New York Times bestselling author Julie James’s debut novel—a dazzling romance about one of Hollywood's biggest movie stars and the woman who refuses to let him capture her heart...
Nothing fazes Taylor Donovan. In the courtroom, she never lets the opposition see her sweat. In her personal life, she never lets any man rattle her—not even her cheating ex-fiancé. So when she’s assigned to coach People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for his next big legal drama, she refuses to fall for the Hollywood heartthrob’s charms.
Jason Andrews is used to having women fall at his feet. When Taylor Donovan gives him the cold shoulder, he’s thrown for a loop. She’s unlike any other woman he’s ever met: uninterested in the limelight, seemingly immune to his advances, and shockingly capable of saying no to him. She’s the perfect challenge. And the more she rejects him, the more he begins to realize she may just be his perfect match...
In this awkward debut romance, the supposed hero's juvenile behavior sets the stage for a frustrating read that not even a sparkling final third can mitigate. 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. As Jason tries to convince Taylor to stay in L.A., the book suddenly turns witty and romantic, but getting there is no fun at all.
not too shabby for a first novel!
Though this is James’ first novel (I think), it is the last of hers I’ve read (until she publishes more - can’t wait!). Her writing is much, MUCH better than that of most of the bestselling contemporary fiction novels out there. Just the Sexiest Man Alive is less polished, a little more unrefined, than her later books, but it’s still pretty good. I can’t figure out why Julie James is not more popular! Spunky characters, witty dialogue, and hilarious, laugh-out-loud antics in each of her books - not to mention great, relatable characters who really seem like actual people instead of the two-dimensional stand-ins common in many other books these days. In case anyone’s looking for a recommendation, A Lot Like Love is probably my favorite, and It Happened One Wedding is another stand-out, too!
Best romantic comedy ever!
LOVE LOVE at this book! The witty repartee is just amazing.
I thought it was a great read. Made me laugh and smile and want to scream at all the same time. I love her books!