Saturday, July 4, 2009

Review - Just the Sexiest Man Alive

Title: Just the Sexiest Man Alive
Author: Julie James
Publishing Date: 2008
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: B+
Sensuality: Warm

Taylor Donovan is a very ambitious young lawyer working her way up the ranks of a prestigious Chicago law firm. She has been assigned to a sexual harassment case based out of Los Angeles. She moves temporarily to the LA branch and gets set up in a nice apartment. In addition to her sexual harassment case she has been assigned to coach the famous actor Jason Andrews for his new role in a law drama. Unimpressed with Jason's celebrity, she puts Jason in his place when he rudely fails to show for a meeting. Jason is shocked and intrigued that Taylor isn't drooling all over him. He has finally met his match in the sharp, beautiful Taylor.

Just the Sexiest Man Alive is a solid new addition to the contemporary genre. It has solid, well developed characters. Taylor is a little prickly with her ambitions to reach the top. She is all work and no play and might be hard to relate to for some readers. She still had enough vulnerability for me to like her. She lightens up when she is with her two girlfriends. At first glance, Jason is arrogant and self-centered, but eventually the reader learns more about him. As his relationship grows with Taylor he gets his humanity back and becomes a person, not just a celebrity.

Two things about this book I would like to highlight. First, is that it is extremely apparent that Ms. James knows her stuff when it comes to the courtroom. My knowledge is limited, but the author was very descriptive with the court case Taylor was working on and James's expertise shined like a beacon. Secondly, I want to commend Ms. James on her ability to create incredible sexual tension between Taylor and Jason without them actually having sex. I was surprised to realize that with only a handful of pages left, Jason and Taylor hadn't actually done the deed. This was an excellent debut and I will be looking forward to more by her in the future.

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You can purchase this book in print or kindle format from Amazon.


Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Such an adorable book. Isn't it great when the hero is knocked for a loop by the heroine?

SarahT said...

I really enjoyed this book! Julie James has a clear, concise writing style and her dialogue sparkles. The legal setting makes a refreshing change from most contemporaries.

In my opinion, her second book, 'Practice Makes Perfect', is even better than 'Just the Sexiest Man Alive'. PMP has a hilarious courtroom scene and one of the best endings I've read in a long time!

Kristie (J) said...

I wasn't sure about this one before I read it when I heard there were no sex scenes but it was so highly recommended that I went for it anyway and was Very Pleasantly Surprised by how much I enjoyed it. And you have to read her second one - I think I liked it even better. She's now on my gotta get author list :-)

Maija P. said...

I'll be trying either this or the second one. I have heard such a good things about her books that I really have to try them (even though I don't read contemporaries that often)...

Jill D. said...

Well, I was planning on reading Practice Makes Perfect, but this just seals the deal! Julie James is definitely someone to follow closely!

Holly said...

Good review, Jill! I really liked this one, too. I actually preferred it over PMP. Just something about their relationship really grabbed me.

Jill D. said...

Holly - Always have to be the different one :) I'll let you know what I think after I read PMP!