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B+
Love Irresistibly

Note to self: When a book sounds good, ignore the advice of friends. Before I began reading this several friends told me it was a big disappointment and found it mediocre at best. This not only made me nervous, I avoided reading it for months. I just wasn’t in the mood for mediocre. That’ll teac ...

B+
Practice Makes Perfect

Narrated by Karen White While I’ve read a number of Julie James’ books in print, this is the first I’ve listened to, and also the first time I’ve read this 2009 release. I liked the story a little more than Ellen who gave it a B at AAR, but truly enjoyed Karen White’s narration. I intende ...

B-
Love Irresistibly

Narrated by Karen White As the Assistant US Attorney in charge of prosecuting Twitter terrorist Kyle Rhodes, (hero of About That Night), Cade Morgan could have been a somewhat unsympathetic hero. But, Ms. James cleverly redeemed Cade by the end of the previous book, paving the way for readers to ge ...

B
About That Night

Narrated by Karen White I was about halfway through About That Night when I realized the suspense was not the main focus of the book and the entire storyline started making a lot more sense. Unlike other entries in the FBI/US Attorney series that carry a feel of romantic suspense (although all ar ...

B
Twice Bitten

I’ve enjoyed the Chicagoland Vampires since the first book, Some Girls Bite, and Twice Bitten is a solid installment in the series. The story flows well and the characters remain their interesting selves, although I was a little disappointed that the heroine, Merit, loses her nerve for a big chunk ...

A-
Sons of Thunder

So many Inspirational romances seem to forget that the purpose of the Gospel is redemption that it is almost shocking to find one that remembers. Made up of characters that would fit smoothly into any of the New Testament books, this story is about second and third chances, the power of forgiveness ...

A-
Something About You

I tend to be skeptical about online buzz, and I’ve seen a lot for Julie James’ romances. Well, I get it now. Something About You is a fun contemporary romance filled with witty, well-developed characters, and it is a book I heartily recommend. Things start out with a bang, when heroine Camero ...

B
Practice Makes Perfect

I’m generally not a big fan of books with legal backgrounds (sorry Mr. Grisham), but Practice Makes Perfect was a very enjoyable read. If Julie James keeps on writing in this vein, I may have to change my mind about the law. Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are both associates in a large law fir ...

C
Warrior Angel

An angel as a protagonist fascinates me, but there was such a lack of world building in Warrior Angel that the angel might just as well have been an ordinary human male. Sir Derek de Molay, a Templar Knight, died under the torture methods of the Inquisition. His spirit traveled to Purg ...

B-
What, No Roses?

I am always eager to get my hands on a good time travel book. Some of my all- time faves feature time travel. I will generally give anything in this genre a shot. Not being a big fan of the Roaring Twenties, I’m glad I pick this one despite the time period. Dora Duncan is a TV report ...