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    4,5***

    In a Facebook post, someone asked just recently what is the most romantic place for a couple to take a mini vacation - I answered New York City. And Frankie and Matt proved me right ten fold. This story is filled with love, adoration, devotion, passion, loyalty, humor, and joy. Yes, it also has some serious issues, problems that require help from the police, real life matters, but it certainly made me smile and sigh and think all kinds of happy thoughts. The story is filled with joyful, loving banter, drizzled with positive humor, and written so well, I was hanging on to every single word, not wanting to put the book down. Frankie is such a mess with her issues and phobias. At first, I was little frustrated with her since I am a firm believer that part of maturity is that you stop blaming your childhood for your problems and take responsibility for your own actions. Surely Frankie could have used a few sessions with a licensed therapist, but as her story unfolds, and the actions of her parents come to light, it is easier to understand why Frankie is so afraid of relationships, commitment, and love. Matt, he is just perfect. Even as I tried to find a fault in him, I couldn't, and not because he didn't have any, but because those made him just even more perfect for Frankie. He is the understanding, listening, passionate, compassionate, caring, loving, protective, sensitive man most women dream of, and if there was one book hero from 2016 I should pick, that would be him. I loved how their story is progressing. They have known each other over twenty years, so I thought the advanced speed of the things was appropriate. Their circle of friends is the family of heart they have made over the years, and the loyalty to them runs deep and wide. The writing style reminded me a little of Jill Mansell, a Britt author who's work I adore, and Matt and Frankie's story is one of those you want to return to again and again, a paperback keepsake for sure. A delightful, luscious, and captivating tale, that pulled me into the story. The events unfold like a big screen movie in front of you, while you are cheering, sighing and swooning with and for the characters. This delectable tale, a little bit on the lighter side, was just what I needed right now. ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
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    Sweet and Sexy friends to lovers story

    While I always enjoy the friends to lovers stories, I would put this one towards the top of my list. It is sweet, romantic, sexy and witty. Matt has had a thing for Frankie, one of his sister's best friends and business partners, for years. They grew up together and he thinks he knows her pretty well. But when he realizes that he doesn't know the "real" her, he decides that he is going too and won't take no for an answer. Frankie is a strong and independent woman, who has put up walls when it comes to relationships, even with her best friends. There are things that happened in her life when she was young that she hasn't told anyone, even her best friends, and are the cause of her emotional distance and trust issues. When Matt and Frankie take things to the next level, it is sexy and hot, while being sweet. She finds herself opening up to Matt in ways she would have never imagined. She tells him her deep, dark secrets without even thinking about it. Matt treats her so loving, while trying to be patient, knowing she needs time to accept their relationship. He is showing her that true love does exist and that it can last when the two people trust each other and in the love that they share. Anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. Knowing Eva is the romantic of the group, I know it will be amazing.
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    Such a fun series!

    Sunset in Central Park is the second installment in Sarah Morgan's adult chick-lit/contemporary romance series titled From Manhattan with Love. I have been thoroughly enjoying this series. Ms. Morgan offers romance, humor, and very likable characters in a New York City setting which I love visualizing. Each book features a different heroine/hero and this allows the books to be read in any order. Sunset in Central Park's heroine bordered a bit on the depressive side for my personal taste (hiding under a cranky/feisty facade) but her historical and presenting stressors were well-communicated to solicit reader empathy. The hero will already be known to readers who have read other books in this series and I appreciated the many, many cameos by other characters I've previously read and come to love. Thankfully, the heroine eventually finds her optimism, the romance blossoms along with her self-confidence and growing confidence in others, and all the fears she had about returning to her childhood home become joyfully unfounded. These aren't spoilers. You already know this series is one big happily ever after. Just enjoy the ride :) My favorite quote: “Don’t you want someone to snuggle up to at night?” “No. This way I never have to fight for the duvet, I can sleep diagonally across the bed and I can read until four in the morning.” “A book can’t take the place of a man!” “I disagree. A book can give you most things a relationship can. It can make you laugh, it can make you cry, it can transport you to different worlds and teach you things. You can even take it out to dinner. And if it bores you, you can move on.” Sarah Morgan's From Manhattan with Love series includes the following installments as of December 2016: #0.5: Midnight at Tiffany's #1: Sleepless in Manhattan #2: Sunset in Central Park #3: Miracle on 5th Avenue #4: New York, Actually #5: Meet Me in the Hamptons #6: Moonlight over Manhattan
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    Sarah Morgan Hits It Out of the Park (again!)

    Just a few months ago, I was fortunate to have been able to read my first book by Sarah Morgan: Midnight At Tiffany's. I loved the book and the band of friends within the story. I was delighted to find that it was actually the third book in the From Manhattan With Love series as it easily read as a standalone novel. Immediately, I was on the search for the rest of the series. Then I read the first book in the series , Sleepless In Manhattan, and fell in love with the characters all over again. Now, having just finished the second book, Sunset In Central Park, it feels like a trifecta! Frankie Cole has made it out of her hometown on Puffin Island to The Big Apple. She made the move with her best friends and has never looked back. Shamed by her parents' divorce and her mother's resulting promiscuity, Frankie has felt as though the entire island knew about it and judged her for it by association. In New York City, with the support of her group of friends, she feels confident in her field of garden design and floral arrangements. Matt Walker has known Frankie her whole life. His sister is one of her closest friends and he likes to think he is a close friend too. One encounter leaves him realizing he has only scratched the surface of Frankie's true personality. What is she hiding under the persona that she wears every day? I loved the slow unveiling of what Frankie has been hiding and I felt the mask was justified given the shame and guilt that she felt from her parents' divorce. Furthermore, I enjoyed how patient Matt was with Frankie's insecurities, yet he was still able to push her to be stronger and face her fears. Frankie has a great supporting group of friends that the reader is able to see their interactions as the narration switches between Frankie and Matt. Lastly, I loved that Frankie was the hero at the end of the day! I will be reading more of Sarah Morgan's books and I would recommend this book for readers who enjoy reading romance. Also, for readers who enjoy reading about New York City as the setting is described beautifully. It makes me want to take another trip out there! On the other hand, I would not recommend this book for readers who do not enjoy explicitly sexual scenarios, brief violence, or foul language (which was only a few times).
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    So much fun!

    I am loving this series so very much and to say that it has propelled Ms. Morgan on to my list of favorite authors is very true. I enjoyed the previous book because of the fun and flirty romance, but SUNSET IN CENTRAL PARK has stolen my heart because of the emotions the story evokes. There is just something about watching people who have been friends for a long time realize that there is more between them and try to figure it out that captivates a reader and I think Ms. Morgan captures that poignancy very well. With a front row seat to the damage caused by her parents' divorce, Frankie Cole's biggest take away is that emotions are destructive and she has avoided getting ensnared by them successfully. But the way Matt Walker makes her feel is testing her resolve in a major way. Frankie has been the one for Matt for a long time now but her aversion to romantic entanglements has made him hold back. Now he's ready to turn on the heat and he is not going to let her fears rob them of something good, but realizing that he doesn't know Frankie as well as he thought is a sobering thought and he's determined to bring down her walls. From the previous book we knew Frankie to be the pragmatic one, with her feet solidly planted on firm ground. Well, now we know why. Frankie is very resistant to feelings of any kind and brings to mind a pit bull standing guard over something very precious but you can't help having your heart break for the teenager who had to watch as her parents' marriage blew up, forced to keep adult secrets, forced to watch her mother become a scandal as she tried to reclaim her youth, and tarred with the same brush as her mother. She's internalized all of these negative feelings and built walls around her that no-one can breach except her two best friends. I'm certain a lot of readers can see bits of themselves in Frankie (I know I do) and it makes her easy to relate to, especially for those who have had confidence issues. Matt is that self-assured and confident guy who is modest but surprises you when he shows his hidden strength and I love that he was so patient and thoughtful with Frankie. Even though he was determined that nothing would come between them, he knew when to push and when to back off. Returning to Puffin Island was good for Frankie as it helped her make peace with her past and see things differently through the eyes of an adult. Having Matt right there to support her was just perfect. SUNSET IN CENTRAL PARK is emotional and romantic and a great addition to this series, one I highly recommend. I especially love that this book focuses mostly on Matt and Frankie, with their friends making few appearances. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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