Madly by Ruthie Knox
Series: New York series #2
Publication Date: March 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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?
Allie Fredericks is trying to save her family. For as long as she can remember her mother has randomly disappeared from their lives in Wisconsin. Allie’s dad always said that she was taking time for herself. This time Allie found out that she headed to New York so she decided to follow her to finally get to the bottom of everything. She’s stalking her mom at a bar (with the man who is her biological father) when she enlists the help of a stranger – Winston Chamberlain. He not only helps her but ends up giving her a place to stay after she loses her mom in the New York shuffle. While trying to find her mother she enlists the help of all of Winston’s friends and relatives and even his personal assistant. Her simple sleuth job turns into a major deal and soon everyone is looking for her mom.
Allie is distraught about a great many things and decides that she needs to unload her woes to someone. She uses Winston as she doesn’t know him and it feels safe to tell him things she maybe wouldn’t have told someone she knew well. When they start talking though they find they have an attraction to each other and also sexual issues that have never been discovered or worked out (she with her ex-fiancé and he with his ex-wife). They decide to make a list (sexual) and get through it before she heads back to Wisconsin.
While in New York Allie also tries to reconnect with her sister but that ends up causing more issues than fixing anything. Allie soon realizes that she has to figure how to get her own life in order and let everyone else live their lives their own way. She also has to figure out what to do with her growing feelings for Winston and that’s not an easy thing to do.
Madly was a pretty fun and interesting book. Despite that, however, I found it to be exhausting. The characters, especially Allie, made me a bit crazy at times and I just needed Allie to take a deep breath and be calm for one moment. Lol
Allie was a crazy girl who was business wise and personality strong. She loved her family but pretty much felt that they were falling apart and she took it upon herself to fix everything. I think it was because she couldn’t fix her own life the way it needed to be therefore she needed to fix everyone else’s. She had a big personality and this was shown to us again and again. She wore me out, truth be told. I was quite happy that Winston could bring her down to earth once in a while.
I didn’t connect completely with either Allie or Winston but I did like them together. I thought that they played off of each other well and the scenes when they were alone together were my favorite.
This is a sequel to the first book in the series, Truly, but it also catches us up with Nev and Cath from About Last Night (a book I loved). It was good to see Nev and Cath again and to meet Winston’s daughter, Bea, who was awesome.
Overall a good book but a frenetic one. I’d say you definitely have to be in the mood for a wild ride to truly enjoy this story.
Rating: 3.5/3.75 out of 5