Author: Traci Douglass

A Mistletoe Kiss in Manhattan by Traci Douglass

Posted on October 25, 2022 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 5 Comments

In A Mistletoe Kiss in Manhattan, Traci Douglass delivered a sweet and touching holiday themed romantic story based on the classic tale of the Grinch. A story which will have readers reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas.


A Mistletoe Kiss in Manhattan by Traci DouglassTitle: A Mistletoe Kiss in Manhattan
Author(s): Traci Douglass
Published by Harlequin Medical Romances on October 25, 2022
Pages: 192
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Source: Author
Format: eArc
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level: One FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

 Can a magical Christmas kiss in Manhattan melt the icy heart of the surgeon? Escape to New York for the holidays with the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Traci Douglass.
The surgeon grinch who stole…
…her heart!
Tasked with granting a sick child a special Christmas wish, ER nurse Emma Trudeau can think of no better person to help her pull it off than wealthy New York cardiothoracic surgeon Thad Markson. His reputation as a real-life grinch precedes him, but Emma is undeterred! And as much as Thad tries to resist Emma’s persuasive charms, it’s not long before she begins to melt his icy heart—with a magical kiss…
From Harlequin Medical: Life and love in the world of modern medicine.

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ER nurse Emma Trudeau was tasked with the hospital’s create a wish project for one of many children staying in the PICU during the Christmas holidays. Success of the project meant a promotion and better pay for Emma. She needs Dr. Thad Markson’s help, as he has the connections needed to make the project successful. However, convincing him to assist will be a challenge. Dr. Thad Markson aka the Fifth Avenue Grinch, a recluse, hated Christmas with a passion. Not one to give up, Emma makes it her mission to convince him work with her. Can she convince the Grinch of Fifth Avenue to work with her to granting a Christmas wish?


A Mistletoe Kiss in Manhattan tells the story of two souls who both experienced tragedy in the past, but whom reacted differently to the loss. Emma holds an optimistic view of life while Thad chose to in the pain of his past. A recluse by choice, whose colleagues considered him cold and heartless. The deeper one goes into the story, the more one learns of the events in Thad’s past which led to his current behaviour. These events were quite heartbreaking. Because of this he felt worthless and believes without his career he was nothing.

Emma’s determination to have Thad work with her changed his life. While working with him, she discovers that beneath the grouchy exterior lay a heart of gold. Emma shined her light on his darkness, helping him to see his worth.

The romance which developed between Thad and Emma will warm the heart. They were good together, but challenges in the form of insecurities and self-doubt threatened their budding romance. The moment of intimacy shared between the couple was quite tame, so don’t go into this one expecting any steamy scenes.

A Mistletoe Kiss in Manhattan was a delightful read which will have you believing in Christ miracles. It shows how childhood trauma can affect one’s perspective as an adult. It’s as story about healing, letting go of pain and embracing love.


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About Traci Douglass

Traci is a USA Today Bestselling romance author with an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She writes sometimes funny, always emotional stories about strong, quirky, wounded characters overcoming adversity to find their forever person. She believes Love is Love and hopes to accomplish brave, beautiful things with her one wild and precious life.

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