THE THING ABOUT LOVE by Julie James
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THE THING ABOUT LOVE

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Two FBI agents who had a rocky relationship at the FBI Academy are paired in an undercover operation, forcing them to re-evaluate their first impressions, work as a team, and maybe find true love.

After his girlfriend cheats on Special Agent John Shepherd and he loses her, their shared apartment, and some of his best friends in one fell swoop, he feels the timing is good for a fresh start and applies to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. Practically cooling his heels until he learns if he’s been accepted, he’s teamed with a new agent in the Chicago office who’s just transferred from Los Angeles. Their undercover case in Jacksonville, Florida, is supposed to be a quick investigation of the popular mayor for illegal pay-for-play accusations but is complicated when it turns out that John’s new partner is none other than Jessica Harlow, his nemesis from Quantico, who's moving back to her hometown after her marriage crumbled. At first old hostilities fly—behind closed doors, since both agents are consummate professionals—and they must figure out how to work together as partners, but as they do, they come to trust and respect each other, then give in to their growing attraction. After all, neither is looking for a real relationship, especially since John will likely be moving to Virginia. The partners go back and forth to Florida and grow emotionally closer, so when the investigation takes an unexpected turn and John gets news about HRT, their path to a happiness they weren’t looking for becomes threatened. James (It Happened One Wedding, 2015, etc.) has carved out a particular niche with FBI characters, light but intelligent suspense, and witty repartee that ratchets up sexual tension at the same time it illuminates characters who are strong yet vulnerable, especially to each other. Her newest title highlights her talent for sexy opposites-attract romantic conflict while offering a plot that is even more layered and sophisticated than her previous distinguished work.

James’ star shines even brighter with this smart, sparkling winner.

Pub Date: April 18th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-425-27377-7
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Berkley
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2017




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