Title: Madly (The New York Trilogy Series, book #2)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Ruthie Knox
Publisher: Loveswept, March 14, 2017 (preorder available)
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Violence Rating: 0
Description from Amazon.
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?
This book had me laughing at Allie’s “Meet Cute” with Winston. She is in a bar spying on her mother and she might be recognized so she ropes in a stranger, Winston, for a fake kiss as her mother passes on her way to the Ladies’ room. From there Winston becomes her aide de camp in her spying mission when he discovers he may have a key to her quest.
This story starts off with lots of promise. It is rather a convoluted plot that sometimes left me scratching my head wondering “Why” or “What” it was always interesting and very well written. There are some sexy, steamy downright kinky bits. Allie’s sister May and her boyfriend Ben play important roles. Their story was in the first book of this series, TRULY. Also Nev, Winston’s brother, and Cath show up which is a definite treat since they were the H/h of Knox’s ABOUT LAST NIGHT a 5-star joy of a book. Winston had a role in that book also which is not billed as part of this current trilogy but worth a read. Back to this book; it slows down a bit in the middle and really has some over the top drama. Can this many characters all have this much angst? Yes, yes they can, and it is a bit exhausting.
You don’t need to read any of the aforementioned books, in and out of this series, to enjoy this book. But I do encourage you to delve into a Ruthie Knox book. She writes fun, intelligent, sensuous contemporary romance that can be topped by no other.
The New York Trilogy Series:
- Truly (May and Ben)
- Madly (Allie and Winston)