The last sizzling novel in Kristen Proby's Romancing Manhattan series finds a widower falling deeply in love again with a woman who has scars of her own.
When Carter Shaw’s wife died five years ago, he was left to pick up the pieces not only of his own broken heart but also that of his devastated eight-year-old daughter, Gabby—leaving him with no time for anything else, let alone dating. But recently, Carter has noticed women again and soon even begins dating. No one has stuck around for long, mostly thanks to one very angry Gabby.
Nora Hayes has worked as Carter’s assistant for years. Recently divorced herself, Nora spends many hours at the office and helping Carter with his daughter whom she adores. Despite loving her job and being wrapped up in the Shaw family, Nora’s never given her handsome, kind workaholic boss a second thought, especially in the romance department.
But then the snowstorm of the century hits, and Nora finds herself stranded at work with Carter overnight. And suddenly, she sees Carter in a whole new, sexy light. The sadness that’s lived in his eyes for so long has now been replaced with pure, unadulterated lust—and Nora isn’t quite sure what to do about it. For after the pain of her divorce, she never thought she would give love a second chance.
Carter and Nora have always believed in never combining business with pleasure. But how can they possibly deny the all-consuming chemistry between them...?
Proby concludes her Romancing Manhattan series (after All it Takes) with a jam-packed emotional story about family, belonging, and love. In the five years since Carter Shaw's wife, Darcy, died, Carter has struggled to support his troubled preteen daughter, Gabby, while building his business as a Manhattan lawyer, relying on legal assistant Nora Hayes for everything from childcare to household management without ever noticing how stunning she is until now. The recently divorced Nora worries their professional relationship won't survive the blistering chemistry developing between them, but a series of classic romance tropes deployed in quick succession a night snowed in at the office together, a "practice" date that turns all too real push them ever closer, and they decide to pursue a secret workplace romance. The sheer number of tropes in play leaves many plot threads, including a trauma in Gabby's life and a late-book medical scare, feeling poorly incorporated. Readers' frustration with the ever-changing conflicts will be mitigated somewhat by the honest connection between Nora and Carter and the growing bond between Nora and Gabby. This earnest but overdone series ender will satisfy committed Proby fans.
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All the feels
The final book in the Romancing Manhattan and what a perfect story to finish and draw this series together, I loved everything about this book, it ticked all my boxes, I fell big time for Carter Shaw and Nora Hayes and what can I say about Gabby, Carter’s teenage daughter apart from she delivers lines only a troubled teenager would get away with. I laughed, I smiled, I swooned and I sighed as I joined them on their journey to happiness.
Gabby lost her mum at a young age and she is left understandably angry but Nora has been there through thick and thin as she doubles as Carter’s pa and Gabby’s friend and confidant but what happens when Carter and Nora realise they’re want more than a working relationship, will Gabby understand when another woman takes her fathers attention.....
This is a heartwarming story that will appeal to all romance lovers, it can certainly be read as a stand-alone but I’m sure once you meet this group of friends you will want to play catch up and read the previous 2 books in this series. Was I sad to see this story end, yes but as I have already said for me Ms Proby left the best for last. This is certainly a series I will read over and over because this group of friends have really cemented themselves in my heart. Great job Kristen Proby.
After All is the last book in the Romancing Manhattan series by Kristen Proby. Having read quite a few books be Ms.Proby I was excited to read this book, particularly since I have been gravitating to single parent stories recently.
I really loved Carter Shaw, his gorgeous and troubled daughter Gabby and Nora Hayes, there was something about them all that I found easy to relate too. Loosing her mum at such a young age has understandingly made Gabby angry, so much so that she has scared off any women he has chosen to date recently.
Nora is Carter’s assistant and has been with him through some devastating times.
Neither Carter or Nora have contemplated a romantic relationship with one another until fate, in the form of a violent snowstorm throws them both a curve ball.
The story that Ms.Proby wove is heartwarming, it is a story of finding love in an unexpected place, of taking a risk and putting everything on the line in the hopes of finding a second chance at love.
There was romance, love, some angst; I was riveted to this story from the first to the last chapter and had a hard time putting it down. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss.