Wednesday, October 30, 2013

ARC Review: Roman Holiday 1: Chained by Ruthie Knox

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: November 11, 2013
Publisher: Loveswept
40 Pages

Meet Ashley and Roman—complete opposites who can’t hide their attraction—in Episode 1 of Ruthie Knox’s eBook original serial, Roman Holiday.

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.

I honestly would read anything that Ruthie Knox writes. She always brings to life stories that are sexy, have great humor and even more heart. What else could you ask for in a romance novel? I wasn't sure what to expect from Roman Holiday 1: Chained as I've never read a serialized novel before, but I was pleasantly surprised. This will draw readers in and leave them excited, and intrigued enough to look forward to the next installment.

After Ashley Bowman learns that her grandmother died and sold the one place she felt happiest, she makes her way to the Florida Keys to stop the demolition herself. When her efforts to work with the developer go unanswered, Ashley does what any desperate woman would do and chains herself to a palm tree to keep the house from being demolished. Too bad she didn't bring food or water, or put on some pants over her bikini. On the other side of this is Roman Díaz, a up-and-coming developer. The last thing he needs is Ashley getting in the way of this demolition that will make or break his career, and soon-to-be marriage. The events that follow as these two butt heads will be the adventure of a life time, for the characters and the reader.

This was a super fast read. It took me less than an hour to finish it--of course, it was only part of the story. Still, like the other Knox books that I've read, I was immediately sucked into Roman Holiday 1: Chained. The plot moves at a steady pace, and the author gives the reader plenty of time to get to know the character without rushing through to get to the plot. That's something I really appreciate. This is a great setup for the rest of the story, and does well at intriguing enough to make the audience want to know what happens next.

These characters, again like all of Knox's characters, are fantastic. Ashley is hilariously crude and sassy. I loved meeting her. I can't wait to learn more about her, and her past as the journey continues. Her spitfire attitude reminded me a lot of myself. Though she doesn't make the wisest choices, she has good intentions. Roman is also very interesting. Though we don't know as much about him as we do Ashley, I already adore him. He has this heavy armor put up, and I look forward to watching Ashley rip it off.

I highly recommend this for contemporary romance fans, who don't mind that this adventure comes in pieces. We've only been given a taste, and already it is obvious that this is going to be a sizzling story. Ruthie Knox definitely knows what she's doing! I'm already chomping at the bit for more. 
I received an e-copy of this novel from the publisher for my honest opinion and review via Netgalley.

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