New York’s most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine.
A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no-one can get hurt. But then he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning….
If you’re looking for a romantic comedy that ticks all the right boxes and proves to be a light and easy read, then there’s really no need to look any further – this is the book you need to get your hands on.
The plot focus on Molly, a british behavioural psychologist that runs a blog under the pseudonym, Aggie, answering all of New York’s relationship issues. She has the love of life, Valentine, her cute Dalmatian. Life is just as she wants it to be until she meets Daniel, renowned divorce-lawyer whose persistence and charm coax Molly out of her shell. When Molly takes Valentine for a walk in Central Park, Daniel can’t help but notice Molly and a strong desire to meet this woman becomes apparent. Both Valentine and borrowed dog, Bruttas help the two come together time and time again in the park, though this is not a whirlwind romance from the start. That’s the best thing about this novel, Sarah really plays out the sexual tension as well as Daniel chasing Molly for her attention: he first buys her coffee, then coaxes her to a dinner and when things do really wrong the Valentine, he’s hands-on and ready to help Molly.
It is clear that Molly is equally attracted to Daniel though she refrains from leading with her emotions. A mysterious and painful past makes Molly conscience of getting herself and Daniel hurt. Both characters have some psychological issues linked to their childhood that become unravelled when they get to know one another. Both characters are deceitful without intentionally wanting to hurt the other person. Despite this, love pulls them together and they’re both exactly what they need from each other.
This novel is the right amount of hooks and drama to pull you all the way through to the end. I couldn’t put it down. The subplots tie in nicely to the main plot and you can’t help but fall in love with Daniel – he’s the epitome of your ideal man. This was my first read of Sarah Morgan’s novels but it won’t be my last, that’s for sure!
New York, Actually was published by HQ Stories in 2017.