Thursday, August 7, 2014

Truly by Ruthie Knox


Title: Truly
Author: Ruthie Knox
My Rating: A


Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: New York #1
Main Characters: Ben and May
Release Date: August 2014
Publisher: Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
I honestly thought going into this book that it was going to be an erotic romance. It wasn't, but that was completely okay because what it was...was wonderful. I adored this story and grumpy, moody Ben.

The set-up of this book is great. May is the girlfriend of the Jets quarterback whom she basically just dumped in a very big and public way. With paparazzi hounding her, she gets mugged in her flight away from his apartment and loses all her money and identity. But she just dumped him. She can't go crawling back for help. That wouldn't be fair of her so she goes to the only friendly thing she can imagine in this strange city...a bar that caters to Packers fans (she's a Wisconsin transplant) hoping to find a fellow Wisconsinite who may be willing to help. Instead, she finds Ben...not the friendly face she'd been hoping for. 

Ben is a chef who lost his love and restaurant in a divorce after he let the stress of his job take over his life. Ever since he's been trying, mainly unsuccessfully, to find his Zen place. While really not wanting to help May, he decides that she can be his first step on the road to learning how to be nice again. He can do this one small good deed...which leads to so much more. 

May and Ben couldn't be more opposite...or perfect for each other. She's too nice to the point of losing who she is so that she can please others around her. He shows her that there's another way. But she shows him that he can be nice again too. Truly, they bring out the best in one another. 

There was so much I loved about this book:
*I loved how naturally grumpy Ben is and how May changes that for him.
*the NYC setting was wonderful and worked so perfect for the story line. I loved the analogies of the city vs. where these two people are at in their lives/emotions.
*LOVED the food element and that May is tall and loves food as much as Ben does.
*Ben's slightly unnatural relationship with his knives...LOL
*the beekeeping...so interesting.
*everything about the set-up on this one worked for me and I loved how "fish out of water" May is throughout the first half of the story.

The story was great. The romance was even better. I love Ruthie Knox's ability to take grumpy heroes and make them totally swoon-worthy. LOVED this one!

This story takes place in NYC and has such wonderful flavors, sights, and sounds of the city. After I read it, I felt like I'd had a mini-vacay there.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

1 comment:

Red Iza said...

Great, a new novel by Ruthie Knox, I love that author :)