Saturday, April 12, 2014

Five Stars for Roman Holiday:The Complete Adventure by Ruthie Knox

The wait is over with this eBook bundle that includes all ten episodes of Ruthie Knox’s steamy, irresistible serial, Roman Holiday. Like all the greatest road trips, Ashley and Roman’s journey is full of unforgettable twists and turns. But what’s their final destination?

Ashley Bowman has always been impetuous, but even she is a little shocked when she chains herself to a palm tree in the Florida Keys hours before a hurricane is due to blow in. It’s all with the hope of saving her childhood home from a heartless Miami developer. But the moment she meets Roman Díaz she realizes he does have a heart—it’s just encased in ice. Ashley’s determined to get Roman to crack . . . even if she has to drag him all over the eastern seaboard to do it.

Roman can hardly believe he’s been talked into driving across the country with this brazen wild child in a skimpy bikini. He tells himself he had no choice—Ashley insists he meets the elderly snowbirds whose community will be displaced by his career-making development deal. But in truth he knows that there’s something about Ashley that makes him want to get a little wild himself . . . and the closer they get, the more tempted he becomes.

ROMAN HOLIDAY is a contemporary romance published by LoveSwept, an imprint of Random House.

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What I thought about Roman Holiday

When I think about this story, I just get a big smile on my face.  There was just so much for me to like about it.  Let's start with Ashley and Roman. Roman is a cold-hearted business man ready to knock down the place Ashley knows as home. Or is he really as insensitive as he seems? Ashley seems to be immature and pushy, unsure of herself and her place in the world. Or does she really have a sense of self that she just can't deny?

That's one of the main reasons I loved this story.  I was just as unsure about these characters as they were themselves.  It made their journey all the more wonderful to experience in this story, and they do make many personal discoveries over the course of the book.

What starts out as a road trip becomes a personal journey for a whole bunch of characters in this. It's not just Roman and Ashley that end up taking a deep look at themselves.  There's Carmen, Roman's girlfriend and daughter of his mentor, and Noah, Roman's contractor. Ashley sets out to make a difference in Roman's life and ends up making an impact on them all.  In the end, she teaches them all something about being true to yourself. Every character goes through some sort of transformation, or maybe it was just finding themselves.  This is one of those books you want to read with a friend and then just talk and talk about it.

The story ends with one of the most awesome feel-good scenes I've read in a long time. I'd rather not spoil it for you, but it is really lovely.  Ruthie Knox is absolutely one of my favorite contemporary romance authors and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. 

I think this story also deserves a nod for the historical content via Roman's background in this story, and I gotta love story that has scenes that take place in my backyard, so to speak. The locales give this a very authentic feel.  Ruthie does a great job with the travel aspect of the story. 

If you like contemporary romance with perfectly imperfect characters, you might like Roman Holiday. 

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