“About Last Night has lots of excellent reviews. I wish I had felt this book was as good as those reviewers did.
First, there's Mary Catherine. She has had a rough life for sure. However, I didn't like how she held back an emotional connection to Nev/City by refusing to share those traumatic events. Instead she trades that feeling of intimacy for just a physical relationship. Then she is hurt and angry when Nev doesn't defend her to his "wanker" brother. How was he supposed to do that when he was blindsided by all those horrible things she did or that happened to her?
Nev/City began as an unusual character who refused to buckle under to his mother and brother's manipulations. And then suddenly he changes. He persuades Cath to pose as his fiancée in order to get a promotion. That is a really old plot that in this case just felt wrong in so many ways.
I know I am supposed to suspend belief in romance novels, but I couldn't do that to the extent About Last Night expected me to. At the end, I am expected to believe that a museum refuses a multi thousand dollar donation on the whim of an assistant curator. I am also expected to believe that in 26 days, Nev quits his bank job, paints five huge paintings of Cath and her tattoos as a tribute, fills a gallery with his other paintings for a show and plans an opening for his work. Really??? I don't think so.
About Last Night began on a pretty good basis - the characters were funny, and the story engaging. Then it began to fall apart. In the end I think I was almost as angry and disappointed as Cath was at Nev for not standing up for her. ”