New York City

B
Pets of Park Avenue

Stefanie London has an excellent ear for contemporary romance; her Paws in the City series is a light, breezy and fun romp through life in New York City. Pets of Park Avenue is a cute story about personal redemption and second chance love that is easy, breezy and nice to sink into, although couple o ...

C+
A Cosmic Kind of Love

This is going to be messy. A Cosmic Kind of Love is sweet but ethically nightmarish in its exploration of love as guided by distance, digital desperation, patience, and time – and some half-truths and personal growth. Some plot points keep this one from being more than average. Hallie Goodman, ...

A+
Subway Slayings

Clever, insightful, romantic and utterly compelling, Madison Square Murders, the first book in C.S. Poe’s Momento Mori series, was one of my favourite books of 2021. I’ve been on tenterhooks awaiting the release of the sequel, desperately hoping that lightning would strike in the same place twic ...

C+
The American Roommate Experiment

Imagine if you were alone in your best friend’s NYC apartment and you heard someone trying to come in through the locked door. You aren’t expecting anyone, so you fear this may be an intruder up to no good. What would you do? I would imagine that, like me, your first instinct would be to grab yo ...

A-
The Manhattan Girls

Gill Paul’s multi-faceted look at a group of world-shaking real life female best friends whose wit, skill and wisdom will change countless lives definitely has a lot of pep. The Manhattan Girls sports snappy dialogue and a fun sense of time and place. New York City, 1920. Reviewer, poet and sat ...

B+
Girls They Write Songs About

Girls They Write Songs About successfully captures what life felt like back in the late nineties in big cities across the world.  It also captures what young friendship and fumbling early career and relationship choices feel like with painful accuracy. But it starts to meander around its halfway po ...

B
Good Morning, Love

I liked the central conflict in Good Morning Love, Ashley M. Coleman’s début novel, very much.  But the hero didn’t really set me aflame due to his pushy and occasionally controlling nature. Carlisa – Carli - Henton is a blossoming singer-songwriter who has moved to New York City to try h ...

B+
Last Call at the Nightingale

Last Call at the Nightingale combines authentic-feeling prohibition era period detail with a heroine who’s easy to love, a unique cast of supporting characters, and a genuinely surprising mystery. It’s 1924, we’re in New York City, and bisexual Irish immigrant Vivian Kelly sews at a dress s ...

C
Book Boyfriend

After reading the blurb for Kris Ripper’s Book Boyfriend, I was looking forward to reading a slow-burn friends-to-lovers romance about a somewhat hapless writer who has been in love with his best friend forever, who ends up pouring out his feelings on paper because he’s too scared to say them ou ...

B+
The Mad Girls of New York

Maya Rodale takes on the real-life tale of adventuresome journalist Nellie Bly in The Mad Girls of New York, which brings mystery to Bly’s time at a horrific mental institution. Blending fact with fiction and a typical dash of her usual strong-women-in-triumph panache, Rodale feels as home in the ...