Review: Truly Madly Yours by Rachel Gibson!!!

Truly Madly Yours (Truly, Idaho #1)

Release Date: 01/01/99

Paperback/e-book

384 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

Where there’s a will. . .

When pretty hairdresser Delaney Shaw returned home to Truly, Idaho, for the reading of her stepfather’s will, she planned on paying her respects and getting out of town. But it seems the will has some unexpected stipulations-like the one that says if Delaney wants her inheritance she needs to stay put and have nothing to so with sexy Nick Allegrezza. . .for an entire year

There’s no way

Ten years ago, Nick had swept Delaney off her feet and onto his Harley, and that’s when she really let her down her Hair Back then, he was a love-‘em-and-leave-‘em man, and Delaney learned the hard way that she was just a fling. But Nick is as irresistible as ever. And when the ladies at Tuesday night Bingo see Nick and Delaney making after-hours whoopee through the window of a local beauty parlor, Delaney knows it’s time to decide if Nick I truly, madly the man of her heart.

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I’ve mentioned this a couple of times on my blog.  While I am a very undescisive person I can honestly say hat without a doubt my all-time FAVORITE book is Truly Madly Yours by Rachel Gibson.  My sister let me borrow this book back in 2007 when I was barely getting back into reading.  It instantly became my favorite and sucked me back into the world of reading.  Now, 5 years later, no matter how many great books I have read, this one is still my most favorite one.  The last time I read this was last year but I have read it 7 seven times so I think I have it memorized enough to finally write a review.  As you probably know by now, I am a total cover freak and as much as I hate to admit it, I totally judge a book by its cover.  I know this cover is kind of cheesy but it was released in 1999 and covers were a lot different back then.

Nick and Delaney have known each other for years. They both grew up in the town of Truly, Idaho.  Delaney was the mayor’s perfect adopted daughter and Nick was the illegitimate child that he refused to acknowledge. Because of this, their relationship has always been…complicated. Growing up, Nick was always equal parts fascinated and repulsed by her. He was attracted to her because she was always the one girl he couldn’t have, yet he hated her because his dad wanted Delaney as a daughter when he refused to have a relationship with Nick. Nick always loved finding new ways to torment Delaney one minute then be really nice and sweet to her the next. When one night of…almost passion leaves Delaney humiliated, she decides to move away from Truly for good.

10 years later, Delaney comes back to Truly for her fathers funeral. Her plan is to spend only a couple of days in Truly to help out her mother and get the hell out of there as soon as possible. Hopefully before she sees Nick again. Unfortunately, luck isn’t on Delaney’s side. When it is time for her fathers will to be read, she discovers that she is set to inherit $3 million dollars and Nick will inherit a lot of valuable property for him to build condos on. The only stipulations are that Delaney must stay in Truly for a year. Oh yeah, and she can’t sleep with Nick!  If either of them break the rules, then they forfeit the inheritance. Delaney decides she can handle a year in Truly in exchange for $3 million dollars. Besides, she doesn’t even like Nick…

Nick quickly returns to his old ways and keeps finding new ways to torment her, piss her off and turn her on. These two have one of the HOTTEST chemistry out there and their relationship is slow, complicated, infuriating and absolutely exhilarating! They have the kind of chemistry that makes your palms tingle and keeps your stomach in knots. It’s awesome to see just how far Nick and Delaney are willing to go for money and for love.  The pacing in this story is absolutely perfect and allows you to really learn about Nick and Delaney and their feelings.  Most of this book is told from Delaney’s POV, but there are a few parts that are told from Nick’s POV which really lets you see that behind his cold and indifferent exterior, he is just a big ol’ softie who is just begging to be loved.

Truly Madly Yours is contemporary romance at its absolute best! Has the perfect amount of humor and romance. Delaney is shy and a little bit of a pushover but something about Nick brings out her smart ass and wild side. And Nick! He is still one of my favorite male characters ever! You all know I love my fictional guys the best when they have that perfect mix of jerk, asshole but sweet and romantic guy and Nick is the perfect example of this. If you have never read a Rachel Gibson book then this would be a perfect one to start off with. I have read ALL her books and a few of my other favorites are Tangled Up In You, It Must Be Love and Any Man of Mine.  If you are ever in the mood for a feel good contemporary romance, Truly Madly Yours is the perfect answer.  A sexy and emotional story that you will want to read over and over again.

5 out of 5 sparkly stars!  My Favorite Book EVER!




Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from Truly Madly Yours:

-He’d been forbidden to her all her life, and she’d been drawn to him like an insect to a bug light.

-“Come here, wild thing,”

-“You’re beautiful, Delaney, and you could have anyone you want. Why me?”
She knew she wasn’t beautiful, not like her mother. But the way he looked at her and touched her, and the tone of his voice when he said it made her almost believe him. He made her believe anything was possible. “Because you make me not want to say no.”

-“Delaney.”
“What?” She stuck her key on the lock, then paused with her hand on the doorknob.
“I lied to you yesterday.” She looked over her shoulder, but she couldn’t see him.
“When?”
“When I said you could have been anyone. I would know you with my eyes closed.” His deep voice carried across the darkness more intimate than a whisper when he added, “I would know you, Delaney.” Then the squeak of hinges followed by the click of a dead bolt and Delaney knew he was gone.” 

-He glanced at her. “I’m not trying to tell you anything. I want you. You want me. Someone is going to end up wearing nothing but a satisfied smile on her lips.”
“I don’t know, Nick, I might talk afterward. Do you think you can handle it?”
“I can handle anything you can think up, and a few things you’ve probably
never even thought of.”
“Do I have a choice?”
“Sure, wild thing. I have four bedrooms. You can choose which one we use first.” 

-“You’re beautiful.” His words warmed her skin and tugged at her heart, and this time she believed he meant what he said. He rested his forehead against her, his dark hair in stark contrast to her white flesh. “I knew you would be. I’ve always known. Always.” 

-It was ironic as hell that she’d found the perfect place exactly where she’d left it. 

About the Author

Rachel Gibson is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of fast-paced contemporary romance novels. Publisher’s Weekly proclaims Rachel’s “clever, snappy dialog amuses at every turn” and “With humor and eloquent prose, Gibson brings substance and depth . . . to modern day romance.”

Four of her novels were named among the Top Ten Favorite Books of The Year by Romance Writers of America. Two of her novels, True Confessions and Not Another Bad Date, were awarded the RITA, Romance Writers of America’s highest honor of excellence. Some of Rachel’s other awards and achievements include The Golden Heart Award, the National Reader’s Choice, Amazon Editor’s Top Pick, Publisher Weekly’s Quill nominee and Borders bestselling romantic comedy.

When not writing, Rachel can be found boating on Payette Lake with Mr. Gibson or shopping for shoes.

Comments

  1. I’ve read only one book by Rachel Gibson (Nothing but Trouble) and loved it! It was funny, romantic, hot…I hope to read more soon, and I’m adding this one to me to-read list as well :)

  2. I’ve never read anything by this author but I’ve heard a lot about her books. I really need to pick up one of her books one day. Great review! :)

  3. Yay glad this is such a favorite for you and it got you back into reading! I love contemporaries with the perfect balance of romance and humor :) Awesome review Nreyda!

  4. Tack! I spelled your name wrong! Poopy! *glares at fingers* Anyway, awesome review Nereyda and I now know what you mean about not being able to reply to comments >.< Maybe its the way your blog design is formatted? :)

  5. Your favorite book ever? I’m thinking I need to give Gibson a try! The cover reminds me of Marian Keynes’ books. The story sounds perfect. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Great review!

  6. You make me want to read it! And those quotes are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your love for this book. :)

  7. This sounds so good. If you love it that much and have read it 7 times, I am definitely going to have to read it. Thanks for sharing. Great review and quotes.

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