About That Night by Julie James

 

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Title: About That Night

Series: FBI / US Attorney, Book 3

Author: Julie James

First published: April 3rd 2012, Berkley Sensation

Edition: ebook, 287 pages

Genre: Romance

Age group: Adult

Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★

About That Night (FBI / US Attorney, #3)
Synopsis:

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.

My thoughts:

About That Night takes off right from the place A Lot Like Love ended at and incorporates practically all the characters known from the previous books in the FBI/U.S. Attorney Book Series. Just like it was before, the setting of this story is Chicago and once again the reader finds himself in the middle of U.S. Attorney office life.

The story now focuses on Assistant U.S. Attorney Rylann Pierce, who moves from her previous job in San Fransisco, following a breakup from her boyfriend, to Chicago U.S. Attorney office, the head of which is Cameron Lynde, well known to any fan of the series.

Rylann Pierce is pictured to be a hard and responsible worker, one to set up 6-year plan to achieve her main goal of becoming the best lawyer and possibly even the U.S. Attorney. At her new work Rylann is surrounded by all well known faces, not only Cameron Lynde, but FBI Special Agents Jack Pallas, Nick McCall and Sam Wilkins. And this idea of Julie James to include the characters from the previous installments of the series is a smart and appealing move, as it sets the atmosphere of being at home with the place and characters and makes it easy to follow the plot.

Rylann plans to make the best of her first cases to prove that she is an approved lawyer, but one case in particular turns out a real testament of her professionalism as she has to deal with her crush from nine years ago in the face of Kyle Rhodes, who is also familiar to the reader being the brother of the second book’s heroine Jordan Rhodes.

Kyle Rhodes is released from prisoner way early due to his sister’s arrangement with FBI. After his twitter 2-days shutdown Kyle is determined to get his life back on track. He wants to start his own consulting business but the girl he was impressed with nine years ago and lost a chance with suddenly reappears in his life and makes him rethink his views on life and love.

Kyle and Rylann are both two independent persons. And despite Kyle’s constant teasing of Rylan of her strict working routine, he’s just as hardworking as her. Besides, both of them have been burned in the relationship department before, Kyle’s previous relationship with model Daniella ended in him becoming the Twitter Terrorist, which followed in him being arrested. And Rylann doesn’t want any man to lead her on like her ex-boyfriend Jon, who made her believe in their future together and instead left her alone following his dream of moving to Italy.

Kyle and Rylann are nowhere ready for love, yet it takes hold of them unexpectedly and the only way out for them is to give into it.

The story is totally in Julie James’ style with it’s well thought out plot with twist from the world of layers and steamy love scenes. Yet, some thing’s missing now to make it really stand out, when compared to the first two books. The love story was nice and beautiful, but possibly the point is in the fact that the danger factor now is lost. But still it’s a good book to read on a lazy day and get overwhelmed with the story of two people getting to know each other and eventually fall in love. I will totally read the next 4th installment which will come out next year, I’m sure it will be a nice read, too.

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