ROMAN HOLIDAY by Ruthie Knox: When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Cocktails

Roman Holiday:


Roman HolidayAdventure Continues

Roman Holiday COmplete

The Adventure Continues (Episodes 6-10)
by Ruthie Knox
Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept
Pub Date   Mar 25 2014

978-0-345-54643-2 (eBook) 260 pages
978-0-8041-9385-6 (Audio Download)

Galley provided by publisher via NetGalley for review purposes. no remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented here are my own unless otherwise noted.


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Ashley and Roman’s passionate tug of war continues in this second eBook bundle of Ruthie Knox’s original serial, Roman Holiday

Ashley Bowman thought she had a lot at stake when she chained herself to a palm tree in front of her late grandmother’s vacation resort. But that was before she met real-estate developer Roman Díaz. With one hot kiss from his perfect lips, everything changes between them. Suddenly, saving her happy memories seems less appealing then making some new memories . . . the kind you don’t want to share with your grandmother.

Until now, Roman’s whole life has been about climbing the corporate ladder. But after one week with Ashley, his ladder seems to be missing a few really important rungs. Like love. And desire. And really, really great sex. How could one woman make him feel so wild and so reckless in such a short amount of time? Now Roman must find a way to reconcile the freedom he feels in Ashley’s orbit with the dream he’s worked so hard for—a dream that, if fulfilled, might just break Ashley’s heart.

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.


square "my take"I love Ruthie Knox!  Her books just make me shiver with delight. Some are so hot I make my husband read them ad take notes.

A million years ago in college a professor discussing the principles of the dialectic told me that we end up being some average between what we want to be and what others will let us be.  In other words, if your want to be an astronaut and NASA won’t hire you you’re not going to be an astronaut (at least not in the US). Somehow that relates to this story.

In the second “season” of the series each character’s quest becomes something different when the couple and another friend who has tagged along on Ashley’s journey to show Roman why he shouldn’t tear down her grandmothers hotel.  What the  come to realize is that neither is the person they think they are.  In Roman’s case he molded himself to fit first his foster father’s twisted design and then his mentor’s wishes.

For the often abandoned Ashley, she’s as flexible as a shape shifter, but soon she’ll forget how to make her own shape. And, the same is true for Roman.  He has been hearing his foster father in his head telling him he was sick  and then his mentor,that he needed to be a certain way to succeed.

We all get a bowl of fruit, even if it’s lemons we get some say in whether we complain about how sour they are or make the best of them!

The road trip love story is really beautiful and really becoming emotionally adult while staying true to yourself is important. What Ashley and Roman learn about themselves and the people who raised them, or loved them, or helped them is life altering.  There are no mysteries, no magic: just the imperfection of family (biological or created) and connection.

Ruthie reaches into my life and pulls out pieces and shows them to me — in Ruthie’s writing I learn about myself and it doesn’t matter what stage of adulthood I am in.

I love how throughout the couple worries about the speed of their relationship. Well, the road trip is like the hero’s quest whether it is for the grail or to save the maiden. And the intensity of the quest can bring people closer together in a very concentrated way; as if personalities are distilled into their realest form in the cab of a truck.  And, the road trip is a time honored quest mechanism. We end up in Camelot, Ohio, home of Ruthie’s eponymous series, and the familiarity is lovely.

Speaking of series, this was originally to be released like a TV show – in series, with episodes. The first went like that but the second season, discussed here is releasing all at once.  And, they really are serial and need to be read in order.

And then we have classic Ruthie hook-ups like this between two secondary characters:

One palm found her thigh and dragged up it, forcing her skirt to form ridges an valleys, a glacier moving slowly toward her hip.

The plate tectonics of desire, is effect on her as undeniable as shaking earth and drifting continents, crashing into each other.


I VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND Ruthie Knox’s ROMAN HOLIDAY! It’s available as the first and second part separately or as the entire serial in one fell swope.


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