SLEEPLESS IN MANHATTAN by Sarah Morgan

SLEEPLESS IN MANHATTAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Morgan’s latest contemporary romance focuses on the ups and downs of being a modern career girl in the big city.

Paige works with her two best friends at Star Events, where she's expecting a big promotion. Romantic Eva is a chef and prickly Frankie is a floral designer. When the three women are unexpectedly fired, they decide to go into business for themselves. Paige’s brother, Matt, is overprotective and has been since she was a sickly child with a heart condition. But can he protect her from Jake, his best friend, whom Paige has been in love with since high school? When they were younger, Paige, fresh from the hospital, threw herself at Jake, who tenderly rejected her. He has issues with women, stemming from his mother's abandonment when he was 6. Jake’s rejection of Paige and his issues with women are so often repeated that they interfere with any hope of a smooth story arc. Morgan succeeds best when she doesn’t belabor the point. The friendship between the women is the strongest relationship in the book, but the romantic hero leaves a lot to be desired. Jake has all the classic trappings of a bad boy: a motorcycle, a sexy voice, and a string of failed relationships with women like Bambi (whose most defining characteristic is that she’s a raw vegan model). Morgan describes him as “the sort of man you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley on a dark night. Unless you were a woman.” While the sex scenes between Paige and Jake are steamy, he’s the sort of guy a smart friend might warn her friend away from.

The romance is a bit overworked, but there have certainly been worse examples of these established tropes. 

Pub Date: May 31st, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-373-78915-3
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Harlequin
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2016




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