The thing about love – 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 and gladly went their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to be assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.
For both of them, being paired with an old 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 together—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 lot more complicated…

My review

When I saw this title on FirstToRead, I kind of hesitated. “The Thing about Love” isn’t the most original title. But the cover was interesting enough: high heels crashing on a lollypop heart. So I took the gamble and boy, was I glad I did.

We meet Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd. She: a sassy lawyer and he, a former Army Ranger. Their paths had already crossed during the Academy six years ago and during this story we get a flashback to those years. First from Jessica’s site, the “She Said” chapter. And then from John’s site, the “He Said” chapter. And it is quite hilarious. John and Jessica really were the pair of rivals back then.

And the banter and rivalry just keeps on going. But now, there is also the undeniable chemistry between them. You can see the sparks flying, almost literally. And when the sparks suddenly catch fire: Oh boy…

Julie James has done an excellent job of describing the rivalry between Jessica and John from both of their point of views. And she paints a picture in which you can feel the heat between them rising. So when they finally lose control, you really need a cold shower. In all: a perfect read, hot and steamy, yet funny and exciting. So, four out of five stars from me.

Publisher: Berkley

Published: April 2017

ISBN: 9780425273777


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