Series: The Becker Brothers #3
on December 19th, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Manhattan, a standalone in the Becker Brothers series is a small town, country, friends-to-lovers romance
The fire… the guitar… THE FEELS!
Everyone knows not to fall in love with your best friend.
But when your best friend is Michael Becker, it’s impossible not to.
He’s everything our town knows a Becker brother to be: devastatingly handsome, charming as a thief, and the icing on the cake — a sentimental musician who’s never without his guitar.
And he was mine. At least, that’s what I’d convinced myself.
Our bond was born in elementary school, strengthened by circumstance and the promise to always be there for each other, no matter what. And the best thing about my life was being friends with Michael Becker.
Until it was the worst.
I watched him fall in love with someone else, and helped patch him back up when she left him behind. But when he drops the bomb that he’s moving to New York, I realize it’s my last chance to tell him how I feel. And I ask him to make one more promise.
One summer. One list of adventures to remind him that our small town has more to offer than memories of the girl who left him behind.
One last chance to tell him I’m in love with him.
And I’m just dumb enough to believe that maybe he could love me, too.
“He wore a soft, tentative smile, and his heart on his sleeve.” ~Kylie
Like my #bookbestie and #blogmate Loredana, Manhattan is by far my favorite story in the Becker Brothers series. This story spoke to me on so many levels and I shed a few tears over the chapters. If you’re reading the series, you know of Mikey’s despair. Heartbroken after a two-year all-consuming relationship is broken off, it feels like this eighteen-year-olds heartbreak will never heal. It brought out a bit of the mama bear in me and I couldn’t decide if the ex-girlfriend, Bailey, was doing him a favor or if I wanted a second chance romance for them.
My mind was quickly made up at the thought of the re-uniting of Mikey with his best friend Kylie, a young lady I absolutely adored. Now with the thought of unrequited, friends to something more story, I was absolutely giddy. Clearly, Mikey has some making up to do with Kylie, and her plan to thwart Mikey’s plan to leave town, to escape heartbreak, is quickly and so wonderfully executed by the brave and thoughtful girl. She loves this boy and won’t give up easily on changing his mind about his great escape.
What a joy this summer long journey was. See these two reconnect, rebuild their friendship, and to see that transform into a something new was hopeful and heartwarming. It wouldn’t be a Kandi Steiner book without a dose of angst. Between Kylie’s longing for Mikey to see her in another way, and Mikey’s too trusting nature, we get said angst. Lessons learned, we get a spectacular “grand gesture”, romantic and sweet, supporting the all-important redemption.
Long after I finished this book I was reflecting on it, and my little heart began pounding. Soon after I found myself smiling. I loved getting to know more about Lorelie Becker. It’s clear the brothers are passionate and much of that trait comes from her, shown in her dogged devotion to the memories of their father, John. That said, I can’t wait for Jordan’s story and for what he’ll uncover about the past. Until then, I’ll hold onto the memory of this wonderful story.
~Review by Cyndi
This is by far my favorite Becker brother book. Don’t get me wrong, I love the other men in the family, but there was something so pleasing and capturing about the relationship dynamic between Kylie and Mikey. The angst factor is just perfect, as is Kylie!! That is what a friends-to-lover story is supposed to feel like!
Speaking of said angst factor… The Queen of Angst really gives it good (no surprise) because you vacillate between wanting to throttle Mikey for being an idiot and shake some sense into Kylie to realize she deserves more. But isn’t that the crux of it all? You have to weather the storm and make your way through the struggle in order to know that love is worth fighting for.
My two cents: Kylie may be naive, but she is much more knowledgable and mature that Mikey. I love her quirky demeanor. Mikey is a good man, but he just needs to get his head out of his a$$ to realize who he is and what exactly he wants and needs. I think we see him starting down the road to becoming the man he’s supposed to be.
The Becker family is amazing. Their bonds are dynamic and fun, never letting you down. I can’t wait to see what Steiner has in store for us with Jordan. Bottom line: You won’t regret reading this book and will definitely want to read the whole series!
~ Review by Loredana
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You’ll love this book if you love:
➔ small town romance
➔ country romance
➔ summer romance
➔ romantic mystery
➔ slow burn
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Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.
An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a diehard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.
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