Quickie Review: Before That Night

Before That Night is the prequel novella to One Night That Changes Everything by author Lauren Barnholdt. It is currently available for free download from the author’s website. It is also available to purchase as an eBook from

Description from the author’s website:


Sixteen-year-old Eliza Sellman is shocked when the most popular guy in school, Cooper Marriatti, starts to take an interest in her. It isn’t long until they’re spending all their time together, and on the surface, Cooper seems to be the perfect boyfriend.

But weird text messages, a shady friend, and her own insecurities leave Eliza questioning her perfect romance, until the shocking truth about their relationship comes to light….

In this prequel novella to Lauren Barnholdt’s ONE NIGHT THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING, find out how Eliza and Cooper meet, and what their relationship was like before that night. Includes a sneak peek of ONE NIGHT THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING.

Note: Although I own One Night That Changes Everything it is currently in my TBR pile so I read this prequel with no previous knowledge about the story.

Before That Night can be read prior to reading One Night That Changes Everything. It might even be better to read it beforehand as it really gives you a clear picture of who the characters are and the events that lead up to Eliza and Cooper’s breakup – the basis for the book. Eliza is the nice girl and Cooper, a popular senior, is most definitely a player – a combination that is almost always destined to fail.

This is a much longer novella than some of the prequels currently available, allowing you to get so caught up in the story that it’s a bit surprising when you reach the end. If you haven’t read the full-length novel, reading this prequel novella will make you want to go out and immediately pick up a copy of the book so you can find out what happens next. It was the perfect motivator to get me to start reading the book.

And in case you want just a bit more, the download includes a sneak peek of One Night That Changes Everything.

The cover art and a brief description of One Night That Changes Everything are below.

Goodreads Description for One Night That Changes Everything:
Two years ago, when Eliza Sellman was in ninth grade, her dad found out he was being transfered and the family was going to move. Having always been shy and not so confident about her body, Eliza took that opportunity to start a list in her private notebook of all the things she planned on doing when she moved but had always been afraid to—like wearing a miniskirt and asking guys to dance; singing karaoke in front of strangers; posting a photo of herself on her Facebook wall in a bikini…you get the idea.

New town, new Eliza, right? Well, she’ll never know because the transfer fell through and they didn’t move. But Eliza kept adding her goals and secret fears to the list in the notebook. Now it’s two years later, and in that time Eliza has had and lost her first boyfriend. But this was more than your average breakup…turns out the sweet and cute Cooper was only dating her as a hazing stunt by a secret society.

Eliza got her revenge by posting some pretty nasty (and only sort-of true) stuff about Cooper online. That posting has had major consequences and now Cooper and his buddies have stolen her private notebook and won’t give it back until she performs all the things on her list in one night. It’s torture…until Eliza steals something from the boys she knows they’ll want to trade her notebook for.

What starts out as a night of humiliation turns into a night of revelations as Eliza learns what Cooper was really thinking when they dated, the real reason he’s stolen her notebook, and how freeing—and life-changing—it can be to do the things you fear the most.

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