Title: Sunset In Central Park
Author: Sarah Morgan
My Rating: A-
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: From Manhattan with Love #2
Main Characters: Frankie and Matt
Release Date: August 2016
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
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?
Honestly, the more I read of Sarah Morgan's writing the more I'm convinced that I just really like her writing voice...and I do really like this group of friends who all live together in this high rise apartment building that Matt built. Although I can also admit that Frankie is the character that I relate to the least personally...but that didn't keep me from enjoying her story.
Frankie is a tried and true pessimist. Life (and her mother) has taught her to be this way. She devours horror books and movies, cannot be found near a rom-com movie, and hates the fact that half their party business is built around weddings and the farce that is the happily-ever-after. (I'll wager that most romance readers can't really relate to her that much.) But like her romance minded friend, Eva, I was anxious to see her find her mushy center and fall in love.
It doesn't quite happen that way, although she does discover that she way underestimated the need for good sex in her life...thanks to Matt. Matt is the big brother of one of her best friends and with his landscaping business and the fact that she's all about plants and flowers they have a ton in common...beyond the fact that they've been friends most their lives.
Frankie has a huge character arc in this book. Her viewpoint on the world is very skewed and negative, especially when it comes to love. But it's nice to see Matt convince her otherwise. I also really liked that they've been such good friends for so long. He's going into this with full knowledge of what an uphill battle he has on his hands.
I've enjoyed this series so much, and I'm so excited to read Eva's book. She's the true romantic of the bunch and throughout this book she was just so sad and lonely. She's alone and all her friends are pairing up. But it will be interesting to see how her story plays out especially since from the roundabout hints in place in this book, it looks like maybe her hero is the male version of Frankie...but even more so, since he's a horror author.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.