Signed, Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez

Five-Star Book Review: Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez

All signs should have pointed to me hating Yours Truly. A primary trope in this contemporary romance by Abby Jimenez is the failure to communicate, the romantic plot device that I loathe more than forced proximity (and that shows up in Yours Truly, too). I should have been irritated with the will-they-or-won’t-they moments and the fake dating throughout. But, you know what?

I loved it. Loved it with all my bookish brain, friends. And here’s why.

Why I Loved Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez

When Dr. Briana Ortiz learns that Dr. Jacob Maddox could be a contender for the Head of ER position that she has expected to be hers, she vows to fight and claw her way to the position while immediately hating this new doctor. But, Jacob doesn’t make it easy for her, slowly winning her friendship with lunches in the supply closet and friendly handwritten letters that she can’t resist. Soon, it’s clear to both Briana and Jacob that there’s something more between them

What I loved about Yours Truly:

  1. The mental health representation: I have not read a book that portrays social anxiety with such accuracy and insight. Jacob is a successful ER doctor with a kind heart, but he deals with severe anxiety that keeps him from enjoying life. Jimenez captured how intense anxiety’s hold can be and how limiting it can be. I felt seen when Jacob described his anxious thoughts and his physical reactions.
  2. Brianna Ortiz: Brianna is a force who we got a glimpse of in Part of Your World, and this book sees her fully developed, raw and emotional, loving and kind. I loved her character arc, especially her battle with trust in a relationship.
  3. The romance: Abby Jimenez writes the kind contemporary romance novel that I love. She includes the tropes that are typical in a romance, even multiple at a time like in Yours Truly, but she does it with a nuance that makes you love every bit of the story and the characters.

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