Sunday, 5 March 2017

All The Frogs In Manhattan


Title: All the Frogs in Manhattan

Author: Carrie Aarons

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 5, 2017


You know how Cinderella had the whole glass slipper, pumpkin carriage, fairy godmother thing?

Yeah…with foot-destroying stilettos, Uber, and a Twitter horoscope, my life is far from a happily ever after.

In fact, instead of Prince Charming, I end up dating every slimy, scaly, brainless frog in the kingdom of Manhattan. And by frog, I mean all of the stereotypical bad guys that Mom and Lifetime movies warned you about.

The meathead player.
The mommy's boy.
The namedropper.
The cheapskate.

If they suck at relationships, I’ve probably kissed those cold, clammy lips in the hopes of finding love. Until one day, when one man with commitment issues offers to help me find the Romeo to my Juliet.

But what happens when the frog, who was never supposed to turn into a prince, kisses you at midnight? Ok fine, he propositioned me for some afternoon delight after brunch, but not everything can be straight out of a fairytale.

This has to be one of my favourite quotes from the book ... and one of the many funny passages in it.

My Review - 

This is an enjoyable and entertaining read, with some very real and amusing touches of humour. OK it wasn't the most emotional of books but at no point did I want to give up and not finish it.

It had two wonderful main characters .... although I would have preferred Oliver not to have been quite so super rich as this just makes the character a little unreal to me. However that said I loved that he was geeky and also that he totally acknowledged his mistakes and weaknesses.

Gemma was a wonderfully conflicted character, half loving and half hating her home, job, love life and New York. I loved her eternal optimism regarding finding 'the one' but did find her a little bit shallow during one bout of jealousy over an engagement. Her desperation to find a life partner seemed a bit extreme at times, given that the character is only 25.

"I knew that if I called my mother she would use my middle name in the sentence to scold me"

I also liked that neither character had 'parent issues', but actually got on with all their immediate family. 

" "Thanks, Mom.  I knew talking to you would make me feel better."  And it had.  She'd all but made my decision for me, but that's what parents were for.  Doing the hard stuff you couldn't."

The author seemed to avoid lots of other romance book cliches too, which raised this book above the chaff in this genre. I appreciated the chapters written from Oliver's POV, without these I would have found him arrogant, aloof and distant. However 'hearing' his thoughts and internal conflict gives you a whole different perspective on him.

"I was a patient man who's c**k was going to fall off from neglect."

This book is well worth the purchase price.


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Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.

When she isn't in what her husband calls a "writing coma", Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.






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