Review & Contest: About Last Night by Ruthie Knox

edenskeeper May 20, 2012 0 Book Reviews
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About Last Night, coming from Loveswept (Random House), June 11, 2012!

Sure, opposites attract, but in this sexy, smart eBook original romance from Ruthie Knox, they positively combust! When a buttoned-up banker falls for a bad girl, “about last night” is just the beginning.

 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?

I discovered Ruthie Knox through a series of events that led me to The Romance Man’s blog.  Once I read his review of Ms Knox’ Ride with Me I knew I had to read it.  It was just as good, no, it was better than I expected.  I loved it and I knew I would be looking forward to any future books.

I was lucky to get a pre-release copy of About Last Night from NetGalley.  I read the description of About Last Night and it sounded like a fun romance.  Once I had read the book, it turned out to be so much more and I could not put it down.   There is a depth to the story and characters not captured in the description.

It is a story of two people from very different backgrounds.  Cath is American, has had a troubled past, and she is carrying around a lot of guilt for her “mistakes.”  She is trying to make a new life for herself in England after the death of her mother.  Nev is someone moving through life doing what he is expected to do although there is a side of him that wants to be free of convention.   They end up finding themselves together after a series of events that take Catherine down a path she had sworn she had left behind.

The dialogue is engaging and the sex scenes are fun and romantic without being overwhelming to the story.  The chemistry between the characters is immediate, but it does not feel rushed.  It brought to mind that feeling of falling in love, when you are so enamored with the object of your affection that the whole world seems out of focus except for the one you who has your heart.  This is how the author made me feel about her two main characters.   It is a fun, sad, at times a little frustrating and deliciously romantic story that pulled me in and kept my attention until the last word.  There is depth as to why the characters are dealing with the issues presented to us and how they got to this point in their lives.  The characters are likeable and I found myself emotionally invested in the outcome. There were moments when I wanted to give Cath a nudge and thump Nev on the head.  (I will attribute this to the engaging story and my vested interest in the outcome)

I enjoy Ms Knox writing style and the voice she gives her characters.  She is definitely one of my favorite romance authors now.

- Reviewed by d.blue

Ruthie Knox figured out how to walk and read at the same time in the second grade, and she hasn’t looked up since. She spent her formative years hiding romance novels in her bedroom closet to avoid the merciless teasing of her brothers and imagining scenarios in which someone who looked remarkably like Daniel Day Lewis recognized her well-hidden sex appeal and rescued her from middle-class Midwestern obscurity. After graduating from Grinnell College with an English and history double major, she earned a Ph.D. in modern British history that she’s put to remarkably little use.

These days, she writes contemporary romance in which witty, down-to- earth characters find each other irresistible in their pajamas, though she freely admits this has yet to happen to her. Perhaps she needs more exciting pajamas. Her debut novel, Ride with Me, came out with Loveswept (Random House) in February.

Follow Ruthie on Facebook — http://www.facebook.com/ruthieknox or Twitter  @ruthieknox

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