on March 14th 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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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?
Madly by Ruthie Knox is the second book in her New York Trilogy. Truly was released August 2014 and it was a long time waiting for this installment. Completely is the third and final book of the series and its release date has been pushed back a few times. It is scheduled to release in late September 2017. Ruthie Knox is one of my favorite romance authors and she’s also a very nice person. After an absence from publishing, she is back, and that is a blessing!
Unfortunately, I am sad to say that Madly left something to be desired. This is the story of Allie Fredericks and Winston Chamberlain. We met Allie in Truly and Winston in About Last Night. Although we’ve met these main characters before, it’s not necessary to read those books to appreciate this story.
Allie has come to New York to spy on her mother and meets Winston when she kisses him in order to stay unnoticed by her mother. This sets the stage for a romance that begins after a chance meeting and continues when Allie needs a place to stay for the night.
This is an opposites attract type of romance and Winston is also quite a bit older than Allie. By the end of the book, I really didn’t care about the age difference. Ruthie does a great job building this relationship from lust to something more.
The reason for my 3-star rating was the fact that I really struggled with the plot of this story. There is a mystery surrounding Allie’s mom and her many “disappearances” that happened throughout Allie’s life. This “mystery” was not interesting to me and I really disliked Allie’s mom.
Allie’s character was also difficult for me to relate to and care about. She was somewhat manipulative, struggled with communication, and was quick to “quit” when things get hard. This is my least favorite type of heroine.
Winston was your quintessential Englishman, and I LOVE those men!! Maybe it’s my obsession with Colin Firth, but I am a sucker for the proper Englishman who comes undone by love. Winston was like this and he saved this book from the “did not finish” abyss. There is a fun and sexy list and game that Winston and Allie play that I will always remember. Ruthie knows how to write and although Madly will never be a favorite, it’s still written by the amazing Ruthie Knox, and thus worth the read and the time spent.
I am anxiously anticipating the release of Completely.