LOVE IRRESISTIBLY cover (and a giveaway!)

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

Yep, it’s here.

This has been a big week for me–not only did I turn in Love Irresistibly to my editor (whoo-hoo!), but Berkley finalized the cover.  Want to see?

I think the art department did another great job with this one– I love that red dress! (You may even see that in the book…)

Here’s more info about Love Irresistibly:

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 . . .

Want to know more? How about a wholly, completely unedited excerpt:

“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 target, 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, your target 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 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.

 ***

Here’s the giveaway part: To celebrate having turned in the book, (yep, still whoo-hoo!), 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 Thursday, September 20th. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below.

Love Irresistibly can be pre-ordered at: Amazon (paperback or Kindle), Barnes & Noble, BAM or Powell’s. (More pre-order links, including one for Nook, to come as they become available.)

And don’t miss two more great giveaways!

Through Thursday, drop by Speaking of Audiobooks at the All About Romance blog, where one winner will win all three FBI/US Attorney series audiobooks. (Something About You, A Lot Like Love, About That Night.) There’s also an interview with myself and Karen White, the narrator, who shares some great behind-the-scenes thoughts on how she did the voices for the heroines of the books (and Jack). All you have to do to enter there is leave a comment.

Second, Karen is giving away copies of the A Lot Like Love and About That Night audiobooks over at her blog. (And if you’ve never listened to an audiobook before, both these giveaways are great chances to try some out for free!)

Good luck everyone!

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

  1. Rahab M says:

    Holy smokes!! That cover is hoooot! Counting down the months till I read this book!! Am not going to read the excerpt because it’s going to make the wait that much harder!
    Congrats on finishing writing another bestseller 🙂

  2. Mia says:

    Ohhhh… I just love the dress, and seriously, hugging a guy like that, even to just take a photo must be thrilling ;D Ah, I seriously can’t wait to read about Cade and Brooke.

  3. Kathleen O says:

    I just love the cover of your new book, all your book covers are great. And I can’t wait to read more about Cade and Brook…

  4. Brenda says:

    All of your covers have been beautiful but I’m really loving the Red here – heading over to pre order and hoping the audiobook version will be announced soon as well!

  5. Julia - Yen says:

    I love ABOUT THAT NIGHT and all of your FBI/Attorney series! And I’m really looking forward to read LOVE IRRESISTIBLY!!! Can’t wait!!!!

  6. Cris says:

    Another gorgeous cover! Mine’s already pre-ordered. And one for my mum as well. Can it be April already? 🙂

    P.S. Congrats on turning the book in!

  7. Rachel Roth says:

    You’re right – there’s something about a little red dress! I feel like that’s a color that almost everyone can look AWESOME in. Anyway, SERIOUSLY excited for your newest book. Wasn’t sure I was going to like Cade when he first came onto the scene in his first chapter in ATN, but he’s got an interesting edge that I’m looking forward to seeing more of in LI. Can’t wait! 🙂

  8. Brenda Tetreault says:

    Holy Hannah! That is one smokin’ hot dress! And I love a story about a man who’ll do whatever it takes to get what he wants, and the woman who teaches him a little humility!

  9. Susan says:

    Julie, this looks like another “hot read” judging by the cover and excerpt above I cannot wait until “LOVE IRRESISTIBLY” it is out. I read five of your books on my Nook and could not put them down, it took me about a week they are so good.

  10. Julie says:

    Jumping in to say a quick thanks to Taiyesha for letting me know who designed the dress! Very cool.

    Oh– and LI will be out April 2nd.

    So glad to hear you all like the cover!

  11. Monet Sasser says:

    Just started reading your books about two weeks ago. I cannot put them down. I have one more to read then I’ll be impatiently waiting for Love Irresistibly! Great cover and excerpt!

  12. Rita Francisco says:

    Oh Meu Deus!… which means “Oh my God” in portuguese! I’ m one of your international fans! I love your books and i can’t wait for this one. Can’t count how many times I read “Just the Sexiest Man Alive!” So irresistible..

  13. Katy says:

    The cover is amazing, probably one of my favorites. After reading the blurb I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Thanks for the sharing.

  14. Melissa says:

    You have just MADE MY DAY! I am so thrilled to see you will have a new book coming out! Judging a book by it’s cover (and the fact that I’ve read all your books), I have no doubt I will love “Love Irresistably!”

    Keep writing ’em, and I will most definitely keep reading!

  15. Itxel says:

    Wow. When I saw they were publishing another book of your series I almost fainted! I’m not kidding, I love your books. I can’t wait to read Love Irresistibly. 🙂

    Come here fast April 2013!

  16. Christina Gross says:

    I just know this book is going to be every bit as wonderful as all of your others! Thanks so much for fueling my impatience with that great teaser excerpt. Now the only right thing to do on your part would be to choose me as one of the five winners.
    Cover is awesome, as usual! You’ve obviously got a great team to go with your amazing talent! Congrats on what is obviously another winning release!!

  17. Jessica says:

    I read your books in Kindle now, but still love seeing the cover art on your website. Excited to see how things go down with Cade and Brook. Hopefully he doesn’t call her a “cyber-menace to society.”

  18. Michelle Harlan says:

    Oooh…gorgeous cover! I can’t wait to read the book…loved the excerpt you shared with us. Brooke’s “tough girl” speech is just what I love about your stories…great dialogue!

  19. Jade says:

    The covers for all the books are always awesome. The ladies always seem to have amazing dresses that fit the description in the book. Looking forward to the next book in the series. Just need to catch up first…

  20. Michelle says:

    I love the cover of this new book and I really enjoy the series. I loved the unedited excerpt and I can’t wait to read Love Irristibly!!

  21. Susana says:

    Julie, the red dress just like all your book overs are fabulous! Can’t wait to read this! Love that we share Chicago as a hometown and reading about our great city in your books.

  22. Angela Noviana says:

    I can’t resist red color. Love the cover!
    I love the FBI/US Attorney series, have read them from the first and really looking foward for Love Irresistibly.
    Thanks for the great giveaway, Julie James ^^

  23. Cat says:

    I’m in love with your books. Bought all of them is just 4 days and I WANT MORE! 😉
    I really love Jordan and Kyle because they are just like my twin brother and me.
    Cannot wait to meet Mr Morgan!

  24. florentine says:

    U.S. Attorney again… !!!! love it..
    love the cover.. and the dress.. but never expected a former football star using a suit..

  25. Melinda says:

    I am really having a great time with About That Night in audio. I’m gonna have to go back and Whispersync it so I can mark some of the terrific lines. So far “Take that, tweeple” is my fave.

  26. Erin Dunbar says:

    Oh this is beautiful, and I can’t wait to get my hands on another one of your amazing stories!! You are my go-to suggestion whenever anyone wants a good romance novel to curl up to, and I’m glad to have another one to recommend!!

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