Review: TRULY (New York #1) by Ruthie Knox

August 1, 2014 Review 1

Review: TRULY (New York #1) by Ruthie Knox

May Fredericks hates New York. Which is fair enough, since New York seems to hate her back. Just weeks after moving from Wisconsin to Manhattan, she receives the world's worst marriage proposal, stabs her boyfriend with a shrimp fork in a very public venue, and accidentally becomes notorious. And that’s before she gets mugged. At her wit's end, May washes up at a Packers bar in Greenwich Village, where she meets a surly, unhelpful guy who hates her shoes and calls her ex a douche. His name is Ben. He used to be a chef. Now he's a rooftop beekeeper with anger management issues. She wouldn't even like him, but he reminds her of home … and he knows where to find all the best food in the Village. She makes him laugh. He buys her tacos and cowboy boots. The longer they’re stuck together, the better May and Ben get along … and the harder they fall. TRULY is a quirky, modern New York love story unlike any you've read before.

Title: TRULY
Author: Ruthie Knox
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Madly
Series: New York #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Madly
Published by LoveSwept
Source: Publisher
Published: August 5, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 365
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

TRULY is my first Ruthie Knox book, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed it – in fact, I couldn’t put it down!

Personally, I’m not a fan of NYC, and in that respect, I immediately related to the main character, May. She was a woman who was finally giving herself permission to find out who she really was inside, and her breakout from her past to her present is well-developed and paced just right. May learns so much about herself, and changes so much, that it’s hard to fathom it all happens in a week. But Knox nailed this – May’s transformation was a long time coming, and it was just obvious that the time was now. She didn’t need months to figure out that she wanted (and needed) change in her life. Once she opened herself up to it, change happened naturally and wonderfully…May is a great character who gets to the point where she’s comfortable with herself and the world around her. I felt free just reading about her, and understood how Ben could let his guard down so quickly in her presence.

Ben is an interesting hero. He’s definitely swoon-worthy once he lets his guard down, and I liked that he was trying to better himself throughout the story. He’s a tough one – angry, moody, and seemingly aimless. However – and this is a big however, since I can’t stand deadbeats – Knox does not excuse his behavior. Instead, she created a character who recognizes his flaws and actively seeks to smooth them out. Ben is a well-created, highly dimensional character; his background story is drip-fed to us throughout the book, and when he goes back to where his issues started, it’s plain to see that he has come a long way from where he began. The way in which that particular scene was written is, in my opinion, a feat well worth mentioning: The scene itself was poignant and just-the-right length to give me that deeper understanding of Ben without taking away from the love story or making it obvious that the writer was trying to round him out in some way.

This was an enjoyable summer read that had a well-developed plot line. I look forward to more Ruthie Knox in the future.

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One Response to “Review: TRULY (New York #1) by Ruthie Knox”

  1. Red Iza

    I’m a big fan of Ruthie Knox, she does know how to write good characters and make them come to life 🙂