Review: Roman Holiday 1: Chained by Ruthie Knox

Roman Holiday 1: Chained: A Loveswept Contemporary Romance

May Contain Spoilers


I adore Ruthie Knox’s writing, so when I saw Roman Holiday on Netgalley, I was curious to check it out.  Roman Holiday is being released in a serial format, in two seasons.  Season One has five episodes, and Season Two will be released starting next March.  Chained is about 50 pages in length, and what a great 50 pages it is!

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Meet Dan McCullum from Anne Elizabeth’s Once a Seal and Giveaway!


[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Dan McCullum] Male. SEAL. Loyal. Dedicated. Goal-oriented.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Daniel McCullum?

[Dan McCullum] I get up for work. Kiss my wife. Drive to the Amphibious Base in Coronado, CA. I typically run ten or more miles. Go to a briefing. Work-out or go to the gun range; though oftentimes we are sent on a training mission. They tend to change things up pretty quickly. I try to shower before I go home, but my wife often gets me fresh from whatever hell I’ve been wading through.

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Interview with Colleen Thompson, Author of The Colton Heir

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Colleen, welcome to the Manga Maniac Café! Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Colleen Thompson] A Texas-dwelling, book-obsessed animal lover thrilled to be writing novels of romantic suspense and intrigue.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Colton Heir?

[Colleen Thompson] When Dead River Ranch’s large animal whisperer Dylan Frick learns he may be the missing Colton heir, he’s thrown into a tailspin. Unable to accept that his murdered mother could have been involved in a kidnapping, he is obsessed with disproving the theory—and blown completely off course by his attraction to the mysterious new maid, a gorgeous showstopper with deadly secrets of her own.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Colleen Thompson] As part of an overarching continuity series, The Coltons of Wyoming, The Colton Heir came to me with a set of characters and plot points I needed to cover. The challenge of it—and the fun—was in embellishing these characters, making them larger-than-life but still relatable, and in twisting the story in surprising and creative ways.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Dylan?

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