Sunset in Central Park – From Manhattan with Love #2 by Sarah Morgan

REVIEW

All the friends are back together for the second installment of the ‘From Manhattan with Love’ series.

Paige, Frankie and Eva are gradually building up their new business although much to Frankie’s horror it seems to be the season for weddings.  With her past still haunting her can Frankie get over her fears and move on with her life.

Matt, Paige’s brother, has been in love with Frankie for a long time but he knows that she doesn’t believe in love or long-term relationships so he plans on taking a slow approach.  Gradually turning their friendship into something further is going to take skill, planning and a whole lot of patience.

When Matt asks Frankie for her help with a new job he has, Frankie takes him up on it, with the full support of Paige and Eva. Working together brings them closer and Frankie soon finds herself opening up to Matt more than she thought she ever would.

Can Matt finally break through that tough, stubborn exterior and reveal the soft, lovable Frankie underneath or will past ghosts forever haunt her.

Frankie and Matt are perfect for each other.  Matt has the patience of a saint, which is needed when dealing with Frankie’s insecurities.  She is not the fairy-tale princess type, more Stephen King meets the Karate Kid! Her toughness hides her vulnerabilities and although she feels herself weak and cowardly she is much stronger than she realises.

A story of overcoming past fears and reaching to a happier future.  Allowing love to reach in and grab hold of your heart and trusting that the person doing the holding won’t break it.

A hearth-warming summer read, perfect for the garden or the beach!

I would recommend reading book 1 – Sleepless in Manhattan first but it is not essential.

Book 3 – Miracle on 5th Avenue is Eva’s story and based around Christmas time so I will be reading this one later in the year.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

Love has never been a priority for garden designer Frankie Cole. After witnessing the fallout of her parents’ divorce, she’s seen the devastation an overload of emotion can cause. The only man she feels comfortable with 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, sensing how fragile she is beneath her feisty exterior, has always played it cool. But then he uncovers new depths to the girl he’s known forever and doesn’t want to wait a moment longer. He knows Frankie has secrets and has buried them deep, but can Matt persuade her to trust him with her heart and kiss him under the Manhattan sunset?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29855735-sunset-in-central-park)

The Immortal Chronicles by Sloane Murphy

REVIEW

This is a four book series that has to be read in consecutive order:

Descent, Crash, Soar, Rapture

Adelaide Tate, or Addie to her friends, has one goal in life – to join the Red Guard.  Since the Outbreak, humans have worked alongside the Fae and the Vampyrs to prevent the Demons from rising again.  From a young age Addie had dreamed of being the first human female to enter the Red Guard but when the time comes will she succeed or does fate and the Fae have a different future planned for her.

Addie is a kick-ass, no nonsense girl who, when the time comes, realises that there is more to her than what she has been lead to believe.    Xander Bane, a Fallen and head of House Bane, has always known there was something special about Addie and vowed to keep her safe.  But just who is he keeping her safe from?  Xander and Addie have a special love that transcends the Earthly realms but it is a forbidden love.

Through the course of the series there will be love, friendship, betrayal and heartache.

I was impressed with the first two books.  There was lots of action and character building, the plot line was intense and it felt that Addie would be able to shine in all her glory during the third and forth books, unfortunately I do not think this happened.  Don’t get me wrong the basis of the story was still strong but the characters just didn’t connect. To me Addie became very high maintenance and I wondered why any of the men (yes, there are multiple love interests) were in love with her, and the love/hate relationship she had with Xander became a bit annoying after a while. There were lots of secrets and mistrust between everyone and nobody seemed to know which side they should be on.  I think my biggest problem with books three and four is that Addie lost the strength of will she possessed in the first two books.  She took control of her demon but it was as though the demon never even existed later on.

Saying all that…the story was very interesting and exciting, and on the whole I did enjoy this series. I will read more by Sloane Murphy in the future.

Rating:  5/5 for books 1 & 2, 4/5 for books 3 & 4

Synopsis

Descent

Six hundred years after The Outbreak, the human population stand side by side with the Fae & the Vampyrs to stop the Demon King from starting a second Dark War.

Seventeen year old Adelaide Tate is in her last year of the Academy, with her eyes set on becoming part of the Red Guard.

Who cares that no female has ever joined?

When a dark force develops an unhealthy liking for her, Adelaide needs to fight for her life and figure out what makes her so different from the others.

Betrayal. Fear. Anger. 

She must overcome it all in order to turn her world the right way around again. 
Adelaide has one choice. Accept the help offered to her by Xander Bane, or face the Demon Hoard alone. 

One thing is for sure. The descent will be bloody.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31195632-descent)

Crash

Addie 

In that one moment everything changed. Everything I thought I knew shattered with just a few words.
Who knew the truth could be so devastating. 
I need to decide which side to take. But can I even trust myself?

Xander 

She’s gone, but I’ll scorch the earth to find her if that’s what it takes. 
I’ll call upon friend and foe for the battle that is to come. The fires of hell couldn’t keep me from her and whoever 
thinks they can take what is mine, is going to regret it for all time.

One thing is for sure. The Crash could ruin us all.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32680712-crash)

Soar

There is only so much one person can endure before they break. 

There was nothing I ever wanted less than to be Princess at the Royal Court. After devastation rocked my whole world, the return of my mother doesn’t seem like the dream it was supposed to be. 

I know how to be a warrior. I have no idea how to be a princess… 

With her whole world turned upside down, and her heart still broken, who will Addie be at the end of it all? 

Hearts can break, faith can plummet, but souls can Soar.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33410042-soar)

Rapture

I never wanted to lie to her, but I knew I couldn’t keep her safe if she knew. 
I hurt her, more than I ever wanted to and I have to live with that each day that I’m away from her. But one day she’ll know, that every day spent away from her was hell. 
Watching her move on. 
Watching her change. 
But it will all be worth it once she’s safe.
Even if she doesn’t know it, she is my Rapture. 

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36299802-rapture)

Perky by Julia Kent

REVIEW

This awesome sequel to the hilarious Fluffy brings all our favourite characters together again. Persephone, or Perky as she prefers to be called, is in a dilemma.  The man she loved but who betrayed her is back after 5 years of being apart and her hormones are in a state of quantum flux and her heart doesn’t know whether to reach out or run for cover.

Perky’s trust in Parker Campbell, now the esteemed Congressman Parker Campbell, was torn to shreds when she believed that he posted a topless picture of her on the internet. He has always claimed his innocence but Perky just couldn’t get her head around the fact that he may not have done it.  Five long years later and the pair are reunited for Will and Mallory’s wedding rehearsal rehearsal dinner (no I did not make a mistake, she is actually having a rehearsal of her rehearsal dinner!).  Perky has a plan but is revenge what she really wants?

Perky is a great character.  She has an ‘I don’t care attitude’ but deep down she is a very vulnerable, mistrusting person.  Parker has worked his way up through the political ranks and is now a congressman. One thing that never changed was his love for Persephone (he is one of only two people who call her that) and he will keep claiming his innocence until she final listens to him.

As with any Julia Kent book there is mischief and mayhem in abundance.  Perky’s brilliant idea doesn’t quite go according to plan and Parker seems to have turned into the Grim Reaper! Will and Mallory are stuck in the middle, although Will is awesome when he defends Perky.  If ever you need an excuse not to have a voice activated recording app on your phone, then just remember poor Perky!

A definite must-read this summer.  It’s not essential but I would highly recommend reading Fluffy first, and don’t forget Little Miss Perfect – the prequel to Fluffy.

Looking forward to seeing what ‘Feisty’ has in store for us!

ARC courtesy of Julia Kent.

Release Date 30th July 2019

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

One hundred years ago when I was young and impulsive (okay, it was five, alright? Five years ago…) I let my boyfriend take, let’s just say… compromising pictures of me.
(Shut up. It made sense at the time).
Surprise! The sleazy back-stabbing jerk posted them on a website and, well, you can guess what happened. That’s right.
I’m a meme. A really gross one.
You’ve seen the pictures. And if you haven’t – don’t ask. And don’t look!
As face recognition software online improves, I get tagged on social media whenever anyone shares my pictures. You try getting a thousand notifications a day, all of them pictures of your tatas.
So. I’m done.
It’s time for revenge. Let him see how it feels! But how do you get embarrassingly intimate pictures of your jerkface ex who double-crossed you five years ago?
Especially when he’s a member of the U.S.House of Representatives now?
Getting sweet between the sheets with a congressman is pretty much every political roadie’s dream, right? I’m one in a crowd.
Except to this day, he swears he didn’t do it. Pursued me for months after I dumped him five years ago. Begged me to take him back.
And I almost did it. Almost. I was weak and stupid and in love a hundred years ago.
Okay. Fine. Five.
But I still have the upper hand. Second chance romance has all the emotional feels, doesn’t it?
I can’t wait to punch him in the feels.
All I need to do is sleep with him once, take some hot-and-sweaty pics of him in… delicate positions, and bring him down. That’s it. Nothing more.
Pictures first. Revenge after. And then I win.
At least, that’s how it was supposed to happen. But then I did something worse than sexting.
I fell in love with him. Again.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45184722-perky)