Everest. If they can make it there, they can make it anywhere. Maybe even New York, where Ruthie Knox takes her charming rom-com style to new heights.
Beneath her whole “classic English beauty” appearance is an indomitable spirit that has turned Rosemary Chamberlain into something of a celebrity mountain climber. But after an Everest excursion takes a deadly turn, Rosemary is rescued by her quick-thinking guide, New York native Kal Beckett. Rosemary’s brush with death brings out a primal need to celebrate life—and inspires a night of steamy sex with the rather gorgeous man who saved her.
The son of a famous female climber with a scandalous past, Kal Beckett is still trying to find himself. In the Zen state of mind where Kal spends most of his time, anything can happen—like making love to a fascinating stranger and setting off across the world with her the next morning. But as their lives collide in the whirlwind of passion that is New York City, the real adventure is clearly just beginning. . . .
“The main thing I figured out today talking to Bill was that I’m going to love you no matter what you do, and I’d rather love you and have you than love you and lose you just because I’m not willing to deal with exactly who you are and support whatever it is you want.”
That, my dear friends, is what we call a grand gesture…
Completely is the final book in Ruthie Knox’s New York trilogy, and though reading the other two first will definitely give you a fuller picture of who everyone in the “very big, very weird family of Wisconsin people” (Kal’s description–it’s pretty darn apt) is and what the heck they’re alluding to throughout the story, you could get away with just reading Rosemary and Kal’s book. You’ll be cheating yourself, though–because those weird people are a heck of a lot of fun to hang out with. Just sayin’.
And while you’re at it, read About Last Night, too, just for the heck of it. Nev and Cath will wander in at some point here as well.
Completely grabbed me from the beginning–who was Rosemary again, and why was she climbing Mount Everest? (It seemed like Madly had come out ages ago–I could have used a quick Cliff Notes refresher…) and Kal at first seemed like a most unlikely partner for her. But surviving a disaster can make you look at things differently, and though at times Kal and Rosemary were practically kicking and screaming in their attempt not to look at things differently than they thought they wanted to, Ms. Knox did an amazing job of bringing them back together in the end, both finally pointing in their own right directions, going forward together.
Though at times I was a bit frustrated with their obtuseness, and OMG their black moment fight was absolutely awful, those touches are what made this story seem all the more real. I’m sad to see this series end, but maybe a Beatrice of a few years in the future could pop up in another series? Fingers crossed…
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.