• The Thing About Love

  • FBI/US Attorney Series, Book 7
  • By: Julie James
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (528 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army Ranger clashed during their training at Quantico and gladly went their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to be assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.

For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn't come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team.

In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they'll have to find a way to work together - a task that becomes even trickier when they're forced to hole up at a romantic beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated.

©2017 Julie James (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"James' star shines even brighter with this smart, sparkling winner." ( Kirkus)

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This story was light and romantic. A bit different from some of her other stories and while these types aren't meant for everyone, that's ok. They are meant to be taken lightly. There are important issues in a lot of these stories though, don't get me wrong. You just have to remember not to get too hung up by little details like instant love, etc. These stories are meant to take you away to different worlds, make you feel good, not think about your problems for awhile. If you want some humor, romance, wit and handsome men, read Julie James. :).

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About Time!

I have waited for this book so long it seems! I love it. It is reminiscent of the earlierJulie James books minus the last two:(
She is back: in plot, in sas, in strong protagonists, and in impeccable story telling.
Coupled with Karen White's narration, it is a stay-up-all-night-listening, ears ringing, but oh, so worth it!
Thank you Julie!

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The Thing About Love

This book is going to have to be listened to again and again. It is one of my favorites. The last chapter alone had me spellbound. I was listening in the car until the climax of the undercover operation. I am so glad there was no distraction in listening to the best part. The book is well written. The narration was perfectly paced from beginning to end. I was made to fell I was part of the story. I just wish the book was longer. I just finished and already I miss Jessica and John.

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Where is Julie James?

This book has no snap, crackle or pop. Weak secondary characters. Karen White is excellent.

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The Thing About Love

This one was great from beginning to end. John Sinclair and Jessica Harlow first meet at Quantico when they are training but now they are both in Chicago and paired as partners. This should be good. They have always been competitive but when working in close quarters all that passion has to go somewhere and there is a fine line between hate and love. This one was so good and I listened to it on audio and there was only a couple of FBI agents from the previous books who made cameos so no worries if you have not read others in this series.

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I’ve loved most of Julie James’ books.

But this was below average for her.

There was not enough current day story. It’s too much talking about things that happened in the past. There is a lot of recalling how the couple met six years earlier – their interactions and conflicts at that time.

I also felt like the author asked FBI agents about their personal experiences. Then she just put all those stories in this book – especially things that happened in training sessions.

The main current day story is Jessica and John going undercover pretending to be restaurant developers who bribe a mayor to get zoning permits. But that was a very small part of the book. There is a second undercover story about Jessica pretending to be a drunk battered woman calling the cops for help. Shortly after the bad cop arrives, the scene ends. We don’t get to see Jessica’s interaction with the cop and what she and he say and do. The author skips that and just tells us the bad cop was arrested. I was annoyed with that omission.

I was glad I bought the audiobook and not the paperback. I might have lost interest in the paperback and skimmed or skipped parts. With the audiobook I could do other things while I listened.

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In the beginning of the book I did not like the narrator Karen White. I felt like she was fast reading and not acting/narrating. Also her voice has a harshness. I prefer softer voices. But by the end of the book I was more used to it and less annoyed. I was pleased that her breath noises were removed.

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Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 368 pages. Swearing language: s*** once or twice. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: about 3. Setting: current day mostly Chicago, Illinois and Quantico, Virginia. Book copyright: 2017. Genre: contemporary romance.

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Many more than 5 stars.

Love Julie James and Karen White. Worthy of this great series which I reread often. So smart and so funny.

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storyline repetition

the narrator was good. I did not finish the book. too much repetition from one book to the next.

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Love Julie James w/ Karen White narration

This is my second Julie James/Karen White FBI story and I will certainly be looking for more. So much fun!

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I heart Jessica & John!

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I love Julie James's work, and I'm obsessed with the FBI storyline. The banter and chemistry between Jessica and John kept me engaged as a reader the whole way through. I took off a half star because there were some details about elements of the story that I felt were overdone (too research-y) and so it ran long in parts, but otherwise I loved it!