Miracle on 5th Avenueby Sara Morgan (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Series: From Manhattan with Love #3
Published by HQN Books on November 29, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Dating & Sex, Romance
Source: TLC Book Tours
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I received this book for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
It will take a Christmas miracle for two very different souls to find each other in this perfectly festive fairy tale of New York!
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 house-sit 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?
Miracle on 5th Avenue is the second book that I’ve read by Sarah Morgan, and I think I fell head over snow boots in love with her writing and characters with this third installment of the From Manhattan With Love series. In this stand alone romance, two opposites who’ve both suffered loss are drawn together while they’re snowed in together in the middle of New York City before Christmas.
Eva Jordan is a chef by training and an upbeat nurturer by design–all thanks to the loving grandmother who raised her. Now that her grandmother has passed a little over a year ago, Eva’s struggling to keep the happy, brave face she puts on for her friends/ co-owners of Urban Genie, as well as the clients of their concierge business–especially during their favorite time of year, the Christmas holidays. But when Eva is hired by rich matron Mitzy to decorate her reclusive, best-selling crime thriller author grandson Lucas Blade’s penthouse apartment for Christmas, little did Eva know that she would meet her match in the cynical, distrustful, and unfriendly Lucas.
From Lucas and Eva’s first encounter, sparks fly as Eva slowly feeds both his body and his soul, as well as his creative side. Lucas finds that Eva’s honesty and her lack of filter are quite refreshing, and even though he still mourns the death of his wife three years earlier to a freak accident, Eva awakens feelings in him that he hasn’t felt before–and would rather not acknowledge.
I really loved Eva, and even though she’s bubbly, outwardly happy and optimistic, she has a backbone and won’t be trampled over by Lucas. She has two fantastically close friends that she runs a successful and growing business with, but even they don’t see that she’s awfully lonely. She’s still mourning the loss of her grandmother–her only family in the world–and the pain just isn’t going away. Helping Lucas’ grandmother has filled the void a little bit, but we don’t get to see any of their interactions in this book, and that’s something that I really wished the author would have written about.
As much as I loved Eva, I could relate to Lucas a lot. He’s in his head with his research into his dark crime thrillers, and he’s been wildly successful writing these books since his wife passed away. He just wants to be left alone to write and mourn in the way that he sees fit, but his grandmother is worried about him so she’s hired Eva to decorate and cook a bunch of meals for him. Eva just didn’t expect to arrive to an apartment where the occupant was still in residence, and unaware that she was coming on orders from his grandmother. And so their banter, their butting heads, and their relationship begins…
I give Miracle on 5th Avenue a five out of five. This is a great romance, set at Christmas time, and the atmosphere of a snow bound Manhattan was magical. With an optimistic yet sad heroine and a brooding hero, Sarah Morgan took me on a great journey as Eva and Lucas grew to know each other beyond their professional bounds, learning about each other’s sorrow and joys. This opposites attract romance was a joy to read, with lovely, complex characters and beautiful settings. I really hope there’s more books in this series because I want to see Mitzy and Eva interact as family.
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About Sarah Morgan
USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes lively, sexy contemporary stories for Harlequin.
Romantic Times has described her as ‘a magician with words’ and nominated her books for their Reviewer’s Choice Awards and their ‘Top Pick’ slot. In 2012 Sarah received the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives near London with her family.
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