Review: Big Boy by Ruthie Knox


Big Boy (Strangers on a Train) by Ruthie Knox
Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (April 2, 2013)

Rating: A
Heat: Warm

Heroine: Mandy – Single Mother, Role Playing 
Hero: Tyler – Mystery, Role Playing 






Mandy’s life has changed quite dramatically ever since her sister and family were killed by a drunk driver. They left behind Mandy’s nine day old nephew, who she became the legal guardian for. Being a single parent and working full-time doesn’t leave much of a social life for Mandy, so she decides to join an online dating service. While looking through the men’s profiles, she kept coming across the same man with different identities from different eras in time. This man piques Mandy’s interest, so she contacts him and sets up a date with him.

On the first date, they meet at the National Railroad Museum dressed up as people from 1957. After their first date, they meet once a month at the museum, role playing and dressing up as a different person from different eras in time. They never share any personal details about their lives and they don’t know each other’s names. But Mandy looks forward to her date with this mystery man every month, where she gets to let go of the everyday responsibilities and stress that comes with motherhood. What she never expected is to actually fall for her mystery man, especially when she knows nothing about his real life.

Being that this story is told from Mandy’s POV, Tyler remains a mystery throughout most of the book. Tyler is charismatic and sexy and exciting. He takes the role-playing very seriously and didn’t want to take his relationship with Mandy into the real world. That was one of his stipulations when they started going on these adventurous, inventive dates. Which didn't bother Mandy, who is completely intrigued by the role-playing as well. But, eventually, curiosity began to get the better of her. She begins to wonder who Tyler really is underneath all the different identities he wears. Who is Tyler? That is the question. When his story is revealed, it’s an interesting one indeed. I was pleasantly surprised with the way this story unfolded at the end.

I absolutely adore this story. The sexy role-playing, the sexy fantasies they reenact, and the mystery behind these two people’s lives was so romantic and charming and spontaneous. Ruthie Knox wrote one heck of a short story in 66 pages. I feel like I’ve said that before about one of her stories. Oh yeah, I have… I said the same thing in my How to Misbehave review. And I really meant it with both of them!

Every single page of Big Boy had me enthralled from beginning to end. There is so much heart in this story. I can’t recommend it enough to all lovers of romance. Ruthie Knox makes me want to hug and kiss her for writing some of my most favorite contemporaries.


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