Friday, March 17, 2017

eARC book review: Madly (New York #2) by Ruthie Knox


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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?

A continuation of the New York series. Madly takes place after Truly which was published in 2013. I went back and refreshed my mind on book one which i read when it came out. Madly is about May's sister ( from book 1) Allie. She was kind of a mess in book one and in this book she still kind of is in some ways. Her mother takes off for New York on the eve of her parents 30th wedding anniversary. She's done this off and on over the years but this time is the last time for Allie. They always just pretended she didn't disappear but Allie decides she's going to confront her mom. She heads to New York and while surveilling her mother she meets Winston. Winston and his daughter moved to New York from London, England. His daughter Bea to go to college and Winston to keep a eye on Bea. Winston and Allie form a bond. They help each other deal with what's going on in their lives.  This is a complicated story in some ways.  The book flowed nicely and quickly in some places and in some it kind of dragged and i was bored and sometimes confused. There characters are not simple. The are more than a little complicated to me. Allie is the this smart successful business women but her family doesn't seem to realize it. At the age of 26 she's got more money than anyone in the family and owns several properties and investments yet her family doesn't realize she's successful. Winston is 39, divorced with a 18 year old daughter. There's a age gap in there between Allie and Winston but they seem to mesh well for being opposites. Allie is more of free spirit to Winston being a bit of stick in the mud. There are several secondary characters from previous books that make reappearances in this book. I liked all the characters even the slightly annoying ones. I can't say that i would re-read this book but i did enjoy the main thread of it. Curious to see who the next book will be about. There's a t least one more coming in June of this year.

Find out more about Ruthie Knox and this series here

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