Thursday, March 9, 2017

RELEASE TOUR, 4 1/2 STAR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: All the Frogs in Manhattan by Carrie Aarons

Title: All the Frogs in Manhattan
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: March 5, 2017 
Cover Design: Okay Creations, Inc

You know how Cinderella had the whole glass slipper, pumpkin carriage, fairy godmother thing?

Yeah…with foot-destroying stilettos, Uber, and my 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. 
The namedropper. 
The cheapskate. 

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.

My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book with the promise of an honest review. 

Dating is hard. Dating in NYC is even harder. One by one, Gemma is watching her friends settle down. She wants that too, but keeps going on awful date after awful date. And they aren't just awful dates. Most of them are good dates that all of a sudden take a drastic turn into the "date from hell" category. 

Her luck take a turn when she meets Oliver. She originally meets him after she gives one of her dates the brush off (period excuse anyone?) and he over hears it. Talk about a hilarious meet cute! From the moment they meet, the two throw the witty banter back and both, but then they go their separate ways. But that weekend, while at brunch, they run into each other and cut right to the chase. A one time Sunday afternoon hook up where they part as friends at the end. Sound simple enough right?

They leave each other thinking that they will probably never see each other gain, but they find that they are thinking about the other person quite a lot. And what was supposed to be a one time, Sunday afternoon hook up, turns into a friend with benefits relationship. Oliver and Gemma even find themselves travelling in the same circles and Oliver becomes her knight in shining armor a time or two. But of course real feelings get in the way, throwing a wrench into their arrangement and the two of them have to decide what they really want in terms of love. 

Oliver thought himself to be a bit awkward when it came to women, but he was able to be himself with Gemma. And Gemma, being sick of having to work so hard to get a decent date, found that her arrangement with Oliver was a godsend! Of course it didn't seem to solve her whole "I want to find a man to settle down with" dilemma, but he provided a nice distraction. Their chemistry was off the charts hot and there were plenty of moments that made me need a cold shower!

I loved this book so much. I laughed out loud more than once and I even found myself thinking "OMG! That's me and my friends. I've had that conversation with them. While at brunch. " Gemma was so unlucky in love and just when you thought that one of her dates couldn't be any worse than the last, it totally was. I readily admit that I never date, but I have plenty of friends that do and I'm sure some of them can relate, on some level, to the NYC dating craziness portrayed in this book. 

Author of romance novels such as Red Card and On Thin Ice, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and can’t imagine a better or more maddening profession.

When she isn't in a writing coma, Carrie is chasing her Great Dane/Lab puppy through the dog parks of New Jersey, or trying to make her husband binge watch the latest Netflix craze.


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