Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan
Published October 2016 by HQN Books
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?
I have been waiting for Miracle on 5th Avenue since reading book one. In book one, Sleepless in Manhattan, you meet the trio, Paige, Frankie and Eva. Each girl has their thing. They each have something about them that made me like them as individuals and as a team. I loved Eva’s character. Through the first two novels, I grew to love her more and more and was so excited when I realized book three was her romance.
Eva is a hopeless romantic to the core. She doesn’t shy away from who she is. She believes in the good and people. She believes in true love and happy ever afters. She cooks and enjoys watching romantic comedies on Netflix. She hosts her own Youtube channel and blog where she shares different recipes she’s created or tried. She is also very alone. Eva was raised by her Grandparents and has been taking the death of her grandmother really hard. She has dated but it hasn’t been anything serious.
One of her customers, an older lady named Mitzy, pays Eva to decorate her grandson Lucas’s apartment while he is secluded in Vermont writing his new novel. Shortly after arriving at his apartment, Lucas returns home. He had no intentions of going to Vermont, he just wanted his family to believe he was there.
Lucas’s wife passed away a few years ago and there was more to the story, but losing her and the other things going on when he lost her, has him completely not wanting a relationship. Due to the crazy New York City winter weather, Eva insisting upon doing her job, and Lucas’s writer’s block going away while having Eva around, the two end up spending a lot of time holed up in Lucas’s apartment.
Lucas is a crime fiction author and Eva loves romance. Their opinions on things clash quite a bit, but they like and appreciate each other’s opinions. Lucas hates Christmas, Eva loves it. Eva hasn’t visited the home her Grandmother was in prior to her passing since she lost her, and it is Lucas who talks her into going back for a visit. This is the perfect example of opposites attract.
It was fun, and oh so sexy.
“She felt dizzy and breathless..”
Lucas definitely tries to deny his feelings for Eva and even Eva for a slight moment questions what it is, but Eva, being true to herself throws her heart out there but won’t chase Lucas and I loved that about her. The pacing was perfect. This story held my attention from the first page all the way through the ending. I love how true to herself Eva is. In a world where being a dreamer and romantic can be frowned upon, she sticks by the things she loves.
Both Eva and Lucas had to work on and move on from their issues; Lucas and his wife and Eva believing she’s alone after losing her Grandmother–before they could reach that happily ever after. They assisted each other though with the process of letting go and moving on, which I appreciated.
I wouldn’t say you need to read the first two books in the series, but oh my goodness, read this one! It does take place during the holidays, so definitely add it to your holiday romance to be read pile.