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?
What I thought about Madly
Allie (May's sister from Truly) is in New York City, but she isn't there to visit with her sister, at least not right away. It's her mother she's stalking. It seems that Nancy Fredericks disappears from her life every now and then and Allie needs to know what she's doing. There's more to this story, but I don't want to spoil it. I thought it was very cute how the story opened at Pulvermachers again.Allie meets Winston while at the bar, and he becomes her "mailman" -- someone she can tell her secrets too without worrying about judgement because he really doesn't know her. It's clear from the start there's a spark between them, even though he's a bit stuffy and older than Allie. Their friendship grows quickly and they end up making a bucket list of "activities" that provides some seriously sexy moments for these characters.
I wasn't sure if I liked these characters right away, which only made me love them all that much more by the end of the story. At first, Allie is all over the place, and Winston seems beaten down. As they reveal truths to each other about their lives, that spark between them continues to grow into real affection and something more.
And the same went for Allie. She beats herself up over and over about not doing the right thing and feeling inadequate which is helped along when May is incredibly hard on her after Allie reveals the "truth". It's Winston who really sees her and tries to get her to see herself the way he does without pushing her.
This is a book and series that I'd buy for my friends and recommend to anyone who likes romance. So happy to have this author on my e-reader again!
ARC provided for review.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Ruthie Knox writes contemporary romance that’s sexy, witty, and angsty—sometimes all three at once. After training to be a British historian, she became an academic editor instead. Then she got really deeply into knitting, as one does, followed by motherhood and romance novel writing.
Ruthie moonlights as a mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia. She’d love to hear from you, so visit her website at www.ruthieknox.com and drop her a line.