- Title: Ride with Me: A Loveswept Contemporary Romance
- Classification: Adult Fiction
- Genre: Contemporary
- File Size: 1927 KB / Print Length: 207 pages
- Publisher: Loveswept (February 13, 2012)
- Sold by: Random House Digital, Inc.
- ASIN: B0061C1OQ0
COMPANION WANTED. TransAmerica Trail. Will start in Astoria, OR, on June 1 and wrap up in Yorktown, VA by the end of August...
"I'm not going to ride with a partner. It's not a vacation for me if I have to talk to someone."
'It was one thing to be a strong, independent woman on the streets of Portland and quite another to fall asleep alone in a tent in the middle of nowhere without worrying about ax murderers. She could do it--she 'had' done it--but she'd strongly prefer not to.'
"I found you somebody," his sister said.
"What are you talking about?"
"For tomorrow. I found you somebody to ride across the country with."
I guess I'll start off talking about Lexie. She was such a fun character! She's independent, smart, and an extremely good sport although a tad bit stubborn. The fact that she's making a cross country trek on a bicycle makes me admire her. The fact she's cycling the same path her parents met and fell in love endears her to me. I've always wanted to visit the city my grandparents met in, Vienna, Austria. Hmmm...Maybe one day. Additionally, the way Lexie broke the ice between Tom and herself was smart and funny. I'll give you a hint. It involved:
Tom is a man of mystery at the beginning of the book. Something happened to him that made him retreat into himself and become a bit of a recluse. He even tells Lexie that at one point in his life he was considered charming. As the story progresses, we gradually find out what happened. What Lexie sees is a man somewhat broken with different layers to him. At one point she states, "It was like touring with half a dozen different people. Cheerful Tom. Angry Tom. Clever Tom. Sexy Tom. Bitter Tom. Silent Tom. Throw in Sneezy and Doc and she'd have the whole damn menagerie." When they first start out she tolerates him, but doesn't exactly like him. Then as he slowly opens up and reveals the person who dwells deep inside him, she slowly starts to fall for him.
Neither set out to have more than just a passing attachment. On the surface they seem as different as day and night. I loved how this wasn't a smooth sailing romance like most are. It was a little more gritty, a little more raw with emotion and perhaps a little more truer to life. Their relationship works, however, because deep down each is what the other needs. She needs someone to teach her to be laid back and he needs someone to teach him to open up and love again. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one gets a SHOWER rating- a cold shower is necessary (need I say more?). Some books should come with a warning - make sure your significant other is handy or your shower is in working order. lol
Overall, I gave this one 5 out of 5 roses. It was a lovely mix of romance and humor with a touch of drama added in. Additionally, I adored how the story comes full circle, beginning with Tom's initial interpretation of a passage from Thoreau's book Walden and ending with his new understanding of that same verse. It reveals just how much he grew on that two month bike trek. The passage in question: "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
Pictures of the more scenic views they might have seen:
The beginning - Beach at Seaside, Oregon