Book Review: About That Night

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Rating: 4 out of 5

If you have ever watched “Law and Order” and thought to yourself, “You know what this needs? Sexiness to spice things up!” then this book is for you.

Author Julie James practiced law for several years before writing full-time, and each of her seven current novels revolves around the legal profession. Because she writes what she knows, her stories are credible–as well as fun.

It’s her strong characters, suspenseful plots, and sexy scenes that keep me coming back for more. I’ve almost read her entire work, including Just the Sexiest Man Alive, Practice Makes Perfect, and Something About You.

About that Night is the third book in James’ FBI / U.S. Attorney series (which started with Something About You). Due to an organizational mishap, I accidentally misplaced the second book A Lot Like Love, which didn’t make my  2012 to-read list and clearly went into hiding for all of 2013! I didn’t re-discover it until I finished its “sequel.”

And while each book can stand alone, they contain recurring characters who are in some way connected to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago. Something About You starred Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde, who has since been promoted. In About that Night, Rylann Pierce is the assistant reporting to Cameron.

The story follows Rylann and her love interest Kyle Rhodes, who met while Rylann was in law school. Due to unforeseen circumstances, they are not reunited until nine years later–on opposite sides of the courtroom.

Kyle is a computer security expert and heir to billionaire Grey Rhodes who created the most popular antivirus software. After a betrayal by an ex, Kyle has an angry, drunken fit, hacking into her Twitter for revenge and then shutting the social network down. Now dubbed the “Twitter Terrorist,” he faces charges for his white collar crime.

Rylann is given the assignment to prosecute Kyle, but what happens when she finds out that he’s a witness to an even bigger scandal? And how will they deal with all their unresolved sexual tension from nine years ago, especially given their taboo relationship of prosecutor and defendant?

About that Night is an easy, light-hearted read that focuses less on criminal suspense and more on navigating a complicated relationship in the real world. Rylann is an admirable female lead, with a sensible head on her shoulders and an ambitious devotion to her career. More romance novels need characters like Rylann who look before they leap and won’t drop everything for a man.

It will be interesting to go back and read A Lot Like Love, which stars Kyle’s twin sister Jordan. I’ll get a peek into Kyle’s Twitter fiasco and learn about how Jordan began her relationship with undercover FBI agent Nick McCall.

All I know is that when it comes to romance, you can’t go wrong with Julie James.

So have you ever skipped a book in a series? Was it accidental or intentional? How did it change your reading experience, and would you do it again? Let me know in the comments!

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7 thoughts on “Book Review: About That Night

  1. Actually, the first & only book I have read in this series was Love Irresistibly, so I will go back & start from scratch on the series. I have done that with Robyn Carr’s Virgin River Series & Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove Series. hH, and Jaci Burton’s Play by Play. I always have to go back & start at the beginning & do a reread of the original, though. Most of the time, the story can be stand alone, but I do prefer to know the other characters from previous books.

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