Great friends. Amazing Apartment. An incredible job. Paige has ticked off every box on perfect New York life checklist. Until disaster strikes and instead of shimming further up the career ladder, Paige is packing up her desk.
Her brother’s best friend Jake might be the only person who can help her put her life back together. He also happens to be the boy she spent her teen years pining after, and Paige is determined not repeat her past mistakes. But the more time she spends with Jake, the more Paige realises the one thing that was missing from her world all along: The perfect New York love story…
I’m going to send ripples of shock out through the book blogging community now because this is my first Sarah Morgan book. I know this is extremely unacceptable and I have a host of excuses but rather than wasting time reeling them off I’m going to talk about how much I loved this book instead! Deal?
Paige is an event planner, having done this job I can completely relate to her love of the work and also some of the tensions that come with it, when she finds herself up career creek without a paddle Jake, her brothers best friend, appears to be her knight in a white shirt. As someone who runs an über successful business he has built from the ground up he seems to think Paige can do the same.
The thing is that Paige and Jake have spent years avoiding any kind of intimate contact after as a teenager Paige declared she loved Jake and he rejected her.
So, unlike most stories where the two people already know each other and have a history these aren’t two people potentially rekindling a romance. These are two people with an uncomfortable and embarrassing history who have had to remain friendly because of a third person in their lives, namely Paige’s brother Matt.
I liked that Paige is a strong, independent woman who knows what she wants from life, she knows how to go out and get it and she is fiercely loyal to the people around her. Despite having been hurt before she still holds feelings for Jake, she knows they have lingered there and she fights them hard to avoid any future humiliation.
I found Jake hard to like, I found the explanations around why he is the way he is hard to swallow and whilst I’m sure there are psychological reasons to support it I just felt it made him a not very nice person and that Maria, his Mother should have maybe encouraged him to have some therapy (I know it would have ruined the book but still, the man is unhinged!). I just didn’t warm to him throughout the book, and whilst I respected Paige’s choices as though she was a friend I spent much of the book thinking if she was a friend this would be one of those situations where I would have to smile nicely and get on just because he was my friends boyfriend even though he is a bit of an idiot.
Despite my reservations I did thoroughly enjoy the book and loved reading the sections with Matt and Frankie in and I’m really hoping they are in one of the next books (which I have lined up to read soon). I absolutely loved Matt and Frankie reminded me a lot of myself!
The only thing I really didn’t enjoy with this was the ending, I just felt it was a bit rushed, I’m not going to give it away, but I felt the way it ends skips several steps and just doesn’t fit with the overall flow of the book, especially given Jake’s backstory.
A huge thanks to Sarah Morgan and HQ for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review.
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Title: Sleepless in Manhattan
Series: From Manhattan With Love #1
Author: Sarah Morgan
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Chick Lit
Publication Date: 31 May 2016
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook | Hardcover | Audio
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