Author: Julie James
Series: FBI/U.S. Attorney
Format: Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley Publishing (April 3, 2012)
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Review Copy: Purchased by reviewer
About That Night is the third book in the FBI/US Attorney series that takes place in Colorado. The three have a continuing story arc that threads its way through each book. The first book is called Something About You and is the story of Cameron Lynde and Jack Pallas. Three years ago she was a newly appointed assistant U.S. attorney and Jack was an undercover FBI agent who risked his life in a crackdown against the head of a crime syndicate. Cameron was ordered to drop the investigation by the U.S attorney in charge which angered Jack and when confronted by journalist, Jack said some very colorful things in public about Cameron which came back against him and almost ruined his career. Now they have to work together on an investigation of a murder she witnessed. The second book is called A Lot Like Love and is the story of Jordan Rhodes a wine shop owner and Nick McCall an FBI agent who must go undercover to take down a money launderer. Jordan is acquainted with the accused man and makes a deal to help the FBI and US attorney’s office in order to get her brother Kyle out of jail early, a year ago pleaded guilty to computer fraud.
In About That Night, Rylann Pierce is a new assistant U.S. attorney who has recently moved back to Colorado after a breakup with her fiancé. Her first task is a simple “agreed motion” on the release of a prisoner; since it is a case that all parties are in agreement on, Rylann is just to sit in for another attorney who is busy. She receives the file from Cameron (newly appointed U.S. attorney in charge) and almost falls over as she reads the title: United States v. Kyle Rhodes. Rylann is not sure if she should say anything to Cameron since nine years ago she met Kyle Rhodes in a bar and he walked her home. They felt an instant attraction toward each other and if there had not been a tragedy in Kyle’s life the next day, they may have experienced much more than one amazing kiss. Rylann decides she will keep quiet and represent the U.S. attorney’s office since this is just a fluke and it will be over quickly.
Kyle Rhodes is the son of a billionaire and brother of Jordan. He is a computer genius and one year ago he did a very stupid thing because of a woman, he shut down the social media website Twitter for two days therefore causing worldwide panic. The U.S. attorney’s office prosecuted him to the fullest, calling him a terrorist as they and the FBI wanted to prove that they do not show favoritism to someone just because he was from a wealthy family. He plead guilty (because he wanted to own up to his mistake) and was sent to jail for 18 months. He was recently granted a released when his sister Jordan made a deal with the U.S. attorney’s office. At the hearing he immediately recognizes Rylann as the young law student he met years ago.
Rylann keeps her distance from Kyle even after the court date not wanting anyone to come up with assumptions. During a murder investigation the U. S. attorney’s office finds out that while in prison Kyle overheard a prison guard plotting murder. So the attorney’s office contacts Kyle to see if he would be their witness. This throws Rylann and Kyle together, and as they work through the case, they realize that the chemistry between them has not diminished from nine years ago.
This story was very good however it did not have as much suspense as the first two books in the series; I kept expecting something more to happen. It was as if this story just finished up the plot from the first two books. You do not have to read the first two since About That Night will catch you up to date, however all are great books and you get to see how the character depth grows with each story. The writing is well done, the chemistry between Rylann and Kyle is believable, and they are very likable people as they try to stay away from each other during the investigation. However in the end she finally tells all that she is in love with the Twitter Terrorist.