This ARC I received from a contest sponsored by Romance @ Random and Ruthie Knox. It was downloaded from Kindle @ NetGalley.
This novel gives us a very unlikely Hero and Heroine. Catherine Marie Talarico is an asst. curator at Victoria and Albert Museum, and is working on an exhibit tracing the history of Hand Knitting. She has moved to London after deciding to start over with her life. She is known, in her head, as New Cath. Bad Cath, her previous life, had a series of pitfalls, heartache and even a short arrest. She has chronicled these mishaps with tattoos of various colors and sizes, to always remind her of these mistakes, and to help her not to repeat the past. She takes a train, every morning to her job, and realizes after sitting every day, there are a series of people that ride with her so she decides to name them. Pigeon Man is the first we meet, but there are several more, including our Hero…City Boy.
City Boy, is a tall, very good lucking blonde , to Cath he is” Prince Charming in a suit.” In truth, he is a very wealthy Londoner, very unhappy as a banker in his family’s business. He would like nothing more than to lose the suit for a pair of well worn jeans, and a paint splattered t-shirt. His name is Neville Chamberlain, preferring to be called Nev.
Cath is suckered into joining her friend for a blind date, which is a disaster as she had expected. She resorts to wine to dull her senses and get her through the night. The drink, K-12, is offered, after she sobs over the classic Patsy Cline song, Crazy. It brings back some of the good memories she had before she was Bad Cath. The K-12 was the last thing she remembers! She wakes up in a strangers bed, (guess who?) realizing she has taken “a pretty catastrophic fall off the reform wagon!”
So, you’ll have to read the book for the details. The back and forth between Nev and Cath is very entertaining. They both fear commitment, and feel neither one is good enough for the other. But…they can’t fight their attraction! The love scenes are plentiful, and HOT! Long before either wants to admit it, we know they are in love.
I so enjoyed this book, even more than her first novel, Ride With Me, which I loved! I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves contemporary Romance, with a side of humor, and even a tear or two. Thank you Ruthie Knox for this wonderful story, and hopefully on to the next!
Reviewed by Pat F.