Wednesday, March 28, 2012

About that Night

   About That Night (FBI, # 3)

Nine years ago, Rylann Pierce was celebrating the completion of her first year of law school when she met billionaire heir Kyle Rhodes. Kyle walks Rylann home and sets up a date with her for the next night, but circumstances prevent him from ever making the date.

Fast forward nine years. Rylann is an up and coming Assistant U.S. Attorney and she has just transferred to Chicago from San Francisco. Kyle is still a billionaire heir and still a computer genius now known as “The Twitter Terrorist” for the druken incident he pulled over an ex-girlfriend.

They are thrown into each other’s orbit again when Rylann needs Kyle’s help with a case. All of these years later, the sparks are still there between them and neither has forgotten the other. But can an Assistant U.S. Attorney find happiness with an ex-con?

Julie James is a romance sensation. She has written some of my favorite characters and stories in recent years. She creates these really strong, independent women and couples them with these smoking hot guys and the results are electric. The plots are original and well-researched; you’re not getting just another plot device with her.

The characters of Rylann and Kyle are perfection. I love Rylann’s snarky quips and Kyle – seriously, the guy shut down Twitter for two days and then was man enough to own up to it. Not to mention he looks like Sawyer from Lost. Hmm yes please.  
The wordplay between Rylann and Kyle is fun and sweet at times but sexy and not a little steamy too. It’s not often I find myself laughing out loud while reading a romance unless it’s so over the top cheesy I can’t help it. James gives these characters unique voices and you can’t help laughing out loud at some of the happenings. Kyle takes a lot of heat for his resemblance to Sawyer, so there are all of these wisecracks from his friends and those are laugh out loud moments. Such as this one:

When they are relating the story of “Meth Lab Rylann”, Jack describes the hole she has to climb through as a “three-foot-wide hole in the ground that’s covered by a metal door – kind of like a submarine hatch”. And Dex replies “Sounds like something out of Lost”. But you don’t have to be a fan of Lost to appreciate the humor in the book. Kyle is the Twitter Terrorist - that in itself is bound to inspire quirky comments.

The only glitch I found was that I read the book too fast and now I have to wait a whole year for another Julie James book. Maybe I will get lucky and she will hear my plea and write another one faster. One can hope. If you love romance, check this one out, you won’t be disappointed.

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