Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Eliza's Review: Truly by Ruthie Knox

Truly (New York, #1)

Title: Truly
Series: Yes (Each stand alone)
Author: Ruthie Knox
Release Date: 5th August, 2014
Rating: 4 "Be my Guide" Stars
Cliffhanger: No
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.

If this book were a movie, it'd be a wonderful off-beat Indie Romance.

May Fredericks is having the ultimate bad day. Not only has she dumped her NFL star boyfriend live on TV after a botched proposal, she's just been mugged in her least favourite place New York City. Armed with her metro card and her last $5 she decides to get a drink at a Bar to contemplate her next step in returning home to Wisconsin.

It's here she meets fellow patron and all round handsome grouch Ben Hausman, he's wounded, bitter off the back of a divorce and suffering from career frustrations. There conversation leads to what becomes an unlikely but perfect pairing.

Confused by his offer to help May get back to Wisconsin Ben convinces himself he can change Mays views on the City whilst also looking for a new place to live. He takes her on a tour of his New York which turns out to be more fruitful than a place to stay. It's enlightening experience for them both, she makes discoveries within the city she was reluctant to acknowledge before as well as within herself.

Ruthie Knox has a way with words and you can't help but fall into the story. It's an ordinary story with ordinary people; by no means boring or lacking. He's not a millionaire, she's not a could-be Victoria secrets model but they have truth and substance. And what builds is a romance that's slowly unfolding filled with lots of laughter, mishaps, disappointments, false starts, recognition, embracement and lots of sexual chemistry.

I enjoy the way that May and Ben force each other to comfort what they consider past failures but are also each others biggest cheerleaders. There are some seriously funny scenes with May and her sister Allie and from what I understand she's next in line for the Ruthie Knox treatment.

~Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you~


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