Romance, Contemporary (light suspense)
FBI/US Attorney #1
He looked exactly the same as he did the last time she’d seen him three years ago: tall, dark, and scowling.
Cameron never thought a single night in a hotel would lead to a murder and an FBI investigation, but now here she is, the only “ear” witness to the murder of a call girl. As an assistant US Attorney, Cameron is no stranger to crime but this is the first time she’s been on the other side of it. Not only is she a protected witness, but the FBI agent in charge of the case is none other than Jack Pallas. Three years ago Cameron was forced to drop the case that Jack risked his life for and he’s never forgiven her for it. Especially when he ends up transferred across the country as punishment for some unfortunate remarks he made on camera. Now Jack is back in Chicago and Cameron is the last person he wants to be around, but things start to change when a misunderstanding from three years ago becomes a bit clearer.
I LOVE this book and it’s one of my favorites! I would classify this as contemporary romance though there is a mystery and some suspense included. It has a nice blend of both genres as well as some great comedy. The writing was really enjoyable, especially the witty banter between the characters. The pace was a bit slow in the beginning as the story was established and the heat doesn’t kick up between Jack and Cameron until about 40% but I never really felt bored by the story. All parts of the story were well fleshed out and there was plenty of backstory as to the conflict between Jack and Cameron. We actually get a bit of a flashback to the case they were working on three years ago and though I liked having all the information, some of this could have been summarized more to pick up the pace in the first half of the book.
But what I enjoyed the most about this book was the characters, from our hero and heroine to our side characters. Cameron was a wonderful heroine; she’s intelligent, tough, and a dedicated woman who really seems to have her life together. I especially liked that she didn’t fight having FBI protection and she understands that she’s in danger. I hate when romance heroines refuse protection; I mean come on, independence isn’t as important as your life. Cameron doesn’t have this problem and it clearly demonstrates she’s the smart person we’re told she is. I also really loved her friendship with Amy and Collin and I’m glad that Julie James included so much of them in the story because all MCs should have friends to round out their lives.
It didn’t take long for me to fall for Jack and his glowering, gruff demeanor that really hides a soft marshmallow inside, at least where Cameron is concerned. He’s understandably angry when they are first reunited because he believes she’s the one who got him transferred three years ago. However, he never lets that interfere with Cameron’s safety and once things are cleared up he’s not afraid to show Cameron how much he wants her. Jack is very much an alpha male but he’s not obnoxious about it and in fact the few times Cameron and Jack butt heads, it’s a wonderful battle of wills. But the wonderful banter isn’t just reserved to these two because Jack and his partner Wilkins have some great conversations. I would love to have Wilkins’ story because he seems like such an easy going and funny guy and he was a great foil for Jack’s more serious personality.
Everything really worked for me in this story and I was really impressed by Julie James’s writing and her storytelling. The chemistry between Jack and Cameron is great and though things start off a bit slow, the development of their relationship is genuine and a joy to read.
Enemies to Lovers
Law Enforcement, FBI
Scene with strangulation death
FATE HAS THROWN TWO SWORN ENEMIES…
Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends in bloodshed. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and nearly ruining his career…
…INTO EACH OTHER’S ARMS
Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke: the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.
Published by Berkley on May 2, 2010