Melody
ISBN-13: 9780425224205
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Published: October 2008
320 pgs
Source: Personal Library



I came across Julie James’ second book, Practice Makes Perfect, last year and loved it (my review here). At that time, I thought that was Julie’s debut novel, not knowing that Just the Sexiest Man Alive is actually the one. Anyway, given the fact that I haven’t been reading a contemporary romance for a while, I decided that Just the Sexiest Man Alive would be my next read.

Taylor Donovan, the heroine of the book, is a brilliant lawyer and she is very much confident that the current sexual harassment case she’s undertaking would be a winner. She took pride in her job, thus when her superior assigns her to coach Jason Andrews, People’s Sexist Man Alive, for his role in his next blockbuster legal thriller, she isn’t too thrilled herself. She thought she has better cases to work on instead of helping him to prep for the courtroom drama for his movie; and it doesn’t faze her even if Jason happens to be the hottest Hollywood heartthrob and not to mention a very good-looking man too.

When Taylor and Jason first met each other, sparks fly but it wasn’t the love-at-first-sight kind given that Jason has left a bad impression on her when he didn’t show up for their first meeting. Jason, on the other hand, finds her intriguing for he has never met any woman like her especially when she didn’t appear to be smitten by his charms, unlike the other women he met and dated. As they began to work together and seeing more of each other, they see something in each other in which they have never seen before but then is it too much to ask for love and commitment from a famous celebrity?

I’ve to say Just the Sexiest Man Alive was an entertaining read and while I very much enjoyed reading Practice Makes Perfect, I find this novel paled in comparison with the former though Julie James maintains her witty prose which I find a delight to read. However, I was not so impressed with the hero as I find him immature at times, and some of his behaviour just irked me though I knew they are intentional implemented by the author. Taylor, on the other hand, impressed me a lot and I simply liked her principles and the way she handles things. All in all, Just the Sexiest Man Alive was just an OK read to me. There are a few clich├ęd moments but suffice it to say they are enough to capture my attention.
8 Responses
  1. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    I wondered. These kinds of books can work for me, but it is a slippery slope. I don't so much like it if the characters are predictable or obnoxious.


  2. Violet Says:

    Sorry you found it just okay. I have heard good things about this book but I think I will try the other one first :)


  3. Julia Says:

    Sorry you didn't like it as much as I did but I'm glad you gave it a try :) Thank goodness you did enjoyed Practice Makes Perfect, though :)


  4. Iliana Says:

    Oh too bad this one didn't live up to your expectations. Hopefully her next book you'll enjoy a lot more!


  5. Ceri Says:

    Shame you didn't enjoy it as much as the other book but at least it was 'ok' rather than really bad, right? :)


  6. I too thought Practice Makes Perfect was a better read than this one. I really enjoy your blog, is there an option to follow it?

    Just started up my own blog. Reviewing books i've read over the last year to start me off!
    http://lily-bookhaven.blogspot.com/


  7. naida Says:

    The premise sounds good. Too bad the hero didn't deliver. Immaturity is a turn-off. I like the cover though.


  8. Melody Says:

    Hi everyone! Thanks for your comments. :)

    Lucy - Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Well you can follow my blog by following my feed (by clicking onto the 'Posts' on the right column of this blog) or simply enter your email address to subscribe (all these you will be able to find at the right hand side of my blog). :)

    Looking forward to reading your blog.