New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan

Synopsis

Meet Molly
 
New York’s most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine.
 
Meet Daniel
 
A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no-one can get hurt. But then he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…
 
Molly and Daniel think they know everything there is to know about relationships…until they meet each other that is…

Review

I loved the first 3 books in this series which focused on three women who start an event’s and concierge service and when I heard we were going to be treated to even more in the wonderfully romantic universe that Sarah creates in all her books.
 
In the new additions to the series, we follow 3 siblings, Fliss and Harriet, and their brother Daniel. This one focuses on Daniel, and we also get Molly, his love interest’s, perspective.  You learn what makes them laugh, what makes them tick and hints as to why they’re so scared of relationships.
 
Like previous books from Sara, the scene is perfectly set with locations in New York, where the scenes come to life thanks to the writing style being friendly and atmospheric. This trilogy is clearly going to have lots of doggy friends for us to meet as well as humans, and while I am a cat person, the two dogs in this book Brutus and Valentine, are totally adorable and complete characters in their own right, especially Brutus. It appears that it’s not just Humans that Sarah can write well.
 
I completely fell in love with Daniel, despite his wedding photo comment which I disagreed with. Even then it is hard to resist someone so charming and a complete gentleman, which is why it wasn’t hard to forgive him when he was less than honest about Brutus. The bond that grew between them was lovely to read.
 
I also liked Molly, but during part of the times she did annoy me with her insistence that she couldn’t fall in love. She loved Valentine, and while that is completely different, her lack of even consideration that she could fall in love with another human being, was frustrating. I understand she had bad experiences, but she was younger than me, or at least the same age, and there are plenty of people that haven’t found love yet. It is clearly obvious to see this from the outside though, whereas if I was in Molly’s shoes, I very may well feel the same. You are always your harshest critic.
 
I loved getting to know Fliss and Harriet a bit more, we did briefly meet them in the first three books, but getting this little deeper sneak peek at them make me sure that I will love the next two books in the series.
 
As if you couldn’t tell, I adore this book. It’s fun, romantic and the ideal book when you want to lift your mood and completely lose yourself in a book.
 
 
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Blog Tour – Sunset in Central Park by Sarah Morgan

I loved the first book in this series, and was so over the moon to be given the chance to be part of this blog tour, so thank you so much Cara at Mira/Harlequin. Check out the poster at the bottom to check out the other fantastic bloggers posts!

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Synopsis

True love can be hard to find. Even when it’s been right under your nose all along…
 
After witnessing the fallout of her parent’s divorce, love has never been a priority for garden designer Frankie Cole. The only man in her life is her friend Matt–but that’s strictly platonic. If only she found it easier to ignore the way he makes her heart race…
 
Matt Walker has loved Frankie for years but, has always played it cool. Until he uncovers new depths to the girl he’s known forever, and doesn’t want to wait a moment longer.
 
Matt knows Frankie has secrets and has buried them deep, but can he persuade her to kiss him under the Manhattan sunset?

Review

As per the first book in this series ‘Sleepless in Manhattan’ (now known as ‘Sleepless’), this cover is incredibly beautiful. I have to admit as much as I adore the cover of ‘Sleepless’, this one edges it for my favourite, for one special reason. That reason being it stars a bridge which is very similar to one in Central park which is set to be my wedding ceremony venue. I’ve added a picture of it so you can all awe in it’s beauty (or not). Anyway, obviously this holds a special place in my heart, so obviously this cover wins, even if it is less pink.
 
After reading ‘Sleepless’ earlier this year, I was eagerly awaiting the follow up books and we are treated with the second book less than 6 months later, so I was hoping for another wonderful treat from Sarah Morgan. New York is spectacularly described, which I wouldn’t expect any less after reading ‘’Sleepless’. It adds to my own memories and emotions I connect with my favourite place on Earth. I also loved the section focused on where they grew up, Puffin Island. I’ve not read any of Sarah’s books that are based there but this was a charming introduction and I really want to read those books soon to get to know it better.
 
‘Sunset in Central Park’ focuses on Frankie and her life. We quickly understand that she is very guarded, she hates weddings because all relationships are doomed to failure. For Frankie it’s a case of relationships ‘will’ end, not a ‘might’. ‘As long as we both shall live’ is merely a fairytale constructed by the romantics in life. I found this incredibly sad, and in a few moments frustrating.
 
I know Frankie was hurt by her past, especially her parents relationship, it clearly affected her a great deal so therefore closed herself off to people and was pessimistic about all things love. It was just so sad to see someone so despondent about love.
 
The frustration comes in when she denies her growing feelings for Matt. You could tell he was a great guy even in the first book, this book just expands that warm feeling. He’s sensitive, kind and caring. You can tell that if he was in a relationship he was completely focused and committed and wouldn’t mess around or hurt you. This time with Frankie it wasn’t Matt she thought would doom the relationship, it was Frankie herself that would mess things up, and being a tad bit stubborn, she refused to believe otherwise. I realise it was due to her past issues. Matt dealt with this wonderfully, he took charge, and changed pace when needed, he was very sweet.
 
It was also great seeing her friends help her especially Eva. The scene where Frankie helps Eva after realising Eva had been crying was beautiful, they are polar opposites when it comes to romance, but seeing their strong friendship bond really help each other was a wonderful thing to read.
 
Once again we are treated to a great story that is wonderfully romantic, gives you smiles and warm fuzzy feelings, and since we get to know Eva a little better leave me asking for more, meaning book #3 is on my highly anticipated releases – is next month in time for my birthday too soon?
 
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Published by: Mira
Gratefully received from the Publisher for review
Released 14th July 2016
 
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SarahMorganAuthor bio:
Sarah Morgan writes warm contemporary women’s fiction with her trademark humour which has gained her fans across the globe. Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on holiday so she can forget the house needs tidying. You can visit Sarah online at www.sarahmorgan.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorSarahMorgan and on Twitter @SarahMorgan_
 
 
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Sleepless In Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

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What if the person who broke your heart, is the only one who can help you find your future?
 
What if the person who broke your heart, is the only one who can help you find your future?
 
Great friends. Amazing Apartment. An incredible job. Paige has ticked off every box on perfect New York life checklist. Until disaster strikes and instead of shimming further up the career ladder, Paige is packing up her desk.
 
Her brother’s best friend Jake might be the only person who can help her put her life back together. He also happens to be the boy she spent her teen years pining after, and Paige is determined not repeat her past mistakes. But the more time she spends with Jake, the more Paige realises the one thing that was missing from her world all along. The perfect New York love story…

Review

I’ve never read any of Sarah Morgan’s books before, which is amazing considering the genre I love and Sarah having wrote over 70 books. However I have heard great things about the ‘Puffin Island’ trilogy among others so when I saw her new book was set in New York (which if I haven’t been clear, I LOVE NEW YORK), it was only fitting that this should be the first book of Sarah’s I try.
I certainly could tell from the first few chapters, that I had been missing out. This book is an extreme pleasure to read. The book grabs you and embroil you in the city life, both when they are in Manhattan, but especially when they are on their rooftop garden in Brooklyn, relaxing with views to die for.
All three girls are all individual but have a great connection to both each other and to the reader. Sarah has a talent of just making you instantly feel like you’re one of the gang. This book focuses on Paige, fiercely independent, but sensitive at the same time. You also got the occasional chapter with the viewpoint of Jake, the hero of this story.
You instantly feel the chemistry between Paige and Jake, and while I loved them both, at times it was frustrating to hear Jake’s point of view when he was denying his blatant feelings for her, half because Paige was his best friend, Matt’s sister and he’d promised Matt not to, but while it may be weird at first, it’s not really that crazy and half because he doesn’t trust himself not to hurt her, which I found a little bit predictable, but not enough to put me off this book at all. I know I’ve said it before, but once again this couple are one that obviously were meant for each other and I found myself wanting to bang their heads together and make them see sense! That said the book would be pretty short if they realised it straight away and we’d miss out on all the fun in between.
Paige, as I said is independent, but with the help of Jake and her friends she took that independence and doesn’t let losing her job stand in her way to succeed. She sounded like the person everyone aims to be in her organisation skills.
Jake is the handsome and incredibly charming CEO of a software company, so he is smart and a good match for Paige. Despite being scared to get into a proper relationship, especially with someone he clearly likes, he seems like the perfect gentleman. Sensitive, charming and gets along with your best friends.
I loved the little sub-plot with Matilda, she was adorably cute and I hope she pops up again in the other books in the series.
This book was a great book to start with Sarah Morgan’s collection. Romance, friendships, laughs and emotion, this book had it all.
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One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot

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The temperature is dropping, snow is on its way and Hayley Walker is heading for New York with one wish… to start over.
 
With her daughter Angel, Hayley is ready for adventure. But there’s more to New York than twinkly lights and breathtaking skyscrapers. Angel has her own Christmas wish – to find her real dad.
 
While Hayley tries to fulfil her daughter’s wish, she crosses paths with billionaire Oliver Drummond. Restless and bored with fast living, there’s something intriguing about him that has Hayley hooked.
 
Can Hayley dare to think her own dreams might come true – could A New York Christmas turn into a New York Forever?
 
Travel to the Big Apple this Christmas and join Hayley and Oliver as they realise life isn’t just about filling the minutes… it’s about making every moment count.