Truly: A New York Novel

Truly: A New York Novel

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by Ruthie Knox


RITA finalist and New York Times bestselling author Ruthie Knox kicks off a steamy new series set in the city that never sleeps—alone, at least.

May Fredericks hates New York. Which is fair enough, since New York seems to hate her back. After…  See more details below



RITA finalist and New York Times bestselling author Ruthie Knox kicks off a steamy new series set in the city that never sleeps—alone, at least.

May Fredericks hates New York. Which is fair enough, since New York seems to hate her back. After relocating to Manhattan from the Midwest to be with her long-distance boyfriend, NFL quarterback Thor Einarsson, May receives the world’s worst marriage proposal, stabs the jerk with a shrimp fork, and storms off alone—only to get mugged. Now she’s got no phone, no cash, and no friends. How’s a nice girl supposed to get back to safe, sensible Wisconsin?
Frankly, Ben Hausman couldn’t care less. Sure, it’s not every day he meets a genuine, down-to-earth woman like May—especially in a dive in the Village—but he’s recovering from an ugly divorce that cost him his restaurant. He wants to be left alone to start over and become a better man. Then again, playing the white knight to May’s sexy damsel in distress would be an excellent place to start—if only he can give her one very good reason to love New York.

Praise for Truly
“Knox writes such sultry, detailed romance. The sexual tension and the sex itself are very hot. . . . Highly recommend this story.”—Smexy Books
Truly is another Knox classic. Well written, heartwarming, sweet, super sexy with a dash of heartbreak and soul-searching, I devoured this fabulous story. . . . An absolutely fabulous read about two imperfect people . . . I can’t wait to see what Ruthie Knox will come up with next.”—The Brunette Librarian
“Knox is rapidly becoming my go-to author for excellent contemporary romance, providing all of the necessary components to a great read: accessible characters, solid plot, well-paced events and a whole lotta steam. And she delivers it all here. . . . Knox is amazingly talented at incorporating emotion with the physical that fairly sizzles with heat. I strongly encourage readers to immediately read this wonderful book.”—Pretty Sassy Cool
“Knox is an incredible writer. She has the gift of making ordinary people larger than life. She adds a special blend of humor, creative dialogue, unique characters, and an interesting plot with its own magical flare. . . . These two vastly different people will discover the magic of life, love, and happiness in a new way. . . . They will console each other about their past failures, cheer each other on, and find their chemistry is much more than sexual. . . . I highly recommend this book.”—Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews
“Well written and my favorite Ruthie Knox book to date, Truly is a powerful story and an amazing journey of self-discovery with a sexy love story thrown in for good measure!”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Truly is one of those stories that just got under my skin and into my heart. . . . It’s not just a romance, it’s a story of two people finding a new path at those crossroads in life we all have to face from time to time. And while the romance between Ben and May is hot and intimate, it is their individual discovery of the path into their future that really hit home with me. This was the story that made me a Ruthie Knox fan for life. If you haven’t read it, I wholeheartedly recommend it. The writing is top notch and the story is interesting, fast paced and has very unique characters.”—Red Hot + Blue Reads

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New York Trilogy , #1
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Truly: A New York Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
In Truly, Ruthie Knox delivers a psychologically rich romance with characters so round they bounce. The hero and heroine take their own amazing individual journeys toward change and manage the pitter patter for their blooming love as well.  they are on together. It is so lovely, so charming, so real.  The book starts with a Madcap Romance Off Stage Scene but the heroine is always smart, always reasonable even when she finds herself in circumstances that test the limits of those traits. The hero's motivation for assisting the heroine is delightful--he wants to prove to himself that he can be nice having been not nice for sometime.  New York, roof top farming, cooking, bee keeping all add to the fascinating mosaic of a couple falling in love.  The issue of anger is explored in this novel and this careful reflection on how much is too much, how should it be shown, how much is not enough, move this book into the special territory of an unforgettable romance along with the question of what to do when your life and your behavior isn't working for you anymore. Knox writes with such certainty, careful thought about human condition, and love of language that you can't help but be captivated.  I was given this book for my honest review. Lucky me. So, there you have it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realky liked this book. The characters are well developed and believable. They're both flawed but so likable! I loved that it was about the two of them growing and changing as the story was told. I highly recommend it!
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kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Oh I loved this book so hard. This is my first time reading a Ruthie Knox book, though I've loved her new adult work under the name Robin York. This book had the same feels, humor and heart that Robin's Deeper series, but with characters facing different types of problems than those in new adult. I adored May and saw a lot of myself in her. Her chapters were my favorite in the book. She was a strong character with great inner dialogue. She was funny and not exactly naive... but not exactly worldly either. She was a sweet lady who felt like New York was chewing her up and spitting her out. She's having a really bad day. After ending her relationship with her very public football player boyfriend in a very public (and painful!) way, her purse is stolen and she seeks refuge in a Packers bar. It's here she meets Ben.  Ben might not have been ideal leading man material at the beginning of the book, but damned if he didn't make me swoon. Sure, he was grumpy and quick to anger, but there was a good guy lurking beneath his surly exterior. Ben has some baggage that's left him more than a little jaded, but I just found it all endearing. Once he grew on me anyhow.  It definitely isn't a case of love at first sight (or even lust at first sight) when May and Ben meet. Ben's pretty closed off and May is still outgoing and a little awkward. Obviously the banter between them was gold. He rescues her when she needed help most and gives her a place to stay. It's there their unlikely friendship begins... along with a great slow burn. Oh, and when jaded Ben starts shows May around New York, to try to get her to fall in love with the city? I melted. I think that's when I fell for him. The road trip when he took her back to her family? When he saw her in ways her family didn't? That sealed the deal.  I loved so many things about this book. I suspected I'd love Ruthie's writing because I've enjoyed it so much in the books she writes as Robin York. She has this gorgeous, honest way of writing that hits all my feels. I love her characters, even when they're terribly flawed. In fact, I think I love them *because* they're flawed. I enjoyed watching May and Ben go from strangers to acquaintances to friends and then more. They sparked in the beginning. It just took them both a little time to realize it, but I enjoyed reading along as they figured it out. Truly really was the perfect contemporary romance. I was hopelessly hooked on it from the very start. I can't wait for May's sister Allie's story in Madly. She definitely caught my attention in Truly and I'm excited to see where life takes her. 
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Kissed katty again
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This book was way too long. It would be a good short story.I never finished this book and that never happens. I only read to page 220 and I just couldn't finish it.
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This book was a delicious tale of a woman finding herself and the hot man that helped her on her journey. The ending was predictable, but still lovely to read
cheekys_dance More than 1 year ago
Very witty writing style. Enjoyed every page!
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This was my first by this author and I enjoyed. It
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Believable characters. Fantastic Humor. This book is just great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over 300 pages. A good read.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I loved it! The story felt complete to me, and I loved the characters. May and Ben are excellent, and I really enjoyed how real they felt. They weren't stock characters; they had lots of heart, and I could feel the depth of their emotions as I read. The flow of the story was great, and the different places the story takes the characters help show the different depths of the characters. The romance between May and Ben felt real; I could see them together, and I think they are both really good for each other. I liked the simple-ness of the story; there's not a whole bunch of outside factors working against them; what they need to work on is themselves, and I think that approach is refreshing. People just being honest with each other. I will definitely read the next book in the series about May's sister Allie; I hope there will be glimpses of May and Ben in it; actually I hope there will be more than glimpses!
slsNY More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This was such an entertaining book. Welcome to NYC May. She stabbed her NFL QB boyfriend in the hand with a shrimp fork after his horrible proposal. Broke up with him in a note she stuck to his refrigerator. Had her purse stolen by a man she thought was a security guard. Started walking until she discovered a Packer's bar (she is from Wisconsin), where she used her last five dollars to buy a beer. Ben was at the bar and after many hours & her sad story later, he offers her a place to stay for the night so she can arrange her flight home. Next afternoon, after missing her flight, May is back with Ben and he offers her an interesting proposition. Spend a few extra days and let him show her how great NYC is. Ben becomes the ultimate tour guide & host. May discovers that she is and can be more than she ever imagined. They get along get and bring out the best in each other, to the point of becoming intimate on her last night in the city. When morning comes, will they be able to let go? Road trips, lies, family drama, cold feet, denial & all around chaos ensues to make this a book you aren't likely to forget!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the beginning is a bit hard to swallow...the circumstance and outcome...however, once the story progresses, you can't help but love ben and want may to love him as much you do! my first book by ruthie knox...found her after she wrote as robin york.  ms. knox makes her stories HOT and you can always count on feeling many emotions: perma-smile while reading and sometimes even tears with a lump in your throat so big you can't swallow...
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Warning - this book causes sleep deprivation. The story is so involving, so realistic, so emotive, that once I started reading, I was unwilling - no incapable - of putting it down.  One more chapter became ten more, there was never a lull in the story to provide a stopping point to rest my weary eyes. I had to know what would happen next. I cringed, I laughed, I chuckled, and I seethed... I never knew what was coming next. The writing is crisp, insightful, and an adventure. I cared about each and every character, no matter how annoying! I was devastated when they were. I was light hearted, elated, and relieved when they were. I haven't been this enthralled in ages! I cannot believe I waited so long to read a story that has been sitting in my wattpad for months - I could kick myself. And oh... Yes! Yes! Yes! - I forgot to mention - it had some sizzling hot scenes! Ms. Knox has mad skills, I hope she continues to indulge us with her magic.
Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The writing and story was interesting, captivating and refreshing. May has a tragic and very public proposal from her NFL boyfriend that ends badly. After becoming an overnight sensation on YouTube, May is mugged while trying to escape from the mundane relationship she was in. Her Wisconsin upbringing leads her to a bar filled with Packer fans. She’s hoping some kind, uprooted midwesterner will help her out. She finds Ben, who is an uprooted Wisconsinite, and also a curmudgeony ex-chef who raises bees and has anger management issues. He becomes her knight in shining armor; his midwestern roots peeking through his sour-puss exterior. While figuring out how to get back to Wisconsin without identification or money, May and Ben get to know one another. They bring out the best in each other, which no prior relationship has done. May is free to be who she wants to be instead behaving like her family and friends define her. Ben finds hope, honesty and goodness through May. He finds a way to let his past go and hope for a better future. They become each other’s safe harbor. I enjoyed the restraint the characters showed in not rushing their relationship as well as the way they eventually reigned each other in. The characters were well developed, and the story was nicely paced. I loved that the end left promise and potential instead of a perfectly wrapped up HEA. A fun contemporary romance with just the right amount of humor added in. I am looking forward to reading more books by Ruthie Knox.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
I first started this book as a serial but it was hard to wait for each installment, so now that it is out as a completed book, I reread it. I thoroughly enjoyed the romance of May and Ben. It was great to watch May grow into the real person that she is. I enjoyed the descriptions of New York City, I felt like I was on the sightseeing trip too. Looking forward to see who will be in the next installment. I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review.