Sometime last week I entered a contest sponsored by Julie James to support her latest novel A Lot Like Love. The idea behind the contest was that we were to plan a Girls Night In Book Club Bash for A Lot Like Love - what would you serve? The winner will receive a box of Godiva Bakery Dessert Trufﬂes, a $50 Visa Gift card and twelve signed copies of A Lot Like Love.
I was making a trip to Trader Joes for a few bottles of vino (Pino Noir) and some cheese (Stilton with Apricots) and crackers for my pairing.
Typically once I enter a contest like this for a book I'm looking forward to reading I wait until I've heard I'm not a winner until I go out and get it. That didn't apply this time. At all.
Friday night, right before a weekend booked full of activities for my daughter I got my hands on a freshly minted copy of A Lot Like Love & started reading. Despite having no time to read all weekend, I still managed to consume the book and finished less than 72 hours after getting it.
That says something...
Author: Julie James
Pages: 304 (Paperback)
On Sale: March 1, 2011
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. . .
Julie James is high on my list of authors I recommend and her latest novel A Lot Like Love is an excellent example of why I love her writing. With engaging characters you can't help but love and a story line with legs you find yourself going through emotions and pages faster than you expect or realize. A Lot Like Love left me wanting more and I am eagerly waiting for the story promised at the end of this one.
Here's what my immediate Twitter impression was when I finished reading...