Rating: 4 out of 5
I love when I have an author whom I can rely on for always writing great stories. I have read every single novel by Julie James, renowned romance novelist known for her FBI / U.S. Attorney series set in Chicago.
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This book stars FBI Special Agent Vaughn Roberts and investment banker Sidney Sinclair. When a blind date goes bust for Sidney at a coffee shop, Vaughn tries pulling some moves on her instead, but she doesn't fall for his playboy ways and turns him down.
Later that night, they end up at the same restaurant only to find out that their respective siblings are marrying each other! Awkward yet sexual tension commences as they're forced into close contact to help plan their wedding.
This is a fun story that's refreshingly realistic, because it takes some time before true feelings emerge. Insta-attraction, definitely, but none of that horrible insta-love that plagues romance novels these days.
In fact, Sidney and Vaughn casually hook up for most of the novel, with Sidney afraid of falling for another womanizer after suffering a broken engagement to her cheating fiancé, and Vaughn enjoying his bachelor lifestyle too much to settle down. I appreciated the slow burn as both characters realize their undeniable connection throughout each chapter.
That's not to say that little happens between them. Rest assured, the love scenes are hot, which I've come to expect from James. There's just something about combining crime-busting with lip-locking that keeps me coming back for more of her books.
If you're looking for a contemporary romance that's sexy without being sappy, I recommend this book and any other by Julie James.