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Review: Love Irresistibly by Julie James

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Love Irresistibly
Author: Julie James 
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Berkley
FBI/U.S. Attorney Series #4
ISBN: #978-0425251195
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): Paperback (304 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/ NetGalley

About the book:

     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…  

What Nimas talking about:

     I am new to Julie James’ books, although she has earned a loyal and enthusiastic following among contemporary romance readers.  Like Kathy Reichs and Jessica Scott, I appreciate authors who have professional knowledge of their characters’ world.  James didn’t just plunk hunky Cade Morgan into the U.S. Attorney’s office; James is an attorney and brings her experience with the legal system to her FBI/U.S. Attorney series giving it a unique authenticity.
     Love Irresistibly is book four in the series. While characters from previous books do make appearances, it is a book that can stand on its own.  Don’t avoid it because it’s number four.  There are a lot of things about this book that could have made it cliché, but James’ writing rises above that.  Her main characters are genuinely clever people.  The resulting banter is smart, something that can be difficult to achieve in dialog alone.  The predominant obstacle in this novel is that these two are workaholics.  Their careers are on the rise and they’re not about to slow the assent for something as distracting as a romance.
     As their paths cross through their jobs, they must deal with each other.  If they had met sooner, there would have been chemistry, but no romance.  James has brought them together at the right time and in the right place for this love story to have its chance.  They are both used to being in control with their work and all aspects of their lives.  They must both let down carefully fortified walls if they are to going make it work.  The forced interaction pressures them each to ask questions and examine the work/life balance of their individual lives, a dilemma with which I think many readers can identify, especially working women.
     Supporting their story is a backdrop of family and friends who make this story believable.  They have depth, they are inconvenient, they are supportive, and in Cade and Brooke’s business.  The are not just set dressing.  Like real couples, Cade and Brooke bring some legitimate baggage to the table.  Not only must they deal with letting down their own walls, they must deal with the other one’s history.  This, for me, raised the caliber of the story-telling—all together—irresistible.

Nimas Rating:

Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)
 
 
Purchase Info:
Love Irresistibly (FBI/U.S. Attorney #4)
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