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?
|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 ppublisher