- File Size: 1362 KB
- Print Length: 252 pages
- Publisher: Loveswept (September 26, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 26, 2017
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LZ9R9VU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,418 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Completely: A New York Novel (The New York Trilogy) Kindle Edition
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That being said, this is not my favorite book by Ruthie Knox. It's missing the intensity of About Last Night which is the prequel to this trilogy. If haven't read any of her novels yet, I'd start with that and the go to Truly which is nothing short of magical in its delivery.
I loved the idea of having a Sherpa male lead. Here is a brilliant young man in his early thirties frustrated by his inability to change the country he loves for the better. Nepal is like a third character in the story with issues of ecotourism, exploitation and climate change. I liked the idea of Rosemary, the heroine, better than the reality. Her privileged life as the ex-wife of a multi-millionaire aristocrat makes her a bit hard to relate to. It's hard to deal with the whole 'woe is me' idea when your biggest complaint is that you are bored. Having escaped her marriage and in search of a new identity, presumably funded by her divorce proceedings, Rosemary sets a challenge to climb the seven highest mountains in the world and write about it. Suddenly without having done years of serious climbing, she is the leader of a group of British women who are justifiably resentful. She also keeps being referred to as an author also without having written a book. Her wealth, standing through her ex-husband, and beauty meant that she had access to a publishing deal. Even when the idea for the initial book falls through, somehow literary agents are still clamoring for what she wants to write about. I didn't want Rosemary to suffer, but I certainly would have like to see more of a struggle.
The romance takes place over a period of about ten days, which is enough time to fall into love/lust, but not necessarily enough to know that these two people from wildly disparate backgrounds are actually going to make it. In fact, they break up more than once during this time period and it is through the machinations of others (a thief and his mother) that the two end up together. I wanted them to fight for each other more. If his wallet hadn't been stolen, would there have even been a relationship? It is hard to believe that the differences in their age, status, and wealth wouldn't continue to cause problems. Kal spends much of the book acquiescing to Rosemary which he resents. She is enough of a princess that she doesn't even notice he is doing this.
Knox does a great job of bringing in characters from previous novels in the New York series as well as 'About Last Night' which is why I suggest you read them first. Rosemary's daughter, Beatrice, is the least likable of these, and comes off a spoiled and entitled with her rich father and grandparents investing in her documentary. I will say that as much as Beatrice irritated me, she is depicted in a very realistic fashion.
I understand the reviews of some people who are a little frustrated with this book. I believe, though, that unless we want to wallow in the drek that makes up a lot of this genre, it is worthwhile giving writers like Knox a chance to try something new. I am certainly willing to go on her literary rides. There is much to love about her writing style.
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