Monday, June 11, 2012

Review: About Last Night by Ruthie Knox

About Last Night
Author:  Ruthie Knox
Publisher:  Random House Publishing Group
Format:  ebook
Release date:  June 10, 2012
Author's website:  Link
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?
About Last Night is an emotional, heart touching story about 2 strangers that fall in love and find the freedom that they both desire.  Freedom to do what their heart desires the most, and the freedom to allow someone to be themselves and be loved deeply for that.  Cath Talarico's past has been one that was filled with pain and heartache. Starting her life over in London is just what she needed and when the sexy Nev Chamberlain enters her life, she beings another chapter in her new life.  After seeing Nev every day at the subway station, she nicknames him "City" due to the suits he wears everyday.  Nev has noticed Cath as well and when they are finally introduced to one another under circumstances that don't usually happen in their everyday life, they realize that their chemistry is undeniable. So much is explained during the course of their relationship and I found myself rooting for this relationship to work despite the challenges that they both have to face. While learning more about Cath, Nev begins to realize that he's not doing what he truly wants to do in life.  His family expects him to remain in banking and settle down with the perfect woman that they approve of.  But Nev wants so much more and Cath encourages him to continue doing what he enjoys.  Painting makes Nev happy and gives him the sense of freedom that he doesn't get while working on his day job.

Cath and Nev's connection to one another becomes stronger chapter by chapter as the secrets Cath's life are revealed.  This is when Ruthie Knox's writing truly shines as she's written a character whose suffering hasn't stopped them from living the life that they feel they truly deserve.  Nev realizes that as well and loves Cath even more because of the survivor that she has become.  This gives him the strength to do what truly makes him happy regardless of what anyone thinks.  Nev brings stability and a deep sense of love to Cath's character which she deserves.  It's at these times that I found myself tearing up because the love shared between these two characters was so deep that it brought a sense of fulfillment to each of their lives.

I'm giving About Last Night a rating of:

I so enjoyed learning about Cath and Nev throughout the book and the unfolding of Cath's past through the the various tattoos on her body.  They give her a reminder of what she has loved and lost and I found that to be so very different from what I'm used to reading.  Their relationship started out very differently from what I'm used to and I found that to be refreshing as well.  While reading About That Night I found myself falling for Nev right along with Cath and thanking the author for writing a male character that loves his woman so fiercely.


  1. I just finished the book this morning. I can't say enough good things about it. My only criticism would be that usually Nev seem so strong in going after Cath, then other times, he was suddenly spineless, and it just didn't seem to match his character. However, I can overlook that because I just adored him. I love romances where the hero is so willing to lay his heart out there for the heroine to see. Plus, I loved that Ruthie Knox didn't shy away from giving Cath a very difficult back story. It wasn't just a case of her committing a few youthful indiscretions and then overobsessing about them. She really did have a lot to overcome.