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New Year Kiss with His Cinderella

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Avery is a nurse and she gets the kiss of her life when the ball drops at New Year's. Although she is sure to never forget the kiss, she certainly never expected to meet the sexy tranger again. However, when Dr. Carter shows up in her ER, those strong feelings soon will not be able to be denied. However, they both have baggage and despite their super strong attraction, one that simply cannot be denied, Carter has very sensitive circumstances that pretty much negates any chance at a happy ending between them. Avery has her own issues and it is those very issues that led to her first meeting with Carter. 

How can the pair deal with their attraction on a professional level while at the hospital, all while navigating difficult personal circumstances? That is what readers will discover in this highly emotional story. In fact, it was the story that was secondary to the brewing romance that really snagged my attention. I love how this story dealt with serious illness as well as family drama, and how everything was able to be resolved in a more than believable manner. This is one of those stories where it was more than easy to become emotionally invested in the characters. This sensitive medical romance was an excellent first book in what promises to be an endearing series.

Many thanks to Harlequin Medical Romance and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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New Year Kiss with His Cinderella by Annie O'Neil delights the heart and the spirit.  From the flirty verbal  salvos to the picture-perfect ending, Dr. Carter and Nurse Avery have great chemistry and undeniable compatibility.  They have such a cute meet and share a kiss on New Year’s Eve.  The pair assume that this kiss in the start and the end of their connection.  However, when Carter arrives at his new job at Saint Dolores’s ER, he finds that Avery is an integral part of the staff there.  They are unable to resist their growing attraction but know that there is no longevity to this relationship.  Avery is grappling with the loss of her singing partner and sister, while Carter is trying to save his self-destructive sister.  One of the nicest aspects of this stellar story was how honest Avery and Carter were about their situations.  In the hands of a lesser author, the pair would have stumbled around telling half truths and fostering misunderstandings.  Carter has spent the last several years of his life trailing behind his sister as she makes a shambles of her life; he has no room for love or commitment.  Then why does it feel like he CAN make a home and a commitment with Avery? 
Thank you to NetGalley  and HARLEQUIN - Romance for this ARC for an honest opinion!
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An emotional story that kept me hooked from beginning to end. I loved the first meeting between Carter and Avery. It was New Year's Eve, and she was riding a mechanical bull, trying to win the cash prize. One sight of the handsome stranger intently focused on her, and she lost her concentration and her seat. I loved Carter's offer to win it for her and his understanding of her reaction. In the end, Avery succeeded, and they shared an intense midnight kiss. Then Avery walked away, never expecting to see him again.
 
Fate, of course, had other plans. The next day Avery, a nurse practitioner at Nashville's busy ER, gets a shock during the welcoming of new hires. One of them is Dr. Carter Booth, the sexy stranger from the night before. The tension between them is off the charts as Avery gives Carter a tour and assists with his first couple of cases. It isn't long before they have to admit there is something between them
 
I loved seeing the relationship develop between Carter and Avery. It starts as a no-strings fling between friends. Carter is upfront about his inability/unwillingness to do any long-term commitments. His younger sister is in prison and also suffers from a chronic disease. She frequently gets in trouble and is moved to another prison, and Carter follows along to the closest hospital. She is the only family he has, and his protectiveness runs deep. Avery also avoids relationships. She still grieves the death of her sister two years earlier. She has locked up her emotions between her grief and being dumped in her last relationship. But as the weeks go on and they spend time together, something more than attraction builds between them. I loved seeing them open up and share things they'd never told anyone else. The support and understanding they have for each other are fantastic.
 
When an incident at the hospital breaks the walls Avery built around her emotions, Carter was there to pick up the pieces. I loved how he helped her rediscover her music and the big decision she made because of it. Then a medical crisis involving Carter's sister causes him to pull away from Avery. I wanted to shake him for his unkind words before walking out and ached for Avery and her heartbreak. I loved the lecture he got from his sister, who'd gone through some changes in her own outlook, and called him an idiot for walking away from Avery. It was an eye-opening experience for Carter, and I loved its effect on him. His big moment at the end was sweet and emotional.
 
As is usual with Harlequin's Medical line, a few medical issues played significant parts in the story. They were well done without overshadowing the romance. The detail was sufficient for the seriousness of the scene without feeling like I was reading a textbook. I always seem to learn something new from one of these books.

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This is a Medical Romance, and this is the first book in the Nashville ER series. I really loved this book. The beginning pulled me into the story, and I loved the two main characters in this book. There was a ton of character development. The romance in this book started out has friends with benefits, but we all know it does not end like that. I found this book so cute, and I really love the hospital parts in this book. I also love the characters working through there issues together. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Harlequin Medical Romance) or author (Annie O'Neil) via NetGalley, so I can give an honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.
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O'Neil pulls the heart out of its comfort zone. Carter and Avery made me forget my aversion to medical romances and get lost in the heartache and drama of their story. From yearning attraction to wary emotions, New Year Kiss with his Cinderella is a bountiful journey of heartwarming that sticks to the heart and soul of its reader.
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When I think of romance, I think of books just like this one, that gives all the feels and satisfies every romance junkies' heart. This is a perfect books to snuggle up with on any day.  I'm always excited when I see Harlequin on the cover!
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