Book Review: Summer in the City by Lori Wilde, Priscilla Oliveras, Sarah Skilton

Posted May 20, 2021 by WendyW in Blogging, Book Review / 0 Comments

Summer in the City
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by Lori WildePriscilla OliverasSarah Skilton
Publication Date May 25, 2021
Published by Kensington Books
Genres: Collections & Anthologies, Contemporary, Fiction, Hispanic & Latino, Romance
Pages: 320

There’s nothing like summer in Manhattan. The days are long and the nights are even longer. But when the lights go out on the city, fireworks explode. . .  Night at the Museum by Lori Wilde Art restorer Ria Preston knows a thing or two about beauty. And when she discovers her neighborhood crush, gregarious Wall Street advisor Vic Albright, is locked overnight in the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her, she can’t resist taking him on a very private tour . . .  Lights Out by Priscilla Oliveras Back in high school, Vanessa Ríos and Mateo Garza were theater troupe rivals. Now Mateo’s a rising Broadway star and Vanessa’s his most scathing critic. Cue a plot twist straight out of central casting: the two end up alone in his New York City apartment during the blackout, setting the stage for what could be their second act romance . . .  Mind Games, by Sarah Skilton What happens in college stays in college—unless you never get over it. In fact, Alison has been waiting to take her revenge on Nick, once the hottest guy on campus, now the hottest guy on the rising magician’s circuit. But her plans to sabotage his first show are upended by the power outage. That’s when the real magic happens . . .  

My review:

This anthology was a pleasant surprise for me.  Three stories, all set in New York City, during a blackout, each story about one of three friends.  And yet, these stories are so different, and each so unique.  I know the stories are by three different authors, each with their own voice, but I was still so surprised at how different each story was.  

The three friends, Ria, Vanessa, and Alison, are all set to escape the summer heat with a girls-only trip to Sag Harbor.  The evening prior to their escape, each woman has a separate important night out in the city.  The unexpected blackout of the city affects each woman’s plans for the night differently.  

I did enjoy this book.  I think the three stories worked very well together as they are linked by a single place and event, and yet are so very different.  I enjoyed the three different perspectives and thought each story was strong on it’s own.  

This review is based on an Edelweiss ARC provided in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.