Riding the Rail

Riding the Rail by Julia Devlin
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Review by Hibiscus

When Serena Adams collided with a gorgeous young stranger on a crowded subway, nothing could have prepared her for the hottest ride of her life…

Serena gets more than she bargained for when her ordinary morning commute turns into an erotic encounter with a much younger man able to excite her with the merest touch. Later that morning, Serena’s prospective new client turns out to be her El train stranger and she can’t believe her misfortune. If she can’t ride the rails without wanting to devour him, how will she manage to work with him professionally?

Julian St. Claire believed he would never see the beautiful woman from the El again. However, this turns out to be his lucky day when she falls into his lap hours later. Never one to back down from a challenge, he pursues the sexy siren, despite her protests about their age difference. The way Julian sees it, age is no match for undeniable chemistry.

Can the two sort our their differences to enjoy the physical attraction they discovered…riding the rail?

I enjoyed this delightful story about an older woman and younger man in Chicago. I was happy that Ms. Devlin wrote about the subjects she knew, Chicago and management consultants, as it made the story that much more enjoyable. She wrote strong details of the city, including the El trains and how they do go underground on several of the lines and that there is an El stop at Clark and Lake Streets. Also her knowledge of management consultations showed in the story with Serena’s meetings with Julian and Ryan. All these little things made the story much more enjoyable for me.

I loved the character of Serena Adams. She was an older, divorced woman making her way in the world. She longs for someone in her life, romantically, but is very image conscious. I loved the interplay between Serena and Julian on the El at the beginning of the story. The bumping and jostling that occurs during the morning rush, and the playfulness that went on. I laughed when Serena realized who was hiring her company. That whole first meeting was very cute. I liked the struggle that she had in coming to terms with herself and her needs.

Julian St. Claire is a genius who comes from a solid working class family. Julian does not care about age differences. When Serena mentions the ten year difference, Julian comes back with the standard reply: age is just a number. But he truly believes it. I believe that Julian has his head on straight. He is at that point in his life that he wants to start settling down. He’s made something of himself and wants to begin to enjoy it. That’s why he and Ryan want to hire a management consultant to help them out with their company. I loved how he uses unfair tactics to get Serena to agree to go to dinner with him. I felt that Julian really wanted to see if there is something special going on between he and Serena.

I loved the entire story, but the end really made me smile. It was cute how it was on the El, and very clever how the author had the story looping around to end just like it began, the same way the trains do downtown Chicago.

I found Riding the Rails to be a very well written story of romance in the most unexpected places. I recommend this delightful story which is set in my hometown.

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