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Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

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Book: Moonlight Over Manhattan

Series: With Love #6

Author: Sarah Morgan

Release date: 5 October 2017 (UK) 28 November 2017 (US)

Main characters: Harriet Knight, dog whisperer and super-shy heroine, sick of life as a wallflower. Ethan Black, emergency room doctor, who seems to have detached from life.

Plot: Harriet Knight has always been quiet, timid and afraid – and she has good reason. When her twin sister Fliss finally leaves home on her own romantic adventure, Harriet decides the time has come to face her fears. Every day she plans to do something that she either hasn’t done before or that scares her. She’s done letting her siblings make her life easier. That involves dating. She’s much more comfortable around the dogs she walks for a living and animals in general – humans? Not so much. Her first foray into being brave involves shinnying out of a window and landing up in the ER…and setting eyes on a very impressive Dr Black.

Dr Ethan Black is the consummate professional – he’s in control of his life and his emotions. Nothing phases him in the ER. It’s also true of his personal life until he agrees to keep his sister’s dog Madi for a couple of weeks. Nothing can prepare him for the mayhem that ensues. He enlists the help of Harriet, Madi’s dog walker and together they navigate their way through the responsibilities of being a pet owner. Sparks soon fly, confidences are built and soon, Ethan and Harriet are left wondering whether their attraction has legs or whether the heat will fizzle by the end of the holidays.

Why you should read it:  I have a love-hate relationship with this series – some of the heroines have been great, others have verged on martyrs and whiners. Harriet I knew would be different. She’s so grounded as a person and caring – but at the same time has a backbone of steel. I loved her straightforwardness and compassion for others. She was consistent and was quite a refreshing character. Ethan was reserved at first, then when he warmed up, became quite dry and cheeky! I loved him – their chemistry built slowly and it was perfectly paced.

What you may not like: Not much – I have ranted in the past at exasperating heroines, cold heroes, but those elements weren’t present in this book – it was a joy to read. I’m not a dog lover, but I’ll admit, it made me think twice!

Rating: 5/5 for a well-constructed, funny seasonal story.

 

Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan

Back view of a woman in a hat, walking with a dog on a pierBook: Holiday in the Hamptons

Series: From Manhattan with love #5

Author: Sarah Morgan

Release date: 15 June 2017

Main characters: Felicity Knight, fiercely loyal to her family and incredibly good at keeping her feelings under lock and key. Seth Carlyle, her ex-husband who never quite got her out of his system.

Blurb:

The perfect summer escape…?

Fliss Knight hasn’t seen her ex-husband Seth for ten years, so when she discovers he is now working as a vet at the New York clinic she uses regularly for her dog walking business, she panics. When Fliss and her identical twin Harriet receive word that their elderly grandmother has had an accident and is in need of help, Fliss grabs the chance to escape Manhattan for the Hamptons.

The first person she meets on her arrival is Seth. Reluctant to confront the issues in their past, Fliss pretends to be her sister. But how long can Fliss keep up the ruse when Seth wants to talk to “Harriet” about why he and Fliss fell apart…and how he can win her back?

As Fliss struggles to keep up with the tangled web she’s weaved, sparks are starting to fly and she discovers that before you can have a future, you have to let go of the past.

Why you should read it: I love the variety of characters in this series. They’ve all been different, yet there has always been that reassuring feeling of familiarity and the feeling that all will be well in the end. In this book, I loved the story’s premise. An old love affair, with the possibility of a reconciliation. The narrative kept me interested as did the entertaining situations and mishaps that Fliss ran headlong into. Seth was a determined character. He wanted to get his girl back and he wasn’t going to give up as easily as he had years before. I liked him a lot. He was practically perfect, with an almost omniscience when it came to his ex-wife’s mind. The chemistry between them was believable and hot and I enjoyed their interactions.

What you may not like: One word: Fliss. She may drive you insane. She drove me insane. I totally sympathised with her up to a certain point, but after her endless laments about being a bad person, not being good enough, blah blah blah, I did lose my rag with her a bit. She has good reasons to be closed off – but they really did grate after a while. Her endless internal dialogue was repetitive and her feelings about herself were exhausting. Her inability to say what was on her mind, and her cluelessness towards Seth made me want to shake her.

Rating: 3/5 for a sweet romance, with a lot of heat and some entertaining situations. A challenging heroine and a saint-like hero.