Sunset in Central Park

Sunset in Central Park

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by Sarah Morgan
     
 

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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

Overview

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?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/20/2016
Morgan whips up a sweet tale using the backdrop of spirited New York City in her second From Manhattan with Love contemporary (after Sleepless in Manhattan). Events planner Frankie Cole has resigned herself to being forever single, believing that all relationships are doomed. She wears eyeglasses that she doesn’t need in order to repel any man who might be interested in her. This strategy works until Matt Walker, a friend of a friend, reenters her life, and Frankie finds herself incredibly drawn to him. The author does a wonderful job of depicting Matt’s point of view, making it clear that he’s attracted to Frankie even more because of her superfluous eyewear. Frankie is an adorable and lovable character whom readers will passionately champion. She’s amusing and cute as she tries her best to avoid the man who sets her heart afire, and the warm and clever way Matt pursues her will make any reader swoon. Morgan’s novel delivers the classic sweep-you-off-your-feet romantic experience. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"Morgan's novel delivers the classic sweep-you-off-your-feet romantic experience." – Publishers Weekly on Sunset in Central Park

"The second book in the From Manhattan with Love trilogy doesn't disappoint, and Morgan (Sleepless in Manhattan, 2016) excels in balancing the sweet and sexy to create the perfect blend. ." – Booklist on Sunset in Central Park

"Snappy dialogue, well-developed characters, and the details of the three women's hard work to build their company mix with sweet romantic tension between Paige and Jake." –Publishers Weekly on SLEEPLESS IN MANHATTAN

"Morgan's latest is a sensational chick-lit romance--a beautiful love letter to New York City with a tech flair." –RT Book Reviews on SLEEPLESS IN MANHATTAN, Top Pick!

"Morgan's breezy dialogue will keep readers turning the red-hot pages and wishing they could sit down with this trio of women and the men who capture their hearts." –Booklist on SLEEPLESS IN MANHATTAN

This touching Christmas tale will draw tears of sorrow and joy, remaining a reader favorite for years to come." Starred Review Publisher's Weekly of SLEIGH BELLS IN THE SNOW

Uplifting, sexy and warm, Sarah Morgan's O'Neil Brothers series is perfection.' Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

"If Morgan continues to write believable characters like this that deal with real-life issues and manage to find love, I will be happy to read anything else she writes." All About Romance Desert Island Keeper Review for Suddenly Last Summer

"Sarah Morgan crafts a tale that is sheer magic." Fresh Fiction on SLEIGH BELLS IN THE SNOW

"I absolutely loved it." Dear Author on SLEIGH BELLS IN THE SNOW

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780373789238
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
08/30/2016
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
53,926
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.63(h) x 0.94(d)

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Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes lively, sexy contemporary stories for Harlequin.

Romantic Times has described her as 'a magician with words' and nominated her books for their Reviewer's Choice Awards and their 'Top Pick' slot. In 2012 Sarah received the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives near London with her family. Find out more at www.sararahmorgan.co

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Sunset in Central Park 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
BooksAndSpoons 4 days ago
In a Facebook post, someone asked just recently what is the most romantic place for a couple to take a mini vacation - I answered New York City. And Frankie and Matt proved me right ten fold. This story is filled with love, adoration, devotion, passion, loyalty, humor, and joy. Yes, it also has some serious issues, problems that require help from the police, real life matters, but it certainly made me smile and sigh and think all kinds of happy thoughts. The story is filled with joyful, loving banter, drizzled with positive humor, and written so well, I was hanging on to every single word, not wanting to put the book down. Frankie is such a mess with her issues and phobias. At first, I was little frustrated with her since I am a firm believer that part of maturity is that you stop blaming your childhood for your problems and take responsibility for your own actions. Surely Frankie could have used a few sessions with a licensed therapist, but as her story unfolds, and the actions of her parents come to light, it is easier to understand why Frankie is so afraid of relationships, commitment, and love. Matt, he is just perfect. Even as I tried to find a fault in him, I couldn't, and not because he didn't have any, but because those made him just even more perfect for Frankie. He is the understanding, listening, passionate, compassionate, caring, loving, protective, sensitive man most women dream of, and if there was one book hero from 2016 I should pick, that would be him. I loved how their story is progressing. They have known each other over twenty years, so I thought the advanced speed of the things was appropriate. Their circle of friends is the family of heart they have made over the years, and the loyalty to them runs deep and wide. The writing style reminded me a little of Jill Mansell, a Britt author who's work I adore, and Matt and Frankie's story is one of those you want to return to again and again, a paperback keepsake for sure. A delightful, luscious, and captivating tale, that pulled me into the story. The events unfold like a big screen movie in front of you, while you are cheering, sighing and swooning with and for the characters. This delectable tale, a little bit on the lighter side, was just what I needed right now. ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
KrittersRamblings 5 days ago
The second in a series, but maybe the third if you count a novella! The reader returns to the same friend group as book one, but through the eyes of a different friend than the first was based on. Frankie had a hard childhood and because of this childhood she knows that she doesn't want to be in a relationship because she has the fear of the end. The thing I loved about Frankie is that she was aware that her past had affected her inability to get into a relationship, she wasn't unaware of herself which can sometimes really bother me. I love a character that is aware. I also love a romance series that stays in the same area, but takes the reader to a different character. I will absolutely be following this series and can't wait for who is featured in the next book.
beckymmoe 11 days ago
Such a good book! I loved Frankie and Matt--definitely MFEO. He was so patient with her particular kind of realtionship crazy--until he wasn't, but that was okay too, because they needed to get through that part to get to the HEA, and anyway Frankie totally knew how to bring it for that (literally) kick-butt ending--and she was so, well, crazy. But in a good way. Mostly. A way that was entertaining to read, anyway. I adore seeing into character's heads and finding out they're way more messed up than I am. (We're going to ignore the fiction - real life distinction, 'kay? It's better that way.) Plus, she found a way to get herself to a less crazy place and learn to trust and hope, so--win-win. Sunset is both a friends-to-lovers and a best-friend's-older-brother story--in other words, the best of both worlds. Add in the fact that Matt is such a stellar book boyfriend that he's even taken in an emotionally damaged cat (aptly named Claws) and really, there was no chance I wasn't going to love this one. Fortunately, it totally lived up to all my hopes, and then some. I have no excuse for the fact that book one in the series, Sleepless in Manhattan is sitting patiently on my ereader, waiting to be read--what was I waiting for?--and I didn't even have to get to the teaser for book three, Miracle on 5th Avenue , to know that it needed to be added to my TBR, like, yesterday. This series. It's gonna be a favorite, for sure. (But in the meantime, this one worked just fine as a standalone.) Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
AmyHiggs 14 days ago
I couldn't wait to read Sunset in Central Park after reading Sleepless in Manhattan! Sarah Morgan did not disappoint me. She writes such amazing characters, that I feel like I am right there with them. I loved Frankie and Matt! I loved how Matt was determined to win Frankie over. This novel is swoon-worthy, has laugh out loud moments and is just a must read book! I can't wait for Miracle on 5th Avenue and Eva's story!
Dianne57 16 days ago
The is no reason why you would HAVE to read the first book in this series (trilogy?) since this can be seen as a stand alone book. This was a mildly enjoyable romance novel that follows the formula to a T. The heroine is full of self-recrimination, distrusts men to the point that she is obsessive and panics whenever a man comes to talk to her. However, not with her male friend of many years (naturally) a friend that she, of course has the hots for and he for her. A little (okay a LOT) of angst, self-recrimination and over the top (to me) and lengthy inner-dialogue. Any character growth that happens will be with Frankie and it will happen just in the last tenth of the book. On a happy note for those that care, even though it takes Frankie and Matt more than 50% nearly 60% of the book to consummate their relationship, it was quite steamy. Things naturally clear up for the ending. *ARC supplied by publisher
Born2Read 19 days ago
While I always enjoy the friends to lovers stories, I would put this one towards the top of my list. It is sweet, romantic, sexy and witty. Matt has had a thing for Frankie, one of his sister's best friends and business partners, for years. They grew up together and he thinks he knows her pretty well. But when he realizes that he doesn't know the "real" her, he decides that he is going too and won't take no for an answer. Frankie is a strong and independent woman, who has put up walls when it comes to relationships, even with her best friends. There are things that happened in her life when she was young that she hasn't told anyone, even her best friends, and are the cause of her emotional distance and trust issues. When Matt and Frankie take things to the next level, it is sexy and hot, while being sweet. She finds herself opening up to Matt in ways she would have never imagined. She tells him her deep, dark secrets without even thinking about it. Matt treats her so loving, while trying to be patient, knowing she needs time to accept their relationship. He is showing her that true love does exist and that it can last when the two people trust each other and in the love that they share. Anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. Knowing Eva is the romantic of the group, I know it will be amazing.
ScotsLass 26 days ago
Sunset in Central Park is a wonderful warm romance novel by Sarah Morgan. The main characters, Frankie, Paige and Eva have been friends since childhood and have now formed their own successful event and concierge company, The Urban Genie. Paige is the born organizer of the group while Eva strives to make everyone’s wishes come true, and Frankie is the expert with flowers, plants and garden design. Since it is summer in Manhattan. Urban Genie is busy with bridal showers and weddings but Frankie hates these types of events. Frankie’s parents, when she was a child, had a terrible divorce with her father deserting the family for a young co-worker. After this Frankie’s mother begins to jump from one bad relationship to another in a misguided attempt to find happiness. Frankie has decided not to risk her emotions on anything as short lived as romance or marriage that she feels is doomed to end anyway. That is until Paige’s older brother Matt, a landscape designer, begins to convince Frankie that love is worth the risk. This is the story about how Matt gently and systematically breaks through all of Frankie’s secrets and protective walls. He is so patient, gentle, and persistent as he tries to convince her to risk it all. You fall in love with him too. This book is filled with witty and funny dialog, never overpowering or forced. The characters are well developed with flaws of their own but each still caring for each other. The romance is sweet, hot and sexy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will continue to look forward to reading Sarah Morgan’s books I received a copy of this book fro NetGalley and Harlequin in return for a fair and honest review
Honolulubelle 28 days ago
Favorite Quotes: She's crying like a waterfall after heavy rain. I'm starting to understand why they call it a bridal shower. She was the female equivalent of a hand grenade, a small curved object designed to cause maximum destruction. I joke about women being difficult to read but Paige is pretty much an open book and as for Eva - she's not just an open book, she's an audiobook. Everything she feels comes out of her mouth with no filter. She imagined the autopsy report: death by sexual frustration. What if there's a fire in the night? A hot fireman might come and rescue you and you'll be wearing this ugly gray thing... Your wardrobe is an abomination. I had this secret and it was so huge it was as if another person had moved in with us. It sat at the dining table, and lay in my bed. I could never get away from it. My Review: I loved the first book in these series - Sleepless in Manhattan - and my delight continues with book two. Sunset In Central Park has packed with crisp and witty banter, insightful and angsty inner musings, long buried secrets, emotive and observant writing, steamy goodness, and an entertaining, relevant, and engaging storyline. I adore this author's clever humor and quirky characters and frequently smirked as I read. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of book three, which is promised for November.
jeanniezelos 30 days ago
Sunset in Central Park,  Sarah Morgan Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance,    I loved the Puffin Island Christmas Ever After novel, but Sleepless in Manhattan wasn’t such a hit for me. This next book features Frankie, one of the trio of girls in Sleepless, that all came from Puffin Island. I do love these connected book series, and its been fun to catch up with a few characters from the other stories as they crop up here.  I’ve always had a soft spot for Frankie – she struggles with social experiences, and I know just how she feels. Different reasons of course, and for poor Frankie its her childhood and the repercussions of events there that have made her so guarded, so determines not to believe in Love.  Of course we meet her best friends here, Eva, total romantic sap ;-) and Paige, now engaged to Jake. Paige’s brother Matt owns the building the three girls and he live in, and he’s best friends with Jake so the five of them spend a lot of time together. Frankie’s had a crush on Matt for ages, not knowing that he feels the same, and he’s determined to stop waiting for her and to gently move things up a step. I adore Matt, he’s so patient, so gentle with Frankie. He loves his sister and her friends, and is running a very successful business. He’s hit a problem though, one of his key staff needs compassionate leave and of course being the man he is he says go...it leaves him short of someone to design and oversee a key new project though, a sustainable roof garden. He can do the work but the design, knowing exactly what plants to use for best results is beyond him. Luckily Frankie steps in, after some persuasion from him and the other girls. It brings them closer and its such fun to see Matt trying his best to woo her, and Frankie trying to keep away. Attraction between them is strong though and the pull magnetic and she gets caught. Can Matt reel her in without frightening her off? Its a hard task and there are times when he flies very close to the edge. We meet some new characters here, Frankie’s strange but funny mum; Roxie and her daughter, one of Matt’s crew; James, another of his workers. I’m wondering if there’s going to be a James/Roxie book, there seems to be something there between them, and of course Eva, the thrid girl, she's waiting for her Prince to come along, preferably mounted on a white charger... The story migrates to Puffin Island, the place to which Frankie vowed never to return, but finds herself at with Matt attending a wedding, another thing on her list of Not What To Do! I loved the way Sarah gently plays these characters, setting them where they need to be for the story, but where they personally hate the thought of being. I enjoyed catching up with the Puffin Islanders too.  Its a fun story, got a bit more going for it for me that the last, and its a gentle romance, a little drama but nothing too heart stopping. Its the kind of book you take to the beach, on a long journey, on holiday when you just want to relax and enjoy the story. Stars: Four, a fun and gentle romance ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher 
Grottoes 3 months ago
First, I fell completely in love with Matt. He fell in love with Frankie, the most romance phobic woman ever! How they work this out becomes a beautiful story that I just loved. This series is wonderful and I'm looking forward to Eva's story. I love the references to Manhattan, a place I love. I love the relationship between the three woman. A beautiful portrait of true friendship. So well done Sarah! I received and ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I liked the book so much that i also bought the electronic edition
Linda-Henderson 3 months ago
Matt Walker has had feelings for Frankie Cole for a long time. Since he has known her for years he thinks he knows everything about her, wrong. Since she is in business with his sister he must tread gently with her, convince her there is nothing wrong with being in love. Join Matt & Frankie at Sunset in Central Park. It's a wonderful romantic story and I can't wait for Eva's story.
RachaelBrown 3 months ago
Matt and Frankie's love story is beautifully written. I especially loved the trip back to Puffin Island. I absolutely love Sarah Morgan's writing style! This is an amazing series and I can't wait for Eva's story! **I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.**
Beardough 3 months ago
Love this book! You can read this on its own but I would read the first book and then this one. Frankie is not your typical heroine because she isnt into all of the love and romance stuff because of stuff that happened when she was growing up. She is a great fit for Matt he just had to help her realize that.
PegGlover 3 months ago
Frankie Cole built a stone wall around her heart. She wanted nothing to do with having a boyfriend. What kind of man would want to date her, anyway? Not a respectable man, that’s for sure. When her parent’s divorced, Frankie's mother started changing. Instead of becoming more involved with her daughter, Frankie’s mother took to sleeping with men instead; all kinds of men, young, old, married, single, it didn’t matter. Frankie would hear people whispering around her, and she could just imagine what they were saying. “Like mother, like daughter, keep your man away from her.” Matt Walker knew in his heart that Frankie was nothing like her mother. They had been friends for years, and Matt was in love with Frankie. Although there was obvious chemistry between them, Frankie didn’t want anything to do with becoming a couple. In Frankie’s mind, relationships and marriages fail; so, why would she want to mess up a beautiful friendship just to have a lover? Could Matt’s love for Frankie be strong enough to change her mind? And, could he handle Frankie’s rejection until he won over her heart? Sunset in Central Park is a delightful and entertaining tale. I think, however, that the story would have been even more enjoyable if the characters had been fully developed. I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
ytcruz 3 months ago
What can I say but that I absolutely loved this story!!. It is part of a series , but definitely , a standalone . It centers around 3 friends living in New York City, but know that it’s much more than that. This time the story centers around Frankie and Matt. They have known each other since childhood. Matt is Paige’s brother and owns the building where the 3 girlfriends live. He has been in love with Frankie for years but has kept it hidden from Frankie. Frankie was a greatly affected by her parent’s divorce and the before and after repercussions of that divorce. Dealing with her mother has been a struggle, especially when her mother acts like a teenager and not an adult. Frankie doesn’t believe in HEA, love, and definitely keeps her heart and herself guarded behind very high emotional walls. There are issues of trust , insecuriities, self-doubt etc. I felt a kindred spirit with Frankie and fell in love with Matt. The development of Frankie’s relationship with Matt, and the depth of all the characters made you appreciate the talented author. So , do not hesitate to get this book . If you are a fan of Ms Morgan’s you will love it, and if this is your first book by the author, you will quickly become a fan. I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
blonde_betty 3 months ago
Sometimes the hardest thing we can do is let go of our fears and trust our self. Sunset in Central Park, the second in Sarah Morgan’s fabulous Manhattan series, explores just that. With heart and sensitivity, Morgan explores just how easily we become our own worst enemy and how hard it is to adjust those behaviors. I loved prickly Frankie and over-protective Matt in the first book in the series. Their HEA was well-mapped out and certainly deserving. Though there was a moment of outside threat, the majority of this book in introspective. However, as is true in many case, the quiet intensity sneaks up on you and doesn’t let go. This is one of those books that we can all relate to in some way or another. The HEA is all the sweeter because it is fought internally as opposed to by slaying an outside demon. Morgan is masterful. If you haven’t picked up the earlier books in the series don’t worry, you will catch up. Those that started with the Puffin Island books will enjoy the return and brief catch-up with those characters. Copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review.