About Last Night
Release Date: June 11, 2012
Publisher: Random House – Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Source: Publisher
Cath Talarico knows a mistake when she makes it and God knows she’s made her share. So many, in fact, that this Chicago girl knows London is her last, best shot at starting over. But bad habits are hard to break, and soon Cath finds herself back where she has vowed never to go… in the bed of a man who is all kinds of wrong: too rich, too classy, too uptight for a free-spirited troublemaker like her.
Nev Chamberlain feels trapped and miserable in his family’s banking empire. But beneath his pinstripes is an artist and bohemian struggling to break free and lose control. Mary Catherine — even her name turns him on — with her tattoos, her secrets, and her gamine, sex-starved body, unleashes all kinds of fantasies.
When blue blood mixes with bad blood, can a couple that is definitely wrong for each other ever be perfectly right? And with a little luck and a lot of love, can they make last night last a lifetime?
What Nima’s talking about:
Like Ruthie Knox’s last novel, Ride with Me, I sat down to just “start” reading her latest, About Last Night. It was one the busiest days I’ve had in months and the first chapter was going to be my reward for meeting a major deadline. I was a full quarter into the book before real life came pounding down the door, and I had to pull myself out of the relationship quickly evolving between main characters Nev and Cath. I came back to it later that night after fixing dinner and told myself I was going to “just get comfortable at the computer” before starting the next project on my list. Naturally, I read the rest of the whole darn thing in that one sitting. I had no business blowing off so much work, but I was consumed. Three lousy hours of sleep was worth it to go to bed knowing how it all resolved.
The overall story arc is not overly complicated with subplots, and in this case, that’s a good thing. The narrowness and simplicity of the story serve to make it an intense experience. You have everything invested in the characters and what happens to this unlikely couple. Cath is a chronic mistake-maker. She has walls, thick walls, around her secrets and her heart. When Nev, prince charming—both British and insightful—comes into her life, he brings the one thing able to break down those walls, patience. (Which is to say nothing of the hot, hot chemistry between them. In my mind’s eye, he looked a whole lot like Jeremy Renner. I wonder who you would cast?) We all have skeletons in our mental closets, and we’re pretty sure if anyone knew them, they wouldn’t look at us the same way ever again. Cath is completely convinced of this. When she considers telling Nev about her secrets she can’t. She says, “It wasn’t about morality. It was about judgment. Specifically, it was about her lack of any. But how did you tell that to someone who seemed to have complete confidence in his own?” She lives very much inside her head and when I put a voice to it, it’s my own—only much, much funnier.
Ruthie Knox has a writing style that makes you feel like you’ve just had a slumber party with your best girlfriend. You stay up all night laughing hysterically, you compare notes on hot guys, and then sometime, in the wee hours of the morning when you’re tired and your guard is down, serious happens. It’s deep and meaningful and you know you will keep each other’s secrets when the sun comes up. Knox’s marketing plays up the fluffy, sexy, and fun aspects of her stories, but both books I’ve read are surprisingly poignant. There is a depth there that is unexpected and significant.
Reading this book is effortless. Let me recommend that you do it by the side of the pool or when your car is in the shop and you can’t go run any of those pressing errands. Once you start it, you WILL finish it before anything else happens in your life. It’s that good.
Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)