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 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.
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!
The narrator does such a great job capturing the humor in this book while keeping the romance hot, hot, hot! Her voice characterizations are perfect.
One of my favorite parts is when she is describing the trip to the Robinson's house and all of the craziness associated with Izzy's pregnancy. I also really loved when Vaughn tracked down the wedding memento for Sidney.
I love how she does Vaughn-snarky but nice, throwing out the pick up lines and then being a cuddly guy. A perfect representation of the dichotomy that is Vaughn.
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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!
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What I liked best about It Happened One Wedding was Sydney, a smart woman in her early 30s. Sydney wasn't wallowing in self pity because her ex-fiancé was a jerk but taking steps to get want she wanted in life. Sydney had lost her mother as a child to cancer, her father was a self absorbed snob, and she had helped to raise her younger sister. Regardless, Sydney turned out to be kind, funny and generous, while not taking crap from anyone.
What I liked least about this book was the character of Vaughn, a hard-working FBI agent. He had many admirable traits: good son, loyal brother, brave public servant. However, at the age of 35, Vaughn had NEVER been in a serious relationship and was still picking up strangers in bars for meaningless sex. Not my idea of Prince Charming!
There were some very entertaining parts when Vaughn & Sydney first met and were forced to spend time together. Vaughn was rather bossy, but treated Sydney with respect and thoughtfulness (not violence or condescending). This well written story had lots of snarky comments, humorous situations and warm moments. If Vaughn had been less of a man whore and more emotionally mature, I would have given this book an A+.
My favorite of series.. James talent for intertwining humorous dialogue, sexual tension and a bit of suspense makes her one of my favorite authors.
All business but contemporary fun!
Sidney has gone through a bad breakup with her ex fiancé and Vaughn has sworn off relationships completely. I have to admit that some of the coincidences are far fetched in the story but on the other hand, there were some of the sweetest gestures in it too.
By the way, is it just me or all the sex scenes are almost identical in James' books?
Fun read, as always!
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.
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