New York Actually

New York, Actually (From Manhattan With Love 4) An agony aunt seen as an expert at relationships but with no relationship of her own and a cynical divorce lawyer who thinks relationships are a bad idea. Meet Molly and Daniel – what could go wrong!

Molly only has one love in her life – her Dalmatian Valentine and no interest in developing another. Daniel doesn’t own a dog but decides the only way to get to know the girl he sees with the Dalmatian is to get one. He borrows a dog from his sister and sets about getting to know Molly.

Sarah Morgan has again created a wonderful story with great characters – and I’m not just talking about the human ones. The interactions between the characters is believable and real and I love watching Daniel gradually turning into a dog lover against his better judgement.

As always there are some bumps in the road as secrets are inevitably uncovered as both characters are hiding some big ones! But the romance is perfect without being over the top and humour is threaded throughout. It is emotional in places and one of the things I love about Sarah’s books is her ability to make me feel everything along with the characters.

There are links with the authors previous New York trilogy but it is not required to have read them first. As someone who has read them however it is great to see snippets of how those characters are doing.

This book does not disappoint and if you are looking for an uplifting, feel good book to get you through the dark, cold winter days I highly recommend starting with this.

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: Sarah Morgan
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The Notting Hill Diaries

The Notting Hill Diaries The Notting Hill Diaries consists of two stories – Ripped and Burned. In Ripped, Hayley is rescued by the very sexy best man, following a major wardrobe malfunction in her bridesmaids dress. In Burned, her sister Rosie has to cope with ‘the one that got away’ becoming her boss – her very sexy new boss.

Whew, what can I say – these are hot! I love Sarah Morgan’s usual romances, and I have to say I also loved these extra spicy ones. It was as much about the anticipation and build up as the actual sex that made these two stories so good. It wasn’t just mindless, graphic sex for no reason other than page filler which is always a relief and there was also laugh out loud humour in both novellas, but particularly in Ripped.

The men in these stories – well, I am totally in love (or is it lust?), either way I was drooling while I was reading. Like the heroes, the women have come through some tough times to be as strong and independent as they are, but they still have their insecurities, as do we all.

My only criticism would be the format of the stories was very similar, probably only an issue because they were in the same volume and I read them one after the other.  Still, as I love the author’s writing, it didn’t really matter much to me and did not spoil my enjoyment.

If you have read and enjoyed Sarah Morgan’s other romances I can guarantee you will love this – go on, live a little and come over to the super spicy and sexy side!

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  • Author: Sarah Morgan
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Rating: ★★★★½ 

 

Dream Lake

Dream Lake (Friday Harbor) ”Zoe Hoffman is as gentle and romantic as they come, and when she meets the startlingly handsome Alex Nolan, all her instincts tell her to run… Alex Nolan is as bitter and cynical as they come, battling his demons with the help of a whiskey bottle, until he is visited by a mysterious ghost. Has Alex finally crossed the threshold to insanity?

The Ghost doesn’t know who he is, or why he is stuck in the Nolan’s Victorian house.  All he knows is that he loved a girl once. And Alex and Zoe hold the key to unlocking the mystery that keeps him trapped there.”

This is the third book in the Friday Harbour series and in my opinion much better than the previous one, Rainshadow Road. I was a bit confused at first because this book starts before either of the other two, and for a minute I thought I was reading it out of order. In reality the novels run in parallel with each other to some extent. Things that were mentioned and not followed up from the previous book make perfect sense here, when written from Alex’s point of view.

All the characters in this book are superbly written, not just the two protagonists. It is so easy when Ms Kleypas is writing, to forget it is just a fantasy world. The characters leap off the page and I am always emotionally invested in them. The Ghost (as he is known for most of the book) is a fantastic character and the banter between him and Alex was excellent, I was rooting for him and his happy ending as much as I was for Alex’s.

Ms Kleypas comes up with some truly romantic passages – my favourite few words here have to be “I will love you. No force of heaven or hell could stop me, and damn anyone who tries. I will love you forever.” The circumstances in which this was being said made it even more special.

There were some very bitter-sweet moments and towards the end I was sobbing – never fear, I had tears, I had smiles but ultimately was left with the absolute sense of satisfaction that comes from Ms Kleypas’ writing and am glad I persevered with this series after the disappointment of the previous book.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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  • Author: Lisa Kleypas
  • Series: Friday Harbor (3)
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