by Sarah Wendell
Smart Women, Trashy Books
When it snows like confetti or it's sunny and the sky is that inimitable blue over Central Park, I love being in New York City. Even more specifically, I love being in New York City reading romances set here. I wasn't born here, so part of me is a perpetual 13-year old girl gawking up at the tops of the buildings (though not standing in the middle of the sidewalk - I know better!). I never cease to be impressed with New York.
So much of romance removes the heroine from the 'artificial' structure and ambitious competition of urban environments like NYC, but I adore romances about the real people who live here. I once read a description of the people in New York comparing them to those clear layered science diagrams of the human body, with the circulatory system layered over the nervous system to create the complete picture, but with no one element touching another. Each person in NYC was like that, according to that author -- each on their own path, not really interacting with anyone else even as a few million went about their own routes each day. That's part of the magic of romances set in NYC: that connection, the moment when the routes change and detours happen and maybe there's a service delay or the bus is held up, but it's worth the alteration.
New York is a character whenever it appears in a romance, I think. Books like Louisa Edwards' New York foodie romances and Maya Banks' THE TYCOON’S REBEL BRIDE use New York as a breathing element to the story, as if it couldn't have happened anywhere else but here.
What are your favorite NYC romances, real or fictional? And what do you think is the City’s most romantic spot?♥
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