Fliss Knight is moving onwards and upwards. She and her twin sister, Harriet, have followed their passions for animals and are the Bark Rangers; a dog-walking service in New York City. Their business has taken off since working with Urban Genie (shout out to Eva, Frankie, and Paige from the previous books in the series). Fliss is looking to expand the business, hire more people, looking forward. She was so determined to move forward that she is thrown off course when her past comes back for her.
Seth Carlyle has followed his passion of animal welfare and has become a veterinarian. He has tried to move on in the last ten years since he let the love of his life, his ex-wife Fliss, walk out of his life. He has dated other women but no one has held a candle to her. When tragedy strikes, he realizes life is too short to not follow your passions. He followed his passion in his career, now he is determined to follow the biggest passion of his life: Fliss.
I was so excited to have received the next book in the From Manhattan With Love Series for review! I have read the previous 4 books (See reviews: #1, #2, #3, & #4 ) and I am pleased to state that this book was just as great! It has the grit of miscommunication, insecurity, and surviving rough childhoods mixed with humor, wisdom from supporting characters, and the cleansing purity of true love. It has the character development that is gripping and showcases that just because love is not about only the highs but how you go through the lows together.
This is the fifth book in the series, however, all of these books can read as standalones. I started this series with the third book, loved it so much that I immediately dug into the first two books, and am now caught up and can’t wait for the next book! The stories in the series zero in on each couple and how they develop their relationship rather than other series where the books must be read in succession in order to make any sense. In fact, Eva has a strong presence in the first few books, especially in the book all about her love story in Miracle on 5th Avenue (From Manhattan With Love #3), and I was delighted that she is mentioned a time or two in this book. Furthermore, Chase and Matilda were supporting characters in this book and I loved their romance. After finishing this book, I was hoping a book later in the series would be about how they came together. But GUESS WHAT? It turns out their love story started off this great romance series in the prequel book Midnight at Tiffany’s (From Manhattan With Love #0.5)! I was not aware of this but I am so excited to dive into that book! I am also excited to read the next book in the series which I hope will be about Harriet, Fliss’ twin sister. The readers get to know Fliss and Harriet as supporting characters in the last book as they are the twin sisters of Daniel, one of the two main characters, in the book New York, Actually (From Manhattan With Love #4). Although their rough childhood with an emotionally and verbally abusive father was described in New York, Actually, it is described in Fliss’ perspective in this book and is therefore able to be read as a standalone.
My favorite character is Fliss and Harriet’s grandmother. My sister and I used to go to my grandmother’s cabin every summer and spent a lot of time together perfecting her perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. We also spent a lot of time in the water, although my grandmother’s cabin was on a lake and not by the ocean. I felt that I could relate a lot to Fliss and her childhood memories in that sense.
I would highly recommend this book for all romance lovers as well as for readers who enjoy reading about overcoming the pain of the past.
I would not recommend this book for those who may be offended by mild foul language, divorce, mental abuse, miscarriage, and sexual scenarios.
Please note: an electronic copy of the book was generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.