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Reviews of Morgan's Previous Books:
Sleigh Bells in the Snow (#1) -- TBQ
Suddenly Last Summer (#2) -- TBQ
Sleepless in Manhattan (#1) -- TBQ
Sunset in Central Park (#2) -- TBQ
I enjoy Morgan's writing and this series has been excellent all the way through, following a trio of friends as they set up a successful business in NYC and find their perfect match along the way. Miracle on 5th Avenue is the final heroine's story, and I loved watching Eva fall for her total opposite.
Eva's passion is cooking, and she runs a blog and YouTube channel devoted to all the things she learned in her grandmother's kitchen as a young girl. One of Urban Genie's beloved clients asks Eva to decorate her grandson's apartment for the holidays and set him up with food for later. He's supposed to be at his Vermont cabin writing his next crime novel, but when Eva enters the apartment and starts working, she finds out she's not alone after all -- Lucas is hiding in the apartment to avoid everyone. It's a difficult time of year for him, as he lost his wife 3 years ago (though it seems things weren't perfect between them after all...).
Lucas doesn't want to deal with anyone right now, especially the bubbly Eva. He knows his grandmother was scheming to get them together, even if Eva knows nothing about the plans. Yet he can't deny Eva is a wonderful cook, and more importantly her presence in his apartment is a much needed muse to his writer's block. How long can he hold on to the claim that he only needs her as inspiration before he must admit that he really just needs her?
This was a great opposites-attract holiday romance. Lucas is very serious, a bit grumpy and cynical, and loves his bloody, creepy crime stories. Eva is warm and optimistic as well as a total romantic who hates anything scary. But they make things work and have good chemistry.
The sex is not terribly explicit or hot, and only shows up -- briefly -- later in the book, but it is satisfying nonetheless. The tension leading up to it all was quite good. It's pretty typical for Morgan's books, so I knew going in that this wouldn't be a steamy hot read. I'm okay with that. :) Obviously, you have to realize that since I prefer my romances to be very, very dirty, my idea of "tame" may be someone else's "too hot". It's not fade-to-black here, but it's definitely more on the lukewarm side of explicitness.
I was a bit disappointed in the lack of interactions between Eva, Paige, and Frankie. That strong friendship was key in the first book, and even in the second, and was a good part of my enjoyment of this series. For some reason, it was more MIA in Miracle on 5th Avenue.
I highlighted quite a few lines while reading, which is very common with Morgan's books. Here's a few that made me smile:
Overall, a quick and charming romance to curl up with this holiday season. You can easily read it as a standalone, but 1 and 2 are good reads as well. There's a teaser in the end for Morgan's next release (another series, I believe, which sounds loosely connected to this trilogy) and I cannot wait.
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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.
*Note: The quotes used belong to Sarah Morgan; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim them. Any mistakes or typos in the quotes are my own fault.
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If you want to see more quotes, I shared a ton on Twitter while reading.
Until Next Time,
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