Yours Truly is the second book in the Part of Your World series. It functions fine as a standalone. The couple in the first book in the series are secondary characters in this story. The female main character (FMC) in Yours Truly is the best friend of the FMC in Part of Your World.
Yours Truly is a romantic comedy that makes use of the Fake Dating trope, and the Only One Bed trope. Jimenez alludes to these tropes as part of the plot, keeping the plot as light and airy can be while addressing issues of chronic anxiety, illness, abandonment, and work romances.
I saw a couple negative reviews for this book on #booktok, but went ahead and read it anyway based on the good things I’ve heard about Jimenez and her writing.
The third act breakup consists of the FMC eavesdropping on the MMC and, of course, misinterpreting what she hears. In the end, they actually make it through this and then, at the end, almost have a 4th act breakup. Even though I’m not a fan of misunderstandings and bad communication as reasons for breakup in this book it was handled in a way that wasn’t hard to believe.
The MMC, Jacob Maddox, has pretty serious social anxiety and dreads face to face conversations. When he literally runs into Briana Ortiz and reacts in a manner that he regrets, he writes her a letter to apologize. She answers, and soon enough, they’re secret pen pals at the hospital they work at. It’s a really sweet story.
I gave the book four stars. Let me know if you read it and if you enjoyed 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.