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Reviewed by Ann Liu

In About That Night, Kyle Rhodes is the billionaire heir who ends up going to jail for his act of terrorism on Twitter. After he gets out of jail, he comes face to face with Raelynn, the woman he met nine years ago at a bar. The two had an instant attraction and planned a first date, but the date never happened. Their attraction to each other is alive and well even after all the years when they meet up again in the courtroom; she as the Assistant District Attorney, and he as a convict. The two, despite pretending they don’t know each other, get thrown together on a different case where he is a witness. This time, they have to work together – in and out of the courtroom.

About That Night is a continuation from Julie James’ last book, A Lot Like Love. However, I did not see the connection and did not realize it was a “continuation” until after I finished the book. I have been impressed with James after reading her first novel, Just the Sexiest Man Alive. Unfortunately, it seems that each subsequent book disappoints me more and more.

I had mixed feelings about About That Night. On a positive note, the story is built up very well. I liked the characters and the dialogue between them. James’ legal background comes in handy when crafting steamy romances involving female lawyers. She makes her heroines out to be independent, smart, tough women who can hold their own ground.

Now my alter ego tends to think more deeply about the details of the story, and things just don’t add up. How does the billionaire end up in jail? Doesn’t he have loads of money to get himself off the hook? And what happens to him in jail? He sure doesn’t come out of jail as a hardened man and yet he somehow makes himself seem even more appealing to the public. What is the likelihood that the ex -con hooks up with an attorney? I really enjoy James’ writing so I am willing to overlook the details. However, one thing that kept pulling at me were the screaming ethical dilemmas. How does an attorney date a witness/ex-convict? Doesn’t that go against the state bar’s standards and code of ethics? The end was also quite disappointing – it felt too forced and unrealistic. I expected it to end differently after all the build up of Raelynn’s dilemma, but the story just fell flat.

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Ann Liu loves to read women’s fiction, chick-lit, romance, and self help books. She lives in sunny Southern California, where she can enjoy her time reading outdoors.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Berkley. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.