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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

TLC BOOK TOURS: Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.




Today, we're joining a TLC Book Tours promotion already in progress.  It stars a Contemporary Romance selection and the latest addition to the From Manhattan with Love series from author Sarah Morgan via HQN.  Now, I've read all the titles in the series thus far and while I have loved them all, I think this one just might be one of my FAVORITES of the bunch!  Why?  Oh, you'll see in a moment.  So, ladies and gents, grab your pjs, a cup of hot cocoa, and grab a fur baby, because today's book of choice is ready, set, here...




From Manhattan with Love series, Book 7
by
Sarah Morgan
9780373804030
HQN


About the book...
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?



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First things first, a little bit of COVER LOVE!
I gotta say, this series has an AWESOME set of covers from start to well, where we're at in the series because I definitely hope this isn't the last installment.  I just couldn't bare it!  Anywho, again...cover love?  Definite YES!  Now, on to the story...or rather my thoughts and comments about/to our leading lady.




Oh Harriett...you are ONE LUCKY LADY!
How so?  Well, let's see...let me illuminate the ways...


* First of all, YOU ARE AMAZING...and watching you come to know that fact and in how many WONDERFUL ways it applies to you was outstanding.  Seriously, I wanted to clap wildly, jump for joy, give you a hug, and celebrate with a cup of hot cocoa (borrowing Dr. Hot's recipe, of course!) and a puppy by our side.  Speaking of which...


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* Second reason...you ADORE ANIMALS, which automatically makes us besties.  The care you show for mankind's best friend, the level of concern, the connections you forge, let's us know from the start, YOU are most definitely one of the good ones.


* Third...you're not afraid to try new things.  Okay, so maybe you are...and some of them with obviously good reasons...but you don't let that fear stop you.  From bad first dates to conversing with strangers to taking a chance on dog sitting (overnight...at Dr. Hot's house...PURELY for the dog's comfort and safety...NO LIE!), you already had your own version of a "bad girl card" without you ever realizing it.


* Fourthly...your caring ways don't merely extend to fur babies or their owners but those that harbor a kind soul themselves, hidden or not.  You show them through gestures...taking care of them (sick Doc, anyone?), cooking for them, etcetera...let alone your kindness.


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Obviously I could keep going, but short of writing a biography myself, I'll let readers discover more about you on their own.  Suffice it to say that I actually saw a lot of myself in you...no, I'm not glorifying myself either, I mean in some of your kindness but also your challenges.  No one's lot is as easy in life as it may seem from the outside looking in...some just hide the hurt better than others.  What better way to help the healing along than with your very own doctor?  *wink wink* 

Before you go imaging all sorts of "healing", let me warn you...Ethan has his own issues too.  Does it make him any less of a "Dr. Hot"?  Visually, no...but remember, this is Harriett; looks are great, but HEART is required.  (LOVE YOU FOR THAT!  SERIOUSLY!)  Guess that proves Ethan wrong from the start then about his lack of heart since knowing out leading lady, she'd never bother with him at all if he actually lacked one.



In the end, it was a WONDERFULL addition to a growing series that I love and adore.  The characters are memorable, the stories heart filled, and the romance is steamy but not over the top.  Each book builds off the others but not so much so that if it's your first venture into the series, you'll be lost...so stand alone status is YES but then again with a set like this, WHY STOP AT ONE?  Oh, and that image above?  It was me taking notes for this review when inspiration struck.  I thought it was rather ironic that the notepad I happened to grab said, well...you see it there.  ^-^






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About the author...



USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes lively, sexy contemporary stories for Harlequin.
Romantic Times has described her as ‘a magician with words’ and nominated her books for their Reviewer’s Choice Awards and their ‘Top Pick’ slot. In 2012 Sarah received the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives near London with her family.




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Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as to Harlequin publicity team for the ARC for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the series, the publisher, THIS TOUR, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.


BEFORE YOU GO...
BE SURE TO ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN IN THE TOUR WIDE GIVEAWAY!  UP FOR GRABS... $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD!


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Just CLICK HERE to access the Rafflecopter form to enter!




Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!






Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The FIRST Post of BOOKMAS!

Season's greetings...
...and welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers!


So, today marks the first post of BOOKMAS.
What IS Bookmas, you ask?
Great question!

Bookmas is similar to Christmas, except it brings tidings of great reads, holiday gifting suggestions, and just about all the bookish fun you can imagine from across the genre spectrum.  It's all in one place at one time (sorta) and ready to help you get out from under the yuletide stress, and get back to enjoying the season...one page at a time.  

Just why is it the "Twelve Posts" and not the twelve books?  Simple...I have WAY TOO MANY titles for you to consider, peruse, and read all about to limit it to twelve titles.  These posts are intended to highlight some great titles, give you ideas for your gifting this year, and help me clear up my "read-it-but-need-to-review-it" teetering stack.  Triple focus...yes siree!  So, ready or not, let's get this sled on the road as we unwrap today's featured titles....

by
Lita Judge
9781101994511
Dial Books

Just the ticket to get me in the mood for the magical wintry season ahead with an ADORABLE duo that had me dying of cuteness.  Seriously!  Just LOOK at that cover!  Hoot is the wise older brother, Peep is the kid sister, and in this adventure they learn about the beauty and wonder of snow...while uncovering a song fit for its splendor.  It will have little ones in awe as they join Peep in discovering just what sounds fit its majesty.  It will have older readers entranced by the beauty of the illustrations as well as the simplicity of this charming story reminding us to slow down and enjoy the season for all its worth. 


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Ronaldo the Flying Reindeer, Book 2
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Another high flying adventure with Ronaldo and friends, both old AND new, that reminds us of the importance of friendship, helping one another, and how sweet success can be when we give of ourselves. With a charming cast of characters, laugh inducing antics, and a snowfall of good intent, it's no wonder that this series is gathering quite the following.  If you haven't sampled this author's work, I highly suggest you do.  It's sugar and sweet but with a dose of reality that readers can take right off the page and into their daily lives.  All I can say is, well done, Ronaldo...well done indeed!


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by
B.C.R. Fegan
Illustrated by
Lenny Wen
9780648101949

Titch wants to be your best friend...or rather the best friend of the family he lives with...but, let's just say that they are less than grateful for his presence.  After all, Titch IS an itch, and not the easiest of ones to get rid of.  This is a surprising story filled with humor, creativity, an adorable itch that refuses to go away, and a message of acceptance...but I can't say that I'm gonna be welcoming any long-term itches into my own life anytime soon.  *snicker*


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Special thanks to TaleBlade Press, Penguin Young Readers, and author Maxine Sylvester for the copies for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on these titles, the authors, or the publishers, feel free to click through the links provided above.  Be sure to check back for the next BOOKMAS post tomorrow for more bookish fun!

Happy holidays and happy reading!


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