LOVE IRRESISTIBLY cover blurb (and a giveaway!)

Please note: the giveaway is closed. Winners to be announced shortly.

About time, right?

I finally have the cover blurb for Love Irresistibly, and I’m thrilled to tell you more about the book. As many of you know, Love Irresistibly is part of my FBI/US Attorney series and will be available April 2nd.

Now, lots of you have asked who the hero of Love Irresistibly is . . . . So without further ado, I thought I’d share a photo of a bottle of wine Mr. James gave me on the day my editor accepted the proposal for the book.

You probably remember Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan as Rylann’s co-worker/friend in About That Night. I have to say, I’m really excited about his story. (Although I may be a tad biased.)  And I’ve got the perfect heroine for him–even if they don’t see it that way at first. (Ha.)  Here are the details:

HE’S USED TO GETTING WHAT HE WANTS…

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.

AND WHAT HE WANTS IS HER.

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 . . .

* * *

Back when I started writing Love Irresistibly, I stumbled across a photo that looked exactly how I pictured Cade. So if you’d like to be–ahem–inspired by the same visual as me, here you go:

Matt Bomer in USA's "White Collar"-- a show I obviously need to start watching.

Want to read a little bit more? How about a short excerpt from the book? Caveat: this is an unedited excerpt. As in the my-editor-hasn’t-even-seen-it kind of unedited.  But I wanted to share a little more about the book.  Some of you may even recognize a familiar face in this scene. . .

Wholly, completely unedited excerpt from Love Irresistibly:

“Do you have some sort of court order to do this?” Brooke asked Cade.

“No.”  Seated across the desk from her, flanked by the two FBI agents, he appeared unconcerned with such pesky details.  “But I can get one, if necessary.”

From his self-assured tone, Brooke had a feeling that Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan was a man who was used to getting his way.  He certainly looked the part, with his tall, athletic build, angular jaw, dark brown hair, and cobalt blue eyes. He was remarkably good-looking—she would have to be a fool not to notice that—and she had no doubt that this played very well for him both inside and outside the courtroom.

“You probably could get an emergency judge to grant you an order allowing you plant a few bugs in the restaurant,” she conceded.  “But you would still need someone on the inside to make sure your target sits at the right table.”

“It would be very difficult for us to pull this off without your help.”

At least he could acknowledge that much.  “Before I’d even consider agreeing to this, I need to know who the target is and what that person or persons is being investigated for.”

Cade shook his head. “I’m afraid the nature of the investigation is confidential.  As for the identity of the person or persons of interest, after we have your agreement to cooperate, we’ll provide you with that information at the appropriate time so that you know who to seat at the bugged table.”

For Brooke, however, this point was not up for debate.  “I have a responsibility to protect Sterling’s interests, Mr. Morgan, and that includes the safety of its employees and customers.  For all I know, this so-called ‘person of interest’ is an organized crime boss, a drug kingpin, or some other sort of dangerous criminal.  What if these two men discover that the table is bugged?  What if they identify Agent Huxley and his fake date as undercover agents and pull out guns and start shooting people?  Can you imagine the liability I’d be exposing the company to if someone got hurt and I’d had advance notice that there was a potentially dangerous sting operation going down in one of our restaurants?”

Cade considered this point.  “I can’t reveal the nature of our investigation,” he said finally.  “But I can assure you that neither of the two men who will be at Sogna on Sunday night are considered dangerous.  Nobody’s pulling out guns and starting a shoot-out in the middle of your restaurant.  This isn’t the O.K. Corral.”

“I’d still like the names.”

His blue eyes held hers boldly. “You drive a hard bargain, Ms. Parker.”

“I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t.”

“Hmm.”  He stretched out in the chair, looking effortlessly handsome and every bit the successful trial lawyer in his tailored gray pinstripe suit.  “Now, normally, this would be the point when I’d have to give you the tough-guy speech about how, if you were to reveal to anyone the confidential nature of the information I’m about to give you, you could be charged with obstruction of justice and face a possible felony conviction and imprisonment.” He flashed her a dashing grin. “Luckily, though, since you’re a lawyer and obviously know that already, we can skip over the tough-guy stuff.  Which is nice, because that part of the conversation can get really awkward.”

Maybe it was the fact that Brooke, admittedly, was having a bad day.  She’d been dumped by the Hot OB, had just spent three hours on the phone haggling with the Staples Center lawyers over every tiny, miniscule part of their hospitality deal, and had done it all on two measly bites of a chicken taco and a melted strawberry-mango smoothie.  She was tired, hungry, and had, up until ten minutes ago, been looking forward to the first weekend in a long time where she did not have to work.  So, yes—she was, perhaps, feeling extra-cranky because of circumstances that had nothing to do with anyone sitting in that office right then.

But Cade Morgan was seriously beginning to piss her off.

He’d come here, to her office, seemingly to ask for her help.  Now he was threatening her with obstruction of justice charges—and most annoyingly, he was doing it with a smile.

So she returned the favor.  “That is nice, Mr. Morgan.  Because in response to your tough-guy speech, I, in turn, would’ve had to give you my tough-girl speech, about where, exactly, federal prosecutors who come to my office looking for assistance can stick their obstruction of justice threats.”  She smiled ever-so-charmingly. “So I’m glad we were able to sidestep that whole ugly business. Whew.

Although her attention was focused on Cade, out of the corner of her eye, Brooke could see Agents Huxley and Roberts looking at the wall and ceiling, seemingly trying to hide their smiles.

Cade looked momentarily caught off guard, the first time since he’d waltzed into her office, then his eyes flashed with something else entirely.  Amusement, perhaps.

That annoyed her even more.

 * * *

But there’s more! To celebrate the reveal of the cover blurb for Love Irresistibly, I’m giving away five copies of About That Night, the book in which Cade first appeared on the Chicago FBI/US Attorney scene. Winners can choose either a signed paperback or a Kindle, Nook, or Kobo ebook.  The giveaway is open internationally, and will remain open until 9pm CST on Wednesday, August 22nd.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below. Good luck!

Preorder Love Irresistibly at: Amazon (paperback), KindleBAM, or Powell’s.  Will be available at other retailers soon–they just don’t have the preorder links up yet. : )

 

179 thoughts on “LOVE IRRESISTIBLY cover blurb (and a giveaway!)

  1. Angela says:

    Hello, Miss Julie James..
    I’m a fan of your books esp. FBI/US Attorney series. Love them so much!
    Can’t wait to read Love Irresistibly, seems like I will adore the characters like I adore your FBI’s especially the men *grin*

    By the way, thanks for the great giveaway. I hope I win it *finger-crossed*

  2. Sanctuary Angel says:

    Oh, I can not imagine a relationship with Brooke and Cade. Hhmm … If a man comes to me for help and in the process he also threatened. Threatened in a professional and passionate. I’ll throw it out and let him beg for my help. I do it not because I was not able to be professional but I did it because of the risk of interference, which he caused me. Yes, he can affect the brain with a presence and a worse heart. Of course I could fall in love with him but I do not want to look cheap (LOL) and wanted to give him such a lesson, that good looks does not work for me.

    I hope you understand my English. Popular book in my country because of a good story and full of humor. Btw im very curious with Cade and Brooke. And my first giveaway 😉

  3. Schenni says:

    Finally!
    I have to say I was hoping for Wilkins, but on the other hand I loved all your books so I’m not complaining. I’m sure you’ll make me enjoy it as much as the other books in the series.
    And the blurb and excerpt sound amazing! Really looking forward to this book. :]

  4. Edith says:

    Been a fan of yours since Just the Sexiest Man Alive and I wait for your books yearly and religiously. Can’t for Love Irresistibly!

  5. Kathy says:

    Very excited about this new book. I am surprised; I thought it would be about Wilkins or Huxley BUT hopefully this just means that we still have their stories to look forward to…looking forward to April.

  6. Lauri says:

    I thought it was going to be Sam, but I’m excited that it is Cade (it is the name I gave my youngest, after all). Btw, that picture of Matt Bbomer is super hot!

  7. A says:

    This is so good my toes are already tingling with anticipation! This is so inspiring and I need all the inspiration life can offer me right now. I am so happy. 🙂

  8. Elisa says:

    I really can’t wait to read Love Irresistibly. I still don’t know about Cade yet because i haven’t read About That Night. But he looks really good 🙂
    Funny that i picture Matt Bomer as Jason at my book boyfriend on my blog last time. He’s seriously hot and i also need to watch White Collar too.
    Thank you for the giveaway, Julie. Always a fan of you and your books! 🙂

  9. Ruth says:

    Wow fantastic!! I was hoping it was Sam but the excerpt was great. And I love the tough woman character – just what he needs!! (Reminds me of Practice Makes Perfect!)

  10. Laura says:

    I cannot wait for this book! I love all the stories in this series and how we get to see heros/heroines from the previous books pop up. Why is it so long until April?

  11. mari says:

    well dang seeing as cade is modeled like matt bomer who is really smoking the tv screens lately (white collar fan) im looking forward more than ever to the new book!
    and i do love the name cade. april come sooner.

  12. Mari Y. says:

    well dang seeing as cade is modeled like matt bomer who is really smoking the tv screens lately (white collar fan) im looking forward more than ever to the new book!
    and i do love the name cade. april come sooner.

  13. Shreya says:

    I love all your books…read every one of them. And personally, I am a huge fan of Matt Bloomer. Love him, especially that swagger. I am already looking forward to your next book.

  14. Rissa says:

    Oh my god!! Now I’m even MORE excited for Love Irrisitably but April 2nd?? So far away. 🙁
    Good choice with Matt Bomer though, total Hottie!

  15. Jahnavi says:

    MAN! Julie James U rock!
    your about that night is so amazing, i gifted it to my sister just yesterday. she literally jumped up n down with squeals of amazement. Id say about the blurb, it looks promising though i am very biased towards Cade as he quoted Kyle Rhodes as menace to society .. so unfair 😀
    I just hope there is a lot of great snappy banter with your flair stamped all over it. Cant wait for this one . good luck

  16. Suzi says:

    I can’t bring myself to read the extract…April 2nd is too long to wait for and the Blurb alone has got me tooo excited, imagine if I knew what else happens!!!

  17. Sherri says:

    Woo, the sparks are flying between Cade and Brooke in that excerpt. He didn’t quite get what he thought but it enjoyed it alot more than he would have thought. :-0

    It sounds wonderful and April seems very far away.

  18. Moran says:

    I pre ordered Love Irresistibly as soon as I saw a pre order link and I’m just so happy to finally know who the hero and heroine of the story will be.

    I wish April will get here sooner 🙂

  19. Marcy says:

    Yeah! Really looking forward to this book! I’ve read all your books so far, and as long as you keep writing them, I’ll keep reading them!!! 🙂

  20. Chaithra says:

    I just started reading your series a little while ago, and I have to tell its so hard to put your books down. They are absolutely amazing, and thank you so much for putting that excerpt up! I truly can’t wait for your next book, but while I’m waiting I might as well re-read all your books again!

  21. Andreea Copaciu says:

    OH! Matt! <3 He seems perfect for the role! *swoon* And I love the excerpt – I can never get enough of your witty dialogues. :)) Can't wait for Cade's story!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    P.S. You DO need to watch White Collar – that show is awesome! (and not only because Matt is uber hot;))

  22. Lisa says:

    I can’t wait for Cade’s book!!! Love Irresistably sounds fantastic!! Thanks for sharing Julie.

    I gotta ask-how long did it take Mr. James to find that perfect bottle of wine? lol

  23. Lisa says:

    Cant wait for Cade and Brooke!! I was just thinking about Matt Bower yesterday and wondering if any of my writer ladies has used him for inspiration and today..WHAM…It was you!! So excited and I can’t wait for next April!!

  24. Melanie says:

    Eeek! So excited! I don’t know how I’ll hold on until April 2nd! You’ve quickly become one of my go-to authors – I preorder your books and read em’ in one sitting. And with a 22 month old to chase after, that usually means I’m staying up half the night, reading. But, definitely worth it!

    And yes, you DO need to watch White Collar. That Matt Bomer – super yummy!

  25. Soncee says:

    Can I tell you just how hawt I think Cade is? Come on Julie, talk with your publishers about moving up the release date of Love Irresistibly! ♥

  26. susana says:

    Can’t wait. I may just have to re-read the series so its fresh until this book is available in APRIL! What torture.

  27. Justine says:

    I knew the next hero had to be Cade or Sam! Now that we have the cover blurb, I’m looking forward to the cover reveal!

  28. Caroline Schiling says:

    I’m SO excited for “Love Irresistibly”! Thank you for the blurb… it will help ease my anxiety. 🙂

  29. Carol says:

    Thank you for the sneak peek! Can’t wait to read more. Please don’t enter my name for the draw, I own About That Night.

  30. Sharon says:

    Woo hoo! I’ve been checking almost every week for a synopsis/hero, and here it is! I thought it would probably be Cade, but I wasn’t 100% sure.

    Thanks for the sneak peak. Can’t wait for April 2013!

  31. Wendy says:

    I thought it would be Cade as well. Super excited!!!!I One book a year is so cruel to us fans. Brooke sounds like my kind of heroine. Looks like its time to re-read ATN. By the way Matt Bomer is gorgeous. And I love the title!!!

  32. Jennifer B says:

    GAH! April can’t get here soon enough! Thanks so much for sneak peek. It was awesome and totally made my day. I just love the witty sarcasm you give your characters.

  33. Azucena Rodriguez says:

    I’m so happy about this book! I loved Cade in ATN! And I’m so happy that you had Matt Bomer in mind, because he’s usually who I have in mind for all my heroes LMAO!!!!!

  34. Flora Segura-Buchler says:

    I love your books and I love that wine! Your husband has execellent taste; we had that wine on our last trip to Napa at a sumptious hotel called The Carneros Inn! I hope you have a chance to stay there soon; maybe when the weather in Chicago is less that perfect!

  35. Gail says:

    I can’t wait to read more! This reminds me of the by play in PMP- which was so fun to read. Thank you for sharing a bit of your new book.

  36. Lisa (Fic Talk) says:

    Fantastic tease, Julie!

    I love me some hot lawyers. Or maybe it’s just your hot lawyers I love. 😛

    I just knew for some reason as soon as I the hair on the pic before I even saw the face that it was MATT FREAKING BOMER. Yum-my.

    Love.

  37. Anna Singh says:

    I knew it was going to be Cade! I just knew it! Oh I am so excited to finally know more about your next book in the FBI series. I have a feeling this one is going to be awesome as well. The heroine sounds pretty interesting too. I am so looking forward to the romance, the banter, and the chemistry between these two.

    Oh I love Matt Bomer. He’s perfection! I discovered White Collar back in March, and now I am hooked. I remember watching the first episode and saying to myself over and over again, “This guy looks like he just stepped out of a romance novel.” Definitely romance novel hero material.

    Thanks for sharing this exciting news with us Julie!!

  38. Alliya says:

    Julie james your books are incredible and extremely addictive. I love your books and can not wait to read more about love irresistibly.

  39. Melynda says:

    I have read every book of yours at least 3 times, maybe more, and will be reading them 3 more times probably until Love Irresistibly comes out!!! I love the relationships and humor within the novels. April can’t come soon enough! Julie James, you rock!!!

  40. Jen says:

    Oh dear, another great book, and a not-so-much anticipated long wait. Nevertheless, I would wait for it (the kind of waiting where I would have to avert myself from chewing my fingernails and tapping my fingers.)

    But this is such a great treat, Ms. James. Timed perfectly at my birthday, no less! 😀

  41. Dominique says:

    About That Night is my favorite….I read and read and read until my couch was buried with the laundry I was neglecting. It’s bad when your 6 yr old is asking you if you’re truly listening to their story or if you’re READING AGAIN. April….I may have to re-read your 3 previous books to pass the time. Thank you for making your heroines so strong, witty and sassy! And the men….WOW.

  42. Lim says:

    I can hardly wait for this to come out. You have been among my favorite authors ever since I read Just the Sexiest Man Alive. 😀

  43. Veronika says:

    I’m so excited about this book! I’ve been waiting to hear more about it and finally here it is! I’m sure I will love Cade’s story! I’m totally fangirling right now… xD

  44. Karen says:

    Thanks for the teaser! I love good banter, and you write it so well! Looking forward to this next book in the series. Thank you for the chance to win!

  45. Nandini says:

    Oh man! I love the excerpt…Its just not fair how you authors provide these glimpses and there’s nearly a year for the book to release. The anticipation boost goes so high. I cant wait for the book! Thank you so much for giving this though.

  46. Racquel says:

    I put my money on Cade being the hero so I’m VERY happy that it is him!! This makes me even more excited for the book, especially since I want to know more about Brooke.

    Her husband is a very funny man, it would have been better if he gave you Matt Bomer as a gift though XD

  47. Amanda says:

    Julie- I have read all of your published books in the last 2 weeks. I love your writing style and get a kick out of the humor and banter in your books. I can’t wait to read about Cade.

  48. Sue P says:

    Still haven’t gotten to About Last Night in my TBR list, so winning it would be great! And the next one sounds like a lot of fun. Love it when a couple starts out as protagonists. And am in love with Matt Bomer, so if he’s your inspiration for Cade – I’m all in!!

  49. Jewel says:

    Can’t wait for the new book! I have gobbled up your whole backlist; I love your characters and your dialog. I feel like I could know those people. Thanks for writing such awesome books!

  50. Jade says:

    Currently at Disneyland Paris having an awesome time, despite having some weird insect bite that’s making my leg swollen lol. I would love a copy of About That Night to make the Eurostar journey home less sad and to help me forget about my bad leg 😛 can’t wait for the new book as this series is top notch and if it hadn’t been for pesky exams I’d have managed to be up to date and not have to bother you for a copy of the last book ha.

  51. Janee says:

    Apparently I’m running out of time on this…this is what happens when you don’t have the internet for a week -__- Excited about the book, have to admit I wouldn’t have guessed where it was going. Loved the previous ones. have a good evening 😉

  52. NOrthwoman says:

    I am so excited about your new book and wish April was sooner. I appreciate the giveaway because I LOVED About That Night. I have to credit Julie of Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks for recommending your books to me, so I could devour them!

  53. Trisha says:

    Can’t wait for LOVE IRRESISTIBLY to come out! I disovered your books a couple of weeks ago and have read them all in record time. I just couldn’t put them down, they are so addicting, and I adore your writing style (I have to admit though that I had slight problems with ABOUT THAT NIGHT, because I was such a huge Jack fan and hated Sawyer, lol) … The new book sounds delish… xoxo from Germany

  54. Renee says:

    I am in the midst of listening to Jack and Cameron’s book now so I was hoping for Wilkins as the hero of the next book but I am still looking forward to Love Irresistibly. Have to hope for Wilkins in the future 🙂

  55. Joy says:

    Love the series. You are right Matt Bommer form White Collar is Cade Morgan. I loved Kyle and Rylann’s story. My first book was Jordan and Nick’s Story.

  56. Pat says:

    Love your books and can’t wait for this one! Matt Bomer is definely a perfect image for the character Cade. If you have not seen USA Networks Suits or Common Law they are both terrific shows to obtain character ideas from!

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