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.
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.
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This was a sometimes surprising but extremely entertaining story. Carrie Aarons is a new author for me but this was a great first look at her work.
In this story I was introduced to Gemma, a hard working woman in the beauty industry who is searching for her happily ever after and finding a lot of frogs along the way. I also met Oliver, a nerdy tech millionaire who doesn't believe in love, but is all for a good time. When these two meet it's following yet another bad date for Gemma. But they both see something in the other that sparks their interest, and the next thing they know, they are involved in a no strings attached relationship. But the strings slowly start forming and it makes for a fantastic read as you see how they will handle what they never thought would happen.
Both Gemma and Oliver were pretty likable characters for me. And they had a refreshing amount of honesty between them. Some of the things they said to each other and talked about were kind of surprising but in a funny way. I wasn't used to characters being quite so free with their thoughts. I loved the strength that Gemma showed especially in certain hard situations. She made what she thought were the right choices for her even when they weren't the easy choice to make. Oliver was a hot, nerdy workaholic who definitely had some growing and selfish realizing to do in this story.
I ended up really liking it overall. It had a good balance of all the important elements I look for in a story. I would recommend this as a really nice, steamy romantic comedy.
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.