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Something About You (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – March 2, 2010
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When a high-priced prostitute is murdered in the neighboring hotel room, sole witness Cameron Lynde�s safety is in the very capable but unforgiving hands of FBI special agent Jack Pallas, who thinks she sold him out three years ago on a case involving the Chicago Mob. As an assistant U.S. attorney, she�s fully cognizant of the risks, especially since the client caught on videotape engaging in kinky sex is the well-known, married U.S. senator from Illinois, recently appointed chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. But as the murderer closes in, Jack and Cameron must put aside their differences to stay alive and solve the case. James has crafted another sizzling, vibrant contemporary legal romance set in her hometown, with edgy banter and edge-of-your-seat encounters between the forces of law and those corrupted by access to power. The sequel, A Lot Like Love (2011), continues the Martino investigation subplot with another FBI agent, Jack�s friendly rival, Nick McCall. --Lynne Welch
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"I'd long heard great things about Julie James's novels, and Something About You lives up to the hype. . . . [A] must-read for those searching for a smart romance with great characters and a no-holds-barred plot." --Sacramento Book Review
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Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde is staying in a hotel room next to an adulterous (and vocal) politician and ends up witnessing a murder, sort of. Since she may have seen and definitely heard something that means she’s not going anywhere anytime soon. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, Special Agent Jack Pallas is in charge of the investigation and yup, he still blames Cameron for almost ruining his career a few years ago. Now Jack and Cameron have no choice but to minimize the sarcastic jabs, tone down the resentment and work together but without those two elements, Jack and Cameron have to confront their simmering attraction which couldn’t happen at a more inconvenient time.
Jack and Cameron’s snarky banter was a big part of the draw of Something About You. I love a good enemies to lovers romance and this was definitely a good one. Both characters are driven and successful in their careers but they also have strong personalities that just clashed and built up the physical attraction well. I was pleasantly surprised that given their past neither Jack nor Cameron was ever cruel to one another while they were sniping and snarling. That would have been a deal breaker for me. Instead Julie James gave their relationship that special zing that had me anxiously awaiting their breaking point. It was so worth it too! I liked both characters and totally felt that unresolved tension.
Even when he wasn’t sure he even liked Cameron, Jack made sure that he did his job and protected her and that makes him swoon worthy in my book. Cameron was a strong willed woman but she wasn’t stupid, she knew she couldn’t defend herself against an unknown enemy and while she may have had her differences with Jack, she worked well with him when it came to solving the identity of the killer.
Mixed with the romance is quite a bit of action and suspense that amped up my enjoyment of the overall book. The anticipation of the “final show down” kept me engrossed for hours on end. The one thing I would have liked better is if the villain’s identity would have been kept a secret. I prefer finding out things at the same time as the characters do.
Final Verdict: Julie James has a knack for delivering a story with humor, heat, and heart. I’m totally on board for more books!
But what I enjoyed the most about this book was the characters, from our hero and heroine to our side characters. Cameron was a wonderful heroine; she's intelligent, tough, and a dedicated woman who really seems to have her life together. I especially liked that she didn't fight having FBI protection and she understands that she's in danger. I hate when romance heroines refuse protection; I mean come on, independence isn't as important as your life. Cameron doesn't have this problem and it clearly demonstrates she's the smart person we're told she is. I also really loved her friendship with Amy and Collin and I'm glad that Julie James included so much of them in the story because all MCs should have friends to round out their lives.
It didn't take long for me to fall for Jack and his glowering, gruff demeanor that really hides a soft marshmallow inside, at least where Cameron is concerned. He's understandably angry when they are first reunited because he believes she's the one who got him transferred three years ago. However, he never lets that interfere with Cameron's safety and once things are cleared up he's not afraid to show Cameron how much he wants her. Jack is very much an alpha male but he's not obnoxious about it and in fact the few times Cameron and Jack butt heads, it's a wonderful battle of wills. But the wonderful banter isn't just reserved to these two because Jack and his partner Wilkins have some great conversations. I would love to have Wilkins' story because he seems like such an easy going and funny guy and he was a great foil for Jack's more serious personality.
Everything really worked for me in this story and I was really impressed by Julie James's writing and her storytelling. The chemistry between Jack and Cameron is great and though things start off a bit slow, the development of their relationship is genuine and a joy to read.
Content Note: strangulation death scene