Review: It Happened One Wedding by Julie James


Title: It Happened One Wedding (FBI / US Attorney #5)
Author: Julie James
Date of publication: 6 May 2014
Genre/themes: Romance, FBI

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My rating: 4 stars



After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, she’s thrown in to close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are…


Special Agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without

It's the fifth book in Ms James' contemporary romance series, FBI / US Attorney and it's another winner. This time the story revolves around an upcoming wedding and not professional assignments. The hero in this books is Special FBI Agent Vaughn Roberts whom we met in the previous book, Love Irresistibly. He meets the heroine, Sindey Sinclair by chance but gets rejected by her but they are forced to interact much more than either of them expected since it turns they are the brother and sister respectively to the happy couple to marry, Simon and Isabelle.

It's a very real romance which starts with a blunt rejection, followed a few casual hook-ups and ends with love snucking up both Vaughn and Sidney. She is loving for a long term relationship and he is commitment phobic, but their relationship blossoms despite their differences and initial reluctance to get involved. 

Ms James a fantastic job portraying  the present-day 30-something men and women with successful and demanding careers, trying to sort out their personal lives. She makes them sound authentic and easy to relate to. There is no excessive drama or tragedies involving the characters. It's the just a story about ordinary human relationships in all their complexity.

Vaughn was the his witty, confident self we already met in Cade's book. I liked how honest he was about his feelings. There was no big secret behind his unwillingness to commit, it turned out it was just  a matter of meeting the right woman.

Sindey was a wonderful heroine - confident, smart (a true master of sarcasm and snarky remarks), successful, and at the same time she has this softer side. She cares for and loves her family, she is deeply hurt by the betrayal of her ex-fiance and feels insecure and frustrated at having to go back to the dating scene. being a single woman going on dates again. She felt real and easy to relate. 

I liked how their relationship developed from not-strings-attached sex to sharing more and more about each other and feeling comfortable being together. She was the first to realize that things between them had changed and her reactiowas to back off. He needed more time and some brotherly advice to see the truth and finally act.

The supporting characters, Vaughn's friends, Cade and Huxley, his brother and and parents, Sindey's sister and her father, they all added texture to the story and put the main romance in perspective.

The story had the expected happy-end, but I just wished there was more of it or some kind of an epilogue. 

Overall, this is must-read for fans of the series and I can recommend it to all fans of conteporary romances with strong characters, witty banter and hot sexy times.

Read my review of Love Irresistibly

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  1. I've never read anything by this author before, but this looks really interesting, so thanks for your lovely review!

    1. Thanks, Franny!
      If you like contemporary romance with a some witty legal banter and some FBI action, I definitely recommend checking some of Ms James' books :)


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