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30 review for Truly, Madly Manhattan (2-in-1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    I got stuck waiting in a doctor's office (running two hours behind schedule) and picked this up from the table. I normally disdain the romance genre but this was surprisingly well written for a light fluff read. A delightful low-calorie snack in the bakery of literature- nothing earth-shattering or thought-provoking, but exactly what was promised, a simple relatively well-written romance between mostly believable characters.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I Simply Loved This 📖. I Love All Her 📚S. Highly Recommend It. 😇

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chanelle

    This 2-in-1 book contains the stories Local Hero and Dual Image which are set in New York. Both stories are indicative of Roberts’ usual focus on forming positive and beneficial relationships with that added emphasis on the family unit. This theme is the reason I keep coming back to her novels as she shows that a family is formed by not just blood relations, but through the deeds and actions which demonstrate the care and love the characters have for each other. The first story is the more enjoya This 2-in-1 book contains the stories Local Hero and Dual Image which are set in New York. Both stories are indicative of Roberts’ usual focus on forming positive and beneficial relationships with that added emphasis on the family unit. This theme is the reason I keep coming back to her novels as she shows that a family is formed by not just blood relations, but through the deeds and actions which demonstrate the care and love the characters have for each other. The first story is the more enjoyable of the two to me. It’s always been one of my favourite re-reads and I admit to just picking up this edition to read Local Hero only. I’ve come to appreciate Dual Image, but it reminds of another story with a similar premise and with an actress as the female protagonist. It annoys me to no end that I can’t remember the name of that one. Either way, this another good example of the heartwarming literature that Roberts’ often produces.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ilean

    This is a two story in one book. The first story Local Hero I had read before and it deserves all four of the stars. Even though I have enjoyed every Nora Roberts book I've read in the past the secon story Dual Image I had to force myself to finish. I don't know exactly why but I only liked the part of the relationship of the little boy with the actress without all the rest of the story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    I don't know if it was just my mood, but I loved this light romantic reading. Nora Roberts has an inviting way with words and certainly makes her characters real.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    loved it

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Great stories, both of them. Even though they are older Nora, they are the best. Take a minute and go back in time, it will be worth it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Local Hero - Hester and her son, Radley (awful name!) move into a Manhattan apartment building and find themselves making friends with the downstairs neighbor, Mitch who happens to draw and write the Captain Zark comics that Radley loves so much. Hester is reluctant to consider a relationship, but Mitch is pretty adamant. This is the story of that struggle. The book starts out from Radley's POV and I nearly put it back down again - Nora Roberts does not write kids very well...they're too sickeni Local Hero - Hester and her son, Radley (awful name!) move into a Manhattan apartment building and find themselves making friends with the downstairs neighbor, Mitch who happens to draw and write the Captain Zark comics that Radley loves so much. Hester is reluctant to consider a relationship, but Mitch is pretty adamant. This is the story of that struggle. The book starts out from Radley's POV and I nearly put it back down again - Nora Roberts does not write kids very well...they're too sickeningly sweet when she does and it bothers me. Thank goodness she didn't resume his POV again. Instead, we hop back and forth between Hester and Mitch. Mitch is the highlight of the entire story! That and his relationship with Radley. Mitch is the perfect slob and has a delightfully lazy dog named Taz. He is kindhearted and he really delights in spending time with 9-year old Radley. He also, for some inexplicable reason decides he likes Hester. She is the lowpoint of this story and the reason it got 2 stars. Having been hurt or failed in marriage many years ago, Hester has made a promise to herself that she will never need or depend on another. And it killed me how much she hurt Mitch with sticking to that promise. She was whiny, she was irrational, she was uptight and she was constantly terrified of her relationship with Mitch. (In her defense, he did sort of insist on marriage after knowing her for 3 weeks...I too would have probably insisted on some time, but she didn't need to be so adamant that she would NEVER marry him). It was so irrational that she has this incredible guy who is devoting his time and love for her and she keeps telling herself that she won't depend on him because he'll eventually leave. This is really a story about a great guy who has a fantastic relationship with a cute kid and an awesome dog and the insignificant woman who is afraid of his love and keeps rejecting it. Eh. Dual Image - 3/5 - Another fairly average book - this was readable, enjoyable, kept me engaged and paced very well. The characters were unique and well written. The love scenes weren't the least bit graphic and of the fade to black variety. Ariel Kirkwood is an actress - she's overly bubbly, energetic and has a frantic sort of energy. She is an eternal optimist and I, personally, did not care for her as a character. She was borderline Mary Sue in that she was a perfect actress able to completely morph into a character in which she had nothing in common and she did it instantaneously. She also fell in love instantly, accepted it without question and when the hero hurt her feelings, she was very quick to forgive and forget. It felt so unrealistic. The hero, Booth, is a very bitter man, having been burnt by his previous wife...an actress who hid her true self. And so, he's rather haunted by Ariel's ability to become his ex-wife and is not so quick to trust her or enter into a relationship with her. He prefers to be alone with his bitterness. He frequently hurts the heroine with his lack of trust and his tendency to compare Ariel to his ex-wife. His character's not so bad. Their romance sort of occurs in the typical fashion - attraction, heroine insta-love, hero fights it, hero gives in, heroine admits love, hero freaks out and runs away, hero gives in and finale! SPOILER ALERT: The ending was a bit strange to me... Mixed into all of the above is a sub-plot in which Ariel is trying to win a custody case so she can raise her 4-year-old nephew Scott. In all her monologued complaints about the hero not trusting her, Ariel never once mentioned Scott to the man she loved. He's supposedly the most important thing in her life...if she wins custody of him, she's going to have a child to raise...which means the hero is going to have a child to raise. I think that is an EXTREMELY IMPORTANT factor to reveal to someone you are convinced you will marry. They never talked kids - does he even want any? It just seems dishonest not to have full disclosure here. And even weirder is that, bitter and solitary Booth didn't have a problem with the kid. He had a problem with Ariel's not trusting him with the info. Seemed very strange.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dharshikha SJ

    Excellent composition of two breath taking stories revolving in the densely populated New York Borough, Manhattan. Local Hero: Life circling three people- Mitchell Dempsey, a single mom- Hester Wallace and her son Radley. Mitch is a skilled comic book writer and the creator of 'Zark'. Radley, a fan of Zark immediately falls for the creator Mitch. The first impression on Mitch with Hester was a disaster. While Mitch finds something in Hester that makes him fall for her gradually. Still not breaking Excellent composition of two breath taking stories revolving in the densely populated New York Borough, Manhattan. Local Hero: Life circling three people- Mitchell Dempsey, a single mom- Hester Wallace and her son Radley. Mitch is a skilled comic book writer and the creator of 'Zark'. Radley, a fan of Zark immediately falls for the creator Mitch. The first impression on Mitch with Hester was a disaster. While Mitch finds something in Hester that makes him fall for her gradually. Still not breaking away from her failed marriage with Allan, Hester lives in a very small world which has room only for Radley. She tries hard to resist herself from Mitch's clever seductions. But day by day she feels her urge as a 'woman' overpowering her resistance as a 'mother'. Neatly written with beautiful emotions. Dual Image: Booth De Witt is a successful screenplay writer who is currently doing a film about his life with his cunning wife Liz. Ariel Kirkwood, a soap opera star gets to play the character of Liz- Rae. Though initially Booth thinks Ariel is so fragile and too young to play the part when he sees her acting he completely sees Liz in her. Ariel slowly falls for Booth. But Booth still not get getting away from Liz'z cruel games thinks all actresses are not trust worthy. Still he is impressed with Ariel's easy going and fun character. After all the melodrama he realizes he is in love with Ariel and they finally join hands together along with Ariel's nephew Scott.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Pretty typical Nora Roberts short stories; I think I liked "Local Hero" more than "Dual Image," just because I felt the relationship between the characters in "Local Hero" was more fully developed, especially between the wannabe-stepdad and stepson. I also found "Local Hero" funnier and more realistic. Overall, they're pretty typical Nora Roberts short stories--worth borrowing for quick and easy reads with a happening ending, but not her best and not worth buying. I recommend Roberts' Blue Smoke Pretty typical Nora Roberts short stories; I think I liked "Local Hero" more than "Dual Image," just because I felt the relationship between the characters in "Local Hero" was more fully developed, especially between the wannabe-stepdad and stepson. I also found "Local Hero" funnier and more realistic. Overall, they're pretty typical Nora Roberts short stories--worth borrowing for quick and easy reads with a happening ending, but not her best and not worth buying. I recommend Roberts' Blue Smoke or the O'Hurley series (Born O'Hurley) and O'Hurley's Return for the best of Nora Roberts.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Local hero (2 stars): Roberts wonderful writing style was the only reason this wasn't a less than one star book. The heroine is this book was fucking miserable to read. She acts exactly like youd think someone named Hester would act. Shes cold and frigid and prickly the whole entire book. SHe let one thing that happened a decade ago shape her whole life. Im not saying the guys not scuzzy for walking out on his wife and kid but he was 20 and still a mental child what did she really expect out of Local hero (2 stars): Roberts wonderful writing style was the only reason this wasn't a less than one star book. The heroine is this book was fucking miserable to read. She acts exactly like youd think someone named Hester would act. Shes cold and frigid and prickly the whole entire book. SHe let one thing that happened a decade ago shape her whole life. Im not saying the guys not scuzzy for walking out on his wife and kid but he was 20 and still a mental child what did she really expect out of him? Then she finds a great guy but refuses to let him in at every turn. If i could find a guy like that who wanted to marry me (and adopt my kid if i had one) I'd jump all over that. This hero was sweet but kinda pathetic for chasing after such a shitty heroine. Obviously i didn't like this couple so nothing else about the book gelled for me. Review of the second book to come

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Both books in this composite were originally published in the mid to late 1980's, and both are excellent. The first time I read Local Hero, I thought it was so-so, but this time I thoroughly delighted in all three of the main characters. As for Dual Image, it is hard to put down, even when you know what is going to happen. Nora Roberts seldom disappoints in her ability to bring her characters to life, and on second and subsequent readings, one comes to know and enjoy them tremendously.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Again a good read. Two romances set in NYC. The first story had me wondering why so many romances have responsible women being pulled to "loosen up" by happy-go-lucky guys, though I really liked both characters. It wasn't until a little way into the second story that I realized that Roberts turned that around nicely and had a by-the-books guy being romanced by a creative, uninhibited woman. They balanced each other nicely, and were fun to read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tashi Chenzom

    I enjoyed reading the first part of story, Local Hero, better! Mitch was awesome! I liked Radley for being so understanding a son. However, second part of story did make me shed tears, esp, when Scott came looking for Ariel. I was so touched. It was so interesting that I couldn't do anything else. I wanted to finish soon and know all the story!!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    This was 2 books in one. Both were early Silhouette books. One was Local Hero - where mom w/messed up past meets mom who is neighbor and they back and forth before coming together. The other was Dual Image - actress & producer with different pasts are together but one fights it. Both stories were easy reads but not much too them. Good summer reads though.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Early Nora Roberts fare, originally published in the mid 80's. Since I was in the process of moving and this was a book that was handy, I started reading it. I must say that I enjoy her cop stories (Eve Dallas) much better, these 2 stories were a fun getaway. Nora writes with humor and I enjoy that. I'd give these books three and a half stars. A great read if you are into romance.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Local Hero 4 stars This was sweet and cute and I really liked all the characters and the plot and it was just a great read. Dual Image 4 stars Although I didn't love Booth's character (he was kinda flat), Ariel made up for it. It was a nice story, and makes me want to watch that soap opera.

  18. 4 out of 5

    DeAnna Knippling

    I don't think I'm going to end up a Nora reader. I liked this better than the other one of hers that I've read, but it still left me cold and feeling rather manipulated. Besides which, in both of these two novellas, the female characters take chances - one of them with her SON - that left me feeling creeped out.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Staughton

    "Truly Madly Manhattan" is actually 2 of Nora Roberts's books in one--"Local Hero" and "Dual Image". I really enjoyed both of these stories. Nora Roberts is a really great author and I have enjoyed nearly all of her books that I have read. She really "pulls you in" and you just can't put her books down.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nancy White

    Of the two stories, I preferred the first one, "Local Hero." That said, even though I generally enjoy Nora Roberts, I don't think that either of these stories are particularly good. I was disappointed.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    I liked Dual Image better than Local Hero. Local hero was good but a little dull compared to Robert's usual books. Dual Image was lighthearted with a serious side (hence the name) and I could hardly put it down!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maura

    Two novella's set in New york city. Fisrt story had comic book writer hero that also happened to be a millionaire and totally hot! Heroine was single Mom who had 10 year old son. Heroine was smart and had gotten her degree and worked in banking. A bit of a fantasy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Linda Pinto

    This is a delightful book that made me smile. The book was a wonderful holiday gift just as helpful as the gift Lucy has for finding things and people. I hope we see many more novels by Heather Webber.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marjo

    Local hero: One star and a half. There's the nerd-bashing, and also a lot of nothing really happening. Dual image: DNF. By the end of the first chapter, all I could think was "writers have no business on a movie set". Don't care about the characters, nor about the romance. Not a good sign.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Lim

    Both stories are short and easy to read. The characters were cute and pretty. The plot was so-so. Two stars because the stories really were okay, but just OKAY. They didn't have the wow factor, and weren't really memorable. XD

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan Swansburg

    these two novels were light-hearted fun. I read them knowing that (a) they were set in the 80s, and (b) a comparison to recent NR stand-alone novels would not be fair. I thought the held up pretty well

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~

    I read the first story of this 2-in-1 book Local Hero and liked it, the second book i didnt even give it five minutes it was blahhhh.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I really loved Local Hero the first story in the book but I had a really hard time getting into Dual Image.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    These two-fers are sometimes necessary because the stories are so fluffy you can finish them in an hour. Still my favorite guilty pleasure, though.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    A Christmas present that I wouldn't bought for myself. I don't particularly enjoy NR's writing from the early 80's. It was light reading though. I love her trilogies.

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