Fans of the ever popular Nora Roberts will not be disappointed in the third book of the Bride Quartet Series.
Enter Laurel: sweet girl next door who h...moreFans of the ever popular Nora Roberts will not be disappointed in the third book of the Bride Quartet Series.
Enter Laurel: sweet girl next door who has always had a huge thing for her BFF Parker’s older brother. Laurel is the owner and operator of one fourth of the Vows wedding planning business, and cake maker extraordinaire. (Can I just say my mouth was watering almost the whole book?! Word to the wise for those of you with a sweet tooth, you might want to have some kind of sweet on hand for when you finish…)
Enter Del: clean cut, rich, and seriously over protective brother to his little sister, and her three adopted BFF’s. Del is upper class, high society big shot lawyer with a crush (which he refuses to admit) on his adoptive sister Laurel.
After a strenuous day of baking and dealing with general wedding craziness, Laurel takes a chance out of misguided anger and frustration, and plops a big one on her girlhood crush. Their relationship starts slow (after the hilarious kidnapping and ransom of Laurel’s favorite pair of Prada shoes) and builds slowly into something neither expected.
I loved so many things about the journey that Laurel and Del’s relationship took. The little details like trying to figure out how to tell their friends, the “smex bet”, the difficulties of others’ prejudices. It was a perfect progression of friends to lovers, and the insecurities that occur on both ends. I also enjoyed that fact that Roberts didn’t include some kind of horrific “I can’t be with you anymore, this can’t work” disaster. Although it worked great in Bed of Roses for Emma & Jack and so many other books, sometimes life really does work out the way we want it to, without disaster and heartache. It was nice to see that for a change.
For fans of this series, Savor the Moment also provides a great sneak peek into both Parker and Malcolm (our heroine & hopeful hero) of the final Bride Quartet book Happily Ever After due out in November of this year. Readers get a glimpse into Mal’s life a little, and he shares a really tender moment with Laurel. As Parker is by far my favorite gal in the series, I can’t wait to see her OCD tendencies come out, take over, and cause some general havoc!
All in all, I give Savor the Moment 5 out of 5 Wedding Cakes!(less)
Julie James is back with another fabulous novel about the FBI field office in Chicago. A Lot Like Love features FBI agent Nick McCall, the leading undercover agent in his office, and the sexy heiress Jordan Rhodes. Nick gets called in to assist with a junior agent’s undercover assignment. But in order to get what they need, they enlist civilian Jordan Rhodes by dangling the release of her brother from prison over her head.
When things get dicey, the one night undercover operation turns into a week long ordeal, and Nick and Jordan must continue their “relationship” in order for the FBI to obtain their evidence. But when jealous ex’s and creepy private investigators get involved, things take an unexpected turn that no one saw coming!
I absolutely love James’s books, and A Lot Like Love might be my favorite so far. Nick is such a classic guys guy at the beginning of the book, and as a long time undercover operative, a little hardened with normal life. He is used to stringing women along, only being available when not working undercover. He isn’t used to having friends, and his family usually gets put onto the back burner for the job. But once he is placed in the role of loving and doting boyfriend, he really takes to Jordan. His jokes about wine and Jordan’s heiress lifestyle are hilarious and keep the story moving quickly.
I’ve always loved James’s heroines. They are strong independent women with great values and self confidence. Jordan is no exception! Although she is an heiress, she is also a dedicated business woman who wants to make her own way and devoted sister and daughter. I enjoyed the way that she helped Nick grow into his own, and stood up for what was right and wrong.
Their relationship was great as well, filled with sexual tension and innuendo that sparked up the pages. Their conversations about wine always carried playful undertones, and even though I’m a total beer girl, it was fun and flirty and sexy all the same. The dialogue was absolutely fabulous. James is always witty and sarcastic and fun to read, it’s one thing about her writing that always stands out to me.
We also get to see some more of Cameron and Jack, the hero and heroine from Something About You. And this investigation continues on a little with what Cameron and Jack unraveled in the last book. While I was a little disappointed that we deviated from the norm of having a female lawyer lead, I liked the theme of staying with the FBI office and agents we met briefly in the last book.
I think that one of James strengths is her ability to really bring to life her secondary characters. Jordan’s genius twin brother Kyle was an absolute doll and so fun to read. I cracked up every time he made an appearance, and his back story of being the “Twitter Terrorist!” Absolutely hysterical. Junior Agent Huxley also stood out for me, as I tend to have a love for all things nerds, and he was the quintessential pocket protector type. I can only hope that James continues to stick with characters we know, and we can see more of these guys in the future. (There was a small note that the next book should be featuring Jordan’s brother Kyle!)