Saturday, February 27, 2010

Review -- Something About You

Something About You
By Julie James
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: March 2, 2010

As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Cameron Lynde has seen and heard a lot of crazy things. However, nothing prepared her for what she overhears while staying overnight in a local hotel waiting for her hardwood floors to dry. Thirty thousand hotel rooms in the city of Chicago, and Cameron Lynde managed to find one next door to a couple having a sex marathon. But that’s not all she hears; afterwards, she inadvertently hears a murder. As the only person who witnessed anything, Cameron is then questioned by CPD and the FBI, which is headed up by none other than Special Agent Jack Pallas, the man who publicly embarrassed her three years before.

Three years ago, Cameron and Jack were involved in a case concerning a dirty Chicago thug in which Jack was also the main witness after spending two years undercover. When Cameron suddenly dropped the case due to “lack of evidence” (but actually per the instructions of her boss), Jack went ballistic and made some rather choice remarks about her on national television. His actions caused him to be transferred to Nebraska. He’s finally back in Chicago and wouldn’t you know that his first case upon returning involves the woman he blames for nearly ruining his career. Jack must keep his dislike for her in check if he’s going to be able to protect his witness and solve the crime. Despite their persistent cracks at each other, working with her causes him to need to keep more than that in check.

Julie James has done it again! She has penned a smart, witty, and romantic story infused with humor, suspense, and some serious sexual tension (along with some smoking hot love scenes!). Ms. James is quickly on her way to becoming a queen of contemporary romance. In this one she pairs a confident, tough-as-nails attorney with a strong, always-in-control FBI special agent, and much snappy dialogue ensues.

Cameron is such an amazing heroine. She is smart and sassy, but underneath it all she’s still utterly feminine. She has had to cope with the devastating loss of her father and still managed to become a successful lawyer. Very admirable, that. And then there’s Jack. Sigh. Oh, Jack. I’ve heard other people use the term “sex on a stick” in reference to men and/or heroes and I think that phrase fits Jack to a T. I love that he’s all tough and alpha male, but vulnerable when it comes to the one woman he can’t resist. He’s a total protector. Cameron sums up Jack quite nicely:

...she looked him over closely right then and was satisfied to say that he looked nothing like a ham to her. [Cameron was told earlier that she looked at Jack the way a hungry Tom looked at Jerry—imagining he resembled a ham.]

More like a chocolate molten lava cake. A dessert so sinful, so luscious, so filled with inner heat it made a girl want to lick each and every crumb right off the plate. That was Jack Pallas.

This is a book that despite having an advanced copy I will go out and buy another copy just to have one with that gorgeous cover. And it absolutely fits the book. Whether you sit outside in the breeze, lay out by the pool, or curl up by a fire, Something About You is just the right book for any occasion!



  1. I've been on countdown mode for this book for months. Early reviews have all been highly favorable, just like yours. Just a few more days :)

  2. Loved your review. This book truly sounds terrific !

  3. Andrea, you KNOW I just can't wait to get my hands on this one. Julie sure has a long and very fruitful career in contemporary romances!!!!

  4. I can NOT wait for this book to hit my little hands!! I have been patiently waiting for it... and I will have it soon!!! And with reviews like this.... WELL I WANT IT NOW!!! Great review!

  5. Scorpio, it is so worth the wait! I need to go check out some of those other reviews!

    Thanks, Emmanuelle. It is terrific!!

  6. She sure does, Buffie. I know you can't wait! Soon! ;-)

    Thanks, Cecile! The wait is almost over. Enjoy it!!

  7. Lovely review! The book sounds excellent. ^^

  8. Thanks, jedi! It is! Have you read Julie's other two books? I highly recommend those, as well. ;-)

  9. I can't wait to read this book. I heard it's a little steamier than her other books.

  10. Great review, Andrea!! This looks like a good contemporary read! :)

  11. Definitely steamier, Jane. And there's a very sexy motorcycle ride, too. ;-)

    Thanks, Trish! You need to read this series. Seriously.

  12. Dunno why I said "this series", Trisha. I meant "this book".

  13. Hi Andrea!

    Just saw this! Thanks so much for the wonderful review!! Glad you enjoyed SOMETHING ABOUT YOU. Yay!


  14. Aww, thank YOU, Julie! And thanks for stopping by. We can't wait to dish with you on Wednesday! :)

  15. I can't wait to read this book. The Dear Author blog chose Something about You as part of its Save the Contemporary Campaign.