New York, Actually

Molly was an advice columnist who had a big following but she was a fraud as her relationships never worked. Then she met Daniel but she still knew that it would never last.

Daniel was a divorce lawyer who was good at his job. He was happy with his job and satisfied with his life then he saw Molly. He knew he wanted to get to know her and when he does he figures out she was what was missing from this life.

New York, Actually is the fourth book from the series From Manhattan with Love by Sarah Morgan. I really enjoyed this book. It started out a little slow for me but quickly picked up as I got to know Molly and Daniel.

Molly’s character was intriguing. She was adamant about not being good in relationships which was her own way of sabotaging any chance at happiness. I was intrigued with whatever she had been running from and I loved that Daniel helped her by showing she can love. I will say that I was a little disappointed with her ex who basically got his happy ending by destroying Molly though I can’t be too angry because in the end she was happy as well. Daniel’s character was a good man. He might have started out their meeting with a white lie but he did everything right. He was a solid presence in her life and was someone who did not run when things got tough.

I am looking forward to continuing with the series. There are two more that I need to read which are about the twins who are introduced in this book.

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Smooth Talking Stranger

Jack Travis was astonished when a woman and a baby showed up at his office claiming the child was his. Jack knew he was not the father but instead of sending them away Jack helped them. He wanted to keep Ella and Luke close to him.

Ella Varner always helped her sister which was why she ended up taking care of her nephew, Luke. She was out of her depth but was determined. Ella will end up getting help from an unexpected source, Jack.

Smooth Talking Stranger is the third book to the series Travises by Lisa Kleypas. I really loved this book. For me this series gets better and better. Hopefully the last book will keep going with the trend.

For me this was all about character development of Jack and Ella. These two characters very much had commitment phobia. Yet they were placed together and feelings towards each other started to take form. I really loved Jack. He was a dater of women but from the moment he saw Ella he wanted her, and for more than one night. I liked how he handled Ella with care and truly wanted her for her. He was very persistent. He was also very patient when helping with Luke. Ella character was a fixer. She tried to help her sister but it never really helped, though she always tried. That is why she helped take the baby Luke. She was very determined especially keeping away from Jack. I liked that she did try her best to stay away from him and didn’t just jump in his bed. Their courtship was a slow seduction that is until Jack made it clear to Ella with what he wanted.

Ella’s mother was a piece of work. She was all about herself and very manipulative especially when it came to Ella. I liked that Jack was able to handle her but it broke my heart how she couldn’t truly love her daughters. Then there was Tara’s character who started the whole mess. It wasn’t that I disliked her greatly but she did think more about herself than others. I will say that she made up for her mess at the end.

Now the mystery behind Luke’s father was very easy to figure out once the players were introduced, but I enjoyed the mystery behind it.

I am reading the last book to the series next.