"Beautiful people want more than just to be noticed."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted July 7, 2015
Romance | Fiction
ABOUT THAT NIGHT is the latest entry into Beth Andrews'
series In Shady Grove a small town in Pittsburgh. I
realize this town is a figment of Andrews' imagination
but once you start reading this series you would almost
swear it's real. It is that real. The people feel real.
And Beth Andrews' makes you care. That is probably
Andrews' most impressive calling card as an author.
Please note ABOUT THAT NIGHT does reference characters
from previous Shady Grove books but each and every story
in this rich series is an independent entity. ABOUT THAT
NIGHT is all about who we see in our own mirrors. Do we
see ourselves or are we swayed by what other people see.
The primary characters are Ivy Rutherford and CJ
Bartasavich. Two people who couldn't be more different.
They come from very different places in life and social
circle. One with a silver spoon in his mouth and the
other with a silver serving tray in her hand. Stranger
bed partners you've never met but sometimes fate steps in
and people follow their hearts instead of their minds.
Actually it wasn't really a matter of hearts -- at least
not yet. It was simply attraction, pure and simple,
although it certainly wasn't pure and as it turns out not
even close to simple.
That one night's indiscretion would drastically change
both Ivy's and CJ's life but instead of regret they might
just discover something really important about
themselves. Ivy is a loner who knows how to protect and
support herself. She has honed her talent for keeping
untrustworthy people at arm's length but living in Shady
Grove's small community has allowed her to develop some
wonderful friendships that she cherishes. Ivy's biggest
challenge is in learning how to trust that people see
more than just that mirror image but the person inside.
Ivy wants to be loved -- but truly doesn't feel she
deserves it. CJ doesn't have issues with being unloved --
he has an amazing if not eclectic family. He is the one
that has been chosen to keep this family okay. Pretty
large responsibility and now CJ has still another job.
Finding a true connection with Ivy -- one based on trust
and dare we hope love.
Interestingly these are not the only stars of ABOUT THAT
NIGHT. There is an equally engrossing support cast whose
story masterfully intertwines with Ivy and CJ's story.
This secondary tale has some latent comparisons to the
plight of Ivy and CJ. In the end we all learn that we all
share the need to be accepted for who we are -- and not
judged by looks alone.
Good looks might open doors but once you've gained entry
it's what is inside that really counts.
ABOUT THAT NIGHT is an amazing example of what you can
expect in a Beth Andrews' book. The story is rich with
classy and sassy dialog. Quirky characters fill every
page with fun. Beth Andrews believes that her characters
have great inner strength and illustrates that strength
in every line. It's wonderful to make new friends and in
ABOUT THAT NIGHT you will add several. Haven't met a Beth
Andrews book that I have absolutely loved. ABOUT THAT
NIGHT is sure to make you a fan as well.
One night…and a whole lotta trouble!
When it comes to men, Ivy Rutherford never loses her cool.
Ever. Then she meets wealthy, green-eyed cowboy C. J.
Bartasavich, and desire burns out of control. Yeehaw. So
one night, Ivy will indulge in a passion neither of them
forget…and walk away without a backward glance.
Except now Ivy's pregnant. And even worse, C.J. has come
her hometown of Shady Grove determined to get to know her
be part of their baby's life—even if she's convinced their
attraction is purely physical. Because Ivy can't let
rely on a sexy cowboy…or worse yet, fall in love with one.
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