Completely: A New York Novel

Completely: A New York Novel

by Ruthie Knox

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ISBN-13: 9780345545282
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Series: The New York Trilogy , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 174,330
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Ruthie Knox writes contemporary romance that’s sexy, witty, and angsty—sometimes all three at once. Her debut novel, Ride with Me, is probably the only existing cross-country bicycling love story. She followed it up with About Last Night, a London-based romance whose hero has the unlikely name of Neville, and then Room at the Inn, a Christmas novella—both of which were finalists for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award. Her four-book series about the Clark family of Camelot, Ohio, has won accolades for its fresh, funny portrayal of small-town Midwestern life. Ruthie also writes New Adult romance as Robin York. She moonlights as a mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia. She’d love to hear from you, so visit her website and drop her a line.

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Completely: A New York Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Completely is the final book in Ruthie Knox's New York trilogy, and though reading the other two first will definitely give you a fuller picture of who everyone in the "very big, very weird family of Wisconsin people" (Kal's description--it's pretty darn apt) is and what the heck they're alluding to throughout the story, you could get away with just reading Rosemary and Kal's book. You'll be cheating yourself, though--because those weird people are a heck of a lot of fun to hang out with. Just sayin'. And while you're at it, read About Last Night , too, just for the heck of it. Nev and Cath will wander in at some point here as well. Completely grabbed me from the beginning--who was Rosemary again, and why was she climbing Mount Everest? (It seemed like Madly had come out ages ago--I could have used a quick Cliff Notes refresher...) and Kal at first seemed like a most unlikely partner for her. But surviving a disaster can make you look at things differently, and though at times Kal and Rosemary were practically kicking and screaming in their attempt not to look at things differently than they thought they wanted to, Ms. Knox did an amazing job of bringing them back together in the end, both finally pointing in their own right directions, going forward together. Though at times I was a bit frustrated with their obtuseness, and OMG their black moment fight was absolutely awful, those touches are what made this story seem all the more real. I'm sad to see this series end, but maybe a Beatrice of a few years in the future could pop up in another series? Fingers crossed... Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
SJCReviews More than 1 year ago
Review copy obtained via Netgalley. A good book but I don't know if I'm the audience for it. Rosemary Chamberlain is an aspiring celebrity mountain climber who wants to climb Everest and write about it. Rosemary is trying to use Everest as a jumping off point to begin a new life of adventuring and storytelling. Unfortunately while beginning her final ascent to the top, there is a landslide and all the people below are killed. This is a understandably traumatic event and while recovering Rosemary bonds with the "ice doctor" on the trip Kal Beckett. Kal has complicated feelings about Everest. He come from a long line of sherpas and see Everest as both the backbone of Nepalese tourism and as monster that takes and kills the people around him. Rosemary and Kal's life collides on that mountain and they travel back to New York to try to make sense of what is left behind. In doing so, they introduce each other to their families (some of whom were introduced in earlier novels) and fall in love with each other while also acknowledging the difficulties of their differences. The book was really interesting and obviously well thought out. It introduces problems of cultural tourism and touches on cross-cultural romance in a really light way. But I just couldn't connect to the heroines particular problem of feeling listless and dissatisfied with her life of privilege and I really didn't like the way that she expected to use other's stories, particularly people that she just met, to "fix" herself. I am glad I read the book, as I said, it was really well written, but I don't think I'll be revisiting it.
MiekeReads More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a fluffy romance that is simple and sweet you might want to pass this book up for another time. I found Completely unexpected but refreshing as the book did not just explore a simple romance between perfect people. This is a book about societies expectations for us, our families expectations for us, and our own expectations about how our lives should be lived. Or rather, how stifling and limiting expectations are to us when we cannot move past these expectations. (I think I might be babbling, so moving on.) Our heroine Rosemary and our hero Kal, are both searching for direction and meaning in their lives. Rosemary has convinced herself that a meaningful life can be found by completing a number of difficult climbs and Kal is unsure of how to live his life after some very difficult times have shaken his view of the world and of where he fits within it. I liked that Rosemary and Kal were from different socio-economic backgrounds, ethic backgrounds with a small age gap thrown in as well. They didn't really fit from the outside but rather from who they were as human beings. The book is a little meandering do some degree, and I think it helps a lot if you have read the other two books in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who is up for a little bit of unexpected thinking in a romance. I would highly recommend Knox's New York series as well. I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
This one has me torn. At first I could not put it down but then it started to drag. Rosemary Chamberlain is part of female team that are climbing the highest summits on each continent starting with Everest until they are caught in an avalanche. Kal Beckett is the ice doctor on that excursion and he and Rosemary evacuate on the helicopter and the close proximity and close brush with death bring them together. The morning after finds Kal as a crime victim with nothing left but the clothes on his back and his passport which he luckily left in the safe. Up steps Rosemary this time with the money and she finances their trip back to New York. Rosemary and Kal are really opposites who complement each other. Rosemary is trying to find herself but then again so is Kal, even though they have totally different backgrounds, and they complete each other. Bring in the rest of the extended family, including the ex-husband and his girlfriend and her family, Kal's family, and Beatrice who treats everyone great but her mother and no one speaks to her about it. As I said, it started so good I couldn't put it down and then I had to slug through it until the last couple chapters where it redeemed itself and ended on a high note. I enjoyed book 2 much more and if I hadn't read that one first might not have finished this one. **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
An unlikely romance between a Sherpa immigrant and a London socialite who meet while attempting to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, both of them having “lost their way” in life and trying to find their paths again. Despite their differences they love being with each other but keep making mistakes, blundering through them, trying to reach the happiness that keeps eluding them…until they stop trying so hard and just accept and enjoy their differences and let each other BE…and complete each other. Ms. Knox once again brings her characters through their humanness and frailties in a way that makes readers feel a part of the story, feel the uncomfortableness …and exhilaration.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Whew, how to describe that? I love Ruthie Knox, her books defy description. I just wish I could remember that whenever I start a new one as they are inevitably so 'different' that I put them aside where they languish for weeks if not months. So was it with this book. I didn't even start properly reading my ARC until the release day despite downloading it back in June! So, this book features Rosemary Chamberlain (the ex-wife of Winston from the second book in the trilogy, Madly). Rosemary left her husband and teenage daughter to 'find herself' which involved joining a group of women who intend to climb all seven of the highest mountains in the world. Rosemary is the classic British upper class blonde, the other climbers even call her princess behind her back. Then the camp is hit by an avalanche and Rosemary is rescued by the sherpa the other climbers call Doctor Doom. Doctor Doom's real name is Kal Beckett, the son of two famous mountain climbers. When he and Rosemary eventually get off the mountain they fall into bed together and strike up an unlikely friendship the following day when Kal discovers his kit and all his money has been stolen. Both faced with the reality of their mortality Kal and Rosemary travel to New York to reconnect with family. This third book in the New York trilogy cements the move (for me) from romance to women's fiction. Rosemary has to confront what made her so unhappy in her marriage and what she really wants from life. Her plans have gone awry and on some level that makes her happy. But will a relationship with Kal simply lead to another unhappy marriage? Kal has his own issues. His parents had a very bad relationship, some people even speculate that his mother killed his father, he was once idealistic with plans for the welfare of Nepal but since then he has become disillusioned. He has said that only two kinds of people climb Everest: megalomaniacs and the walking wounded. Why would he want to start a relationship with either? This was as much about a woman's place in society as it was a romance where opposites attract. Rosemary draws upon the experiences of her former mother-in-law, her daughter, her ex-husband's fiancee, her ex-husband's fiancee's parents, Kal, Kal's mother and Kal's family to see the world and her life through a different lens. Maybe that all sounds a bit worthy, a bit depressing, a bit dull. But I promise it isn't. It's funny. It's sexy and it tackles real problems without a magic romance sticking plaster which miraculously fixes everything with three little words. I have loved all three of these books, they are all very different but they are fun reads, this may be my favourite. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Momma_Becky More than 1 year ago
Completely is well-written and I loved the premise. The details about the location did a wonderful job of setting the scene, and on their own, both Kal and Rosemary were likable characters, if a bit whiny with their internal musings. Each of them is on their own journey of self-discovery, so their personal struggles made sense and I did enjoy the story, but I never felt the romance between them. Without feeling that connection, I was left a bit ambivalent about whether or not they got their happy ending. That being said, the author is talented and I will read future books from her.
Jolie More than 1 year ago
I have not read a lot of books with hiking Mount Everest as a focal plotline focus. So when I read the blurb for Completely, I had to download it. Since I had read Madly, I figured that Completely would be good. Add in the Mount Everest angle, and I felt that the book would be gold. Saying that I was disappointed was an understatement. The plotline of the book was OK. I felt that the book lost steam about halfway through. Everything up to the middle of the book was great. Rosemary’s enthusiasm for hiking Mount Everest came off the pages. That enthusiasm was carried even through the disaster that killed Rosemary’s friends. Then she and Kal slept together and bam, the book lost steam. It seemed to falter when they were in NYC and were trying to figure out what they had. It did pick back up when Rosemary got the go ahead to interview on Kal’s mother. While this book is a romance, it didn’t come across as that to me until the end. Both characters were lukewarm with each other. They also were second guessing their feelings for each other. That drove me crazy when reading. I didn’t see any sort of relationship with them other than friends with benefits until the end of the book. Even then, their relationship came across as forced. Like I said above, I liked Rosemary’s enthusiasm for scaling Mount Everest. I just wished that she showed that same enthusiasm for her daughter. I was very bothered by the lack of feelings that she seemed to have for her daughter. Her self-exploration in the middle and end of the book was a nice thing to read. Her near scare on Mount Everest gave her the scare that she needed. She should have known that it is impossible to have a pregnancy result within a couple of days of having sex. Even with her periods being out of whack, she should have known that. So taking a pregnancy test so soon afterward was, in my mind, for Kal’s benefit. Kal was too Zen. I liked that he was laid back but he was almost too laid back. His laid-backness is was almost cost him a relationship with Rosemary. He also felt flat and almost…dull. I don’t know, I can’t explain how I felt when I read his scenes in the book. His scenes with Rosemary were very tepid too. Like the characters, I felt that the sex was lacking. I didn’t get the connection from it as I do with other books. What I did like is that the author chose to make it not as graphic as some romance novels. The sex scenes were written very well. But I felt that an important connection was missing on my end. I didn’t have any complaints other than taking the pregnancy test 3 days after having sex. The end of the book did seem rushed. I felt that the decisions that were made were done on a whim and not thought through. If I had to take stock on fictional characters not staying together, I would say that Rosemary and Kal would lead the list. I didn’t get a sense of ever lasting love from them. 3 stars My Summary of Completely: I didn’t care for Completely. While I enjoyed the plot, for the most part, I felt that the characters and their romance were tepid. It was that tepidness and the fact that I could not connect with either main character that shaved points off of my review. **I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
micharch More than 1 year ago
This book was a hard one for me to really like. Rosemary and Kal meet on Mt. Everest where he is a Sherpa. Rosemary and a group of women have made it their mission to climb the mountain and 6 more in order to document their journey. They do not seem to respect Rosemary and think she doesn't belong in their group. Rosemary is still trying to find herself after divorcing Winston and acts like a dysfunctional person at times. She flits around trying not to think about her own life failures or what she wants in order to be happy. Instead she uses Kal as a distraction and then brings him along on her path of trying to regain her balance. Kal was a strong advocate of shutting down Everest and unionizing the Sherpa's as a whole. He knows that their economy would greatly benefit from a change and that they could also provide an eco benefit by limiting the number of climbers, etc. His dreams shatter in front of him and he feels as hopeless and despondent as Rosemary. He goes along with her because something about her draws him in. Rosemary is the older woman in this story but she acted like the younger one. She wanted to provoke Kal but didn't like it when the tables were turned. She wanted to determine where they were going, who they were going to see and didn't even bother asking him if he wanted to do any of it. In fact, she knew at times he was unhappy with what they were doing but decided her wants were more important. She was pretty selfish most of this book and I had a hard time connecting with her. Her relationship with Beatrice was rocky at best. She wanted Beatrice to be glad she survived the avalanche but didn't want to own up to her abandonment of her. Rosemary, again, thought she knew what was best for everyone and turned out she was wrong again. Kal and Rosemary definitely had a rocky start. Their age difference, the fact they were a bi-racial couple and were coming at life from different angles didn't help matters. Rosemary needed to "grow up" for most of this book and it was kind of redundant the number of times she had an excuse for her bad behavior. I did like how she finally came around to understand that she needed to work on herself but it took Kal spelling out some hard truths for her to see it. She wanted to push him but didn't like it when he pushed back. Overall it was an okay read. The ending still left me with some unanswered questions and seemed kind of slapped together. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
Wow was this story emotional! I just could not put it down. In book 2 of the New York series, Madly, we met Rosemary Chamberlain, mom to Beatrice and ex-wife to Winston. Now Rosemary is back for her own story. After Rosemary divorced Winston so she could "find" herself again, she joined a group of other British women to climb the Seven Summits - the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. The first one she was tackling was Everest. While on Everest, an avalanche hits and Rosemary is rescued by one of the guides, Kalden Beckett....who happens to be very handsome and the son of the most famous female climber, Yangchen Beckett. After the emotional rescue, Rosemary ends up spending the night with Kal and is thrown for a loop. Rosemary has never felt such a strong connection to someone before. The two of them travel together to New York from Nepal and start to quickly have feelings for each other. Rosemary is conflicted between wanting to be with Kal and wanting to find herself. Just when Rosemary thinks she has her life figured out, everything changes. Rosemary was a determined character. She knew what she wanted, but didn't truly understand what that really was. Kal didn't really know what he wanted, but because of things from his past, he tended to just ignore everything. Together they both were able to finally figure out what they each really wanted. I loved how Kal was younger than Rosemary...it added a little something to the story. I also really enjoyed the path these two went on to get to their happy ending, but boy was it really emotional! If you cry easy, have tissues close at hand toward the end of the book! Overall, this was a great, emotional read!
carvanz More than 1 year ago
This is a different kind of romance for me. It is extremely intense not only in the relationship between Kal and Rosemary but intense in their life struggle. They are both searching for who they are, what they are meant to be and what to do with their futures. Rosemary was lost in her marriage. She is now determined to climb the Seven Summits and write about her adventures. It’s her plan. She counts every step, every breath, every heartbeat. When a natural disaster diverts her plan, the struggle to find herself returns with a vengeance. Kal has failed at too many things in life. He had plans. He had aspirations. Not only has he failed those around him, he has failed himself. Resenting those that use Mount Everest as a way to feed their megalomania he struggles to protect the mountain. And again he has failed. When these two connect there is obvious chemistry but their lives will never sync. He cannot embrace the climber and she has set her sights on reaching the summit. This book has a lot of information about Everest, the regions around it, the Nepalese people and the effects tourism and teams of climbers have on them. While much of that was interesting, I found myself skimming through some of it. Nevertheless, I found myself really enjoying this couple’s story through much of the book. However, when it got closer to the end I just felt like it lost some of its spark and life. It dragged and I realized I needed something to alleviate the heaviness of it all. There is much here in regards to the empowerment of women. I know it’s not politically correct, especially being a woman, but I felt like it was too much. And that’s where this was a different kind of romance for me. The message here was about being true to yourself, standing tall as a woman, remaining strong in the face of adversity. I didn’t mind the message. I just wanted a little more romance to go with it. This is an honest review of an advanced copy provided by NetGalley Dual POV Safe No apparent triggers
Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
Catastrophe Leads to Clarity and Love Although Completely by Ruthie Knox is billed as a romance, it is more of a work of women’s literature. There is a romance between the main characters, Kal and Rosemary, however, it is secondary to the other major events and issues in their lives. Divorced and estranged from her daughter, Rosemary is focused on her childhood dream of being a mountaineer. The beautiful Brit meets Kal at base camp on Mount Everest. Kal is the ruggedly handsome, Sherpa Ice Doctor—his role is to “diagnose” the condition of the ice for the climbers. Culturally, Kal and Rosemary are miles apart, but an avalanche literally throws them into each other’s arms. These two characters are very interesting. They are both outwardly strong and calm, but they are emotionally fragile beings. I loved the messages Ms. Knox conveys through her development of these two characters. Kal and Rosemary are both lost and looking for purpose. Rosemary spent years feeling like nothing. She was unappreciated by her husband and daughter, and she was made to feel that she was loved only when she made the proper decisions. Kal spent years being abused by his father, and watching his father beat his mother. He also spent his adulthood wondering if the stories of his mother’s involvement in his father’s death were true. Their issues are quite different, but they both on Mount Everest avoiding their issues and hiding from life instead of living it. Rosemary and Kal are thrown together multiple times as they recover from shock and reenter life. They end up taking care of one another. While I usually abhor “insta-love” stories, I can accept the all-too-quick use of the term love between Kal and Rosemary given the life-changing catastrophe they experienced together. Living through an avalanche, would definitely make me appreciate the fragility of my life and heighten my awareness of the limited time we have to seize the day. I appreciated that both Kal and Rosemary question their fit in each other’s life—even more so after their declaration of love. They are both struggling with what they want to do with the rest of their lives, and they are trying to envision how they might accomplish anything while being tethered in a relationship. Kal’s mother, the infamous Yangchen Beckett, is the catalyst for change in both Kal and Rosemary. The two find new inspiration for moving forward individually, and they find that they can love and be loved completely if they live by their own rules. The moral of this story is don’t compromise on finding fulfillment in your life in order to have love…find a partner who will love you completely while you are following your dream. Think outside the box, and love outside the box.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Hard one for me to review so I'm going to do a good/not so good list. Good - writing is clear, concise, and informational. Character development is strong. I felt like I knew Kal and Rosemary very well. A unique storyline made it very interesting.. Not so good for me- Pace of the story was very slow leaving way too much time for my mind to wonder rather than grabbing and holding my attention. Information overload! While it was nice to have some background on Kal I learned more about extreme mountain climbing than I ever wanted to know. For a romance I found that part of the story lacking. So overall this is a very well done book and if you are interested in summit climbing, you'll probably really enjoy it. If you're looking for a strong romance this may not be for you.