LOVE & NYC: In a New York Minute Review

Summary (from the publisher): Franny Doyle is having the worst day. She’s been laid off from Unknownher (admittedly mediocre) job, the subway doors ripped her favorite silk dress to ruins, and now she’s flashed her unmentionables to half of lower Manhattan. On the plus side, a dashing stranger came to her rescue with his (Gucci!) suit jacket. On the not-so-plus side, he can’t get away from her fast enough.

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

My Thoughts:

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. 

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