Book Review: Moonlight Over Manhattan.

cover119479-mediumIt’s like Sarah Morgan has been inside my head.

She’s had a rummage about, moved some tumbleweed aside, picked out every single thing I like in a romance and then put them all in her latest book, Moonlight Over Manhattan.

It has the brave yet troubled heroine, the handsome, hot, brooding hero (who also happens to be an ER doctor), chemistry between the two that’s almost palpable, a charming supporting cast, a storyline which keeps you engaged from page one, and, as an added extra, a cute dog.

Tick, tick and tick.

Here’s the blurb.

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 24-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?

I’m no stranger to Sarah’s books (this is book six in this series alone, although they can all be read as individual novels) and they would automatically be on my must read pile but I’ve really been looking forward to Harriet’s story ever since her first mention.

Sarah has really delivered with this one, it’s a lovely warm story with plenty of emotion and the romance between them is so well written.

I felt instantly connected to shy Harriet and loved the way she tried to overcome her difficulties. In fact, Harriet and Ethan both seem very real which meant I was invested in their tale and stayed up later than I should have done for several nights while trying to finish it.

A well deserved five stars.

Format: Kindle.

Price: £4.49.

My rating: Five stars.

With thanks to HQ via NetGalley for the ARC in return for my honest opinion.

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Book Review: Holiday In The Hamptons.

hamptonsIf Holiday In The Hamptons was a big family-sized bar of chocolate I would have gobbled the entire thing on my own in one sitting, with not even a tiny bit of remorse.

Luckily, it’s a book and not chocolate – which means all of the enjoyment and none of the calories. Win win.

At the end of each of Sarah Morgan’s novels I always rush to her website to try and find out when the next one will be available as I’m always desperate to read it.

Holiday in the Hamptons, teased in New York, Actually (five stars from me) was no exception.

This time we follow the story of Fliss and Seth, who have unfinished business.

Here’s the blurb:

The perfect summer escape…?

Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York…until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn’t seen Seth Carlyle in 10 years, but one glimpse of him – too gorgeous, and still too good for her – and Fliss’s heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in The Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the perfect way to escape her past…

Their relationship might only have lasted a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss – if she’s run away to The Hamptons, it’s because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn’t know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he’s never stopped loving her…

By the way Fliss reacts to even the thought of seeing Seth again, we know there is more to the story than meets the eye, and the gradual unraveling of exactly what happened makes for compelling reading.

It’s an emotive tale and loyal, brave, troubled Fliss is such an interesting character, it was lovely to see her gradually open up.

She’s not the only one though, Seth is the perfect hero and Fliss’s grandmother and her friends provide some genuinely laugh out load moments.

This story is number five in the From Manhattan With Love series but works as a standalone too.

While I didn’t feel quite as invested in these two as I have other characters in the series, it was still a great read – absolutely perfect for the beach, I would say.

Now I’m off to the website to find out when I can read the story of Fliss’s twin, Harriet (I hope it’s soon).

Format: Kindle.

Price: £4.99.

My rating: Four and a half stars.

Thank you to HQ (via NetGalley) for the ARC in return for an honest review.

Book Review: New York, Actually.

newyorkactuallyThere is an entertaining twist in the tale (or should that be tail) early in Sarah Morgan’s new book, New York, Actually – don’t worry, I won’t give any more away but it definitely made me chuckle.

I’ll say right off the bat that I’m an avid reader of her novels and this is, in my opinion, her at her very best.

The characters hook you from the start and it’s so well written that by the end you’re rooting for them both because they feel like friends.

Here’s the blurb:

Meet Molly

New York’s most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine.

Meet Daniel

A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no-one can get hurt. But then he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…

Molly and Daniel think they know everything there is to know about relationships…until they meet each other that is…

It’s fast-paced, emotional, funny, warm, romantic and oh so sexy.

The chemistry between Molly and Daniel is palpable from their first meeting and it just keeps building. It’s thrilling to witness because we also know that underneath it all there are secrets (so many secrets) on both sides that are, eventually, going to come out.

As a dog person, I loved the added dimension of the two pooches – and especially learning more about the humans from the way they interacted with the animals.

While this book follows two new characters and is a standalone, it is number four in the From Manhattan With Love series, which means we also catch up with some familiar faces – as well as try and work out who might feature in her next book (please let it be Fliss and Seth!).

Sarah’s Twitter profile gives a warning: “My books contain optimism and scenes some readers may find uplifting.”

That’s exactly how I felt when I finished. Do yourself a favour and buy it today.

Format: Kindle.

Price: £4.49.

My rating: Five stars.

With thanks to Harlequin UK for the ARC (via NetGalley) in return for my honest opinion.