Just the Sexiest Man Alive

Just the Sexiest Man Alive

by Julie James

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New York Times bestselling author Julie James’s debut novel—a dazzling romance about one of Hollywood's biggest movie stars and the woman who refuses to let him capture her heart...

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 next big legal drama, she refuses to fall for the Hollywood heartthrob’s charms.

Jason Andrews is used to having women fall at his feet. When Taylor Donovan gives him the cold shoulder, he’s thrown for a loop. She’s unlike any other woman he’s ever met: uninterested in the limelight, seemingly immune to his advances, and shockingly capable of saying no to him. She’s the perfect challenge. And the more she rejects him, the more he begins to realize she may just be his perfect match...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425224205
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/07/2008
Series: Berkley Sensation
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 288,135
Product dimensions: 6.78(w) x 4.14(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

After graduating from law school, New York Times bestselling author Julie James clerked for the United States Court of Appeals. She then 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. Julie’s books have been listed on the American Library Association’s Reading List for Top Genre Novels and Booklist’s Top 10 Romances of the Year, and have been featured as one of Cosmopolitan magazine’s Red-Hot Reads. They have been translated into seventeen languages. Julie lives with her husband and two children in Chicago, where she is currently working on her next book.

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"Chicagoan Taylor Donovan is driven to succeed, and her track record in defending corporate clients against sexual harassment lawsuits is unsurpassed. On loan to her firm’s Los Angeles office, she reluctantly agrees to coach big-name actor and sexy heartthrob Jason Andrews for his upcoming role as a lawyer. His attitude irks her, while her insistence on maintaining a professional distance, in spite of their obvious and mutual physical attraction, intrigues him. James herself is a practicing attorney in both Chicago and L.A., and her familiarity with both the law and the film industry lends credibility to this fast-moving, contemporary romantic comedy between two strong- willed characters." —Booklist

"If you've ever wondered what it is like having the Hollywood spotlight on you, this is the book to read. Each word and situation is lovingly crafted and is, happy to say, perfection. . . . Just The Sexiest Man Alive is a spectacular beginning of what I hope is a stellar career of debut author, Julie James. . . . I'm jumping up and down here asking you not to miss this awesome novel that rightly deserves my Perfect 10 award." —Romance Reviews Today
"Julie James has created a wonderful debut novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride that Taylor and Jason took me on... And it is funny! Before I was even 35 pages into the book, Ms. James had me laughing out loud at one particular scene . . . An actual put the book down, laugh out loud, and wipe the tears from my eyes laugh. It is a fabulous book and I highly recommend it to everyone."  —Romance Novel TV
"James['s] . . . familiarity with both the law and the film industry lends credibility to this fast-moving, contemporary romantic comedy between two strong-willed characters." --Booklist
"Just the Sexiest Man Alive is witty, romantic, and so realistic I could have been there witnessing Taylor and Jason’s love story unfold. Julie James has a winning debut on her hands that is just an engaging delight to read." —Joyfully Reviewed
"Is anyone able to resist the sexiest man alive? You might be surprised in this funny story. . . . Even in the improbable world of Hollywood's top actors, Julie James introduces believable characters with real motivations behind their actions. With two witty and charming main characters, the dialogue is sure to keep the reader entertained." —Fresh Fiction
"This is an absolutely delightful read. It is clever, witty, and wonderfully romantic. Ms. James uses a sharp sense of humor and intelligence to develop her characters. The story is packed full of wry comebacks and snappy dialogue. . . . This is one book you hate to see end, because the characters are just that much fun." —Coffee Time

“The sparks fly, hilarity is plentiful with all of the one-liners in the story, and underneath it all is a touching look at fame and fortune and how it can become the only reason people get close to a person. Just the Sexiest Man Alive is now residing on my "keeper" shelf. Once you read the exploits of Taylor and Jason, you will feel the same way. Bravo, Ms James.” —Affaire de Coeur
“In her debut novel, James shakes up the world of lawyers and celebrity romance, producing a captivating, beautifully written story. The fireworks between the characters fuel the plot and will keep readers flipping the pages at a dizzying pace.” —Romantic Times BookReviews
“Is there any woman alive who hasn’t dreamed of landing the absolute sexiest Hollywood star? . . . In Just the Sexiest Man Alive Julie James spins a tale of that dream come true. . . . A larger than life hero and an unlikely heroine whose lives would normally never intersect and yet they turn out to be perfect for each other. . . . If you’re looking for a feel-good romance, you can’t go wrong with this story.” —Queuemyreview
“Ms. James tackles what happens to a person when being told NO becomes something of the past, the obstacles so many stars face with trying to sort out who really cares for them and who is only using them for their own 15 minutes of fame, and how to stay grounded and somewhat normal when the rest of the world puts you on a pedestal with wit, humor and plenty of NO from the heroine. The one-liners will keep you laughing all the way through this book.” —Night Owl Romance

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Just the Sexiest Man Alive 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 151 reviews.
Romance-Reader More than 1 year ago
Even Though I like my romantic novel with a minimum of an R rating, this had to be the only PG Romantic novel I've ever enjoyed. I couldn't put this book down. I have her upcoming novel down on my calendar.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chicago based attorney Taylor Donovan is the coolest under fire lawyer known on the planet whether it is penis harassment or penal coding she never loses it to her they are the same and for that matter she never loses a case. The only people who can get inside to Taylor is her beloved parents, who sacrificed so much for her to be come a lawyer she vows to never let them down.----------------- Her firm Gray & Dallas sent her to Los Angeles to litigate a sexual harassment case. Her temporary L.A. boss Sam Blakely asks her to do him a favor as the best litigator in the firm. He wants her to train People magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive' Jason Andrews for his role as a lawyer in a film. Sam also warns her not to go starry eyed over the hunk she learned from childhood that ¿There¿s no crying in baseball¿ (A League of their Own) or in life. When they meet Jason turns on the charm, but strikes out as Taylor rejects his seductive endeavors. The more she refuses him, the more he wants her. As each begins to fall in love, two buried gentler souls surface.---------------- This engaging mixing of Hollywood and litigation is a fun enjoyable contemporary romance. The lead couple is a strong casting of individuals who at first seem so different yet as the audience get to know both of them, they share much the same attitude on life. Although the plot is somewhat limited fans will relish this superb relationship drama starring a pair of ¿drop-outs¿.---------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## I have to say, i liked "practice makes perfect" and "a lot like love" a lot better than this book. Don't get me wrong, this book is well written and highly entertaining. The heroine was awesome. The dialogue was witty and there are many laugh out loud moments. The only thing i didnt like about it (hence the four stars instead of five), was the hero. And that is a biggie for me. He was so arrogant that it bordered on rediculous. And what a complete man-slut. At one point he even points out that he has "done" four (4) of the Laker girls. It was really off-putting. I feel the author went overboard on his character. It's hard to believe the smart, beautiful heroine would fall for him. I think i would've liked her to kick this guy to the curb. But the rest was amazing.
fran2 More than 1 year ago
Read this book in one sitting and loved it. It is well written -- characters are personable and story moves quickly. This would be a great beach read
Jater More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite reads of 2008! I loved this book. Great characters, great dialogue, and great fun from start to finish. Can't wait for Ms. James' next book.

Rowena More than 1 year ago
Review as seen on Book Binge.

I'm a sucker for those flirty heroes that are cocky and arrogant. You know, the kind of heroes that are bewildered when the heroine's don't fall into a puddle of lust at the sight of them. I love seeing them humbled. I loved seeing them so full of themselves in the beginning and then watching as they slowly come to realize that they're not as great as they think they are. I love seeing them come full circle and wooing their heroines into loving them anyway.

This book was great. It was a fast and funny read and I'm seriously wanting to read another Julie James book. It took me no time at all to read this book and I was sad to finish the story and say goodbye to the characters. They became real to me and I enjoyed getting to know them.

This book is about Jason Andrews and Taylor Donovan. Jason is this big hot shot celebrity actor, think Brad Pitt, a Multiple People's Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive and he pretty much got everything that he ever wanted. Women dropped their panties for him at the snap of a finger and people jumped to do his bidding every time he so much as glanced at them. He had that kind of power over people, the celebrity kind of power and he was so used to it that he didn't bother to think about what other people thought, it simply was and he enjoyed the power he had over people.

Taylor Donovan, on the other hand is a rising star in the law world. She was one of the top lawyers from her firm and she was sent to L.A. from Chicago to help with a big sexual harassment case and she takes her job very seriously. Even if she's forced to take a job she doesn't want, no matter who the job is for.

She doesn't give two flits about Jason Andrews and even though she thinks he's insanely attractive, she doesn't see what the big deal about him is, she vows to treat him as anyone else. She was going to treat him like she treats all of her other clients, only he stands her up at their first appointment and then stands her up again for their second appointment. She had cleared her schedule for him and he didn't even have the decency to call her and let her know he couldn't make it. He just left her hanging and so she did what any other woman would do.

She got good and pissed. She was so livid with him that when he finally did decide to come in and see her, she didn't care who the hell he was or anything, she was too busy for him.

That first meeting between Jason and Taylor was the best frickin' meeting ever. I thought it was hilarious and I loved the way that Taylor handled it. She totally had me crackin' up and then grinning like a fool, she was frickin' awesome. The way that she kept putting him in his place always had me laughing my ass off.

The characters were great, the dialogue was easy to follow along with and the plot all made for a really fast and a really fun read. I really enjoyed reading this book, I would really recommend this book to those of you who are looking for a light and entertaining read. This book delivers the laughs, the emotions and a romance that had you cheering the main characters on.

Jason and Taylor were a fantastic couple and I enjoyed getting to know them and watch them bump along the road to their happy ending, this was just one great book that let me escape into the lives of the rich and famous for a few hours and I absolutely will be reading more Julie James books.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book..lots of funny scene that made me laugh..but I expected more romantic scene..this book didnt give me an awe moment so i give it 3 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only complaint would be the lack of more passion . This is so PG.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked it
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I probably would have liked it more if the whole obsession with Hollywood actors thing made more sense to me.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I guess I have to sum up my reading experience of this book with a "mehrnhh," if that can be translated into sound. The first half of the story was GREAT: I was sucked into Taylor's high-pressure, high-stakes, nonstop-work lawyer world. I know next to nothing about the lives of lawyers, but James' depictions of Taylor's lifestyle and workload felt extremely real to me. I also adored Taylor and Jason's initial power struggle, cheering whenever Taylor won a round and showed Mr. Full-of-Himself that he couldn't think so highly of himself and treat others like crap just because he was paid seven figures per movie and women flung themselves at him.However, my interest began to flag as Taylor and Jason's relationship progressed with what I felt like were overly contrived plot elements borrowed straight from the tropes of our history and present day. Some lines were definitely lifted straight from Jane Austen, her world, or adaptations of her novels, which I wouldn't have minded so much (being a great admirer of Austen's writing) had it not been almost word for word, which then caused me to roll my eyes and wonder, was the similarity intentional? If not, there is some clear influencing going on. If yes, then it was a slick one-liner that rang falsely and didn't impress me a whit. Similar to that were the very clear parallels to some famous figures in our Hollywood, which the characters definitely note and make fun of, almost like a meta-joke, but I guess those aren't really my thing because we already have ONE too-pretty Australian actor who shot to international fame by starring in a fantasy epic, and one is enough. There were also a lot of moments when I lost track of the timeline--weren't they supposed to meet the next day? But all of a sudden it's the following week already?--and which character was supposed to be where and with whom at what time.Taylor and Jason bumbled and fumbled their way to each other through such a slew of conventions it was almost painful to read through to the end and certainly made their relationship less climactic (no pun intended) than it could've been. There were some jealousy-inducing moves, impulse midlife crisis career changes, a slight misunderstanding that pretty much BLEW UP entirely out of proportion when if they would only just at least ATTEMPT to talk to one another about it, some really cheesy "I can't live without you" lines that were--again--very blatantly alluding to famous quotes in media history, and an overly fairy tales-que ending. At the end, I just felt like Taylor and Jason were not who they were at the beginning. Of course they were going to be changed by one another, but I felt like all of their life philosophies, the beliefs that make up the core of who they are and were explained so fervently at the beginning of the novel (at least in Taylor's case), had been cast aside by the end, and all that was left was their witty repartee. Sigh.I ranted a lot. I'll try to end on a lighter, happier note. The banter was top-notch, if obviously very scripted. I liked Taylor's drivenness and intelligence--until she clearly loses all her senses over this guy. It was, of course, always nice to see the male love interest change his ways for the woman. As this is my first novel by Julie James, I think I'll reserve a more definite judgment on how I feel about her stories after I read at least one more.
dkthain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Taylor Donovan is on no-nonsense ambitious lawyer who has come to LA to do work on a case. But she is also ordered, despite her protests, to help out Jason Andrews, Sexiest Man Alive, in a role he is researching. After being stood up twice in a row, she¿s not exactly eager to help him and makes thinks very difficult for him ¿ as well she should. Jason is a rich, spoiled actor who is used to people catering to his every whim. He just can¿t believe that Taylor isn¿t willing to drop everything when he calls. And this intrigues him ¿ quite a bit. And so the hunt is on. Added into the mix is another up and coming actor who is out to replace Jason as the top dog and he wants to date Taylor too in a game of one-up-manship. It was fun to see Jason have to work for Taylor.Julie James is another author I now have my eye open for!
C.Ibarra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don¿t read much contemporary romance. I prefer my love stories with werewolves and/or vampires. Faeries are nice too ;) I had heard great things about Julie James so I decided to see what all the fuss was about. Just the Sexiest Man Alive was a quick and fun read. I enjoyed the banter between Taylor and Jason. I liked that Taylor was a strong and independent woman. She was established in her career as a lawyer and happy for the most part with her life. This book was difficult to put down and had me up past my bedtime reading. I'd highly recommend it.
ZosiaCanberra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a woman who can write amazing contemporary romance. I usually need something more with my contemporaries (as the hundreds of books on my romantic suspense shelf will tell you!), but Julie James is something special. I loved this book. Julie James gets the best covers. Seriously. She has real men, and they don¿t have to be naked to be appealing. Cover designers should take note - you don¿t need a waxed, oiled twelve-year-old to get people buying a book. There are so many reasons I shouldn¿t have liked this book. The whole situation seemed a bit contrived really - Chicago lawyer Taylor is sent to Los Angeles to work for a few months, gets forced to help out movie star Jason with his new role, the two eventually fall in love amongst a whole lot of Hollywood craziness. It all sounds so cheesy, chick-litty (shudder). However, I loved it. This is the kind of book I¿d usually hate, but instead I couldn¿t put it down, and was laughing and cheering through the whole thing. James¿ characters are intelligent, accomplished people. No stupid `feisty¿ romance heroine in this book. It¿s very refreshing. Jason is such an unlikeable character at the beginning I didn¿t know how James was going to redeem him. She did of course, which made him all the more interesting. I thought maybe the ending could have been a bit better. I understand that this is Hollywood and there is drama and there¿re too many people watching every move. But even considering that, it was a tad too contrived for me. On top of that, there is a lot of celebrity name-dropping which is going to date the book so fast. (And I don't think there need to be Eva Green references in every one of the author's books - I don't care how much you worship her!) One thing that really annoyed me about this book was the `villain¿ - Scott. While I am eternally grateful to Julie James for not making her Australian character a `G¿day cobber¿, shrimp on the barbie, crocodile-hunting, cork hat-wearing stereotype, she kind of missed the heart of Australian culture. She shows Scott not getting sarcasm and dry humour. The thing is, Australians ARE sarcasm and dry humour. We have trouble in the States because of it - not the other way around. That you could have this charming (yet sleazy) Australian guy there and have him NOT get sarcasm is utterly ridiculous, and was culturally very incorrect. My other issue is with the dreadful editing. Seriously, where are all the editors these days? I shouldn¿t have to come across the hero being referred to as `Vason¿. I shouldn¿t have to come across changes of tense in sentences or missing or extra words because there wasn¿t any decent proofreading done. And it¿s COULDN¿T care less. If I read `could care less¿ one more time I was going to scream. If you could care less, it means that you DO care and that it¿s possible for you to care less than you do. This book was fantastic fun. It had so many things I didn¿t think I¿d like, but it all worked for me in this story. It¿s nice to see a book like this where the characters are intelligent rather than infantile - it¿s very rare indeed. Just The Sexiest Man Alive was a great weekend read.
marikolee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though I nearly stopped reading when I found out the heroine, Taylor, was a lawyer, I have to admit that the novel was clever, well-written and well-plotted. I could tell that Julie James was a lawyer in that she presents believable details that later come up in a "gotcha" sort of way. For example, a magazine believably nominates certain actors for "The Sexiest Man Alive" title each year. These rankings, of course, include "Other Contenders" or this years runner-up for the title. Later in the novel, James uses this set-up with an alternate meanings as two actors compete for Taylor's affections. That's just one example of the many clever devices Julie James uses. All in all this is a fun, well-written book by a talented writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, loved the writing, loved the humor. This was my first Julie James book, and I will be shopping for more.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A well-written, thoroughly enjoyable chick-lit romance! “I realized that the one person who could break my heart is the only one who should have it.” Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James is an immensely entertaining contemporary romance. It’s a stand-alone and a lighter read than the author’s FBI/US Attorney series. I’ve actually had the audio on my phone for months – and finally hit play over the weekend. OMG, what took me so long? It’s a charming romantic comedy and a perfect escape or beach read - exactly what I needed at the time! I listened to some of it while walking a local bridge and feared that someone would report me as deranged because I giggled and/or laughed out loud too any times to count and I might have also shouted yes a few times. This is the story of Jason Andrews, an actor deemed to be the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine, and Taylor Donovan, a labor attorney. Just the Sexiest Man Alive is an adversaries-to-lovers old-fashioned romance with a measured relationship build-up. It is not an insta-love tale. The characters have a lot of chemistry and their storyline is addictive. There’s even a deplorable villain. Taylor is a focused woman when she arrives in L.A. from Chicago. She has her sights set on becoming a full partner in her law firm – and the EEOC suit she is litigating is to be a crucial steppingstone to her goal. I liked that Taylor is portrayed as a powerful, independent, smart, professional woman who has worked her way up the ladder with no funny business. Jason is preparing for a legal role in a movie and uses his powerful connections to obtain the services of the best attorney available at the law firm to coach him to his best possible performance. Taylor’s firm nominates her for the role – she isn’t happy about not being able to focus on her case nor at having to cater to a spoiled Hollywood star. In the beginning, I didn’t care for Jason. He was to put it simply: full of himself and a womanizer. Suffice it to say that Taylor wasn’t impressed with Jason’s celebrity stature nor did she take crap from anyone. I would cheer Taylor as she would effortlessly put him in his place with her quick wit and their snarky banter – much to Jason’s surprise. However, it wasn’t long before he started to grow on me to where, by the end, I was in love. I’ve read that this book was Karen White’s first romance narration. You would never know it from her polished performance as it was stellar. Both her male and female voices sound genuine. She differentiates between the characters to where I always knew who was speaking. Her pacing is perfect and she exudes the proper emotions with finesse. Karen is one of my very favorite narrators. I’ve loved everything I’ve picked up that she’s narrated and Just the Sexiest Man Alive is no exception. Her voicing definitely added to my enjoyment of this audio. The ending is warm, satisfying, flashy and a bit cheesy – but I’m not complaining. I’d listen to this audio again and my fondest wish is that this story would be made into a movie. If you are looking for a well-written, thoroughly enjoyable chick-lit romance with great character interactions including lots of hilarious moments, I’d highly encourage you to check out Just the Sexiest Man Alive too. My full review is posted at Reading between the Wines Book Club. Please check it out there.
Rhodes123 More than 1 year ago
Another addicting book, when it comes to Julie James, she will not disappoint! Taylor Donovan, sexual harassment lawyer has moved to LA from Chicago for a $30 million trial that she is in charge of. Taylor loves her job and knows she good at it, she doesn't let people see her emotional side. Her second language is sarcasm and she uses it often! Taylor has been asked to go over a script for Hollywood actor Jason Andrews. Jason thinks the sun and moon rises with him and Taylor is not at all impressed. He is about to be taken down a level by one strong woman with lots of smarts and sass. Jason Andrews is Hollywoods "Sexiest Man Alive" and is used to getting his way, never being told NO and discarding women like a card game. Jason is amazed that Taylor isn't falling at his feet and makes her dislike of him obvious. He is attracted to her and sets out to make her it admit that she's really attracted to him as well. His plan of making her jealous backfires and she ends up dating another HOT Hollywood actor. These two actors can't stand one another and a "pissing" game ensues. Taylor learns over time that Jason isn't has bad as she once thought, without the camera's and all the hoopla associated with Hollywood, he's a nice guy. She can't let her heart get involved, she got burned once by a good looking cheater and survived it but she doubts she would this time. Jason finds out the hard way that Taylor doesn't trust him, he offers her his heart, will she take it and give him hers as well?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book multiple times and struggled to put it down every time. It is funny and the characters are likeable. Never a dull moment.
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nesa07 More than 1 year ago
I was a little skeptical reading this book. I saw her name on my fb page and decided why the hell not. I enjoyed her writing soo much I went ahead and ordered all of her books!!! I have read so many authors that I lose interest in but Julie just kept me hooked the whole time. funny, witty, romantic, it has it all. I would soo recommend anybody(everybody) to read it . You will NOT be disappointed.
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phallon-r More than 1 year ago
Always love it when the girl get the unattainable! Love how tough and strong the heroine is!