Update – Congratulations to Kate Kristan for winning the copy of LOVE IRRESISTIBLY! Thank you to all who participated.
Tomorrow is Release Day for Love Irresistibly by Julie James! If you like contemporary romance, you will love Julie’s books. Julie is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author that spent seven years in Champaign-Urbana at the University of Illinois for her Undergraduate Degree and Law Degree. Since I live in the area, it has been so much fun reading her books that include references to the University of Illinois. Not many people reference Champaign-Urbana because, really, in Illinois it’s all about Chicago.
Julie was very sweet to take some time from her very busy schedule to answer a couple of my questions about her time at UIUC. She is also giving away a signed copy of Love Irresistibly to one lucky commenter, so don’t leave before you have left a comment. To read my review of Love Irresistibly, go to Magical Musings.
- Title: Love Irresistibly (FBI/US Attorney, #4)
- Author: Julie James
- Publisher: Berkley Books (Penguin)
- Release Date: April 1, 2013
- Category: Contemporary Romance
- Source: ARC received from Berkley via NetGalley
- Buy: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
- Review link: Magical Musings
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 . . .
Interview with Julie James:
Amy with So Many Reads (SMR): Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions today, Julie. What was your favorite non-restaurant hangout while you were at University of Illinois?
Julie: I like this question! It brings back memories of my favorite UIUC spots, which changed throughout my seven years in Champaig-Urbana. Freshman and sophomore year we hung out at Kam’s and C.O.’s. Then we switched to The Clybourne later in undergrad. In law school, we hung out mostly at off-campus bars. One of our favorite hangouts was The Office in Urbana–which I’ve heard has since closed. (Sad.) My friends and I played Beer League Darts there, and they also had great specials for Friday happy hour. Friday and Saturday nights we hung out a lot at Jupiter in downtown Champaign.
SMR: What was your favorite restaurant in Champaign-Urbana?
Julie: Well, I went to school on student loans, so the “restaurants” I frequented the most were probably Jimmy John’s, Bub’s (for pizza), and the Pizza Hut lunch buffet. A big date night splurge would’ve been at Timpone’s or Radio Maria.
SMR: In Love Irresistibly, we hear about a romantic moment between Kyle and Rylann (from About That Night) that takes place in Champaign. Did you base that on a real location–maybe where you lived while in school? If so, care to share where that was?
Julie: LOL, I admit–the Champaign apartment where Rylann lives for the law school scenes in About That Night, and the later romantic scene in Love Irresistibly, was based on the apartment I lived in on Locust Street.
SMR: Thanks for joining us today, Julie!
To be entered in the giveaway to receive a signed copy of Love Irresistibly, simply comment below and tell us about your favorite restaurant where it is located (should any of us want to experience it)! Contest is open until 11:59 pm central time on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Winner will be notified via email and announced on website.