Ruthie Knox is back BIG TIME!!!
I’ve been waiting forever for this book, any of her writing, actually, but this book especially. I didn’t even know what it’ll be about (only that it deals with Allie Fredericks) but I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. And then Ruthie gave us the best surprise and launched it as a double sequel. Double. Sequel.
What does that mean? Neville Chemberlain (About Last Night – a must read!!) has this brother that was trying to sabotage his relationship, remember? Well… said brother, Winston Chemberlain is our hero in Madly.
The story starts in such a crazy way, I couldn’t not believe (sorry for the double neg) it to be unrealistic. It is NYC after all. Allie is spying on her flakey mother, trying to figure out what her deal is disappearing every now and then for weeks on end, leaving her dad so miserable and seemingly brokenhearted. Winston, bless him, goes with the flow, immediately intrigued and enjoying her crazy behavior. Especially when he realizes he’s linked to Allie’s investigation.
From here to there we meet Winston’s free-spirit college age daughter, who’s awesome on a different level, May and Ben make an (important) appearance and let us not forget Nev and Cath who visit and join the fun. And I can’t ignore Winston’s assistant, who’s grumpy as hell, and also – a hoot.
I swear this book is like the nuttiest party and it’s SO MUCH FUN!
Trying to figure out why her mother is cheating on her father and why her father seems weirdly okay with it, it a strange ride all these characters go on. Each of them take a part in trying to solve the puzzle, and everything flows beautifully towards the resolution of the mystery.
Their relationship evolves as they’re checking off sexy fantasies bucket list they share, and by going through each “item” on the list, they reveal more about themselves, open up and grow closer. It’s so beautiful and unique and that’s what I think I loved most in the story.
I think that while it’s not imperative you read Truly or About Last Night before you read this book, you’d want to as many of the details will make little sense to you.
Fun, romantic, unique and a hella sexy – it’s every little thing you’d want in a contemporary romance.
**Thanks LoveSwept, as always, for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
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?