Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan | Review & Blog Tour/Giveaway

Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan
Published: November 29, 2016
Publisher: HQN Books
Pages: 384
Recevied: from publisher via TLC Book Tours for honest review
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It will take a Christmas miracle for two very different souls to find each other in this perfectly festive fairy tale of New York!

Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she's given an opportunity to house-sit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn't expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous—and mysterious—owner.

Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife's death looming, he's isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. He wants no interruptions, no decorations and he certainly doesn't appreciate being distracted by his beautiful, bubbly new housekeeper. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?

First off, this is my first Sarah Morgan book and I will definitely be checking out more by this author. It was a nice break from the other genres I've been reading lately. I love a good contemporary romance.

This story is set over the Christmas holidays in New York during a huge snow storm. Eva is hired to decorate an authors apartment while he is away on a writing retreat to finish his next book. His Grandmother is the one behind this and she "unknowingly" pushes them together by hiring Eva. Lucas actually didn't even leave his apartment - he just said he was so he could be alone over the holidays. They seem to be opposites in every way, except they share one thing in common - dealing with grief. Lucas feels like she is inspiring him to finally write since he was having writers block. But since he resists the tug on his heartstrings, he pushes Eva away. 
The words tumbled past the block that had stopped him working. This was what he'd been waiting for. This feeling that the words were unstoppable, the story pouring onto the page.
I really loved Eva's character with her love for a fairy tale style ideal love. She believes in an HEA for everyone, even while being aware that sometimes it takes a long time to find it and you have to be open to it. She is sweet as sugar and spice and everything nice, but not a pushover and can take care of herself. She can let her emotions get the best of her because she believes the best in everyone and every situation.

Lucas is a jerk at the beginning. He uses his grief to keep people at bay and to let him be a loner. People assume his grief is so deep that he doesn't want to deal with the outside world yet. Eva doesn't take his shit and pushes him to open up and allow himself to heal. His grumpy facade begins to melt because she is such a vibrant and happy person that it starts to rub off on him. He's an idiot for not letting love in when he has the chance and needed to get over his baggage and let himself love again.

I was listening to the song Strings by Shawn Mendes and it reminded me of Lucas in this book. Lucas needs time and he finally realizes that he wants it all and only wants it with Eva. She's not just his good luck charm and inspiration for writing anymore. Here are the lyrics that remind me of them:

Darling I want all the strings attached
I love it when you look at me like that
And you're the only girl that brings me back
'Cause baby I want all the strings attached
It's like always and forever
I won't let a moment pass
And when I'm with you I feel better

Overall, these characters seem to need each other whether they like it or not. And in the true holiday fashion - it takes them time to see it. Eva has great supportive friends and I'd love to read some of their stories. 
Love is a journey. Carry a map.
It's a great love story to read during the upcoming Christmas holidays. There's family, love, and the magic of snow.

P.S. I found it adorable that Eva was afraid of his writing since he wrote crime thrillers that involved creepy and mysterious deaths. She even tries to change part of his story to make it more cheery.

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About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated 4 times for the prestigious RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice. Sarah lives near London, England, and when she isn't reading or writing she loves being outdoors. 


  1. Oh I love those lyrics. I love that song too. This sounds like a really good book and a contemporary that I might enjoy :)

    1. It's such a cute contemporary. I'm going to go back and read the first two in the series.

  2. I have some travel time coming up over the holidays - this is just the kind of book I want to read during that time. What fun!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  3. This sounds like it would make for such a lovely holiday read. I love NYC and I especially love NYC at Christmas time. Great review!


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