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Truly (New York #1)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  1,306 ratings  ·  341 reviews
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 ba
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Published September 2013 by Wattpad
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

Honestly, I was bound to love this.

This book reads like a love letter. It's a love letter to New York City (my home turf), a love letter to the food-obsessed (ME), and love letter to our imperfections. It is about being who you are and not who you think you should be. It was touching and light all at the same time.

It made me so happy today.

When I want awesome contemporary romance, I know who to turn to and Ruthie Knox is on my short list. For some reason, I seem to have th
Ash Wednesday
Jun 03, 2014 Ash Wednesday rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Anna and the French Kiss who also read adult CR
It was easy to love your idea of someone - to fall hard for their very best self. The question was whether, once you had to spend some time living with their worst self, you could bear to be with them anymore.

Every time I pick up an adult or new adult contemporary romance books, with how often these kinds of books left me frustrated, I brace myself for a certain degree of disappointment. That snarling grinch, jaded reader in me preemptively bares its claws at a ready for some shredding.
Duchess Nicole
Ruthie Knox nails it with this quirky, fun, sexy story. May is a fantastic heroine, and one I can easily relate to. She's a giantess, and all her parts match her size. Being a tall girl myself, I can easily relate to May's insecurities. It's not often "tall" translates into "willowy", as so many romance books will have you believe. More often than not, we tall girls feel large and clumsy. It's great to be with a guy who's tall...not necessarily because we only find tall guys attractive, but beca ...more
4 "You're Going To Make Me Love New York" Stars!
(ARC provided by Netgalley)
(BR with Patty)

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May Fredericks is a 26 yr. old ordinary girl from Manitowoc, Wisconsin. After working in merchandising for the Green Bay Packer's she meets there 2nd string quarterback, and they begin dating long distance. He is gorgeous and every girls dream guy.

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After years of dating May decides to move in with her boyfriend Dan in New Jersey. May cares about Dan, and he's good to her, but she starts to realize somethi

Title: Truly
Series: Yes (Each stand alone)
Author: Ruthie Knox
Release Date: 5th August, 2014
Rating: 4 "Be my Guide" Stars
Cliffhanger: No
HEA: (view spoiler)

If this book were a movie, it'd be a wonderful off-beat Indie Romance.

May Fredericks is having the ultimate bad day. Not only has she dumped her NFL star boyfriend live on TV after a botched proposal, she's just been mugged in her least favourite place New York City. Armed with her metro card and her last $5 she decides
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(ARC Provided by Random House Publishing Group via Netgalley)
(BR with Mel)

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May Fredericks is a gal from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, who is currently homeless in NYC, with only a MetroCard and five bucks to her name, after having been mugged outside her ex's apartment. She's just broken up with her boyfriend, who is the NY Jets Quarterback, after his botched attempt at proposing to her at a fundraising luncheon. He literally called her "plain" and stated that "football" was the one thing that mattered
Third het romance in a row after a two year hiatus - and another positive experience.
Lovely, actually.

This is just such an adorable, inspiring, simply nice story. And maybe, just maybe, it could've gotten five stars if it hadn't been for that pesky interlude of unnecessary drama of the I'm-too-ruined-for-you sort. And for a sense of place that wasn't quite up there, but... eh. Can't have it all. And there really is a lot of good stuff in here.

It's about two people. With families attached.
It's ab
Lady Heather

4.5 stars!

This is the first book in Ruthie Knox's "The New York Series", and I absolutely adored it!

The writing, characters, and story were amazing!

I loved May's character.
She is so unhappy, and is desperately trying to figure out who she really is.


I loved the situations, experiences, and people (Ben) who helped her get to where she had to be.
..realizing that life is disgusting and amazing (read the book and you'll see what I mean).

It was wonderful when she had her epiphany. May finally accep
Jaime Arkin
Ruthie Knox has magical words… I mean, who else could make me flail and swoon over a cranky, irritable beekeeper… no one. That’s the answer to that question.

Truly is the first in a three part series that Knox is writing. As readers, we got a special treat in that it was posted weekly on Wattpad. It quickly became the best part of my Monday morning.

Knox has an incredible way of writing regular people and making them seem extraordinary.

Ben, a former chef has spent a lot of his time pushing peop

Almost 6 foot tall and with "some meat on her bones," May found it a huge relief to start dating football player Dan."Here was a guy who had three inches and sixty pounds on her, with biceps that bulged even beneath a sports coat. He was huge, and his friends were all giants who made her feel downright small." In many books, that would be the romance right there, and it's not a bad one. (I have always been big myself, and it is very pleasant to be with someone who lets me feel a bit dainty.) But
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5 Disgusting & Amazing Stars

May is literally running away from a marriage proposal.

It took the world’s worst drunk marriage proposal to clue me in. What does that say about my judgement?”

She runs into some bad luck and is left with no money and nowhere to go. So she sees a Midwest bar, and goes in, hoping to meet some nice Midwestern person who might help her. Instead, she meets Ben: a snarky, antisocial, surly, divorced ex-chef beekeeper who is not nice.

Somehow she ends up capturing his l
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

If you'd asked me last year if I was a fan of novel serializations, I would have issued a flat no. But then there was Truly. And it took me exactly no time at all to become a very big fan of this particular serial. It helped that I basically spent last year blowing through Ruthie Knox's backlist. Truly represented a somewhat different venture, as a handful of new chapters were posted each Monday morning over a period of several weeks. I began to look forward
Claire Robinson
3.5 - "First the Forking, then the Cleavering. Who will she emasculate next?" Stars.

I am a massive fan of Ruthie Knox’s books, and because of that I hate that I didn’t love Truly as much as the previous books of hers that I have read. Weirdly, my reasons for disliking it aren’t massively due to the storyline, characters etc, but the style(s) of writing.

It isn’t written badly, but the writing style is in parts very different from the style I have grown accustomed to with Ruthie’s previous work, i
Feb 28, 2015 Ya~ rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ng
2.5-stars 4-stars for Ben:) 1-star for May:(

This is my fourth book by the author. I really liked How to Misbehave and About Last Night. My rating for this book is in the minority, but I do love Ben! Throughout the novel, I could feel the loss of his pride, the anger over his failed marriage, and the impact of his childhood experiences on his relationship with others. The passion and intensity of Ben character are truly well-written.

Despite how much I loved Ben, May totally ruined this novel for
Fantastic! I loved this book! May and Ben are each on a journey of self-discovery, trying to figure out who they are and what to do with the rest of their lives. May has always done what was expected of her instead of what she wanted for herself, including the way she chooses her clothes and career path. She doesn't have the best self-esteem but everything changes after an epically bad marriage proposal. In the beginning, Ben comes across as a jerk. He is rude and unfriendly but someone May sees ...more
5 stars

Thank you Ruthie for writing such a lovely and heartfelt story, Ben and May will always have a special place in my heart.

Ruthie Knox has a wonderful way with her words, she paints such a clear picture in your head that you find yourself dreaming of visiting the New York sites and tasting all the wonderful and delicious food Ben introduced May and us readers to.

I'm not going to say much more other than Truly is a must read, I highly recommend it and I will be reading it again when it come
2.5 Stars

Unfortunately, this books dragged on and on with not a whole lot going on. I didn't feel a connection with either of the MCs and their entire relationship just seemed awkward. There were some witty sentences here and there strewn though out the story but apart from that, I was really bored.
Kim  *Mo Chridhe*
Jul 06, 2014 Kim *Mo Chridhe* rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults like me who still have a lot of growing up to do
May Fredericks is convinced that New York City doesn't like her. Six weeks after moving to New Jersey/New York, she receives a poorly executed marriage proposal from her NFL Quarterback boyfriend on stage, in front of hundreds of people. Her response, which was to stab his hand with a fork, had gone viral on YouTube and everyone wants to know why. To makes matters worse, a man mugs her as she was fleeing her now ex's apartment. She's left with nothing but five dollars in her pocket so she heads ...more
This is my first book by Knox and all I've ever heard was that her characters were so relatable and realistic. Yes. YES!!

There were things about both Ben and May that cut so close to home for me.

This is a story about finding hope in messy, complicated love. Not the picture perfect love that we see in movies and read about.

It's also about finding yourself - not in another person - but maybe because of a bother person.

Good stuff.

Oh - and the food descriptions….zomgyum and a guy that cooks - thu
Once again Ruthie Knox has left me feeling warm and fuzzy with her characters and her beautiful stories. May and Ben are so so gray. Rich. Deep. And so much fun. She painted them in NYC and made me fall in love with the city in a completely new way. I loved every bit if this book.

I should actually say more, but I won't. Just read it and fall in love, too.
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B+

My first thought after finishing this story was, I couldn’t remember the last time I laughed this much during a book and then thought, it was probably the last time I read a Ruthie Knox story. Knox has a way of bringing humorous dialogue alive on page and in Truly, she does it again.

May Fredericks is at her lowest point when we first meet her. Everything in her life is in the toilet and I loved seeing her transform throughout the story into
This was super uneven for me. I nearly didn't get through it, but thanks to some prodding from Nakeesha, I finished and am glad I did, with caveats.

Angry heroes are very difficult to pull off. I mean, heroes with serious, definable anger issues which Ben definitely had. Angry men are a turn off, they scream of latent danger, domestic violence, abuse. Seeing through that outer shell to the heart of gold within, is a tall order and for me as a reader, I was always on the knife's edge of wanting to
AGAIN! Ruthie Knox has done it again. I find myself speechless, flustered, deeply in love and wanting so much more. This easily ranks at or close to the top of my favorites by Ruthie.

This was such a beautiful and unique love story. May is a fascinating, intriguing, stunning heroine. She is sweet, tough, lost, found, sexy, innocent, pure...and just breathtaking. I think part of me fell in love with her. Her journey throughout this book was nothing short of stellar. I felt like I was taking each
An original contemporary romance that is intelligent, funny, and sexy (like all of Ruthie Knox's novels). Loved the grumpy and very sexy beekeeper hero (Ben) and May, the people pleasing heroine who rediscovers herself when stranded in New York City. New York City was a delicious and non-stereotypical third character in this book, which is fitting since this is the first book in a New York City trilogy. I am looking forward to reading the next books, 'Madly' and 'Completely'!
This is another one that may not have been super creative, but I just enjoyed. Considering the fact that I am currently in a very bad book slump, there is something to said for a book that engages the reader and leaves a smile on their face. This is one of those books. Plan to consider with the series.
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Disgusting and amazing, scary and essential...
I became a Ruthie Knox fan while reading Robin York. I really connected with May, being an extremely tall person myself, I related to her feelings. I was her internal cheerleader throughout the book, rooting for her to feel beautiful and confident and stand up for herself. Ben captured my heart from the beginning. I loved 'Scary Ben', 'Grouchy Ben', 'Happy Ben', and most especially 'Dirty-Talking Ben'. Those broken, damaged characters are my favorite
4.5 Stars!!
I LOVED this book!!!

Ruthie Knox has become one of my favorite authors. Her writing just pulls me in. It's so easy to read and I feel connected with the characters regardless of whether or not I can relate to them.

May is at a point in her life when she is deciding whether or not to settle and be what everyone else expects of her, or to look for more.

Ben is trying to break himself down piece by piece so that he can rebuild himself into something better.

Neither are looking for someon
Originally published at Reading Reality

Truly was originally released as an e-serial last year through Wattpad, but I decided to wait for the complete book to come out. While the Wattpad readers loved it, I’m glad I waited until I could get the whole story. I love Ruthie’s work (see review of About Last Night for just how much) but I hate being teased.

Truly is definitely one of Ruthie’s trademark romances. By that, I mean that the hero, the heroine and the situation are believable, or at least id
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I loved Truly. The probability was high given that I'm a fan of Ruthie Knox. There was so many thing about this book that appealed to me. We get great leading characters on Ben and May. May is get a tall, easy-going woman who stabbed her pro-football player boyfriend with a fork, left their home and got robbed. Our guy Ben, is a bee-keeper/farmer who's soon-to-be homeless and has anger-control issues. They sound like a perfect pair, yeah? Well, they are. Determ
A series of unfortunate events, sends May Fredericks fumbling into Ben Hausman's life.

May has recently relocated to New York after a disastrous public proposal to NFL quarterback, Thor Einarsson. Deciding to return to her hometown, May is mugged leaving Thor's NYC apartment. Now she is stranded in NYC without money or ID. Refusing to return to Thor's home, May decides to hit the local pub known for its Wisconsin clientele. That is where she meets the rude and difficult Ben Hausman.

Ben's view on
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USA Today 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-set romance whose hero has the unlikely name of Neville, and then Room at the Inn, a Christmas novella—both of which were f ...more
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“It was easy to love your idea of someone - to fall hard for their very best self. The question was whether, once you had to spend some time living with their worst self, you could bear to be with them anymore.” 5 likes
“He kissed her then. He had to kiss her, to try out every way he could move his mouth over hers—hard and soft, deep and reverent—and he had to move his tongue against hers and cup her breast in his hand because he was so fucking grateful and so fucking lost.” 1 likes
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