Review: Ride with Me by Ruthie Knox

Book Reviews

4 Stars

So Ride With Me had the distinct advantage of having a hero named Tom who loves cycling…because my fiance’s name is Tom and he loves cycling. Haha My good friend Ginger pointed this out to me because she knew both of those details about him. Thanks, Ginger!! But the similarities ended there. Though it was still a fun detail.

One thing I love about Ruthie Knox’s books is that they always feel like such big stories. They’re written so well that you feel like it’s more than the actual number of pages. Ride With Me was like that. Since the timeline of this book is a few months, I think Ruthie made it work so that you felt it was a longer story than it was, IN A GOOD WAY!

I loved the character’s progression and growth in this book. While their common interests complemented each other, their personalities started off on opposite ends of the spectrum. I loved seeing them learn and grow and open up.

I know that sounds like a super chill experience those two went through, but holy rollercoaster! No. It was anything but. First, Tom wouldn’t talk. Then Lexie wouldn’t talk. They disliked each other at first but completely lusted for one another. Then they were friends, then more, then not. It was an awesome ride, y’all! The whole time I was just rooting for them to work it out and make it. In the smexy department, this book is a total WIN. The romance is steamy yet romantic.

Ride With Me also made me want to take cycling across America. It’s a nice thought, but I doubt I’d ever do it. I’d rather drive my way across America. But it was really cool seeing it through the eyes of Lexie and Tom.

I can’t wait to read more romances from Ruthie Knox. I’ve come to really enjoy them! I hope you guys will check them out too!!

Book Info

Ride with Me by Ruthie Knox
Published by Loveswept
Pub Date: February 13th 2012
Pages: 216
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: AdultContemporaryRomance
Buy the book! | Goodreads

In this fun, scorching-hot eBook original romance by Ruthie Knox, a cross-country bike adventure takes a detour into unexplored passion. As readers will discover, Ride with Me is not about the bike!

When Lexie Marshall places an ad for a cycling companion, she hopes to find someone friendly and fun to cross the TransAmerica Trail with. Instead, she gets Tom Geiger—a lean, sexy loner whose bad attitude threatens to spoil the adventure she’s spent years planning.

Roped into the cycling equivalent of a blind date by his sister, Tom doesn’t want to ride with a chatty, go-by-the-map kind of woman, and he certainly doesn’t want to want her. Too bad the sight of Lexie with a bike between her thighs really turns his crank.

Even Tom’s stubborn determination to keep Lexie at a distance can’t stop a kiss from leading to endless nights of hotter-than-hot sex. But when the wild ride ends, where will they go next?

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

4 Responses to “Review: Ride with Me by Ruthie Knox”

  1. Ginger @ GReads!

    This was my first Ruthie Knox book to read, and still my favorite. I’m glad I talked you into it.. even with the whole Tom and cycling detail ;) hehe When I finished it, I immediately wanted MORE. Like, could we see their travels back home, together?!! So glad you enjoyed this one, Jess!

    PS, I am still gawking at your new blog design. I just love it so much! xo

  2. Estelle

    Bought it! I haven’t read a Ruthie book yet and I know how much you + Ginger like them. I like the cycling aspect — that seems unique! Thanks for the convincing ;)

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