Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Suddenly Last Summer Blog Tour, with Sarah Morgan ~ Review and Giveaway

Welcome to the Suddenly Last Summer blog tour, hosted by CBB Book Promotions. My stop includes a review and the tour giveaway. Thanks for stopping by!
Suddenly Last SummerSeries: O'Neil Brothers #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Publication Date: 6/24/14
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
Source: Author
Rating: 4 stars
Bestselling author Sarah Morgan delivers another irresistible hero in her O'Neil Brothers series who's more tempting than dessert and twice as sinful!

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…
My Review
Suddenly Last Summer is a story I've been heavily anticipating since Sleigh Bells in the Snow. I adored that story, with its beautiful Vermont setting, endearing love story, and the charming, struggling O'Neil family. What had me worked up for this story, though, was the promise of a fiery passionate romance between two fiery passionate characters, Elise and Sean.

Sean O'Neil has never wanted to be part of the family business. While his grandfather was drumming the words "family, responsibility, legacy" into his heirs brains, in his mind, Sean O'Neil was hearing "duty, obligation, stuck". Stuck in a life that -like his own father- he wanted no part of. Unlike his father, Sean stood up for himself, left to become a renowned surgeon end rarely comes back, causing a painful rift with his grandfather. Sean was complicated, and I liked that. I could empathize with his feelings of being torn between family and wanting a life of his own. To explore and not be held down by obligations to a life he never signed up for , but in which he was born into.

Elise Philippe is a world-class chef who is more than content to spend her career at a resort in quiet Vermont. After the painful loss of her mother and years of abuse at the hands of the mam she loved, a quiet life sounds perfect. The O'Neil family took Elise in, made her a part of the family and part of the business. This life is exactly what she desires. She doesn't share Sean's craving for a bigger, fast-paced life, though she does crave him. She knows Sean would never be happy living at Snow Crystal Resort, while there's no where she'd rather be.

Apparently one O'Neil (Sean) gave Elise an extra-special "Welcome to the Family" gesture the summer before. Sean is up to another night with Elise, but she is reluctant to go another round which would violate her one night only rule for men. Considering that Sean has in intentions making a life in Vermont, he's in agreement. But with her fire and his passion, it's only a matter of time before the clothes go flying, again.

Suddenly Last Summer is a sexy, heartfelt love story between two willful, independent characters who slowly learn that it's okay to fall in love, to need and be needed, that life is best when shared with your perfect match.  I really enjoyed this installment in the O'Neil Brothers series, almost as much as the first. Now it's on the sexy single father Tyler O'Neill and Brenna, his life-long friend whom I'm convinced is his perfect match. I'm sure that will be another great installment in the fun and romantic O'Neill Brothers series!

Favorite Quotes
  "If I have a one-night stand with someone chances are I'll bump into them in the store the next day. I'd die."
  "Why would that cause you to die?"
  "It would be majorly embarrassing."
  "If it was something you both agreed to, why would it be embarrassing? You just say bonjour and smile or if the sex was really bad I suppose you might just smile a little less. Be a little cooler so that they don't think you want to do it again."
  Brenna gave her a look of exasperation. "Are all French people like you?"
  "You're jealous." He said it slowly, like a revelation, and his sudden smile made her want to push him straight back in the lake and hold his head under. 
  "Why would I be jealous? I do not at all care who you sleep with, tu me comprends?"
  "I do understand you," he said calmly, "but the correct sentence structure should be 'I do not care at all.' You split the infinitive, baby."
  "I am not your baby. And I will split as many infinitives as I want to split, right along with your skull!"

O'Neil Brothers Series

Sleigh Bells in the Snow (O'Neil Brothers, #1)  Suddenly Last Summer (O'Neil Brothers, #2)  Maybe This Christmas (O'Neil Brothers, #3)
(covers lead to GoodReads pages)

Grand Prize includes a La Bonne Vie Cupcake necklace Sleigh Bells in the Snow (first book in the series), Suddenly Last Summer and a bookmark
Second prize is Sleigh Bells in the SnowSuddenly Last Summer and a bookmark


About Sarah Morgan

Sarah MorganUSA 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. She also won the RT Reviewers' Choice Award in 2012 and has made 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, and when she isn't reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying

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  1. OHH It's a story about a chef? A romance story? YES YES YEEEESSSS!!! Me loves! Aw, I feel for Elise. No one should be abused by their parents. "an extra-special "Welcome to the Family" gesture" HAHAHAHA. You crack me up, Andrea :D I'm glad you enjoyed this sexy read :) Seems like a win for me already ;)

  2. Aw, this sounds really sweet! Plus, the MC is a chef, which I love to read about. I'm a reluctant cook, myself, and would like to have a chef of my own (the male variety).

  3. This sounds like a yummy read :-)

  4. I'm glad you enjoyed this installment Andrea! I really LOVE the setting and want to go visit there myself! Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop!

    BTW, so sorry I haven't been by in awhile! It's been so hard to find time to comment everywhere. Love the new design though!

  5. This just sounds so adorable, Andrea. Most of the reviews I've read about this one have been very positive. Also, these characters sound like they are very easy to root for from your description!
    I totally giggled at that second quote you shared! :)
    Lovely review, Andrea!

  6. Oh, I really like the sound of this, Andrea. I love it when independent characters learn that sharing your life is okay. :) I'm glad you enjoyed it so well. Great review!!

  7. I've been seeing this around and it sounds like another perfect summer read. Those quotes are great, I'm sold!

  8. Oh, I like how both of these characters sound!! It also seems to be realistic and nicely written story. So I'm intrigued now. I'm so glad you like it. Great review, Andrea :)

  9. That cover makes me smile every single time I see it. I'm so glad you liked it Andrea! I want to give hers a read at some point.

  10. This seems like a sweet romance but I'm wondering how they solve the issue of locale. Sounds like neither one would be happy with the other's home base. Great review, Andrea! :)

  11. I have Sleigh Bells and haven't read it. Maybe this winter I can get to it. Glad you enjoyed this one.

  12. Sounds good. I wish I would have had time to participate in this tour. I'll have to pick the book up.


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