• It Happened One Wedding

  • FBI-US Attorney Series, Book 5
  • By: Julie James
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (871 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

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  • 06-26-14

Almost Perfect

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.

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Best story yet

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!

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Loved the book and really loved the audiobook!

What made the experience of listening to It Happened One Wedding the most enjoyable?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of It Happened One Wedding?

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.

Which character – as performed by Karen White – was your favorite?

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 is what a contemporary romance should be!

Where does It Happened One Wedding rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is way at the top for contemporary romances I've listened to. It felt fresh and modern, witty and relevant.

What was one of the most memorable moments of It Happened One Wedding?

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!

What does Karen White bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Love happens, even when you think you aren't looking.

Any additional comments?

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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BOOOORING

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.

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A Pleasant Surprise.

It Happened One Wedding by Julie James (Audio Edition)
Narrated by Karen White
FBI-US Attorney Series #5

4 Stars - I found the book started off a bit slow (but perhaps this was just me getting used to the narrator’s style) soon enough however, the story picked up I really started to enjoy it and it kept me wanting to get back to it. Vaughn and Sydney had wonderful chemistry. I loved watching them fall in love with each other. The characters were funny, sweet, sarcastic and the writing was good. This was the first time I have read this author and I was pleasantly surprised.

The only negative for me was the narrator. I found her manner of speaking quite jilted. Sometimes it was smooth and flowed other times not so much. By the middle to end of the book I assume I had just gotten used to it because I didn’t notice it as much.

I have a feeling I will check out other books by this author!

~Paragraphs and Petticoats~

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Outstandingly Well Written, Romance + FBI Action

First we have Sidney Sinclair who has been burned by her cheating ex-fiance and has moved back to Chicago from NYC after calling off their wedding. She's trying to get back into the dating world, but she was so blindsided by her then-fiance's affair, that she feels she has to get better at weeding out the bad apples - the guys who aren't really looking or ready for a long-term, committed relationship. What better way to do so than by having an incredibly long checklist? Only Mr. Perfect can get get through all those requirements.

It gets even better when Sidney totally rejects FBI Agent Vaughn Roberts during their meet cute at a coffee shop. He's cocky and openly flaunts his FBI badassness. She can instantly tell he sleeps around and isn't looking for anything serious. Her snark and ability to see right through Vaughn has him totally annoyed, but totally turned on. His dry sense of humor made me want to keep reading. I loved the opening to this book so much!!

And while the two of them thought they would never see each other again, they are forced to play nice for the next few months. As Vaughn goes undercover, we also get to catch up a bit with Huxley and Cade from the series.

The way these words are written is incredible. It's easy to follow, it flows well. James writes at a higher level of quality, but not so much that not every reader couldn't follow it or enjoy it. And the amount of detail she includes with some of the back stories, or job specific information, just awed me. I can only imagine the amount of research the author would have to do to make it such a well-rounded, believable story. Nicely done for book 5 in this series.

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Solid B Romance with Snark

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+.

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I've read all 5 books in 5 days..

Any additional comments?

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

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My favorite so far!

So well written with natural dialogue and excellent pacing. I’ve read several books by Julie James and this is my favorite so far. The ending left me smiling.