Monday, November 11, 2013

"Roman Holiday 1: Chained" By: Ruthie Knox Review

Roman Holiday 1: Chained
Roman Holiday 1: Chained
By: Ruthie Knox
Synopsis
Ashley Bowman is having a bad week. Reeling from the death of her beloved grandmother, she returns to the Florida Keys only to learn that a heartless Miami developer has gotten hold of the crappy vacation rentals she calls home. Ashley has one day to clear out before Roman Díaz destroys the only place in the world that matters to her. Chaining herself to a palm tree in the bulldozers’ path seems like a good way to stop him . . . until she realizes she should’ve brought food and water. And pants. Also, it would help if the evil developer weren’t so ridiculously hot.
The last thing Roman Díaz needs is some sun-kissed blond protester getting her picture in the newspaper and messing up his plans. He bought the property fair and square, and the resort he wants to build on the site is the key to realizing his highest ambitions. But when a hurricane blows through, Roman has to hustle Ashley to safety if he wants to protect his reputation—and that means giving in to her unreasonable demands. Roman needs to learn a little compassion, and Ashley’s decided to teach it to him . .  even if she has to drag him all over the Eastern Seaboard to do it.
My Thoughts
     I am totally starting this review off with this simple statement: I cannot wait to get my hands on Part 2. With that said, Ruthie Knox is at the top of her game with Roman Holiday 1: Chained. As always, she gives us great character development, steamy scenes, and an enticing story line that leaves us wanting for more.
      Ashley Bowman begins the story strapped around a tree fighting evil real estate mogul, Roman Diaz. Roman is bulldozing her Grandmother’s prized vacation rentals, with her grandmother’s permission mind you, but Ashley feels they are being torn down unjustly. To battle the evil Roman, Ashley think its a good idea to protest.
      As with all of Ruthie’s characters, both Roman and Ashley are more than what they seem. Chaining herself to a palm tree seems like a good idea to Ashley, a way to make a difference when her world is falling apart. Roman is uber-successful and used to things falling into place; when faced with this protester, he thinks she will fall easily under his will. Unfortunately for him, Ashley is more than a simple protester, and before he knows it, she has talked him into a road trip in exchange for her stopping her protest.
      I’m so stinkin’ excited about Part 2 I could do a dance. Great characterization means fantastic characters that I desperately want to read about. Honestly, there are five parts so I’m only 20% done and I can’t wait, when I’m usually still trying to get into a story. I don’t know if I like the serialization of the story, but all in all, a great beginning to another Knox classic! 


Book Details
Publisher: Loveswept
Date of Publication: November 11th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0345546970
# of pages: 40
Source: Netgalley - for review

Originally published at the Brunette Librarian's Blog

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