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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 know not everyone likes serials but this is from one of the authors I admittedly fan girl over so I am definitely going to want the rest of this. Granted I prefer full release novels but for Ruthie I’ll make an exception!
This is definitely a brief introduction to the characters that will draw us in more as the story evolves but my initial thoughts are as follows:
Ashley is someone who needs to find something to center her. She’s at loose ends with the loss of her beloved grandmother but the impression she’s left with me is of a woman who isn’t sure of what she wants in her life so proceeds from adventure to adventure secure in the knowledge her grandmother would be there as a rock. The loss of this rock is going to cause her to have to grow up and make some hard decisions but at her core she’s a woman who believes in living life and not closing herself off.
Roman is a bit harder to pin down. He’s a man who is driven to escape his past but I think this is coloring his future to the point that he isn’t 100% sure of who he is any more. Sure he acts like he knows who he is but I think as this book plays out we are going to see him have to face his past in order to have a happy future. I’m looking forward to his interactions with Ashley as I think we will get a lot of fireworks as he fights the hard fight to not let passion rule him but only logic. This should prove fun as I think our lovely Roman has a naughty streak a mile wide that I can’t wait to see.
I’m ready for more and hope that my guess about Roman proves to be true…. Thanks to NetGalley.com and the folks at Random House Loveswept for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.