Review: Love Irresistibly by Julie James


Title: Love Irresistibly (FBI / US Attorney #5)
Author: Julie James
Date of publication: 2 April 2013
Genre/themes: Romance, Lawyers

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My rating: 4 stars



A former football star and one of Chicago’s top prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan will do anything to nail a corrupt state senator, which means he needs Brooke Parker’s help. As general counsel for a restaurant company, she can get a bug to the senator’s table at one of her five-star restaurants so the FBI can eavesdrop on him. All Cade has to do is convince Brooke to cooperate—and he’s not afraid to use a little charm, or the power of his office, to do just that.


A savvy businesswoman, Brooke knows she needs to play ball with the U.S. Attorney’s office—even if it means working with Cade. No doubt there’s a sizzling attraction beneath all their sarcastic quips, but Brooke is determined to keep things casual. Cade agrees—until a surprising turn of events throws his life into turmoil, and he realizes that he wants more than just a good time from the one woman with whom he could fall terrifyingly, irresistibly in love . . .


I have read most of Ms James previous books in this series and I really enjoyed them. Overall these are contemporary romances featuring strong professional heroes and heroines (mostly lawyers /attorneys, FBI agents and the occasional hacker genius).

In this story both main characters, Cade and Brooke are lawyers. He is an  Assistant U.S. Attorney and she is General Counselor for a restaurant company. US. They are very much alike - successful at highly demanding professions, yet their personals relationships are total failures. Cade and Brooke are both smart and witty and their conversations are a real pleasure to read - continuous jabs and inside jokes.

I was not a big fan of Cade from the previous books but he grew on me in this one. His background story and the side plot with his half-brother really made him stand out in a very positive light to me. He had a lot of personal issues to work through and his journey towards openness, forgiveness and love was an interesting one to follow.

I felt there was slightly more depth and development in Cade's character compared to Brooke. Don't get me wrong, I liked her very much as well, but her issues and how she dealt with them didn't grab my attention as Cade's did. She was very much focused on her career and it stemmed in a way from a kind of obligation she felt to her parents. She just needed to figure what was really important for her, what made her happy and things were pretty easy from then on. 

The relationship between Cade and Brooke started casually since they both have been dumped a few times too many, neither of them was willing to go for a more serious sort of relationship. I liked how naturally things between them happened and even the reasons for their break-up seemed quite believable and fitting to the characters.

The story feels very real, it shows some everyday issues couples face today - demanding career for both he man and the woman, some family issues. It was easy to relate to them, they feel like real people with real problems who need to find a compromise between a successful career and successful relationship.

I enjoyed the parallel plot line with Cade's brother and the girl he was trying to impress. It gave some rather cute insight into the complicated relationships of the adults in the story.

The next book in the series, It Happened One Wedding, will tell Vaughn's (FBI agent and Cade's friend) story. It will be released in May and I can't wait to read it!

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