Light and fluffy rom com fun, I was loving this debut until the author decided to have our hero start dating someone else halfway through the book. Nothing extinguishes my enjoyment faster. Despite that, there’s a lot to love about the writing style – the meet cute was adorable, the banter was fun, the New York City references enhanced the vibe, and the opposites attract dynamic worked. I loved how any one of their interactions could’ve been the last one; they were simply strangers with hidden potential, who needed to dig a little deeper before they could get things right. So, all in all, definitely more pros than cons, but there were several things that rubbed me the wrong way.
The story follows Franny and Hayes, two complete strangers who meet when Franny finds herself in a bit of dilemma on the subway. Hayes, a stoic, suit-wearing guy, comes to Franny’s rescue, and the incident goes viral on social media. The world is convinced that Franny and Hayes had the kind of meet cute that dreams are made of, but these total opposites have a slightly different interpretation of events. One thing leads to another, and Franny and Hayes keep bumping into each other. Their interactions begin to feel like flirting, and these strangers becomes friends with the potential for more.
This is a very slow burn with closed door steam, and the vibe is low angst, lighthearted fun. I loved the vibrancy of the writing, and I was hooked on the story immediately. I actually thought this was going to be an easy 5-star rating for awhile there, because I was definitely swooning from the meet cute and some of the little moments between these two – plus Hayes is adorably awkward. Then Hayes started dating someone else, and then there were more scenes with them apart than together. It just kinda stumbled somewhere along the way. I still really liked the scenes of them together, but they were sparse and there were always things keeping them apart. So this particular book wasn’t a total win for me, but I wouldn’t hesitate to check out another book by the author – there’s certainly some great potential in the writing. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this easygoing rom com.
Franny Doyle is having the worst day. She’s been laid off from her (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?
About the Author:
Kate Spencer is the award-winning co-host of the podcast Forever35 and author of the memoir The Dead Moms Club. In a New York Minute is her first novel. Her written work has been published by The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, and numerous other places. Previously she worked as a Senior Editor and Producer at VH1. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.
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