A Lot Like Love

A Lot Like Love

by Julie James

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An FBI agent and an heiress have to get up close and personal on an undercover assignment in this thrilling romance from the author of The Thing About Love.

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fund-raiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.

As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101477304
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Series: FBI & US Attorney Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 120,450
File size: 1 MB
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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"A smart, sexy read." —-Nalini Singh

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Lot Like Love 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 225 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Chicago, heiress Jordan Rhodes owns the high end DeVine Cellars wine store. She is invited to all the elite soirees and besides her father ranked in the top ten of wealth by Forbes, she is beautiful and charming; ergo men desire her. Jordan's only down is her brother Kyle's incarceration. FBI Agents Seth Huxley and Nick McCall need to attend the annual Valentine's Day party tossed by Xander Eckhart so that one of them can plant bugs in his office to find information on the man's link to notorious Roberto Martino. The feds visit Jordon at her store where they offer her a get out of jail card for her computer geek sibling in exchange for allowing Nick to escort her to the Eckhart gala; she agrees. However, the scheme goes awry leading to Nick becoming Jordan's escort to keep her safe; however they continue the charade that looks like the real deal perhaps because they are falling in love. This is a throwback police procedural romantic suspense in which Hepburn-Tracy need to star. The tale combines danger with light humor such as McCall's revelation as to why men watch Dancing with the Stars. Although the bodyguard gimmick has been used a lot in books and movies (see the Costner-Houston film The Bodyguard) sub-genre fans will enjoy the fast-paced story line as the beautiful bodacious billionaire and the fearsome Fed fuss, fight and fall in love. Harriet Klausner
happyendingreader More than 1 year ago
I look forward to each of her new releases and console myself by telling myself that the wait in between books will give me a better read and "A Lot Like Love" totally proved me right. A very humorous read with enough sex, action and actual romance to keep me reading in between toddler emergencies. I soaked up all the wine info and really want to go to a wine bar now. The lead characters felt very well matched and I specially liked the way Jordan quantified how much she disliked Nick throughout the book with percentages. I'm definitely looking forward to Kyle's book and hoping the Ivy League FBI agents keep on showing up, because I love sexy geeks. I would recommend this book for book club discussions because Nick and Jordan have enough of a life outside of the plot line to make discussion interesting.
Safari_Poet More than 1 year ago
This is a great, fast-paced read. Once I started, I didn't stop until I was finished. The best parts were the quips between Jordan and Nick. Even the wine talk and its terminologies were enjoyable - I had no idea you could read certain connotations into it. Another book that I kept thinking about while reading it was "Pride and Prejudice". Like it, this book is centered around two main characters who both have an unwanted attraction and certain prejudices towards each other. Nick sees his job as a hindrance for any long-term relationship and doesn't fit into her lifestyle. Jordan thinks he's arrogant and that he annoys her most of the time. Julie James' books are categorized as romance, but this like "Something About You" is more romantic suspense with steam. I enjoy each book more than the last and can't wait for her next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like this author and this series. Helps to read in order because main characters in previous books come back. I pre-order Julie James books because I like her writing style and know I won't be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a gread read! Found out about the book in a magazine I was reading. Downloaded the book yesterday and read it all within a day! I find myself going back over it multiple times because it was that intriguing. Absolutely loved it! My first by this author, now looking forward to her other books.
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Extremely wonderful!!!
Rhodes123 More than 1 year ago
Jordan Rhodes is the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of a wine store, she gets invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there's one party the FBI wants an invite to and they want Jordan's cooperation in getting them into this event. It's a charity fundraiser that a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob puts on every year. If Jordan can get them inside by having a agent as her date then an exchange for her brother's release from prison will take place in a week. Agent Nick McCall wants Jordan the minute he sees her. He's a undercover agent in Chicago, and Nick has one rule that he follows and that is to never get serious, he doesn't do relationships. Nick has to keep telling himself that this date with Jordan is an assignment. They're both determined it pull it off for obvious reasons, even though they can't get along for five minutes before sparks begin to fly. When the investigation is compromised, he and Jordan must pretend to be a couple. What seems like a simple assignment turns into something a lot more.
Brie.Clementine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Julie James is the perfect definition of quality over quantity; I admit that I would love it if she could write one book a month because I really enjoy them, but since that is impossible one book a year would have to do.In A Lot Like Love we meet Jordan Rhodes, she is the daughter of one of Chicago¿s richest men. She is independently wealthy thanks to her business and to a down to earth father who wants his children to earn what they have. Some months ago her twin brother Kyle went to prison, and since then she has been sick with worry about him. So when the FBI offers to release him in exchange of her help to catch a crime lord and one of his associates (who happens to be a client of hers) she accepts. All she has to do is go to a party with an FBI agent posing as her date and distract the bad guy while the agent plants some bugs in the place. But all goes wrong when the nice and easygoing agent gets sick and is replaced by hot-alpha male-obnoxious Nick McCall, and they are forced to keep faking that they are dating when it turns out that the bad guy has feelings for Jordan.I admit that it took some time for me to get into the book; the first part was a bit slow for me, but oh boy does it gets better. I have to say that is no coincidence this book is titled A Lot Like Love, because that is exactly how I felt about it. The main characters are incredible, Jordan is a great protagonist; she is funny, down to earth, hardworking, loving, and sarcastic. I haven¿t enjoyed a heroine that much in a long time. I loved a lot of things about Nick, but the best part was that he had a distinct voice, yes he was a typical alpha male but you could really get him, he wasn¿t just another stereotypical hero, he felt like a real person (or as real as someone that hot can be). I think this is one of Julie¿s better qualities as a writer -and she has lots of them- every character is perfectly defined. Most of the time when reading a book narrated in third person all the character¿s points of view sound a bit alike, more like you are reading the author¿s voice than the character¿s; this is not Julie¿s case, in every POV I felt like I really was inside their heads especially with Nick and Jordan, but also with Xander Eckhart the villain, I was even able to connect with him and actually felt sorry for the guy, not to mention that he also was a fun character.The other great character was Kyle, Julie¿s comedic abilities shined through him, he went to prison after shutting down Twitter, come on! How cool is that? Also, he looks like Josh Holloway and everybody on prison calls him Sawyer. The inmates and prison guards were also endearing.Jack Pallas and Cameron Lynde, the protagonist of Something About You, play smaller roles on this one, but you don¿t need to read that book to understand A Lot Like Love, and if you read this one first there are only a couple of spoilers but they won¿t ruin the other book for you.Now, this book has a bit of suspense, but it really is a love story with a touch of comedy. You always know who the bad guy is, there is no gruesome murder and you are not worrying about the heroine¿s life all the time, there is none of that here. So if that is what you think you are getting into you will probably be disappointed. If you have read Julie¿s books before (and if you haven¿t what are you waiting for?!) then you know exactly the type of story you are getting into, and you also know that you are going to have a lot of fun reading it.The only reason I don¿t give this one a 5 is because the beginning dragged a bit for me, and this was not my favorite Julie James book, that honor goes to Practice Makes Perfect, I read that book a year ago and I still grin every time I think about it, in fact, I think I¿m going to read it again right now because I¿m not ready to let go of the fun yet.Oh! And I love that the guy in the book cover is getting a little frisky there with the woman, look where his hand is!
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mmm unfortunately not a fave. The sexytimes came on too fast, too strong, and I didn't really feel the development of interest between the main characters (what were their names again?). Plus, with such a tense premise (using a citizen in an undercover FBI operation! pretending to be someone else while lives are at stake!), there was disappointingly little danger throughout the story. Again, my biggest qualm with Julie James' books comes through: her books star lawyers and FBI agents, but they feel more like attractive careers to give the careers rather than credible lifestyles.
blodeuedd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first Julie James book and it will not be my last, because this was a good contemporary romance with a bit of suspense on the side.The heroine here is Jordan, the daughter of a billionaire. But she is no spoiled princess, no her dad told her to work and make her own money and so she did. She can stand on her own feet, she is smart, and what was there not to like. Then there is Nick, a FBI agent who spends most of his time undercover and never makes any promises to women. Not to mention that these two are from two different social classes. But put together to play a couple and you know things will happen.I do like a couple that can't stand each other at first. She is irritated by him, and he thinks she is a silly socialite. But they get to know each other, they get attracted by each other, and then comes love. A nice romance and a couple you can root for.I also liked the suspense part. It was not a lot but it was there. What would happen to her brother Kyle in jail? Would they catch the guy laundering money for the mob? And then at the end the tension was building up and something was about to happen...Throughout the book I hoped that her brother Kyle would get a book, and I did get very happy at the end when it said that he would. That is one book I am looking forward too, and of course reading more Julie James.Conclusion:A good contemporary romance that kept me reading. I enjoyed the book, I liked the couple, and at the end I knew that I wanted to read more books by her.Rating:Kept me reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book with suspense, love and family. I didn't care for explicit sex but read thru it. 255 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, quick read
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
I'm still basking in the afterglow left by A LOT LIKE LOVE. A LOT LIKE LOVE by Julie James and read by Karen White is an exceptionally fabulous romantic suspense listen. The combo of Julie James and Karen White is nothing short of pure perfection! Many, many thanks to the posters on a Goodreads romantic audio group for recommending that I check out the Julie James/Karen White offerings! You were all right on and have earned my undying appreciation! Even though A LOT LIKE LOVE is the second installment in the author’s fantastic FBI/US Attorney series, it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone if that is your preference. However, if you enjoy fun contemporary romances generously spiced with suspense, start with the first book and exponentially increase your pleasure! A LOT LIKE LOVE is the story of the ‘ubiquitous tall, dark, and smoldering’ undercover agent Nick McCall and heiress Jordan Rhodes, a wine connoisseur extraordinaire. As the story begins, we are there as the FBI solicits the assistance of Jordan, a billionaire’s daughter, to cause a diversion, so the FBI can then bug a local business owner believed to be laundering money while he’s not paying attention. In return, they will get her brother out of prison, where he is serving a sentence for pulling off the largest hack in Twitter’s history. Sound interesting? After all, what could possibly go wrong? Hang on tight as this is a wild dangerous romp! As a fringe benefit to this mesmerizing tale, it doubles as a genuinely interesting educational primer on wine and the wine industry. As I mentioned, Karen White performs this audio. Simply put, if you have not listened to one of her productions, you are missing out. Every word, every pause, every inflection, i.e, the whole package comprises a polished, precise, and engaging listen. I know I’m fan-girling, but Karen’s works deserve it as they are all pure vocal magic. Pick one up and check her out! As an added bonus to fans of the series, in this book we get to catch up with former Army Special Forces and current FBI Special Agent Jack Pallas and Chicago’s U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde. Even after having read their captivating story months ago, I continue to think of them often, so being privy to their air space for even a short time is a win-win! Who will be the next to fall in love in this riveting, witty and sexy crime-investigating romance series? I can’t wait to find out who it will be! The next installment, ABOUT THAT NIGHT, is already cued on my phone. Meanwhile, I'm still basking in the afterglow left by A LOT LIKE LOVE. My full review is published at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good! Loved it!
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Another Julie James book to love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book a lot, and felt like I really got to know the individuals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, lovely and sexy story. I really enjoy reading this book.
ssmommie75TB More than 1 year ago
A Lot Like Love is a fantastic book. I loved the sarcastic humor, the suspense, and the hot bathroom scenes. Julie James did a wonderful job with this book.
Sheilag2367 More than 1 year ago
As with all of Ms. James' FBI stories "A Lot Like Love" was a fun filled romance with a strong independent woman who knows her own mind and isn't afraid to use it! And can any other author write the "Tall, Dark and Smoldering" hero the way Ms. James does...(sigh)! The storyline is fresh out of today's newspapers and the characters resonate with true life so that it makes reading these novels an A plus experience and the hot lovemaking curls my toes! Once again an unbeatable and enjoyable novel. Don't miss it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago