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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 w
Kindle Edition, 273 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Loveswept
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Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
3 stars!

Madly is a standalone sequel of Ruthie Knox's two previous works. It's a story about 26-year old Allie Fredericks (May's sister in Truly) and 40-year old Winston Chamberlain (Nev's older brother in About Last Night), two unlikeable characters in their origins.

Two strangers with opposite personalities meet at a Packers bar in a serendipitous moment. Allie is spying on her mother, and Winston was sitting alone in the bar. She needed someone to make sure her mother doesn't see her, and Win
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
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 b
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it

Madly has been a long time addition to my tbr, and I was glad to finally have the opportunity to have Allie’s story told. If you have read Truly, you’ll remember Allie as the flighty younger of May. It isn’t necessary to read Truly first, but I would recommend revisiting it for the enjoyment factor alone.

Along with Truly, About Last Night was another novel of Ruthie Knox I very much enjoyed. Why is that relevant you ask? Well, our male protagonist is none other than Winston Chamberlain, brother
Geri Reads
I gave up at around 29% so no rating.

I normally love this author's books but somehow I can't seem to connect with the story and the characters.

Will try again in the future. Maybe it was just my horrible book funk getting the best of me. Who knows?

ARC provided for a review
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ruthie Knox Fans, Romance, Women's Fiction
3 Spy vs Spy Stars
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Oh,what is it with Children trying to manage their Parents...and Parents, doing the same to their children...

We have Allie who sees her mother living this other life in NYC. She is compelled to find out what exactly is happening....and in this endeavor learns more about herself, life and love.

Winston is the man who is there trying to see what is happening with his 18 year old daughter...He assists Allie with her self discovery and he is wonderful... Along the way, he too
Sam (AMNReader)
Great buddy read w/ Whiskey Here

Ruthie Knox rarely disappoints me. In general, that was probably the case here too but not for the usual reasons. Her writing was actually pretty incredible, making you feel depths of emotion I only have gotten in her NA prior to reading this. In this book there were such odd dynamics I was having trouble getting past them. And great writing can't solve plot holes, especially where the characters don't connect or develop in a satisfactory way. Winston was decide
A wonderful romance with such a love twist into a Happily Ever After for every kind of love: sister love, brother love, father-adult child love, romantic love.

Ruthie Knox is one of my favorite writers. Her characters are complex and engaging with quirks, flaws, and beauty of the soul. The plots have all these little details which are grand.

Here we get New York City, a dip into the art world, and business. Mainly, we get the heartache of divorce and family with the hope of change and love.

I lo
*The Angry Reader*
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
Calling it quits at 50%. I cannot summon the energy to read more. Their fast-forward relationship was unbelievable and awkward. Where May and Ben moved slow and delicious like Ben’s honey these two had a manic pace that was pointless and non-sensual. Big disappointment.

Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars


This is Allie's story, May's sister from book 1. This book shows us a whole different side of Allie we didn't see in book 1. The business side. Turns out Allie's not as flighty and impulsive when it comes to her finances and that impressed me! But she still has that impulsive side, and that is what brings her to NY, on a mission to uncover a family secret. And that is where she meets Winston.... actually in the same bar May met Ben
Lady Heather
Publication Date: March 14, 2017

This was such a fantastic read!
I loved this book and it's complex, unique characters and relationships, the storyline, and the writing.

I love this author.


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
It's been a very long time since a book has kept me up reading till 3am. I'm SO HAPPY that Ruthie Knox has a new book out. I've really missed her writing & reading her books. She had such a flawless, fluidity to her writing, her characters & her story telling.
Madly is a sequel to About Last Night & is the 2nd book in her New York series (Truly was the first). This book can totally be read as a standalone but, I recommend reading the other books in order to get the full experience & to see the o
The second book in the New York series by Ruthie Knox. Allie Fredericks is in New York to spy on her mother. While spying on her in a local bar, Allie meets Winston Chamberlain. Allie uses Winston to prevent her mother from discovering her. They develop a little friendship that includes benefits.

I really hesitate to call this a romance. Yes, it does have the requirements of a romance but it was more of a journey of discovery for both Allie and Winston. Winston was introduced in About Last Night,
Jacqueline J
Pretty good over all. Not a very intense romance as there was a lot happening that didn't directly concern the H/h's feeling for each other. Enjoyable characters. ...more
Maria Rose
Madly by Ruthie Knox is the second book in her New York series, and one I’ve been anticipating for a while. The two main characters have been introduced previously in other stories by the author and are not a pairing I would have ever guessed would happen, but the result is a delightful mix of British charm and American bravado in an emotional and sexy romance.

Winston Chamberlain doesn’t quite know how he ended up where he is now – in New York, divorced, barely keeping up with his college-attend
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, series
I did a buddy read for this which can be found here: Madly Buddy Read
My comments, quotes, and thoughts can more fully be found there.

If I had to sum this book up in one word it would be, exhausted. I liked it with its raw, oof, delve into emotions, but also all those emotions of anger, hurt, and pain, exhausted the hell out of me. These were not perfect characters and at times I wanted understanding and forgiveness for teenage actions, still bothering now adults, to play a bigger part.

The roman
Jul 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was a little underwhelming. I enjoyed it, but it didn't have the same spark as Knox's previous stories. The characters were interesting and dynamic, but in such a short book it felt unnecessarily crowded at times. The love story was okay, but it came across as cheap at times with the two main characters focused on a more physical relationship, which meant a lot of potential intimacy was lost. It was sweet enough to keep enjoying, but it wasn't one of my favourites, unfortunately. Still ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
The hero and heroine (unlikeable characters from previous books) didn't win me over, although many reviewers were wowed. Likewise, romance was lacking. The mystery plot within was interesting but simply not enough to make it nearly as good as my favorite, About Last Night. ...more
I gave Madly an A at All About Romance .

Because my love affair with contemporary romance started with About Last Night, a novel linked to this one, I had a special place in my heart for Madly even before I started reading it. While it features my favorite romantic trope – opposites falling in love – it’s also a story of redemption and self-discovery. Thoughtful, moving, charming and delightful, you’ll swoon over this wonderful love story. Madly is the second book in the New York series, a
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Ruthie Knox

Only 2.5 Stars for me
I waited for what seemed like a long time for the sequel to Ruthie Knox's book, Truly (New York, #1) by Ruthie Knox . I loved Truly and May&Ben are in Madly, which was great. I actually wanted a little more of them together in the sequel.

Maybe my expectations were way too high. Madly was superbly written (as usual) and it had complex, interesting characters. But it was heavy on the family angst and didn't have enough steam or romance IMO. I loved both parts of the couple separately, but their chemistry and relationship seemed
Happily Mary After
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ruthie Fox’s Madly is a charming and entertaining book with an interesting and original story. It kept me guessing and smiling until the end. Winston is a buttoned-up, divorced Brit who runs into the zany, free-spirited Allie at a bar in New York. She’s taken an unexpected trip to the city from Wisconsin to spy on her mother, whom she believes is cheating on her father. She and Winston end up hitting it off, and her hasty trip takes her life in directions she never anticipated.

Both Allie and Win
Jaime Arkin
4.5 stars!! I'm so excited for new Ruthie Knox!!! Loved this!! ...more
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Allie is from Wisconsin, and a bit of an impulsive extrovert: with a huge problem. See, since she was little, her mother would disappear every so often without reason, and there was never any explanation. So, wild, determined and sixteen, she snooped and discovered a piece of a family secret – and has been operating under half-understood assumptions for the last number of years. Now with a recent episode as a runaway bride, she’s upped her snoop on her mother game, and has added tracking, tracin ...more
Lisa Aiello
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy-romance
I was generously provided a NetGalley ARC for my honest review.

What a charming little story this turned out to be. While reading it, I thought "This is a 3-star read." Then I thought, no 3.5 stars. By the end, it definitely is a 4 star read for me.

First, let me say, I absolutely loved Winston. I mean serious book-boyfriend adore this man. He is kind and gentle and smart and suave and mannered and thoughtful...and I could go on. If he showed up on my front doorstep, I'd be ushering my husband out
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

Madly is the follow up to two of Ruthie Knox’s best contemporary romances, not that all of her books aren’t utterly marvelous.

But this second book in her New York series pairs the sister of the heroine in the first book, Truly, with the brother of the hero from her award-winning About Last Night. And this surprising couple may look oh-so-wrong on paper but they are oh-so-right in this book.

Allie Fredericks comes to New York on a whim. And not a very good wh
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved it! It had everything I enjoy in contemporary romance.

Full review also posted on Ellie Reads all the books.

Ruthie Knox is one of my favourite authors of contemporary romance. I have enjoyed most of her previous books but somehow I missed that she started a new series. I haven't read Truly yet but after I finished Madly which I absolutely loved, the first thing I did was to go on Amazon an get it :)

Madly is exactly the kind of contemporary romance I like to read - life-like complex c
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
2.5 stars. It was okay......

This novel didn't really grab me like the first one in this series did (Truly). Allie, the h in this book, was the sister of May, the h from Truly. Now in this second book, Allie has come from Wisconsin to New York, like May did in the first book. But for me the plot of this one was pretty iffy. Supposedly, at the start Allie is acting out being a 'spy' (trench coat and all -ugh) and has followed her mother to New York to check out her mother's secret life. I felt a b
nick (the infinite limits of love)

As with Truly, Madly was yet another crack-worthy story from Ruthie Knox. Again, she has crafted a couple that not only has intense chemistry together, but also work incredibly well emotionally.

The heroine here, Allie, is May’s sister who we also happen to meet in Truly. I liked her as much as I liked her older sister. Worried that her mother is about to abandon her family, Allie runs after her to New York City to try to talk some sense into her. On her first night, she happens to encounter a ha
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have really missed Ruthie Knox's voice and I am glad to have a new book from her. This book features Allie Fredericks, sister of May from Truly. The hero is Winston Chamberlin, brother of Nev Chamberlin from About Last Night. It can be read as a stand alone, but you will understand some of the emotions better if you've read both of those books.
This book is really about two people searching to find themselves and where they fit in the world. Allie and Winston happen to run in to each other and
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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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