Monday, July 10, 2023

REVIEW: Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez



Sometime over the last six months I became a Abby Jimenez fan and began putting all of her books on hold on my Libby app, just waiting for the day I'd be approved for the next one to be released to me. When Yours Truly came to me quicker than I expected, I immediately put down what I was reading and dove in. 

Like all of her other novels, Yours Truly has a connection to at least one character in a previous novel, in this case it was to Alexis from Part of Your World. It features the story of Briana and Jacob-two ER docs who don't have the best first time run in. Fortunately for them both (and us), the negative tension that starts their path to love and romance is easily rectified when Jacob explains himself via a sweet letter. That letter begins a series of letters exchanged between the two of them and is a sweet way from them to get to know each other--a way not often explored in contemporary romance. 

As the novel progresses, we learn that Briana's brother is in need of a kidney and hasn't found one yet. Cue Jacob to get tested and find out that he's a perfect match. He tries to donate his kidney to her brother anonymously but his cover gets blown and so in exchange, Briana eagerly agrees to help him keep his family off his back about having a girlfriend, since his most recent ex is now his brother's fianc√©. In order for them to pull things off, they have to get to know each other and that's where the fun really begins. Through their phone dates, their outings, their meet ups with family, they individually begin to wonder if they could make it a real thing, but each decides the other would never want that (of course, asking would be too easy so they just assume) and so there's lots of yearning and longing for something that neither of them thinks is possible. 

As we follow their journey to finding their HEA, we also get to know a character who has extreme social anxiety and all of the things one may have to do to cope with the outside world. Additionally, we have a character whose abandonment issues are so deeply embedded that they think a true love, long term relationship is off the table forever. Together they help each other live with and through the obstacles and struggles that come with these things, which only adds to the richness of this novel, in my opinion.

Yours Truly is the perfect fake dating, fun romance that I needed as I recovered from a major surgery...though laughing at some parts DID NOT help with the soreness I am currently in, it was totally worth it. 

A novel of terrible first impressions, hilarious second chances, and the joy in finding your perfect match from "a true talent" (Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author).

Dr. Briana Ortiz’s life is seriously flatlining. Her divorce is just about finalized, her brother’s running out of time to find a kidney donor, and that promotion she wants? Oh, that’s probably going to the new man-doctor who’s already registering eighty-friggin’-seven on Briana’s “pain in my ass” scale. But just when all systems are set to hate, Dr. Jacob Maddox completely flips the game . . . by sending Briana a letter.

And it’s a really good letter. Like the kind that proves that Jacob isn’t actually Satan. Worse, he might be this fantastically funny and subversively likeable guy who’s terrible at first impressions. Because suddenly he and Bri are exchanging letters, sharing lunch dates in her “sob closet,” and discussing the merits of freakishly tiny horses. But when Jacob decides to give Briana the best gift imaginable—a kidney for her brother—she wonders just how she can resist this quietly sexy new doctor . . . especially when he calls in a favor she 
can’t refuse.

“Abby Jimenez’s words…sprinkle humor and warmth all over my life.” –Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis

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