If you don’t already know, I’m really into riding road bikes. A lot. I biked almost 3,000 miles in 2011 and spent 7 days biking from San Francisco to Los Angeles. So imagine my giddiness when I got the opportunity to read and review Ride with Me , a contemporary romance about two people riding bikes! Not to mention this is a debut book from Ruthie Knox and I’ve had great luck here at FVBR with reviewing debut books!
Thankfully this book didn’t disappoint at all and the “debut book” streak is still alive. Overall this book was fun and sexy, and you don’t need to know a thing about cycling to enjoy this contemporary romance!
Lexie Martin is a school teacher ready to ride across the US on the famed TransAmerica Trail where her parents fell in love. Lexie’s a capable and experienced cyclist but smart enough to know she shouldn’t make this trek on her own. She places an ad looking for a trip mate.
Tom Geiger’s nosy sister answers Lexie’s ad without his knowledge. The sister and Tom also don’t know Lexie (Alex) is a woman! Tom doesn’t want a partner in anything….life, cycling, etc. He’s got some emotional baggage and is extremely gruff on the exterior…but hot…but also very gruff.
I really liked both the heroine and hero equally in this book even though they were each so completely different. The two of them meshed so well together, and no matter how hard Tom tried to fight/deny his attraction to Lexie, his character’s standoffish/gruff personality never got on my nerves. The more Tom tried to put up a wall between him and Lexie, the more I liked him. There’s a scene where the two battle over a hot sauce contest with no dialogue spoken, and it was perfection! One of my favorite scenes in the whole book. I thought this scene really showed the strength of Ruthie Knox as a writer. And what a great concept to have these two characters on a bike ride across the United States, it throws them into interesting situations and as the miles tick away, you know they’re heading towards a definitive end. The sex was good and steamy for a contemporary romance and left me very satisfied.
In the end it did feel a little too neatly wrapped up with Tom’s financial situation and the declarations of love. At least Tom stay’s true to his personality throughout the whole book even in the end, so I was glad Knox didn’t really have him become a changed man completely. The ending just felt a little abrupt. Maybe because I wanted more page time with the two of them as a couple?
This was a fun, sexy, and witty book, and I recommend it to fans of contemporary romance. And who knows? Maybe Ride with Me will start a trend of “fitness/sport” themed romance books? A girl can dream. If there are others out there, please let me know!
“Please Tom. You can’t ride your bicycle across the country alone. It’s insane. You’ll end up being slaughtered by a serial killer.”
“Taryn, I’m thirty-five, single, tattooed, and antisocial. I’m the serial killer.”
And one more….
Something about the sight of that woman with a bike between her legs really turned his crank.
Stop by later today, Ruthie Knox will be guest posting and giving away a copy of Ride With Me.