Just the Sexiest Man Alive

Just the Sexiest Man Alive

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by Julie James
     
 

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From the New York Times bestselling Julie James comes this dazzling romance about one of Hollywood's biggest movie stars and the woman who refuses to let him capture her heart. For fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson.
COOL.  CALM.  COLLECTED…

Nothing fazes Taylor Donovan. In the courtroom, she never lets the

Overview

From the New York Times bestselling Julie James comes this dazzling romance about one of Hollywood's biggest movie stars and the woman who refuses to let him capture her heart. For fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson.
COOL.  CALM.  COLLECTED…

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-fiancé. So when she’s assigned to coach People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for his next big legal drama, she refuses to fall for the Hollywood heartthrob’s charms. Even if he is the Jason Andrews.

CONFIDENT. FAMOUS. IRRESISTIBLE…

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…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In this awkward debut romance, the supposed hero's juvenile behavior sets the stage for a frustrating read that not even a sparkling final third can mitigate. Taylor Donovan, a brilliant Chicago lawyer visiting L.A. to defend a sexual harassment case, is not happy to be assigned to help heartthrob actor Jason Andrews prep for a courtroom drama. As they begin working together, Jason predictably behaves like a spoiled teenager, but becomes increasingly enchanted with Taylor. She eventually begins to see Jason as a nice guy underneath his Hollywood attitude-with sleazy, jealous actor Scott Casey as a convenient foil-but she can't set aside her trust issues. As Jason tries to convince Taylor to stay in L.A., the book suddenly turns witty and romantic, but getting there is no fun at all. (Oct.)

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Romance Reviews Today
If you've ever wondered what it is like having the Hollywood spotlight on you, this is the book to read. Each word and situation is lovingly crafted and is, happy to say, perfection. . . . JUST THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE is a spectacular beginning of what I hope is a stellar career of debut author, Julie James. . . . [M]y heart beat faster and I felt as though I were interrupting the sexiest couple I ever read about. I'm jumping up and down here asking you not to miss this awesome novel that rightly deserves my Perfect 10 award.
—Carolyn Crisher
Booklist
James['s] . . . familiarity with both the law and the film industry lends credibility to this fast-moving, contemporary romantic comedy between two strong-willed characters.
Romantic Times
In her debut novel, James shakes up the world of lawyers and celebrity romance, producing a captivating, beautifully written story. The fireworks between the characters fuel the plot and will keep readers flipping the pages at a dizzying pace.”
Night Owl Romance
Ms. James tackles what happens...with wit [and] humor. The one-liners will keep you laughing all the way through this book.
Queuemyreview.com
I must say, I was very impressed ....I liked Taylor. Heck, I want to be Taylor in my next life ....“Just the Sexiest Man Alive” is a true romance. A larger than life hero and an unlikely heroine whose lives would normally never intersect and yet they turn out to be perfect for each other. All together now...awwww. If you're looking for a feel-good romance, you can't go wrong with this story. Julie James' next novel, “Practice Makes Perfect,” is due out in March of 2009. I'll be looking to pick up that one too!
Lettetia Elsasser
The sparks fly, hilarity is plentiful with all of the one-liners in the story, and underneath it all is a touching look at fame and fortune and how it can become the only reason people get close to a person. Just the Sexiest Man Alive is now residing on my "keeper" shelf. Once you read the exploits of Taylor and Jason, you will feel the same way. Bravo, Ms James.
Affaire de Coeur
From the Publisher
"Chicagoan Taylor Donovan is driven to succeed, and her track record in defending corporate clients against sexual harassment lawsuits is unsurpassed. On loan to her firm’s Los Angeles office, she reluctantly agrees to coach big-name actor and sexy heartthrob Jason Andrews for his upcoming role as a lawyer. His attitude irks her, while her insistence on maintaining a professional distance, in spite of their obvious and mutual physical attraction, intrigues him. James herself is a practicing attorney in both Chicago and L.A., and her familiarity with both the law and the film industry lends credibility to this fast-moving, contemporary romantic comedy between two strong- willed characters." —Booklist

"If you've ever wondered what it is like having the Hollywood spotlight on you, this is the book to read. Each word and situation is lovingly crafted and is, happy to say, perfection. . . . Just The Sexiest Man Alive is a spectacular beginning of what I hope is a stellar career of debut author, Julie James. . . . I'm jumping up and down here asking you not to miss this awesome novel that rightly deserves my Perfect 10 award." —Romance Reviews Today

"Julie James has created a wonderful debut novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride that Taylor and Jason took me on... And it is funny! Before I was even 35 pages into the book, Ms. James had me laughing out loud at one particular scene . . . An actual put the book down, laugh out loud, and wipe the tears from my eyes laugh. It is a fabulous book and I highly recommend it to everyone."  —Romance Novel TV

"James['s] . . . familiarity with both the law and the film industry lends credibility to this fast-moving, contemporary romantic comedy between two strong-willed characters." —Booklist

"Just the Sexiest Man Alive is witty, romantic, and so realistic I could have been there witnessing Taylor and Jason’s love story unfold. Julie James has a winning debut on her hands that is just an engaging delight to read." —Joyfully Reviewed

"Is anyone able to resist the sexiest man alive? You might be surprised in this funny story. . . . Even in the improbable world of Hollywood's top actors, Julie James introduces believable characters with real motivations behind their actions. With two witty and charming main characters, the dialogue is sure to keep the reader entertained." —Fresh Fiction

"This is an absolutely delightful read. It is clever, witty, and wonderfully romantic. Ms. James uses a sharp sense of humor and intelligence to develop her characters. The story is packed full of wry comebacks and snappy dialogue. . . . This is one book you hate to see end, because the characters are just that much fun." —Coffee Time

“The sparks fly, hilarity is plentiful with all of the one-liners in the story, and underneath it all is a touching look at fame and fortune and how it can become the only reason people get close to a person. Just the Sexiest Man Alive is now residing on my "keeper" shelf. Once you read the exploits of Taylor and Jason, you will feel the same way. Bravo, Ms James.” —Affaire de Coeur

 

“In her debut novel, James shakes up the world of lawyers and celebrity romance, producing a captivating, beautifully written story. The fireworks between the characters fuel the plot and will keep readers flipping the pages at a dizzying pace.” —Romantic Times BookReviews

“Is there any woman alive who hasn’t dreamed of landing the absolute sexiest Hollywood star? . . . In Just the Sexiest Man Alive Julie James spins a tale of that dream come true. . . . A larger than life hero and an unlikely heroine whose lives would normally never intersect and yet they turn out to be perfect for each other. . . . If you’re looking for a feel-good romance, you can’t go wrong with this story.” —Queuemyreview

“Ms. James tackles what happens to a person when being told NO becomes something of the past, the obstacles so many stars face with trying to sort out who really cares for them and who is only using them for their own 15 minutes of fame, and how to stay grounded and somewhat normal when the rest of the world puts you on a pedestal with wit, humor and plenty of NO from the heroine. The one-liners will keep you laughing all the way through this book.” —Night Owl Romance

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101078884
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/07/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
30,758
File size:
636 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Janet Chapman
Fantastic, frolicking fun . . . Read Just the Sexiest Man Alive, and you will be adding Julie James to your automatic BUY list! (Janet Chapman, New York Times bestselling author)
From the Publisher

"Chicagoan Taylor Donovan is driven to succeed, and her track record in defending corporate clients against sexual harassment lawsuits is unsurpassed. On loan to her firm’s Los Angeles office, she reluctantly agrees to coach big-name actor and sexy heartthrob Jason Andrews for his upcoming role as a lawyer. His attitude irks her, while her insistence on maintaining a professional distance, in spite of their obvious and mutual physical attraction, intrigues him. James herself is a practicing attorney in both Chicago and L.A., and her familiarity with both the law and the film industry lends credibility to this fast-moving, contemporary romantic comedy between two strong- willed characters." —Booklist

"If you've ever wondered what it is like having the Hollywood spotlight on you, this is the book to read. Each word and situation is lovingly crafted and is, happy to say, perfection. . . . Just The Sexiest Man Alive is a spectacular beginning of what I hope is a stellar career of debut author, Julie James. . . . I'm jumping up and down here asking you not to miss this awesome novel that rightly deserves my Perfect 10 award." —Romance Reviews Today
 
"Julie James has created a wonderful debut novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride that Taylor and Jason took me on... And it is funny! Before I was even 35 pages into the book, Ms. James had me laughing out loud at one particular scene . . . An actual put the book down, laugh out loud, and wipe the tears from my eyes laugh. It is a fabulous book and I highly recommend it to everyone."  —Romance Novel TV
 
"James['s] . . . familiarity with both the law and the film industry lends credibility to this fast-moving, contemporary romantic comedy between two strong-willed characters." --Booklist
 
"Just the Sexiest Man Alive is witty, romantic, and so realistic I could have been there witnessing Taylor and Jason’s love story unfold. Julie James has a winning debut on her hands that is just an engaging delight to read." —Joyfully Reviewed
 
"Is anyone able to resist the sexiest man alive? You might be surprised in this funny story. . . . Even in the improbable world of Hollywood's top actors, Julie James introduces believable characters with real motivations behind their actions. With two witty and charming main characters, the dialogue is sure to keep the reader entertained." —Fresh Fiction
 
"This is an absolutely delightful read. It is clever, witty, and wonderfully romantic. Ms. James uses a sharp sense of humor and intelligence to develop her characters. The story is packed full of wry comebacks and snappy dialogue. . . . This is one book you hate to see end, because the characters are just that much fun." —Coffee Time

“The sparks fly, hilarity is plentiful with all of the one-liners in the story, and underneath it all is a touching look at fame and fortune and how it can become the only reason people get close to a person. Just the Sexiest Man Alive is now residing on my "keeper" shelf. Once you read the exploits of Taylor and Jason, you will feel the same way. Bravo, Ms James.” —Affaire de Coeur
 
“In her debut novel, James shakes up the world of lawyers and celebrity romance, producing a captivating, beautifully written story. The fireworks between the characters fuel the plot and will keep readers flipping the pages at a dizzying pace.” —Romantic Times BookReviews
 
“Is there any woman alive who hasn’t dreamed of landing the absolute sexiest Hollywood star? . . . In Just the Sexiest Man Alive Julie James spins a tale of that dream come true. . . . A larger than life hero and an unlikely heroine whose lives would normally never intersect and yet they turn out to be perfect for each other. . . . If you’re looking for a feel-good romance, you can’t go wrong with this story.” —Queuemyreview
 
“Ms. James tackles what happens to a person when being told NO becomes something of the past, the obstacles so many stars face with trying to sort out who really cares for them and who is only using them for their own 15 minutes of fame, and how to stay grounded and somewhat normal when the rest of the world puts you on a pedestal with wit, humor and plenty of NO from the heroine. The one-liners will keep you laughing all the way through this book.” —Night Owl Romance

Meet the Author

After graduating from the University of Illinois College of Law, Julie James clerked for the United States Court of Appeals in Jacksonville, Florida. She then practiced law with one of the nation's largest law firms for several years until she began writing screenplays. She now writes full time and lives in Chicago with her family.

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Just the Sexiest Man Alive 4.3 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 140 reviews.
Romance-Reader More than 1 year ago
Even Though I like my romantic novel with a minimum of an R rating, this had to be the only PG Romantic novel I've ever enjoyed. I couldn't put this book down. I have her upcoming novel down on my calendar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## I have to say, i liked "practice makes perfect" and "a lot like love" a lot better than this book. Don't get me wrong, this book is well written and highly entertaining. The heroine was awesome. The dialogue was witty and there are many laugh out loud moments. The only thing i didnt like about it (hence the four stars instead of five), was the hero. And that is a biggie for me. He was so arrogant that it bordered on rediculous. And what a complete man-slut. At one point he even points out that he has "done" four (4) of the Laker girls. It was really off-putting. I feel the author went overboard on his character. It's hard to believe the smart, beautiful heroine would fall for him. I think i would've liked her to kick this guy to the curb. But the rest was amazing.
fran2 More than 1 year ago
Read this book in one sitting and loved it. It is well written -- characters are personable and story moves quickly. This would be a great beach read
Jater More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite reads of 2008! I loved this book. Great characters, great dialogue, and great fun from start to finish. Can't wait for Ms. James' next book.

:)
Rowena More than 1 year ago
Review as seen on Book Binge.

I'm a sucker for those flirty heroes that are cocky and arrogant. You know, the kind of heroes that are bewildered when the heroine's don't fall into a puddle of lust at the sight of them. I love seeing them humbled. I loved seeing them so full of themselves in the beginning and then watching as they slowly come to realize that they're not as great as they think they are. I love seeing them come full circle and wooing their heroines into loving them anyway.

This book was great. It was a fast and funny read and I'm seriously wanting to read another Julie James book. It took me no time at all to read this book and I was sad to finish the story and say goodbye to the characters. They became real to me and I enjoyed getting to know them.

This book is about Jason Andrews and Taylor Donovan. Jason is this big hot shot celebrity actor, think Brad Pitt, a Multiple People's Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive and he pretty much got everything that he ever wanted. Women dropped their panties for him at the snap of a finger and people jumped to do his bidding every time he so much as glanced at them. He had that kind of power over people, the celebrity kind of power and he was so used to it that he didn't bother to think about what other people thought, it simply was and he enjoyed the power he had over people.

Taylor Donovan, on the other hand is a rising star in the law world. She was one of the top lawyers from her firm and she was sent to L.A. from Chicago to help with a big sexual harassment case and she takes her job very seriously. Even if she's forced to take a job she doesn't want, no matter who the job is for.

She doesn't give two flits about Jason Andrews and even though she thinks he's insanely attractive, she doesn't see what the big deal about him is, she vows to treat him as anyone else. She was going to treat him like she treats all of her other clients, only he stands her up at their first appointment and then stands her up again for their second appointment. She had cleared her schedule for him and he didn't even have the decency to call her and let her know he couldn't make it. He just left her hanging and so she did what any other woman would do.

She got good and pissed. She was so livid with him that when he finally did decide to come in and see her, she didn't care who the hell he was or anything, she was too busy for him.

That first meeting between Jason and Taylor was the best frickin' meeting ever. I thought it was hilarious and I loved the way that Taylor handled it. She totally had me crackin' up and then grinning like a fool, she was frickin' awesome. The way that she kept putting him in his place always had me laughing my ass off.

The characters were great, the dialogue was easy to follow along with and the plot all made for a really fast and a really fun read. I really enjoyed reading this book, I would really recommend this book to those of you who are looking for a light and entertaining read. This book delivers the laughs, the emotions and a romance that had you cheering the main characters on.

Jason and Taylor were a fantastic couple and I enjoyed getting to know them and watch them bump along the road to their happy ending, this was just one great book that let me escape into the lives of the rich and famous for a few hours and I absolutely will be reading more Julie James books.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Chicago based attorney Taylor Donovan is the coolest under fire lawyer known on the planet whether it is penis harassment or penal coding she never loses it to her they are the same and for that matter she never loses a case. The only people who can get inside to Taylor is her beloved parents, who sacrificed so much for her to be come a lawyer she vows to never let them down.----------------- Her firm Gray & Dallas sent her to Los Angeles to litigate a sexual harassment case. Her temporary L.A. boss Sam Blakely asks her to do him a favor as the best litigator in the firm. He wants her to train People magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive' Jason Andrews for his role as a lawyer in a film. Sam also warns her not to go starry eyed over the hunk she learned from childhood that ¿There¿s no crying in baseball¿ (A League of their Own) or in life. When they meet Jason turns on the charm, but strikes out as Taylor rejects his seductive endeavors. The more she refuses him, the more he wants her. As each begins to fall in love, two buried gentler souls surface.---------------- This engaging mixing of Hollywood and litigation is a fun enjoyable contemporary romance. The lead couple is a strong casting of individuals who at first seem so different yet as the audience get to know both of them, they share much the same attitude on life. Although the plot is somewhat limited fans will relish this superb relationship drama starring a pair of ¿drop-outs¿.---------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book..lots of funny scene that made me laugh..but I expected more romantic scene..this book didnt give me an awe moment so i give it 3 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only complaint would be the lack of more passion . This is so PG.
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nesa07 More than 1 year ago
I was a little skeptical reading this book. I saw her name on my fb page and decided why the hell not. I enjoyed her writing soo much I went ahead and ordered all of her books!!! I have read so many authors that I lose interest in but Julie just kept me hooked the whole time. funny, witty, romantic, it has it all. I would soo recommend anybody(everybody) to read it . You will NOT be disappointed.
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phallon-r More than 1 year ago
Always love it when the girl get the unattainable! Love how tough and strong the heroine is!
Rhonda_J_728 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 2 days. I had a hard time putting it down. Will definitely read more by this author.
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I did not think I would like this book as Hollywood actors are not my thing...but I LOVE this book. It is witty and smart and romantic as all get out! It is a must read!!
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I enjoyed it more than expected. Smart writing, good humor.
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Okay, The story had some good scenes. I gradually came to enjoy the lead character, Jason Andrews, but like everything else it took a long time! I like romance novels that tease and titilate but, I tend to forget why I'm interested when the first kiss between the main characters is somewhere 3/4 into the story. More "action" please! More descriptive, intimate scenes! More thoughts and insights into the characters feelings (corny, I know but, you get my drift). The book was just okay. S.A.K.
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