Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Empire State Series

Book: A Week in New York, Autumn in London, New Year in Manhattan
Series: The Empire State Series
Author:  Louise Bay

Anna Kirby is sick of dating. She's tired of heartbreak. Despite being smart, sexy, and funny, she's a magnet for men who don't deserve her.

A week's vacation in New York is the ultimate distraction from her most recent break-up, as well as a great place to meet a stranger and have some summer fun. But to protect her still-bruised heart, fun comes with rules. There will be no sharing stories, no swapping numbers, and no real names. Just one night of uncomplicated fun.

Super-successful serial seducer Ethan Scott has some rules of his own. He doesn't date, he doesn't stay the night, and he doesn't make any promises.

It should be a match made in heaven. But rules are made to be broken. -Goodreads

Review:  Anna is visiting NY from London and has a one night stand with Ethan. Ethan doesn't date but there is just something about Anna that has him tracking her down to "surprise run into her" at brunch the next day. They commence an affair with the understanding that there are no strings attached. They will hang out until Anna leaves for London and that is that. They won't even discuss what they do for a living (they are both attorneys). In the second installment, Anna is sad and lonely in London when her law firm is bought out. She's surprised when the partner sent to manage the transition is...Ethan! They immediately start their relationship back up but things are up in the air when Ethan has to leave for NY. He doesn't want to to ask her to give up her job for him and she doesn't want to be the one to initiate the conversation. 

This book reminded me a little of 'Arrogant Playboy' in that we have a one night stand that results in the guy (who doesn't date) falling for the woman in question. Is it realistic? No, but if this is a fantasy, at least he's hard working, rich, good looking and a genuinely nice person. Unlike most romance books like this, there aren't exes threatening to come into the picture or any major drama. The main pressure point is the inability for the main characters to communicate their feelings and future plans to each other. 

Overall, I liked this, it was a fast read with a few sexy scenes. 

Grade: 3/5

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