Monday 8 April 2013

Review: Big Boy - Ruthie Knox

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.

Strangers on a Train Series:
Ticket Home - Serena Bell
Big Boy - Ruthie Knox
Thank You for Riding - Meg Maguire
Back on Track - Donna Cummings
Tight Quarters - Samantha Hunter

Visit Ruthie Knox's website for more information.

When Mandy joined an online dating agency she was looking for a temporary escape from her day to day life as a single mum. Her monthly dates with a handsome stranger who has never even told her his name has bought the fun back into her life, particularly when she gets to dress up and pretend to be someone else for a while as they step back in time during their role play games. At first she was happy with the lack of commitment between them but now she is starting to develop stronger feelings and she is desperate to get to know the real man behind his role play persona's. After bumping into him at a party and finally learning his true name Mandy gathers the courage to ask for more but will her stranger be willing to take a risk on love?

Big Boy is one of the five stories in the Strangers on a Train series published by Samhain, each of the stories has been written by a different author (the authors involved in the collaboration are Ruthie Knox, Meg Maguire, Serena Bell, Donna Cummings & Samantha Hunter) and is currently available as an ebook but I believe there will be a print bind up containing the whole series published sometime next year. These stories can be read in any order, they are linked only by the common theme that each couple start out as strangers who meet each other on a train, so there is no cross over of characters or story lines.

I'm a huge fan of Ruthie Knox and have read everything she's written so of course I couldn't wait to get my hands on her latest story. Big Boy is actually very different from her other stories but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. This is a fairly short story at only 66 pages but I was still able to connect with both of the characters and found myself willing them to find a way to make things work. Mandy has been through a lot in the last couple of years, not only is she grieving for the loss of her sister but she is also struggling to cope with the demands of being a new mother and one with very little support. She agrees to date Tyler because his profile makes her smile and the fun games they play help her completely escape from real life for one night every month. Tyler actually has his own reasons for wanting to escape from reality and they are both wary of starting a relationship when they have so much else to deal with. The historical role playing was a really interesting element to the story and I can imagine it would be a lot of fun searching for the perfect outfit for the era of their next date. Ruthie Knox has done it again and created a romance that I enjoyed every minute of, I would have loved a longer story about this couple but who knows - perhaps she can be persuaded to write about them again in the future!

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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