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review 2017-07-13 07:19
Niby thriller, ale jednak nie, czyli Guillame Musso po raz kolejny
Central Park - Guillaume Musso

Znany raczej z powieści należących do gatunku realizmu magicznego  Guillame Musso czasem jednak robi skok w bok. Tak było w „Telefonie od anioła”, i tak też jest w przypadku „Central Parku”. Ponownie staniemy się świadkami rodzącego się uczucia między dwojgiem ludzi, i ponownie nastąpi to w bardzo nietypowych, interesujących okolicznościach.

 

Bohaterów poznajemy na ławce w parku. Budzą się nie dość, że obok siebie, obcy, i nie dość, że spięci kajdankami (w sensie: ze sobą spięci), to jeszcze ani ona, ani on nie potrafią sobie przypomnieć końcówki poprzedniego wieczoru. Normalnie bym się takim początkiem niespecjalnie zainteresował – brzmi jak rozpoczęcie kolejnej powieści sensacyjno-kryminalnej z gatunku zabili go i uciekł, ale to jest Musso. Znając już jego kilka książek wiem, że można się spodziewać czegoś nieprzewidzianego, zaskakującego. A przy tym lektury lekkiej i niewymagającej. Super na lato.

 

I tak też jest; początkowy thriller wydaje się iść utartą ścieżką, podczas lektury po głowie chodzą nazwiska żyjących z tego gatunku rzemieślników, Tess Gerritsen, Alex Kava itp. Aż tu nagle przychodzi to, na co fan Musso czeka i od tego momentu trudno być niezadowolonym czytelnikiem. Książka faktycznie zbacza z drogi w kierunku zupełnie innych, nieprzewidzianych tematów, i pozostając lekturą lekką dostarcza jednak coś więcej, niż po prostu kolejny thriller z happy endem.

 

Czasem tak jest, że czytelnik robi sobie przerwę od literatury. Bo jakaś powieść go zmęczyła, bo zaczął kilka różnych, a żadna nie chce wciągnąć. I tu z pomocą przychodzi Guillame Musso – mój wybór numer jeden w takich literacko-kacowych sytuacjach. Przy jego książkach się odpoczywa wciąż jednak czytając, czyli można uciec od innego rodzaju kaca: wywołanego odstawieniem książek. Doskonały na chwile z cyklu chcę czytać ale sam nie wiem czego chcę, polecam, sprawdzone.

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text 2017-04-19 17:14
Sunset in Central Park By Sarah Morgan 99 cents
Sunset in Central Park (Hqn) - Sarah Morgan

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?

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text 2017-03-07 23:31
And Tango Makes Three
And Tango Makes Three - Justin Richardson,Henry Cole,Peter Parnell

Among much scrutiny, And Tango Makes Three is a story about two dad penguins who care for an abandoned egg. The egg hatches and Tango makes her grand appearance. This nonfiction story, takes place in Central Park Zoo in New York and is a part of the banned books collection. I agree that this text is a little risqué and should be used for special purposes to make sure no parents get offended. This book would be great in the counselors office for a child who has a homosexual family and needs some encouragement or who may have questions regarding what homosexuality entails. This book is leveled at a 720L on the Lexile system. 

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review 2016-11-11 12:00
A Sweet Friends-to-Lovers Romance
Sunset in Central Park (Hqn) - Sarah Morgan

“Sunset in Central Park,” she murmured. “It doesn’t get any more perfect.”
They were standing side by side, close but not quite touching.
He wondered if she was as aware of him as he was of her.
And then she turned her head to look at him and he saw the heat of his own desire reflected in her eyes.

 

Sarah Morgan just keeps cranking out one amazing romance after another. Based around a friends-to-lovers trope, this particular story was as heartwarming as it was sensual, while still keeping that feeling of closeness and friendship this series has been built on.

 

I so enjoy reading anything by Sarah Morgan. She has a way of creating realistic characters who are completely likable, flaws and all, and who you can’t help cheer on. And boy doesn’t that describe Frankie the commitment-phobe. She was a fun character in some ways, with her comical Eeyore-like views on relationships, and a super loyal best friend to Eva and Paige.

 

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review 2016-09-21 18:25
Review: Sunset in Central Park by Sarah Morgan
Sunset in Central Park (Hqn) - Sarah Morgan

Sunset in Central Park is the second book in Ms. Morgan’s From Manhattan with Love series. The contemporary romances share the lives of three best friends: Paige, Frankie, and Eva, who are making their way in Manhattan after growing up on a small island off the coast of Maine. After recently losing their jobs, the friends started their own event-and-concierge business. Frankie’s expertise lies in gardens and flowers, so she spends much of her time creating masterpieces for bridal showers and weddings, which is extremely unfortunate for the anti-relationship Frankie.

 

Paige’s big brother Matt, who also happens to be the girls’ landlord, just lost his best employee and needs help with a challenging rooftop garden. It’s a job he knows will be perfect for Frankie, the woman he’s been in love with for years. He’s given Frankie all sorts of space, knowing her rocky history and fear of romance, but Matt’s done waiting for Frankie to come to him.

 

Sunset in Central Park is an enjoyable, light-hearted romantic read. Its best features are the three best friends and their deep and true bonds. Each woman felt genuine to me and treated each other with the utmost love and care. It was their connections that drew me into the story and kept me reading. And although this is standalone romance and I didn't need to read the first book, I found that I wish I had read it. I wanted to get to know the girls better, and I felt like I would have known more about them if I'd read the first title.

 

Matt is the perfect guy… not just for Frankie, but in general. Good looking, successful, caring, generous… need I go on? And as much as Frankie tries to push Matt away, he is understanding of her reasons, not letting her “get away” with her behavior. He pushes just enough, confusing Frankie, as her mind, body, and emotions don’t know how to process Matt’s actions. Watching Frankie get flustered and turned on by Matt was entertaining. But also heartbreaking, as she slowly revealed her insecurities. Each layer pulled back brings with it pain for Frankie. Memories she needs to get past in order to learn to love. Matt is just so incredibly sweet, that when he finally hits his limit, my heart broke for him (and Frankie).

 

I was ready to give Sunset in Central Park an “A-” because I enjoyed it so much. However, that changed with about 5% left in the title. Without giving spoilers, I will state there was a dramatic situation injected into the storyline just as the book was reaching the culmination of the romance. I felt it was completely unnecessary drama that was added purely to heighten the situation. It literally pulled me out of the romance and story all together. Luckily, it was over fairly quickly, but by then, the book was almost over, and I was a bit distracted.

 

Overall, Sunset in Central Park was a lovely “weekend escape” to the big city. I enjoyed meeting Frankie, Paige, and Eva. Frankie and Matt’s story was sweet and passionate. Frankie’s backstory was honest and meaningful - I think a lot of women will relate to her on some level. I do wish I’d read the first book - not because I needed it to enjoy this one, but because I liked the characters so much, I wanted to know more about them; read their introduction and discover Paige and Jake’s story. Honestly, it was an extremely enjoyable tale, all except the drama of the last 5%, which was completely unnecessary for the story. With that said, I look forward to reading more and discovering Eva’s story - another girl who deserves her own HEA!

 

My Rating:  B+ Liked It A Lot

Review copy provided by publisher

Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

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