Book Review: In a New York Minute by Kate Spencer

Posted March 2, 2022 by WendyW in Blogging, Book Review, Uncategorized / 27 Comments

In a New York Minute
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by Kate Spencer
Publication Date March 15, 2022
Published by Grand Central Publishing
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Genres: Fiction / Friendship, Fiction / Humorous / General, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy, Fiction / Women
Pages: 368
Format: ARC

A clever, tender, and romantic "Nora Ephron romp for the modern ages" (Christina Lauren) for readers of Jasmine Guillory, Abby Jimenez, and Sophie Cousens, this laugh-out-loud debut is a perceptive reminder that fate can have a sense of humor, and that love can happen . . . In a New York Minute.

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?

“Spins a catastrophic meet-cute into a richly realized romance that's surrounded by even more love stories—between friends, between families, and between New Yorkers and their city. You'll devour it.”
—Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, USA Today bestselling authors of The Royal We and The Heir Affair
“A love story to friendship, discovering what—and who—makes you feel truly yourself, and New York City. I flew through this book and enjoyed every moment!
—Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of While We Were Dating
“A sparkling delight about found and chosen family, being brave even in the tiny moments, and the rewards we can reap when we put our authentic selves out there. What a sweet, hilarious treat.”
—Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author
“A frolicky, playful rom-com about finding Mr. Right when everything else goes wrong.”
—Abby Jimenez, New York Times bestselling author of Life’s Too Short
“A perfect New York romance, as sweet, steamy, and surprising as the city itself.”
—Abbi Waxman, USA Today bestselling author of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
“If you’re looking for the perfect ‘meet cute,’ look no further.  Adorable banter and countless laugh-out-loud moments makes this charming romance a true delight.”
—Farrah Rochon, USA Today bestselling author of The Dating Playbook

My Review:

In a New York Minute by Kate Spencer was exactly what I wanted from a romantic comedy.  This slow-burn romance, with equally awkward main characters, was a delight to read.  

Franny Doyle has just been let go from her designer job in New York City due to downsizing.  On her way home from work, during one of the most embarrassing moments of her life, she meets a man who helps her on the subway. 

Hayes Montgomery III is just trying to do the right thing when he helps a woman on the subway.  He doesn’t think much about the incident until a video of their interaction shows up online and goes viral.  

Franny is artistic, and a dreamer, whereas Hayes is in finance and he’s all about logic and numbers. When Franny and Hayes run into each other several more times, is it fate? Or coincidence.  

In a New York Minute is more than a romance, and although I loved the romance, I equally loved Franny’s friends and their relationships.  It reminded me of an updated Sex and the City vibe.  They were always there for each other and they also provided some humor.  When New York is part of the title of a book, I expect the city to be prominent in the story, and In a New York Minute, we get to explore the city through the eyes of the characters and I loved it.  

Both Franny and Hayes are adorable, and a bit awkward in their own way.  These totally relatable characters take their time to get together, but when they ultimately figure out they are made for each other, it’s wonderful to watch.  

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves romance and reading about friendships.  I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About Kate Spencer

Kate Spencer is the co-host of the award-winning podcast Forever35 and author of the memoir The Dead Moms Club. In a New York Minute is her first novel. She writes a bi-monthly column for InStyle and her 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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27 responses to “Book Review: In a New York Minute by Kate Spencer

  1. I love the sound of the main characters in this book. This sounds like a perfect book to read or listen to sitting on my balcony. I think I like the US cover. I like the skyline. Great review Wendy.

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  3. I’ve seen this one around a lot, but I had so many books I didn’t request it. I’ll request it at my library. I like awkward, funny main characters and a book that can make me laugh. Fab review, Wendy!

  4. This sounds like such a fun book. I love coming to your blog because you always turn me on to such fun, cute, and sexy romances. 🙂

  5. Fantastic review Wendy! I just noticed that the audio for this one has just been released! I think I’ll give it a shot! It sounds fantastic! Oh, and the cover for the United States was fantastic! 🤩💞📚

  6. Kaceey

    Fabulous review Wendy! I just saw the audio for this one just came out! Think I might give it a try! It sounds really good! Oh… and I ❤️ the US. cover!🤩💞📚