Michelle's Review: About That Night by Julie James

book cover Mass Market: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: April 3, 2012
ISBN: 9780425246955

Source of my copy: publisher
Series: FBI #3
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Though Rylann Pierce tried to fight the sparks she felt for billionaire heir Kyle Rhodes the night they met, their sizzling chemistry was undeniable. But after being stood up on their first date, Rylann never expected to see him again. So when she finds herself face to face with Kyle in a courthouse nine years later, she’s stunned. More troubling to the beautiful Assistant U.S. Attorney is that she’s still wildly attracted to him.
Just released from prison, Kyle Rhodes isn’t thrilled to be the star witness in a high-profile criminal case — but when Rylann comes knocking at his door, he finds she may be the one lawyer he can’t say no to. Still as gorgeous and sharp-tongued as ever, she lays down the law: she doesn’t mix business with pleasure. But Kyle won’t give up on something he wants — and what he wants is the one woman he’s never forgotten...

Michelle's Review:
Ms. James can do no wrong. Seriously. She the queen of writing the most smart, witty, fun, steamy, can't-put-down, read-with-a-smile-your-face contemporary romances and About That Night is another example of her brilliance.

Kyle Rhodes is quite different from gruff, broody Jack of Something About You and tough and manly Nick of A Lot Like Love. Kyle Rhodes is flirty and charming and can wine and dine a woman like a master. He may be the son of a billionaire but he is wealthy in his own right--basically, he works hard and plays hard. Rylann is a classic Julie James heroine: a lawyer, smart, hard-working, ambitious, independent and has quite a bit of sass. I love the banter between the two of them and there were so many quotable exchanges between them. The chemistry between Kyle and Rylann practically leaped off the page from the start and to finish.

Kyle and Rylann's story began when they were grad students, celebrating the end of the semester at a local bar. Rylann caught Kyle's eye that night and there were major sparks between them. He walked her home that night, they shared an unforgettable kiss and planned to go out on a date the next night. But Kyle's mom got into a terrible car accident and their date never happened. Fast forward nine years later and Rylann is back in Chicago after landing a job as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA). On her first court appointment she finds herself face to face with Kyle Rhodes. They were both surprised that there were still major sparks between them.

After the debacle with his ex-girlfriend, Kyle had sworn off serious relationships. But after seeing Rylann again, there's just something about her and he couldn't get her off his mind. Rylann also couldn't get Kyle off her mind but dating an ex-con whose case was handled by her office? And her being the newest AUSA? So, they decided to keep their relationship a secret. But soon Kyle realized he wanted something more, for Rylann to be truly part of his life. Rylann, however, was not sure she can take that chance with Kyle.

The first half of the book dealt with a case in which Kyle was a witness and I love how the author combines great courtroom drama and a sexy, steamy romance. And, ladies, this one is Ms. James's most steamiest yet--you're gonna want to crank up the AC for this one! I quickly devoured this one but I'll be going back to read my favorite parts. Looking for a contemporary romance that will make you smile and melt? You truly can't go wrong with a Julie James novel.

1 comment

  1. MUST RESIST TO READ REVIEW! I am currently reading the second. Just a few pages in. I'm new to this author but already loving her work. SAY is my fav so far :)


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