Friday 8 November 2013

Review - Sleigh Bells In The Snow (O'Neill Brothers #1) by Sarah Morgan

Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green's favorite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be overas fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year.

Jackson O'Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family's resort
it's in his blood, and he can't let it fail. Now that he's got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus.

Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she's out of her depth with
Jacksonhe makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it's terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn't believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell?

Review by Janeane - ARC received from author via NetGalley for honest review

I love Christmas.  Always have.  And every year we see hundreds of Christmas related books.  But with so many, which do you choose? I am glad that I chose this one.

I loved Sleigh Bells in The Snow.

Christmas is a time of love and family, but what if your memories of Christmas weren't happy ones.  How would you cope with all the "Christmas Cheer" surrounding you?

If you are Kayla Green, you throw yourself into work.  She is the epitome of "workaholic".  She strives to be the best in her field of work.  And to do that, work is all she lives for. What better way to cope this year than by throwing herself into work, in a secluded cabin at a Vermont ski resort.

Jackson O'Neill has returned to help the family business.  After operating a very successful business overseas, he wants the family business and home to survive and thrive.  They are close to losing it all and they need help.

And Jackson is all kinds of hotness.  Kind and caring, sexy and thoughful. Ticks about every box required in a BBF.

The sparks fly between Jackson and Kayla from the minute they first meet, but will Kayla follow those feelings or will she lock Jackson out of her heart?

For that, you will need to buy and read for yourself.

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I loved that Kayla wasn't the perfect heroine.  She was a bit of a klutz at times, she had troubles with her work, she made me laugh, she made me cry, she faltered and she thrived.

I could completely understand her being overwhelmed by the O'Neill family and all their love and support they showed her. It really was a reminder that the way we are treated and treat others can have a long lasting effect on others, whether we realise it or not.

The thing I really liked about this story was that no one tried to force Christmas onto Kayla.  She hated it, they didn't understand why she hated it, but they understood enough to not push her into it.  And I loved how they all tried to give her new Christmas memories.

There are some great secondary characters.  We have 2 more O'Neill Brothers to learn about in future books, and ornery old grandfather and a grandmother who keeps him in line, a loving wonderful mother who is the glue that keeps them all together.

I think it would be wonderful to once in my life have a white Christmas.  Christmas here is all about stinking hot days, sunburn and blowflies!  It want Snow Crystal to be real so I can visit one day.

This is the first of Sarah Morgan's works I have read and will definitely read more.

USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated three years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice, in 2012 and 2013. RT Book Reviews has described her as 'a magician with words' and she won their Reviewers' Choice Award in 2012 as well as making numerous appearances in their 'Top Pick' slot.
As well as writing for Harlequin Presents, her first full length novel, Sleigh Bells in the Snow will be published by HQN in October 2013 and Ripped, her first title for the Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin programme will be out in November 2013.
Sarah lives near London with her family, and when she isn't reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.
Readers can find out more about Sarah and her books from her website She can also be found on Facebook (AuthorSarahMorgan) and Twitter (@SarahMorgan_)