About Last Night, by Caitlin Ricci
A Thornwood Novel
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 4, 2016
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Before jumping into his first semester of college, Thomas Maloney decides to lose his virginity at a party to a stranger he’s sure he’ll never see again. Only the next day, he’s surprised to learn the same one-night stand will be sharing his dorm room. Thomas considers himself lucky, but his new roommate—not so much.
Closeted as they come, football jock Remington “Rem” Daniels is on track for a shot at the pros. Rem tries to play it cool and avoid falling for the confidently gay Thomas, which could hurt his chances. Dealing with their constant need to get in bed together wouldn’t be so hard if Rem didn’t have a girlfriend and Thomas didn’t have a conscience.
When she delivers news that will change Rem’s life forever, Thomas knows it’s time to move back home to Thornwood, Colorado. But neither the distance nor knowing Rem belongs to someone else helps Thomas get over him. Rem’s feelings haven’t changed either. When it comes down to love or football, Rem will have to make the hardest choice of his life and hope Thomas will still be waiting for him when he does.
I generally really enjoy Caitlin’s novels, and I thought the other Thornwood universe novel was a fun read. With About Last Night, I was still engrossed in the story, but did find a few things that frustrated me at the same time.
The plot is a really great New Adult story, about a one night stand that turns awkward when both men realize they’re college roommates. I loved the internal struggle, the way Thomas and Rem are both incredibly attracted to each other while trying to do what’s right and keep apart.
I also enjoyed the fact that the story spans several years. No spoilers, but it was interesting to watch a relationship evolve over so much time, when the bulk of romance novels focus on a few weeks or months.
But the biggest issue I had with this was definitely a personal one: the cheating. Rem cheats on his girlfriend over and over. Thomas “can’t stay away”, and therefore helps Rem to cheat even though he actually really likes Rem’s girlfriend.
One other related issue was with Thomas’ back-and-forth. He can’t stay away from Rem. NO, he’s going to stay away! But he can’t! But he must! But he’s angry at Rem! But he’s in love! It was exhausting… and it made me feel like Thomas was a bit vapid.
But I did enjoy this novel. It’s a fun read, and one with elements that I rarely see in romance (but wish I saw more of)!
Caitlin was fortunate growing up to be surrounded by family and teachers that encouraged her love of reading. She has always been a voracious reader and that love of the written word easily morphed into a passion for writing. She comes from a military family and the men and women of the armed forces are close to her heart. She also enjoys gardening and horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies where she calls home with her wonderful husband and their two dogs. Her belief that there is no one true path to happily ever after runs deeply through all of her stories.
2013 Rainbow Awards Finalist- Young Adult Fiction- Lost and Found Charity Anthology
2014 Rainbow Awards Winner- Best Lesbian Contemporary & Erotic Romance, and second runner up for Best Lesbian Book – Camellia, written with Cari Z
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.