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

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Review: About That Night (FBI/US Attorney #3) by Julie James three-stars
About That Night by Julie James
Series: FBI/US Attorney #3
Published by Berkley/NAL Publishing Group on April 3, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 284
Format: Paperback
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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.

I’m really not sure what to say about this book. I enjoyed the read but…it had parts that were unsettling and/or unbelievable to me. I put it down and it was over a week before I picked it back up.

Sooo, let’s start with the “unsettling” part(s):
Rylann is an assistant US prosecuting attorney. Kyle is an ex-convict – a very famous ex-convict who’s trial was national news. These two people should NOT date. At all.

For some reason, it just didn’t…feel right. What kind of cases can Rylann try without seeming to have some bias? Anything that deals with the internet, hacking, business and wealthy people would almost have to have her recuse herself – at least that’s how I see it as a layman. Of course, Julie James has a lot more legal experience than I – so take that with your grain of salt.

And on to the “unbelievable” part(s):
Kyle is a billionaire (well, a millionaire and an heir to billions)…and his trial was national news. When Kyle was released there were cameras everywhere…but his first public meeting with Rylann was only written about in the social section of the newspaper?? There’s NO WAY that the paparazzi were not following him. Every single second that Kyle and Rylann spent together in public should have been photographed. TMZ and other outlets like it would have been all over Kyle – at the very least. The fact that the author used Kyle’s fame only when it suited her for plot purposes threw me out of the story on several occasions. There’s one scene where Kyle & Rylann are making out on a balcony and I kept expecting it to show up in the news…but it never did.

Other than the two reasons above, the book was fine. Enjoyable for the most part. I admit I wasn’t a big fan of the ending as well. It felt a little trite and corny at the same time. When I think about it, I disliked a lot about this book…but I still had a decent enjoyment level and (per usual) I love Julie James’ heroines (that’s worth a star, right there).

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