Book Review: New Year in Manhattan by Louise Bay

Title: New Year in Manhattan
Author: Louise Bay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 stars

Each novella is around 30k words

The Empire State Series concludes in New Year in Manhattan.

Anna and Ethan are separated by the Atlantic Ocean. Their previous rules no longer apply.

In order to make things work, Anna needs to let go of her past and take a risk with Ethan. Ethan needs to learn how to deal with the ambiguity of a relationship.

Long-distance relationships are never easy and their relationship is fragile. For how long can it survive under the pressure of separation? Are either of them prepared to give up what they have for the other?

But distance isn’t the only obstacle Anna and Ethan face. Ultimately they have to decide whether they want to share a future together.

Grace Review
Anna and Ethan are finally on the same page. Or maybe not.

This final installment of this series starts where the last one left off, with Ethan heading across the ocean, back to New York. So how does this new couple adjust to the distance? Not very well. I loved how desperate the were for each other. How distance definitely seemed to make their hearts grow fonder.

I didn’t know when the ache for him started.  Maybe I’d had it since New York, since our first night together.  Maybe since he’d left London.  I did know it was getting bigger, more needy, more pressing.  Speaking of him only made it worse.

The two have a countdown of sorts, for when they will meet up again, with Anna flying back to New York to celebrate the New Year. While there was plenty of teasing via sexts and attempts at phone sex, these two have a sexual appetite that nearly combusts on-site. I regret not counting up the sex scenes in this book – this couple is insatiable.

The deeper I fell into my world with Ethan, the better the sex got.  It was like he’d crawled inside my body and looked at me from the inside.  It was thrilling and terrifying in equal measure.  It was like I was giving myself to him, body and soul.

There is some mild angst in the story as the two stress over the direction of their relationship. Should Anna move to New York? Should Ethan move to London? At least they both want to be together, which is the most important thing. But there were also questions about their long term future, and surprisingly, Ethan was the most aggressive in his plans. I personally think he was taking things to fast, but I guess when you know, you know. But when things don’t work out to plan, I think he was too quick to think negatively about it. If he listened to Anna, he would have heard how deep her love runs, and how she pictured a forever with him.

This being the end of the series, of course we get a HEA. The couple who initially didn’t even want to know each others real names, who lived an ocean apart, find a way to make it work. While the ending seemed a bit abrupt to me, it was sweet and will leave you with a smile.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.



Love Song -The Cure
Out is Through – Alanis Morrisette
Loving Me For Me -Christina Aguilera
As – Stevie Wonder
Kissing You – Des’ree
Manhattan – Tony Bennett
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran




A Week
Adult Contemporary
The Empire State Trilogy, Part 1
Released: October 21, 2014
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Each novella is around 30k words

Anna Kirby is sick of dating. She’s tired of heartbreak. Despite being smart, sexy, and funny, she’s a magnet for men who don’t deserve her.
A week’s vacation in New York is the ultimate distraction from her most recent break-up, as well as a great place to meet a stranger and have some summer fun. But to protect her still-bruised heart, fun comes with rules. There will be no sharing stories, no swapping numbers, and no real names. Just one night of uncomplicated fun.
Super-successful serial seducer Ethan Scott has some rules of his own. He doesn’t date, he doesn’t stay the night, and he doesn’t make any promises.
It should be a match made in heaven. But rules are made to be broken.
A Week in New York is the first in a series of three novellas.

The Empire State Trilogy, Part 2
Released December 2, 2014
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Each novella is around 30k words


Anna Kirby went to New York to escape heartbreak and have some fun. She wasn’t meant to meet someone . . . someone like Ethan. Now, back in London, she’s faced with another man to get over.
Ethan Scott broke every one of his rules during his week with Anna and now he can’t seem to go back to life before her. A business trip to London gives him the opportunity to change his rules for good. Will he take it?
Autumn in London is the second part of The Empire State Series, a series of three novellas.


I write sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind I like to read. My books Faithful and Hopeful are stand-alone novels although there are some overlapping characters. The Empire State Series of novellas starts with A Week in New York.
Ruined by romantic mini-series of the eighties, I love all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so I’ll settle for books and films.
I love the rain, the West Wing, London, days when you don’t have to wear make-up, being alone, being with friends, elephants and champagne.
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