#BlogTour #Review ~ A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas by Darcie Boleyn

I’m absolutely over the moon to welcome the lovely Darcie back to the blog today as we kick off her blog tour and celebrate the publication of this brilliant book! Have a wonderful day sweetie xx32731802

Lucie Quigley hates Christmas. It’s the time of year when everything goes wrong in her life. So this year, when she’s asked to be a bridesmaid at her friend Petra’s Manhattan wedding, she jumps at the invitation to escape the festivities.

Dale Treharne has been best friends with Lucie for as long as he can remember. He’s used to looking out for his oldest friend and when she asks him to be her plus one, he can’t seem to find a reason to refuse. Instead, he sees it as a way to help Lucie get through what is, for her, the most miserable time of the year.

In New York, as the snow starts to fall, Lucie and Dale start to realise that their feelings run deeper than just friendship. But can they overcome their pasts, and make it a very merry Manhattan Christmas?

 

Title: A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas
Author: Darcie Boleyn
Release Date: 7th November 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Canelo
Format: ebook
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About the Author

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Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

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My Review

Ok let me say up front I love books by Darcie, NYC is my favourite place and Christmas just adds to the joy. I have experienced the festive season in Manhattan several times so I was looking forward to revisiting some of my special haunts and this certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Lucie is the kind of girl that mishaps happen to, slightly accident prone. So when her friend asks her to be bridesmaid she agrees then realises the wedding is taking place in New York. So she asks her best friend to accompany her (as you do when it’s all expenses paid) that way she has someone to look out for her. Now this best friend just happens to be male.

Dale is your average boy next door type, comes from a loving family, works with plants and is a genuinely nice guy. Ok, scratch that he is a bit of a hunk in disguise. Anyway, he thinks the world of Lucie and will do anything for her.

Due to past issues in her family and events occurring on Christmas Eve Lucie understandably dislikes Christmas. Her old memories come back to haunt her and she dreads the season. Dale however loves it and always has big celebrations with the family. Because they have been friends since childhood Lucie is always invited to these gatherings. However this year will be different they will be in the most romantic place imaginable.

They are lucky to get a hotel room which overlooks Central Park, the snow magically falls and the shops are heaving with people gift hunting, carols are playing and the general atmosphere is geared to Christmas. Dale does his best to encourage Lucie to get into the mood and he is so sweet in his actions.

The couple getting married are having such a lavish event but are they happy? Time will tell and Lucie makes a fabulous entrance in her role as bridesmaid … giggles a plenty.

There are so many incidents in the story but I don’t want to give any spoilers. Follow Lucie and Dale as they experience the magic and the test on their friendship. I love the balloon scene … it’s real melt your heart stuff, Dale is just the kind of guy any girl needs in her life he is so squidgy and adorable.

I could rave about this forever but suffice to say it’s made it into my top books of the year list and I encourage everyone to read it and prepare for the festivities … oh and if you get a chance to visit NYC .. do it!! Darcie has such a sweet approach to writing, as soon as you begin one of her books it feels like ‘coming home’ there is a certain element of comfort along with a some lighthearted humour incorporated with more serious issues … looking forward to the next book already.

I received this ARC from Faye Rogers, Netgalley and Canelo .. thank you. stars-5-0._V192197110_

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