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…
“Love is a gift, Jake. The most important, valuable gift of all. You can’t buy it, you can’t produce it on demand, and you can’t switch it on and off. It has to be given freely, and that’s what makes it so precious. That’s what I’m offering you.”
ARC received from: Netgalley
Trope: Brother’s best friend
Chemistry: Off the charts Scorchio
One-Sentence Summary: Paige’s brother’s best friend helps her start her new business
Review: I adore Sarah Morgan’s romance trilogies and I was so excited to get an ARC of the first full length novel in her latest trilogy set in New York.
I have to admit that it wasn’t love at first sight for me. I liked the standard setup of our three heroines who are all best friends and are a bit down-on-their-luck when it comes to their careers and love lives. I even liked the setup of Matt/Frankie and am looking forward to their story. What didn’t quite sit right with me (at the start of the book anyway) was the Jake/Paige dynamic.
I usually love a good “brother’s best friend” trope so I’m not exactly sure what about these two that had me cringing from the start but I squirmed – and not in a good way – at their interaction. I think maybe it was to do with the fact that Paige kept reminiscing about the time she declared her love for him naked and he rejected her. That’s pretty squirm-worthy.
Then the elevator scene happened and woah, I was suddenly squirming for a whole other reason! Jake/Paige set the pages on fire and I was hit with a fireball of chemistry. Not to give the whole thing away, but I loved the way Paige took charge and moved their relationship forwards after that.
From that moment on I was a goner and was swept along with Jake and Paige’s tidal wave of love.
There was just one thing that I feel like didn’t get wrapped up properly in this book. *SPOILER*Near the beginning of the book Jake does a search on his laptop (presumably for his biological mother) and finds out that she is happily married with children. I kept waiting for Jake to either run into his mother and have to deal with his feelings towards her or at the very least mention this fact to either Maria or Paige. *SPOILER*
“You’re sure you love me?”
“Very sure.” He gave a lopsided smile. “Truly, Madly, Deeply until I’m Sleepless in Manhattan.”
Emotion filled her. “I’ve told you, that’s not a movie.”
“It should be. It’s a great title…..”