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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

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

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Light and Fun Reading

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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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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 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!

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couldn't get past the narrator

The book is probably pretty good, it had good reviews. But the narrator's voice was so screechy and annoying I couldn't listen. No matter how wonderful the characters were I couldn't relate. I should have listened to the sample before ordering.

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Really enjoy this narrator

As much as I'm enjoying this series, I think listening to them back to back, and that they are all enemies to lovers tropes, has affected my enjoyment of this book. It was still good but I enjoyed the others more.

Part of the problem was that the case Jessica and John was working on together was not that exciting and it's a big part of the story. Another part was the romance was a very small part of the book.

The writing is still great and the narrator was still fantastic. I would suggest reading a few books in between the series just because the enemies to lovers trope is in every book. I was hoping for something a little different by this point.

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Why unrelated protagonists?

In this book Julie James dives back into the theme of the series with two FBI agents, Jessica and John. The only problem is that this is the first either of them have appeared in the series thus far. Prior to this, all of the books have somehow been linked to a predecessor by at least one protagonist. The only links in this book are some secondary and tertiary characters. As he is now SAC, we see Nick (from book 2, A Lot like Love) a few times. There's also a brief appearance from Jack and another known agent near the beginning of the book in an elevator. Outside of that, nothing. Both John and Jessica appear to be on completely different squads from agents in previous books. The primary case in the book doesn't even take place in Chicago, but instead in Florida. A good portion of the story in general takes place in locations other than Chicago.

All of this being said, this was still a great book. The story was engaging and the relationship between Jessica and John was dynamic and complex. I love their history and how, over the course of the book, they are able to clear up what really happened all those years ago at the FBI Academy and realize that neither had ever been malicious or nefarious in intent.

As the narrator is the same as the one that's read the rest of the series, my opinion of her narration hasn't changed much. It can be difficult to tell characters apart at times, particularly the men. It didn't pose quite as much of a problem in this book, though, which was a plus.

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Slow start, but...

The start was slow in comparasin to other Julie James books I've read/listened to. But it was worth the wait.

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Totally boring. Don’t bother

Totally boring, don’t bother. By chapter 10, I couldn’t waste my time anymore. It’s like she got bored with the writing of it herself!