Title: New York, Actually
Author: Sarah Morgan
Series: From Manhattan With Love #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: 26th Jan (UK)
New York’s most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine.
A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no-one can get hurt. But then he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…
Molly and Daniel think they know everything there is to know about relationships…until they meet each other that is…
Source: ARC from HQ UK via NetGalley
When I see the name Sarah Morgan I know I’m in for a treat, and this latest From Manhattan With Love book is no exception. Molly is a woman with a secret and a gorgeous Dalmatian, Daniel has his own secret when he meets her with Brutus, his borrowed German Shepherd, and much fun and romance follows. It’s enjoyable and easy and pure comfort reading throughout.
I really liked Daniel. He’s a cynical, hard working divorce lawyer, but of course beneath his Rottweiler image he’s a complete sweetheart. Especially where children are involved. Beneath his tough shell he’s a complete marshmallow and this is particularly obvious when it comes to Brutus, the borrowed dog. I adored this part of the story, almost more than Molly and Daniel. Man and dog are meant to be together and I loved how that slowly became obvious to everyone except Daniel.
Then there’s Molly, the relationship expert who fled to another country and changed her name after her last relationship went horribly wrong. The only relationship she has time for is with Valentine, her gorgeous Dalmatian. Until along comes Daniel, with his charm and his flirting and his chemistry and his humour. Molly views him pretty objectively, but it’s also easy to see why she can’t help being drawn to him.
The pair of them are great together. They’re both commitment-shy, have scars from their childhoods, have no interest in long term relationships and have a couple of dogs that adore each other. I loved how easy they were with each other, once Molly stopped thinking too deeply, and how naturally their relationship progressed.
Of course, it’s not all plain sailing, but when things do start to go wrong – sometimes for exceedingly foolish reasons – the supporting cast were wonderful. Daniel’s sisters, Fliss and Harry of the Bark Rangers have been minor characters in the previous books, so it was great to get to know them a bit more. We also saw a bit of Eva from Urban Genie, but despite being the fourth book in this series it easily stands alone, with only small ties to the first three books. I also loved Molly’s upstairs neighbours, who were always on hand to provide comfort, advice and champagne.
In all another enjoyable comfort read from this author, filled with dogs, friendship and romantic charm. I look forward to reading Fliss’ story next.
New York, Actually is out January 26th (UK)
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