Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review: Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan

Title: Sleigh Bells in the Snow   
Author: Sarah Morgan 
Series: O'Neil Brothers, #1 
Published: October 2013, Harlequin HQN  
Format: E-book; 384 pages 
Source: Netgalley  


USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan heats up the season with the O'Neil brothers in a brand-new holiday series!

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 over—as 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 Jackson—he 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?

My thoughts: I just love finding new authors and new series - to me that's a home run and that's what this was for me!!! As someone who loves reading series, I love finding a series that I can connect with right off the bat - one that pulls me in with fun characters and a good story-line. That was this one and I am so glad I was able to get approval of this from Netgalley!

I loved the romance between Jackson and Kayla, but also loved how the story didn't just focus on them, but on Jackson's family as well. This book really set up the foundation for the series, so we were given introductions to all the characters, but I didn't feel this detracted from the main story at all. It really is all about Jackson and Kayla and how Kayla is going to help Jackson save his family's resort. 

The setting of this book and the time the story takes place - right around Christmas - just adds to the overall enjoyment of the book. I would so love to go to a place like Snow Crystal Resort and believe me, I'm not a huge outdoorsy, cold-weather person, but the way Sarah Morgan describes this place just makes you want to head up there to enjoy it all. Sitting by a warm fire while watching the snow fall; seeing frozen water falls; taking a walk and seeing everything frozen and quiet - it sounds like a winter wonderland!!!

As I mentioned before, we did get to meet the other characters and they were involved in some of the other story lines. Jackson's brother Tyler is learning how to be a full-time dad and that is not without it's own set of problems. Jackson's mother is still learning how to go on living a full-life after losing her husband.

I'm quite excited to read the rest of this series and hope that we continue to see all the characters we've met. There were some hints towards the end of the book as to who the focus might be on and I'm curious to see if I'm right. Do you like knowing what's coming next in an upcoming book in a series or do you prefer being surprised?


Books in this series:
  1. Sleigh Bells in the Snow
  2. Suddenly Last Summer - due out Jun 2014
  3. Maybe This Christmas - due out Oct 2014

8 comments:

  1. I've seen a few reviews around for this book and it does sound good. Getting your stamp of approval makes me want to read it even more!

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  2. I liked this - a fun Christmas read (or anytime read). Looking forward to the other books. I don't mind knowing who will "star" in the next book.

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    1. Yes, it was a fun Christmas read. At times, it reminded me of a Hallmark movie I saw that starred Candace Cameron Bure - but was different enough that it kept me hooked!

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  3. It was a great book! I always want to know what other books are coming up so I can put them on my wish list.

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    1. Yes, I want to know what other books are coming up, but do you want to know what those books are going to be about - who they are going to focus on, or do you want to be surprised? In the case of this series, do you want to know who each of the brothers will end up with or do you just want to know which brother will be the focus of which book?

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  4. I like to know but I am impatient like that LOL :) I have this one and need to give it a whirl :)

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  5. I really liked this book. I love the description of the resort. It does sound like a winter wonderland and I would love to stay there! I can't wait for the rest of the series. I fell in love with this family.

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