PJV QUICKIE: Another win for Julie James – About That Night is humorous, sexy, and engaging; a perfect example of why I love Contemporary Romance!
Author: Julie James
Series: FBI/US Attorneys #3
Publication: April 3rd 2012 by Berkley Sensation
Source: Personal copy
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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.