Monday, March 6, 2017

Suit and Jacket - My Review of MADLY by Ruthie Knox

Title: Madly (New York #2)
Author: Ruthie Knox
Publication Date: 3/14/2017
Publisher: Loveswept
Source: ARC through Netgalley

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?

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Completely (New York#3) is expected 
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I am so in love with Ruthie Knox's New York City. In her New York Series she takes readers on a virtual tour of the city, enticing the reader to fall in love, with her characters as well as the amazing setting.

In Madly, book #2 of the series, we get to travel with Allie, who we first met in Truly, book #1, when she broke off her wedding to her long time boyfriend. Madly has Allie leaving Wisconsin on a self-appointed mission of finding her mother in New York City and returning her home. While spying on her mother, she makes the acquaintance of the attractive and oh-so-proper Winston Chamberlain. During their first encounter, they create a sort of sexy bucket list as they are passing the time. They are both intrigued after their first meeting and begin slowly making their way through the list together. 

The list starts out entirely innocent with items such as a long hug and holding hands through a movie. This quickly progress into the realm of sexy while Winston and Allie fight to handle the emotions that come with spending so much time together.

Allie may be in New York under the guise of finding her mother, but in actuality, she is searching for herself. Because of secrets she discovered long ago and restraints she has put on herself, Allie has always been a people-pleaser. Her every decision has been made to secure her position in her family and to make sure she was needed. Spending time with Winston brings out a side of herself with which she is unfamiliar. It also brings out many parts of herself that she isn't sure that she likes.

Winston is awesome in his uppity-ness. He is so perfectly British and proper, but being around Allie loosens him up. He is able to see things about himself and romance and takes many more risks than he did his first go-around with love. He has learned from his past mistakes and hopes to help Allie as she faces hers.

This is a great series with many fabulous side characters. We see some old favorites (Nev and Cath from About Last Night make an appearance) and meet some new friends. 

While I love most of Madly, I just didn't really understand or believe a lot about the situation with Allie's mother and it kept me from giving it a full 5 stars. Really, though, it didn't keep me from enjoying the story or from falling head over heels for Winston.

4 out of 5 Stars

Judah & the Lion - Suit and Jacket

This song was perfect for Allie. She struggles with discovering who she really is while attempting to shed all of the expectations of others. It works for Winston too as his mistakes in his past stem from his rigidity and forcing people to live up to unrealistic expectations.

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