The Thing About Love

Paperback | April 18, 2017

byJulie James

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The New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer blows the covers of two FBI agents who can’t hide who they are from each other...
 
FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army Ranger clashed during their training at Quantico and gladly went their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to be assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.
 
For both of them, being paired with an old rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work together—a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a lot more complicated...

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The New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer blows the covers of two FBI agents who can’t hide who they are from each other...   FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army Ranger clashed during their training at Quantico and gladly went their separate ways after graduating ...

After graduating from law school, New York Times bestselling author Julie James clerked for the United States Court of Appeals. She then practiced law with one of the nation’s largest firms for several years until she began writing screenplays. After Hollywood producers optioned two of her scripts, she decided to leave the practice of ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.99 × 5.13 × 0.98 inPublished:April 18, 2017Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0425273776

ISBN - 13:9780425273777

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Questions for Discussion 1. There’s a he said/she said dynamic in the story. Did you agree with both John’s and Jessica’s points of view about what happened at the FBI Academy, or did you side more with one character?2. Both John and Jessica envy the strengths that the other has at the Academy. Why is it so important that they each be the best? Is that simply part of their personalities, or do they each feel that they have something to prove?3. Jessica works in a very male-dominated field. Do you think her gender is an advantage or a disadvantage in her job as a special agent? 4. John and Jessica start out hating each other. In which scene do you think this begins to change? 5. What do you think John finds most attractive about Jessica? And vice versa? 6. John refuses to forgive his two friends Lucas and Matt, who knew that Rob was sleeping with John’s then girlfriend, Alicia. If you were John, could you ever forgive them? Do you think Lucas and Matt should’ve told John what was going on, or were they caught in the middle? Have you ever been in a similar situation? 7. If you were in Jessica’s shoes when she finds out that her ex-husband is getting remarried, would you want to know whether he cheated, or would you prefer to never know?8. Why do you think Jessica is so reluctant to admit her feelings for John? Is it because of her recent divorce and a fear of opening up again, or is it that she’s afraid to fall in love with someone who’s moving halfway across the country?9. A recurring theme is the strain that undercover work can put on the agents’ personal lives. Often people’s jobs strain their romantic relationships. How is undercover work both similar to and different from a nine-to-five job? Has work ever stressed your relationship? 10. For the sake of her job, Jessica has to put up with Mayor Blair’s flirting. Do you think this is something a lot of women encounter and have to deal with in work situations? What do you think about the way Jessica handled it? Have you ever been faced with a similar situation? How did you navigate it?11. If this were a movie, who would you cast as Jessica and John? How about Mayor Blair? What about Nate and Tara?

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Praise for The Thing About Love   A Goodreads Highly Anticipated Book of 2017   “James’ star shines even brighter with this smart, sparkling winner.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)   “A sexy and thrilling standalone[.]”—Goodreads   “James’ dialogue and characters sparkle with intelligence and humor, and there is plenty of action.”—Booklist   “James’ knack for witty, snappy banter and excellent story plotting is on full display in her latest novel.”—RT Book Reviews   Praise for the novels of Julie James   “Julie James writes books I can’t put down.”—Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author   “It's easy to see why [James'] books have such a wide appeal.”—USAToday.com   “A tantalizing dessert—a delicious, delightful read that all hopeless romantics will enjoy.”—Chicago Sun-Times   “Sexy and effervescent.”—Kirkus Reviews   “Packed with hilarious situations and sharp dialogue.”—San Francisco Book Review   “A rare treat.”—Chicago Tribune