Apr 3, 2012

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Review: About That Night by Julie James (FBI #3)

Contemporary Romance
April 3 2012
Mass Market Paperback
304 pages
Berkley Sensation
Received from publisher

Yummy Man – Kyle Rhodes
Kick Ass Chick – Rylann Pierce

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…


This should be a pretty short review considering there isn’t a thing about About That Night that I did not enjoy.  Now, let’s see if it’s even possible for me to write a ‘short-ish’ review.


About That Night is the third book in Julie James’ FBI series.  Now, when it comes to these books, I would use the term ‘series’ loosely because they are not one long continuing story.  They are, in fact, completely standalone books that happen to contain cameos from the characters from past books.  You will not in the least feel lost or confused if you just jump right into this book.  The other books are fantastic and if you are a fan of contemporary romance books you absolutely must check them out, but do that because you want to read an awesome book and not because you feel the need to play catch up for this book.  Now, let’s talk about the story in About That Night.

Nine years ago, Kyle Rhodes and Rylann Pierce were in college and met in a bar.  Instant connection happened, Kyle walked Rylann home, told her he would be by the next day to pick her up for a date but never showed.  Don’t go thinking Kyle was a big jerk back then, he did have a very legitimate reason for standing her up.

Now nine years later, Rylann is a lawyer who recently moved to Chicago from San Francisco and Kyle is well, the Twitter Terrorist.  He is a computer security brainiac and, in a fit of drunken jealousy, shut down Twitter for a couple of days.  For that little incident, he got arrested and spent four months in prison.  About That Night starts off shortly after he was released from prison and put on house arrest.

Kyle is Jordan’s twin sister – the heroine from the previous book.  We meet him just enough in the last book to want to know more about him.  He is an amazing character – my favorite of Julie’s heroes to date.  Charming, witty, clever, smart, sexy, yummy…name great qualities you want to find in a man and I’ll tell you Kyle has them.  But on top of all that, he doesn’t take himself too seriously AND he takes full responsibility for his actions.  I love how he’s not a whiny brat even though he is the son of a billionaire and spent time in jail.  He likes to have fun but knows when it’s time to be serious.  And he has a huge heart to boot!  I’m telling you, he’s your perfect contemporary romance hero.  I absolutely loved him.

Rylann (what a beautiful name!) was great and perfect for Kyle.  Kyle needs a strong woman who can see that there is more to him than meets the eye, and Ry sees that from their first meeting.  Kyle is good for her too.  He undoes her in the very best way.  She is very smart and I loved her scenes in court.  She is smart enough to keep up with Kyle and that is another way they are a very good match.

I was very pleased with how this story worked.  We follow Rylann as she settles in her new life in Chicago and we follow Kyle as he sets off on the next part of his life – the ex Twitter Terrorist part.  There was conflict but nothing so over the top that it made things unrealistic.  That is one thing that truly bothers me in contemporary romance books, when the author just sticks a conflict in there just because she feels like there should be something standing in the couple’s way.  I know that is something I will never have to worry about with Julie.  Her ideas are always tight and her stories are always solid and believable.  And why?  Research.  Julie puts quite a bit of research into each of her books.  Yes, she had a background in law and can pull from that when writing her lawyers, but the prison scenes and the computer scenes (for lack of a better term) were really well done.  Julie did her homework and it showed.  I also enjoy how Julie adds some pop culture references in her books.  It reminds you that this book is taking place now and I believe it will add a bit of nostalgia when we re-read these books ten or fifteen years down the road.  Very fun.

The side characters are wonderful.  I especially liked Rylann’s friend Rae.  She was a spitfire without begin annoying and I hope we see her again in future books.  We see Cameron and Jack and Nick and Jordon in this book too and I was pleased by their roles.  Again, not just stuffed in here to say they made their appearance.  Julie mentioned that the hero from the next book is in About That Night and after reading this it leaves me with two possibilities in mind – both totally acceptable.  And if it’s not one next time, I hope it’s him the time after that because I do believe both of these gentlemen need their stories told.

Julie James is an auto-buy author for me.  Simply put, she writes perfect contemporary romance stories filled with endearing characters that jump off the page.  And even though I set out to write a short review about this book, it was simply impossible.  About That Night is too gosh darn good not to go on and on about.  It’s a fabulous, fresh, funny and smart book by one of contemporary romance’s stars.  You will fall in love with it as I have.  A must read for fans of the genre.

5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“’Scoff if you want,’ Shane replied.  ‘But my car is packed, gassed up, and stocked with snacks for the road.  At seven a.m. tomorrow, come rain or shine, I’m blowing this popsicle joint.’

‘Seven a.m.?’  Rae looked pointedly at the drink in Shane’s hand, his third so far that evening.  ‘I’m thinking that’s not going to happen.’

He waved this off, the drink spilling slightly.  ‘Please.  Like a little hangover’s going to get in the way of a man in love.’

‘Aw.  That’s very romantic,’ Rylann said.

‘Plus, I haven’t gotten laid in two months, and the reunion sex is awesome.’

‘And there’s the Shane we know and love.’”


Now he was getting suspicious.  ‘What’s with the twenty questions?’

‘Sue me for trying to open a dialogue here.  Geez.  I’ve just been a little worried about you, since I’ve heard that it can sometimes be difficult for ex-inmates to reenter normal life.’

Kyle shot her a look as he grabbed more wine bottles.  ‘Where, exactly, did you hear that?  Siblings of Ex-Cons Anonymous?’

Jordan glared.  ‘Yes, we have weekly meetings at the YMCA,’ she retorted.  Then she waved her hand vaguely.  ‘I don’t know, it’s just…something I saw on TV this past weekend.’

Ah.  Kyle suddenly had a sneaking suspicion about the cause of his sister’s concern.  ‘Jordo…by any chance were you watching The Shawshank Redemption again?’

‘Pfft.  No.’  She saw his knowing expression and caved.  ‘Fine.  I was flipping through the channels and it was on TNT.  You try turning that movie off.’  She looked at him matter-of-factly.  ‘It’s very compelling.’”

Books in the FBI series –
Something About You
A Lot Like Love
About That Night

  1. I love Julie James and was looking forward to reading this book, but after this review I may have to read it sooner than what I had planned. Great “short” review.

  2. I wanted to read about Kyle when i read book 2 🙂 So yes I really should read more by Julie James

  3. BookaholicCat – You’ll enjoy it. 🙂

    blodeuedd – Julie James is awesome.

  4. Great review, those books are on my wishlist.

  5. Ive been telling myself all week that I need to finish a few books before I download this one, after reading your review I’m ditching all my review books as of now. I need this book more!

  6. aurian – GREAT books!

    Lesley – I am not one to usually encourage changing around a reading schedule but for this one yes, do it. Read it now. 😉


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