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Book Review and Giveaway: Something About You by Julie James

Title Something About You

Author: Julie James

Genre: Romance / Contemporary Suspense

Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date 2 March 2010
MMP 336 Pages

Stand alone or series Stand alone novel


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…


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…

How did I get this book: ARC from Author

Why did I read this book: I am a huge fan of Julie James’ books, especially Practice Makes Perfect which was my favorite Contemporary Romance last year.


I don’t read a lot of Contemporary Romance and read even less Romance of the Suspense variety. If there is someone who can make me not only wait anxiously to read one and end up enjoying it so much as to ask for an encore!, that person would be: Julie James. Boy, can this woman write fan-tas-tic dialogue and captivating characters. Her previous two books Just the Sexiest Man Alive and Practice Makes Perfect are nearly pitch perfect romantic comedies and I love, love, loooooove them.

So what about this one then?

Of all hotels in the world, Cameron Lynde, Assistant District Attorney, had to pick the one where a murder would be committed, to spend the night whilst her newly finished flooring is drying. Of all the FBI agents in the world, it had to be Jack Pallas, the one to take the case. The same Jack Pallas who three years ago was the head of an investigation she was about to prosecute and which ended up never going ahead – and life-changer case whose fall out was jack being transferred to Nebraska all the while blaming Cameron for the failure. The tension, the animosity they feel for each other needs to be put aside so they can work together on the case as Cameron is both Witness and soon, a victim under protective detail. But all the anger and hostility in the world cannot hide the fact that once, Cameron and Jack were moving towards building something and the attraction is back with a bang (there is one particular scene in a motorcycle that whoa baby, holy guacamoles). And spending time together can prove what they need to bring the past to rest and start again.

This book is excellent when it comes to the romance between Cameron and Jack. The two talk when they have to talk and behave like level-headed adults and professionals who respect each other’s profession. She listens when he tells her what to do and he listens to her opinions as well. The secondary characters are interesting and show the two characters have a life outside work and their budding relationship. Also, Cameron’s best friend Colin is gay and I have to give major kudos to the author for not writing him as the usual stereotypical flamboyant gay –friend.

On the down side, if we can even say that, I have to admit not being a fan of the suspense plot. Which sounds silly since this is after all, a romantic suspense . But seeing as how the culprit is revealed early on to the reader and we are privy to this point of view, it sort of removed the suspense from the suspense; However it made it more interesting from a character’s development point of view because the reader gets to know why the killer committed the act and understand that it was not because he was an Evil!Vilain! and being able to follow the steps he took to ensure he was not found was intriguing to say the least. But in all honesty, I could have skipped all that so that I could read more of Jack and Cameron, Cameron and Jack. I am, it turns out, a bigger fan of her romantic comedies and I thoroughly missed The Funny and the screwball comedy elements present in the previous books –which is of course, a matter of preferential taste.

That is not to say that Something About You is not funny. It is – it has funny moments, and the dialogue sparkles as ever however the tone is more contained because of not only the murder investigation going on, the sense of danger surrounding Cameron but also because Jack is a damaged character with a past. Of all Julie James’ heroes, he is the one with more baggage and the one I end up loving the most. For all that, it could not, should not be any different – a difference in tone would have ruined the book.

One last word: I mentioned screwball comedy elements and this is a known influence in the writing of the author and in her previous books who make a homage and have shout outs to those old Hollywood movies . In an interview with the author, she mentioned that there would be a homage to It Happened One Night by Frank Capra in Something About You . Now, It Happened One Night happens to one my all time favourite movies and one of the reasons why I waited for this book so anxiously. I bet that that the homage would be to the famous Walls of Jericho scene and I was right! Without spoiling it too much, Julie James, takes that scene, makes it funnier and oh boy, sexier and appropriate for this book. Clark Gable/ Peter Warne would approve.

And I lied about the last word. I have something else to say about the book: this is also the hottest of her books– if you have read her previous books you know all sex scenes were fade to black. Not this time. We knew that Julie James can write sexual tension very, very well. We finally learn she can also write sex scenes – they are not very graphic or extremely long but phew do they deliver.

So as Ellie from It Happened One Night would say: Oh, it’s been a lot of fun.

Notable Quotes/ Parts: I loved this scene when Jack was doing protective detail at Cameron’s house and unbeknownst to her, as to not scare her, slept inside her bedroom :

He waited thirty minutes from the time he heard the noises stop, just to be safe.
He got up and walked down the hall. He entered Cameron’s bedroom quietly, pausing just outside the doorway to listen to the soft, steady sounds of her breahting. Satisfied she was sleeing, he moved to the corner of the room and took a seat on the floor next to the boarded-up doors that led out to the balcony and fire escpae. He rested his head against the wall.
He sat there in the darkness and watched.
He knew that sleep would eventually overtake him – he’d certainly slept in more uncomfortable places – but it would be a light, dreamless sleep. He would be ready in an instant, if necessary.
God help the man who tried to get past him.

Additional Thoughts: We have one copy of Something About You to giveaway to one lucky winner. To enter, simply leave a comment here. Contest is open to residents of US, Canada and UK ONLY and runs till Saturday 6th March 11:59 (PST). Only ONE comment per person! Multiple entries will be automatically disqualified. Good luck!

Verdict: Another great Contemporary novel by Julie James, a book which carries her signature: great dialogue and captivating characters. This one is more on the serious (and steamy) side than her previous novels.

Rating: 7 – Very Good

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  • mel butcher
    March 2, 2010 at 3:48 am

    not come across julie james before, i’d love a chance to read this book

  • Raina
    March 2, 2010 at 4:17 am

    I read the Sexiest Man Alive and really enjoyed it – hope I win!

  • maered
    March 2, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Enter me, please! I’d love to read a Julie James book after all the great reviews.


  • Sandy (Strlady)
    March 2, 2010 at 4:52 am

    This book sounds right up my alley and has been put on the ‘Must buy’ list

  • Diana Dang
    March 2, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Sounds like a cool novel! Love the cover!

  • Kt9345
    March 2, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Sounds like a good read! I haven’t tried one of her novels yet, so this sounds like a good place to start!

  • Sue Brandes
    March 2, 2010 at 6:21 am

    She is a new author to me. I would love a chance to read this book.

  • elaing8
    March 2, 2010 at 6:28 am

    please enter me in the giveaway.Sounds like a great book

  • Robin F
    March 2, 2010 at 7:00 am

    I loved the first two and have been really wanting to read this one too!

  • Carolyn Crane (CJ)
    March 2, 2010 at 7:15 am

    So excited for this book!! So, is that a 7 out of 8? Or 10? Oh, not entering – it’s already on the way!!!!

  • Diana Peterfreund
    March 2, 2010 at 7:40 am

    The book sounds good, but I’m having a really hard time getting over the description of the heroine as an “adulterous Chicago politician.”

    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…


  • Ana
    March 2, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Yikes, now that you mention that blurb is seriously convoluted. Obviously she is not the “adulterous Chicago politician.” she is only staying next to a room rented by one.

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  • Mary Beth
    March 2, 2010 at 7:43 am

    All the buzz about this book prompted me to reserve James’ first two from the library. I’m looking forward to their arrival and would love to be entered for this book. They all sound good!

  • janicu
    March 2, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Ooh, sign me up for the giveaway please. 🙂

  • Leslee
    March 2, 2010 at 7:55 am

    I have heard tons about Julie James. Would love to try this one. Please enter me. 🙂

  • Anna Shah Hoque
    March 2, 2010 at 8:52 am

    This book is on my MUST HAVE list so I would love to get a chance to win a copy.

    Thanks for the great giveaway. 😉

  • Theodosia21
    March 2, 2010 at 9:03 am

    This sounds really good- I’d love to get a chance to read it!

  • AnimeJune
    March 2, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I really enjoyed “Just the Sexiest Man Alive” – can’t wait to read “Something About You”!

  • CrystalGB
    March 2, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Julie’s book sounds great. I love the cover.

  • Diana Peterfreund
    March 2, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Yeah, Ana, I figured that. I have dealt with some convoluted blurbs in my career (authors don’t get to write their back cover copy) but I’m surprised that bit slipped past a copyeditor.

  • Christine
    March 2, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I’d love to be entered in the giveaway. I’ve read Practice Makes Perfect and I love Ms. James’ writing style.

    Thanks for the chance! 😀

  • KarenS
    March 2, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Would love to win a copy of this one! I ordered her first two after reading so many wonderful things about them. I wasn’t sure about Something About You because I’d also read about the killer’s POV. I’m not a fan of the villain having his/her own POV in books. However all of the snippets I’ve read have made me want to read this.

  • Maureen
    March 2, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I read her first two books and they are fun so I would love to win this one.

  • Cecile
    March 2, 2010 at 10:22 am

    OH gosh, this is an awesome woman. I loved the first two books and can not wait for this one! Please count me in!!!!
    alliwantandmorebooks@ gmail.com

  • Sarah
    March 2, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I keep waiting for her first two books to get returned to the library (someone’s holding them hostage!) — want to check them out after reading the reviews on TBS! So maybe I can win this one!

  • Kate A
    March 2, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I really can’t wait to read this book! Julie James is a master at dialogue! Please enter me in the giveaway!


  • Kearsten
    March 2, 2010 at 11:12 am

    “…where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends in bloodshed”?!?!?!

    I MUST READ! 😀

  • GSM
    March 2, 2010 at 11:29 am

    The book sounds good. And I’m so intrigued by her homage scene to “It Happened One Night.”

  • Michelle M
    March 2, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for the review. I too loved Practice Makes Perfect and can’t wait to dive into her latest!

  • Rosie Carlo
    March 2, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Please enter me into the contest. Sounds like a very good book! 🙂

  • Donna S
    March 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I have read great things about her books and think this one sounds great.

  • Tiah
    March 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I normally don’t go for this genre, but I have to admit this sounds really interesting. Enter me please!

  • Elizabeth
    March 2, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I’m not usually a contemporary romance fan, but y’all have convinced me to give this author a shot!

  • Christie I
    March 2, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I have this one on my wishlist. I’d love a chance to win. Thanks!

  • Lisa Richards
    March 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I don’t think I’ve run across Julie’s books before( one of the reasons I love to read blogs)so would love a chance at this one.

  • Danielle
    March 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I feel like I should give romance a fair shot before blacklisting it and…well, its free. Sign me up.

  • Emma
    March 2, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I haven’t read Julie James before, but from the excerpts and reviews I’d love to read this so please add my name to the draw.

  • Lauren B.
    March 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    This sounds excellent. I would love a copy.

  • kathybaug
    March 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I would love to own a copy of this book.

  • joder
    March 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I loved Julie’s previous book, so I’m definitely wanting this one. I like her writing style and because of that she’s become a favorite of mine in the contemporary genre. Glad to know this one’s super steamy, since I also really like that in my books.

  • shel
    March 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Please throw my name into the hat. I really enjoyed Julie’s previous books and this one sounds like a great read as well.

  • etirv
    March 2, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Please count me in!

  • Julie James
    March 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Ana,

    Thanks for the lovely review!! Glad you enjoyed the book! I knew you’d get a kick out of that Walls of Jericho scene. 😉


  • Christine M.
    March 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    All the reviews have been great so far, please count me in, I’d love to get my hands on this book!

  • MaryK
    March 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Your reviews make James sound so tempting. I also “don’t read a lot of Contemporary Romance and read even less Romance of the Suspense variety.” But I add to that an anti-lawyer hangup. So, I don’t know. 😕

  • Dawn
    March 2, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Another fun review. I’m addicted to your blogs almost as much as books. Thanks and can’t wait to read the latest Julie James!

  • Roxy
    March 2, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Count me in!

  • Alex
    March 2, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Hmm… sounds like something I would enjoy :mrgreen:

  • Virginia C
    March 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    A great review! I have seen nothing but raves about Julie James as a writer, but I have yet to read her work. I’d love to win “Something About You” and find out for myself why people love her books!

  • Tami
    March 2, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I want to feel some love for contemporary romance. I’m personally partial to paranormal and scifi romance, but am willing to have an open mind about other categories. I’d loved to win this copy. Thanks!

  • Debby
    March 2, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    This sounds liek the perfect book. Suspense, romance and a lot of clashing makes for good reading.

  • Raquel Vega-Grieder
    March 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    This Book Sounds Right Up My Alley. I Don’t Mind Contemporary Books, I Love Romance Novels, I Like Suspense Novels, And I Love Good Old Fashion Angst Between The Main Characters. I Would Love To Be Entered Into This Giveaway…. 😀 .

  • Amber E.
    March 2, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Wow! I really can’t wait to read “Something About You”, especially after reading such great reviews. Please count me in. Thanks!

  • bella f.
    March 2, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    hmmm, haven’t read Julie James before- will have to check it out.

  • Rachael
    March 2, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I’ve been interested in reading Practice Makes Perfect and now I can add this book to my list!

  • Sarah D. F.
    March 2, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    I would love to win. Sounds like a fun book!

  • Cathy M
    March 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I haven’t read a Julie James book yet, thanks for giving us a chance to win a copy.

  • LiLi Ramos
    March 2, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Sounds pretty promising! I’ll add it to my wish list, unless I win it here of course??!! Lol jk

  • Samantha R
    March 2, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Great review! Thanks for the contest!

  • Chelsea B.
    March 2, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Book sounds fabulous!!

  • Carol
    March 2, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Thanks for the great review! Look forward to pickig this one up.

  • willaful
    March 3, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Mary Beth, you lucky dog! My library never has any romance that you can’t buy at the supermarket.

    Looking forward to that IHON homage!

  • Alex D
    March 3, 2010 at 8:37 am

    This book looks really good, I’ve been hoping to try Julie James

  • Myra C
    March 3, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Sounds great, count me in!

  • Stacie
    March 3, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Please count me in.

  • Cybercliper
    March 3, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I have to admit I haven’t read any Julie James before but I’ve been reading some great reviews on her books.

  • Anita Yancey
    March 3, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Sounds like a real hot read. I’d love the chance to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!

  • Sarah
    March 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Enter me please, I love this author.

  • Marie
    March 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Please enter me! Sounds like fun.

  • Alex
    March 3, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Sign me up! It sound awesome :mrgreen:

  • Lindsay Elizabeth
    March 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Ooh, I want, I want! I am actually a fan of the suspense reading, so it sounds perfect.

  • Snazel
    March 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I’d like to be entered! 😀 It sounds like a lovely romance. Well, with a loose interpretation of “lovely”

  • Ava
    March 3, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    i love this author. Practice Makes Prefect is one of my all time favs. Can’t wait to read this one.

  • Jen X
    March 3, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this book for months!

  • Pam P
    March 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Love Julie’s characters and their dialog. She’s sold me on her contemporaries (don’t read too many bogged down reading other genres), and I now find myself eager for her next release.

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  • Pamela
    March 4, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Thanks for the chance to win this book. It’s been getting such good reviews everywhere, I’m eager to try it out.

    Will remember to try to watch “It Happened One Night” too. I’ve never seen it though the wall of Jericho scene is so famous, even I’ve heard of it.

  • Akin
    March 4, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Oh me me me! I want it! Please me me! 😀

  • Patti
    March 4, 2010 at 7:48 am

    I’ve been reading such great things about this book and I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Lennette Daniels
    March 4, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Please enter me in the contest. This looks like a good book.

  • Scorpio M.
    March 4, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I hope I’m not doubling my post. I didn’t see my original one.

    Please count me in, love JJ!

  • Angie D
    March 4, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I would love to win this!! My email is bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

  • CherylS22
    March 6, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Sounds thrilling. Julie James is a new author to me. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of her books!

  • Emily
    March 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    “Practice Makes Perfect” was the first romance novel I ever read, and now I’m anxious to read all the rest of her books. If only my library actually carried them! (I get all my books from the library b/c I’m extremely cheap).

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  • Sarah
    March 15, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I’m about midway through and I completely agree about the suspense plot! It was a different way of telling the story for sure (the expository scene threw me in the beginning). I’m definitely going to keep going though! I love It Happened One Night, especially considering all the backstage shenanigans, and I can’t wait to read the homage scene!

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