Miracle on 5th Avenue
by Sarah Morgan
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?
This is my first Sarah Morgan book, and it most definitely is not my last! In fact, I've already bought another one of hers to read. Her writing flows so naturally, and I found myself caring about and loving her characters.
Eva is a "hopeless" romantic who loves Christmas and believes the best in people. She lost her grandmother the previous year, and it's made her a bit more introverted, and sad. She's determined to change that this Christmas, however. She's been hired to decorate one of her client's grandson's apartments for Christmas. He's supposed to be away for the weekend...
Or is he?
Lucas is a crime fiction writer and he's having trouble coming up with material for his new book (that was due, like, yesterday). He's having trouble writing - much of it having to do with the Christmas season, and the fact that the anniversary of his wife's death is coming up. It's been three years, and Lucas is only getting more isolated.
Eva is a beautiful character who truly cares about others, and wants to find who she is again. The person who enjoys Christmas and believes in love. Lucas is infuriatingly wonderful. He has trouble seeing life from the bright side, and is perplexed by Eva's sunny attitude. These characters are quite different from each other, but they complement each other so well.
This book is a cozy read - parts of it hurt because there's something about the holidays that can be sad. Just like Eva, however, there is definitely a silver lining. It's about moving forward, and pushing toward something we need, and want. Something that helps us be who we are. That's the meaning I got from this book. I'm curious to see what others may think.
I know Christmas has passed, but this is definitely a read I suggest you pick up, regardless.
King of the Court
by Melanie Munton
Cam has been the king of college basketball for the past three years. Every season he dominates the basketball scene, and the entire country loves him. Well, everyone except for the only girl whose attention he actually wants.
As the new trainer for the men’s basketball team at North Calhoun University, Reese literally can’t stay away from the cocky star forward. She tends to avoid Cam’s type. The big-man-on-campus, alpha male type. But she’s finding it very difficult to ignore him and his relentless flirting.
THERE’S JUST ONE PROBLEM
Reese is the coach’s daughter. Cam’s coach has made it very clear that all members of his team are to keep their hands off Reese, no exceptions. With his final season at NCU under way, the last thing Cam needs is for his team’s dynamic to be screwed up, all because he couldn’t keep from screwing the coach’s daughter. He has to stay far away from her if he wants to take his team all the way.
MAKE THAT TWO PROBLEMS
Trey Warren. Point guard for NCU’s rival school. A.k.a., Cam’s long-time arch rival and coincidentally, Reese’s greatest nemesis. Trey is the one person who can send Cam’s basketball empire crumbling to the ground. Not to mention make matters between Cam and Reese even more complicated.
As the highly publicized rivalry between Cam and Trey intensifies, the attraction between Cam and Reese heats up to scorching levels. No matter what, they know they have to resist each other. The more they deny their feelings, though, the stronger the pull between them becomes.
But can they withstand secrets, betrayals, rivalries, and the ever-present press? Even if they break all the rules, will they be strong enough to fight through the forces conspiring against them?
AFTER ALL, EVEN KINGS CAN BE OVERTHROWN…
I am a sucker for a sports romance, and if you're anything like me, reader, you have a soft spot for it too. I don't understand it really - I don't know much of anything about any sport, and am often annoyed by certain sports (e.g. football). But a sports romance? Oh, I love it.
Cam is the ultimate sports romance hero in that he's a bit arrogant, loyal to his sport and team, and after a woman who sees the conflict in their getting together. Reese is an intelligent and level-headed heroine who finds it very difficult to ignore her attraction to Cam. Mix this chemistry/intensity with the fact that Reese's father is Cam's coach and you got yourself some tension.
There is some fantastic banter between the two, and it was quite fun to read. I love listening to witty banter. This also came as a surprise since it took me a bit to get into the book. It certainly wasn't a long time, but it did take a short bit. However, once I got into it, oh, it was sooo good. I definitely recommend this for my fellow romance readers - if you haven't tried a sports romance, let this be your first one.
Chasing Christmas Eve
by Jill Shalvis
Run for the hills—temporarily. That’s Colbie Albright’s plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie’s so over it that she’s under it. She’s also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she’s pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won’t be a stranger for long.
Spence’s commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn’t have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot—chemistry he’s got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself… just because she’s gorgeous and a great listener…just because she “gets” Spence immediately doesn’t mean he won’t be able to let Colbie go. Does it?
…and hope for a miracle.
Now the clock’s ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.
I am a sucker for a Christmas romance. In fact, before I got super into other romance sub genres, I ONLY read Christmas romances. I love their coziness, their hurt, but also knowing there would be some happiness. I loved reading about good people being happy, or not so good people learning a lesson resulting in them becoming better people.
This is my second Jill Shalvis Christmas romance. My first was The Trouble with Mistletoe which was my ultimate Christmas read last year. It's also been made into a movie over at PassionFlix, and I am going to be all over that during my winter break. Anyway - I was definitely looking forward to reading Chasing Christmas Eve this holiday, and I was not disappointed.
Colbie is a YA author (writing under a pseudonym) who needs a break from her deadlines, pressure, and playing "father" to her family. So, she decides to escape to San Francisco. Through a definite meet cute, she gets to know Spence who is basically a genius who sucks at relationships. There is an immediate attraction, and eventual affection between the two - and a definite expiration date for them. Colbie is expected back in New York on Christmas Eve.
I love books about books or authors, and Colbie's writer quirks were definitely endearing, and a good reminder that she is very much an independent woman. There was no "saving" by the rich hero like some books are accustomed to giving us. Don't get me wrong, I love the billionaire trope, but I also love women who can take care of themselves. Colbie, however, was too used to having to take care of EVERYTHING herself, so the affection Spence provides as a form of support is a definite turn-on.
I enjoyed reading about Spence and his emotional evolution. This is a romance, so you know the ending, but I don't want to give everything away - lets just say that both hero and heroine experience some growth in the emotion department. It was also great seeing Spence's friends, which include Keane and Willa from The Trouble with Mistletoe.
Something I appreciate from Shalvis's books are that the guy isn't always the one with "the problem". She doesn't shove the responsibility and hurt over to the hero - in these two books of hers that I've read, she's written women as a real woman with anxieties, faults, and hopes. That is probably my most favorite aspect of her books (of the ones I've read).
I recommend this book to lovers or romance, especially those in the mood for an unconventional Christmas read (not everything is about Christmas and there is no snow, so I'm calling it unconventional lol).
Do I have readers? I hope that I do. I'd probably do this anyway if I didn't. I wanted to drop in and share a bit of an update as to what's going on with me.
I've been having a hard time as of late, reader. On one hand, I've reached my Goodreads goal of 100 books this year - which is awesome. On the other hand, I've found it very difficult to remain focused and read more...create more. For those who do not know, I draw, watercolor, cross stitch, and embroider here and there. I've very little motivation as of late, however, to do any of these things. My day job has me exhausted, and it has all left me feeling a bit overwhelmed.
I'm sharing this, not to get attention, but so that people out there can understand that these moments of feeling like it's all too much can happen to anyone and at any time. I so want to read and review on here - and think up other content that would be great to share...but I'm taking it one day at a time. And so should you. Kisses and hugs. I'll see you soon.