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Monday, July 28, 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Pre-Order Truly (The New York Series #1) by Ruthie Knox


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Truly by Ruthie Knox

Source: Random  House Loveswept

Release date: August 5, 2014

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1.) Mr. Crankypants – aka: Ben Hausman. Why would I recommend a book that has a major Mr. Crankypants who is rude, bitter, guarded and oh did I mention RUDE?? I rarely like this type of love interest. But he’s also complex, struggling to be better and tries to get it right when it comes to May.

2.) Mr. Crankypants/Ben is a chef! A chef who can whip up French Toast with fresh whipped cream at a moments notice for breakfast. He also knows all the best restaurants to bring May to expand her culinary horizons. If that isn’t reason alone to read this book (or marry Ben) then I have another… (yeah I know I said he was rude but…food! I can be bought with food!)

3.) Mr. Crankypants is also a beekeeper. Sound boring? It’s not. I found it absolutely fascinating and who knew that beekeeping on a rooftop could be so sexy??

4.) May. What a great heroine! She’s definitely been sold a line of bullshit from her family regarding her looks. Her mom repeatedly lets her know that she’s plain and not as pretty as her sister so she should settle for whoever wants her. People keep pushing aside her artistic talent and telling her she needs to settle – with her career, with love, with life. 

May is always looking for the big, perfect movie moments that will sweep you away. It isn’t until she meets Ben, that she sees life is made up of messy, unpredictable love that both tests you and makes you stronger. She just needs to be brave enough to take the leap. 

5.) The romance was real. Although the story takes place over a short time, Knox allows a solid foundation based on friendship, to form first. Both May and Ben fall back on unhealthy habits to protect themselves from pain so the relationship doesn’t come easy but it’s all the more real and satisfying in the end.

And it’s about healing yourself first. Another person can’t fix you but they can support and help make you be the best version of yourself.

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Truly is a real gem that had me cringing, laughing, swooning and tearing up at times. Not to mention the descriptions of NYC and the food. You all KNOW how much I love my NYC food! I was seriously considering hopping on a plane for a quick visit after I put this book down.

I love books that make me look at life differently. This is that kind of book. A story that makes you appreciate life, maybe make you push outside your comfort zone a little. Learn to accept yourself and know that you’re good enough just how you are. Stop waiting for things to be perfect and take that leap into the unknown and see how beautiful the imperfect the “disgusting and amazing” world can be.

This was my first book by Ruthie Knox but it definitely won't be my last. She has such gorgeous writing with intelligent, realistic characters.

20 comments:

  1. I have this already. You've made me want to stop everything and read it RIGHT NOW, but I can't. This week for sure though. I love me a good crankypants, and I don't even know May yet, but I want to throw some punches on her behalf. Great review, Karen ;)

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    1. I hope you love it too!! May took a while to stand up for herself but I really liked her.

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  2. Ok that does it, I need to try Knox!

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    1. I've always heard how great her books were and I have to agree. I hear Roman Holiday is another good one. I think I'm going to give it a try.

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  3. I would never have guessed that beekeeping on a roof could be sexy. Because...bees. And yay for love that's based in friendship!

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    1. Oh it is!! Shirtless beekeeping lol

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  4. Your top 3 reasons revolve around Ben Hausman, and now I gots to meet him. LOL He sounds like a great character! May sounds pretty awesome too. Lovely review!

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    1. I haven't read a good cranky male character like that in a long time where he wasn't an asshole.

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  5. Mr crankypants does sound like he is complex!

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    1. He really is!!! & such a good guy too. Beneath the cranky pants.

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  6. Mr, Crankypants LOL, I love it. I think I would like to meet him. :)

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    1. He was SO cranky but I loved him :-)

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  7. I haven't read any RKnox, can you believe that?! And I love grumpy heroes, their transformation to mush is always entertaining

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    1. I can! Because this was my first lol Really great writing and characters. Give her a try. I know I'll be reading more by her.

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  8. Oh you have me wanting to read it. Plus, you had me at Mr. Crankypants. :D

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  9. I love a crankypants hero too! Ben and May were just so wonderful and I'm thrilled you enjoyed your first Ruthie Knox book!

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    1. They were SO awesome! Messy but awesome.

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  10. Wow. SOunds great. Guess i will preorder it right now!

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  11. I don't mind cranky characters, as long as they're interesting and not just whiny. It sounds like Mr. Crankypants turns out okay..
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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