Monday, June 28, 2010

Review: Something About You by Julie James

I've been looking at my Google spreadsheet and the archive on my sidebar for June and I've decided that I really must get cracking on my reviewing ^_^; Especially since I've been reading a lot this month and have reviewed almost nothing ^_^; So hopefully, you guys will enjoy :)


Something About You by Julie James
published by Berkley in March 2010

FATE HAS THROWN TWO SWORN ENEMIES...

Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends in bloodshed. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and nearly ruining his career…

...INTO EACH OTHER’S ARMS

Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke: the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension...

Genre: contemporary romance
Series: none

The Story: Okay, let see. What can I write that will sum up this book even more than the back blurb? :P Cameron Lynde has been redoing her hardwood floors. As a result, she had to vacate her house and ended up at the Peninsula next to the room 1308 in which the occupants have been having a sex marathon. When she finally complains about the noise, all the staff find is a female body... and Cameron becomes the only witness as she peeked through the peephole and saw the man who left the room.

Unfortunately for Cameron, the case is assigned to Jack Pallas, FBI. Jack and Cameron had crossed paths in the past and it hadn't gone well. Basically, the case Jack went undercover for never made it to trial, Jack insulted Cameron on national TV and ended up exiled to the Nebraska bureau and believes that Cameron is responsible for the transfer. After three years, he's finally made it back to Chicago and is now stuck baby-sitting Cameron. However, it seems these two might be able to get over the past as they get re-acquainted and their attraction re-ignites.

My Opinion: I'll be honest here, I had some apprehension coming in Something About You. Basically, it's because everyone seems to enjoy Ms James so much. There's been a lot of buzz surrounding each of her books and while I think her writing is good, the books were only okay to me, not the wowzer it has been for everyone. I feel that her books are not "romance" enough for me. There are a cross of chick-lit and contemporary romance; much closer to contemporary romance than chick-lit... but not there yet. So yeah, wasn't sure how I would feel about this one, especially since Hilcia felt it was too focused on the mystery.In the end though? Something About You is my favorite read by Ms James so far :)

What made Something About You work for me was the characters. I really enjoyed Cameron and Jack; they were solid and well developed. Some might think they were too "perfect," especially Cameron... but I thought instead that they were driven. However, they were not completely closed off to the world, focused on their work; they were also ready to make place in their life for a relationship. I thought that was refreshing. The chemistry between them was undeniable, backed with a generous dose of witty banter and yummy sexual tension :) I really liked the fact that they cleared up their misunderstandings before falling in bed. The romance was a bit quick, but it made sense since they were attracted to each other three years ago :)

While it's true the mystery played a big part in Something About You, I thought it was engaging and solid. In fact, the suspense was weaved in with the romance rather well in my opinion. It could have been heavier on the romance, but it was balanced enough to please me. I liked that Ms James continued with the lawyer element, but that Something About You was different enough from Just the Sexiest Man Alive and Practice Makes Perfect to stand out.

To me, the little extra that made me enjoy Something About You so much was the secondary characters and the interactions the H/H had with them. I loved Collin and the complicity and friendship he had with Cameron. Wilkins as Jack's partner was a nice touch... and the cops that were supposed to keep an eye on Cameron. Loved how they gossiped and knew far more details about what was going on in Cameron's life than they should LOL. They were a nice touch of humor, but even better, they made Cameron and Jack more real, human and fun :)

My Grade: B+. I truly really enjoyed Something About You and while her books are still not truly contemporary romance, Ms James is definitively getting there :)

13 comments:

  1. Hi Nath
    I'm a huge Julie fan anyway but I thought this book was wonderful. I literally smiled through the whole book (even with the suspense). I thought this book was steamier than her other ones & I enjoyed Jack with his scruff/glower thing going on. I loved Jack bitching about her clothes not fitting & why doesn't someone throw a coat over her - too funny. No matter what she wore, she got to him. I agree that the secondary characters were terrific too which means there were no slow spots. I'm glad you enjoyed it too.

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  2. Oh, I'm so glad you liked this one. I really do enjoy her books a lot.

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  3. Nath, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. This was my first Julie James book and I thought it was a solid read, although as a romance it didn't wow me. The focus on the suspense took me by surprise as I expected it to be more on the romance, but I agree that it was well executed.

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  4. A solid read but didn't wow. I actually liked Practice Makes Perfect better.

    Good to hear you liked it nath. :)

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  5. I have to say I'm sorta surprised you don't think they are romantic enough. I love the tension in Ms. James' books. I do have to admit I stayed away because of the hype I thought I wouldn't like them. Color me happy because I've enjoyed all three. I think I've given them all a B+.

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  6. I enjoyed this book and Practice Makes Perfect. Love the humor in both, though as you said, I like the interactions of both main characters with the people in their lives. Makes them more human and realistic.

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  7. I've always enjoyed Julie James works. I love her stories involving the successful, confident, and witty woman paired with a hero equally strong in personality and intelligence. However, I do agree that her books are not exactly contemporary romance. With each new release, the romances get expanded a little bit more though so that's a yay. :D

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  8. Mary G - I think it was indeed steamier, but the good thing is we got to see Cameron and Jack act on it as well :D

    LOL, Jack gruffing was great :D and his comment about Cameron's dependency on Collin, LOL :P

    Lori - They're fun, but I don't know... they're missing just a little something for me to totally fall in love with them. I don't know, perhaps it's the way they're written... more like movies?

    Hilcia - I'm glad I enjoyed it too :D I had my doubts before getting my hands on the book, but I was definitively pleasantly surprised :D

    Leslie - See, I had issues with Practice Makes Perfect. It was a fun book, but I wasn't too fond of the men vs women debate... and I actually sided with J.D. ^_^;

    Rosie - I don't know, I feel something is missing. There's plenty of sexual tension, but... I think it's the writing style, I can't help feeling it's a bit more chick-lit-y. There's no question that the books are solid reads though :)

    Silver - Yes, the humor is great and I like the fact it's subtle. It's not laugh out loud like Jennifer Crusie, but yeah, lots of smiles and grinning :)

    Tabitha - True, it seems she's doing the adjustments and I hope one day, it'll really feel romance-y :)

    But yeah, I like the storylines she comes up with and characters. She's also very gutsy with them, so it's cool :)

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  9. I love all 3 books, but for some reason, this is my least fav of the books. I can't put my finger on why though.

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  10. "her books are still not truly contemporary romance, Ms James is definitively getting there :) ": I believe this is the reason why I didn't like this book as much as her previous novels or maybe it's because I liked PMP so much. Great review !

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  11. Hey! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I really liked it too. :P

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  12. I loved all of her books and this one was no different. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  13. Isabel - LOL, we all have different taste and sometimes, a book strikes us differently :) Well at least, you enjoyed it :D

    Emily - Thank you Emily and welcome to my blog :P

    You think it was too contemporary romance?

    Ames - LOL, I know :P I'm glad I enjoyed it too.

    Tracy - Nod nod. She has a really nice writing style. I'm sure her popularity will only increase :P

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