by Julie James
Book #1 in the FBI/US Attorney series
Published March 2nd 2010 by Berkley
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.
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.
Cameron Lynde happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and inadvertently glimpsed a man who had just committed murder. She's an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago and finds herself needing witness protection as police and the FBI search for the killer. Unfortunately, the FBI Special Agent assigned to the case is Jack Pallas and the two of them have a history that's not good. They soon find themselves dealing with new emotions that provide many moments of sexual tension that both find hard to resist.
Julie James is a new author for me and I'm now an instant fan. This story is well written with a delicious mix of humor, suspense, mystery and romance. The secondary characters are also well developed and are just as interesting as Cameron and Jack. There aren't any lulls because the pace of the story is just about perfect. If there is a weakness it's in the mystery itself because it wasn't that hard to figure out but, even so, it was still interesting.
I really liked Cameron and Jack individually and as a couple. The romance worked and progressed pretty normally with the conflict not being over the top but fairly realistic. James doesn't protract that conflict, which also works for me.
The dialogue is also very good with some of the best crafted for the secondary characters. There is an interchange between two policemen and Jack's partner, Sam Willis, that is a true laughing out loud moment.
I'm in for this series as well as other books written by James. I read this in a day, not because it was short but because I didn't want to put it down. If you're a fan of romantic suspense, this book should be on your shelf.
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