“How do you always do that? You tiptoe right to the edge of thoroughly pissing me off, then somehow you sweet-talk your way out of it.”
Jordan Rhodes might be the daughter of a billionaire but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t worked hard to open her wine shop on her own merit and money. On top of that, she’s dealing with the fall out from her twin brother’s Twitter “escapade” that resulted in a prison sentence. So when the FBI comes knocking wanting her cooperation in an investigation she has no desire to help the very organization that over reacted to her brother’s mistake. But a deal to get her brother out of prison early has Jordan agreeing to a fake date that will let an agent plant listening devices in a suspect’s restaurant. Undercover agent Nick McCall only planned to help with the investigation before going on vacation but when the lead agent gets sick, Nick has to step in as Jordan’s date and the sparks they generate are a surprise to both of them.
A Lot Like Love is one of my favorite books and a perfect example of how excellent a writer Julie James is. I can’t resist a fake dating trope because I love the tension is creates between the love interests and this was done so well in this book. Nick and Jordan banter and spar throughout as they unsuspectingly begin to fall for each other. I loved the slow burn they have as they try to resist, especially Nick who doesn’t do relationships because of his undercover work. But for all his bluster, Nick can’t help but fall for Jordan’s sarcasm, witty comebacks, and her selfless devotion to her brother. I loved Jack Pallas in Something About You but Nick embodies the tall, dark, and dangerous label. He’s growly, rough, and a badass and the complete opposite of every guy Jordan has dated in the past. But Jordan is no snob and she recognizes the strong protector underneath the “don’t fuck with me face”. Nick might have some stereotypical ideas about being a man but he never hesitates to treat Jordan with respect and he doesn’t back away from starting something real with Jordan. These two had so much chemistry and I’m glad they don’t jump into things too fast.
From the first page I loved Jordan and she’s the exact type of person I’d be friends with. The sarcasm and jokes exchanged with her brother were so great and even though the Rhodes family isn’t good at communication and expressing their feelings, you can really feel the love between brother, sister, and father. On top of that, I loved how down to earth Jordan was. She might be the heiress to a fortune, but she never once looks down on Nick as being out of her league or not good enough for her; she takes people as they are on their own merits. And the way she flirts and banters with Nick during their fake dating was great. Jordan’s not afraid to go after what she wants and she’s confident in her own skin and that’s incredibly sexy; something Nick doesn’t miss.
I love everything about this book and for me, it’s perfect. From the characters to the writing to the plot, it just checks all my boxes of an excellent romance. I can’t recommend this book enough to anyone looking for a great contemporary romance with a light touch of suspense.
••• Book Details •••
FBI/US Attorney #2 • Romance, Contemporary • Berkley • March 1, 2011
The FBI wants her cooperation. 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 fundraiser 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.
Agent McCall just wants her. 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.