How We Met: An Interview with Tom and Lexie
TOM: So what are we supposed to be talking about, again?
LEXIE: How we met, I think.
TOM [scowling]: I don’t want to talk about that.
LEXIE: Why not?
TOM: Because I was a jerk.
LEXIE: Actually, I wouldn’t say you were a jerk.
TOM [hopeful]: You wouldn’t?
LEXIE: No, I’d say you were a dick.
LEXIE: No, I’d say you were a dick.
TOM: Oh, thanks, babe. That’s great.
LEXIE: Well, it wasn’t great at the time. It worked out okay.
TOM: I was trying to do the right thing.
LEXIE [smiling a little]: You were. You couldn’t bear to think of what might happen to me if I rode across the country by myself, so you let me ride with you. And then you wouldn’t talk to me.
TOM: You’re the one who gave me the silent treatment for three days.
LEXIE: Only because you deserved it.
TOM [reluctantly]: True. But in my defense, you’re kind of a lot to get used to. All that yammering. [smiles]
[Lexie punches Tom in the shoulder]
TOM: Plus, you were pretty awful to me, too. You told me you were married.
LEXIE: Only because you were so cocky. Like, [pitches voice low] I’m not going to sleep with you, sweetheart, so don’t even think about it.
TOM: So you were, like, Screw you, buddy, and the horse you rode in on.
LEXIE: Exactly. Except you rode in on a bike.
TOM: We both rode in on bikes.
LEXIE [smiling fondly]: Yeah. And you have such a nice ass. That was really my downfall—the view. That, and it turned out you have unforeseen charms.
TOM: I do?
LEXIE: Sure. I unearthed them. I had to dig around in your pants for a while, but—
[Tom covers Lexie’s mouth with his hand]
LEXIE: Mphm-bmbh mm hmubph mbuh.
TOM: We’re done here. They’ll have to read the book if they want to know the rest. [winks at CheekyReads] Thanks for having us.
CHEEKY [blushing]: You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by.
[Tom pushes Lexie out of the room, keeping one hand firmly over her mouth.]
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?
Ruthie Knox figured out how to walk and read at the same time in the second grade, and she hasn’t looked up since. She spent her formative years hiding romance novels in her bedroom closet to avoid the merciless teasing of her brothers and imagining scenarios in which someone who looked remarkably like Daniel Day Lewis recognized her well-hidden sex appeal and rescued her from middle-class Midwestern obscurity. After graduating from Grinnell College with an English and history double major, she earned a Ph.D. in modern British history that she’s put to remarkably little use.
These days, she writes contemporary romance in which witty, down-to- earth characters find each other irresistible in their pajamas, though she freely admits this has yet to happen to her. Perhaps she needs more exciting pajamas. Ruthie abhors an epilogue and insists a decent romance requires at least three good sex scenes.
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