Title: Miracle on 5th Avenue
Author: Sarah Morgan
Series: From Manhattan With Love #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: 20th Oct
Sometimes love needs a Christmas Miracle…
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 housesit 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?
Source: ARC from Harlequin UK via NetGalley
What a warm, Christmas cuddle this book is. Fun, cute, enjoyable and even a little bit sexy, it’s everything I expected it to be and a perfect escape from the long winter nights.
I’ve been looking forward to Eva’s story since the start of this series. She’s bubbly and positive, optimistic and romantic, but she’s also struggling with the grief of losing her grandmother, who was more of a mother to her. With her upbeat personality quirks and her dislike of ever being alone, it would be easy for Eva to get a bit annoying from time to time, but her sense of humour and habit of saying whatever comes into her head without filtering it first make her funny as well as endearing and I loved finally getting to read more about her.
Lucas is everything that Eva is not. He’s dark and brooding and prefers to be alone. Yet he too is struggling with grief, and whether he likes it or not he needs Eva around to help him over his writer’s block.
These two are very different people and I loved the chemistry between them. Their relationship is sometimes fun and flirty, other times deeper and more meaningful, and I liked how they managed to connect as much because of their differences than in spite of them. Eva brings a lot of lightness to Lucas, but she also brings perspective. In turn he is supportive and caring and helps her understand that it’s okay to not be sunny all the time.
There are ups and downs, antagonistic duels and lovely moments, emotion and heat and inspiration, not to mention some very expensive wine and an ending that made me laugh as much as I sighed (with romantic delight). It’s Christmassy and romantic and a fun delight to read throughout. In all it’s a perfect addition to this series, neatly wrapping up the three Urban Genie friends, and I cannot wait to see where it heads next.
Miracle on 5th Avenue is out October 20th.
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