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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Roman Holiday 3: Blindsided 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. 

If you haven't read the first and second Roman Holiday installment - you shouldn't read my review of the third part...  (Here is the review of the first one / second one

Before you begin reading don't miss out the hilarious preface by Ruthie also containing a reminder to the two previous installments. 
 In this part we have Roman stuck, or rather his truck is stuck in the swamp - making it impossible for Roman to get away from Ashley - to get back to what he HAS to do - start demolishing Ashley's most prized home. Both of them feel a little different about each other. Roman finds it hard to ignore his attraction to Ashley (though he doesn't understand it..) and Ashley starts to realize she doesn't want to tear down Roman on her way to save her home - she just really want him to UNDERSTAND her point, to SEE what this place is, what it was and what it could become - she offers Roman an offer he can't refuse to do just that. We have a little of Carmen's POV and more of Roman's background and it's pretty clear why Carmen and Roman are together now but it is obvious why it can't last.

I liked this one less than the others. I'm not saying it wasn't good it was a little less humoring than the previous two though it does have a good one in the beginning when Roman "joins" (=watch) the drum cycle, as Ashley describes it: "Eventually he'd come in - much to the delight of the assembled guests. There was nothing quite so exciting to the vegan residents of Okefenokee as fresh meat" and we feel how much exciting when Roman encounters their "pet" gaitor :D

Additional Details: Kindle Ebook, 55 pages, 26 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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