Welcome Tom & Lexie From Ruthie Knox's New Release Ride With Me & Giveaway!

Cheeky Reads is super excited to welcome Tom and Lexie, the hero and heroine of Ruthie Knox's new contemporary romance to our site! I hope you enjoy meeting them as much as I did and don't forget to comment on their interview to enter to win a copy of their story!

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.

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.]

Curtain falls.


Ride with Me, available from Loveswept on February 13, 2012!

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.

GIVEAWAY - One lucky commenter will be randomly chosen to win a digital copy of Ride with Me. Winners will pick up their copy through Net Galley. Good luck to all!


  1. I've read the book probably ten times over the last year (I get to be one of Ruthie's lucky CP/betas), but I'll never get enough of Tom and Lexie. This interview was awesome. Way to not let Tom get away with anything, Lex! LOL

    People need to get this book. It's total awesomesauce. Promise!

  2. That was so funny! I haven't gotten this yet - and would love to read it! Tom & Lexie sound like such fun!!

  3. I loved this look at Tom & Lexie and hope everyone else does too! Thanks for stopping by Gina and Jessica.

    And Gina - aren't you the lucky CP to get to read this early. :)

    1. I'm extra lucky because I get to read all of Ruthie's stuff. The girl's brain is as prolific as two rabbits with nothing better to do than make baby plot bunnies! She's so talented and her books rock. I can't wait for the rest of the world to get to experience her characters and stories as I have. :)

  4. This book is taunting me. It's my carrot for hitting a certain page count. Oh, Ruthie, you torturer, you!

    1. LOL. I'm so flattered, Kristan. Now what are you doing online? Go write!

  5. Looking forward to reading this!!!!

  6. Emily told me I MUST buy this book, so I did! Can't wait to read it... :)

    Janice Maynard

  7. Thanks for stopping by Carocress and Janice!

  8. Jessica, Carocress, and Janice -- hope you all like it!

  9. This is a super cute interview! Can't wait to check this book out

  10. This is on my to-read list, for sure!

  11. skipped the contest and went right to amazon....on my kindle now!

  12. Loved the interview!! Excellent blurb, too. Sounds like a really great read.

  13. Hi Ruthie, i'm Ina from indonesia. I've been just read the interview and WOW...it looks great. I love romance stories. N u wrote it different, fabolous! It was so funny to read how Tom n Lexie meet. It remains me that love is unpredictable, sometimes it comes at the time or place that we never expected, like them both. Funny...
    Tom n Lexie have a great sense of humor. I like their character. N i like when Tom convinced that he's a jerk.hahaha...
    Cant wait to read the book. Hopefully i'll be the lucky person who gonna win ur book, Ruthie. Thank a lot 4 share this giveaway. Keep on writing, may God always bless u n ur family

  14. I keep seeing this book everywhere, I cannot wait to read it. Thanks for the chance to win

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