Doubleheader: Ride with Me and About Last Night by Ruthie Knox

After only two novels, Ruthie Knox has a spot on my DIK and auto-buy lists.

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Ride with Me

  • Ride with Me by Ruthie KnoxTitle: Ride with Me
  • Author: Ruthie Knox
  • Series: N/A
  • Genre(s): Contemporary
  • Publisher:  Loveswept, February 2012
  • Source: Amazon, $2.99
  • Length: 207
  • Trope(s): Angst, Redemption, Dysfunctional Family, Beta Hero
  • Quick blurb: Chatty teacher and brooding loner on a cross-country bike ride.
  • Quick review: This is my new standard for contemporary M/F romance.
  • Grade: A

Interesting how getting your ass kicked by love could change your perspective.

The happy couple….

Lexie is a follow-the-map high school teacher who doesn’t trust her own judgment after two failed engagements. Tom is a brooding loner who most definitely does not want a female chatting in his ear for three months straight.

The setting….

A 4,500-mile bike ride across the United States – with a few scenic detours along the way.

The storytelling….

I was right there with them all the way across the country. The set-up was entirely believable, and the ups and downs of their emotional connection mirrored their physical journey.

The romance….

The relationship-building was perfect – it never fell into a predictable Romance-O-Matic formula. No Insta-Love, no “I Hate You Except When We Kiss,” no Big Misunderstanding. Tom’s honorable angst was just deliciously sexy, and Lexie was a realistic mix of smart, funny and vulnerable.

And the Red Bordello Motel Room Birthday Sex? OH. MY. GOD.

“—Right now you need to let go, sweetheart. Open your eyes and let go. I’ll keep you safe.”

He wouldn’t let her look away. When she came, his gaze held her in place, his eyes huge and black and unspeakably tender, and he didn’t allow her to shrink back from the tsunami of sensation that swept through her. He held her there and made sure she felt every last unbelievable second of it, and then he blinked and came himself with a helpless sound that was almost a roar. She watched him, holding on tight until it was over.

Still shuddering, her hot cheek pressed against his shoulder, Lexie closed her eyes and cursed him. Because now it was no longer possible to pretend.

Tom was going to break her heart, and she was going to let him.

It made me swoon and cry at the same time. Good lord.

The recommendation….

This is my new standard for contemporary M/F romance. And Tom Geiger is my new Contemporary Fictional Boyfriend.

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About Last Night

  • About Last Night by Ruthie KnoxTitle: About Last Night
  • Author: Ruthie Knox
  • Series: N/A
  • Genre(s): Contemporary
  • Publisher:  Loveswept, February 2012
  • Source: Amazon, $2.99
  • Length: 207
  • Trope(s): Angst, Redemption, Beta Heroes, Dysfunctional Family
  • Quick blurb: Bad girl and banker in London
  • Quick review: Two-for-two puts Ruthie Knox on my auto-buy list.
  • Grade: B+

“I never thought I’d be penetrated by a Neville,” she said wonderingly. “Maybe a Colin, or a Simon….”

The happy couple….

Cath is a struggling museum assistant who’s sworn off men because she doesn’t want to have to add to her collection of “lessons learned” tattoos. Nev is a sensitive artist hiding behind a yuppie banker’s façade to please his overbearing family.

The setting….

London (Greenwich, to be specific) and a country estate complete with servants and formal gardens.

The storytelling….

Spot-on characterization and dialogue – and a lot of smokin’-hot sex – keep the poor girl/rich boy premise from becoming formulaic or overly melodramatic.

The romance….

Their relationship starts with her passing out in his bed – before they even know each other’s names –and it just gets better from there. I loved how Cath continually rewrote her self-written rules to rationalize her overwhelming and unwanted attraction. Nev seemed a little too perfect at first, and then too much of a wuss, but he totally redeems himself with a swoon-worthy Grand Gesture.

He’d stolen her whole life story and flipped it around, making it beautiful and tragic instead of sordid and stupid.

*~*happy sigh*~*

The recommendation….

Loved the characters, loved the writing – hurry the hell up with the next one, Ruthie!

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