Series: Romancing Manhattan #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: New York City, NY
Source: ARC, Edelweiss
Also in this series: All It Takes
Also by this author: All It Takes
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...?
After All is the final book in the Romancing Manhattan series by Kristen Proby. In this edition the reader gets the story of Carter, powerful lawyer, single dad, and widower, and Nora, his assistant!
Nora has been Carter’s assistant for 10 years. Its always been professional; Nora was there for him when his wife died 5 years before. But, there is a shift in their relationship. Carter discovers he is attracted to Nora and wants to explore it. However, the man is an idiot. He has to understand women better than this (I mean, he was married before so at some point he used to have game). He says some seriously dumb things! Nora is pretty forgiving of most of his missteps. I am glad she stood her ground at least a few times at the end of the story. He needed to learn that his actions and reactions must change!
Gabby is Carter’s 12 year old daughter. She has been going through a LOT and has been acting out. As a reader, your heart goes out to her: she is missing her mom, she is about to be a teenager and all that comes with it, and she is conflicted about her dad’s new relationship.
After All has lots going on throughout the story-trapped together for a night in a snow storm, Gabby’s mood swings, bitchy coworkers-but the central story is all about Carter and Nora. This is romance in its purest form! Readers who enjoy a straightforward romance will love After All (and the rest of the series)!
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: yes (there were some happy and sad tears)
- Trope: single dad, widower, boss/employee
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Carter’s wife died of breast cancer 5 years ago; there is a cancer scare in the story as well « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes with epilogue « Hide Spoiler