Review: Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan

by 7/28/2014 0 comments
Paperback384 pages
Published June 24th 2014 
by Harlequin HQN
Series: O'Neil Brothers, #2
My Rating: 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Fiery French chef Élise Philippe is having a seriously bad day. Not only have the opening day plans for her beloved café fallen apart, but Sean O'Neil is back in town, and looking more delectable than ever. Last summer, they shared an electrifying night together…and the memories have Élise really struggling to stick to her one-night-only rule! Her head knows that eventually Sean will be leaving, so all she can do is try to ignore her heart before she spontaneously combusts with lust. 

Being back in Vermont—even temporarily—is surgeon Sean O'Neil's worst nightmare. For Sean, returning home to the Snow Crystal Resort means being forced to confront the reasons and the guilt he feels about rejecting his family's rural lifestyle years ago. But discovering that Élise has settled in Vermont and still sets his blood racing is a very welcome distraction! Thinking he can persuade her into a replay of last summer is tempting, but remembering how good they are together is going to make walking away more difficult than he could imagine…

Oh, holy gods of romance. Whew. Where to start. I was expecting a really great read from Sarah Morgan, but this one was special. It brought tears to my eyes. It made me want to burst into song with joy, kind of like Maria does in The Sound of Music. Everything about this book was just that good.

Here are two characters who aren't interested in relationships. Sean isn't interested in relationships because he's focused on his career. He's a orthopedic surgeon, and he's totally dedicated to his work. He works long hours and just doesn't have the time for a relationship. He's a one night stand kind of guy, not a player, but not looking for love and the traditional family with two point five kids and a dog. He thought Elise was the perfect woman for him because he thought she was the same.
Book Three, coming October 2014

He was wrong. But to be fair, Elise thought she was that way. Thought there was no way she could do love again after being really badly burned. She had built a new family for herself at Snow Crystal with the O'Neils and she was happy with her life. But Sean kept showing up, first to help out when his grandfather has a heart attack, and then because it seems he can't stay away from Elise. And even though they keep telling each other and themselves that's it's only sex, they both know deep down it's so much more than that. Ah, l'amore.

The romance is palatable. It seeps off the pages. I absolutely loved watching these characters fall in love, and learn to share their hearts. Sean learns to share his heart with his family, and Elise learns that sharing her heart doesn't have to result in pain. The story is also very much about community and family. I loved that we got to see plenty of Jackson and Kayla, that Walter plays an important role in this story, and I loved that we got to see the way Tyler feels about Brenna. Soooo looking forward to his book! This series feels like a family saga, and I'm loving the relationships. Sarah Morgan has penned a wonderful tale of life, family, love and spun it in a beautiful setting with characters who are delightful to read and with a romance that just leaves you with a smile on your face.

Jewels E


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