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Posted February 23, 2012
I prefer historical romance novels but chose to be spontaneous when I came across this book. I'm so glad I took the risk. I hope you realize it says, "Ride with Me", and not "Ride Me". I almost passed it up, and it would've been my loss. I blame it on the pecs.
For those who prefer to know ahead of time, there's plenty of sex. It's only my opinion, but really good sex episodes are a bonus to an entertaining romance novel. Enjoy the ride!
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Posted February 13, 2012
On a trip across the country by motorcycle together, two strangers find themselves not only enjoying the freedom of the open road but each others company as well. Their trip starts off a little bumpy and it takes some time for them to get used to each other which is to be expected. Tom Geiger is a quiet, intense man who has become a loner of sorts due to some recent events that have taken place in his life. As his story is revealed the reader can't help but feel for him as we get to see what exactly happened to bring him to this point in his life. He's taken this trip before would rather travel alone and seems to be very knowledgeable with everything around him. But to put his sisters fears at ease he takes on a riding companion. That companion is Lexie Marshall who is carefree and happy to ride on the journey. She takes in everything while traveling from the beautiful scenery to sharing stories with other travelers. Her joy becomes infectious to Tom and soon we get to see another side to this mysterious man. I really enjoyed reading Lexie's character because she was just so much fun and seemed to truly enjoy herself. As they travel together their attraction to one another grows and Ruthie Knox does a wonderful job setting the pace for this to happen. They begin to notice small things about one another and soon they are taking back roads to not only discover hidden sights, but each other as well. Tom finds himself opening up to Lexie about his past and she is nothing but supportive to him. They soon find themselves sharing a lot more than tidbits about their personal lives as their attraction continues to grow. They soon give into that attraction and I must say their chemistry is on fire! Lots of major tent action going on and I enjoyed every minute of it. I didn't realize that this book was going to be so hot in terms of the romance between the two of them and the author does a great job at writing these scenes! Who knew that sharing a tent could be so steamy!
The characters also take an emotional journey as well as their feelings for one another begin to deepen. They know when they reach the other side of the country that their incredible journey will come to an end. The scene in which Lexie tells Tom how she truly feels about him is absolutely heartbreaking. They both tried their hardest to not fall for the other person during the trip, but as they discover more about one another they realize that there is no one else that they would want to take the journey with. Not only the journey of being on the road, but the journey of being fully loved.
Ride With Me may be Ruthie Knox's debut release, but it certainly doesn't read like one. I found Ride With Me to be extremely well written and thought the whole premise of the storyline was interesting. It was fun and refreshing to travel with Tom and Lexie across the country. It was almost as if I was there watching them fall in love along the way. This book was absolutely adorable and if this is just the beginning of Ruthie Knox's writing, I'm so ready to read whatever she has in store for her readers because it's going to be an enjoyable journey!
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Posted February 13, 2012
Lexie Marshall is ready to ride. Her brother and her have grown up listening to their parents tell the story of meeting on the TransAmerica Trail. Training and planning experience a hiccup when Lexie’s brother gets married and opts out of the trip. Lexie can take care of herself, but its nice to have a riding partner. Putting an ad in the paper, she shifts through them until she finds the one she feels will make this trip the experience she has expected all her life.
Tom feels put upon when his sister signs him up with a riding partner. Believing Lexie is a guy based upon the name Alex being used, he is stunned with the beautiful woman ends up being his partner. But he doesn’t want a partner especially one he is attracted to.
Keeping a distance between them is all Tom wants besides pawning her off onto another partner. As miles pass, he grows more and more attracted to Lexie’s bubbly personality, while Lexie is constantly staring at the backside of Tom. Things heat up, but demons from both their pasts may well end them when the ride approaches the end.
When I first started reading this book, I was a little concerned on how I would like it since I know nothing about riding. While I admire people who can ride like this, it isn’t something I would enjoy the TransAmerica Trail is a riding experience from coast to coast across the US. You can go east to west or west to east the the characters in this book did. It seems to be a lot of camping, taking time to see unusual sites, weight loss from tons of riding and sometimes no shower in sight.
I spent more of the book getting to know characters and not so much the riding aspect. It was interesting but without the romance to it, I probably would not have read it.
Getting past the riding part, the characters were very interesting. Lexie is an English teacher in high school and knows how to handle petulant people, including Tom. She spends a lot of time talking him through his issues and making him see sides he hadn’t considered before. While she was bubbly and trying to get everything out the trip, she was also very detail oriented. She at times just couldn’t let go of a timeline to be somewhere and lacked spontaneity. Two failed engagements make her not even want to get involved with anyone.
Tom has some heavy baggage he is carrying around that have pushed him into being a hermit. He at times just up and goes riding on trails without telling anyone. Pushing himself, or in a way finding himself, he thinks going back to nature will take that baggage away. With Lexie’s help he starts to think of things in a different light and even start to forgive himself in the process.
The romance build slowly as the miles pass by building until it cumulates into some hot tent sex. The author doesn’t hide from the hot side of romance and delivers a punch with each scene.
The ending felt a little abrupt, but there is a hope for the future. Overall, a wonderfully solid and delightfully fun story!
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Posted June 12, 2012
it was a slow build up. The book is only 189 pages.I didn't think it got good until around page 100. but it took a lot to get up to that point.
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Posted March 10, 2012
What a fun story. The characters are funny, smart, sexy,and certainly ambitious. This story really makes me want to hop on my bike, find a really sexy guy, and start peddeling across country, oh darn, i don't have a bike, another item for my bucket list.
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Posted December 6, 2012
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Posted April 22, 2012
Posted February 25, 2012
OMG, I absolutely loved this book!! I have been hearing the hype for a couple of weeks and knew that I had to read this book, if only for the reason that my husband is a bicyclist and I have been hearing about the TransAm ride for years. BUT this book was SO MUCH MORE than I expected and so freaking good...and funny...and entertaining. I am not a bicyclist, but I LOVED THIS BOOK.
First, just to give you a feel for the book, let me post a couple of quotes...
"If she'd been able to breathe fire, he'd be toast by now, but considering her size and general adorableness, it was like being stared down by Tinker Bell."
"And then there was the hotness thing, which she needed to find a way to stop noticing. She'd just have to focus on his personality. That ought to do the trick."
"...because she'd spent the whole morning two feet off his back tire, staring at his broad shoulders and his chiseled calves. It would have been a nice view if he weren't such a jerk. Okay, technically it was a nice view anyways. But that didn't mean she had to like it."
These are two people who start off this 4000 mile bike ride in the worst of circumstances...hating each other. But it's a 3 month ride where they are spending 24/7 with each other....yep, that tension definitely morphs into something else and whoa! Is it a fun transformation of feelings and attitude to watch. I giggled through so much of this book. Tom has his reasons for being the jerk and hermit that he is, but he wasn't always that way. As Lexie slowly discovers his reasons, you get to watch their feelings develop. A development with NEITHER of them are happy about...they (neither one of them) want to complicate their lives by getting involved.
In the midst of the budding romance, you also get to catch glimpses of the road as they travel cross-country...really fun reading! There wasn't a thing about this story that I didn't love. I loved the story line. I loved the characters. I loved the conflict. I enjoyed the bicycling aspect. I loved the romance. It was just a fabulous book!
BTW, I am NOT a bicyclist, but my husband is. If you walk into our house on any given day, there more than likely will be an Adventure Cyclist mag laying about. My husband is a complete gearhead like Lexie, but uses a Brooks Leather saddle, like Tom's in the book. I am hoping to convince him to give the book a read. I think that he will enjoy it too.
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Posted February 20, 2012
Posted November 27, 2014
In this book we have Tom-a reclusive, angry man that's trying to accept his past mistakes and failing miserably-and Alex or Lexie-who has being planing all her life to cross the Trans AM. Lexi for being a woman is having some trouble finding a riding partner to cross from the shores of the pacific ocean to Yorkshire's shore on the Atlantic. When she puts an add looking for a partner and "Tom" answers to "Alex" she has no idea that both of them have being deceiving and deceived. It was Tom's sister Taryn that answer the add for fear her brother having an accident on the road an no body knowing and maybe for other reasons?
After an unpleasant beginning to their journey things take a turn for the better and as the miles go by Tom and Lexie develop more that a companionship but neither is willing to accept it and it leads to some mistakes and stupid decisions. But in the end not even they could fight against the Trans AM magic.
The story is a really good one but my favorite part? "Sometimes penance helps. My dad had the pie" I think this is the crucial moment of the book and it's also the one who brought tears to my eyes. I think forgiveness of self is the first step to spiritual healing and those words were the ones that made Tom take the necessary action to grab happiness by both hands and take it back to Oregon on top of a bike!
Posted June 21, 2014
I enjoyed this book, even though for me, it was a little too sexally explicit. But if the book is interesting enough, and this book was, I tend to just quickly scan over those pages and continue on with the story. This is a very fun and romantic story and I liked the hero & heroine. JudyE
Posted June 19, 2014
Lexie Marshall's luck in finding a riding companion is about as good as her luck with men in general. Twice engaged and now single, she's determined to bike the TransAmerica Trail, and she thinks she's finally found another cyclist to join her. But the Tom she's been talking to online turns out to be his sister, and he's none too pleased to find that “Alex,” the buddy he didn't want in the first place for the trip, is worse than he expected — a woman. Now they're stuck together, two strangers who couldn't be more different from each other, on a trek across the country. But you know what they say about opposites…
The Verdict: I really didn't know what to expect from this story. I'd seen enough decent reviews to think it might entertain me, but at the same time, I couldn't imagine getting into a story that centered around bike riding. I mean, we all know how I feel about (torture) exercise. It was, however, a pretty pleasant surprise.
Tom was kind of an ass, not necessarily cruel, but certainly insensitive and gruff. Oddly enough, that's one of the first things I liked about the book. Instead of the usual jerk that the girl falls in love with, he seemed a hell of a lot more real. I mean, how many stories have we read that had some guy trampling all over some chick's feelings, only to later turn out to be some squishy marshmallow who was just being a jerk because he needs to uphold an image or impress someone not at all important or not let anyone see that he has a good side? Nope, Tom was not that guy. He was a semi-hermit who was eaten up by guilt about something — and not the usual guilt, either. He knew his actions, however noble, had destroyed a lot of people's lives, and he had a hard time facing society and himself.
Lexie was pretty cool, too. She was a bit of a control freak but super-friendly, and while there was all kinds of tension between her and Tom, she didn't pick some bratty way to fire back at him. She tried to be funny and get him to open up a little, and she stood up to him when he needed to be taken down a peg. Normally the girl in a romance novel makes me cringe a few times with juvenile antics or all around girliness, but Lexie seemed more like someone I could know in real life, who might have bad luck with men but still look at the world like it had something good to offer, who enjoyed a sport but was more than a cyclist.
And the whole riding bicycles thing? Genius. Many romance novels find a way to throw two characters together, whether they're forced to work together or stranded in some mountain cabin during a blizzard, but Ride with Me took a more original approach. Sure, their predicament was manipulated by Tom's sister and Lexie's reluctance to admit her gender during her online search for a trip companion, but they made the decision to see it through, and any further interaction was choice or fate or just dumb luck, as opposed to some third party pushing them even closer together. It was a nice change, and it made for much better reading.
All in all, Ride with Me was a damned good read, complete with a few funny moments, lots of sexual tension leading up to some pretty hot encounters, and some awkward and sweet moments, and the set-up, characters, and chemistry made this freebie something I'd have gladly paid for. Only after finishing the book did I figure out the author is a.k.a. Robin York, author of some of my favorite books of all time. Yep, that explains it!
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Posted May 17, 2014
The characters are well developed, the story keeps you interested. I have one, very personal complaint. Kansas is not a wasteland, it is not barren. Those comments really put me off.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 16, 2014
Loved this book! The way they start to bond is good that at times I thought I need to stop reading for a few minutes and buy every book Ruthie has written. You will truly have a few thrilling hours of reading.
About these reviewers who can't help writing a saga of a review; I have read doctorate disserations that are not as long winded or as boring. When I see a long winded review I don't bother reading it because they are always a plot spoiler.
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