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Christmas with the Best Man (Christmas in Manhattan) Mass Market Paperback – Large Print, November 21, 2017
About the Author
Susan Carlisle’s love affair with books began when she made a bad grade in math. Not allowed to watch TV until the grade had improved, she filled her time with books.Turning her love of reading into a love for writing romance, she pens hot medicals.She loves castles, traveling, afternoon tea, reads voraciously and hearing from her readers. Join her newsletter at www.SusanCarlisle.com
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After an emotionally distressing incident when Dr. Helena Tate was a teenager, she has tried to move forward. Though she is a successful emergency room doctor, there is no one special in her life at this time. Yet she hopes one day to find a man with whom to have the family that she desires. While Helena does often interact with Dr. Elijah Davenport at Manhattan Mercy hospital, his reputation of not wanting to settle down with one woman lets her know they can never be anything but professional coworkers.
When Elijah’s twin brother gets married and he along with Helena are attendants, there are several playful moments after the ceremony which have them really noticing the other for the first time. The couple then seem to come in contact more often at work after the wedding. Although there is certainly much physical longing between Helena and Elijah, his attitude about relationships is nothing like hers, so she feels giving in to the strong pull will only result in future misery.
Holiday stories are always a favorite of mine, and I had a great time visiting several decorated sights in New York along with the characters. The latest Christmas in Manhattan installment even has a wedding that was imaginatively seasonal. How Helena reacts to the snow had me grinning, since I am also a southerner. When it comes to any medical procedures, each problem is handled in a way which had me convinced every detail is accurate. Getting to see these two dedicated doctors during a crisis let me know just how much they cared about their patients.
From the start of CHRISTMAS WITH THE BEST MAN, I really like Helena and Elijah. While both have a good reason for letting an event cause them anguish in the past, she has not let it dictate much of her current life as he still does. These two individuals will have to do much soul-searching before their short fling can become more than a few days of pleasure, and Susan Carlisle gives each much to ponder when unexpected feelings are experienced. I thought all responses were spot-on for the happenings in their lives, and a few reactions left me worrying how everything would ultimately turn out for the spirited Helena and Elijah.
I voluntarily reviewed the book, and all comments are my honest opinion - 4.5 Stars
Dr Helena Tate has had a bit of heartbreak in her life but she still believes in love and marriage and children, she is close to her family but has moved from the South up to New York and is very happy working at Manhattan Mercy Hospital. But when she is maid of honour at her friend’s wedding she is suddenly very attracted to the best man Elijah Davenport and one kiss and dance in the snow leads to a fling or can it be more.
Elijah is not interested in marriage at all he has seen what his parent’s marriage is like and he wants none of it and he has something that he has held close to himself for many years and guilt plays a big part in his life but he is a bit of a playboy so he is shocked at the pull he feels for Helena at his brother’s wedding and convinces her to have a fling will his heart melt a little.
This is really a good story the banter between Helena and Elijah is just the best they both have such a great sense of humour that had me smiling, as well as a deep sense of honesty but the love that grows between them cannot be denied it shines and sparks and this Christmas fling turns Elijah around and together they become one beautifully. This is a must read MS Carlisle has written another winner that ticks all of the boxes for a fabulous medical romance.
The wedding of his brother draws Dr. Elijah Davenport to see Dr. Helena Tate as more than just the casual colleague she has been in the past. A vision in the winter wonderland setting, she opens his eyes to how beautiful of a person she is. When sparks fly, he takes advantage of the fact that she's feeling something too to offer up the tantalizing temptation of a fling!
Helena is still holding out for her Prince Charming to come along and give her the loving family she's always dreamed of ... and everyone knows that "good time" Elijah isn't going to do that! ... but who says a girl can't have a little fun while waiting for Mr. Right to knock on her door??
Dr. Helena Tate has past baggage and she is not interested in a ‘play with them and leave them’ type of a man. But handsome and charming Dr. Elijah Davenport was exactly that type of a man. So how could she stay far away from him? Because after dancing with her and kissing her at his brother’s wedding, he discovered chemistry between them and was determined to explore it fully.
CHRISTMAS WITH THE BEST MAN is a fun, flirty yet at times emotional story. I loved reading this book. Author Susan Carlisle brought this story to live on the pages with a sensitive yet not ready for commitment hero and a strong heroine who wouldn’t settle for anything less than what she deserved and wanted.
Recommended for all readers of medical romance.