Thursday, November 1, 2012

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?

Initial Thoughts:
I was given a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It had come up a few times on my recommended lists but I had hesitated on buying it. For some reason (probably my Catholic roots), I hated the name Mary Catherine and that made me not want to read it? Ridiculous, I know.

The Pros:
Holy crap was this an emotional read. I read it in one sitting. Could not put it down.

Although Cath has made mistakes, it really does appear that she has learned and grown from them. In a lot of romance novels, people's mistakes are either forgiven or forgotten. Not this one. Cath learned the hard way and she's not going to let herself make the same mistakes again.

Um, Nev is perfect. Minus his family thing, he is absolutely perfect. Patient, caring, and kind, he's what every little girl (and some boys!) dream of.

The steady progression of their romance was refreshing. And the fact that the ending doesn't go as most romance novels go. I don't want to spoil it, but I was really pleased with it.

The Cons:
The name Mary Catherine, as I already said.

I wanted to know a bit more about Cath's background. Is she still close with her aunt and uncle who took her in? I felt like it was such a big part of her that was just explained in a few pages. It wasn't enough for me.

The fact that she had zero friends was off-putting. I know she said she works a lot, and she had some sort of relationship with Judith, but it seemed strange that she had no friends.

The Wrap Up: 4.5/5
Something about this book... I just loved it. It had the right balance of emotion, romance, and intelligence.

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