New-to-me Author, Julie James had me enthralled from the beginning of this story to the end. Showing us that there really is a fine line between love and hate, she wrote two fascinating characters that had me fascinated. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures
Two undercover FBI agents can hide who they are from everyone but each other in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer.
FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.
For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work as a team–a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic, beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated. . .
Well, Julie James just gained a new fan. A new-to-me author that had me enthralled from the beginning of the story to the end, I will definitely be reading her again and again! She is a fascinating author that wrote two characters that had me smiling throughout the story.
I absolutely loved the love/hate relationship that John and Jessica had. It was fun! Their banter brought this story to another level and I would go a lot higher than 5 stars if that was possible. Now, pair the back-and-forth of these two with descriptions of the FBI Academy and I was hooked. I’ve always wanted to visit Quantico and Julie James brought it to life for me.
Now, it didn’t hurt that John was an ex-Army Ranger and a hot one at that. It also didn’t hurt that he really didn’t have an ego but was competitive. Then, add to that that he had his heart broken in a way that you wouldn’t wish on anyone and you, too, will fall in love with this big teddy bear.
Jessica was just what I would picture a female FBI Special Agent to be. She was smart, sassy and just as competitive as her male counterparts. John just rubbed her the wrong way and she let him know it at every turn. She did what she had to do to get through Quantico and she would be damned if John Shepherd would get the best of her.
Fast forward 6 years later, the Special Agent in Charge’s office, Chicago, IL. Enter Jessica. Enter John. Enter the world of She Said/He Said and an undercover operation that pairs them together. Now, this is where it really got interesting and amusing and I couldn’t wait for it to play out on the pages.
I cannot say enough good about this book or this author. You could tell her research was intense (unless she’s a former FBI Special Agent) with her accounts of training, undercover operations and just what needs to be done to catch the bad guy. Her timelines and the fluidity of the story was perfect. All of the characters in the book were witty, enticing and just added more to the story. I loved Nate … he needs his own book. Tara was a hoot and definitely needs to find the one (just not on Tinder). Jessica’s siblings and the texts just brightened up the whole story. But, the one thing that I really admired about Julie James’ writing was how she brought levity into some serious situations and made sure that John and Jessica “connected”. It was a natural progression from hate to admiration to love. She didn’t force her characters into bed, it was just “right”. Julie James showed us that there really is a fine line between love and hate. There is so much more that I could say about this story and her style of writing but I really want you to read this and see for yourself.
Review copy provided by Berkley Publishing for a voluntary review.