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Truly: New York #1 by Ruthie Knox with Excerpt and Giveaway

Today I have a new release from Ruthie Knox, the first in her new New York Series, Truly.  I’m also presenting an excerpt along with my review, and you can enter the tour wide giveaway here for your chance to win a $25 eGift card to bookseller of choice and a Loveswept mug from Loveswept, to celebrate the release.  Don’t forget to check out the other tour stops for more reviews, promos and excerpts!

Book Review:

I don’t remember the first book by Ruthie Knox that read, but each one has been clever and has characters that you feel you already know – they could be in your circle of friends and relations, and that is never a bad thing.  Truly is the start of a new series where New York City becomes the backdrop and a character in the story, feeling as real as if you were walking through the boroughs.

When May moves from Wisconsin to the big city, she isn’t wholly prepared for the wholesale changes that will happen: being more comfortable in outlying suburbs, I completely understood her love-hate relationship with the city.  But even as events around her are challenging, this is a story of a woman in transition, a transition long overdue, and all of the growth she experiences on the way to truly discovering herself is constructed with flair.  Her freedom and almost child-like acceptance of herself and those around her is solidly grounded and displayed in her acceptance and self-confidence, proving that her growth and this opportunity for discovery was a needed one.

Ben was interesting and just a bit out of the norm: not allowing his arrogance, moodiness or apparent lackadaisical attitude to give him some Byronic twist that excuses all bad behavior on the virtue of his looks. Knox, and by extension, May, challenge him to change his boorish behavior: not by nagging him but with a solidly developed sense of trustworthiness and acceptance that just radiates from May. Far from pushing her away, Ben is intrigued, and bit by bit we get information on his background and see just what changes he had made before and after May, all of which add to a dimensional character that isn’t just skating by on his sex appeal.

Together these two are adorable and believable: never subjugating the characters of Ben and May to enact the “love is blind” adage, these two seem to enhance one another, and improve as their relationship deepens. It was hard to put down, light and fun without disintegrating into a pure ‘candy floss’ read, it didn’t pretend that sex is always earth shattering and completely wonderful for all involved, or that families and relatives can often be intrusive, even from miles away. A great start to a new series, I can’t wait for the next book!

Truly: New York #1 by Ruthie Knox with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Truly
Author: Ruthie Knox
Published by: Loveswept
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 304
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
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About the Book:

RITA finalist and New York Times bestselling author Ruthie Knox kicks off a steamy new series set in the city that never sleeps—alone, at least.

May Fredericks hates New York. Which is fair enough, since New York seems to hate her back. After relocating to Manhattan from the Midwest to be with her long-distance boyfriend, NFL quarterback Thor Einarsson, May receives the world’s worst marriage proposal, stabs the jerk with a shrimp fork, and storms off alone—only to get mugged. Now she’s got no phone, no cash, and no friends. How’s a nice girl supposed to get back to safe, sensible Wisconsin?

Frankly, Ben Hausman couldn’t care less. Sure, it’s not every day he meets a genuine, down-to-earth woman like May—especially in a dive in the Village—but he’s recovering from an ugly divorce that cost him his restaurant. He wants to be left alone to start over and become a better man. Then again, playing the white knight to May’s sexy damsel in distress would be an excellent place to start—if only he can give her one very good reason to love New York.

 

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Excerpt

from Chapter One…

 

 

The bartender had begun cleaning the counter with a damp rag. He shuffled closer to her, sweep by sweep, and cleared his throat.

Nervous, May lifted her beer and drained it, realizing only with the last warm swallow what she’d done.

“Can I get you another round?” he asked.

This was it, then. Time to go.

But the line was behind her, drawn across the floor, invisible but there, and she didn’t want to leave.

She had to choose. Dan’s apartment or this bar. Before or After.

“Maybe,” she said. “Do you have a wine list?”

“I think we’ve got one somewhere in the back.” His disapproving tone made it clear that no one ever asked for a wine list here. Which, yes—she might not know Manhattan, but she knew bars—this was not the sort of place where you asked for a wine list.

“Can you look for me?”

“Sure.” He put his rag down and walked toward a door marked private. She saw him roll his eyes as he passed the guy.

The guy didn’t look up. He wasn’t interested in the bartender any more than he was interested in her. But his companion wasn’t here yet, and maybe wasn’t coming. He could talk to her for a few minutes, buy her a drink. It wouldn’t kill him.

May hopped off her stool, sucked in her stomach, and approached. “What are you reading?” she asked.

The guy canted the book so she could see the cover, but his hand covered most of the title. All she could read was the word Dying.

“Any good?”

He didn’t look at her. He was a bent, dark head, an ear, a declaratory elbow. When she heard a low voice, it took her a second to understand that it belonged to him. “They’ve got their mother’s corpse in a coffin in the back of this wagon, and they’re taking her into town to bury her. The youngest kid thinks the dead mother is a fish, but he also thinks she can’t breathe, so he bores holes into the coffin and right into her face.”

The bridge of her nose wrinkled. A totally involuntary response.

“One of the two older sons is going insane,” he added. “The other one’s broken leg is starting to rot, and the sister’s knocked up.”

A few beats passed. She tried to think of some kind of segue into normal conversation. The best she could do was “Yeah, but is it any good?”

“It’s super.” He injected the maximum amount of sarcasm into the word.

Sarcasm didn’t scare her. Her sister, Allie, had spent her freshman and sophomore years of high school dripping it all over everyone.

“I’m May.” She extended her hand.

He looked away from the book then, though not at her face. At her hand first. Then down at her shoes, which made him frown. She allowed him some leeway there, because she was wearing dark green leather flats with bows on the toes, and she didn’t like them much, either.

When he lifted his gaze, it got stuck on her breasts for an uncomfortable period of twelve to fifteen years. “Ben,” he told them.

This offense was harder to forgive. Men had been addressing her breasts since she was thirteen. Her breasts had yet to respond to this treatment.

I’m up here.

She didn’t say it aloud, but his head lifted, and he finally looked right at her.

He had sort of sleepy eyelids that went with his broad-planed face, his full mouth—a face that made her think of bear-taming and those male dancers in the tall black boots and flouncy white shirts who crossed their arms and stuck their legs out.

Slavic, that was it.

His eyes were brown, lighter than they should have been in the middle and rimmed with black. Weird eyes.

Weirder still, he didn’t seem embarrassed to have been caught boob-ogling, and he didn’t take her hand. She had to retrieve it from the air in between them and find a place to stow it along the seam of her pants.

“What’s with the jersey?” he asked.

“Hmm?”

“Season doesn’t start until next week.”

Oh. Oh. The stupid jersey. Not her breasts.

“Believe me, I know.”

“Plus, Einarsson is a douche.”

Right. That.

Even back home, she sometimes got flack about continuing to wear the old jersey of a quarterback who’d abandoned the Packers for the Jets, only to lead his new team to a Super Bowl victory against the old one. She might as well be sporting a pin that read, I support Benedict Arnold!

Still, douche seemed a little harsh.

Ben sat up straighter, his eyes refocusing on something over her right shoulder. He slid off his bar stool and raised a hand. May turned just as another man came off the last basement step and into the bar. A blond, good-looking man who actually knew how to smile.

 

 Giveaway

About Ruthie Knox

USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox writes contemporary romance that’s sexy, witty, and angsty—sometimes all three at once. Her debut novel, Ride with Me, is probably the only existing cross-country bicycling love story. She followed it up with About Last Night, a London-set romance whose hero has the unlikely name of Neville, and then Room at the Inn, a Christmas novella—both of which were finalists for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award. Her four-book series about the Clark family of Camelot, Ohio, has won accolades for its fresh, funny portrayal of small-town Midwestern life.

Ruthie also writes New Adult romance as RobinYork.

She moonlights as a mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia

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