After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, Sidney is thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid - the gorgeous best man. She's stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn't mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are.... Special agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney's refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can't live without.
©2014 Julie James (P)2014 Tantor
I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.
It's been a few months since I last listened to a Julie James novel and this one reminded me why I just love this author. Her characters are real, the dialog is laugh out loud one minute then makes your chest tighten the next, and the stories make you want to stay in the car until you finish the book. Karen White does a great job narrating, with a perfect sense of timing when delivering a witty phrase. She also does a very good job distinguishing voices, and avoids that annoying gruff whisper that some female narrators use when trying to express a male voice. If I could give this a 6 I would!
I loved practically everything about this romantic tale. It's the story of two folk in their 30s coming together after disliking each other. The romance unfolds perfectly; there was no rushing nor the constant pushing and pulling against what they want. That's not to say that the coming together was without angst; it was there but appropriately so. I also liked that the h, Sidney, was the white-collar employee who made lots of money, while the H, Vaughn, was a basic, blue-collar FBI agent. And there was only one perfect family but not so much drama that you're weighed down by it and find a HEA hard to envision. To add to the great mix of romance, lil' angst, and good sex--about 2 sex scenes--there was the perfect amount of light humor.
The only reason this story is not a 5 for me is that I generally like more struggle or an element of darkness to a story. So this light romance was super smile-worthy, but I only want so much of it at a time. Still, I look forward to my next Julie James book. It was great.
Book addict, romance lover, sometimes blogger, and everyday librarian!
This book is way at the top for contemporary romances I've listened to. It felt fresh and modern, witty and relevant.
The scene in the beginning when Sidney is telling Vaughn exactly the type of man he is. That girl chewed him up and spat him out in such a elegant and accurate way, you couldn't help but feel bad for him. Then Vaughn turns around and sets her down in just as classy a way you knew he could keep up with her!
She has the perfect sense of timing for the funny moments as well the serious ones. You can see the characters individual quirks when she performs them. There is never the feeling the narrator didn't get the story with White.
Love happens, even when you think you aren't looking.
I love the combo of James and White so much the audiobooks are an auto buy for me. There is no James without White!
And every book had laugh-out-loud moments, which was wonderful. However, I must warn you that only the first book Something About You really had any kind of real suspense involving both the hero and the heroine. The second book A Lot Like Love had a little. But the last 3 did not involve the heroine in any case, mostly. Not enough to mention, anyway. That being said there was still undercover work and all that being done by the FBI heroes. AND they were all just wonderful love stories.This one was with Vaughn and Sidney and it was another great story. The only thing I really didn't like in any of the books was the lack of passion. Oh, he'd think about her great legs in her heels or the low cut of her top, but that's about it really. There were no hot, steamy thoughts going on. But, then the awesome sex would come along, which really had no build up to it.
Over all, this was a great series.
As to the narrator: I liked Ms. White's narration in all the book because she seemed to get better and better. In this one she did an absolutely wonderful job. I was worried about even buying this one because I didn't like Vaughn's voice in the last book but I decided to give it a try. Ms. White changed his voice just a tiny bit but it was enough to make it perfect. I've listened to almost all of Ms. White's samples of the books she's narrated, going all the way back to 2011 and I can honestly say she's come a long way since then. She could become one of my favorite narrators. And I'm really picky about my narrators. If a female reader can't even try to sound man-ish she's not worth listening to. IMO
Yes, that's due to Karen White's narration.
Vaughn is dry and sarcastic and made me laugh.
Yes, she has narrated this entire series. She really adds to the stories.
I divided it up into several.
I enjoyed the story, it was cute and flowed, but it didn't have the suspense of the first that I enjoyed so much. I would recommend it for someone looking for a cute rom com with fun characters and some hot love scenes.;)
I have not loved all of the other books in this series but this one gives me hope. The dialogue and interaction between the two leads is lots of fun and entertaining. And since I have found some of the FBI scenarios in previous books to be a bit contrived, I appreciated that they were used sparingly in this book.
Not sure if JJ will continue with this series but if she does, I hope the future books are like this one.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
yes, I love all the Julie James read by Karen white. fast pace,funny and makes you feel good after the story ends. This was good, but only because Ms White knows how to execute the dialogue to it's best.
our hero sees the light of true love...or at least in a romance novel.
when our hero tells our lead, what a good time they will have together
Ms White makes this series come to life, so audible or ms james, do not change readers as I only pre buy this series due to ms white reading of them. She is that good.
Was Vaughn a Special Agent for the FBI? I'm not sure. It wasn't mentioned enough in the story. This book was below average. I was bored to tears. Vaughn and Sydney didn't have much chemistry, either.
The narrator is average. Not my favorite, but she grows on you as the book goes on.
the way Sidney kept refusing to believe that Vaugn was for her
no, it just made me smile at parts expecially at the wedding shower for Sidn'eys sister
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