Sunset in Central Park (From Manhattan with Love #2)

Author: Sarah Morgan

Publisher: Harlequin

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon 

Type: Novel in Series 

Provided by Publisher 

 

Blurb: In the chaos of New York, true love can be hard to find, even when it’s been right under your nose all along…

Love has never been a priority for garden designer Frankie Cole. After witnessing the fallout of her parents’ divorce, she’s seen the devastation an overload of emotion can cause. The only man she feels comfortable with 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, sensing how fragile she is beneath her feisty exterior, has always played it cool. But then he uncovers new depths to the girl he’s known forever and doesn’t want to wait a moment longer. He knows Frankie has secrets and has buried them deep, but can Matt persuade her to trust him with her heart and kiss him under the Manhattan sunset?

 

Review: I know it’s a cliche, but sometimes Harlequin had the best sweet and simple romances. This one was just right, hitting all the bases on a love story about friends to lovers. It includes heartache, childhood issues, and adultery and divorce. It also includes one of my favorite hero characters–a steady and true guy who wasn’t afraid to share his feelings. Gotta love that.

Frankie was a whiz with flowers but not so much with people. She tended to hide her feelings and the direct cause was her parents and their horrible relationship. How could you trust love when you’d only seen it crash and burn? No thanks, she wasn’t interested in relationships.

Matt had watched Frankie grow up back on Puffin Island. She was one of his sister’s best friends. Now that they’re all living in New York City together, he decides to take a chance on trying to get her attention. It works, but it also makes him realize that she’d had more baggage than he’d known about. He couldn’t stand how her parents relationship had destroyed her confidence and made her shy away from love. It was going to take a lot of work to get her onboard with his plans, but he couldn’t not try…right?

The characters in this story were deliciously in love and only one of them knew it. It was a lot of fun to see the slow build up of confidence in Frankie as she started to see her value and worth reflected in Matt’s eyes. I really liked this story’s simplicity and my goodness, the tendon she built in drive me crazy. But only did Matt get Frankie crazy for him, I couldn’t wait to read it either! I was almost as on edge as Frankie. Great story, and I can’t wait to read Ava’s!

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