I wasn’t too sure of what to have as my top pick for this month. The obvious answer would have been any of the books from the Cut & Run series. But then then there’d be the conundrum of choosing which one is my favourite, and I don’t think I can do it. So I’m choosing something else: About That Night by Julie James. This book was sweet and funny, and definitely one of the best contemporary romances I’ve read.
Kyle and Rylann are fighting some sexual tension but they can’t do anything about it because Kyle is the star witness in a case she’s working on. This scene takes place after Rylann wraps the case up before it goes to trial.
If the circumstances had been different-and there’d been no ‘situation’ between them-Kyle would have said he was on the best first date of his life.
He had a smart, funny gorgeous woman next to him, and they’d been talking, just the two of them, for over an hour. Rae had disappeared to talk to some guy at the bar, and since then Rylann had been cracking him up with stories about a few very memorable cases she’d prosecuted-including one, from her first year on the job, about some genius who stuck a hair dryer in his jacket and pretended it was a gun, then tried to rob a bank with the power cord dangling between his legs.
The drinks were flowing, and the ambiance was perfect- soft candlelight on the table between them, the velvet curtain secluding them on three sides. They were sitting close to each other in the booth, which gave Kyle the perfect vantage point to stare at…well, everything. Her full, lush mouth as she told her courtroom storied and sipped her wine. Her long, slender legs that were crossed in his direction. The creamy skin of her shoulders, with an adorable scattering of freckles he wanted to trace his tongue over. And that V neckline… hell, that was cruel and unusual punishment. Being a good nine inches taller than Rylann, he could see a lot from where he was sitting, and all he could think about was pulling down the straps of her dress and getting his mouth on those luscious breasts.
And… apparently, from the way she paused expectantly, she’d just asked him a question.
Kyle quickly covered, pointing to his ear. “Sorry. I couldn’t hear you with all the noise from the bar.”
“Oh.” Rylann scooted in a little closer, so that her thigh brushed against his.
Kill me now.
“I just asked what plans you have, now that you’re no longer working for Rhodes Corporation,” she said. “I feel like I’ve been talking this entire time.”
He tried to focus. Christ, she smelled good-some light, citrusy perfume, or maybe it was her shampoo. He wanted to bury his face in that incredible dark hair to find out.
Get it together, asshole. Remember the ‘situation’.
“I’ve got some things in the hopper,” he said vaguely in response to her question. He wasn’t ready to share the details of his start-up company yet-not until things were more certain.
She raised an eyebrow. “Legal things, I hope?”
Cute. “Yes, legal things, counselor,” he said. “Trust me, if I never see the inside of a courtroom again, it’ll be too soon.” Then he remembered. “Except for the Quinn case, obviously.”
“Right.” Rylann looked down at her wineglass, as if thinking something over. Then she looked up at him sideways, with a gaze that seemed a bit more… interested. “Why did you send Dex out to get me and Rae?”
The moment of truth.
Kyle knew he could follow their standard code of conduct and answer her with some dry quip, or joke, or sarcastic comment. But something about the ambiance and the way she looked-and, more important, the way she was looking at him right then-made him want to forgo the usual games. So instead, he held her gaze directly. “Because nine years ago, I walked up to the most beautiful girl in the bar, and tonight she’s still the only person I want to talk to.”
Her eyes widened at his words, and he waited for her to say something, anything, that would let him know that he wasn’t the only one feeling this way tonight. But instead, she turned back to her wineglass and toyed with the stem.
“There is something we should probably talk about,” she said. “I was in court today.”
Court. Kyle pulled back and shook his head in disbelief. Here he was, putting himself out there, and still all she wanted to talk about was work. “Really,” he said dryly.
“It was actually a fairly routine matter,” she continued. “But since you’ve been involved in this case, I thought you might be interested in knowing that Quinn pled guilty this morning. To voluntary manslaughter and conspiracy to violate a prisoner’s civil rights.”
Kyle went still. “What does that mean?”
Her eyes sparkled coyly. “Voluntary manslaughter? It’s a type of homicide where there’s no prior intent to kil-“
He put his hand over her mouth, cutting off the sass right quick. “What does it mean?” he repeated in a low voice. When he took his hand away, he saw the edges of her lips curving up in a smile.
“It means you’re no longer my witness. There’ll be a sentencing hearing, but for all intents and purposes, the case is over.”
That was all Kyle needed to hear.
He threaded his fingers through her hair and gently cupped her neck. No more games. “You didn’t have to tell me that tonight.”
She held his gaze unwavering. “No, I didn’t.”
An admission that spoke volumes. Kyle ran his thumb possessively along her lower lip, his voice a soft growl.
“Let’s get out of here.”
About That Night: pg 150-153