Saturday, September 26, 2009

Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James
TBR Challenge: August

Read a book the first word of which is a character's name.

Examples from Darla shelves:

1. Voyeur by Lacey Alexander: "Laura Watkins stared at the blank computer screen, her mind spinning with desperation."

2. Dating Game by Beverly Brandt: "Lainie Ames's return to Naples was supposed to be the sort of local-girl-makes-good story that would make viewers of Oxygen or the Hallmark channel wish they'd bought stock in Kleenex."

3. Entangled by Kathleen Dante: "John Atlantis prowled the narrow confines of the clairfield spell, its precise metal curliques inlaid into the floor, as he awaited Dillon's summons."

Let us know what you read, how it fits the challenge (if you had to get creative), how you liked it, and how long it's been in your TBR pile.

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I choose, The Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James. This book was her first novel debut so she also new to me. I've heard about this book around blog land and decided to see for myself what all the waves are about. I admit, I enjoy the book :) And yes, I realize this is for August TBR Challenge but I'm just way behind on the challenge and is now able to post it here. Be on the look out for TBR Challenge for September coming soon!

From the first paragraph showing the first word of character's name:

"Taylor Donovan may have been new to Los Angeles, but she certainly recognized a line of bullshit when she heard one"

Back Blurb
From a dazzling new talent comes a delightful debut novel about a hunky heartthrob and the woman who refuses to let him capture her heart...


Nothing fazes Taylor Donovan. In the courtroom, she never lets the opposition see her sweat. In her personal life, she never lets any man rattle her-not even her cheating ex-fiance. So when she's assigned to coach People's "Sexiest Man Alive" for his role in his next big legal thriller, she refuses to fall for the Hollywood heartthrob's charms. Even if he is the Jason Andrews.


Jason Andrews is used to having women fall at his feet. When Taylor Donovan gives him the cold shoulder, he's thrown for a loop. She's unlike any other woman he's ever met: uninterested in the limelight, seemingly immune to his advances, and shockingly capable of saying no to him. She's the perfect challenge. And the more she rejects him, the more he begins to realize she may just be his perfect match....
End Back Blurb

When Taylor's boss assign her to "coach" one of the Hollywood most Sexiest Man Alive, Jason Andrews for his upcoming legal thriller script movie, she wasn't happy about it at first. Because for one thing, she was moved to Los Angels to defend a company who is put to trial on charges of work place accused of sexual harassment. And she was schedule to prepare for that trial the day Jason Andrews is to meet with her. But her boss insist that Andrew want to work with a real lawyer and Taylor was it. But Andrew never show up on their first meeting appointment and his assistant reschedule the appointment for the next day, explaining there was a mix up. And again, he never show up either. She was surprise to find out later, from live TV news, that he was at Las Vegas having fun gambling. It was than Taylor grew angry, since she had already re-schedule all her plan for the court trial that day just to be available for him. And he didn't even bother to make the times to come for their appointment meeting or call. Deciding to not give him her time, she walk out of her office to go home for the rest of the day. When he finally show up, he watch Taylor in action during her court trial session and was fascinated by it. And knew that she would be the one that he want to help him with his movie script. Only thing is, Taylor was set to not let a arrogant selfish guy like him get away with doing what he want.

I love that Taylor was smart and put him in his place, after the way he stood her up from the meeting. She was tough and didn't care if he was famous or not, and doesn't go ga ga over him like all the other women/fan did. Because Jason was use to fan throwing themselves at him and wanted his attention, he did not expected Taylor to ignore him or even not want to show her self in front of the camera with him where fan, reporter or paparazzi are seen in public eyes. He see she is different than any women he have been with, and he is intrigue by her.

One of my favorite scene would be the one at the court, where she finally met Jason face to face for first time. Another favorite scene is the T-shirt that he bought for the heroine. The T-shirt had a funny quote saying on them, that made me chuckle. That same quote were used again and it reminded me a lot of a scene from Jerry Maguire movie. I love it ;)

There were few others scenes that made me chuckle and other that made me mad. But at the end, everything turn out okay. A simple good HEA ending. I admit at first I didn't think I'm going to like Jason but than he redeem himself for me. I also like one of Jason friend who is honest and help them see the truth. He also understood Taylor predicament lot more when it come to Jason. I can definitely see this book made into a romance comedies movie in theatre, I think that be interesting to watch.

Just the Sexiest Man Alive is a delightful and charming book that make you chuckle along at the characters. Fast pace reading and fun. I enjoy it. I definitely recommend this book!

Grade 4 stars


Alice Teh said...

This book sounds like fun, Julia!

Melody said...

I'm definitely going to get this book after I bought the second book by Julie James! :P

Julia said...

Alice- I hope you consider getting a copy! And I will pray that you like the book too :0)

Melody - Great, I'm looking forward to both reviews from you *grin*