A Lot like Love by Julie James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4 (A Lot Like Cuteness) Stars
It’s been awhile since I’ve read a chick-lit book. It reminds me the time when I started reading and it was the genre I started out with. Julie James’ books are very sweet, a no fuss, happy-go-lucky kind of read with a touch of mild suspense.
Jordan is the daughter of a rich billionaire. She’s independent and wants to make it on her own. She’s a wine enthusiast and has a wine shop. Nick McCall is an undercover agent. He’s a man’s man meaning he doesn’t care about fashion or what fancy wine taste like, all he cares about is getting his job done. Nick’s needs Jordan for his next assignment, but both are finding it difficult to draw between the lines of pretending for the operation and showing their true feelings.
The beginning was a bit slow and there was a lot of story build-up. You basically get to know Jordan and Nick’s character. Jordan may be super rich, but that’s her dad’s money and she’s determined to be a well-rounded gal. I like her character, even though I’m not fond of rich gals, but she’s down to earth and was never annoying. Nick is from Brooklyn and comes from a big Italian family. He’s been working as an agent for over six years and hasn’t taken a vacation.
I enjoyed how different Jordan and Nick’s characters are. Jordan kind of teaches Nick about wine and Nick starts to reevaluate his first opinions of Jordan. The banter was very cute and I liked the dialogue and if you weren’t a wine fan prior to reading, you will want a drink when you are done.
There are a lot of wine references, so watch out.
Nick needs Jordan to get close to his target, the person he wants to take down, because of Jordan’s knowledge of wine. I love the whole fake-pretend-to-be-in-a-relationship storyline. It’s just makes for a great plot.
A lot like love didn’t have any angst or action, but a few suspenseful moments and a lot of cuteness.