Just the Sexiest Man Alive

Author: Julie James

Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: October 7, 2008

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Taylor Donovan is a dedicated attorney, now an associate striving to become a partner as soon as possible. Making partner is her primary goal. She has been practicing law for seven years and has not lost a case.  Such dedication, however, leaves no time for a social life.  Finding her one fiancé having an intimate moment with his assistant left her with no desire for a social life.  She grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood in Chicago with three brothers who all went to the local Catholic high school where Taylor was also destined to go.  However, after seeing her high grades, her parents decided she deserved better even if they couldn’t afford it.  She never forgets the sacrifices they made for her.  After graduating, she went to work for Gray and Dallas, the top-rated law firm in Chicago.

Jason Andrews is the biggest star in Hollywood, drawing the biggest paycheck per picture.  He dates movie stars and models, but the one thing that infuriates him is when they use him for publicity… dating him just to be seen with him.  All of this has made him arrogant with people and blasé about woman, giving them little to no regard when he is ready to drop them and always expecting things to go his way.  Being named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” has not helped.


Taylor is sent to Los Angeles on a sexual harassment case and her boss there asks her to do him a favor.  He wants her to teach Jason Andrews how to act like an attorney for his upcoming film.  Though she did not want to do it, she finally agreed.  However, when he failed to show up two days straight, forcing her to work the weekend to catch up on work she had set aside so she could work with him, she was furious.  Making matters worse, on Monday morning she heard his interview on television, as he talked about his four-day weekend in Las Vegas, when he was supposed to be with her.  When he showed up in her courtroom later that day, she walked out on him, shocking him.  No one has ever treated him that way before.  Though she no longer wants anything to do with him, she is forced into finishing her assignment with him when he has a call put in to her boss.  As she teaches him, she is amazed at how absorbed he is in learning the correct way to act in court and she starts seeing some good points about him.  Nevertheless, that evening reporters show up and he believes she called them for the publicity.  Therefore, he is dumbstruck when she refuses to be seen with him.  Suddenly, reporters want to know who the “mystery lady” was in the office with him since she ran out of sight before anyone could get a picture.  As they continue to work together and fall for each other, their softer sides start to surface.  Is she the one who could tame this wild guy?


Laugh-out-loud funny!   JUST THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE is Julie James’ debut novel and it is sure to be a winner.  The heroine is a hard-nosed lawyer who has been hurt in the past and is not willing to go through that again.  Now she is pouring all of her energy into her career.  The hero is used to women falling at his feet and cannot understand why she is not doing the same thing.  He is intrigued by this anomaly and wants to find out why she is different.  I advise that you read this story when you are by yourself.  People tend to look at you funny when you suddenly just burst out laughing.  The witty banter, droll humor and hilarious innuendos in this tale will definitely have you doing that a lot.  I am definitely a fan of Ms. Julie James’ work and look forward to reading her future works.  JUST THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE is a keeper.  Do not miss it!

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Dottie

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