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  • 3 fun books in one!

    This anthology was a pleasant surprise for me. Three stories, all set in New York City, during a blackout, each story about one of three friends. And yet, these stories are so different, and each so unique. I know the stories are by three different authors, each with their own voice, but I was still so surprised at how different each story was. The three friends, Ria, Vanessa, and Alison, are all set to escape the summer heat with a girls-only trip to Sag Harbor. The evening prior to their escape, each woman has a separate important night out in the city. The unexpected blackout of the city affects each woman’s plans for the night differently. I did enjoy this book. I think the three stories worked very well together as they are linked by a single place and event, and yet are so very different. I enjoyed the three different perspectives and thought each story was strong on it’s own.

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  • Fun, romantic escape!

    3.5 stars rounded up! When I recently read and enjoyed Priscilla Oliveras’ newest romance Anchored Hearts, I jumped at the chance to read Summer in the City, a collection of connecting novellas that included a story by Oliveras. I was intrigued by the idea of three friends’ separate stories set during a summer black-out one night in New York City, each written by a different author. Oliveras’ story was definitely the standout for me, but I enjoyed this quick summer escape. Let’s take a look at what I thought about each one! "Night at the Museum" is the first story by Lori Wilde. Who isn’t intrigued by the idea of a romantic tryst in a museum overnight!? Ross and Rachel, anyone?? While I enjoyed the plot of this one, I was never completely sold on the leading man. I found myself cringing at his words and actions—never a good sign when you’re trying to enjoy a romance. It might have also had something to do with the fact that they’d just spoken to each other for the first time, too. It’s hard to make an instant connection work. I would give this one 3 stars. I immediately recognized Oliveras’ witty and capable writing style in "Lights Out", the second novella in the collection. She quickly established her characters’ history and made me believe in their connection. I enjoyed their banter and sizzling chemistry. This is also the only one of the three stories that takes the reader out on the streets of NYC, and I enjoyed that glimpse. Oliveras is also really good at writing love scenes that are believable. They’re not overly wordy or awkward, and they make sense with the story—they don’t seem to be added in out of necessity. Once again, I’m looking forward to reading more by her. I would give this one 4 stars. The final novella is "Mind Games" by Sarah Skilton. I have to admit, this is the story I was least interested in. The magician aspect didn’t really grab my attention, but I’m happy to report that I really enjoyed it! It’s written well with enigmatic characters who have a compelling back story. And it’s the only one of the collection where I found myself laughing out loud. However, once again, there was a love scene that didn’t work for me. I found myself taken out of the story and thinking, Wait, what?? But overall, I was charmed by "Mind Games". I would give this one 3.75 stars. Summer in the City was a fun escape! I wish more collections were done in this connecting manner. I only wish at the end we could have seen all the friends back together, sharing the tales of their eventful evenings. Thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley for providing me with an advance copy.

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