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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Romance Book Casting Call with Mandi from Smexy Books and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to the Casting Call, blogger Mandi from Smexy Books. I am super stoked to have Mandi here to help me celebrate my first year of blogging. I was actually lucky enough to meet Mandi at last years Authors After Dark in Philadelphia and she is awesome. I'm not going to lie, I was in total awe of her when I first met her because I just love her blog so much. But she was super nice and we even talked a little about the BDB, which we are both obsessed with.

Mandi lives two lives. One at home with a hubs and two boys. Another surrounded by romantic happily ever afters and sometimes if she is feeling daring, a dangerous urban fantasy world. She has collected numerous fictional boyfriends along the way that keep her quite busy. While she has many favorite authors, on her auto-buy list currently are Courtney Milan, Cara McKenna, Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, KA Mitchell, Jim Butcher and Kaki Warner....just to name a few.

Places to find Mandi:

When the girls asked me to cast one of my favorite books with celebrities, my eyes landed right on A Lot Like Love by Julie James. Who can resist a sexy man in a suit? I sure can’t. Nick McCall is a FBI undercover agent who is not only great at his job, but has the charm and sexy good looks to woo the ladies. But Jordan Rhodes, who owns a wine bar (automatic favorite heroine) is a hard one to woo.

No contest for our sexy man in a suit. I introduce you to Nick McCall.

Oh Jon Hamm. He can wear a suit like no one else. And I bet under that suit looks pretty damn fine too. I can see him being a charming FBI agent, yes? I would do something illegal just so he could hunt me down.

Jordan has long blonde hair, and is a billionaire’s daughter, so she has access to expensive things.

Yes, I can see Reese Witherspoon battling Mr. Hamm in this romance. She has the billionaire look down, yet still has that girl next door vibe that Jordan portrays in the book. A Lot Like Love is not only a sexy contemporary, but has witty banter and wonderful supporting characters.

Who would you cast as Nick and Jordan? Leave a comment to win a copy of A Lot Like Love. Open to all.


As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.


As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more. . .

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Want to win some goodies from Mandi? 2 winners (International Shipping Available) will win some goodies from Mandi.

Up for grabs:

To Enter:
  • Leave a comment answering the question: Who would you cast in the roles of Nick and Jordan? 
  • Fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Please answer the question below or leave a meaningful comment. 
Good Luck =)

**Don't forget to stop by Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance and check out who Mandi chose to cast for the book Show No Mercy by Cindy Gerard.

A huge thank you to Mandi for stopping by the blog and sharing her casting picks as well as providing a copy of A Lot Like Like for the giveaway. 

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  1. I've not read this story before, but I really like Mandi's choices. The cover even works out perfectly for those choices too.

  2. I haven't read the story so I don't have a clear picture in my head of what the MC's should look like. Maybe Dianna Agron (?sp) from Glee for Jordan? She does the rich girl thing pretty well. :)

  3. i will say i agreed with your choice again =D

  4. I haven't read this serie yet but she is on my wishlist after a lot of good recommendations.

    I think your choice are perfect. I have difficulties with american authors ( i don't know the name etc)so it's difficult for me to find other idea. For this one though... i think Yannick Bisson would be a great choice too

    all the best and thanks you for the international giveaway

  5. I am not into celebs much so I have no idea. Would love to read the books though.

  6. I like your choices... :) Reese is one of my favorite actresses...

  7. Hello Chicks!

    Happy Saturday before Easter, and hoping you will have a great Easter, too :D

    Mandi, I've never read the book, [which now I really hope to win-I mean its setting is in my own city of the Wind!] but with such a great book blurb, and your description aided with the casting pics, my imagination went on a trip...

    Here's who I would cast as the FBI agent hero...Keanu Reeves :)

    For his rich heroine, I think a blonde Rachel McAdams would be perfect :)

    What do you think?

    You're blog, ROCKS!


  8. You can't go wrong with Don Draper lol
    Love him... and I agree with Melanie...Rachel McAdams is beautiful.

    Happy Easter everyone!!

  9. I am biased because I love Jed Hill on the cover so that is who I picture as Nick McCall. But I love your choice for Jordan!!! She's perfect!

    alltherhage AT gmail DOT com

  10. love your picks dont change them

  11. I agree with Ann. Jed Hill would be perfect as Nick, and Reese is perfect as Jordan.
    Happy Easter!

    Joanne B

  12. I think your choices are perfect. Nothing bets Hamm and Witherspoon.


  13. Nice choices Smexy. I would think Nick could also be played by Matt Bomer. But yay for Hamm and Reese!

    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  14. I haven't had a chance to read the book yet the choices up top look like great picks. hmmm Cameron Diaz is another good choice for rich and girl next door combined.

  15. Thanks for the fun post and giveaway!

    I haven't read this book cuz apparently I live under a rock, but I love your "cast". Maybe Charlize Theron as the heroine and maybe Jesse Williams (Jackson Avery from Grey's Anatomy) just cuz he is soooo pretty

  16. I think Mandi's choices are great, I'd love to see that movie! I think another man who can rock a suit is Matt Bomer, and Reese Witherspoon seems like a perfect Jordan.

  17. Well, I haven't read that book yet, but I love Reese, so I approve!

  18. I love your choices, thanks for the chance to win!

  19. I do like Reese Witherspoon, but I would like to see Matthew McConaughey in an FBI suit.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  20. Reese is a perfect choice. She's beautiful and elegant. How about Thomas Gibson from Criminal Minds for the male lead? He wears a suit very well.

  21. Great choices!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  22. I like Reese but I would cast Nathan Fillian as the male lead!

  23. I don't watch a lot of television or movies, so I could not say.


  24. i will say i agreed with your choice, thanks for chance to win :D

  25. Reese Witherspoon sure is cute but I could very well see Rachel McAdams as a sophisticated billionaire's daughter-wine bar owner and as for the sexy FBI hunk I would cast either Hugh Jackman or Henry Cavill (alltime favourite dreamman ;-)

    Thank you for the chance Mandi and have a great Easter weekend!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  26. I agree with these choices. Reese would do a good job.

  27. It appears you already have a winning combination! They would be great based on the character descriptions. Thank you for the giveaway and sharing this information! Adding to the TBR List!

    PhoenixCarvelli at gmail dot com

  28. I agree with Reese Witherspoon, but I think Jon Hamm is too old for the role. He's nearing 40 and i believe Nick is probably around 30. My choice would be Liam Hemsworth


  29. Even though I haven't read this book yet. Don and Reese would be great to picture in the roles. Great choices by the way.
    Carol L.

  30. Even though I haven't read this book yet. Don and Reese would be great to picture in the roles. Great choices by the way.
    Carol L.

  31. I know they might be a bit young for the casting call but I think Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson would be great cast as Nick and Jordan.

  32. Nice picks Smexy! I like Reese as the girl pick, but I would pick Henry Cavill (he can look very tempting in a suit).

  33. I agree with your pick of Reese Witherspoon, but I think Jon Hamm is a bit too old for the role. Kyle is in his mid-30s and I think Jon Hamm is in his 40s.


  34. I haven't read the book (though I really want to!), but I love Reese Witherspoon picture. She totally looks like a bilionaire's daughter, and I know she can be really nice and likeable too. Thanks!