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Truly Madly Yours Mass Market Paperback – April 30, 2013
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Delaney Shaw plans to get in and out of her hometown in the time it takes to attend her stepfather Henry's funeral, read the will, and refill the tank of her Miata. Even the pleas of her mother and the tension of an unfinished fling with Henry's bastard son, Nick Allegrezza, can't keep her in Truly, Idaho. But Henry had other plans in mind: Nick and Delaney's inheritance is contingent on her staying in Truly for a year, and him having no "sexual relationship" with Delaney. What's a girl to do? Delaney digs in, starts up a hair salon and prepares to grit her teeth for as long as it takes.
Small-town life is everything that Delaney fears it to be: high school rivalries and old rumors about Delaney and Nick resurrect themselves with predictable immediacy. Gossip nears the truth as the sexual sparks fly between Nick and Delaney. Nick's reputation as a ladies man hasn't changed, either, and Delaney reminds herself that he can love her and leave her just as brutally as he did 10 years ago. But when the two find themselves in close proximity, all their best intentions fly out the window and intense passion consumes them.
Truly Madly Yours has the same originality and sauciness that made Rachel Gibson's first work, Simply Irresistible, popular with readers. While each page brings a new take on the familiar "black sheep, old flame" plot, the main characters are at times a bit unappealing. Delaney's unqualified disgust for Truly becomes a tired mantra and no amount of biker jackets and muttered "wild things" can neutralize Nick's anachronistic womanizing. Gibson wisely focuses her attention on clever dialogue and original situations, and the overall result is a delightful and completely entertaining read. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien
About the Author
Rachel Gibson began her fiction career at age sixteen, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car’s broken glass all about. She told her parents she’d been the victim of a hit-and-run and they believed her. She’s been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.
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I enjoyed this story from the very first page and the pace of this book was just right. The characters were exceptionally well-written and I enjoyed how the author developed the romance between the characters.
Definitely a five-star rating for this book.
In Truly Madly Yours, Delaney's estranged stepfather (and Nick's biological dad) died and left a will with some odd stipulations. Despite a ten-year absence from Idaho and her family, she must now live in Truly Idaho with her mother for one year to collect over 3 million dollars. Nick - his illegitimate son who he didn't acknowledge until it was way too late - must keep his hands off of Delaney for one year to get a mass of land as his inheritance. Even from his grave the loathed stepfather is trying to control their lives. Why? Convinced that Nick will find Delaney's presence too tempting to resist, and knowing that there was once sparks between Nick and Delaney, his dying hope was that they consummate a relationship and carry on the family bloodline.
Delaney is a delightful young modern woman we can all relate to who happens to wear platforms instead of pumps and vinyl and spandex instead of cashmere. Nick is a gorgeous Levis wearing hunk who is head over heels in love with Delaney since they were kids but he believed Delaney was out of his reach because she was the mayor's stepdaughter and he was his illegitimate son. Delaney in turn thinks Nick hated her because she was raised in luxury by Nick's biological father who denied his real son everything she had.
Nick and Delaney are brought together after ten years apart by a bizarre stipulation in the late mayor's will. In such close proximity (Truly is a very small town) they are forced to face their feelings for each other and when they do the sparks will fly!
This is a well-written, funny, sometimes poignant love story that will leave a smile on your face. Highly recommended! :)