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It Happened One Wedding [Kindle Edition]

Julie James
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)

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Book Description

SHE KNOWS BETTER THAN TO SAY “I DO”

After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, Sidney is thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are…

BUT HE MAKES IT HARD TO SAY “I DON’T”

Special agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without…




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Sidney Sinclair vents all of her frustration with her ex-fiancé on a handsome but arrogant FBI agent who hits on her at a coffeehouse by telling him that she knows he is a player, and she is looking for something substantial. Minutes later, she discovers the agent is the brother of her sister’s new fiancé. Vaughn knows Sidney’s assessment of him was pretty accurate, but why can’t he enjoy women? The problem is that he is way too attracted to Sidney, even with her list of requirements for a boyfriend. They become friends and then add benefits in rising romance author James’ (Love Irresistibly, 2013) sparkling, sexy love story that delivers as much emotional warmth as sensual heat. Action at Vaughn’s job is interspersed with interesting details about Sidney’s high-powered financial career, and James’ smart heroines and fun dialogue are becoming her signature elements. While the conclusion is inevitable, the journey is well worth the read. Fans may also enjoy titles by Deirdre Martin and Christie Ridgway. --Amy Alessio

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"James is a contemporary romance superstar, known for intelligent characters and quick, witty dialogue that ratchets up intense sexual tension. Her new novel goes in a slightly different direction from her recent titles, creating strife without any external suspense devices--to great effect. Sexy and effervescent." -Kirkus Reviews

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  • File Size: 1217 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (May 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FX7LX0Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,048 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Romance With Heart, Class, & Sizzle! May 7, 2014
By R. Lane
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It Happened One Wedding felt a little different from Julie James' previous novels. I think there was serious tone that wasn't in the other stories, and it really clicked with me.

Sidney is back in Chicago starting a new job after leaving New York, and a ruined relationship. After discovering her fiancé was cheating on her, Sidney feels she's wasted three years of her life. She should already be married and starting a family, something Sidney really wanted at this point in her life. At thirty-three she doesn't want to waste time on good-time guys, and commitment-phobes. Sidney wants to find a man that wants the same things in life. It's not that she begrudges those men, it's their right to live life as they wish, she just wants nothing to do with them. So when Vaughn makes a pass at her, Sidney brushes off his advances seeing him, knowing exactly the type of man he is:

"For men as attractive as you, this city is one big candy store, filled with so many shiny treats, you couldn't possibly choose just one. So instead, you run around with your obviously healthy ego, sampling as many of the goods as you can get your hands on--simply because you can."

Not my idea of an attractive prospect, and definitely not Sidney's. Vaughn can't believe Sidney would reject him, even though she was spot on in her description of him, he still doesn't like the smug way she nailed him. But seeing as they'll never lay eyes on each other again, oh well, right? Wrong. Just so happens Sidney's sister, Isabelle is marrying Vaughn's brother Simon, and they are to be thrown together not only because they'll soon be in-laws, but because they're both in the wedding.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This kills me to say, but... May 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the very first Julie James book that I can't give 5 stars. And it kills me to say that. But this one just didn't do it for me as much as her other stories. I read it in one sitting, which is normal because I love her stuff so much. But I found myself skimming a lot. Especially during the work scenes. I could care less about Sydney and her successful job. So she makes a lot of money and she's good at what she does. I don't need pages upon pages to tell me that. Just show it and be done. In her other FBI stories it seemed that the characters interacted more in the story (i.e. at work). In this one, they only interacted when it came to wedding things for their siblings. I kept waiting for one of the bad guys from Vaughn's case to see him with Sydney and go after her. Or for Sydney's father to be bad and Vaughn would have to take him down. I don't know. It just didn't have that constant spark where the two characters were forced together so much that they didn't have an escape. That's what I love most about her stories. The sexual tension was high and I still wanted to find out what happened at the end, but I didn't L-O-V-E it like her other stories. It was a bit more explicit than I'm used to also. No problem with that, per se. It just surprised me how graphic she made this one. Especially since the cover seems to allude it would be more of a sweet story. Like I said, it didn't bother me, but it surprised me a little.

I would definitely recommend this book, because, COME ON, it's Julie James. It just wasn't my favorite.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful with Predictability May 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Galley provided by publisher for review on my blog. This is adapted from the review on my blog. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions herein are my own unless otherwise noted.

I read a lot of romance novels so when I say a book is predictable it’s hard to know if it is just because I am so familiar with the genre. But, I was pretty sure the journey would be interesting.

This was a delightful, distracting read filled with quirky characters, good relationship development, and good communication. In fact, as a plot device switch-up it is different for the characters honesty to become part of the problem and not the solution. It’s got some pretty funny moments too. The kind that make great light romantic comedies.

I liked that the relationship progression takes place between two adults, set in their own personalities, with established family relationships and jobs, and over a period of time. This is good since the relationship in question gets off to a bad start so it gives time for the switch from dislike to lust to love. And I like that the female love interest isn’t just willing to settle for any old guy. I love that she has a less than perfect relationship with her father, and that she acknowledges it as okay.

I would love to know what happens to the characters after the last page! I think this is a great travel book or beach read. I enjoyed it a lot.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and sexy May 6, 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It Happened One Wedding is both smart and sexy – my favorite kind of romance. Author Julie James has blended snark with substance and heat with heart to create a wonderfully entertaining story you won’t want to put down.

Sidney’s an intelligent, successful director at a private equity firm who’s thirty-three and determined to find the right man, one she can trust with her heart, a guy she can settle down and have a family with. FBI Special Agent Vaughn Roberts is not that kind of man. He may have charm and good looks on his side, but he’s a playboy at heart with no desire to get involved in a serious relationship. Though their initial “meet-cute” ends with Sidney writing him off, she can’t exactly do that once she learns that his brother is marrying her sister. Thrown together thanks to family, the sexual tension between Vaughn and Sidney slowly builds until it explodes in the most wickedly entertaining of ways. There’s a lot of push-pull in their developing relationship, and once in a while I wanted to shake Sidney and Vaughn to force them to be honest with themselves and each other about what they feel, but each had their reasons for being gun-shy about opening up.

It Happened One Wedding is incredibly well-written and I really appreciated the level of detail Ms. James included when it came to Sidney and Vaughn’s jobs. It’s clear Ms. James did her research and her doing so adds depth to the story that should not go unmentioned. In fact (charming romance aside), this is what sets It Happened One Wedding apart for me and is why I’m definitely going to be buying the rest of the FBI/US Attorney backlist. And speaking of said series, It Happened One Wedding is the first of Ms. James’s FBI/US Attorney stories that I’ve read and thus I can safely say it can be read as a standalone.
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More About the Author

After graduating from law school, New York Times and Amazon #1 bestselling author Julie James clerked for the United States Court of Appeals. She then practiced law with one of the nation's largest firms for several years until she began writing screenplays. After Hollywood producers optioned two of her scripts, she decided to leave the practice of law to write full-time.

Julie's books, which have been translated into sixteen languages, have been listed on the American Library Association's Reading List for Top Genre Novels, Booklist's Top 10 Romances of the Year, and have been featured as one of Cosmopolitan magazine's Red Hot Reads. Her seventh novel, IT HAPPENED ONE WEDDING, is now available.

Julie lives with her husband and two children in Chicago, where she is currently working on her next book.


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