Robin York's Blog
September 26, 2017
I’m so pleased to let you know that Completely, the final book in the New York trilogy, is available today in ebook from Penguin Random House’s Loveswept imprint.
All three of the books in the New York trilogy are about characters who have connections to New York and Wisconsin in different ways. Each novel tells the story of a couple who falls in love over the course of a week. But, for a series, these are three very different novels.
Truly is a forced-proximity romance: a book about a woman who simply can’t leave New York thrown together with a stranger who can’t seem to get rid of her. In Madly, our impulsive heroine has a big secret and a ticking time bomb. Desperate, she hooks up with someone who can help her resolve the mystery. And Completely begins with a disaster trope — an avalanche on the slopes of Mount Everest that creates instant connection between two people who are floundering.
That is to say, while the books share the same cast of characters, each explores a different entry point into romance. As a proximity story, Truly fully explores the enclosed-world appeal of a classic contemporary romance about two characters who are spending all their time together, sharing ideal and charming experiences that encourage their personal growth.
In its very title, by contrast, Madly suggests the rapid banter style of rom-com, with nutty constraints like a list of naughty things we’ve always wanted to do. It gives us a world that pulls in a larger cast and a wilder plot to up the madcap romantic comedy stakes.
Completely, finally, employs a disaster trope to explore the world of women’s fiction with strong romantic elements — complete with psychological layers, characters with significant pasts, and consideration of how cultural differences deepen and also challenge a couple’s connection.
It’s my way of saying, I see you, people who love a cozy, trapped-circumstance proximity story with a grumpy hero and a heroine who’s like you.
I love those romances, too.
I see you, rom-com fans who binge-watch The Mindy Project, adore Bridget Jones, and just love to laugh and see what will happen next with zany tropes and a high stakes.
I love those romances, too.
And I see you, readers who want to fall into characters’ psychological layers, learn about things you didn’t know about, and watch a story play out in a deeper way with characters who have significant pasts and are more experienced and older.
I love those romances, too.
We read for so many different reasons, and what we look for in our books is as personal and variable as we are as humans. Reading is action — selecting books, engaging with them, reflecting on them — and it is identity formation and confirmation — finding the book that means something to us right now, fills a need, confirms or introduces a belief. Books are doors into different worlds, motivating change and altering our behavior. They are mirrors, too, reflecting us back to ourselves, making us think about who we are and who we want to be.
Tomorrow is my fortieth birthday. The New York trilogy represents changes I went through in my life, as well as books I was reading and loving an author approaching mid-career. This is a series that brings to bear the maturation of a writer who loves the romance genre and has big hopes for it: for a diversity of books, and for a diversity of voices and writers, including the powerful voices of romance authors of color, and incorporating the challenging conversations in romance that have been a long time coming. These voices and conversations reflect romance authors and readers and how much our world has changed, as well as how much we change in our lives — which is a good thing.
Finally, the New York trilogy is a series that connects back to one of my very first romance novels, About Last Night. I know a lot of you found me with that book. So many of you have written over the years, What about Winston? Would you ever write a sequel? Because I want to know what happened to Nev and Cath. I was interested, too. The New York trilogy is a love letter to About Last Night, where I began, and a love letter to you who supported me and loved that book so much.
For this reason, Completely has possibly the schmoopiest epilogue of all time, a giant gift of a dozen roses with a fuzzy teddy bear Valentine that brings together all of the characters from both series — May and Ben and Nev and Cath and Allie and Winston and Rosemary and Kal, and all of their people and friends — in a setting that’s celebrating love and babies and happy endings. Where else can that happen but in romance?
I hope you enjoy Completely, and I look forward to more adventures ahead.
March 15, 2017
Excited to see MADLY is an RT Book Reviews “Top Pick!”
“What Knox does so well is create these wonderful, emotionally wounded, real characters for us to relate to and root for and love. There’s relationship drama, family revelations and more, as through this love story we take a look at identity, who we really are, and how we’re seen by everyone — from those closest to us to strangers. A real treat.” —4.5 stars
March 14, 2017
It’s release day for MADLY at last! I talk in my latest newsletter about writing the book, what took me so long, and the like, which you’re welcome to read even if you’re not a newsletter subscriber. Buy links are on the book page. Happy reading!
Praise for MADLY
“A lovely story about unlikely lovers and family responsibilities and the secrets that families keep and those that nearly tear them apart. The secondary characters have their chance to shine and contribute to the happy ending. Highly recommended for all romance readers looking to be swept away.” —Library Journal, starred review
“Thoughtful, moving, charming and delightful, you’ll swoon over this wonderful love story.” —All About Romance, “Desert Isle Keeper” designation
“I was sucked into this story and couldn’t put it down. It was all just perfect and fit very well as a followup to Truly.” —Red Hot + Blue Reads, five-star review
“Madly is romantically serendipitous, whilst being a fun quirky read. It was a pleasure to see the worlds collide and I look forward to the next novel in the series.” —Relentless Romance
“An original, entertaining, sensitively written and thought-provoking read.” —I Love Romantic Fiction
“It was a delight to read Knox’s thoughtful prose again and to enjoy Allie and Winston’s antics as their romance rockets from unexpected attraction to come to something truly special, something worth taking a chance on even if it seems a little mad to everyone else.” —Ana Coqui, Immersed in Books
“This was the perfect book for me on a weekend where I was laid up with both a cold and a bruised leg. I was feeling out of sorts in so many possible directions, and Ruthie took me away to her New York for a whirlwind tour. Like so many of the author’s previous stories, this is a romance between two people who simply shouldn’t work together, but absolutely do. It just takes them a while to recognize it.” —Reading Reality, five-star review
March 10, 2017
MADLY is releasing in just a few days! In a lovely five-star review, Reading Reality says, “This was the perfect book for me on a weekend where I was laid up with both a cold and a bruised leg. I was feeling out of sorts in so many possible directions, and Ruthie took me away to her New York for a whirlwind tour. Like so many of the author’s previous stories, this is a romance between two people who simply shouldn’t work together, but absolutely do. It just takes them a while to recognize it.”
March 7, 2017
March 6, 2017
March 4, 2017
Set in glamorous Green Bay, “Starting Over” features a handyman who barely speaks, a woman on the verge of giving up and running away, and a variety of questionable interpersonal decisions. Plus, happy ending.
(If you’ve purchased the Summer Rain anthology, you have already read this story, which was originally published as “Redemption” there. If “Starting Over” is not available at this price in your venue, email me via my website and I’ll send you a copy.)
March 3, 2017
March 2, 2017
Only two weeks until MADLY is available everywhere! I’m very excited for you all to get to read Winston and Allie’s story.
I’ve also turned in the third and final New York book, COMPLETELY, to my editor. Here is a not-real, not-in-any-way-final blurb that will give you a taste of what COMPLETELY is all about!
Just before summiting Mount Everest, an avalanche forces a dramatic rescue, throwing together a darling of British media everyone calls Princess and a taciturn guide known as Dr. Doom. A whirlwind journey of the heart takes the unlikely pair from Kathmandu to New York City to small-town Wisconsin in the heartwarming conclusion of a beloved trilogy from New York Times bestselling author of Truly, Madly, and About Last Night.
Rosemary Chamberlain is overwhelmed and grieving as the helicopter takes her off Mount Everest just before she was to summit and launch her adventure climbing the Seven Summits for a much-anticipated inspirational book. Frantic about her near-miss and the tragedy of the avalanche, the only anchor available is the steady presence of Kal Beckett. In the first hours of the aftermath, they find solace in the life-affirming reality of each other’s bodies and their easy chemistry. In the days following, they have no choice but to journey home together — but their connection becomes complicated by the media, Kal’s controversial family, and Rosemary’s need to reconnect with the daughter she’s become estranged from.
Everyone has decided that Kal Beckett is mad, bad, and dangerous to know, and on the mountain climbers call him Doctor Doom. What no one has ever bothered to learn is that his big heart is what gets him into the most trouble, and he has no defenses against the adorably frosty blonde who fate has decided is his companion. He’s decided that once the adrenaline has worn off, the heat between them will cool, except the more they end up together – escaping the press, hanging out with his loud and opinionated family, road-tripping across the country – the more adrenaline is starting to feel a whole like an emotion that could retire Doctor Doom forever.
February 22, 2017
Only a few more weeks until MADLY is released! I’m very excited, and I was honored to learn a few days ago that MADLY has been recognized by Library Journal with a starred review. “Highly recommended for all romance readers looking to be swept away.” —Woot!