Review: Something About You by Julie James

April 14, 2011

Something About You

Author: Julie James
Series: Unnamed by precedes A Lot Like Love
Publisher: Berkley Books
ISBN: 978-0425233382
Date Released: March 2, 2010
Format Reviewed: Kindle Ebook
Source: Purchased
Length: Novel (336 pages in paperback / 551 KB in Kindle format)
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Rating:

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Online blurb:
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. (from Amazon.com)

My opinion:
Cameron Lynde took on a position as a US Attorney to help send the bad guys to jail, turning away from a profitable private career to do so. The daughter of a cop killed in the line of duty, she works harder than anyone else in her office to see justice is served. When she stays the night in a hotel to let her newly-refinished floors dry, she gets almost no sleep between the very loud sexual escapades of the couple in the room next door to hers. In the middle of the night, she’s woken again by a loud bang and Cameron calls the front desk to complain. When security investigates, it turns out what she heard was a call girl in the room next to hers being murdered. During the ensuing questioning, it turns out Cameron saw a man leave the hotel room where the murder took place but didn’t get a good look at him. When it was disclosed who else had been in that room, the FBI was called in.

Jack Pallas has just returned to the Chicago FBI office after a three year exile to Nebraska, thanks to Assistant U.S. Attorney Lynde. How bad is his luck that one of his first cases turns out to have that very woman as the only witness to a murder that may be at the hands of a U.S. Senator? Stuck trying to find the truth in what happened in the hotel, Pallas struggles to set aside his anger over what had happened to his career and the case he suffered for three years earlier.

I really enjoyed the two main characters in this story. Cameron was a tough woman who was both professional and compassionate and believed in being fair and in the law but never strayed into the land of being tough-as-nails or unlikeable. Jack was strong but had a core of kindness that even carried over to the woman he thought had tanked his career. The attraction between Jack and Cameron was nearly tangible on the page and the dances they did around each still couldn’t keep them apart. Add in some fun secondary characters and Something About You had a great cast that kept the action moving and my interest engaged. The sex scenes were hot and I was rooting for the main couple the whole time.

Something About You is a great mix of strong personalities that can fall in love and become a couple without losing their individuality or careers. Instead they both give and take strength, comfort and love from each other. I truly loved Ms. James voice and the snarky but not bitter dialogue. I laughed out loud at some points and this is one of the things that really draws me to buy more books by Ms. James.

The only thing I disliked about this book was what I considered a not-fully-believable plot device for the final scene. I found it very hard to believe an educated Assistant U.S. Attorney, with all the cases and evidence she will have seen and processed, could be so ignorant of computer security basics.

2 Comments

  • Marilyn April 16, 2011 at 1:38 am

    This was my first Julie James book recommended by Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and Dear Author. “:Save the Contemporary Romance

    I loved it and she will be an auto buy for me from now on.

  • Inky April 16, 2011 at 2:08 am

    I actually read the sequel to this first because (for some unknown reason) Something About You wasn’t available on Kindle at the time I was looking for it. I’m glad I did and even more glad that I kept looking for this story.

    I really enjoyed her stories and will end up buying her backlist – will be a tad late to review those but oh well 🙂

    Ms. James was a great find for me – glad she was for you also!

    Thanks for commenting 🙂