From the blurb:
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?
I'm a huge fan of Ruthie Knox, and she charmed me again with the second book in her New York series.
If you liked Truly, you will probably enjoy Madly as well. It had the same vibe, the same strangers-meeting-with-intense-chemistry thing, and had a steady pace for easy reading. Sure, the plot is far-fetched to the point of unbelievable, but I was so into the characters that I didn't even mind that much.
This is an opposites-attract story, which is a favorite theme of mine in romance. Allie is a bit of a misunderstood, zany free-spirit, and Winston is buttoned-up and polished moneyed shine. They played off each other, and their chemistry was intense. I loved their sex to-do list, and I found them to have a refreshing raw-ness as a couple. I think that they could have communicated a bit more, but I enjoyed them a great deal together.
What struck me most about the story was how readable and interesting it was. We learn a lot about each character, even the secondary characters, and not everything is as it seems. It isn't a high angst or dramatic story, but it makes a big impact all the same. Plus, it takes place in my neck of the woods, so bonus points for that.
A must-read for all fans of Ruthie Knox, Madly did not disappoint!
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*