Title: Something About You
Author: Julie James
Publication Date: 2nd March 2010 (first published 25th January 2010)
Paperback: 336 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by Zosia
BOOK COVER SUMMARY:
There’s something about Julie James…
Staying overnight in a luxury hotel, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde overhears a high-profile murder involving a U.S. Senator. Special Agent Jack Pallas is assigned to the investigation-the same Jack Pallas who still blames her for nearly ruining his career three years ago. Now the pair will have to put their rocky past behind them, focus on the case at hand-and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.
Julie James writes smart, witty contemporary romance with heroines who are lawyers, and her real life experience of the profession makes the stories more believable. The heroine of this one, Cameron, hates the hero, Jack. The feeling’s mutual. However neither does the typical ‘romance novel’ thing of allowing their personal feelings to intrude on the case or to jeopardise their safety. I love it so much when characters are smart!
While marketed as contemporary romance, this book has many elements of romantic suspense. Cameron is in serious danger because of the murder she’s an ‘ear witness’ to, and Jack is there to keep her safe. It was nice how they admitted feelings for each other even before the truth came out about what happened three years ago. They’re willing to be with each other despite the ugly history between them.
I have to repeat: how wonderful to have the characters act sensibly! Jack doesn’t jump straight into bed with Cameron because he knows his first priority is to keep her safe. Cameron does her best to help out with the investigation, and she tries to make the lives of the men guarding her easy. No ‘Too Stupid to Live’ taking off on her own to show how ‘feisty’ she is or anything annoying like that!
There are some really funny moments, and James always gives her main characters entertaining friends who are well-rounded characters. Cameron’s best friend was wonderful, and though there was such a risk of having the ‘gay best friend’ a walking, talking stereotype, he absolutely wasn’t. Hero and heroine have full lives and commitments beyond each other. Also, Cameron’s workload was appropriate for her position, and she – gasp! – actually did her job. It wasn’t just a label to flesh out her character.
My gripe with the book is that James’ writing style generally takes me a couple of chapters to get used to. Once I’m in, I’m in, but I’ve always struggled to be immediately engaged at the beginning of her books. It’s a small gripe though, as there’s so much to like in Something About You.
Julie James writes excellent contemporary romance. It’s a genre where all too often women are ditzy in order to be funny and the men are ogres just for the sake of their character transformation. This is an author who makes the people real, the situations real, and the way the relationship develops a lot of fun. I’d definitely recommend her books.
SOURCE: This book is from Zosia’s personal library.