All The Way
Series: Romancing Manhattan #1
Author: Kristen Proby
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks - Harper Collins
Releases: August 21, 2018
In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby’s brand new Romancing Manhattan series, three brothers get more than they bargain for as they practice law, balance life, and navigate love in and around New York City.
Finn Cavanaugh is known for being a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom. He owns a successful law firm with his brother and brother-in-law in Manhattan. On the rare occasion that he has down time, he spends it at his home in Martha’s Vineyard. But when Finn’s troubled niece goes to stay with him for the summer in Martha’s Vineyard, he’s reluctant to take time off from work. That is, until he meets his beautiful new neighbor, London.
London Watson is a Tony Award winning actress on Broadway. When tragedy strikes her family, leaving her alone and injured, she flees Manhattan for Martha’s Vineyard. Hoping she can figure out how to pick up the pieces of her life, London is convinced that she’ll never be able to return to the stage. But when she meets the charming young girl next door and her sexy uncle, they soon lure London out of her shell as she finally begins to heal from the wounds of her past.
But when London feels confident enough to return to the spotlight, she’s dealt another devastating blow. Will the newfound love between London and Finn be enough to conquer all? Or will it be over before it has a chance to grow…?
Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.
During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.
Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.
Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.
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London Watson's current state of mind is riddled with loss and despair, in one fell swoop she lost her parents and then lost her career to a devastating injury; she is trying to cope with all this loss, but being in the city is smothering, she needs an escape. Which takes her to her parents home in Martha's Vineyard, she is supposed to be relaxing, letting her body heal, but it also leaves lots of free time on her hands so she decides to sort through her parents belongings. But on that little island she finds a lot more than a place to recoup, she also meets a gorgeous neighbor who brings some much needed happiness to her life!
When Finn Cavanuagh met London a few months ago in his law office he was completely enamored with her, she was beautiful, but it was also obvious that she was broken, and something inside him wanted to reach out to her and save her, but it really wasn't his place. When he discovers that she is staying in her parents home on Martha's vineyard alongside of him, he can't help but want to use the opportunity to get to know his neighbor a little better, and possibly see if he can help lighten her load. When his niece befriends her, it gives him an opportunity to get a glimpse into her life, and he really likes what he sees, but she has an insurmountable amount of baggage that she is sorting through, and she isn't so willing to let anyone in to help her deal with it. But he is a determined man who will stop at nothing to see her happy again...
Once I cracked the cover on this beautifully crafted read, I just could not bring myself to put it down, I was instantly pulled into these characters lives, and wrapped up in the drama and heartbreak that surrounded them, it was such an absorbing tale! In this first installment in the Romancing Manhattan series we meet London and Finn who initially meet at the reading of her parents will, and then find themselves unexpectedly living beside on another months later, and it's obvious from their first meeting that there is chemistry there. But, it definitely takes a lot of coaxing for it to blossom into anything, London is swimming in grief from her parents deaths and the loss the her career has left her heart shattered, and Finn has kept himself closed off from the idea of love and dating for so long that he has no idea where to even begin or if he really even wants to. But what he does know is that he cares for this broken woman, and he wants to see her find happiness again, preferably with him, but willing to do anything to make it happen nonetheless... and what happens is something so moving, and so breathtakingly beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed every single second of this one, it had Ms. Proby's trademark wit and steam, but also a few unexpected things too, definitely a wonderful start to a new series, can't wait for more!!
I requested an advanced copy of this title from Edelweiss, and I am leaving my honest opinion.