Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Something About You (FBI/US Attorney #1) by Julie James
[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]
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 with a death. 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 for nearly ruining his career.
Into each other’s arms…
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.
This book was the epitome of a 3 star read for me. It was decent, but I was super meh about it the entire time I read it.
I wish I could articulate why it didn’t do it for me. Maybe it was a timing thing… I always say that a great book is at least 30% timing. The writing was fine, the storyline was fairly interesting, the characters weren’t annoying, but they also weren’t particularly memorable and I think maybe the thing that solidified the 3 stars for me was that I wasn’t completely sold on the chemistry between Cameron and Jack.
I also didn’t find too much appealing about Jack and even the secondary characters were pretty bland. This stood out to me in particular because so many books that I’ve been reading lately have had some really outstanding secondary characters.
I’m also not super into the FBI trope (is that a trope? It has to be.) I’m not really sure why, to be honest.
Anyway, I certainly don’t fault anyone for loving this book, but I definitely wouldn’t say this is anywhere near as good as The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I mention this because this was a book that was recommended a few times to people asking for similar books to The Hating Game.
(Side note: If you’re looking for a good slow burn, enemies to lovers book like The Hating Game, I think The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata is as close as you’ll get. Just my opinion.)
Audiobook Performance: 4 Stars
Karen White did a great job, and really the only thing I’m kind of picky about when it comes to audiobook readers is that the read sounds like the character. I know that’s a weird request, but I’ve noticed in several books that the reader sounds way older than the character is supposed to be and it’s almost distracting. Karen’s performance was great, but she did sound a bit older than the character.
Butterfly Rating: 2 Stars
There just wasn’t enough chemistry between the two characters.
Re-read Worthiness: No
Bookshelf Placement: No
Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 stars
Like I mentioned above, Jack just didn’t do it for me. He was OK, but meh.
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