Monday, June 29, 2015

Crack the Shutters - Lori's Review of TRULY by Ruthie Knox

Title: Truly
Author: Ruthie Knox
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: (First published September 1, 2013)
Source: My Shelves

RITA finalist and USA Today 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.

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. She’d love to hear from you, so feel free to drop her a line. 

Every once in awhile, a book comes along and completely knocks me off my feet. TRULY is one of these books. I was expecting a story similar to many I have read in the past. As I have read Ruthie Knox before, I was expecting to enjoy the story, but I was not expecting it to rock my world and to linger still a month after reading and cause sharp feelings deep in my chest simply by reading the title of the story.

May is having an extremely bad day and makes it worse by attempting to strike up a conversation with a man in a dive bar in New York City. Ben Hausman, a grumpy divorcee. He isn't looking to make friends, hook up, or even be pleasant to the down-on-her-luck damsel in distress, but somehow he ends up offering her a place to stay for the weekend and becomes her tour guide around the city.
"She'd never intended to run from Dan and end up with this divorced farming beekeeper ex-chef, with his surly attitude and his crooked smile."
Beyond the amazing sexual tension building in this story, there was the incredible romance of New York City. As Ben leads May around showing off his favorite parts of the city, I felt like I was visiting them myself. The author did such an great job describing these charming slices of NYC and made me fall in love with a place I have never seen.

While there was really nothing new or original about the story itself, it was told in such a way as to create something amazing within me. The characters are fallible, imperfect, crafted with impeccable skill. I normally would never fall for someone like Ben. He was rude to May when he first met her and usually that would send me running for the hills, but Knox created Ben in such a way that I fell head over heels in love with him.
"I have to learn to be that person he sees. I have to decide whether I'm going to be her all the time, or whether I'm going to settle for less, even knowing I could have had more."
I recommend this book to lovers of Romance, New Adult, and Contemporary. I loved it from beginning to end.

5 out of 5 stars

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