The FBI wants her cooperation.
As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there-with a date supplied by the Bureau.
Agent McCall just wants her.
As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment-one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more…
A Lot Like Love was a real gem. I didn’t realise it when I bought it, but this is actually the second book in the FBI/US Attorney series, but it is possible to read it as a stand alone. I’m normally a bit of a stickler (okay, not really; I’m a gigantic pain in the ass) about reading books in order, but there will be zero confusion should you decide to read these books out of order.
The story is set in Chicago and our leads embody the whole “two worlds collide” concept. Nick McCall is an FBI agent who hails from Brooklyn and comes from modest means. Jordan Rhodes is a billionaire heiress who owns a wine shop. Most would agree that these two should have next to nothing in common, and would have no reason to come into contact with one another. Fortunately, fate has other plans. The FBI comes to Jordan with a proposition: if she agrees to help them out with an undercover operation, they’ll make arrangements for her twin brother, Kyle, to be released from prison early. Jordan is less than enthusiastic about the whole thing-after all, these people had her brother thrown in jail-but she can’t really refuse. Even so, she’s just a little tempted to tell the FBI to get stuffed when she’s introduced to her “boyfriend”. Jordan and Nick have a rocky start with sarcasm and snarky comments flowing thick and fast between the two. However, the more time they spend together, the more they realise that their preconceptions of one another may have been a little off…
This story was really too sweet. I loved how Nick and Jordan’s relationship changed. They went from being antagonistic and a little hostile, to okay-maybe-you’re-not-so-bad, to flirty, to totally into one another. It wasn’t an overnight thing, and the development of their relationship was pretty entertaining. But what I enjoyed even more than the romance between Nick and Jordan was Kyle Rhodes. Kyle has served four months of an eighteen month prison sentence. His crime? I’ll let Ms James explain it:
Kyle worked in technology; he knew it would only be a matter of time before the video of Daniela and the A-list actor went viral and spread everywhere. So he did what any pissed-off, red-blooded computer geek would do after catching his girlfriend giving an underwater blowjob to another man: he hacked into Twitter and deleted both the video and her earlier tweet from the site. Then, raging at the world that had devolved so much in civility that 140-character breakups had become acceptable, he shut down the entire network in a denial of service attack that lasted two days.
Thus, the “Twitter Terrorist” was born. So, if you’re looking for something light and fluffy to read, I’d give this book a go. It was sweet and it was funny and what more could you possibly want?