A Week in New York (The Empire State Trilogy #1)
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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.
A Week in New York Flirty Review: Four Lip Bites
We have read these types of stories before: Rich hot dude falls for quirky girl. He has issues, she has issues, blah, blah, blah. But what Bay does with her characters is kept things in the dark for the reader as well as for the characters. She showed us through her characters perspective rather than told us their story. I always find this so fascinating when an author does this type of show correctly. There was mystery between the two character we as the reader didn't understand in book one that we do in book two. It left the door open for the unexpected and a very clever way for the author to keep the reader interested. Good job, Louise!
That being said, the book is still very steamy. We, the readers, felt the sexy rolling off the pages, we felt the attraction of the characters, and in time felt their pain when they separated. By the end of book one of the Empire State series, I couldn't wait to start book two.
Autumn in London Flirty Review: Three Lip Bites
Here's what I know after reading Autumn in London: The way Bay brought the characters back together was clever. We, the reader, didn't know Anna was an attorney just like Ethan in book one. The unexpected helped draw the reader into book two very well. I enjoyed the tension, the sexual vibes, and pursuit of Ethan over Anna again. The beginning of book two was like reading the beginning of book one. Then the book kind of stalled out. The characters are seemingly in a good place for a while, albeit they still have their hangups. Once they figure them out, they are separated again, but there is hope lingering with them for the reader to take into book three. The thrill of the anticipation was not as strong this time around. Although I still really want to know what happens next, it's just not killing to know this time.
One thing I found as an editor that really irked me: Ethan's voice kept slipping into Anna's. Meaning that Anna is English and many times Ethan, an American, spoke with her same dialect. Ethan's phrases, ways of speech, syntax were very English throughout this whole book. More so in book two than in book one. I didn't know if it was because this ARC wasn't edited by possibly an American editor yet, or it was simply missed. But I caught it. This may be something more readers will see as well.
The reason I only gave this three stars was because my interested started to wane in book two. A problem with serials. I think the author needed to make the reader need and want to stay with the series more in this book in order for book three to really work. As it is, I want to read it, but the wait until the book comes may kill my need for it.
About The Author
Ruined by romantic mini-series of the seventies and eighties, I love all things romantic. There's not enough of it in real life so I'll settle for books and films.
I love the rain, the West Wing, London, days when you don't have to wear make-up, being alone, being with friends, elephants and champagne.
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