Special Agent Vaughn Roberts vies to win the heart of investment banker Sidney Sinclair at her sister's wedding in Julie James' It Happened One Wedding. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. Sidney Sinclair vents all of her frustration with her ex-fiancé on a handsome but arrogant FBI agent who hits on her at a. Title: It Happened One Wedding Author: Julie James Publication Info: Berkley Jove ISBN: Genre: Contemporary.
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It Happened One Wedding book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. SHE KNOWS BETTER THAN TO SAY “I DO”After a. Read It Happened One Wedding read free novels online from your Mobile, Pc. It Happened One Wedding is a Romance novel by Julie James. Shortlisted for the ALA's Reading List for Best Romance A whirlwind wedding leads to love in this New York Times bestseller from the.
Instead, in spite of the time it took Vaughn to honestly acknowledge his feelings, I fell for him. She's combined a few different articles on identifying men who are serious about commitment into a 34 point checklist — which she uses, because the area in which she does have doubts is her personal life. I'm a sucker for HEA epilogues. Later they meet again and find that their siblings are getting married and they are both in the wedding party. As I've mentioned previously, I read chick-lit either when I don't have time, or when I'm in a slump.
They tend to be silly and the characters annoying. I prefer grittier books. But this one has amazing characters. The heroine is smart, snarky and strong. The hero is the perfect mix between sweet and grumpy. Their banter is hot as hell. Even the story is fun. It had me cracking up a few times. And there is no over-the-top drama or crazy antics, thank God. View all 55 comments. May 18, Anne rated it really liked it Shelves: Julie James hasn't written anything that I haven't at least liked , and several that are go-to re-reads every year.
Is there anything particularly special about this? It's a stan Julie James hasn't written anything that I haven't at least liked , and several that are go-to re-reads every year. It's a standard romance plotline, but it was so cute that I really enjoyed myself anyway! Alrighty, for the purposes of this review, the part of Vaughn will be played by Stephen Amell, because that's who I kept seeing in my head. So who played the part of Sidney, you ask? Who cares!? Lookit him! Glad we cleared that up.
Vaughn notices Sidney while she's having a coffee date that isn't going well. Once she gives Bachelor 1 the heave-ho, he decides to step in and show her how a smooth operator talks a lady. And why not? He's confident, sexy, and know how to show a woman a good time. He's not some newb who doesn't know how to act or doesn't know the right things to say. Plus, chicks dig that he's an FBI agent, and Did she just turn him down?! And not only does she shoot him down, but she profiles him as a commitment phobic womanizer!
Which, ok Why should he? But she didn't have to enjoy being right so much! Oh well, it's not like he'll ever have to see her again. Gonna be late to meet his brother and his girlfriend Or at least he is until he walks into the restaurant, and meets his soon to be new sister-in-law, Sidney.
Naturally, they get thrown together because of the wedding and end up falling for each other. But not right away. First, they have to be annoyed with each other, then fight the sexual attraction, then give in but only as friends with benefits! Eventually, he realizes that he doesn't want to play the field anymore because he likes the idea of waking up next to her for the rest of his life. Now he's gotta convince her that he's changed! That he's ready for a real relationship, that he's marriage material, that he's not scared to commit, and that she's the only woman he wants.
Now, if I were Sidney, it wouldn't take much convincing. Just sayin' You know how it's gonna end, so why fight it, baby?! Also reviewed for: View all comments. Aug 05, Sue rated it really liked it. I enjoyed the book so much!
I bolded 'enjoyed' because somehow the book has disppointed a little, which is why I couldn't love it. This makes me so sad because I expected a kickass story with awesome words. I'll keep it to the point. The typical Julie James style of sarcasm had me laughing even at serious situations. Throughout the book, I was giggling and at times, laughing straight out loud. Next, the characters. I loved each and eve EDIT: I loved each and every one of them.
I loved the trio of Cade, Hux and Vaughn.
There wasn't much Trish sightings, but I liked her as well. Vaughn's mom was like a cupcake throughout book.
All sweet and adorable. Then, the steamy scenes. James does know how to increase the temperature of the room just with the help of words. And lets not forget about the yummy Special Agent Vaughn Roberts.
Ooh la la! And now, the CONS: I was expecting more action sequences. When you hear about a FBI agent and a smartass heroine, then automatically you think of scenes that involve some kind of trouble that will make them realize their love for each other.
But nothing stupid happened. They found out about feelings in rather a boring manner. Nothing exciting and happening. That was a huge disappointment. Next, there was no epilogue. A happy epilogue was so required over here.
The story ended on a happy note yes, but that epilogue. I'm a sucker for HEA epilogues. Somehow they always make feel better about what I just read.
Well, that did not happen. Well, other than that I enjoyed it quite a lot. So 4-really-enjoyable-stars. Ladies and gentlemen, tha happy dance: I need air! Those shoes. That dress. This book. I love you Julie James! With all my heart! So when is this releasing? Wait, what? I absolutely LOVE her books. All of them. I can be guaranteed a solid 4 or 5 star read when I pick up one of her books.
He was tall and somehow managed to look ruggedly sexy, despite the rather conservative dark gray suit and blue tie he wore. Maybe it was the short cut of his thick brown hair. Or his keen hazel eyes. Or his strong chiseled jaw with that just-perfect amount of five o'clock shadow.
Vaughn is sexy, good-looking, 34 "man about town 4. Vaughn is sexy, good-looking, 34 "man about town". An FBI agent, he enjoys the single life and is in no hurry to settle down with one woman. No thank you.
Sidney is sexy, beautiful, 33 "burned in the past". An independent woman, she is ready to settle down with one man. Yes please. It was the cantankerous Ms. Catching sight of him in that very same moment, she stopped dead in her tracks. Vaughn was pretty sure she muttered Oh shit under her breath.
His sentiments exactly. Loved the banter between them, the sarcastic comments from her. Sidney's sister is engaged to Vaughn's brother and there is a wedding to plan. Sidney will be maid of honour and Vaughn will be the best man. So, obviously, their paths are going to cross from time to time. I found myself smiling a lot reading this book, usually a good sign. I loved seeing Vaughn realise that maybe bachelor lifestyle is not really what life is all about.
I loved seeing Sidney realise that maybe her unrealistic expectations were not really what life was about. What else can I say. This author is an auto-buy for me. If you have not read any of her books, please go read them.
Now all I have to do is wait patiently another year or so until the next one is released. View all 50 comments.
Gosh it really has been a long time since I last read a book by Julie James. This is book 5 in the series and I was quickly reminded of all the things I love about her writing. There was humor, sweetness, a fantastic plot and sexy moments too.
I really enjoyed Sidney as a heroine. She was a sweet, confident and beautiful. But underneath that she was a bit cynical when it 4. But underneath that she was a bit cynical when it comes to the topic of love and meeting Mr. She has been hurt in the past and is just not willing to be hurt like that again. Vaughn was your typical bachelor. He was gorgeous and most definitely sexy. At the moment he loves being single and is in no rush to settle down.
Though I loved watching the slow change in him from being all cocky to actually very sweet. Meeting Sidney puts him on a playing field that challenges him a little bit. I will say that what I loved about this story was that there was no rush in bringing these two together. It was a lot of fun watching each of them realize the feelings they were beginning to have for the other. Sidney giving in to the fact that Vaughn might actually be her Mr. Right and Vaughn realizing he might be ready to be a one woman kind of guy.
While the sexy moments in this story may not be as sizzling hot as some of my usual reads, Vaughn and Sidney were great together. Under the covers, his hands and mouth moved slowly over her. By now, he knew what she liked, knew all the things that had her moaning his name softly in the darkness, and when he finally eased into her, he kept his lower body still for several moments as they kissed, wanting to simply savor the feeling of being inside her.
And in that moment, he was pretty sure that nothing else had ever felt quite so right.
I loved it from start to finish!! View all 46 comments. Jul 03, Shawna rated it really liked it Shelves: The ending was a little abrupt, and I would have loved an epilogue. But Julie James writes some of the best, wittiest, smartest, snarkiest banter in romance and always delivers an entertaining and high quality read. So still a great, enjoyable stars!
View all 15 comments. Julie James can do no wrong in my eyes, at least when it comes to this series. It Happened One Wedding has all the right elements of what makes a fantastic romance novel: Character-driven plot, sparkling dialogue, humor, and great supporting characters. This book restored my belief that one can write romance--and do it really well--without the drama-llama, dark secrets hogwash we see in so many books today. Just pure unadulterated storytelling and great characterizations.
Sidney is a 4. Sidney is a wonderful heroine. She's prickly, snarky but still fun and her issues are relatable. One thing I really like about Julie James's heroine's are they are not damsels in distress. They are confident, career women with everyday single women issues. Loved Sidney. Vaughn is the perfect Julie James hero.
He's cocky, brash, cool, gorgeous and sweet. Yes, sweet, once he got his head out of his ass and finally admitted his feelings. He was Sydney's perfect match. His "moves" were hilarious especially since Sydney seems to be immune to them. This book is such a fun, fun read. I loved how they took their sweet time getting down to business and then fell in love later on.
The sexy times were sparse and not very graphic but for me, it works with the whole tone of the novel. This series hasn't failed me yet, so you bet your ass I'm going to be on the lookout for the next one. Is there another one after this, Ms. View all 36 comments. Sidney is back in Chicago starting a new job after leaving New York, and a ruined relationship. She should already be married and starting a family, something Sidney really wanted at this point in her life.
Sidney wants to find a man that wants the same things in life. So when Vaughn makes a pass at her, Sidney brushes off his advances seeing him, knowing exactly the type of man he is: So instead, you run around with your obviously healthy ego, sampling as many of the goods as you can get your hands on—simply because you can.
I think this most of all that lent the serious, somber aspect to It Happened One Wedding more than anything. As Vaughn and Sidney connect more emotionally, and become friends in addition to bedmates, some of that sadness lifts for Sidney and Vaughn starts to feel desire for more than just a good time. I was thrilled when these two started to realize that their connection was more than just sex. I was happily surprised Vaughn never had eyes for anyone else after Sidney came into the picture.
Instead, in spite of the time it took Vaughn to honestly acknowledge his feelings, I fell for him. His actions spoke louder than his words, and his inner denials. Sidney was my favorite character. I just wanted to wrap her up and protect her from any more hurt. I think Vaughn felt the same way. Her father was no prize either. Sisterly love and loyalty always get to me!
It Happened One Wedding was no exception. Any fan of Julie James or smart, classy contemporary romances will not be disappointed. A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. You can find this review and more at The Readers Den. View all 37 comments. Feb 13, Jeanne rated it really liked it Shelves: This was awesome! Loved the banter between them, and you just can't go wrong with a hot FBI agent. View all 12 comments. We've gotten to know Special Agent Vaughn Roberts as a side character in previous books.
He's a good looking FBI agent who knows the draw he has on women and he's enjoying every bit of it. Vaughn is your typical commitment phobe man who doesn't see why he would confine himself to one woman when there are so many out there to enjoy. Investment banker Sidney Sinclair just came off a very bad breakup when she found out her fiance was cheating on her three weeks before their wedding.
His excuse was h We've gotten to know Special Agent Vaughn Roberts as a side character in previous books. His excuse was he panicked about the commitment. As you can imagine, Vaughn would be the last guy she needs in her life after that.
These two are constantly thrown together since Sidney's sister is marrying Vaughn's brother. I gotta say, this is one of those books where the last half made all the difference for me.
At first, I didn't think very highly of Vaughn and his way of thinking. He didn't want to be judged for not wanting to commit and yet I felt like he judged Sidney because she did want that. Between that and the bickering back and forth, I was glad to see the dynamic change between these two. Once Sidney and Vaughn gave into their mutual attraction, the more I really enjoyed their story.
By the end I was hooked. While this may not have been my favorite way for a couple to start out, I was very much entertained throughout the book. View all 14 comments. Jun 04, Sharon rated it really liked it Shelves: This was just so sweet.
It had romance, humor, a confident, smart heroine who kicked ass at her job, strong family and friendship theme, and some darn touching moments.
And also, on point ending. Plot I enjoyed this book. The second half was when it got really interesting. It was nice seeing such a huge emphasis on strong family bonds.
This led to a whole lot of humorous situations and sweet moments. Characters I thought Sidney was awesome. She was, in general, a confident and competent woman. She was also, however, insecure — especially about her love life which made sense considering what she went through. I liked how she faced this internal conflict rather head-on and refused to let it ruin her life. Furthermore, she was pretty badass when she was working — her intellect and her charisma.
Overall, I just liked her. She was honest, straightforward, and hardworking and sometimes prickly. Vaughn, on the other hand — I was more skeptical about. I liked that he loved his family, his friends, and his job. It was just awwww. She would call him out on his shit and he would call her out on her shit.
It was great. They were some cute bantering, and also some really cute moments. It had a lot of components that I loved in a book. It was more than just a romance — even though, yes, that was the main focus. It had a lot of great side characters — characters who were either family or friends of the main characters — and there were all fantastic people. I loved the camaraderie, the cute bantering, and overall, the incredible support that these characters had for each other.
I liked that this book could be funny at times and sweet at another. I enjoyed it — it was slowwww in the 1st half, but it was on point on the 2nd. Angst level? No actual cheating either. Vaughn was a total player in the beginning, and he got called a few times by this one girl he hooked up now and then, but we technically never saw him with another woman in this book. We never saw him interested in another woman. He was pretty zeroed in on Sidney throughout the whole book, even though he initially was not looking for anything serious.
Sidney went on a few dates throughout this book. The second guy was nice. Both of them were very PG — nothing sexual happened. So it technically all worked out. Low angst. And the scene where Vaughn went to her house to help her fix something, and he ended up staying over for pizza while watching an action movie. Then, she fell asleep on the couch while leaning on him.
It was so sweet, especially because he was having a shitty day and she helped him find his peace again. Explicit details on sex. I think this is the first Julie James book that I have been disappointed by. As I've mentioned previously, I read chick-lit either when I don't have time, or when I'm in a slump. Well, raring as I am to read the good stuff, I have GRE in a couple of weeks, and my reading challenge ain't waiting for anyone.
However, when I have to recommend chick-lit, I go with Julie James. I love her books and her writing; even this book, one that I was disappointed with, is a far cry from the other miserable ex I think this is the first Julie James book that I have been disappointed by. I love her books and her writing; even this book, one that I was disappointed with, is a far cry from the other miserable excuses for chick-lit I've read. I liked Vaughn Roberts in the previous book, but somehow, he came on too strong in this one, which is something I always appreciated James for not doing.
However, because I feel like James doesn't get the love she deserves, I shall spend this review selling her work to people, because I feel like she's one of perhaps three writers who can do chick-lit. So without further ado Julie James can write heroines. They are women girls today should aspire to be. Wildly successful more often than not, more successful than the heroes , extremely intelligent, highly ambitious, and generally good people.
Yeah, they're also super attractive, but seeing as how it's fiction, I'm willing to let that go. They're sassy, strong, independent, and don't spend all their free time wallowing about how they need a man in their life or admiring their own beauty while also complaining about how they aren't attractive.
They don't compromise their professional integrity for the opposite sex, and they don't take shit from anyone. Much like her heroines, James's heroes are very likeable. They're not gorillas waiting to pee around their "lady" and mark their territory. They don't have a problem with the heroine's success and don't try to sabotage them professionally. They respect the women in their lives, and not begrudgingly at that. They're also successful, happy in their jobs, and equally sassy and sarcastic.
They accept their mistakes and don't force themselves on the ladies. The chemistry and the sex: There isn't instalove as much as there is an actual connection between the main characters. Sure, they have hot sex, but they also share good conversation, turn to the other for advice, and hang out otherwise, in situations not involving sex.
Like normal people. There's more discourse than intercourse, which I like. And the intercourse is pretty steamy, which I also like. Most characters in chick-lit books are estranged from their families.
In Julie James's book, however, most characters have a very close relationship with their families. There are minor disagreements and the one odd estrangement, but no parent is portrayed as bad or evil, or as having fucked up their kid so much, the kid finds it difficult to function as a normal human being. There are surprise birthday parties for the mothers and affectionate family reunions.
It's a refreshing change from the usual "my-mother-was-a-drug-addict-and-my-father-was-a-drunk-and-my-stepfather-was-abusive" drivel. The backstory and the mystery: The back-story and the "mystery" bit of the book are not forsaken for romance and sex.
There is equal focus on the story per se as there is on the romance and the sex, which is something rare in books of this genre.
The research: Julie James was a lawyer before she became a writer, and it shows. Her research is on point. I don't think I've found any factual inaccuracy in her books.
Lawyers love research, and they're good at it. Trust me, I know. I'm a lawyer.
I think she won me over when one of her characters emphasised on the importance of leading questions in cross-examining a witness. I have this habit of cross-checking any information or facts that I am unaware of, that I see mentioned in books.
I think it started off with checking the dictionary for big words as a kid and then became a more obsessive habit. Thus far, I haven't found anything to fault in James's research or facts. The law: As a lawyer, accurate portrayal of lawyers gives me mini-orgasms.
Lawyers are portrayed either incorrectly in terms of how the law works, or in terms of how horrible and evil they are as people. So when I see lawyers doing their job right and being nice people, it's an obvious plus point for me.
My point is, read Julie James. View all 4 comments. Sep 19, Pamela AllHoney rated it really liked it Shelves: FBI Special Agent Vaughn Roberts is in a coffee shop when he spies an attractive woman come in and watches as her date "crashes and burns".
Look Inside. Aug 04, Pages Buy. May 06, Pages Buy. Aug 04, Pages. May 06, Pages. After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a brief courtship, Sidney is thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man.
But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, Sidney is thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart.
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