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Just the Sexiest Man Alive (Berkley Sensation) [Kindle Edition]

Julie James
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Book Description

From the New York Times bestselling Julie James comes this dazzling romance about one of Hollywood's biggest movie stars and the woman who refuses to let him capture her heart. For fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson.

Nothing fazes Taylor Donovan. In the courtroom, she never lets the opposition see her sweat. In her personal life, she never lets any man rattle her—not even her cheating ex-fiancé. So when she’s assigned to coach People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for his next big legal drama, she refuses to fall for the Hollywood heartthrob’s charms. Even if he is the Jason Andrews.


Jason Andrews is used to having women fall at his feet. When Taylor Donovan gives him the cold shoulder, he’s thrown for a loop. She’s unlike any other woman he’s ever met: uninterested in the limelight, seemingly immune to his advances, and shockingly capable of saying no to him. She’s the perfect challenge. And the more she rejects him, the more he begins to realize she may just be his perfect match…

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    From Publishers Weekly

    In this awkward debut romance, the supposed hero's juvenile behavior sets the stage for a frustrating read that not even a sparkling final third can mitigate. Taylor Donovan, a brilliant Chicago lawyer visiting L.A. to defend a sexual harassment case, is not happy to be assigned to help heartthrob actor Jason Andrews prep for a courtroom drama. As they begin working together, Jason predictably behaves like a spoiled teenager, but becomes increasingly enchanted with Taylor. She eventually begins to see Jason as a nice guy underneath his Hollywood attitude—with sleazy, jealous actor Scott Casey as a convenient foil—but she can't set aside her trust issues. As Jason tries to convince Taylor to stay in L.A., the book suddenly turns witty and romantic, but getting there is no fun at all. (Oct.)
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    From Booklist

    Chicagoan Taylor is driven to succeed, and her track record in defending corporate clients against sexual-harassment lawsuits is unsurpassed. On loan to her firm’s Los Angeles office, she reluctantly agrees to coach big-name actor and sexy heartthrob Jason Andrews for his upcoming role as a lawyer. His attitude irks her, while her insistence on maintaining a professional distance intrigues him. James herself is a practicing attorney in both Chicago and L.A., and her familiarity with both the law and the film industry lends credibility to this fast-moving, contemporary romantic comedy. --Lynne Welch

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1184 KB
    • Print Length: 324 pages
    • Publisher: Berkley (September 26, 2008)
    • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B001GRRHNE
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,609 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut Novel! October 12, 2008
    By Ashlee
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I've been a little leery of reading debut authors lately after one too many bad experiences, so I admit I did hesitate in picking up this book (even though I loved the cover and it kept drawing me back to it). Definitely a mistake on my part. Just the Sexiest Man Alive is one of the best debut novels I've read in a very long time! As a fan of virtually every sub-genre in romance, I found it surprisingly refreshing to have a light-hearted, sweet, romantic storyline without a vampire or serial killer in sight. Contemporary romance seems to be on a downward shift lately and authors are more frequently jumping onto the paranormal bandwagon (which I am a fan of, but every now and then you just want to pick up a nice boy-meets-girl story without a lot of subplots and angst involved).

    This book follows a somewhat simple premise, but puts a unique spin on it. Yes, boy-meets-girl, boy-ticks-off-girl, hate at first sight ensues, but the difference being that girl is a very successful lawyer and boy is "The Sexiest Man Alive" (three times over) and the biggest name in Hollywood. An unbelievable plot told in a very believable way. When Taylor Donovan finds out she is supposed to "coach" Hollywood playboy Jason Andrews for his new upcoming legal thriller that he's scheduled to film, she's initially star struck. But after a no-show (twice) on his part, she's not impressed when he saunters into the courtroom two days late and a dollar short.

    These two characters start their first scene off with a bang and the witty banter (especially during their first meeting) kept me turning the pages. There is sexual tension in nearly every scene - although actual consummation of said tension is very limited. I finished it in less than a day and actually found it hard to put down.

    If you're looking for a light contemporary romance, this is definitely a book I would recommend. If her next book is as good as this one, I've found a new autobuy author!
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    24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.. February 16, 2009
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I read the first editorial review and "almost" clicked off to look at another book and I am glad I did not. If you are into vampires, murder or lots of sex..this is NOT the book for you. If you like contemporary romance books with a great story and lots of humor..THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU! Publishers Weekly missed this book by a mile on their review. I loved this book so much that from now on if Publishers Weekly gives a book a bad review...I'm probably going to buy the book.
    This story is about Taylor Donovan, a lawyer that has moved to L.A. to cover a sexual harassment trial. Busy with the trial her boss asks her to also help Jason Andrews prepare for his upcoming film where he plays a lawyer. Jason blows off their first appointments and that gets him off on the wrong foot with her. Good looking and People's Sexiest Man, Jason is used to women falling over themselves for him not getting in the last word and walking away. It is a fun filled book from beginning to end.
    Jason't long time friend, Jeremy is a hoot in the book (a book with him would be good). In my opinion this book compairs to Susan Elizabeth Phillips books. I love her humor.
    I read where Julie's next book is also about lawyers. I was disappointed when I read the preview at the back of the book...I was thinking the new book would be lawyers from Taylor's law firm. Didn't want the story to end...(-:
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars and Worth the read . . . January 28, 2014
    By VLH
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This is most definitely NOT a 5 star book: for the majority of the story, our 38 year old hero has the social maturity of a pampered, rich, spoiled and horny 17 year who just got his first car, and the emotional depth of a puddle. The villain in the piece is not even that lucky -- the entire time he's portrayed as a two-dimensional caricature of the self-absorbed Hollywood "bad boy" the tabloids love to write about.

    On the other hand, this story deserves at least 3 stars because it is well written, funny, and provides an interesting peek into the life of the Hollywood elite, without trying to titillate or go overboard on the details. Most importantly, the story is saved by a delightful female lead that is much more well-developed and interesting than just about any man in the story. In fact, this is true with all the females in the story, which is a surprise in itself. The heroine is very likeable: she's quick-thinking, confident and intelligent. She is an extremely successful litigator but she does not act superior or condescending around others, nor is she pedantic. She is witty, clever and has a wonderfully sarcastic view of things, which brings a much-needed breath of fresh air to the tale.

    I gave this story an extra half star for two reasons: first, as improbable as it seemed at the start, I eventually bought into the hero's "real" persona and even rooted for the lovebirds in the end . . . so when all was said and done, the romance managed to feel credible.

    Second, I enjoyed the book's clever repartee (both between the romantic leads, and when the heroine is going back and forth with the opposing counsel in a trial) enough that I know I will want to read this story again at some point just for the laughs.
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fun! Fun! Fun! October 15, 2008
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Just the Sexiest Man Alive was so much fun to read! I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long time! I love well written, engaging, realistic and witty contemporary romances and this book was fabulous! I had a smile on my face while reading and I didn't want the story of Taylor and Jason to end. I can't wait to read the next book by Julie James!
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, snappy dialogue, nice "pick me up" read
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    This is a new to me author and Im so glad that I found her. Its not an outrageously unique story line in the boy meets girl love genre, but its a unique perspective. Read more
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    Loved this book. Author always keeps you intrigued in the story.. Would love to see a novella about Jason and Taylor.
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    This was one of those reads that you can tell from the get go exactly how things are going to play out. Read more
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    More About the Author

    After graduating from law school, New York Times 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 next novel, SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER, will be available on June 2.

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

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