Nose in a Book Reviews – Hitched and Blindsided by Ruthie Knox

I had the privilege of reading the new series by Ruthie Knox, Roman Holiday. Here are my reviews of the second and third installment of this new story. You can find my original review of book one, Chained.

Hitched (Roman Holiday #2)Hitched by Ruthie Knox

My rating: 3 1/2 of 5 stars

3 1/2 stars

This is a hard one to review. Being that it is a ‘move the story along’ type of book/novella, it was fine. Was it great? Did it give me everything I love in a Ruthie Knox story, not really. However, it did function as a plot thickener, and I’m looking forward to reading the next part in this series.

The story takes place where the last one left off – when Ashley passed out cold after kissing Roman.

She awakens from an erotic dream with Roman talking to someone on the phone. They begin their evacuation away from the impending hurricane and as you’d expect from Knox’s characters, witty banter ensues for the entire ride up the coast of Florida.

It felt like a lot of filler, but when this part of the series is only 50 pages long, it’s hard not to be. Looking forward to reading the next few installments to see where these two crazy kids end up. If I know Ruthie, it will be someplace pretty damn hot and steamy. My favorite.

Blindsided (Roman Holiday #3)Blindsided by Ruthie Knox

My rating: 3 1/2 of 5 stars

3 1/2 stars

Oh Ruthie, I need more meat! How can I have any pudding, if I can’t find the meat?

I think my issue with this serialized content is there isn’t enough meat in these bones to keep me truly satisfied. Perhaps a Snickers would help, but a whole lot of steam could also be beneficial in these.

Feeling a bit antsy while waiting for something, anything romantic to happen between these two. Having to wait between episodes might also be part of my frustration. I enjoy gobbling up Ruthie’s other works in two or three giant gulps, and I am not a patient person. I’m still enjoying the chemistry and I really can’t wait to get to a more meaty episode, because the plot and characters of this series are both interesting and intriguing.

We last left off with Roman’s SUV stuck in the mud in a hippie commune in the middle of a swamp in Georgia. This episode shows us the kind of perfectionist, workaholic Roman really is and gives a little more insight into Ashley’s free-spirited personality. I have to admit the hippie commune did make me laugh, especially how awkward Roman was in that environment.

The mystery of why Ashley’s grandmother’s reasoning for selling the property to Roman in the first place, is an intriguing plot point.

So, I’ll say it once again… I want it, and I want it NOW!! Gimmie, gimmie, Ruthie, I know you won’t let me down!

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The Guardians Blog Tour and Giveaway

Thanks to The Writers Coffee Shop for hosting The Guardians Blog tour.

For those of your curious about what this book is all about, check out the summary: 

Ava’s life is . . . complicated.
After all, it’s not every day a girl learns she’s not entirely human, or unlocks hidden powers strong enough to make even the First Race sit up and take notice. After surviving an attempted kidnapping and standing up to the Race’s Ruling Council, Ava Michaels returns to college and what she hopes is a normal life. But Ava quickly realizes that for her, normal may not even exist anymore.
In fact, the Council wants her under their control, and they’re not the only ones. The mysterious Rogues have a plan of their own, and it turns out Ava’s a big part of it, whether she wants to be or not.
On top of that, her new relationship is tested in ways she never expected. Her boyfriend, Caleb Foster, has disappeared—accused of betraying the Race—and Ava herself stands implicated in a crime she didn’t commit.
Clearing their names will mean uncovering a web of deceit and intrigue with Ava woven right in the center. To unravel the strands, she joins forces with some unlikely allies; a Protector who once haunted her nightmares, a young girl with secrets as unexpected as Ava’s, and a group of rebel Guardians who have their own fight against the Council.
Together they stand in a battle to find the truth, bring Caleb home, and secure Ava’s freedom—not to mention save her life. 

I really enjoyed this second installment in the More series.

Check out my review below:

The Guardians (More, #2)The Guardians by T.M. Franklin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4star

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

I have to admit I think I liked this book a little bit more than More. This surprises me, as most middle books are usually more filler and fluff, but this book actually moved the plot of this series along nicely. My only real complaint was I wanted more Ava and Caleb interaction, but I understood why this couldn’t have happened in this book.

The story continues pretty much where More left off, with Caleb helping Ana hone in on her skills. I love that Franklin allowed Ana to be strong and feisty, yet her emotions and confusion over Caleb’s actions felt honest. Ana is struggling to find her place in this new world where she’s not exactly human, and in this book she is also trying to clear her name from a crime she didn’t commit, all the while trying to figure out why Caleb pulled a major disappearing act on her.

Then there’s Caleb, who for reasons unknown until the very end, is pulling away from Ava just when she needs him most. And boy, for a few chapters you want to kick him in his junk just to try and get him to snap out of it. And boy, that is one humdinger of an apology.

I have to say the supporting cast in this book was phenomenal and so well flushed out. Tiernan is just a fabulous character and the snappy dialogue between he and Ava makes you grin from ear to ear.

Overall, a nice continuation to More with an intriguing plot and growth by all the characters as well. I enjoyed the added background about The Race which really filled in some of the gaps that was left for me in the first book. I still would have loved more interaction between Ava and Caleb, but the book stood on its own with a fast paced plot.

Really looking forward to the conclusion to this series.

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T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. After writing and unsuccessfully querying a novel that she now admits, “is not that great,” she decided to follow the advice of one of the agents who turned her down—write some more and get better at it. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Mike, is mom to two boys, Justin and Ryan, and has an enormous black dog named Rocky who’s always lying nearby while she’s writing. Whether he’s soothed by the clicking of the computer keys or just waiting for someone to rub his belly is up for debate.

In addition to MORE and The Guardians, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short story, Window, as well as another short story, A Piece of Cake, which appears in the Romantic Interludes anthology.

Nose in a Book Reviews: Roman Holiday #1 Chained

Roman Holiday 1: ChainedRoman Holiday 1: Chained by Ruthie Knox

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4star

Genre: Romance

Ruthie, Ruthie, Ruthie… how I love thee so. It doesn’t seem to matter what you write, I fall in love. This first installment of a five part mini-series is no exception.

The story begins with Ashley, a woman who is having a pretty bad week. First her beloved grandmother dies never telling her she was ill, leaving Ashley reeling with guilt, sorrow and confusion. Confusion about why her grandmother would sell her vacation property that Ashley had always assumed she’d inherit. Instead it now belongs to a development group headed by the handsome and steely, Roman Diaz.

Unable to think of something better, she chains herself to a tree on the property in an effort to stop the demolition of her family’s vacation retreat. Of course chaos ensues and Roman decides to personally take care of the new pest infesting his property.

The entire story is completely engaging and in true Ruthie Knox fashion, sweet. Not in a sickly sweet way, but in one that you just can’t help but devour. Really looking forward to the continuation of this series.

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