"About Last Night"
By: Ruthie Knox
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 literally just finished this book and I’m actually jumping for joy because of this book. “About Last Night” is a novella done right, absolutely perfectly done right. Cath and Nev were perfect characters with just the right amount angst and romance to create a perfect story that I devoured on a Sunday morning.
Cath is a Chicago native living in London working a museum. She has made some mistakes but is determined to keep her life on the right track. She rides the train to work every day and on one fateful day, she notices one of her fellow riders who she nicknames “City.”
If you haven’t guessed by now, “City” is our hero whose real name is Neville. Nev rides the train to his job at the family bank every day. He absolutely hates his job and feels pressure from both his brother and his mother constantly about his job, his personal life, and pretty much everything else that they can influence him on.
Cath is reserved and fairly lonely when she initially encounters Nev. She people watches on the train every day and knows who Nev is, but had never actually spoken to him. It isn’t until she awakens in his apartment that she suddenly realizes the way she’s living her life may not be ideal. She was repressing so much of her personality that when she does something irresponsible, she really does something irresponsible, hence waking up in an unknown man's apartment.
“People who talk to themselves at the train station are generally understood to be crazy. Especially in your country.”
“You could talk to me.”
“I hardly know you.”
“I'm superb,” he said. “You're going to like me.” Big, warm hands covered her bare thighs, and she shivered. “Though I should probably reiterate, I'm not at all nice.”
The story of these two characters builds slowly but very realistically. Cath is scared of getting to know anyone and is absolutely terrified of someone getting to know her or her past. Neville has had a sheltered life and is entranced by this woman who has been through so much yet hasn’t let life get her down.
I loved this romance, absolutely positively loved it. I loved Cath’s back story and really felt for her loss. I admired her for what she had done with her life and felt she was incredibly brave to grab life the way she had. Nev is sexy, honest, and perfect leading man material. I’m not going to ruin it, but the ending had me smiling like a crazy girl and sighing. Short, sweet, and utterly romantic, “About Last Night” is easily one of my favorite reads this year.
Book DetailsPublisher: Random House Publishing Group
Date of Publication: June 11, 2012
# of Pages: 216