Worse yet? Someone posted their (entirely not) meet-cute online. Suddenly Franny and her knight-in-couture, Hayes Montgomery III, are the newest social media sensation, and all of New York is shipping #SubwayQTs.
Only Franny and Hayes couldn’t be a more disastrous match. She’s fanciful, talkative, and creative. He’s serious, shy, and all about numbers. Luckily, in a city of eight million people, they never have to meet again. Yet somehow, Hayes and Franny keep running into each other—and much to their surprise, they enjoy each other’s company. A lot. But when Franny’s whole world is turned upside down (again!), can she find the courage to trust in herself and finally have the life—and love—she’s always wanted.
My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Kate Spencer’s In a New York Minute was everywhere in my Instagram and podcasts feeds surrounding its March release. I’m a weekly Bad on Paper Podcast listener and both hosts Becca & Grace had such amazing early praise for this book. I also loved their interview with Kate Spencer, who is also the host of the podcast Forever 35, making me even more excited to get my hands on her contemporary romance debut.
Set in New York City, In a New York Minute begins with Franny and Haye’s meet cute on the Q train, just after Franny has been laid off from her interior design job. When her dress gets caught in the subway doors & rips, Hayes is there to save the day with his suit jacket. The whole ordeal is caught on Instagram and goes viral from there, with Franny & Hayes then appearing on a news show together and soon finding themselves meeting again & again.
In a New York Minute was such a strong contemporary romance debut – it didn’t even feel like a debut novel, as Kate Spencer completely nailed the plot line & Hayes and Franny’s chemistry. It was so fun to see them go from complete opposites & just plain ol’ awkward people to then falling head over heels for one another & having such great back & forth in their conversations. Dual perspective books are either hit-or-miss for me, but I loved getting both Hayes and Franny’s perspectives. Hayes was an absolute dreamboat of a love interest and his care for Franny was so, so sweet.
I also loved the side characters, between Franny’s best friends Lola & Cleo and Hayes’ cousin and ‘work wife’ respectively, Perrine and Eleanor. Even as ‘side’ characters, I loved how these four characters were so integral to the plot. There’s also a lot of exploration, more so on Franny’s side, of family and career goals, as Franny has to figure out her career and gets some unexpected news about the father she never knew. It was so fun to read the details about Franny’s work in interior design. Looking back, I wish we got some more insight on Hayes’ family and his relationship background, but regardless, Franny & Hayes’ relationship took the spotlight.
In a New York Minute has been getting so much praise for its NYC setting and the book absolutely is a love letter to NYC. As someone who lives outside the city and frequented it often in college, it was so cool to see Franny & Hayes frequent and mention places I had been, & I’m sure the book is even more real from people who have lived in the city. I loved the references to Moonstruck, especially towards the end of the book.
Overall, In a New York Minute was such a fun & sweet contemporary romance, filled with some of the best chemistry & banter I’ve read!
Have you read In a New York Minute? What did you think? What contemporary romances have you been reading lately? Share in the comments!