Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan| Review & Giveaway via @TLCBookTours

Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Published: November 28, 2017
Pages: 384
Received: review copy via TLC Book Tours & publisher
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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?

This is just the perfect kind of book to snuggle up with after a busy day Christmas shopping and gift wrapping. It has the right pace for this time of year - the romance isn't one of those instantly in love kinds and it builds slowly over the course of the story. And the main characters are perfect together - one who is reserved and shy and one who is strong and determined. They balance each other so well, while helping each other see things in themselves that they thought were absent.

Harriet is such a great main character. I loved that she was challenging herself to do one new thing each day in order to get past her dependence on others and the safety of the same old thing. To me this shows bravery beyond belief - to put oneself out there like that and to give all kinds of things a try just because you find them hard or terrifying. 

And Ethan, at first he seems so full of himself, but I realize that it's more like how he describes that he's learned to turn off his emotions so that he can be a better doctor. Treat the patients symptoms and don't get attached so he can do his job to the best of his abilities. Sadly, he's taught himself too well how to shut out emotions and it's affected his personal life dramatically.

The best part of the story is watching Harriet go from shy and reserved to strong and confident. All thanks to Challenge Harriet and meeting Ethan. These two things in combination help Harriet get past her stuttering, her need to hide in the background and let go of the past.

The setting is Manhattan during the Christmas season, so it also has that extra element of the holidays and all of the cheer and love that comes with the holiday. I think given that Harriet will be alone for Christmas and not with her family when she is obviously in need and want of a "forever family", like the rescue dogs she fosters, it also adds an extra emotional charge to the story.

You won't be disappointed with the latest book in the From Manhattan With Love series. It can definitely be read as a standalone, just as they all can. It's the perfect season to pick up this book an begin your Manhattan journey.

About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. Described as ‘a magician with words’ by RT Book Reviews, she has sold over 14 million copies of her books. She has been nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the award twice; in 2012 for her book ‘Doukakis’s Apprentice’ and 2013 for ‘A Night of No Return’. She also won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their ‘Top Pick’ slot.

As a child Sarah dreamed of being a writer and although she took a few interesting detours along the way, she is now living that dream.
Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.


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