Sleepless In Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

Title - Sleepless in Manhattan
Author - Sarah Morgan
Publication Date - March 10th 2016
Publisher - MIRA
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided via publisher via NetGalley)
Pages - 384

What if the person who broke your heart, is the only one who can help you find your future?

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 to 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...

Oh my. It's been a while since I swooned as much as I did while I was reading Sleepless In Manhattan by Sarah Morgan. I honestly cannot fault Sarah at all, not even with the teeniest, tiniest thing. Everything from her characters and settings, to the relationships and the plots was utterly spot-on and satisfied me, as the reader, completely, and nothing compares to that glorious feeling of when you finish a story and sigh with happiness at how beautifully the author achieved it. I've come to realise, with the more novels by Morgan that I've read, that she has got this down to a fine art, and the very moment that I turned the final page of this book, I was hungry for more.

Sleepless In Manhattan by Sarah Morgan is the first full novel in Sarah's gorgeous new series From Manhattan With Love. The next novels, Sunset In Central Park and Miracle On 5th Avenue are to follow in July and October of 2016, both of which I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on. I've adored the previous books I've read of Sarah's, The Snow Crystal series and the Puffin Island series being particular favourites of mine. I mean, let's be real, who in their right mind can resist the charms and rugged good looks of the O'Neil brothers?! (Definitely not me.) As much as I loved these though, I have been stupidly giddy with excitement of Sarah's brand new series, and once the cover of Sleepless In Manhattan was revealed, my excitement only grew in intensity.

In Sleepless In Manhattan, Sarah Morgan introduces her readers to a fabulous new cast of characters. We meet Paige, Frankie, and Eva, and oh my word, were they wonderful! From the very moment I began to form an image of each of these women in my mind, I just adored them. Sleepless In Manhattan focuses mainly on Paige's own story though, but Frankie and Eva still remain very much within it as Paige's best friends and go-to women. With such a truly special, unbreakable bond between the three women, it was difficult for me not to want to slip within their friendship circle and call these women friends of my own. So beautifully unique in their personalities and characteristics, yet so closely formed as their group of three, I loved every second spent alongside them. The contrasts between Paige, Frankie and Eva were clear to see, especially between Frankie and Eva. While Frankie kept her heart safe and refused to believe in the glittery, sparkly side of love and romance, Eva reminded me very much of myself. Hopeful, positive, and full of belief in that sought-after happy ending, she was a pure joy to be around. The friendly banter between Frankie and Eva made me smile and amused me to no end because, despite the shaking of Frankie's head whenever Evan turned dreamy and wistful, you just knew that she adored her best friend, no matter what. And that was very much the case between the three of them. Tightly-knitted, the women knew everything there was to know about each other, their pasts and things about each others' families. It was a friendship every woman should find themselves within, and Sarah achieved a magnificent job of highlighting the bond between the three of them. Alongside Paige, Frankie and Eve, Sarah also introduced Paige's brother Matt, and his best friend Jake who, as Sarah reveals later on, shares quite a history with Paige that seems to bind them together all these years later and right the way through the story. It was deliciously thrilling and exciting, in that much-loved Morgan style, and I could not get enough of it. ALL OF IT.

The plot itself was second to none. Not once did it lag for me. In fact, I raced through this story so fast and so fervently, I felt a bit breathless by the time I turned the final page. Sarah Morgan planted a seed of hunger within me for Paige's and Jake's story, meaning I read late into the night, early the next morning and in the bath too. The characters, particularly Paige and Jake, had so much to offer the reader. Morgan delved deep into the layers of their character and gradually brought their inner qualities and pains from the past to the surface. What I adored about Paige was her determination and feisty side (which is something I'm certain Jake loved about her too). When she'd been younger, due to medical complications, she'd been smothered by care, worry and hesitations about how she'd progress through her life. Growing from that, she'd been desperate to live a life of her own and make her decisions for herself. It was understandable to me why Paige would feel that way. Despite knowing that her family and friends had only done so because of how much they cared about her, Sarah told the reader perfectly how Paige had felt smothered and unable to take control of her life. As for Jake, his own history broke my heart, but again, it made sense that he'd used his past to create the man that he was now. Strong, unshakeable and completely focused and driven, he was a real force of man and muscle to contend with. Sarah's men are never anything but one hundred percent pure fictional dreamboats, and Jake only proved this further. After a situation that had arose between the two of them years before, there was a simmering chemistry between them that I couldn't ignore and, it seemed, neither could the characters themselves. Sarah threw them together into situations that had them questioning everything, from the barriers that they'd both built around themselves to whether they could ignore the chemistry for a single second longer.

The setting was stunning, the characters were fantastic, and the romance was tumbling into this story left, right and centre. I adored watching Paige become a stronger, even more determined young woman alongside her friends who were the very definition of trusting and supportive, as their gorgeous new business venture was brought to life, Urban Genie. Between the three women, there were a handful of unique talents which were put to work and I craved for them to succeed! It was a story of friendship, success, love and taking control of life, alongside the realisation that you really can go the distance if you so desire.

As soon as I turned the final page of Sleepless In Manhattan, I wanted more. I really cannot wait for the next book in the series, which is where we'll see more of Frankie and learn about her own disastrous relationship with her mother, which I'm incredibly intrigued by. Sleepless In Manhattan has got me seriously excited, so roll on July! Thank you for another beautiful story, Sarah. I think this could be my favourite yet... Becca's Books is awarding Sleepless In Manhattan by Sarah Morgan with FIVE STARS!

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