Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review of About Last Night by Ruthie Knox. Interview and Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday!

I am happy that today's post features one of my favorite contemporary romance authors, Ruthie Knox! Romance At Random and Ruthie Knox have organized a blog tour and I am proud to be a part of it!

My post includes a review of Ruthie's recent book About Last Night which will be released on June 11, a short interview with Ruthie, a giveaway of About Last Night and some information about the book and the author.



Author: Ruthie Knox
Title: About Last Night
Release date: 11th of June 2012
Published by: Random House
Imprint: Loveswept
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Romance
URL: http://www.ruthieknox.com/
Pages/Size: 5 KB in eBook version
Source: Received from Romance At Random and from the author for blog tour

Summary:

Sure, opposites attract, but in this sexy, smart eBook original romance from Ruthie Knox, they positively combust! When a buttoned-up banker falls for a bad girl, “about last night” is just the beginning.


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?

My review:

After I read Ride With Me by Ruthie Knox, I immediately knew that Ruthie is an author I will keep an eye on. Her new release, About Last Night was a good book, a perfect romance novel and very suitable for summer nights to read!

Regarding the plot:

About Last Night brings together two very different people, but both of them one thing in common – they need each other. It did not start out like that.

After her mother’s death Cath escaped from her wild life in Chicago to London, where she works at the museum organizing an exhibition of history of knitting. She has quiet life, because she does not allow herself to go back to her past. She works, she goes home and from home back to work. The only highlight of her life in London is observing people in a subway station. She has a favorite among the people in the subways station; she has labeled him with the nickname City. He is good looking and Cath assumed he is working in finances in London city and thus the nickname. They don’t talk to each other; they only recognize each other with small nods and hellos when they pass one another.

Everything changes when Cath allows herself to have a blind date, get drunk and open up for old wounds from her past. Next morning she wakes up in a bedroom which is not her own and she does not recall exactly what happened. Her surprise is very big, when she realizes that the owner of the apartment is her subway-friend City.

City found her drunk and crying and vulnerable and took her home to him, because she refused to tell him where she lived. When Cath wakes up and walks into his painting studio in the morning he feels attraction towards her and it seems the feeling is mutual even though Cath is trying to hide it as much as possible.

As the story develops, City is asking her for a favor, a favor which changes both of their lives. City is Nev Chamberlain, son of a very old, very traditional and very rich family and the family tries to manipulate him to do things he does not want to. The one and only thing Nev wants to do is to paint, but his family is weaving a plot to force him to get married to a right woman and offer him a corporate management position.

After Nev takes Cath to meet his family, everything changes.

Regarding the characters:

I think that besides a good plot, the characters were well created by the author.

I enjoyed both Cath and Nev. They were not perfect, they had their weaknesses and flaws and that was exactly what made both of them believable. Cath struggled with her past, with her mother’s death and last, but not least with herself. Nev had a family who wanted him to be a different person. These things made the characters stronger. They were created like real people and therefore it was easy for the reader to relate to them.

I loved their love story which had some challenges to overcome! I think the author did an excellent job with creating attraction, sparks and problems in their relationship. Well done!

Generally:

About Last Night by Ruthie Knox is a book I would recommend to everybody who loves to read romance novels. It was easy to read, it was fun and light and it would be perfect book to devour during long and light summer nights!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.

Thanks to Romance At Random for providing me with the NetGalley copy of the book!




Ruthie agreed to have a short interview with Me and Reading, so ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Ruthie Knox, the author of About Last Night!

Let’s talk about your recent release, About Last Night! First of all, thank you for writing a good book, I truly enjoyed it!

Thank you! I do my best. :-)

Where did you get the idea for the story in your book?

I tend to get stories from the inciting incident, though of course all the pieces move around and change over time as I work on the book, and often the inciting incident has disappeared by the final version of the book. In the case of About Last Night, the seed of the book was something along the lines of “What if an American woman had too much to drink and required rescue from the train station by a stuffy Englishman she knew only from her daily commute?” And the seed of that idea was that I lived in London in 2002, and I spent a lot of time commuting around by train and people-watching.

I find the whole idea of meeting someone you sort of “know” by sight to be full of romantic possibility, in part because it creates so much potential for challenging the characters’ impressions of one another. In About Last Night, Cath is certain she knows everything there is to know about the man she calls “City” before she even meets him. And, of course, she’s completely wrong.

If you would tell to the readers why they should read About Last Night, what would it be?

Hmm, depends on the reader! I’d say that if you like complicated, interesting, wounded characters, then read the book for Cath, because she’s the most complicated, interesting, wounded character I’ve ever written.

If, on the other hand, you like passionate, steady, intelligent, honest, hot-as-hell heroes, read it for Nev. He’s dreamy as all get-out. :-)

I really like the characters in the book. How did you create the characters?

Oh, thank you! I like them, too. I’m not sure I did create them. Sometimes it seems like they just existed all along. But that’s not a very satisfying answer, is it? I always get annoyed when authors say that, and honestly, the writing process has never felt like any kind of spiritual channeling to me—it’s hard work!

I suppose I created the characters from the situation, and from the few things that I knew about them from the very outset. I knew Cath was an expatriate, that she was lonely, and that she had all these tattoos that were supposed to remind her of her mistakes. I didn’t know, at first, what those mistakes actually were. But I understood the core of Cath, which is a profound distrust of her own judgment, and everything else sort of grew from there. What kind of person distrusts herself so much? What happened that made her that way? How can she still be so strong, and what are the sources of her strength? And, for Nev, why does he want Cath? What does she bring to him that he doesn’t have? What would his life look like if he were being honest with himself about what he wanted?

I ask a lot of questions, I suppose, and then they sort of answer themselves. :-)

Do you have any new novels in progress?

I do! Bunches. I have two books coming out with Loveswept next year, just recently re-titled Along Came Trouble and Flirting with Disaster. Those are longer novels, set in small-town Ohio, and they revolve around a brother and sister, Caleb and Katie Clark, and a small-scale security company that Caleb has started up after leaving the army to help take care of his family. I also have a novella (currently titled Big Boy) that will be part of a group of stories called Strangers on a Train to come out with Samhain, though we don’t have a schedule for that yet.

Meanwhile, I’m writing up a storm. I’m trying to do two more novellas, one that’s a sort of prequel to Along Came Trouble and Flirting with Disaster, the other a freestanding Christmas novella that’s my idea of a rewrite of the film It’s a Wonderful Life. Plus I have . . . *counts on fingers* . . . four different novels I have plans to write or rewrite, and a series of three novels that I’m hoping to sell soon that still need to be written. So much to do, so little time!

Thanks for having me to visit, Inga!

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Thank you Ruthie, for coming by! I am looking very much forward to all of your future releases!

About Last Night, coming from Loveswept (Random House), June 11, 2012!


Preorder/order links -- only $2.99, releases June 11

Amazon -- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006XWY424
Barnes and Noble -- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/about-last-night-ruthie-knox/1108296251?ean=9780345535160
iBooks -- http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/about-last-night/id479800484?mt=11

Other links

Book page at Random House -- http://www.randomhouse.com/book/219015/about-last-night-by-ruthie-knox
Book page at Goodreads -- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13414764-about-last-night
Ruthie Knox website -- http://www.ruthieknox.com/
Ruthie Knox on Facebook -- http://www.facebook.com/ruthieknox
Follow @ruthieknox on Twitter -- https://twitter.com/#!/RuthieKnox


About the author:
Ruthie Knox figured out how to walk and read at the same time in the second grade, and she hasn’t looked up since. She spent her formative years hiding romance novels in her bedroom closet to avoid the merciless teasing of her brothers and imagining scenarios in which someone who looked remarkably like Daniel Day Lewis recognized her well-hidden sex appeal and rescued her from middle-class Midwestern obscurity. After graduating from Grinnell College with an English and history double major, she earned a Ph.D. in modern British history that she’s put to remarkably little use.


These days, she writes contemporary romance in which witty, down-to- earth characters find each other irresistible in their pajamas, though she freely admits this has yet to happen to her. Perhaps she needs more exciting pajamas. Her debut novel, Ride with Me, came out with Loveswept (Random House) in February.





One lucky commenter will be randomly chosen to win a digital preview copy of About Last Night. Winners will pick up their copy through NetGalley. Good luck to all!

To enter, leave a comment with your email!

Giveaway is open internationally and it runs from today until 10th of June!

Happy reading!







15 comments:

  1. I loved Ride With Me and have About Last Night on Pre-Order. This was a fun interview from a great contemporary author! I can't wait to see more from Ruthie Knox!

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    1. Thanks for preordering -- hope you love it. :-)

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  2. that is a yummy cover!! :) Hi Ruthie!! Nice to meet you!
    email: ariannecruz07 at gmail.com

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    1. Hi, Arianne! I agree -- drool-worthy!

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  3. I loved Ride With Me. I look forward to reading this one too after reading the blurb. Fun interview! Interesting how the characters came to you.

    Thanks for the post and giveaway opportunity.

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    1. Thanks, Sophia! Hope you like this one, too. :)

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  4. I have been hearing a lot about this book. I would love to win it. I love any book by Ruthie Knox.

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  5. Sounds like Ruthie has been very busy with all those books yet to come out! Any chance for a rest soon?!

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    1. Ha ha ha no. Definitely not. But that's okay -- I can rest when I'm dead!

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  6. This sounds like a good read. Can't wait to check it out! emily joy drake at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Emily -- hope you like it!

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  7. This book sounds really interesting. Thanks for the chance to win !

    april_hunter96@hotmail.co.uk

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  8. Sounds like a great read will have to put it on my TBR list. Thanks Gale
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  9. This book has so many elements in it that I look for in the books I usually read. I can't wait to read it for myself
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