Sarah Morgan’s ‘Moonlight Over Manhattan’ Review

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Dog walker Harriet Knight is on the quest to challenge herself and break out of her shell. When she meets handsome doctor Ethan Black, she realizes the greatest challenge she has to face is love.

 

Published: November 28th, 2017

Publisher: Harlequin

Pages: 374

Series: From Manhattan with Love #6

Four stars (2)

“If you don’t push yourself to do the things that scare you, how will you ever find out if there’s more to life than the one you’re living?”

 

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?

 

“Quiet doesn’t meant you don’t have important things to say. Just that you might take your time saying them.”

 

This was my last official read for 2017 and I’m so glad I ended on such a high note! This book was all kinds of adorable and sexy and funny and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was different from other romance books I usually read because it wasn’t as ‘graphic’ as new adult romances in terms of extensive explicit language and sexual scenes, but this book did have just enough of both to where it was sexy and realistic. It was an ideal holiday romance to end the year!

I really enjoyed both main characters in this book. I thought Harriet was sweet and easy to relate too. I think we all get so used to living in our comfort zones and never really stray outside the lines, it’s easy to live the status quo and never challenge ourselves if the opportunities don’t arise. That was another reason I loved Harriet, she didn’t just take the opportunities she found, she went out and actively tried to challenge herself. It was refreshing to be a part of such an important part of a character’s life, she was really going through this metamorphosis and learning to live on her own and be her true and happy self. Ethan was a wonderful character to follow too, he too was finding himself and his feelings for Harriet were showing him just how detached from life he became. While she was learning to find herself for the first time, Ethan was learning to find himself again.

The romance aspect of this novel delivered just as much as the character development. Both characters were reluctant at first, and I really appreciated this aspect. Far too often I have to DNF books because the instant infatuation between characters gets on my last nerve, but the romance in this was realistic and unforced, and I loved it. The sexy scenes were just as swoon-worthy as any of my favorite new adult books. Not to mention the comedy in this one! The beginning chapter, where Harriet is literally jumping out of a window to escape a blind date, had me laughing within minutes.

If you’re still in the holiday spirit or are just in the mood for something light, sexy, and funny then this book is definitely for you! It’s a pretty quick read (it only took me forever because we were moving) and would be a nice vacation read. This is book #6 in the series but can be read as a standalone, although I understand that other characters (like Fliss and Molly) are the main characters in the previous books.

I really enjoyed the writing and elements of this book and I’m excited about that because I found a new author to be on the lookout for! I can’t wait to dig into other Sarah Morgan books this year.

Other books in this series (in order):

 

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