COMPLETELY: Climbing Personal Mountains


The New York Trilogy #3
by Ruthie Knox
Available as E-Book Print Length: 252 pages
Publisher: Loveswept (September 26, 2017)
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Sold by: Random House LLC

I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.


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. . . .

Ruthie Knox’s irresistible New York novels can be read together or separately:



My Take Oblong Shaped


I know nothing about climbing mountains so I can’t opine on the reality of the Everest event or any of the other adventure and travel events (first class on Emirates anyone?).  What really works about Ruthie’s novels is the interactions between people and the dialog.  It’s high literary fiction quality. 

Her books have always appealed to me for the way her relationships are written. In this one I really enjoyed the post-coital dialog; not for its salacious content but because it sounds like pillow-talk people only slightly more damaged than your average couple might exchange. It’s snarky, but not mean; wise-ass wisdom.    It is intelligent, adult, vulnerable an tenuously affectionate, awkward, uncomfortable, and ultimately,…

What is very slightly weak are the situations that bring the people together.  I choose to skim over these because the rest is so good.

I was recently wondering why literary fiction and romance seldom mix but Ruthie’s novels, or at least the complicated relationships and how they work out certainly do.  This is steamy romance for women who want more than a standard plot and characters.  First off – have you ever read a romance novel with Sherpas?  And, what about Sherpas with dead abusive exes?  And, kids who want to stop climbers? And then there is the connection to the series character Rosemary. 

This is a woman who really, REALLY, lost herself in her marriage (think “Kramer VS Kramer”).  She has decided that route to self-discovery is conquest of obstacles. 

Or is it?

Every character in this series has gone through a paradigm shift – in almost every aspect of their lives.  This one has a similar change for Rosemary and Kal.

The story is interesting and pulls us full circle to the starter book in the series. There are great characters who are complex – the husband who describes his relationship with a secret-artist wife, the woman who knows what her son needs to learn, the bitchy daughter who =thinks mommy hasn’t given her enough attention.

Complicated people, situations and relationships: Steamy romance for people who want something better than carbon copy romance.


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