Sunday, February 24, 2013

Review: About That Night

About That Night (FBI / US Attorney #3)

by Julie James


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.


Previously when I needed a hit of law and order (pun intended) I had to turn to the television for my fix, but not anymore.  Julie James's new series about gorgeous FBI agents and daring and sexy US attorneys fills any void that might have existed for this genre.  Each book is linked, but it’s not necessary to have been with the series from the beginning you enjoy the story.  We have a glimpse of the past to set up the story for Kyle and Rylann before we move into the current timeline and the story of their love.
Kyle is finally coming to terms with his mistakes.  After his conviction and jail time, now known as the “twitter Terrorist”, he's come to some serious conclusions about his life and knows it’s time to grow up and move on.  It’s time for him to meet with the US attorney to close the deal and handle the details of the agreement made by his sister to grant him freedom.  Then his world is thrown completely off balance when the girl he’d lusted after years before turns out to be the new US attorney on his case.  Seeing Rylann again after so long pulls out emotions he hasn't felt in ages and reminds him that some women are worth the effort instead of just having easy liaisons with random women that are meaningless.
Rylann is surprised when her first case in her new position is the boy who left her hanging so many years ago.  Even more surprising is the attraction and connection they still feel for each other.  Rylann isn't comfortable with this new development, being attracted to an ex-con, especially one that her office so diligently prosecuted.  When they are forced together on another case, it soon becomes evident that there is no fighting the desire.  Once they are no longer working together, they both decide to stop fighting the need anymore and have their long awaited night together.
But is one night really enough for them?
After their one night together Rylann begins to pull away trying to keep distance from Kyle and all the complications he represents in her life.  Kyle on the other hand is even more sure than ever that Rylann is more important than just a one night stand, she’s the woman he’s wanted for almost 10 years and it’s time to get her.  
Kyle is so sweet and thoughtful, planning dates that will allow Rylann to keep their relationship from becoming public, like she requests, and working through all her demands.  He shows her how great of a guy he really his, showing her his vulnerable underbelly and all the holes he has in his life and his heart, holes he thinks she might be able to fill.  But Rylann isn't really brave enough to give them both what they need.  She’s too concerned with her career and the ramifications to see that Kyle is just as in love with her as she is with him.
When her past comes back to haunt her, Kyle understands that she just isn't ready to risk it all for him, for them.  Leaving her is hard for him, but knowing he can’t be a hidden part of her life, a dirty little secret, he decides to let her go.  But finding the courage she needs is the only thing that Rylann can do to bring him back and allow them both to have a happy life. Will she find that courage or is it too much for her handle?
This book had me crying and laughing many times.  The growth of both characters into mature and world-weary was interesting to watch as their love blooms.   The passion between them is intense and their love is obvious from the very beginning.  Seeing their shared past as the foundation for their HEA was cute and a great way to show their differences as they've grown up. Individually they are wonderful characters but it is obvious that together they are even greater.  This has some seriously funny moments and of course the sensuality was off the charts. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this US Attorney’s office and the FBI agents they interact with day to day.  Chicago law enforcement is a hotbed of sex, intrigue, and romance apparently!

Rating:   4.75 stars

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