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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Roman Holiday 1: Chained by Ruthie Knox

This novella is actually a whole book divided to 10 parts. Each part is about 40-60 pages long. The first 5 parts are released weekly from 11th of November till 9th of December while the 5 following parts will be released around March 2014. 

I have to say that though I do have some good qualities I'm definitely lacking in restraint and patience... So for me to be limited to 50 pages a week for a book I REALLY want to read ( = anything Ruthie writes..) isn't exactly how I like to run things.. On the other hand it does keep you on your toes and of course it might mean I will accomplish more per day since I won't be buried inside the book ignoring the world around me ;) all in all I think that this concept (starting with Truly on Wattpad which is still available for free till the end of the year) is interesting - I salute Ruthie for the unique idea!

Now for the "novella" in hand! We get a glimpse of Ashley - as the title hints - chained to a tree - no-one chained her - she chained herself! She is making a stand against Roman the developer who wants to tear down the place she calls home. Ashley's grandmother used to own these vacation rentals, now not looking their best.. but for Ashley this is the only place she felt at home. She doesn't understand why her grandmother sold the property and didn't leave it to her in her will.. But nevertheless she is determined to fight Roman until she gets what she wants! 

Roman is a cold developer from Miami. He want the vacation rentals removed but he can't do it while Ashley is chained to that damn tree! He can't afford the media's negative attention and he is not willing to risk something happening to Ashley while he tears down everything around her - not because he is such a sweet man - because something happening to Ashley will mean - bad publicity - no, it's not worth it.. especially when his plan for the area is huge and also is a part of a very big agreement he has with a very powerful man Roman doesn't want to cross (and not only because he wants to marry his daughter..)

So it's either Ashley backs down and unchain herself - how long can she last with no food or water? no shelter form the sun and rain.. or it is Roman who backs down and gives her a chance to show him the rentals are more than a dump to be demolish. 

Additional Details: Kindle Ebook, 48 pages, 25 November 2013 / On GoodReads
Roman Holiday by Ruthie Knox isn't a series it's a whole contemporary romance book that was published in 6 parts (each about 40-60 pages). Originally planned to be published in 10 parts. First 5 parts were published weekly then there was a break of a few short months and following that 5 more parts were suppose to be published but for some reason they were all published together as parts 6-10. Now, you can either buy Part 1 (chapters 1-5) and Part 2 (chapters 6-10) separately or you can buy the whole book combined. 

I think it's a nice idea publishing a book in parts, kinda like a TV series. Yet again I'm not a very patient person so I rather have all of it at once to read at my own leisure. Now that it's all published you can still decide or reading it in parts, meaning, each part tells a short piece of the story it's not like reading a book and deciding to stop on a specific chapter (in the middle of all the mess/action/emotion). For those of us who find it hard to commit to long periods of reading - the way this one is built is just perfect!

The book tells the story of Ashley and Roman. Roman is a constructor who bought Ashley's grandmother's resort planning to demolish it and built a big fancy hotel. Ashley, who can't see the only place she called home destroyed "tricks" Roman into a "vocation" in which she takes him with her trailer to visit friends who came frequently to her grandmother's resort. 

What each one learns is quite unexpected. But as it seems both of them have much to learn about themselves and the way they chose to live their lives. Naturally there's also a romance here :) Roman and Ashley might be different - darkness to light kind of different, yet, they are perfect for each other exactly for this reason and for the fact that what they see in each other no one else ever did, not even themselves. 

As all books by Ruthie are - RECOMMENDED! 

Roman Holiday Part 1 Chained (published 11 November 2013) ★★★★★
Roman Holiday Part 2 Hitched (published 18 November 2013) ★★★★★
Roman Holiday Part 3 Blindsided (published 25 November 2013) ★★★★½
Roman Holiday Part 4 Ravaged (published 2 December 2013) ★★★★★
Roman Holiday Part 5 Ignited (published 9 December 2013) ★★★★★
[ Roman Holiday Part Parts 1-5 The Adventure Begins (published 2 February 2014) ]
[ Roman Holiday Part Parts 6-10 The Adventure Continues (published 25 March 2014) ]
Roman Holiday The Complete adventure (1-10) (published 25 March 2014) ★★★★★

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