There’s nothing like summer in Manhattan. The days are long and the nights are even longer. But when the lights go out on the city, fireworks explode. . .
Night at the Museum by Lori Wilde
Art restorer Ria Preston knows a thing or two about beauty. And when she discovers her neighborhood crush, gregarious Wall Street advisor Vic Albright, is locked overnight in the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her, she can’t resist taking him on a very private tour . . .
Lights Out by Priscilla Oliveras
Back in high school, Vanessa Ríos and Mateo Garza were theater troupe rivals. Now Mateo’s a rising Broadway star and Vanessa’s his most scathing critic. Cue a plot twist straight out of central casting: the two end up alone in his New York City apartment during the blackout, setting the stage for what could be their second act romance . . .
Mind Games, by Sarah Skilton
What happens in college stays in college—unless you never get over it. In fact, Alison has been waiting to take her revenge on Nick, once the hottest guy on campus, now the hottest guy on the rising magician’s circuit. But her plans to sabotage his first show are upended by the power outage. That’s when the real magic happens . . .
Three friends plan separate nights out in New York City only for a citywide power outage to interfere in this uneven anthology of linked rom-com novellas. In Wilde's clich -ridden "Night at the Museum," fine-art restorer Ria Preston and money manager Victor Albright flirt from a distance for months before meeting at the Met on the night of the blackout. Their nigh-on-psychic ability to immediately understand each other's backstories, personalities, and motivations kills the romantic and dramatic tension, making their "fated love" mere narrative contrivance. Oliveras's "Lights Out" sees sparks fly when Mateo Garza, a Lin Manuel Miranda esque Broadway sensation, rescues his high school crush, theatre critic Vanessa R os, from a panicking crowd on the opening night of his show. Her bad review of his previous project provides believable conflict and raises the stakes to their killer chemistry. Art teacher Alison Cahill seeks revenge on her college ex-boyfriend, Nick Finn, by ruining his debut as a magician in Skilton's "Mind Games." Though a sexy magician is a tough sell, Nick's banter and backstory with Alison will win readers over. N.Y.C.-loving rom-com fans may find two out of three isn't bad.