Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

Title: Moonlight Over Manhattan
Author: Sarah Morgan
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: From Manhattan with Love #6
Main Characters: Harriet and Ethan
Release Date: November 2017
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
She'll risk everything for her own Christmas miracle... 

Determined to conquer a lifetime of shyness, Harriet Knight challenges herself to do one thing a day in December that scares her, including celebrating Christmas without her family. But when dog walker Harriet meets her newest client, exuberant spaniel Madi, she adds an extra challenge to her list--dealing with Madi's temporary dog sitter, gruff doctor Ethan Black, and their very unexpected chemistry.

Ethan thought he was used to chaos, until he met Madi--how can one tiny dog cause such mayhem? To Ethan, the solution is simple--he will pay Harriet to share his New York apartment and provide twenty-four-hour care. But there's nothing simple about how Harriet makes him feel.

Ethan's kisses make Harriet shine brighter than the stars over moonlit Manhattan. But when his dog-sitting duties are over and Harriet returns to her own home, will she dare to take the biggest challenge of all--letting Ethan know he has her heart for life, not just for Christmas?

My Review:
Aww, I forget how good this series is until I dig into another one of the books and fall in love. This is a great addition to the series. 

In this book, Harriet is trying to push herself, to improve. We've met her siblings who've been her support system in two of the other stories, but they have new spouses/priorities now. So, she's trying to push herself to be more assertive, more independent this holiday season. It starts with a Challenge Harriet plan. Every day she will do something that pushes her outside her comfort zone. Well, one of those challenges ends with her in the ER after she had to escape a bad date through a bathroom window and twisted her ankle. 

There she met hot, hunky ER doc, Ethan, and made an impression on him just because she's such a nice person...something that he sadly doesn't get very often. But once she's gone, he figures he'll never see her again...but he's wrong. In a strange twist of fate, she's his sister's dog-walker...and he ends up taking care of the dog through the holidays. It's fate...or a fun author...LOL. 

I loved that their encounter at the ER was so incredibly good and that their first encounter out of the ER was equally incredibly bad. My heart hurts for Harriet. She doesn't deal with contention well, and on that first/second meeting, Ethan is a pretty confrontational guy. Harriet runs, but she is trying to do the hard things, so she comes back. I admire her character so much. Everything she is doing is hard for her, but she knows she'll be better off for it. That makes her such an empathetic character.

I also really liked Ethan. As an ER doc, he's learned how to shut off his emotions on a certain level. As a result, he thinks that marriage or forever for him is impossible.

This is a great romantic, happy story. It's perfect for the holidays with all the images of NYC during Christmastime that I loved. Reading it was like watching a favorite holiday movie with all the happy feels and the need for a cup of cocoa, a roaring fire, and a big cozy blanket. I loved it and HIGHLY recommend you add it to your holiday reading essentials!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review, but I bought a print copy of the book for my keeper shelf.

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