Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Book Review - New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan

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Title: New York, Actually
Author: Sarah Morgan
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Publisher supplied copy
Publisher: HQ
Publication Date: 26th January 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

Meet Molly

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.

Meet Daniel

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…

New York, Actually is the start of a new three book series by Sarah Morgan, but it has connections to her New York series of books from 2016 too,. Not huge connections, but for fans of the author enough to smile in recognition and to be happy to see some familiar characters. It is though a completely standalone story that is great fun to read. 

In the opening few pages you get a real glimpse of Molly's personality and her thoughts on relationships, given her favourite man is Valentine. Valentine is in fairness everything you would look for in a partner, gorgeous, completely loyal, loves exercise as much as Molly and is a fabulous listener, so of course he isn't human but a dashing dalmatian! 

Molly meets Daniel while they are jogging their dogs around Central Park, and to start with its just a slight exchange of banter, and then as they get to know each other a bit more, hot drinks, move onto to dinner invitations etc... 

Now you may think that will be nice an simple, but Molly doesn't believe she can fall in love, and according to Daniel's reputation he doesn't have a heart, so what you get is a book where as a reader, I could see things occurring between the two characters ahead of their own thoughts processes. 

In fact this is one of those books where I loved being the all seeing reader, as I could see things from both perspectives, and thus had a good understanding of both Molly and Daniel. I also loved Daniel's twin sisters who are animal lovers and will be featuring in the rest of the series, and I can't wait to get to know them better. 

Daniel and Molly both act in ways that my not be entirely honest, but both of them have good intentioned reasons for their actions, which made them really believable. I also loved Daniel's dog Brutus, and Brutus' friendship with Valentine. 

I thoroughly enjoyed both of their jobs too, Molly is a relationship expert with an alter ego, and Daniel is a divorce lawyer. The book is peppered with Dear Aggie letters, and her replies to them, while Daniel we see just how he advises in the case on one particular client. 

There was clear chemistry in this wonderful romance, and its written to the quality that I now expect from Sarah Morgan. An easy to read book,  that had me grinning from the start. 

Thank you to Lucy Richardson at HQ for this copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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