Book Review: “Yours Truly” by Abby Jimenez

Cover of "Yours Truly" by Abby Jimenez.
Cover of “Yours Truly” by Abby Jimenez.

I’m back with another book review, and this time I’m reviewing “Yours Truly” by Abby Jimenez! It’s been a while since I read and reviewed a romance book. I heard good things about this book from other reviewers, so I figured that I might as well pick up this book and read it myself!

Here’s a quick summary so we know what it’s about:

“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.”

Character Development: 4 out of 5 stars

It was so incredibly refreshing to read that two people, who got off on the wrong foot with each other initially, resolved that within the first few chapters of the book and became great friends. I feel like that’s an aspect of relationship development that’s sorely underrated in most romance books. I’m glad the book’s overall story made Briana and Jacob become good friends with each other first before the romance ensued. I also want to give props to Jacob’s apology letter. It’s actually a good apology and a lot of people could learn from that. Also, Briana writes her own apology for being a jerk to Jacob too, and that’s also a good one to read.

Unfortunately, after the first half of the story, the relationship that they make is threatened by a lot of miscommunication and insecurity, which took away from how good said first half was. Briana’s character development took a nosedive because it was mostly her fault between her and Jacob for this happening. It also frustrated me as a reader because I was really hoping that they could just keep up their great communication from the first half. Instead, it got ruined in the second half a little bit.

Fortunately, the issues got resolved by the end neatly enough. The relationship is overall healthy despite the bumps this couple faced (with Briana and Jacob getting married in the last chapter).

Plot Development:4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed the overall story. The first half was my favourite part of the book. This was because I got to read such a strong friendship between the two main characters forming so quickly. Of course, it also eventually shows their budding romance, and it was really endearing to read how all of that developed together.

I do think the second half was spoiled with Briana’s insecurity. Also, the miscommunication/misinterpretation of events causing more necessary drama than required. Because of this drama, it prolonged the story a longer than necessary. I wish the story found a way to resolve the conflicts in the second half sooner.

Overall, I’m rating this book 4 out of 5 stars!

If you’re looking for a good friends-to-lovers romance book, this book might be the one for you!

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