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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Beach Read Wednesday: About Last Night by Ruthie Knox

Book cover of About Last Night by Ruthie Knox
The romance world needs more heroines who are former Catholic schoolgirls from Chicago.  OK, I'm probably one of the few readers who thinks that way, but being one myself and knowing a whole lot of others, I can attest that Catholic schoolgirls from Chicago are seriously kickass ladies.  The heroine of Ruthie Knox's newest novel, About Last Night, is just such a gal, and she represents the best (and sometimes worst) of our breed.  About Last Night is one of my favorite contemporary romances of the year, an opposites-attract story about a mismatched couple from different worlds that is this week's Beach Read Wednesday pick.

Summary: 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?

My thoughts: About Last Night is an excellent combo of hot (very hot!) and sweet that is both expertly plotted and well written.  This was the first time I've read anything from Ruthie Knox, but how much I loved About Last Night I'll absolutely be seeking out her first novel, Ride With Me, and reading whatever she writes in the future.

Knox has created two vastly different characters who have depth and dimension.  While the history teacher in me was skeptical of Nev's name, the girl inside me got all swoony over him.  Nev is an amazing hero - adorably stuffy when he's in his City persona, but ridiculously sexy when he's not.  It took me a while to warm up to Cath, despite her impressive creds, and to fully understand her motivations, but Knox had fully fleshed out her character by the conclusion of the novel. As for their chemistry... wow.  Their dialogue is clever and funny, but these two really set those sheets on fire.  If you're a fan of hot contemporary romance with engaging and likable characters, you absolutely cannot miss About Last Night

Picture of a strawberry mojito
Courtesy of Deviant Art
Recommended drink to complement About Last Night: Hmm...well, you could go with a K-12 cocktail, which gets Cath into some trouble at the beginning of the novel.  The mix of gin, tequila, triple sec and Rockstar sounds pretty lethal, so if you choose that, make sure you've got someone to hold back your hair later.  If that's too strong for you, I'd go for a good old strawberry mojito - I enjoyed one poolside in Vegas recently, and it was amazing.  It's tart and sweet, with just a hint of the bitter - a perfect match for About Last Night!

Rating: A-
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date:  June 11, 2012
Length: 230 pages
Sensuality: Very hot

Romance novel book reviews by Sarah The Brazen Bookworm


  1. I didn't see your rating for this one. This one sounds great. I need a steamy read :) It is summer after all. Too bad I don't have the time I should have during summer. The K-12 cocktail sounds like it is a bit much for me. If I drink this while reading I'll fall asleep for sure.

    1. Yes - the K-12 sounds like a killer. And the steam starts pretty early in this one, but the romance is there almost the whole way through. A great read - hope you find time for it!

  2. I though it was kind of funny how Nev tried to convince Cath that he was bad, but nothing about him was. He's a totally sweetheart in every way. I felt the same about Cath in the beginning, but she quickly won me over. You can be sure I'll be trying a K-12 cocktail in her honor. Though I doubt I'd have the same luck as her to end up in a hot guy's bed. LOL


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