Book Review: Sunset in Central Park by Sarah Morgan

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Title - Sunset in Central Park
Author - Sarah Morgan
Series - From Manhattan With Love #2
Publication Date - July 14th 2016
Publisher - MIRA
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided by publisher via NetGalley)
Pages - 368

True love can be hard to find. Even when it's been right under your nose all along...

After witnessing the fallout of her parent's divorce, love has never been a priority for garden designer Frankie Cole. The only man in her life is her friend Matt - but that's strictly platonic. If only she found it easier to ignore the way he makes her heart race...

Matt Walker has loved Frankie for years but, has always played it cool. Until he uncovers new depths to the girl he's known forever, and doesn't want to wait a moment longer.

Matt knows Frankie has secrets and has buried them deep, but can he persuade her to kiss him under the Manhattan sunset?

Sarah Morgan has done it again, folks. Which makes it... what? The billionth time? I adored Sleepless in Manhattan, so I couldn't wait to get my mitts on the second in Morgan's gorgeous From Manhattan With Love series. The third, Miracle on 5th Avenue, arrives October 1st 2016 and I cannot bloody wait. In Sunset in Central Park, readers are let in on Frankie's secrets, and we find out what it is that makes this greenery-loving, book reading lady so reluctant when it comes to relationships and letting her heart lead the way.

We're back with the girls and Urban Genie, their self-made business that is blossoming and clearly going from strength to strength. Everything's running smoothly, and Paige, Eva and Frankie are as close as ever. Paige is loved up with the very handsome Jake, Eva is still silently grieving her lovely Grandma's passing, and Frankie is... Well, she's just doing Frankie. Except... there's Matt. Paige's big brother. The sexy, hot, loyal and incredibly kind Matt who Frankie has known for a lifetime and knows that if push came to shove, she could trust him with her life. When Matt's business is in need of an extra pair of hands to help with the creation of a rooftop terrace, he calls upon Frankie's expertise. After much discussion with her girlfriends, Frankie agrees and gets to work.

In true Morgan style, Sunset in Central Park had each and every one of those delicious ingredients that make these books what they are. The swoon-worthy, hotter-than-hot romance. The brooding hero with that electrifying pull. The heroine who you just can't help but to adore. The beautiful backdrop. Walks in Central Park. Delicious food. The most gorgeous of friendship circles that you only wish you could be a part of. Gah, it was just fabulous and I was completely wrapped up in the telling of Frankie's story.

Little by little, as the chemistry begins to build between Frankie and Matt, Morgan begins to reveal the history behind Frankie and the reasons behind her views on weddings, love and happy-ever-after romance. And those views simply being, she doesn't believe in it. At all. Readers learn of how the divorce of Frankie's parents and the aftermath of that divorce, along with the actions of her mother, skewered her opinion of relationships and all that they entail. Frankie wasn't just wary of relationships, she was terrified of them. The prospect of love just didn't appeal to her at all. She'd much rather curl up with a good book and spend her evenings that way which, as a book lover, I can totally understand. She plays it safe, until playing it safe is no longer an option.

Sunset in Central Park was a truly gorgeous, wholly satisfying and uplifting read, focusing on fun and friendship, love and romance, and all of those special things in life that make it worth living. Morgan portrays the courage it takes for a person to go back to their past and face their fears, only to come out the other side that much stronger and feeling that much more capable. It was sassy and sexy, smart and fresh, and an absolute pleasure to lose myself in.

Becca's Books is awarding Sunset in Central Park by Sarah Morgan with four of my bookish cupcakes. I really cannot wait for the next book in this series. It cannot come soon enough for me.

About the author
USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe.

Described as 'a magician with words' by RT Book Reviews, she has been nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the award twice; in 2012 for her book 'Doukakis's Apprentice' and 2013 for 'A Night of No Return'. She also won the RT Reviewers' Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their 'Top Pick' slot.

Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isn't reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.

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