Review: Chained by Ruthie Knox

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3 Stars

I’ve become a big fan of Ruthie Knox thanks to her serialized novel, Truly, which is free to read on Wattpad until the end of the year. That book was AMAZING. I loved it. After that, I need to get my hands on all things Knox.

Chained was such an interesting start to what I know will be a fun ride. Not only do we meet Ashley, who is chained to a tree for most of this, but we also meet Roman Diaz, who is MOST DEF going to be a hard nut to crack from what I’ve seen of him so far.

The story has definitely grabbed my interest, but it’s hard to judge just how much I’ll love it in about 40 pages. I like that the two main characters are basically in a battle against each other. And I also really like how surprising Ashley’s character was. You think she’s this ditzy blonde but turns out to be really sharp. I hope Roman surprises me too in the end.

I think you guys should totally take a chance on this serial. It will leave you wanting to know what happens next!

Book Info

Chained by Ruthie Knox
Series: Roman Holiday #1
Published by Loveswept
Pub Date: November 11th 2013
Pages: 40
Format: ARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: AdultContemporaryRomance
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Meet Ashley and Roman—complete opposites who can’t hide their attraction—in Episode 1 of Ruthie Knox’s eBook original serial, Roman Holiday.

Ashley Bowman is having a bad week. Reeling from the death of her beloved grandmother, she returns to the Florida Keys only to learn that a heartless Miami developer has gotten hold of the crappy vacation rentals she calls home. Ashley has one day to clear out before Roman Díaz destroys the only place in the world that matters to her. Chaining herself to a palm tree in the bulldozers’ path seems like a good way to stop him . . . until she realizes she should’ve brought food and water. And pants. Also, it would help if the evil developer weren’t so ridiculously hot.

The last thing Roman Díaz needs is some sun-kissed blond protester getting her picture in the newspaper and messing up his plans. He bought the property fair and square, and the resort he wants to build on the site is the key to realizing his highest ambitions. But when a hurricane blows through, Roman has to hustle Ashley to safety if he wants to protect his reputation—and that means giving in to her unreasonable demands.

Roman needs to learn a little compassion, and Ashley’s decided to teach it to him . . . even if she has to drag him all over the Eastern Seaboard to do it.



About Ruthie Knox

USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox writes contemporary romance that’s sexy, witty, and angsty—sometimes all three at once. After training to be a British historian, she became an academic editor instead. Then she got really deeply into knitting, as one does, followed by motherhood and romance novel writing.

Her debut novel, Ride with Me, is probably the only existing cross-country bicycling love story. She followed it up with About Last Night, a London-set romance whose hero has the unlikely name of Neville, and then Room at the Inn, a Christmas novella—both of which were finalists for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award. Her four-book series about the Clark family of Camelot, Ohio, has won accolades for its fresh, funny portrayal of small-town Midwestern life.

Ruthie moonlights as a mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia. She’d love to hear from you, so visit her website at and drop her a line.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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