesn’t deserve a modern day princess like her. Simply put, he is dark, Jordan is sparkles.

It’s cute how it is Jordan who is really trying to show Nick that them being together is a possibility. It all starts as an act and it ends up being real. Let me tell you, they are such a cute couple. Nick tries his hardest to be all tough and won’t admit his feelings to Jordan but during a life and death situation, Nick realizes that what he feels for Jordan is as real as Obama being the President of America.

This book is a favorite of mine too! Here are snippets from the book:

“Well, Ma, see… there’s this girl.”
Silence.
He checked to make sure the call hadn’t been dropped. “You still there, Ma?”
A sniffle.
“You can’t be crying already,” he said. “I haven’t told you anything about her yet.”
“It doesn’t matter, Nick,” his mother said through her tears. “Those are the three words I’ve been waiting thirty-four years to hear.”

And another one:

Time for Wine Tasting 101.
“So here’s how this works. When tasting a wine, as opposed to casual drinking, there are four basic steps you need to remember: sight, smell, taste, then spit or swallow.”
Nick paused at that last part and cocked his head. “And your personal preference on the latter would be…?”
“Only lightweights spit.”
His right eye twitched.

Okay, last one:

He gripped her shoulders determinedly. ‘I should’ve told you this earlier, Jordan. Now that I’ve got my chance, you’re going to hear it whether you like it or not. You came into my life and messed the whole thing up and now I’m screwed. Because I’m in love with you. As in balls-out, head-over-heels, watching-Dancing-with-the-Stars-on-Monday-nights, wine-and-bubble-bath kind of love. Hell, I think I’d even wear a scarf indoors for you.”

Book blurb:

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 get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one 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 what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more.

3. About That Night

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“Because nine years ago, I walked up to the most beautiful girl in the bar, and tonight she’s still the only person I want to talk to.”

The third book in the series is about Kyle Rhodes who is mentioned in the previous book as Jordan’s brother whom she has to save from jail time. Unfortunately for this one, there is no brooding FBI agent as the hero but instead we get a US Attorney in the role of Rylann Pierce. I don’t love this one as much as the first two books but I still enjoyed reading it none the less. I guess what I find lacking is the absence of action scenes which is a huge part of the first two installments but don’t fret! This one is a good read too.

Book blurb:

He’s Playing Games

Though Rylann Pierce tried to fight the sparks she felt for billionaire heir Kyle Rhodes the night they met, their sizzling chemistry was undeniable. But after being stood up on their first date, Rylann never expected to see him again. So when she finds herself face-to-face with Kyle in a courthouse nine years later, she’s stunned. More troubling to the beautiful assistant U.S. attorney is that she’s still wildly attracted to him.

But She’s Making The Rules

Just released from prison, Kyle Rhodes isn’t thrilled to be the star witness in a high-profile criminal case—but when Rylann comes knocking at his door, he finds she may be the one lawyer he can’t say no to. Still as gorgeous and sharp-tongued as ever, she lays down the law: she doesn’t mix business with pleasure. But Kyle won’t give up on something he wants—and what he wants is the one woman he’s never forgotten.

4. Love Irresistibly

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“I heard this theory once that love means your subconscious is attracted to someone else’s subconscious.”

In this book, we get a double dose of feisty lawyers in Cade Morgan and Brooke Parker. We met Cade in the previous books in the series as he worked with the FBI agents in exposing fraudulent federal officials. Now, he is back and he gets to star in this one. He asks for the help of another lawyer, Brooke Parker, who is as catty as he is. Looks like Cade met his match.

You know what you get when you put two smart, sharp tongued lawyers in one room? You get a whole lot of funny and in-your-face comebacks and banters enough to put you through a year. That is how Cade and Brooke’s relationship are. Never a dull moment. They are both very competitive and workaholic. It’s like they found a kindred spirit in one another.

Some snippets:

“I love you. On intense days. On good days. On long, exhausting work days. On really strange days when I find out that I have a long-lost brother. And most of all, on days when you make me smile, which happens to be every day I’m with you. You are not just a big-picture girl for me, Brooke Parker. You’re the only picture.”

Another:

“You’ve got this job offer in Charlotte. I know. But if you want, that’s something we can figure out together. I made a commitment to Cameron, so I need to stay in Chicago until she’s back from maternity leave. But after that, I can—”

“I didn’t take the job in Charlotte.”

“Oh. Right.” He exhaled, trying to catch up to speed. “Well. You should know that I had at least two minutes left on that speech. Really quality stuff.”

“Sorry. I just thought this might be a good time to mention that I love you, too.” She made a rolling gesture. “But, please—carry on.”

He grinned. “Sassy as ever.”

Book blurb:

HE’S USED TO GETTING WHAT HE WANTS…

A former football star and one of Chicago’s top prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan will do anything to nail a corrupt state senator, which means he needs Brooke Parker’s help. As general counsel for a restaurant company, she can get a bug to the senator’s table at one of her five-star restaurants so the FBI can eavesdrop on him. All Cade has to do is convince Brooke to cooperate—and he’s not afraid to use a little charm, or the power of his office, to do just that.

AND WHAT HE WANTS IS HER.

A savvy businesswoman, Brooke knows she needs to play ball with the U.S. Attorney’s office—even if it means working with Cade. No doubt there’s a sizzling attraction beneath all their sarcastic quips, but Brooke is determined to keep things casual. Cade agrees—until a surprising turn of events throws his life into turmoil, and he realizes that he wants more than just a good time from the one woman with whom he could fall terrifyingly, irresistibly in love . . .

5. It Happened One Wedding

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He was tall and somehow managed to look ruggedly sexy, despite the rather conservative dark gray suit and blue tie he wore. Maybe it was the short cut of his thick brown hair. Or his keen hazel eyes. Or his strong chiseled jaw with that just-perfect amount of five o’clock shadow.

First of all, this has the best looking cover in the series. I’m not really a fan of man + woman in a book cover so I love this one. Anyway, you can expect the signature Julie James writing style here: wonderful characters engaging in funny, sexy banters. This is the latest release in the series and I enjoyed it a lot. I wish Julie James writes more and more books! She’s amazing.

This book features Vaughn whom we have met in the earlier books who works alongside the other FBI agents. He’s paired with that spectacles-wearing  guy from Harvard (I forgot his name!). He’s known to be a real ladies’ man. Flirts with every female, works his charm like a pro, oh you know that modern day man who’s all, “I don’t want to settle. All I want is to have fun.” Of course that changes when he meets Sidney!

Vaughn brought out lot of laughter in me. He is so funny in a very unassuming way. I like that he is very chill and carefree. He is the perfect match for the closed-up Sidney who is once burned by love that made her cynical.

Some funny/cute/aww snippets:

The innkeeper pointed between Vaughn and Sidney. “Have you two been together long?”
Sidney blinked, then gestured at Vaughn. “Him and me?” She laughed. “Oh, no. Noooo, no, no.”
Vaughn smiled at Lauren, nonplussed. “In case you missed it, that would be a no.”

Another one:

He looked at her for another moment, then bent down on one knee.
Sidney’s heart leapt out of her chest. “Oh my God, what are you doing?”
“Um . . . getting eye-to-eye so we can talk,” he said, as if this were evident.
“Oh. Right.”

More: (Note: this was their first meeting)

Sidney gestured to the chair he’d just helped himself to. “What are you doing?”
He looked at her as if this was obvious. “Starting a conversation.”
“But I don’t even know you.”
“That’s why I’m starting a conversation. Let’s begin with the basics. Like your name.”
Ah, right. Sidney knew exactly what was happening here. This guy had seen her on her failed date,
had obviously deduced that she was single, and now thought she was easy pickings.
“I’m not giving you my name,” she said.
“All right, then. ‘Ms. Doe,’ it is,” he said, undeterred. “Why don’t you tell me a little about
yourself, Ms. Doe?”

 

And. . . there you have it! Julie James’s five (so far) amazing books in the FBI-US Attorney Series. I love this series so much! I devoured each book. It was what the others call, “unputdownable”. There is a sixth book coming up. It’s called Suddenly One Summer who stars Brooke’s (from Love Irresistibly) bestfriend, Ford. I’m not sure when it comes out but as usual, I am excited for it!!!

So that’s all the recommendations I have. You know the drill. If you have questions, feel free to comment. Have a great weekend!

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