Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Strangers on a Train: Big Boy by Ruthie Knox

Title: Big Boy
Author: Ruthie Knox
My Rating: A-


Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Strangers on a Train
Main Characters: Mandy and Tyler
Release Date: April 2013
Publisher: Samhain
Links to Purchase:
Amazon  
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

He'll be any man she wants--except himself.

A Strangers on a Train story

Meet me at the train museum after dark. Dress for 1957.

When Mandy joins an online dating service, she keeps her expectations low. All she wants is a distraction from the drudgery of single parenthood and full-time work. But the invitation she receives from a handsome man who won’t share his real name promises an adventure—and a chance to pretend she’s someone else for a few hours.

She doesn’t want romance to complicate her life, but Mandy’s monthly role-playing dates with her stranger on a train—each to a different time period—become the erotic escape she desperately needs. And a soul connection she never expected.

Yet when she tries to draw her lover out of the shadows, Mandy has a fight on her hands…to convince him there’s a place for their fantasy love in the light of day.

Warning: Contains sexy role-playing, theatrical application of coal dust, and a hero who can rock a pair of brown polyester pants.


My Review:
This novella had a very different feel. It almost felt like a narrative and at first, I didn't really like the style of it, but as I got immersed in the story, I fell in love...with all of it. This was a gorgeous, heart-warming story. 

The relationship starts off very oddly...they meet once a month for a date where they aren't allowed to break character. For Mandy, it's an escape. This entire book is told from her perspective so you never know what's going on in Tyler's head, but soon, as a reader, you begin to see cracks in his facade so that you begin to realize that there's much more going on with him than you realize.

By the end of the novella, my heart was shattering with emotion. Ruthie Knox built up that emotion through the story so slowly, I didn't even realize it was happening until the adrenaline kicked in with the heartbreak. I LOVE THAT! I loved this story. It was different, but it was so freaking good. Really amazingly creative and heartwarming. LOVE!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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