Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Adult Fiction
Series: FBI/US Attorney #5 (Can be read as Standalone)
Release Date: May 6, 2014
After three unfortunate reads in a row (didn’t even make it halfway, with any of them), I needed a win. Julie James always gives me a win.
Vaughn and Sidney have a not-so-great first meeting. Vaughn hits on Sidney and tries to ask her out and Sidney, who is jaded and quite judgy after her previous train wreck of a relationship, is kind of an asshole to him. She make a lot of assumptions about him and Vaughn is like ‘well, fuck that!’ and he leaves.
Then they find out that Vaughn’s brother is marrying Sidney’s sister and they’re kind of stuck together until the wedding. They obviously don’t get along, because of Sidney’s prejudice and Vaughn’s complete disinterest in spending time with a girl who would dismiss him as some douchebag without knowing anything about him. But between the bickering, there’s a spark, and since neither of them are interested in a relationship with the other, they don’t feel that there’s any harm in exploring the attraction.
It’s a fun relationship. I liked their bickering and the fact that neither was trying to win the other over. They met because of the wedding and pretended to be civil even though civility was the farthest thing from their minds. I liked the two of them and I liked the slow build of their relationship, how they slowing came to like one another.
But… they were also two of the more frustrating characters by Julie James. Because even as they grew to have feelings for one another, they were in denial about them! Vaughn, because he didn’t want to be in a relationship just then and because he knew Sidney wasn’t interested in him. And Sidney, because she had a legit list of characteristics to find the perfect guy and she was really fucking fixated on it. Also, she was adamant that she would never fall for a guy like Vaughn (because that’s not offensive) and she knew that Vaughn wasn’t interested in a relationship.
I get why they were that way. They both has their misconceptions and their ideas about what they needed to have a good life, and they didn’t want to get hurt. But why couldn’t they be just a little more open about their feelings?!
Plus, I didn’t always approve of Sidney’s actions. It’s human nature to judge, but she was a bit of an ass about it. And she was hypocritical. She judged Vaughn for being the kind of guy who had a lot of flings (even though she had no right to tell him how to live his life) but she was doing the same thing! Still, it was hard to be truly mad at her because after what happened with her ex, it would’ve been impossible not to be a cynic.
Overall, I really liked this novel. The frustration wasn’t fairly mild and I liked the story and the characters, even the siblings, who I forgot to talk about. This was a fun and light read and exactly what I was looking for. I highly recommend that you read something by Julie James. She’s great.