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11 March 2016

Review: 'Sleepless in Manhattan' by Sarah Morgan (2016)

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 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…

Last year I was properly introduced to author Sarah Morgan when I got the chance to read and review her three-part Puffin Island series (click here to read my review of the last part of the series, ‘Christmas Ever After’). I fell in love with Sarah’s writing style and amazing storytelling and have been looking forward to her latest release, ‘Sleepless in Manhattan’, for quite some time. The book is the first part of a completely new series, titled ‘From Manhattan with Love’ and set in the fabulous New York City, and the part was released on March 10th. I was lucky enough to get a review copy (thanks so much, Cara!) and couldn’t wait to start reading it!

Paige loves her life: she has a job within event planning she’s incredibly passionate about, she lives in a great apartment in the vibrant city of New York, and not only lives with her two best friends Eva and Frankie but also gets to work with them. But Paige’s life is unexpectedly turned upside down when instead of the promotion at Star Events she’s expecting, she receives the news she has lost her job. Suddenly, Paige, Eva and Frankie are without a job and clueless on how to move forward. With the help of her brother Matt and his best friend Jake, Paige and her friends decide to take the leap and start their own event business called Urban Genie. It’s a risk Paige knows she needs to take, but will she be able to make it work, not just for herself, but for her two best friends as well…?

‘Sleepless in Manhattan’ is an incredibly promising and great start to author Sarah Morgan’s new ‘From Manhattan with Love’ series and I honestly already can’t wait to read the next part. I have to admit I had pretty high hopes when I started this book, but luckily it definitely managed to meet my expectations. The book focuses on three best friends: Paige, Eva and Frankie, and this first part is Paige’s story. Paige has always been used to people being overprotective because of certain things that happened in her past; she’s trying to build her own life, and being fired from her event planner job seems to be the motivator she needed to start her own business. Of course it wouldn’t be a Sarah Morgan story without a great romance element in there, which comes in the form of Jake Romano, Paige’s older brother Max’s best friend. The sparks between Jake and Paige have always been there, but after Jake rejected Paige when they were teens, Paige has tried her best to forget about him. However, working closely together reignites the sparks in a way that is difficult to ignore for both of them.

Paige is a great main character; I loved her determination and feistiness, and easily warmed to her. Her best friends Eva and Frankie are completely different personalities, which makes them a great group of female characters to focus on, and I already look forward to reading their stories. New York is, of course, a fantastic setting and the author’s descriptions of the city really added to the story. Next to the characters and setting, there’s a captivating plotline and that great romance element Sarah Morgan does so well. Another reviewer named Sarah ‘the queen of romantic trilogies’ and I have to say I wholeheartedly agree. ‘Sleepless in Manhattan’ is a captivating and simply stunning story I never wanted to finish and a fantastic start to this new romance book series!
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Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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