Completely by Ruthie Knox

Completely

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...

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  • Irene

    3.5 stars

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    *2.5 stars*

    I'm a huge fan of

    and the New York series, so that fact that I didn't love

    was a big blow.

    I feel like the first two books in the series (

    ,

    ) were so strong that the author felt pressure to perform with

    but couldn't quite deliver. It felt phoned in.

    I'll start with what I liked. I really liked that we got a non-white male MC, which is fairly rare in romance. I mean, diversity is becoming a necessity these days, not something you get cookies

    *2.5 stars*

    I'm a huge fan of

    and the New York series, so that fact that I didn't love

    was a big blow.

    I feel like the first two books in the series (

    ,

    ) were so strong that the author felt pressure to perform with

    but couldn't quite deliver. It felt phoned in.

    I'll start with what I liked. I really liked that we got a non-white male MC, which is fairly rare in romance. I mean, diversity is becoming a necessity these days, not something you get cookies for, but I still was happy to see it. I also didn't know much (anything) about Sherpa culture or the Sherpa people before this book. I actually thought that being a sherpa was just a job title and didn't know that it actually refers to an ethnic group with their own language (also called Sherpa). Wow, that seriously blew my mind. I spent a good hour on wikipedia in the middle of the story just learning stuff about this group that I've never known about.

    I also thought that the book was well-written. Odd to say, considering I didn't quite like the story, but the author really tried, and the language and word usages were lovely.

    That being said, I had issues with the story overall.

    The pacing was slooooow. Like glacial slow. The book felt much longer than it actually was, and I kept wanting to put it down and pick other stories up. The other stories in the series had a whirlwind feel, and this one just didn't.

    I liked the MCs in theory, but I didn't get a great sense of them as a couple and as people. We learn a lot about them, but I didn't love them together. There just felt like something missing, some spark, some oomph. I didn't quite get inside Rosemary's buttoned up exterior and I didn't quite get Kal's lack of direction or focus. A lot of the drama felt manufactured, and the love just wasn't there for me.

    It's hard to describe why a book works and why a book doesn't, but this book just didn't give me that fluttery, excited feeling. While the concepts and ideas were fascinating, the execution was just blah for me.

    *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

  • Lady Heather

    I can't wait to start this book!

    LOVE this series!

  • Michelle [Helen Geek]

    July 2017 -- 3.5 Stars

    I think this was a uniquely told story. I didn't expect this to evolve like it did. The characters and their interaction was different from what I've come to expect from this author. Did I like it .. yes. I think I did.

    So, we have a climb to the summit of Mt. Everest. There is a catastrophic event that pulls these two strangers together. They, naturally, come together as survivors who "understand" each other, but remember ... they are strangers.

    We also have a bi-racial aspe

    July 2017 -- 3.5 Stars

    I think this was a uniquely told story. I didn't expect this to evolve like it did. The characters and their interaction was different from what I've come to expect from this author. Did I like it .. yes. I think I did.

    So, we have a climb to the summit of Mt. Everest. There is a catastrophic event that pulls these two strangers together. They, naturally, come together as survivors who "understand" each other, but remember ... they are strangers.

    We also have a bi-racial aspect; our H is Sherpa, our h is Caucasian and British. This was interesting to me. Learning a bit about the Nepalese Sherpa culture was interesting. Their economy and how they depend on climbers for their livelihood. I didn't find the description of Kal to be complete though. Or, maybe it was, but was too subtle to catch my attention. I like to imagine my characters and I didn't really. Plus, he is a "brown" person. Look at the cover of the book. I see no brown? I'm browner than the H on the cover. I think this should be changed and more obvious - my opinion.

    Also, our h is 7 years older than our H. I thought this an interesting element, but didn't seem to be drawn out, both literally and figuratively. So, then why have it there at all? It was an early distraction because I kept wondering about it. But, nope .. it never showed up again.

    These two were a foggy image in my head. Maybe because they were struggling with figuring out their own direction - both individually, as their own person, and then again as a couple. Would they or not? How? I wasn't a huge fan of Rosemary. Not sure you get to almost 40 and not have some kind of personal definition. I can see trying to find the "next thing", but not the whole .. "lack of your own definition" thing. This element didn't play well with me.

    I think this book was a struggle for the author. She did a nice job with the mountain climbing aspect - I thought so anyway. I think the actual character development and then the direction of their story, a bit of a struggle. Or, maybe it was just my struggle to anticipate where we were going and how it would end.

    So, in the end, I liked the book, but it wasn't my favorite by this author or in this series.

    Happy Reading!

  • Jan130

    2.5 to 3 stars. An unusual CR in some ways, and sadly, it didn't really grab me. I really liked the first book in this trilogy,

    and I so WANTED to love this one too, but no....

    Rosemary is aged 39, English, and the ex-wife of Winston who was the H of the slightly lame second book in this trilogy,

    . And that, right there put my back up a little. I quite liked Winston, and now we were focussing on his ex. He'd been pretty unhappy when he met Allie, the h of Madly, and presumably his pri

    2.5 to 3 stars. An unusual CR in some ways, and sadly, it didn't really grab me. I really liked the first book in this trilogy,

    and I so WANTED to love this one too, but no....

    Rosemary is aged 39, English, and the ex-wife of Winston who was the H of the slightly lame second book in this trilogy,

    . And that, right there put my back up a little. I quite liked Winston, and now we were focussing on his ex. He'd been pretty unhappy when he met Allie, the h of Madly, and presumably his prior relationship with Rosemary was at least partly to blame for that. So, I wasn't disposed to like her.

    Then there was the fact that she was approaching middle age, and she hooked up with a hot 32-year-old. Yeah, I know it happens IRL, and it can be done well in a novel, although its not my fav trope. But I didn't like it here. In fact, I didn't really like Rosemary.

    The book opens on Mt Everest, where Rosemary is approaching the summit, and trying to convince herself that, yes, she does really want to be here and doing this. But a tragedy occurs on the mountain, and the climb has to be abandoned. In the aftermath, still full of shock and grief, Rosemary hooks up with one of the 'ice doctors'/guides, Kal, who is also feeling the same overpowering emotions. Kal is half Sherpa and half American, but in some ways he doesn't fit in either world.

    So, after their crazy, passionate, unexpected hook-up, they fly to NYC together. It's home for Kal, and Rosemary is going there to see hers and Winston's 19-year-old daughter. Yup, she has an adult daughter, another point I found difficult to swallow in this older woman-younger man romance. (I found it a bit hard to swallow that Winston had an adult daughter in the previous book as well, actually).

    The plot and relationship of Kal and Rosemary proceed from there. We see a different aspect of NYC, with Kal introducing Rosemary to his family members who live in a Sherpa community there. And on one level this was interesting, but I just didn't feel a connection to the characters. Perhaps the secondary characters weren't delineated enough for me? I'm not sure what the problem was for me, actually. But I was starting to get a bit sick of the book by now.

    From here on in, things got a little confusing for me. Winston and Allie popped in. There was a road trip to Manitowoc, with Kal's mother. (Yup). There was Rosemary's daughter giving her mum a brusque brush-off, although we were supposed to believe she did care deep down. There was a doco film being made about May and Allie's artist mother. Kal and Rosemary had some hot sex, but then broke up (why? the break-up seemed sudden and pointless). May and Ben (from

    ) popped in. Kal and Rosemary got back together again. I was starting to skim by now. Finally there was a HEA. By this point, I was just, meh.

    There was too much introspection and vague talking about, just, stuff, and rehashing feelings and motivations and yeah... yawn. Sorry, but I just didn't care enough about the characters by then. The book needed a crisper plot and less pointless overtalking about their relationships with each other, their families, and themselves.

    So, for me, this one was a letdown. Perhaps, sadly, the first book,

    , which was a charming and a delightful read, was a bit of a fluke. Or perhaps Ms Knox's writing style isn't really for me. Whichever it is, I will think twice before buying another of her books.

  • Melissa

    In a genre that typically relies on a few tried-and-true storylines,

    delivers something

    with Rosemary and Kal’s. I have to say, even more so than the love aspect, I appreciated the driving force behind it all—the sense of empowerment and the burning desire these characters shared in regards to chasing their dreams. I think far too often we let things fall to the wayside and some of us never recover.

    The story opens on Everest, not quite at the peak, but Rosemary i

    In a genre that typically relies on a few tried-and-true storylines,

    delivers something

    with Rosemary and Kal’s. I have to say, even more so than the love aspect, I appreciated the driving force behind it all—the sense of empowerment and the burning desire these characters shared in regards to chasing their dreams. I think far too often we let things fall to the wayside and some of us never recover.

    The story opens on Everest, not quite at the peak, but Rosemary is on her way. Cold, worn-out and quite miserable, if you want to know the truth, she’s constantly questioning her thought process. Wasn’t this supposed to be the trip of a lifetime; so why is she feeling this way? Having spent the entirety of her marriage as nothing more than “wallpaper”, Rosemary decided the only choice was to get out and chase those pre-nuptials and pre-motherhood dreams of hers—climbing Mount Everest and writing a book about it. Now, searching for her best self, it’s not just one mountain she’s after, it’s the Seven Summits.

    In the blink of an eye,

    changes. An avalanche forces an evacuation and shuts down the entire mountain. At that point, with no immediate plans in place, Rosemary’s state of mind is questionable, to say the least. Lucky for her, ‘Doctor Doom’ is looking out for ‘the princess’. Naturally, you have to wonder, if the circumstances had been different—if Rosemary and Kal had not been so close to that deadly force of nature—would they have shared such a strong connection? They might be from two completely different worlds, but the eternal optimist in me would like to think so.

    Interestingly enough, what held me back from giving this a higher rating was just how quickly the couple threw out that four-letter L-word. I won’t go so far to say that it felt like insta-love exactly (

    ), but the timeframe is hard to ignore. With the exception of the epilogue, this story spans a five day time period; so you be the judge.

    There’s a lot going on with this story and in some instances the author takes the focus off of Rosemary and Kal together, in an effort to explore their individual goals, growth and familial relationships. I won’t say it was detrimental to the storyline, but had their bond garnered more of the spotlight, I might have found myself wallowing in their giddiness a little more easily.

    Again, I adored the message behind the story—

    —love doesn’t mean compromising who you are and what makes you happy. Thought I'd throw that in, just in case you need a little reminder. *wink wink*

  • D.B. Reynolds

    3.5 stars A little slow, but very sweet love story, with Knox's usual realistic, wonderfully drawn, and very engaging characters. I'm not sure I give Rosemary and Kal much of a chance, but I'm sure rooting for them.

  • Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer

    {Netgalley ARC}

    I really tried to get into this story, but when I got to the 50% mark and I still found myself skimming and absolutely

    , I decided it was time to call it quits.

    I've read a couple of Ruthie Knox books before and really enjoyed them and the cover of this book was calling to me, but the story & the characters were BLAND!

    The Heroine is writing a novel about climbing the seven summits with a group of women and they start off with Mount Everest, but

    {Netgalley ARC}

    I really tried to get into this story, but when I got to the 50% mark and I still found myself skimming and absolutely

    , I decided it was time to call it quits.

    I've read a couple of Ruthie Knox books before and really enjoyed them and the cover of this book was calling to me, but the story & the characters were BLAND!

    The Heroine is writing a novel about climbing the seven summits with a group of women and they start off with Mount Everest, but an avalanche cuts their expedition short. That avalanche took the lives of twenty-nine people. Rosemary meets Kal who is a Sherpa and was one of her tour guides after they are rescued. They end up having sex in Rosemary's hotel room. I didn't feel a spark of chemistry between them nor did I find any of it to be the least bit entertaining.

    Almost the entire first half of the book is spent on the subject of the Mount Everest expedition and avalanche. There was barely any romance. It read almost like a documentary and thus this is how I felt throughout the first half of the book.

    I will probably read something else by this author in the future since I know she has it in her to write a good romance and everyone's allowed to publish a disappointing book every once in a while.

    Here are my overall ratings on the book:

  • Carvanz

    This is a different kind of romance for me. It is extremely intense not only in the relationship between Kal and Rosemary but intense in their life struggle. They are both searching for who they are, what they are meant to be and what to do with their futures.

    Rosemary was lost in her marriage. She is now determined to climb the Seven Summits and write about her adventures. It’s her plan. She counts every step, every breath, every heartbeat. When a natural disaster diverts her plan, the struggle

    This is a different kind of romance for me. It is extremely intense not only in the relationship between Kal and Rosemary but intense in their life struggle. They are both searching for who they are, what they are meant to be and what to do with their futures.

    Rosemary was lost in her marriage. She is now determined to climb the Seven Summits and write about her adventures. It’s her plan. She counts every step, every breath, every heartbeat. When a natural disaster diverts her plan, the struggle to find herself returns with a vengeance.

    Kal has failed at too many things in life. He had plans. He had aspirations. Not only has he failed those around him, he has failed himself. Resenting those that use Mount Everest as a way to feed their megalomania he struggles to protect the mountain. And again he has failed.

    When these two connect there is obvious chemistry but their lives will never sync. He cannot embrace the climber and she has set her sights on reaching the summit.

    This book has a lot of information about Everest, the regions around it, the Nepalese people and the effects tourism and teams of climbers have on them. While much of that was interesting, I found myself skimming through some of it. Nevertheless, I found myself really enjoying this couple’s story through much of the book. However, when it got closer to the end I just felt like it lost some of its spark and life. It dragged and I realized I needed something to alleviate the heaviness of it all.

    There is much here in regards to the empowerment of women. I know it’s not politically correct, especially being a woman, but I felt like it was too much. And that’s where this was a different kind of romance for me. The message here was about being true to yourself, standing tall as a woman, remaining strong in the face of adversity. I didn’t mind the message. I just wanted a little more romance to go with it.

    This is an honest review of an advanced copy provided by NetGalley

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  • ~Mandi~

    Completely

    New York #3

    Ruthie Knox

    4.5 STARS ✨

    I really enjoyed the majority of this book. The beginning and middle were great but the ending seemed drawn out.

    I loved learning about the Sherpas and mountain climbing even though it's fiction I felt the stories were real.

    The family histories and dramas really made this book a winner. Learning about what Kal's mother went through and the things she accomplished were amazing.

    This book was so much more than just a romance. It's about finding yourself

    Completely

    New York #3

    Ruthie Knox

    4.5 STARS ✨

    I really enjoyed the majority of this book. The beginning and middle were great but the ending seemed drawn out.

    I loved learning about the Sherpas and mountain climbing even though it's fiction I felt the stories were real.

    The family histories and dramas really made this book a winner. Learning about what Kal's mother went through and the things she accomplished were amazing.

    This book was so much more than just a romance. It's about finding yourself and the travels you go through to get there.

    I enjoyed this book the most out of the 3 books in this series.

    Thanks NetGalley for the arc in exchange for my honest review.


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