Something About You (Julie James)

Something About You is a novel by Julie James, the first in the FBI/US Attorney series, though it can also be read as a standalone.
Finished on: 13.8.2016

Plot:
Cameron Lynde is a successful US Attorney, a career that brought her a lot of work and stress. When she is told that she can’t stay in her apartment due to some construction work, she decides to splurge and rent a room in one of the more expensive hotels in the city. Unfortunately she ends up next door to a room where a politician is having an affair and ends up dead, with Cameron being the only witness. And who else but FBI agent Jack Pallas is assigned to handle the case. He is an excellent agent, but he and Cameron have a history together: the last thing they worked on together made Jack’s career implode almost completely and he is convinced, it’s Cameron’s fault.

Something About You is a fun read and a nice mix of crime novel and romance, but I didn’t fall in love with it.

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I’m not a huge romance reader, nor much of a fan of crime novels. But every once in a while I get the urge to read to either. And this case, I got both at once, but neither part convinced me very much. The crime plot was well-executed and seemed more or less realistic (especially regarding procedures), but felt also rather familiar and therefore lacked a bit of tension.

The romance part worked a bit better for me. Jack is the rare speciman of romance hero who happens to be an “alpha male” but not an asshole (or not entirely), able to respect the boundaries that Cameron sets for him. That James manages to balance his bossiness and protectiveness with common sense and respect for Cameron is great, but I realized that I’m not that much into the alpha male type as I once was (and even then I wasn’t all that much into it), so Jack does have a hard time with me. Especially after his miraculous escape from the bad guys before the events of this book that must have been worthy of its own action film and that simply stretched my suspension of disbelief a little too far.

Cameron is thoroughly delightful and annoyingly perfect. She’s basically the epitome of a strong female character – she’s so strong, she can’t even have any flaws. I mean, she does have some weaknesses, but they don’t really impact her much other than making her more charming. That being said, I have a pretty high threshold for characters like that and I did like Cameron.

I also enjoyed her banter with Jack which James manages to pack into a few really funny moments (though personally I would find a relationship where you’re constantly working on outwitting and one-upping each other extremely tiring and exhausting).

All of those points make me think that Something About You is a book that will appeal to many people, I just don’t happen to be one of them. Maybe if the book had featured more than one black character (I liked Wilkins and wouldn’t have minded an entire novel about him) and didn’t just have the obligatory gay best friend (though Colin was also great), it would have been more than entertainment soon to be forgotten. But at least it was good entertainment.

Summarizing: Nice enough.

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