When Harriet Knight was a child, her father was extremely
cruel, and constantly belittled his children. Unlike her
feisty sister and twin, Fliss, Harriet hid and withdrew
while Fliss fought back. Harriet developed a stutter,
which took years to overcome, but she never outgrew being
introverted and uncomfortable in dealing with people. As
adults, Harriet and Fliss have a successful dog-walking
business - Fliss handles the people contact, and Harriet
walks the dogs, which is right in her comfort zone.
Recently Fliss has found love, and Harriet is going to be
without her twin for the first time in her life. In a
bold move, Harriet decides to make some major changes.
Every day she challenges herself to attempt something
that takes her out of her established, comfortable
routine. She's having more direct contact with people,
and has even tried online dating.
When a client leaves her dog, Madi, with her brother on a
temporary basis, the confused pooch makes a shambles of
his unfamiliar, short term home. Dr. Ethan Black is
angry to find his orderly home in a mess, and takes his
frustration out on Harriet when she comes to take the dog
out for his walk. Poor Harriet is reduced to stuttering,
something she hasn't done in years, but she's still able
to explain Madi's behavior as being lonely, bored, and
confused. Ethan and Harriet eventually come to an
agreement that Harriet will take a more active role in
caring for Madi, since Ethan is an emergency room doctor,
and spends long hours away from home. This means that
Harriet will be spending a lot of time there.
Ethan comes off as rather abrupt and controlled at first,
but he's truly a dedicated and caring doctor. He takes
his vocation very seriously, and a failed previous
marriage has made him leery of any romantic entanglement.
He has intentionally established his life to include only
superficial dates, and believes he has successfully
driven all capacity to love out of himself. Though he
knows Harriet is not the type for a casual, no-strings
relationship, he's terribly attracted to her, as she is
to him. Despite both their misgivings, they begin an
affair, which soon leads to Harriet falling in love.
MOONLIGHT OVER MANHATTAN is a warm, sexy, and charming
story, which showcases the characters' growth as well as
their romance. Ethan has locked away his emotions after
a failed relationship, and has directed his passion
toward his career. It takes Harriet's love and warmth to
reawaken his walled-up heart. As for Harriet, her
courage in confronting her anxieties and fears showed a
strong and determined woman living within her own timid
exterior. I found myself cheering Ethan and Harriet on,
not only to their happily-ever-after, but to their own
better and stronger selves.
She'll risk everything for her own Christmas miracleâ€¦
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
listâ€”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 Madiâ€”how
can one tiny dog cause such mayhem? To Ethan, the solution
is simpleâ€”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 allâ€”letting Ethan know he has
her heart for life, not just for Christmas?