Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: Madly (New York #2) by Ruthie Knox

Blurb from Goodreads:
An impulsive trip to New York City, a heartthrob from London, and a scandalous to-do list turn a small-town girl’s life upside down in this sultry romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Truly and About Last Night.

Allie Fredericks isn’t supposed to be in Manhattan, hiding in the darkest corner of a hip bar, spying on her own mother—who’s flirting with a man who’s definitely not Allie’s father. Allie’s supposed to be in Wisconsin, planning her parents’ milestone anniversary party. Then Winston Chamberlain walks through the door, with his tailored suit, British accent, and gorgeous eyes, and Allie’s strange mission goes truly sideways.

Winston doesn’t do messy. But after a pretty stranger ropes him into her ridiculous family drama with a fake kiss that gets a little too real, he finds out that messy can be fun. Maybe even a little addicting. And as the night grows longer, Allie and Winston make a list of other wild things they could do together—and what seems like a mismatch leads to a genuine connection. But can their relationship survive as their real lives implode just outside the bedroom door?
My Review:
This was my first book by this author after seeing others whose opinions I trust post rave reviews of her work and I can now see why -- this definitely will not be my last! This was a bit of an odd premise (although not necessarily farfetched) in that Allie travels to New York to try and bring her mom back before her parents' 30th wedding anniversary party.  Allie presumes that her mom is with the man she's had a mad affair with and who is actually Allie's birth father but, needless to say, she gets more than she bargained for when she stumbles into Winston on her first night in town.  Winston - what can I say?  Seriously, new book boyfriend material to the max. I loved him so much, even more than Allie. That being said, however, even as much as I loved the romance and relationship blooming between Allie and Winston, I loved that they both had real issues to work out, mostly family related, what were handled in a realistic and pragmatic, but not easy, way. This book had a whole cast of secondary characters that I loved and, aside from the ending, I loved everything about this book. Can't wait to read more by this author!

Madly comes out later this month on March 14 2017 and you can purchase HERE. I definitely recommend this one if you love contemporary romance that's a bit quirky!  I just purchased the first book in this series, Truly, as well, which means both that I really liked this one but also that you can read it as a standalone. The third book, Completely, comes out in June.
"I thought, after I left him, that I would do all kinds of crazy stuff. Pick up someone at a bar. Move. Go to the south of France and pick someone up at a bar. The only thing I did was buy a wholesale club pack of coke and put it in the fridge where anyone could see it." 
Winston obligingly raised his eyebrows in question. 
"You know. All the sugar. Caffeine. Or maybe it was the high-fructose corn syrup." 
"Not reasonable?" 
"Not even a little. Sometimes I drink them right before bed, just like a giant 'fuck you,' and then I read a book with the TV on and fall asleep without brushing my teeth." 
"My God." 
"Thats right." She cocked a finer gun at him. "Living on a prayer, baby."


  1. I haven’t read anything by Ruthie Knox yet, but a couple of my friends are big fans of her. I’ve seen some positive reviews of this book too. I love the sound of romance. Lovely review, Eva!

  2. Yes, I really adored this one too, Eva. It was such a pleasant surprise. I also loved the first book which I thought was even better than Madly. If you loved this one, I'm going to need you to read Lucy Parker, if you haven't! :)

  3. Really like the sound of this one! I'm not familiar with the series or the author but I'll definitely be checking this one out. Who can't use a new book boyfriend? :)
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

  4. I've been seeing good things about this book so I've got it on my wish list to buy when it comes out. I bought the first book in this book and I'm looking forward to reading it.

    I second the recommendation for Lucy Parker. She's great!

  5. oh I really love it when authors deal with real issues in their characters and it just makes the story come to life. Definitely sounds like a book to grab up.

  6. I have this and her other book in the series on my list of books I really want to read soon, so I'm glad you liked it but I also hope I like it more haha.

    Nereyda│ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist


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