Sunset in Central Park by Sarah Morgan
Book 2 in the From Manhattan With Love series
Published by HQN Books, July 2016
In the chaos of New York, true love can be hard to find, even when it’s been right under your nose all along…
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?
Sunset in Central Park is Frankie’s story. Out of the trio, (Paige, Frankie and Eva) Frankie is the tough one. Her Father left her Mother for a younger woman, so her Mother began sleeping with younger men and really not giving two shits about what people thought about her, or how it impacted Frankie.
Because of what happened with her parents, Frankie is completely against love. She despises anything to do with romance but even in book one, you get the sense that Matt, who is Paige’s older brother, has feelings for her. This is their romance.
The only con for this book, which really isn’t a con but an ode to Sarah Morgan’s amazing writing, is how frustrating it can be reading from Frankie’s perspective. You know and understand why she is the way she is. It is a very logical reason. Her parents made their choices, did what made them happy, not really thinking about how it would possibly long term affect Frankie. On one hand, Frankie is content being by herself and has no issues with working, going home and reading her books. That is her life and she is comfortable with it. There is Matt though, and he is crazy about her.
There were a few instances where I got so frustrated because all I could think about is, how Frankie has this wonderful, patient guy who is crazy about her but she’s so stuck in her ways she can’t see it, refuses to see it. I have to give major props to Sarah Morgan because she wrote Frankie so well. She also wrote Matt so well. He knew and understood the why, but he kept trying anyway.
It was fun seeing these two and their blossoming romance. They have known each other their entire lives, so seeing them take their friendship to the next step was a fun ride to go on. Matt is able to inadvertently help Frankie see that a lot of the ways she assumed people saw her after her parents break up, was honestly just in her head. I enjoyed seeing her character growth and development.
This overall was a fun read. It takes you on a bit of a roller coaster ride emotion wise. Frankie really has to get over the past to move on and be happy with the man who has been patiently standing solid for her all these years. I loved it.
Married Mom of 3. Military girl. Reader. Falling in love with romance novels.