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Just the Sexiest Man Alive

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No woman could resist him—except the one he wanted most...

Cool, Calm, Collected...

Nothing fazes Taylor Donovan. In the courtroom she never lets the opposition see her sweat. In her personal life, she never lets any man rattle her—not even her cheating ex-fiancé. So when she's assigned to coach People's "Sexiest Man Alive" for his role in his next big legal thriller, she re
Mass Market Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Berkley Sensation
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
I don't read many romance-focused books.

Sure, I read the occasional paranormal or fantasy romance, and I definitely like my books to have an element of hearts and flowers, but generally speaking, I prefer ACTION to relationships, and I prefer the supernatural to vanilla humans.


The infrequent mood does strike, and when it does, I have a handful of go-to authors.

Julie James is one of them.

Her books are smart and funny, and while all fictional romances demand that you willfully suspend disbel
Julie (jjmachshev)
Dec 17, 2013 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it
Reviewed for; book release: October 2008

Okay, time for some ‘True Confessions’. Is there any woman alive who hasn’t dreamed of landing the absolute sexiest Hollywood star? Fess up! We’ve all dreamed it. It may have been when we were younger, but we’ve still all dreamed of Mel Gibson, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, etc. But really, could we make it past their egos? Their unreal lives? The paparazzi? In “Just the Sexiest Man Alive”, Julie James spins a tale of that dream
Dec 26, 2014 Catarina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stubborn Stars.

Taylor is a lawyer. Jason is a famous actor and he just was elected the “Sexiest Man Alive”. Now that he is preparing for a role when he’ll be playing an attorney, he seeks a lawyer firm to help him… and Taylor is the lucky chosen one. He immediately wants her. She wants nothing to do with him believing he’s too much trouble, too much famous and with a too sordid past.
He’s decided to have her anyway, so how does the sexiest man alive gets the only girl in the world who wants
Jun 21, 2013 Vilda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Contemporary Romance fans, who likes it light and fun!
Like a shot from a movie, the morning sun shone brilliantly around him like a god— his dark hair glinted warmly in the light, and his eyes gleamed bluer than the south Pacific Ocean.
Taylor's mind went blank. And suddenly, she couldn't remember why the hell she ever had been angry with Jason Andrews.
But then he spoke.

I've always been curious about Julie James, so when I saw this one fitting two of my challenges, I decided it was definitely time to give it a go. And boy, was it a pleasant surp
Another my fave from Julie James with 4.8 stars..

Love, love, love the characters! They're made up the whole book for me, Taylor Donovan and Jason Andrews *drools*. It just come to my right mood of wanting to read some dreamy romance. A Normal Girl and a Super-hot-handsome-sexy-richy-whatever-guy.*cliché plot, I know* lol!

An Associate and a Hollywood Superstar. Jason is going to play the lawyer role in his legal thriller flim. Thus, Taylor is chosen from her Firm to babysit this Hollywood Superst
Apr 30, 2011 valee rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing read. I just can't believe how good it was. I started it and couldn't stop, I was so obsessed I finished it the very same night I started with it, I just kept reading till 5 am. I seriously recommend this to you all, it's just impossible not to love it.

This is a story about one of the best lawyers out there who has just found her fiancée banging his young secretary on "working time". Well she got over that asshole and got to work with not only the most rich, famous and handso
Jul 06, 2012 Dd rated it really liked it
Now this book was certainly NOT what anyone would call "perfect".In fact it was as perfect as Pearl Harbour was watchable(No disrespect meant for the fans-if there were any!).
The main characters too ,of course, had a TON of flaws.
Jason-the sexiest man alive-the hottest movie star-had an ego exceeding the size of Texas.He simply could not picture that any ordinary mortal would not fall to his feet and start worshipping him.Cocky,too full of himself,arrogant,rude.... you would want to throw someth
Boy, am I glad for my latest crazy book-shopping spree that led me to this little gem of a story.

With this flood of contemporary/suspense/thriller/paranormal romance hybrids out there it was refreshing stumbling upon a "straight" contemporary. They come rare these days, especially if you’re looking for a fresh and frolicking book that manages to deliver from beginning to end.

I loved the feel and the style of it. It was quirky, a little eccentric, hilarious, fast-paced, sarcastic, yet serious and

As always, with a Julie James book, I am filled with nothing but squees and rainbows upon finishing.

Emily May
Dec 15, 2013 Emily May rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, chick-lit, 2011
A 4 star rating is always a positive thing, especially with me because I have a tendency to be annoyingly picky over little things in books... but I still think this is my least favourite Julie James novel so far. For me, it just didn't have what Practice Makes Perfect and Something About You had. Of course, there was plenty of the author's trademark witty banter and the inevitable love/hate relationship that I've come to expect but Jason Andrews never really impressed me.

The story is about a Ch
Mar 03, 2015 ElaineY rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; 2011 and 2013
Loved, loved, loved the audio. Karen White turned this into a winner for me. Where I was iffy about the book when I read it back in 2009 and didn't care much for Jason, or Taylor, Karen White changed my overall reaction to them.

Suddenly, and incredibly to me, I was entranced by the sparks that flew between the two and enthralled by the developing romance.

I came back to these two books only after I had listened to JJ's FBI/US Attorney books and loved what Karen W
I've had Just the Sexiest Man Alive, Practice Makes Perfect, and Something About You on my to-read shelf ever since SAY came out and everyone--and I do mean everyone--was reading it. However, I had never really paid much attention to them when I was in the bookstore. With the recent release of A Lot Like Love, I figured maybe it was time to jump on The Julie James Train. And let me tell you, I'm glad I did; I definitely should have read this sooner. Just the Sexiest Man Alive is one of the best ...more
I thought I outgrew these types of books, but no. This was really good. I loved both the H/H. The hero started off as an arrogant prick but he definitely grew up near the end. The way Jason thinks is hilarious, because for being 38 years old, he's still a kid. The heroine is one smart cookie. I love her, especially during her cross-examinations. The pre-trial thing was so fun to read. Taylor is really tough and holds her ground against Jason quite skillfully. The dynamics between them was very ...more
Jul 21, 2009 southpaw285 rated it it was ok
Taylor Donavan is an up and coming star attorney in a prestigious Chicago law firm. Jason Andrews is a Hollywood superstar who has been voted the Sexiest Man Alive, three years running.

Taylor has been sent to LA to try a $30 million law suit involving the EEOC. Her new boss has also given her a small assignment on the side. She must work with actor Jason Andrews to help him prepare for his upcoming roll in a legal thriller.

The heroine, Taylor Donavan is the star of this novel, with everyone else
Tammy Walton Grant
Yes, YES, you read my shelf title right -- it was CLEAN. And smutty old me liked it just fine. :) Of course, I wouldn't want a steady diet of these books -- my mind was screaming for a description of naked body parts and some kind (any kind, please??) of thrusting by the end.

A very cute, fast-paced (I read this almost all at once, and now I'm not sure it was because it was so good or because I was waiting for something to happen between the H/h) funny read. In retrospect I'm thinking the only r
Review 2014

So. I finally bought this, because my library didn't have it in digital format.
And if you know me, then you also know that this is a very Big Deal.
For two important reasons:
1)I'm cheap
2)See above

Also, I rarely re-read books, because I simply have too many new books coming at me. But every once in a while, I like to clear my palate, and read something that I know I'm going to enjoy.
Which brings us to this little gem.

Taylor and Jason.
It shouldn't work for me. Nothing about this
Nina Life of a Bookworm
Iskreno, mogla bih vrištati kao mala zacopana curica koliko mi je super ova knjiga bila :D Uživala sam od samoga početka pa sve do kraja i letjela kroz nju jer me konstantno držala u napetosti i željom za dalje!

Već sad znam kako postajem prava obožavateljica Julie James. Žena je majstorica kad je u pitanju ovaj žanr! Ona te zapali a u knjizi gotovo niti nema seksa (ako ne računamo šture opise pred kraj knjige). Veliki sam fan poštenih prepirki i prepucavanja, a ovdje ga ima na bacanje i savršeni
Mar 08, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
Lately, my reading list has included mostly Urban Fantasy titles and Paranormal Romance titles. I had just finished a book that kind of bummed me out and I needed to read something that was very different than what I’d been reading. A change in direction if you will. So I searched my book closet and noticed my Contemporary Romance pile sitting there looking very lonely. I looked at it and smiled. It smiled back. Okay, maybe not really but I’m sure if it could it would have because it has been a ...more
Here’s a new drinking game proposal: take a shot every time I say the word ‘hot’.

Just the Sexiest Man Alive deals with Taylor Donovan, a no-bullshit lawyer with a clear purpose: to become partner in her law firm in Chicago. When she is transferred to L.A. for a case, she is granted the glorious task of “babysitting” the world’s most popular actor in the entire world, Jason Andrews. He is voted Sexiest Man Alive three times in a row. And he is hot. But he is also pompous, arrogant, spoiled, and a
♡Karlyn P♡
Apr 10, 2009 ♡Karlyn P♡ rated it really liked it
Really cute romance. Great writing too! I debated for months if I wanted to read this one as it is G-rated, but I am glad I finally read it. It was a quick and enjoyable read, and I will definately read more by this author.
Lauren lorenzo

It's weird how as a reader and with time how your perspective change

how you look at the stories and characters differently. I remember reading this book years back and did not finish it but now years later, hundreds of books later, hundreds of romances later, hundreds of heroines later I get the appreciation of this book. I get why MRS Giggles a book reviewer gave it almost 100% rating years back and I was like, huh? Why? I appreciate what a strong and smart woman Taylor is, she is what I want i
Feb 16, 2016 Elodie rated it did not like it
I only have one thing to say :

Apr 12, 2012 Dija rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of cute, sappy romances with a dash of humor.
Recommended to Dija by: Group Read for The Dark Side.
Just the Sexiest Man Alive is the last of Julie James' books I had yet to read and it's my least favorite of them all (which isn't saying a lot, since I love the rest of them so much!). That has less to do with the actual story and more to do with the subject matter - a megastar falling genuinely in love with an ordinary woman.

While James does a great job of portraying the chemistry, love, and compatibility of the two completely different characters, I still remain unconvinced about a couple li
Dec 07, 2015 Iva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Recommended to Iva by: Nina Life of a Bookworm
Great great great fun & funny book

Kada poznata cikaska odvjetnica Taylor Donnovan na privremenom radu u Los Angelesu, dobije zadatak pomoci glumcu Jasonu Andrewsu poznatom kao najseksi frajer na svijetu da se pripremi za ulogu odvjetnika u novom filmu upadnemo u zabavnu, slatku i opustajucu romanticnu komediju. U kojoj ima dosta smjesnih obrata, dijaloga koje dok citate imate osjecaj da gledate pred sobom te zanimljivih i realisticnih opisa kako odvjetnickog tako i svijeta industrije zabave
Anzu The Great Destroyer
As it turns out I hate books about actors. Hell, I can say that I actually hate actors in real life. Most of them are egocentric assholes. So yeah, not much patience with this one. Plus I truly have a problem with Julie James’ writing style. She really puts me off. Why? Not a clue.

Anyway, I hated both Jason and Taylor. The story was boring, unoriginal, tasteless and uneventful. A TOTAL burden to read, in other words. Why do people love this? Why so many five stars? Why an average rating of 4.05
I've passed this book up many times because so many reviews tagged it as "chick-lit". Then it popped up the other day as an audio book so I decided to give it a go. Chick-lit??? WTF? This is just as much of a romance as any book you've read by Rachel Gibson or Susan Mallery. It is sweet and cute and has that one "special moment" scene that will bring tears to your eyes. I would have rated this book 5 stars but Jason & Taylor's rocky relationship would have had much more meaning if they would ...more
Imagine Brad x Angelina fan fiction. Now take out all the kids and throw in a lot of snark and chemistry. Oh, and take out all the kinky sex while you're at it. You know you were thinking it! What you're left with is Just the Sexiest Man Alive.

Jason William Bradley Andrews is the 3x Sexiest Man Alive and reigning Hollywood heartthrob. He also happens to be from Missouri with a self-taught passion for architecture. Are you rolling your eyes yet? I was, especially after some early Pride and Prejud
Dec 17, 2013 Christa rated it really liked it
Shelves: booksfree-com
Just the Sexiest Man Alive was a light, refreshing book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The characters were appealing, although the hero was sometimes very egocentric. His conceitedness stemmed from being a much sought after actor whose every whim was normally catered to by others. The heroine was a level headed attorney who had no interest in becoming involved with a womanizer - she had been there before. These two characters had some delightful interactions and dialogue with one another. ...more
Jun 14, 2011 Arlene rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of RomCom - Non-YA
Rating Clarification: 3.5 Stars

...I’ve realized that the one person who could break my heart is the only one who should have it...

Just the Sexiest Man Alive has made me an instant fan of Julie James, and I will definitely continue to explore other books by this author. Despite the fact that I had to put aside the predictable plot and twists, as well as convenient courtroom drama, I found myself giving the storyline the flexibility it needed to deliver this highly entertaining romantic comedy.

Feb 14, 2010 Ridley rated it really liked it
I loved the writing in James' debut. It's fluid, vivid prose that does a wonderful job of showing through dialog and action. There were numerous points in the book where I felt I could see the characters clearly, facial expressions, tone and all. The characters were fully realized and fleshed out and their banter laugh out loud funny at times.

I just had some niggling issues with the plot. The book acknowledges the conventional wisdom that womanizers stay womanizers, then doesn't quite put it to
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New York Times bestselling author Julie James practiced law with one of the nation's largest firms for several years until she began writing screenplays. After Hollywood producers optioned two of her scripts, she decided to leave the practice of law to write full-time. Her books have been translated into eighteen languages and Julie’s ninth novel, THE THING ABOUT LOVE, hits bookstores everywhere ...more
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“I realized that the one person who could break my heart is the only one who should have it.” 513 likes
“Seriously, Taylor—do you know who I am?” he demanded.

She smiled at this. “You celebrities actually say that? That’s cute.”
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