Monday, May 29, 2017

Review: New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan

Title: New York, Actually
Author: Sarah Morgan
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/Adult
Series: From Manhattan with Love Series (Book Four)
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Format: ebook via Reading Alley
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisMeet 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…

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Hidden identities, white lies, and secrets galore.

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Molly lives a double life. On one hand, she's a new resident of New York and enjoying her incognito independence after an embarrassing situation caused her to flee London. On the other, she's an online blogger and writer who gives relationship advice under the guise of 'Aggie', her alter ego. She has everything she needs and chooses to share her life with her dog, Valentine. She has no need for a man nor does she ever plan to follow the advice she gives her readers in order to get one.

Daniel has seen it all when it comes to relationships. As a divorce attorney, he has handled the dissolution of marriages in every flavor, from nasty to worse. So when it comes to dating, Daniel has a few strict rules and one of those is to never fall in love. That's easier said than done, because after spotting an intriguing woman running in the park with her dog, he's already smitten.

It isn't until Daniel gets the bright idea to borrow a dog in order to meet the woman that things start to get dicey. His initial greeting doesn't go as planned but that won't stop him from trying, again. And again. Even the big, silly dog is starting to grow on him. If only he could convince Molly to develop a fondness for him, too. But all secrets must come to light and this book has several of them lurking underneath.

I think I should nickname May as 'the month of secrets and lies'. It seems like just about every book I've been reading lately is filled with fibs of all sizes and secret identities. This one had a few of those, too.

For the most part, I enjoyed this book. There was a lot to love and a few things that irked me. Those are my personal preferences, of course. For one thing, I don't usually love animals as main characters in books and this one had a dog who was in practically every single scene. Don't get me wrong; I like animals. I'm just not one of these people who embraces the whole "furbaby" trend.

That being said, I liked our two main characters. Both were intelligent and witty. The small snippets of Aggie's blog that we got to read were highly entertaining. Some of the questions and responses made me chuckle. Getting a peek into Daniel's work with the divorcees was interesting, too. I wish we could have seen more from his side since we got to see a lot of Molly's work.

I did find the conflict to be over-exaggerated at times, though. Molly's claim that she can't ever fall in love, as if it were impossible, was a big pill to swallow. And she really clung to this defensive mechanism, too. I'm not sure if the turnabout was genuine enough to convince me, but I'll cross my fingers and hope for the best for her.

Daniel, on the other hand, was my favorite part of this book. His relationship with Brutus was adorable and his persistence was commendable. Most men probably would have given up, but not our calculated lawyer. And his sisters were nice secondary characters, too. I liked watching their interactions and the bickering between Dan and Fliss was funny to read. Overall, I was really impressed with the colorful cast of characters and the picture that the story painted of New York.

In closing...
There are hints dropped about Fliss's story and I'm curious to see what happens! Four suns!

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