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Giveaway: A Lot Like Love by Julie James

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. . .

Julie James is definitely my favourite writer of Contemporary Romance and here is why:

Her heroines are independent, successful, passionate about their careers (whilst still having a love life AND friends, which means that being career-driven is never ever portrayed as a bad thing), sexy and smart. This is the case of Jordan, the heroine in A Lot Like Love who is a lot like the best heroines in the genre.

Her heroes are of that type that fall in love with the heroine’s independence and smarts as well as their sexiness (plus her heroes also have this tendency to be a lot like sex on a stick).

Her writing is sharp and the dialogue so witty and fun and the reading flows easily and beautifully and it is so welcoming (and even touching, I kinda got teary-eyed for a moment there in the end): a lot like a breeze in a summer day.

The sex scenes and sexual tension are so freaking awesome and if I had to compare them to anything they would be a LOT like an unexpected summer day in the middle of winter.

A Lot Like Love is no different: it features more of the same quality that I have come to expect from the author and in terms of story and tone is closer to Something About You (i.e. it is a romantic suspense) rather than to her first two books, Just The Sexiest Man Alive and Practice Makes Perfect which were romantic comedies (with lawyers). Yes, her body of work is a lot like Law and Order.

In summation: what I feel for Julie James’ novels is a lot like love and this is why I am going to give away a copy of the book to one lucky winner (see below).

Rating: 7 – Very Good

Giveaway Details:

We are giving away ONE copy of A Lot Like Love. The contest is open to everyone, and will run until Saturday, February 26 at 11:59PM (PST). To enter leave a comment here. Only ONE entry per person please! Multiple entries will be automatically disqualified. Good luck!

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  • Melody
    February 22, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I enjoyed reading Practice Makes Perfect so I definitely look forward to reading the rest of Julie James’ books.

    Please enter me, thanks!

    melreadingcorner (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  • Claudia
    February 22, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Looks like I’d enjoy this one. Thank you for the giveaway!

    ama_bling-bling AT hotmail D0T com

  • The Book Memoirs (Elle)
    February 22, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Julie James is definitely my favourite writer of Contemporary Romance…

    Like I need anymore of a ringing endorsement! Sign me up. 😀 Thanks, girls.

  • Chachic
    February 22, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Oh hey, this is the first review that I’ve seen of A Lot Like Love and it’s good to know that it’s just as good as other Julie James novels. She’s my favorite contemporary romance author too and I really can’t wait to read this one so I’d love to be entered in the giveaway. 🙂

  • Tina
    February 22, 2011 at 2:20 am

    I have yet to read a Julie James book, but it’s not too late, right? 🙂 Please enter me, too. 😀

  • Lobo
    February 22, 2011 at 2:21 am

    I loved Something About You and currently reading Julie James’s blakclist I’d love to get a copy of her new novel 🙂

  • Nikki Egerton
    February 22, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Ok, I hardly ever read romance, but I would like to give it a try, and Julie James sounds like a great place to start. Please sign me up!


  • Steffie
    February 22, 2011 at 4:50 am

    Have to agree with everything you said! Julie James meanwhile has a solid spot on my auto-buy-list, because she writes in such an amazing way! I LOVE her books and can’t wait for this one!

    So please sing me up for the giveaway, too! THX!

  • Dana
    February 22, 2011 at 5:24 am

    I’d love to get this book! Really liked her previous one…

  • Heather S
    February 22, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Please enter me! This book has been in my Amazon Wishlist for months! Can’t wait to read it!

  • Bells
    February 22, 2011 at 5:35 am

    I’ve been wanting to read one of her books. Please enter me into the giveaway. Thank you.

  • Patti (Book Addict)
    February 22, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Yay – so glad to read you liked it. Julie James is an auto-buy for me; I’ve been looking forward to A Lot Like Love!

  • Hannah
    February 22, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Please count me in! 🙂

  • Hannah
    February 22, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Ooh sounds fabulous, I’d love a copy! Thanks for holding the giveaway! 😀

  • Susan Laura
    February 22, 2011 at 6:00 am

    Love the covers on all her books! Why can’t all romance book covers be that good?

    Thanks for the giveaway —

  • Katy
    February 22, 2011 at 6:04 am

    I’ve never read a Julie James book, but this sounds like a good place to start!

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  • Shannon H
    February 22, 2011 at 6:22 am

    I really enjoyed reading Something About You. I also thought it was a nice added bonus that the cover actually matched how the heroine looked in a specific scene of the story.

  • Julia Markovic
    February 22, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Thanks so much for the give away, I’ve been dying to read this one! In a perfect universe, Julie James and Victoria Dahl would have unlimited resources and the ability to bend time, thus giving us one of their awesome stories on a weekly basis. As is, giveaways like this help spice up the days until general release. Thanks!

  • Tina
    February 22, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series but I haven’t been able to find a copy at my local library. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Stephanie (Book Love Blog)
    February 22, 2011 at 6:54 am

    I would love to be entered! Thanks for a great giveaway.

    bookluv @ ymail . com

  • Lori T
    February 22, 2011 at 7:05 am

    This one sounds really good and I am looking forward to reading it! I would love to be entered.

  • Sandra Betz
    February 22, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I’m in – I Love Giveaways! 😀

  • Su
    February 22, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Meredith
    February 22, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I’m interested!

    meridethdabek [at] hotmail [dot] com

  • Marie
    February 22, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I love Julia James books! Count me in!

  • Lindsay Elizabeth
    February 22, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Ooooh! Me! Me!

  • Teresa N
    February 22, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I loved her first three books; glad to see her latest is another winner! Would love to win a copy!

  • Elizabeth
    February 22, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I’ve been wanting to try more contemporary romance. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Robin K
    February 22, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Would love to be entered. Thank you for the contest!

  • amyt865
    February 22, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I loved Something About You and can’t wait for this release. Please enter me!

  • Meg
    February 22, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Sounds like fun — and one my sister would love, too. Thanks for the chance!

  • Spav
    February 22, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I haven’t read any books by this author yet, but they’ve been on my wishlist. This one sounds interesting!

  • Anne W
    February 22, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Julie’s books are an auto-buy for me! Love them all!!! Please enter me in the contest. I would love to win a signed copy of her latest, “A Lot Like Love.”

  • Amy
    February 22, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I really enjoyed Something About You, so I can’t wait to read her next book!

  • Alishka Babushka
    February 22, 2011 at 9:49 am

    oh I just love Julie’s books! She’s just wonderfulness in paper form.

  • Taryn
    February 22, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Can’t wait to read the book. Julie James is one of my favorite authors!

  • Lynn
    February 22, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I’ve loved all of Julie’s books. So, of course, I can’t wait for this one to be released!!

  • CrystalGB
    February 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I would love to read Julie’s book. Sounds good. Beautiful cover.

  • maldivianbookreviewer
    February 22, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Waiting eagerly for this one to come out in March. Julie James rocks!

  • Steph Burgis
    February 22, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Ooh, I can’t wait to read this – I adored her last two novels!

  • Candice J
    February 22, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Traci Peterson
    February 22, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I am so looking forward to reading this book. I love her books and can’t wait for the new one to come out! It would be great to win it.

  • Johanna Jochum
    February 22, 2011 at 10:11 am

    This book looks so good! I think the cover is gorgeous! I have added this book to my wish list!!! Thanks for the chance to win! 😀

  • Julie Unol
    February 22, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Thanks for the give-away…please, please pick me!!! Seriously though I love this author for the reasons you listed in addition, just cuz the plots for the love story are never contrived! thanks again!

  • Melissa (Books and Things)
    February 22, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Enter me please!
    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Rose-Hermance Rony
    February 22, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I love Julie James’ books. I discovered her novels about a year and have since then read all of them. Can’t wait for this one to come out

  • AnneM (SC)
    February 22, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Have read all of Julie’s books – loved them all! Can’t wait to read A Lot Like Love!

  • Kim
    February 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Julie James is a gifted new contemporary voice in romance. I’ve enjoyed each of her three previous books and look forward to the new one.

  • Casey
    February 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Nothing like a steamy and sexy romance to melt away my stress-life. One contest entry please!!


  • Christine
    February 22, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I love Julie James! Please enter me in the giveaway! Thank you! 8)

  • jenmitch
    February 22, 2011 at 11:31 am

    i haven’t read a book characterized primarily as romance in a long time… i’d be totally up for giving it a try. thanks for the giveaway!

  • Maureen
    February 22, 2011 at 11:51 am

    It feels like so long ago since they said this book was coming out! It’s finally here!!!

  • Sims
    February 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Wow. I wish I was you. then I would have read A Lot Like Love too… 😕 Ah well. I love being me too. Enter me in contest pleasies! 😛

  • Leanna Hiner
    February 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I read one of Julie James books and had to get all of her books from the library and I am so excited that she has a new book coming out, I can’t wait.

  • Nadine Nys
    February 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I never read Julie James, but… It’s never to late, is it

  • Chelsea B.
    February 22, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    This sounds AWESOME!

  • Hann1bal
    February 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Sure, why not?

  • JenP
    February 22, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I’ve never read one of James’ book. I’d love to win!

  • Mariska
    February 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    One of my favorite authors. I’ve been wanting to read her latest book!

  • Ceci
    February 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    YAYYYY!!! I can’t wait to read it!!! She writes such wonderful books!! 😉


  • Mariee
    February 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Julie James is a new-to-me author, please count me in!

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  • SGS
    February 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    me please!

  • srs
    February 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I’ve pretty much given up on contemporaries, but I did like Practice Make Perfect, so I’d love a chance at this book.

  • Maya S
    February 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I’ve usually stayed away from contemporaries, but I’ll give it a try!

  • Rachael L
    February 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    This sounds very good. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Jolene A
    February 22, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    I randomly came across Something About You and loved it. So glad I discovered her work and can’t wait to catch up with her other books. Would love love love to win this. Thanks so much for the chance


  • pamelia
    February 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Love Julie James books. Please enter me in the contest and thanks for the opportunity!

  • Amber E.
    February 22, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Great post! A LOT LIKE LOVE sounds great and I can’t wait to read it. Thank you for having such a great giveaway!

  • Margay
    February 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    This looks like a fun read! Please enter me.


  • Jennifer Jensen
    February 22, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    This sounds awesome! I’m not typically a romance reader (I really keep saying that and proving myself wrong!) so I would LOVE to read this. 🙂


  • Dianne
    February 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. I am mostly a library reader and my library doesn’t have this on their wish list yet.

  • Dana
    February 22, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Wow, a romance novel that I would actually want to read. Consider me entered!

  • Victoria L. Zumbrum
    February 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Sounds good. Tore923@aol.com

  • Pam P
    February 22, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Agree with what you say about her heroines and witty dialog, why I lover her books.

  • kairos
    February 22, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Me too please 🙂 this sounds exciting.

  • infinitieh
    February 22, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Loved “Something About You” so I’m really looking forward to reading this one!

  • tarheel12
    February 22, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I love Julie James! All her books could be turned into awesome movies. Please enter me in the giveaway!

  • Bethie
    February 22, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I would love to win this. Thanks for the chance.

  • Jen B.
    February 22, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I have never read any of Julie James’ books but I would love the chance to read one. I enjoy books with strong, independent, intelligent female characters.

  • winnie
    February 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! Please count me in!


  • kathybaug
    February 22, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Please enter me!

    kathybaug (at) aol (dot) com

  • Bonnie L.
    February 22, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Me too!!

  • jennifer
    February 22, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    =P This looks like another great Julie James book!

  • JenM
    February 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I haven’t read any of Julie’s books yet, but I keep reading and enjoying excerpts from them. Looks like lots of good banter in them. Please enter me.

  • Erin L.
    February 22, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I’d love to read this. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  • Anne
    February 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm


  • Sarah
    February 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Love her books, would love to win!

  • Ritu
    February 22, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Finally, march 1 seems to be around the corner, but dang, feels like more. Julie james is one of the few contemporary authors I read. Can’t wait to read her next book!

  • Elle
    February 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Booksmugglers was the reason I discovered Julie James. She’s the only contemporary romance author I enjoy. I wish you would review romance more! Your tastes are always spot on with my own, but it seemed you moved away from reviewing romance just as I moved towards it. elleblum(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thanks for all your hard work!

  • Alexandra
    February 22, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Sounds like fun. Would like to read.

  • Stephanie K.
    February 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I’ve heard a lot about this book. I’d love to read it.

  • Courtney
    February 22, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Sounds good. I can’t wait to read it.

  • Donna S
    February 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I love her books. Cant wait to get my hands on this one.

  • shabbygeek
    February 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Oh yes, please give me some of this tension-y goodness. Her heroines are definitely some of my favorites, too!

  • Carol Thompson
    February 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I have only read one book by Julie and I enjoyed it.

    So please enter me in the giveaway and thanks for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  • Bella F.
    February 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I *really* want this book! :mrgreen:
    I <3 all Julie James books and Practice Makes Perfect is my all-time favorite contemporary romance.

  • Jennie
    February 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Oh I can’t wait for this book. Love all of her books. She’s phenomenal! I was in Chicago for a half marathon and invited Julie to tea at the Drake and she came. My friend and I had so much fun with her.

  • Jacqueline C.
    February 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    I really enjoyed Just the Sexiest Man Alive and absolutely adored Something About You!

  • SeaGrace
    February 22, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Would love to read Julie’s newest! Loved PMP!

  • yana
    February 22, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I haven’t read any of Julie’s books before sounds good cheers yana


  • Jeanne
    February 23, 2011 at 2:07 am

    I was so intrigued by the excerpt and Nick sounds like a hunk! Can’t wait to read it.

  • Robi
    February 23, 2011 at 2:41 am

    This sounds very good.

  • Jenni Cooke
    February 23, 2011 at 5:28 am

    This book sounds so good (:

  • Scorpio M.
    February 23, 2011 at 6:41 am

    I love Julie’s books! Thank you for the contest.

  • Audra Holtwick
    February 23, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Looks like a good one- this is a new author for me -I would love a copy

  • Kate A
    February 23, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Can’t wait to read this! Julie James is a master of dialogue!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • NTE
    February 23, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I like Julie James’ books too, so count me in.

  • Pam S (pams00)
    February 23, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I’ve enjoyed the Julie James books I’ve read so far. This one sounds like a good one – would love to have a copy.

    Thank you for sharing your review :)!

  • azteclady
    February 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

    *sneaking in to throw name in hat*

  • hapax
    February 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Love every Julie James I’ve read — and I don’t even like contemporaries!

    Me me me me….

  • carol
    February 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    This sounds like one I’d love. Thanks for entering me.

  • Maureen
    February 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    She’s a great author and I would love to win her new book.

  • vickyvak
    February 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I would love to win this book! I haven’t read any of Julie’s books yet but I have read very good reviews about them!


  • jennifer
    February 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    omg it seem so good!!!

  • Naomi
    February 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I’ve adored all of her books so far, they are sheer joy to read. I’d love to win a copy of the latest one!

  • Audra Holtwick
    February 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Please enter me into your contest=

  • Ava North
    February 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I want this book! Its been in my amazon to-be-bought list for forever.

    Pick Me Please

  • Carrie
    February 23, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I want to read this one!

  • SaraC
    February 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I’ve read one other book by Julie James that I really loved, so I have a feeling I’ll like this one too!

  • Sparkles
    February 24, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Thank you for opening this to everyone 😀

  • brit
    February 24, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I love this author and look forward to reading this book.

  • Donna
    February 24, 2011 at 7:51 am

    She writes really funny romance. Count me in!

  • Erin O'Neill
    February 24, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Great post! Can you please include me in the drawing? Thanks! teadrnkr36@yahoo.com

  • Lisa
    February 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Please enter me in the drawing — thx!

  • Holly
    February 24, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I haven’t had a chance to read her books yet so count me in. Thanks!

  • Michelle M
    February 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Oh I love Julie James’ books and can’t wait to read this one too. Sign me up!

  • D.L.
    February 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I’ve loved the JJ’s books I’ve read, and I think this is my favorite of all the covers (though the misplaced hand is rather comic). Please count me in!

  • Subette
    February 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks for the contest. I would love to win a copy.

  • Maria S (pronounced Mariah)
    February 25, 2011 at 8:38 am

    This is a new author for me…but this book looks right up my alley. Please include me in this great giveaway!

    Thank you! mmafsmith@gmail.com

  • Cindy C.
    February 25, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I loved loved Practice Makes Perfect.

  • Andrea S
    February 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I remember reading the teaser for this story in the back of one of her other books. And I was so anxious to read it I was super sad it had not come out yet. So now that it’s on its way I’m super excited!

  • Amanda Lee
    February 25, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    The book sounds wonderful! 🙂

  • Sarah, not Sarah
    February 25, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Looks interesting and has the added bonus of being a new-to-me author (I’m trying to try more of them this year.) Thanks for running the contest, ladies. 🙂

  • Vanessa
    February 26, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for the contest!

  • stella massey
    January 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    best book in the world ever time i read it i wished i was jordan. her and nick were perject for each other. i couldn’t put it down when i got to the end.nick seem like the sexest man ever.

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