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?
Another sweet, feel-good read from Sarah Morgan–this time with dogs and Dr. Hot!
I really liked Harriet’s character–her love of dogs and her determination to do something every day that she was afraid to from Thanksgiving to Christmas (“Challenge Harriet”) was inspirational. It would have been so much easier for her to keep doing what she’d always been doing, so props to her for stepping waaaay outside her comfort zone each and every day. (That first scene with the Great Date Escape–OMG, too, too funny! And a great place to start.)
Though they don’t seem to have much in common at first, Ethan was definitely a great match for her–it just took him 90+% of the book to realize it. I loved how Harriet seemed to know him even better than he knew himself at times, and how she really made him work for their HEA in the end–again, it would have been so much easier to take the path of least resistance, but even when it could mean never seeing him again, she does the right thing. Go, Harriet!
Moonlight Over Manhattan does pull in a few characters from the rest of the series (especially those from
Holiday In The Hamptons and New York, Actually, since they star Harriet’s siblings) but it absolutely works as a standalone as well. There’s also an appearance from many of the characters from the O’Neil Brothers series that is extra fun if you’ve read those books (and if you haven’t, watch out, because that setting is unbelievably tempting! TBR piles, watch out…) but won’t leave you out in the cold if you haven’t had a chance to yet.
Rating: 4 stars / A-
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