by Julie James
Book # 2 in the FBI/US Attorney series
Published March 1st 2011 by Berkley Sensation
Jordan Rhodes is invited to all of Chicago's best parties, but there's only one the FBI wants to crash. To get her brother out of jail, she agrees to take Agent McCall as her date. But when the mission gets botched, requiring their "relationship" to continue, it starts to feel less like an investigation-and a lot like something else.
Nick McCall is an FBI Special Agent who has spent the last six years working undercover. The Roberto Martino case has led to another potential suspect who has laundered money for Martino's organization. Jordan Rhodes owns a wine business, is the daughter of a billionaire and the twin of man who is now in prison for computer hacking. She's been invited to the suspect's gala event and is the FBI's ticket to gaining entry to his establishment to place listening devices.
I really enjoyed this story, primarily because of the characters. Nick is given more dimension through his interactions with his family, providing another perspective of the hard-edged G-man. Jordan is interesting, witty and self confident without being arrogant. She's quick and the dialogue with Nick is the real winner of this story. She and her brother, Kyle, have more than the typical twin relationship, providing lots of fun banter to mitigate the fact it’s happening in prison. And, while neither Jordan nor Nick seems to like each other very much initially because of preconceived notions about the other, the relationship warms naturally as they get to know one another. The romance isn't overpowered by the case but the ending was climactic enough, though it's still light on the suspense angle.
As with the first book in the series, the story moves at a perfect pace with a nice blend of humor, romance and suspense. Characters from the first book also appear in this one, though not as much as I would have preferred. Still, I'm continuing to enjoy this series and look forward to the next book.
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