Thursday, October 15, 2009

Just the Sexiest Man Alive - Julie James

Taylor Donovan, a brilliant Chicago lawyer visiting L.A. to defend a sexual harassment case, is not happy to be assigned to help heartthrob actor Jason Andrews prep for a courtroom drama. As they begin working together, Jason predictably behaves like a spoiled teenager, but becomes increasingly enchanted with Taylor. She eventually begins to see Jason as a nice guy underneath his Hollywood attitude—with sleazy, jealous actor Scott Casey as a convenient foil—but she can't set aside her trust issues. Can Jason convince Taylor to stay in L.A.?

Ok how adorable was this book? Julie James is a new author for me. Her book was very young, fresh and funny! I giggled so many times in this book that I didn’t really mind that there was no real hanky panky! ;o)

We meet Taylor:
Taylor is a very driven Chicago lawyer thrown into L.A. on a big sexual harassment case. Taylor used to be engaged to your typical heartbreaker BUT caught him cheating on her a bit before they were to be married. This in turn left her having PLENTY of trust issues. While in L.A. her boss Sam talks her into taking on a personal favor of coaching THE Jason Andrews for his new movie.

We meet Jason:
Jason is your typical Star…high maintenance, womanizing, oh and the SEXIEST MAN ALIVE! ;o) Jason is at the peek of his career but needs some guidance when it comes to acting like a lawyer for his new movie. Who better to do that then the sultry Taylor Donovan! When Jason first sees Taylor in the courtroom hes intrigued! But its when the two start to bump heads that he finds out Ms. Donovan is the kind of woman he wants…and lets just say hes not used to hearing the word “no”.

Like I said this book was adorable and there are so many pluses about it…one thing would have to be the banter within the story. Jason and Taylor fighting was just too funny! Jason isn’t used to having people not bend over backwards for him and it unsettles him…but it also seems to hit the right spots b/c he almost doesn’t mind b/c its Taylors strong will! Lol Another aspect I loved was the love triangle…just as Jason is trying to pursue Taylor someone else takes notice and jumps in line! Lol Of course, its none other than Jasons film rival Scott Casey! Scott tries to sweep Taylor off her feet and ALMOST does the job. Scott’s true colors end up rearing their ugly heads and Taylor quickly falls back into Jason. I simply love love triangles…I love to see the men fight over the women!

I guess the big part of the story is that Taylor has big trust issues with men that have been players in their pastimes! Her ex Daniel and Jason seem to have that in common and when Taylor puts two and two together she quickly heads for the hills to avoid more heartbreak! BUT Jason (unlike Daniel) has actually changed his ways and is ready to start a life with her! By the end of the story you’re cheering along with everyone else to see them together! :o)

Snib Bit~
Taylor tapped her fingers nervously on her steering wheel. The thought of crawling back to Jason Andrews was just so humiliating. It infuriated her that, due to his “status” people automatically gave him such deference – that wi
th one snap of his fingers, she was expected to smile politely and apologize to him.
As Taylor opened the door and hesitantly stood in the doorway, scanning the faces of the men seated at the bar, who in turn stared right back at her.

“Ms. Donovan!”
She turned and saw Jason Andrews near a pool table in the back. He walked over to her, pretending to be shocked.

“Why, imagine seeing you here!”

At the sight of his smug, victorious look, Taylor staggered back a few steps and fell against the door. Oh god, she couldn’t do it. With his arms folded expectantly across his chest – he did indeed know what was coming—Jason’s grin grew wider as he watched Taylor’s reaction to his greeting. This girl seriously cracked him up. At the nauseated look on her face, he half expected her to turn around and walk right out the door without one further word.
But instead, she took a deep breath.

“Don’t be coy, Mr. Andrews,” she said in that all-business tone of hers. “I know your assistant told you I was coming.”

Jason’s eyes widened innocently. At the way she’d walked over all snappy-heels, he couldn’t resist hamming it up.

“You were looking for me? Whatever can I do for you, Ms. Donovan?” Taylor stood there, staring evilly at Jason as if she wanted nothing more right then than to grab him by his cashmere zip pullover and zip it right up to his eyebrows.
“It seems I may have been a bit…hasty when I walked out of the courtroom the other day,” she told him. “My firm would very much like to work with you on your...little project.”
He ignored her not-so-subtle dig at his film.
“And You?”
She responded matter-of-factly to this. “I’m willing to put my personal preferences on the matter aside.”

Jason gazed down at her. She really wasn’t affected by him at all.”

LOL! This was truly an enjoyable book and I highly recommend it as a quick and fun read! :o)

I give this book a total of...




Cecile said...

YAYAYAYAYAYAAY I am so glad that you loved this book!! My debit card finally does not have to run and hide!!!! I have this one and it is on my keeper shelf. Now, I read Practice Makes Perfect... I loved it, but as much as this one. But it is just as good. You do not have to read one to read the other... But you will like it! I adored Jason & Taylor!!! This book was awesome!! Love it love it love it!!!

October 15, 2009 at 9:06 AM
Tracy said...

I just LOVE Julie James' work! I'm the opposite of Cecile - I really liked this one a lot but of her two books I'd say that Practice Makes Perfect was my fav. So good!

Great review!

October 15, 2009 at 9:32 AM
Rowena said...

Yay, I'm glad you liked this one. I loved this one just as much as PMP and I can't wait for the new one!

October 15, 2009 at 9:47 AM
Monroe Dawson said...

lol yes your debit card may take a break! ;o)Didnt you just squeal when Jason told everyone Taylor was his fiance?!?! Epp! They were adorable!

Well when I bought this one I also bought PMP so Ill be reading it soon! Oh and ya so far Lover Enshrined IS different lol So is it odd that Im wanting Cormia and John Matthew together?!?! lol Phury can have his little "wizard" lol

Ya I cant wait to read PMP AND the third book! Dont you LOVE the covers??? SO adorable! :o)

October 15, 2009 at 10:22 AM
Tracy said...

LOL I just started going off about the BDB books on this thread. I had to stop myself. I'm gonna email you. :)

October 15, 2009 at 1:29 PM
Isabel said...

I just reread this one. I love this book. You have to read the second book too.

October 15, 2009 at 3:56 PM
Monroe Dawson said...

Oh ya girl I will! Its already bought and ready for my hot little hands to break the spine! ;o) JJ is an adorable writer!

October 15, 2009 at 4:03 PM
~ames~ said...

I knew you were gonna like this one. It's just so fresh and I loved the dynamic between Taylor and Jason. Plus I really like my heroines to kick ass and Taylor was so smart and witty and kept Jason on his toes - I loved it!

October 15, 2009 at 10:06 PM
Monroe Dawson said...

:o) Youre so right! Thanks for recommending this one...ok maybe you didnt recommend it BUT I seen you were reading it and then Cecile got all excited about it! lol Soooo...I knew it had to be good! ;o)

October 16, 2009 at 3:41 AM
Monkey Bear Reviews said...

If you enjoyed this book, you're going to LOVE 'Practice Makes Perfect'! Great review.

October 19, 2009 at 1:23 PM
Monroe Dawson said...

Oh good! I cant wait to read it! :o)

October 19, 2009 at 1:29 PM
Erotic Horizon said...

I still have not read this - After seeing it at Lea's place ..

You given me another wonderful take on this book... Looks like my weekend just had another book added to the list...


October 21, 2009 at 2:19 AM
Monroe Dawson said...

:o) Glad to be of service. It was adorably funny! Enjoy!

October 21, 2009 at 3:41 AM