Ruthie Knox has a talent for writing witty, sassy romance. I've known this from the very start, when she debuted Ride with Me. And as I have followedRuthie Knox has a talent for writing witty, sassy romance. I've known this from the very start, when she debuted Ride with Me. And as I have followed each subsequent book, this talent of her has only grown, evolved. I've yet to read one of Knox's books and be disappointed. I think it is impossible. I've liked some books more than others, sure, but even my “least favorite” has yet to hit below 3 ½ stars.
Chained, despite being a serial novella, still gets a solid 4 stars from me. Obviously it was short, but it was also fun, and in these 40 pages Knox has me wanting to beg for the rest of the story.
Roman, our hero, seems to be a cold, calculating business man. But I just know that under that facade is a sexy beast waiting to escape his past and live again. Ah, it will be good, I'm sure of it!
Ashley seems to be a bit . . . odd, chaining herself to a palm tree in protest, trying to save an old building from her childhood. I'll admit, as Knox warns readers in the beginning, she's a bit flighty, but she appears to have heart and strength and I'm curious to see how her character develops in the coming installments.
I never was a fan of serials, and I doubt I ever will be. BUT, with Ruthie Knox writing this one, I will be anxiously awaiting the next few chapters in Roman and Ashley's story. At this point, I think I would read the back of a cereal box if I knew Ruthie had written it . . . What can I say, I'm a fan! I was able to read this while waiting for an appointment, so the short format worked for me this time. Serials are not for everyone, but if you are already a fan of Ms. Knox, then you won't want to miss this. And if you've yet to try her work, perhaps this would be a nice introduction to her work.
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Cath Talarico's life has been one huge train-wreck, damaged and twisted. She's made mistake after mistake, and they've all cost her, emotionally and physically. She decides to turn her life around and start anew, never again to make such mistakes.
Until she met Nev.
Nev Chamberlain has lived the life expected of him. A respectable—and well-paying—job in the family business, the proper wardrobe, the right friends. But he doesn't want to live like this, never has. He's been trying to break out of the mold his family has placed him in for years. This point is driven home once he meets Cath. He realizes that he needs to find himself, change his ways, live his own life. But will Catch allow him to live out his new life with her?
About Last Night is one of the most emotionally charged books I have read in a while! I am not one to cry while reading, but watching Cath open up to Nev, and learn to put her past behind her—well, my eyes were a bit misty, I'll admit. And I loved every minute of it!
Cath makes for a great heroine, tortured, scarred (emotionally and physically), but strong, much stronger than she thinks. She's been through hell, but she's turned things around. And after Nev enters her life, she finally realizes that, yes, her past helped to make her who she is today, but it isn't who she is. I really enjoyed Catch, and I wouldn't turn down having her as a friend if given the chance. :)
And Nev...oh Nev! I never thought I'd fall for a stuffy, wealthy banker, English accent or not. But I fell for Nev—hard, just like Cath did. Not because of the character we were first introduced to (the stuffy, wealthy banker). Nope. It was the man he became for Cath that made my heart flutter and my pulse race. His creativity, his talent, his devotion and love for Cath—all these things and more made me love him. And his sexy, passionate side didn't hurt, either. :) Not to mention that accent... *sigh*
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~*~*~ Alexandra Marshall—or Lexi as she prefers—thought she was getting a safe, older man for a bike partner. But when she finally meets Tom Geiger, she's faced with just the sort of man she was hoping to avoid—young, broody, handsome...in other words, tempting in so many ways!. How can she ride with this man across the U.S., camp with him every night, and not sleep with him eventually? Or, more importantly lose her heart to him?
Tom's pushy sister was the one who set him up with a bike partner, springing it on him last minute. But Tom—and his sister for that matter—was expecting a man (Alex) not a control-freak, but very pretty, woman! He plans on finding her a new partner as soon as he can; after all, he didn't want a partner—period—little loan a woman. But he quickly finds himself intrigued by Lexi. She may be a bit controlling, believing that the only way to enjoy life is to plan out every minute in advance, but on those rare moments when her sassy side shows itself, Tom can't help but be attracted to her. He also knows that if they stay together for much longer, he won't be able to resist her any longer...
Ride with Me was a quick, charming read. I enjoyed the storyline; it was new (for me at least) and the romance was pretty good as well. I'll admit that I would have enjoyed a bit more spice in the romance, but I can't complain too much. What was there was pretty hot, if a bit brief!
Perhaps the one thing I loved most about Ride with Me was the banter between Lexi and Tom—both in bed and out! Their conversations were often witty and very lively. I particularly enjoyed their exchange in the Mexican restaurant at the beginning of the book. Lexi challenged Tom to a hot sauce eating contest—which Tom had the upper hand for, but doesn't say anything and amuses himself by watching her bravely suffer through the hottest sauce there is!
But perhaps my favorite banter happens much later in the story.
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