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About That Night (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – April 3, 2012
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"James' latest novel is ... filled with fast quips and chemistry that heats up the pages. Readers will love the back-and-forth between the main characters, but throughout the book the rest of the cast of characters and the story is a fantastic romantic comedy. This one would be great on the big screen."-RT BookReviews Magazine (Top Pick)
“ABOUT THAT NIGHT is Julie James’s best book to date! . . . It is utterly enchanting, sensual and fabulous. Julie James gives a robust voice to contemporary courtships! Amusing and sexy, Julie James's books are flirtatious temptations for every reader.”--Romance Junkies
About the Author
After graduating from law school, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie James clerked for the United States Court of Appeals. She then practiced law with one of the nation's largest firms for several years until she began writing screenplays. After Hollywood producers optioned two of her scripts, she decided to leave the practice of law to write full-time.
Julie's books have been listed on the American Library Association's Reading List for Top Genre Novels, Booklist's Top 10 Romances of the Year, and have been featured as one of Cosmopolitan magazine's Red Hot Reads. Julie's novels also were chosen as the Best Contemporary Romances of 2010, 2011, and 2012 in the All About Romance Readers' Polls. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages and Julie's sixth novel, Love Irresistibly, is now available.
Julie James lives with her husband and two children in Chicago, where she is currently working on her next book.
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The first problem that I have is the fact that there's not much of a conflict. She's a US Attorney and he's "billionaire heir Kyle Rhodes" (do you know how many times that phrase appears in the book? Just how many times does the reader have to be reminded how much money Kyle has?). Okay, so he's an ex-con. Rylann is very angsty about that, but so what? He was incarcerated for four months, and it wasn't for a violent crime. I'm not saying Rylann's character should not have taken pause, but the way she was carrying on, you would have thought Kyle was a serial killer or had at least kidnapped the Lindbergh Baby. All of Kyle's prison reflections ("Prison changes a man.") were just kind of silly too. Dude, you were in for FOUR MONTHS .
The second issue I have concerns "telling instead of showing". In James' other titles, we know her characters are dedicated and good at what they do because the reader gets to see them in action and experience things right along with them. For instance, in "Practice Makes Perfect", Payton experiences what has got to be the most horrifying court appearance ever known (flashing the courtroom, falling down, etc.) and pulls it off with grace and aplomb, and the reader gets to experience it right along with her, down to the fury she feels when she realizes the hero of the story is responsible. In "About That Night", Rylann is supposed to be an intense and dedicated attorney, but we don't really get to see this in action. Instead, we're told (a few times actually) that she climbed down a ladder in a skirt (given the nickname, Meth Lab Rylann, which I found silly and annoying). The reader is supposed to hear this story a couple of times and be convinced about Rylann's determination and dedication? Couldn't we have experienced her doing something that showed this to us instead of just hearing about it?
I kept waiting for something to HAPPEN. Honestly, I thought Rylann and Kyle were going to have to go on the run or something, and Kyle was going to have to use his mad hacking skills to save their lives. I thought he might have to risk his freedom and take off after Rylann to save her from something while he still had the ankle bracelet on or SOMETHING. Instead the case was settled and they spend the rest of the book hovering around each other whining about how tough it is to trust (especially when you're "billionaire heir Kyle Rhodes"). **SPOILER AHEAD**Even when "the shirt" comes into play at the end. That scene had the potential to be really wonderful. I thought there was going to be some sort of grand gesture. Instead, the shirt makes an appearance ("You kept it?" "Yes, I did.") and everyone is convinced and everyone is happy. **END SPOILER**
There is still enough to like to make the book worth reading. There is James' signature banter. This time, unfortunately, it was diluted a great deal and there wasn't enough going on in the story to counteract its absence. I still await the release of another Julie James book, but I will keep fingers, toes, and anything else anatomically possible crossed that this was an aberration and the next book will have Julie James back at fighting weight.
Celine had been stood up by him years earlier and now they are forced to spend time together.
She read of his mother dying and that's probably why he didn't show up for their date. 9 years later:
Kyle Rhodes is a runner but has a bracelet on his ankle as he was out of prison but on home detention. He had been dating Danielle but she stopped showing up and left him a tweet and the link showing her with another guy.
He's a billionaire and she was a super model. He drank himself to help forget about her.
He also knows computers and he knows he could've removed them but he took down the site instead.
He went to Tijuana after that. After 2 days he saw the report that the FBI were looking for him in regards to her death.
His sister Georgia didn't like he wanted to plead guilty. He just wanted it over with quickly. She makes a deal to get him out early and now he can help with another crime that took place when he was in prison.
Nine years ago, while in law school, Rylann Pierce met a potentially amazing guy at a bar. She let him walk her home and he gave her the kiss of a lifetime. She agreed to a date the next night, but he never showed up. She did eventually learn why, but he never called to apologize.
Now Rylann is an assistant U.S. Attorney; she's just broken up with her boyfriend and as part of her six-month plan to get over him she moves back to Chicago from California, where she'd been living with her ex. She likes her job and her co-workers, and quickly settles in to her new life.
Kyle Rhodes is the son of a billionaire and a computer genius who, up until five months ago, had been living a playboy lifestyle. When his supermodel girlfriend broke up with him over twitter, he was humiliated. After a few drinks, he drunkenly decided he could save himself the public embarrassment of being dumped via social media by releasing a virus that shuts Twitter down, earning the nickname "The Twitter Terrorist". Perhaps if he hadn't been drinking, he might have remembered that the feds have computer geeks working for them too; they arrest him and he's sent to federal prison. Now, after serving four months, he's being released early as part of an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's office. He can't believe it when the beautiful law student he was never able to forget walks into the courtroom, representing the U.S. Attorney's office.
He'd like to go out with Rylann, see how things go between them, but she rejects him - she's an assistant U.S. Attorney and he's an ex-con. Then, a case comes to her office and he's the only person who can help her. The time he spends with her assisting with the case makes him more determined than ever to pursue a relationship with her. She doesn't see how it could work given their current circumstances.
Julie James is an auto-buy author for me and About That Night does not disappoint. I love both Rylann and Kyle - they're each driven, straightforward, likable characters. Although you would think this would be a typical "uptight heroine and slacker hero" trope, this was not the case at all. Rylann's job is important to her, she's intense but she does have a personal life. Kyle likes to have a good time in his persoal life, but professionally he's serious and wants to atone for his mistakes. These two really make a great pair and the dialogue between them is sexy and smart. The secondary characters, both personal and professional, are entertaining and I'm hoping we'll see more of them in future books.
One of the things I love is the fact that the conflict of the story is (what I consider to be) internal; they're not fighting assassins or racing to save the world - it's just them and their relationship with each other.
My only grumble is that the 'assistance with a separate case' scenario seemed a bit weak, even though it was a good set-up for them to meet again. About That Night grabbed my attention from the very beginning and I was reading, reading, reading because I couldn't put it down, and at the same time trying desperately to make it last longer :)
Any fan of Contemporary Romance will enjoy this book. While About That Night can be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading the whole series - it's that good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Main character was well developed and strong. Glad she was not the fragile female in most romances