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?
ARC received from: Netgalley
Trope: Festive romance
One-Sentence Summary: Dog-walking and dating in New York at Christmas
Review: I’m not going to lie, I didn’t fall instantly in love with Ethan and Harriet and their story. In fact, when I was pushing through the first third, I was wondering whether I was going to enjoy it at all which was odd because Harriet is a character I can really relate to.
Thankfully my lacklustre feelings changed soon enough and I really started to like the way their relationship developed. My absolutely two favourite things about the book though are:
1) Getting to revisit the O’Neils in their idyllic winter wonderland and catch up with those beloved characters
2) Susan. I really warmed to this secondary character who is a great friend to Ethan. I am really hoping that she can get her own story as watching her struggle to move on from the tragic loss of her husband and son would definitely be an interesting arc.