ARC Review | Madly (New York #2) by Ruthie Knox

ARC Review | Madly (New York #2) by Ruthie KnoxMadly by Ruthie Knox
Series: New York #2
Published by Loveswept on March 14th 2017
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 273
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Amazon US

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?

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mature Content

Madly is a standalone sequel of Ruthie Knox’s two previous works. It’s a story about 26-year old Allie Fredericks (May’s sister in Truly) and 40-year old Winston Chamberlain (Nev’s older brother in About Last Night), two unlikeable characters in their origins.

Two strangers with opposite personalities meet at a Packers bar in a serendipitous moment. Allie is spying on her mother, and Winston was sitting alone in the bar. She needed someone to make sure her mother doesn’t see her, and Winston was the closest one near her. He helped her spy on her mom, and the two spent the night getting to know each other.

Allie proves to be a mediocre spy when they lose sight of her mother and the man she might possibly be having an affair with. She flew to New York without much of a plan, and so she doesn’t have a place to stay. Winston offers his apartment, and the two spend the night getting to know each other, drinking tea and making their own lists.

As Allie tries to figure out how to fix her family, Winston tries to figure out how to be a good father to his almost eighteen-year-old daughter.

My love and dislike (hate is too strong a word for this situation) for the characters are perfectly balanced. I loved Winston as much as I disliked Allie. While Winston showed a lot of growth compared with how he was in About Last Night, I can’t say the same about Allie. She frustrated me. I saw her as a selfish, self-centered girl who couldn’t be bothered. For me, she does things for herself in the guise of doing it for others. She liked to escape when it’s too hard for her, never mind that it might be hard for others, too.

She didn’t care that she had to explain three times to her sister why she wasn’t going to ride with them. She didn’ care that the real answer was, Because I don’t want to, because I give up, because this sucks and I hate it.

She’s aware it’s probably hurting or affecting other people, but her feelings are more important. A lot of pity party going on, too. I really didn’t like her. I don’t think she deserves Winston. I have a lot of feelings about this haha

So why did I still give this 3 stars?

The writing was engaging and a lot of parts entertaining. Mostly involving characters like Winston, his driver, assistant, daughter, and family. Plus when Allie’s not pissing me off, she and Winston have some amusing and sweet moments that made me giggle or smile. Their sex bucket list was a favorite. Anything with involving Winston’s stiffness *wink wink* is a yes. I really like that man.

Winston won me over. I loved his stiff, English properness, and his care for his daughter and Allie. After his fallout with his brother and divorce with his wife, he’s had a lot of time to reflect on his past actions and what he’s been doing with his life.

Madly is a standalone novel told in the third POV, but in alternating perspectives of the two leads. Despite my reservations and frustrations with the female lead, I still enjoyed the book. If you enjoy opposites attract romances with an age gap on the side, you might enjoy Madly.




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