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!
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!
Author: Ruthie Knox
Published by: Loveswept
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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.
from Chapter One…