Review: The Thing About Love by Julie James

Review: The Thing About Love by Julie JamesThe Thing About Love by Julie James
Series: FBI/US Attorney #7
Published by Berkley on April 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 368
Source: Edelweiss
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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. . .


As a fan of Juile James, I was pretty excited for a new story after the almost two year wait. We head back to Chicago and the FBI world to see two undercover agents figure out what this thing about love is.

As a lover of the enemies-to-lovers trope, the romance was pretty fun. Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have been clashing since their days in the Academy due to some misconceptions (from both parties). I loved seeing these two arch-nemesis duke it out.

In response to his dry tone, she threw him a glare so cold it could’ve frozen all nine circles of Dante’s Hell. Fittingly, just nine of the many places he would rather be than stuck working with her on this investigation.

After six years apart, John and Jessica are thrown back to together and the underlying attraction is stronger than ever. I enjoyed seeing the he said/she said perspective. There’s banter and sarcasm and so much delicious sexual tension. It was cute seeing them realize that maybe they’ve been wrong about each other and that they had more in common than they thought. The growing mutual respect really helped repair their relationship, too.

“So you’re saying the ball’s in my court.”

He bent his head, stopping just before his mouth touched hers. “The ball has always been in your court, Jessica,” he said huskily.

Jessica really cracked me up a lot of the time with her sass and hilarious inner pragmatic voice and trying so hard to deny the spark between her and John. John is basically your sexy gruff badass agent with a heart of gold. Need I say more?

She who nearly climbeth the man like a tree must owneth it.
Or something like that, whatever.
She met his gaze. “I’m not freaking out.”

We get see both Jessica and John’s relationship with their family a lot in this and I really loved all the family time. Jessica’s older siblings are hilarious as was John’s adorable younger brother. The FBI/undercover case part was good, and I wanted to know how it all went down, but I found it lacked the suspense/high stakes that James’ eariler books had.

Overall, The Thing About Love was an light and flirty read. It’s nothing too out of the realm of cute contemporaries but it can still easily put a smile on your face. With minimal angst or drama, and loads of banter and swoony moments, this is a great read when you’re in need of some comfort romance.

PS. While this book is part of a series, all the books can be read as a standalone. It’s more like a collection of companion books.

{*Thanks to Berkley and Edelweiss for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About Julie James

New York Times bestselling author Julie James practiced law with one of the nation's largest firms for several years until she began writing screenplays. After Hollywood producers optioned two of her scripts, she decided to leave the practice of law to write full-time. Her books have been translated into nineteen languages and Julie’s ninth novel, THE THING ABOUT LOVE, hits bookstores everywhere on April 18.

Julie James lives with her husband and two children in Chicago, where she is working on her next novel.


Author: Cyn

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13 Replies to “Review: The Thing About Love by Julie James”

  1. I have seen this book around and almost requested it on Netgalley but was bogged down with a pile of ARC’s. Now I wish that I had. Great review!

  2. What series is the a part of Cyn? And yes it works as standalone because i had no

    1. It’s part James’ FBI/US Attorney series. I guess you can call it a companion book! The Nick in this book is the hero in A Like Like Love and I think you’ve read Suddenly One Summer (:

  3. After reading. both yours and Kim’s review I went and requested it from Netgalley and got approved. Looking forward to reading it.

  4. I adore Julie James’ books. I was sad when I reached the end of this book and will have to wait for the next one. 🙂

  5. I like how you are describing the balance of romance and suspense. I like enemies to lovers, but I do like to see progress and a strong overall plot beyond that. Great review, Cyn!

  6. I love Julie James’ books, too! I’m so excited to see the positive reviews for this one. Can’t wit to read it.

  7. This sounds like a really fun read. I like the enemies to lovers trope a lot. It is good to know that this can be read as a stand alone. Great review!

  8. oh I really love a romance with such great sexual tension and I really do love this trope quite a bit and I hear this author does a great job with it. Glad you had a blast with this book!! And Lovely review darling.

  9. I haven’t read Julie James but have seen this book everywhere!! Sounds like something I would enjoy. Great review!

  10. I’ve heard some mixed things about this one, but I love Julie James and it’s a hate to love you story! I NEED IT. Plus you know I love a good low-drama romance story. 🙂

  11. I do love those tropes. She’s one I’ve been meaning to read. 🙂

  12. Heeee, I’m glad you liked this one! Julie James has some pretty cute contemporary romances, so this one has definitely been on my radar. 😛 The antagonistic romance/banter sounds absolutely delightful!

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