Sunday, June 19, 2016

Short Review: About That Night

About That Night

by Julie James
Book 3 of FBI/U.S. Attorney

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Rating:  3.5 Stars

He's Playing Games

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.

But She's Making The Rules

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.


Well, I was excited going into this book, but I wasn't all too excited as the book progressed.  There is definitely that all too familiar witty banter and humor between our main couple, but other than that, not much else seems to happen.  This is more or less a contemporary romance first and foremost with law and proceedings coming in at a close second.  I was kind of expecting some suspense and crime thriller type (since the first two were sort of in that genre), but there wasn't much action going on.

Nonetheless, if you look at it as a standard contemporary romance, it's an excellent book.  The characters are wonderful, intelligent, fun, and lovable; the story line is cute and trendy.  But since I went into the book expecting a side dish of suspense and crime and thrill, I came out of it a little conflicted... and feeling kind of meh.

I tried giving the book two days to sink in before deciding how I REALLY felt about it, but since the excitement was lost on me while I was reading it, I don't think I ever got it back.  And honestly, I know it's unfair to this book since it IS written well, and it DOES have excellent characters.

On a side note, I find it really strange that my interest in Kyle when I was reading the second book kind of deflated after he became center stage in this third book.  On the other hand, while I was reading A Lot Like Love I didn't really feel like Nick McCall stood out too much outside of being the hot, hero, FBI agent type.  However, in THIS book, I found that I fell in love with Nick as a side character.

Stranger things have happened, I must say.

A few things I DID appreciate about this book:
  • Rylann's law geek tendencies.
  • The sibling banter between Kyle and Jordan.
  • Sam Wilkins and his "meet cute" line.

This review was originally posted at Goodreads in September 2013.

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