Afternoon Delight: Roman Holiday 1: Chained by Ruthie Knox

Posted November 14, 2013 by Shari in Reviews / 3 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Afternoon Delight: Roman Holiday 1: Chained by Ruthie Knox
Roman Holiday 1: Chained

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Series: Roman Holiday,
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Love Swept
Released on November 11, 2013
Pages: 40
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Silly me! I adore Ruthie Knox so without even thinking or reading the blurb, I grabbed this one off NetGalley. I started reading and noticed that I was ripping through the book but I really wasn’t getting far in the story…only to learn this is a serial. Oh, no, I am not a fan of serials as you may have read in one of my Yakkety Yak posts. So, I can’t say I am thrilled or even if I will continue to read. I like to get invested in a story and finish it, now wait each week for a new installment and only get part of the story…oh and pay a fortune for each installment vs if it was just one book.

The carefree Ashley Bowman is having some bad days. With the most recent death of her grandmother, Ashley has learned her heritance, a beachside resort, was sold by her grandmother. The one thing she wants to save is the only home she really ever had. Chaining herself to a palm tree seems to the be only solution to stopping the bulldozers from wrecking it all.

After a night chained to a tree, Roman Díaz just wants to save himself from bad publicity. So he watches her, protects her from the sun, gives her water and makes her watch him eat. He’s hoping to little by little to break her down, but a hurricane is on the way and he needs to get the resort torn down or lose his deal with a potential father-in-law.

Both are wearing the other down and they don’t know it. Ashley makes a deal with Roman and off the two go…until the next installment.

Just when I was getting invested in the characters…I was told to wait and I don’t like to wait. I can’t really say much other than what I did. Forty pages just isn’t enough to get invested in the characters, like them and hope for the best. Unfortunately, while I liked what I read, I wasn’t blown away…yet.


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!