Thank You For Riding by Meg Maguire
April 2, 2013
Reviewed by Mandi
Note: Thank you for Riding is one of five novellas in the Strangers on a Train collection out today. It is a very strong and well done collection. I’ll be posting reviews on the other four stories later today.
This is the most adorable novella ever. Oh the cuteness! While giving blood, Caitlin notices a very cute guy come in. He is a big, built guy, wearing paint-splattered jeans and is scared to watch the needle go in. He wears reading glasses and they kind of do an awkward flirting dance with their eyes as they both give blood. Caitlin feels slightly bad about this, as she has been seeing someone for a few months, so she leaves without making eye contact.
Soon afterwards, Caitlin decides to go all out and dress up super sexy for her company Christmas party. But instead of her boyfriend (who is also her co-worker) getting the hots for her, he dumps her. Depressed but not really (the relationship wasn’t that great), Caitlin leaves and grabs the late subway home. And guess who is also on the train? Mark from the blood donation center. They start chatting, a lot and eventually exchange numbers. But before they can even make it home to call the other one, they get trapped in the subway station after hours. It’s cold and windy but they make the most of it. And by that I mean they continue to have adorable flirting and then a make-out session.
This book only takes place over one night, but it works so well. Both Mark and Caitlin are just adorable. They have the best banter between them. And going from just meeting to making out works really well in this story.
The highlight for me though is Caitlin’s internal dialogue as she tells the story. Examples:
“Sleep. Lots and lots of sleep. And I got brunch at a café, since I haven’t had time to buy groceries since October. You?” Tell me how awesome I look. Say it all huskily, under your breath. All clandestine and horny.
Here, let me help you with that…How do you like your eggs? Call in sick to work and have sexy with you all day? Oh, Mark, I really mustn’t. But I will. Paint my front hall wearing nothing but your mangy work jeans, you say? Excuse me while I orgasm.
She started, blinking to bring his face into focus.
She is adorable and their romance is super sweet. Only 70ish pages, but so worth the read!