Posted by: Karen | April 26, 2017


Available now from Tantor Audio.F0367_ThingLove-238x238

From the Publisher:

“FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army Ranger clashed during their training at Quantico and gladly went their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to be assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.

For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work together—a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated . . .”

From the review at Reading Between the Lines Book Club:

“Karen White is one of my favorite narrators. I’m ecstatic that she’s narrating this series. Not surprisingly, she aces every aspect of The Thing About Love! She nails the personality of both main characters with authentic, consistent and realistic-sounding male and female voices. Her pacing couldn’t be better. The end product is polished and professional. I literally could not put this audio down and I’m sure those around me on a pedestrian bridge that I frequently walk wondered what was going on as I burst out laughing at the hilarious banter throughout. I further confess to listening to some of this audio in my hot garage because I didn’t want to hit stop. Karen’s performance, without a doubt, added to my enjoyment of this read. If you are an audiophile, I would highly recommend that you elect to listen to The Thing About Love. Julie and Karen are a pairing made in heaven!”

From the review at AudioGals:

“Of course, I can always count on Karen White to deliver – her natural pacing, where it’s like she’s sitting next to you, just spinning a good yarn, makes listening to this a pleasure. She gives the Jacksonville mayor a good-old-boy Southern sound, without turning him into a cartoon, while both John and Jessica, as well as their parents, siblings, and friends, have no noticeable regional accents. She still manages to differentiate well without accents, so that it’s clear who is speaking when John and his buddies are talking together, and she has a believable contrast between the male and female characters. She also conveys a lot of emotion with her tone, in the bedroom as well as in the tense scenes with the Jacksonville mayor.”

My recording experience: I could go on and on ad nauseum about how much I missed getting to record one of Julie’s books last year – seriously, it’s a rite of spring for me at this point! And about how much I loved both these characters – Jessica because she was a badass in heels and John, because, well duh…but I think pictures speak louder than words sometimes (am I putting myself out of a job here?) because I just want to share the character inspirations Julie shared with me:


And check out the video I stumbled upon trying to find out how to say Ponte Vedra Inn correctly. Which made me jealous of Jessica and John’s working vacation in a very big way. Can’t we all just go hang out in that place…?

Listen to a sample here:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Janie M. is the randomly selected winner and the CDs will be mailed out to her as soon as I get her address.  Thanks to all for entering!  I give away lots of books – to find out about them in the future, please consider following this blog, or my Facebook page, or on Twitter. Oftentimes, you can also enter there!

 (If you’d like to buy a copy, using this link, I’ll receive a small percentage from Amazon through their Associates program. Narrators don’t earn royalties, so this is a way I can be compensated for marketing the book.)


  1. Your reviews are always more than enough of a recommendation for me. Thanks for the giveaway and for showing me another author.

  2. The Julie James/Karen White team is an auto download for me. Pure joy

  3. I think that the Julie James and Karen White team makes this series an automatic download for me. I keep checking back on Julie’s website to see when the next book will be released. Pure joy!

  4. I love the funny situations that happen in her books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Would love to check out this book, thanks for the chance!

  6. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Sounds like a very enjoyable “read.”

    • Janie, you are the winner of this audiobook. I’ll email you to get your address.

  8. It would be great to have this in audio. Can’t wait!

  9. Like the outline of the characters and plot that you outlined – would love to win!

  10. I can’t wait to listen to this!

  11. Would love to listen to this one

  12. Would love to win. Thanks for the chance

  13. Love the book – added the audio version to my list.

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