Review: Times Square by Jana Aston

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4 stars!

Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.

Originally included in the Love in Transit anthology, Times Square by Jana Aston is now available separately. With an enjoyable storyline and fun characters, it’s a delicious treat that is funny, sweet, and sexy.

Lauren had her life all figured out. She would graduate from University of Iowa, move to New York City to be with her fiancé, get a great job, get married, and live happily ever after. What she didn’t figure in was the fact that her fiancé was a cheating asshole. After her world crumbles she is stuck with a low paying job, living with three roommates in a one-bedroom apartment, and cynical view of love… until Max walks into her life. He is a breath of fresh air with his addictive energy and enthusiasm, and soon she discovers that maybe fairy tales do exist.

I really enjoyed this novella. It’s a lighthearted read that is sure to put a smile on your face. The story was entertaining and I adored Lauren and Max. Even after the heartbreak she has suffered, Lauren is still lively, funny, and outgoing, and I liked her from the get go. Her internal pep talks are hilarious and the things that come out of her mouth are amusing. Max is adorable and I fell for him from the start. He has a good heart and is considerate, and I loved that he knew how to treat a woman. He was down to earth while still having a wild side. He was perfect for Lauren and the only one who could “put a smile on [her] face during a really craptastic day.” I loved his energy and optimism when it came to Lauren and everything he did was either sweet, swoony, or sexy, or a combination of all three.

I enjoyed the flirty banter between Lauren and Max, and the nice buildup of sexual tension and their intense chemistry added the heat to this novella. While their relationship was hot and heavy at times, it still had the playful parts that had me grinning. As a couple, I loved that they were functional and mature. There wasn’t any stupid between them even when some secrets were revealed that could potentially create a major rift between them. It was refreshing when they acted like adults and faced things head on. Overall, Times Square was a fun, quick read that is sure to make you giddy and warm inside.

Your smile changed my life.
…Your love changed mine.


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