Sleigh Bells in the Snow [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview


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?

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Publishers Weekly
★ 09/02/2013
Jackson O’Neil can run an international hotel chain without problems, but he needs a hotshot PR exec to save his family’s business, the Snow Crystal Resort and Spa in Vermont, which has been struggling since his father’s death in a car accident. Workaholic Kayla Green offers to take the account on over Christmas break rather than suffer another holiday by herself. Jackson knew Kayla was the right choice to give Snow Crystal a national audience, but he didn’t bargain on falling in love. Meanwhile, being thrown in with the close-knit O’Neils opens wounds Kayla thought had healed long ago. As the two struggle with their strong emotions, Morgan (Lost to the Desert Warrior) masterfully introduces a cast of endearing supporting characters. This touching Christmas tale will draw tears of sorrow and joy, remaining a reader favorite for years to come. (Nov.)
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"Sarah Morgan puts the magic in Christmas."-Now Magazine

"Morgan's brilliant talent never ceases to amaze."-Romantic Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460320990
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 54,797
  • File size: 380 KB

Meet the Author


USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes lively, sexy contemporary stories for Harlequin.

Romantic Times has described her as 'a magician with words' and nominated her books for their Reviewer's Choice Awards and their 'Top Pick' slot. In 2012 Sarah received the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives near London with her family. Find out more at sararahmorgan.co

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Kayla Green cranked up the volume on her favorite playlist and blocked out the sound of festive music and laughter wafting under her closed office door.

Was she the only person who hated this time of year?

Surely there had to be someone out there who felt the way she did?

Someone who didn't expect Christmas to be merry or bright?

Someone who knew mistletoe was poisonous?

She watched gloomily as soft snowflakes drifted lazily past the floor-to-ceiling glass windows that made up two sides of her spacious corner office. She hadn't been dreaming of a white Christmas but it seemed she was getting one anyway.

Far below, the streets of Manhattan were jammed with tourists keen to enjoy the festive sights of New York in the holiday season. A giant spruce twinkled in front of the Rockefeller Centre, and the Hudson River glinted in the distance, a ribbon of silvery-gray shimmering in the winter light.

Turning her back on the snow, the tree and the glittering skyscrapers of Midtown, Kayla focused on her computer screen.

A moment later the door opened and Tony, her opposite number in Entertainment and Sports, appeared carrying two glasses of champagne.

She unhooked her headphones. "Who the hell is picking the music out there?"

"You don't like the music?" The top button of his shirt was undone and the glitter in his eyes suggested this wasn't his first glass of champagne. "Is that why you're hiding in your office?"

"I'm searching for inner peace but I'd settle for outer peace so if you could close the door on your way out, that would be perfect."

"Come on, Kayla. We're celebrating our best year ever. It's a British tradition to get drunk, sing terrible karaoke and flirt with your colleagues."

"Who told you that?"

"I watched Bridget Jones's Diary.''''

"Right." The music made her head throb. It was always the same at this time of year. The tight panicky feeling in her stomach. The ache in her chest that didn't ease until December 26th. "Tony, did you want something? Because I'd like to keep working."

"It's our office party. You cannot work late tonight."

As far as she was concerned it was the perfect night to work late.

"Have you seen A Christmas Carol? Or read the book?"

A glass of champagne appeared on the desk in front of her. "I'm guessing you're not Tiny Tim in this scenario, so that makes you either Scrooge or one of the ghosts."

"I'm Scrooge, but without the tasteless nightwear." Ignoring the champagne, Kayla glanced through the doorway. "Is Melinda out there?"

"Last seen charming the CEO of Adventure Travel who has been looking for you all evening so he can thank you personally for the incredible year their company has enjoyed. Bookings are up two hundred percent since you took over their account. Not only that, you got his picture on the cover of Time magazine." He raised his glass and his mouth twisted into a smile. "Until you arrived in New York, I was the golden boy. Brett used to give me tips on how to be the one on top. I was all set to be the youngest vice president this firm has ever appointed."

Alarm bells rang in her head. "Tony—"

"Now it's likely that accolade will go to you."

"You're still the golden boy. We work in separate divisions. Could we talk about this tomorrow?" Kayla delved into her bag for a report, wishing she could push herself inside and snap it shut until January. "I'm really busy."

"Too busy to nurse my ego a little bit?"

She eyed the champagne. "I've always believed people should be responsible for their own egos."

He gave a low laugh. "Coming from anyone else I'd assume there was innuendo in there, but you don't do innuendo, do you? You don't have time for it. Just like you don't have time for parties or dinner or drinks on the way home after work. You don't have time for anything except work. For Kayla Green, associate vice president of Tourism and Hospitality, it's all about the next piece of business. Do you realize there's a bet going in the office as to whether you sleep with your phone?"

"Of course I sleep with my phone. Don't you?"

"No. Sometimes I sleep with a human, Kayla. A hot, naked woman. Sometimes I forget about work and indulge in a night of really incredible sex." His eyes were on hers, his message unmistakable and Kayla wished she'd locked her office door.

"Tony—"

"I'm probably about to make a giant fool of myself, but—"

"Please don't." Deciding she might need both hands, Kayla gave up looking for the file. "Go back to the party."

"You are the sexiest woman I've ever met." Oh, shit.

"Tony—"

"When you transferred here from London straight into the AVP role, I admit I was ready to hate you, but you charmed us all with your cute British ways and you charmed Brett with your killer business instinct." He leaned forward. "And you charmed me."

Kayla eyed the glass in his hand. "How many of those have you had?"

"The other day I was watching you in the boardroom presenting to your client. You never stand still."

"I think better when I walk around."

"Yeah, you walk around in that tight little pencil skirt that shows off your ass and those skyscraper heels that show off miles of leg, and all the time you were walking I was thinking, 'Kayla Green has the sharpest mind in the business, but she also has a great pair of legs—'"

"Tony—"

"'—and not only does she have a great pair of legs, she also amazing green eyes that can kill a man from a thousand paces.'"

She stared hard at him and then shook her head. "Nope. Not working. You're still alive, so that's something else you're wrong about. Now go back to the party."

"Let's get out of here, Green. My place. Just you, me and my super big bed."

"Tony—" She tried to inject just the right tone into her voice. Firm, professional and absolutely not interested. "I understand how much courage it took for you to be honest about your feelings, and I'm going to be equally candid." Well, not quite, but as close to candid as she ever came. "Quite apart from the fact I would never get personal with a colleague because it would be unprofessional, I'm totally rubbish at relationships."

"You couldn't be rubbish at anything. I heard Brett telling a client this week that you're a superstar." An edge of bitterness crept into his voice and she sighed.

"Is that what this is about? Competition? Because honestly, when Brett was giving you tips on how to be on top, I don't think he meant you to take it quite so literally."

"Hot, dirty sex, Kayla, and just for tonight." He raised his glass. "Tomorrow doesn't exist."

As far as she was concerned tomorrow couldn't come soon enough. "Good night, Tony."

"I would make you forget your emails."

"No man has ever made me forget my emails." Contemplating that depressing fact did nothing to improve her mood. "You are drunk and you are going to regret this in the morning."

He sat down on her desk, flattening a stack of invoices awaiting her signature. "I thought I worked hard and then I met you. Kayla Green, public relations genius who never puts a foot wrong."

She tugged at the invoices. "My foot will be in your butt if you don't get off my invoices."

"Butt? I thought you British called it an arse."

"Butt, arse—call it whatever you like, just get it off my desk. Now go home before you say something you shouldn't to someone important." About to stand up and eject him physically, she was relieved when her office door opened and Stacy, her PA, walked in.

Her gaze fixed on the empty glass in Tony's hand. "Ah, Tony—Brett is looking for you. New business opportunity. He says you're the man to handle it."

"Really? In that case—" Tony scooped up Kayla's untouched glass and strolled toward the door "—nothing stands in the way of business, does it? Certainly not pleasure."

Stacy watched him go, eyebrows raised. "What's got into him?"

"Two bottles of champagne got into him." Kayla dropped her head into her hands and stared blankly at the screen. "Was Brett really looking for him?"

"No, but you looked as if you were about to punch him, and I didn't want you to spend Christmas in custody. I've heard the food is terrible."

"You are one in a million and you're in line for a fat bonus."

"You already gave me a fat bonus. I treated myself to this top." Stacy twirled like a ballerina and black sequins gleamed under the lights. "What do you think?"

"Love it. Just don't stand too near Tentacle Tony."

"I think he's cute." Stacy blushed. "Sorry. Too much information."

"You think he's hot?" Kayla stared at the door where Tony had exited a few moments earlier and wondered what was wrong with her. "Seriously?"

"Everyone does. Everyone except you, obviously, but that's because you work too hard to notice. Why don't you come and join the party?"

"Everyone will be chatting about the holidays. I'm fine talking about work but I'm useless with kids, pets and grandmas."

"Talking of work, we have a potential new business lead. The guy is coming in tomorrow to brief us. Brett wants you in on that meeting."

Relieved the topic had shifted, Kayla perked up.

"What guy?"

"Jackson O'Neil."

"Jackson O'Neil." She filed through her brain. "CEO of Snowdrift Leisure. They own a handful of luxury hotels specializing in winter sports. Mostly European based. Zermatt, Klosters, Chamonix. Impressive track record. Very successful. What about him?"

Stacy gaped at her. "How do you know all this stuff?"

"It's what I do when other people have a social life." Kayla typed Jackson O 'Neil into the search engine. "Do they want us to work with them? I can talk to someone in the London office."

"It isn't the European business. And it isn't Snowdrift Leisure. He took a backseat in the company eighteen months ago so he could move back to the U.S. and focus on the family business."

"Really? How did I miss that?" Kayla looked at the photographs that came up on her screen. Jackson O'Neil was at least two decades younger than she'd imagined him to be. Instead of the usual corporate head and shoulders shot, there was a photograph of him skiing down what looked like a vertical slope. Her head spun as she looked at the gradient. "Is that Photoshop?"

Stacy peered over her shoulder and made an appreciative sound. "That man is seriously hot. I bet he drinks vodka martinis, shaken not stirred. It's not Photoshop. All three O'Neil brothers are skiers. Tyler O'Neil was on the U.S. ski team until he injured himself. They're always flinging themselves off some cliff or other."

"So I'd probably better not mention I feel dizzy at the top of the Empire State Building." Kayla clicked off the picture. "Snowdrift Leisure is a fast-growing, successful company. Why isn't he focusing on that?"

"Family. The O'Neil family owns the Snow Crystal Resort and Spa in Vermont."

Family. The most destructive force known to man. "Never heard of it."

"I guess that's why he's contacted us for help."

"If he'd wanted to run the family business, why didn't he do that straight off instead of setting up his own company?" She clicked through the Snow Crystal website, looking at images. A large Alpine-style hotel and log cabins nestling in a forest. A couple, smiling adoringly in the back of a horse-drawn sleigh. Laughing families skating on a frozen pond. She quickly returned to the images of the cabins. "Maybe he's a guy who prefers a challenge."

"No doubt he'll tell you why when you meet. He asked for you. He saw what you did for Adventure Travel."

Kayla stared at the log cabins, and thought how peaceful they looked. "Are they putting the business out to pitch?"

"Brett thinks if you can impress Jackson O'Neil tomorrow, the business is ours."

"Then we'd better make sure we impress him."

"I'm sure you will." Stacy hesitated. "Have you ever skied?"

"Not exactly. I mean, I've never actually worn a pair of skis as such, but I skidded on the snow outside Bloomingdales last week. I felt as if my gut was going to come up through my mouth. Skiing must give you a similar feeling."

Stacy laughed. "My parents took me to Vermont when I was little. All I remember was ice. Even the trees were frozen."

"That's perfect because I love ice."

"You do?"

"Absolutely. Ideally I prefer it crushed in a margarita or carved into a swan as a centerpiece on a buffet table, but I can go with it under my feet if I have to. I'll be fine, Stacy. I'm helping them promote the company, not going on holiday there. When I worked on that African Safari account, did I have to hug a lion? No, I did not." Kayla felt the familiar buzz that always came when facing a new business opportunity. Her fears of the dreaded Christmas period were soothed by the knowledge she now had a legitimate reason to bury herself in work. She'd get through it, as she always did, and no one would be any the wiser. "Be an angel and dig up as much information as you can on Snow Crystal and the O'Neil family, particularly Jackson. I want to know why he took a backseat in his highly successful business to return home and run a place I can't even find on a map."

"I'll have it for you first thing tomorrow." Brisk and efficient, Stacy made a note in her book. "Maybe you should take a break, Kayla. You're forgetting it's Christmas!"

"I'm not forgetting."

She'd been trying to forget for a decade and a half. There was no forgetting.

Whenever she left her apartment or her office she walked with her head down, avoiding glimpses of glittering window displays and twinkly lights, but nothing helped.

Stacy tidied the stack of invoices. "Are you sure you won't change your mind and join our team trip to see Santa?"

It felt as if someone were sawing through her stomach.

Dragging open her drawer, Kayla pulled out indigestion tablets and swallowed two. She wondered whether taking the lot would put her out until after Christmas. "Can't, sorry, but I appreciate the invitation."

"There will be Christmas trees, elves—"

"Oh, God, poor you."

"Why poor me? I love Christmas." Stacy shot her a puzzled look. "Don't you?"

"I adore Christmas. I'm totally gutted I can't make it. I meant poor me, not poor you." The effort of smiling was making her jaw ache. "Think of me while you're mingling with elves."

"Maybe you should come anyway and talk to Santa. You can give him your Christmas list. Dear Santa, please give me the Snow Crystal account together with a massive budget, and, while you're at it, I'll have Jackson O'Neil naked. Hold the gift wrap."

The only thing she wanted for Christmas was for it to be over as fast as possible.

Memories hit her with a thump, and Kayla stood up abruptly and paced to the window. All around her were reminders of Christmas, so she paced back to her desk and sat down again, vowing to book a cruise to Antarctica next year. Whale watching. Whales didn't celebrate Christmas, did they?

The phone on her desk rang and she breathed a sigh of relief. Thank goodness.

Stacy snapped into professional mode and reached across the desk, but Kayla stopped her.

"I'll get it. I'm expecting a call from the CEO of Extreme Explore. I'd rather the man wasn't deafened by the sounds of sleigh bells, or jingle bells, or whatever bells are ringing out there, so it would be great if you went back to the party and closed the door behind you. Thanks, Stacy. If anyone asks, you haven't seen me." Waiting until she closed the door, Kayla whimpered and leaned forward, banging her head on the desk. "Christmas. Crappy, miserable, horrible Christmas. Please be over quickly this year otherwise I'm going to need every last shard of ice in Vermont to chill all the alcohol I intend to drink." Pulling in a deep breath she sat up, raked her hair away from her face and picked up the phone. "Oliver?" Afraid he might hear her desperation, she pinned the smile back on her face, thankful it wasn't a video conference. "It's Kayla. Great to speak to you. How's it going? I read through your business plans for next year. Exciting!"

This, she thought, this she could do.

No Christmas. No Santa. No memories.

Just her job.

If she kept her head down and focused on winning the O'Neil account, it would eventually all be over.

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

    From the first page this story won my heart :) Sweet,outstanding

    From the first page this story won my heart :)
    Sweet,outstanding,brilliant romance!

    I love to read books with stories like Sleigh Bells in the Snow,story which will warm your heart and soul,and you feel all emotions through reading.

    And the romance,was beautiful! :)

    Kayla is workaholic and all she wants for Christmas, is to be over—as fast as possible!
    So when her new assignment is about helping in the promotion for Snow Crystal Resort and Spa in Vermont,she grabs the chance like excuse to be as far as possible from the Christmas celebration and to avoid another holidays that year.

    A secluded log cabin...
    No Christmas.
    No Santa.
    No memories.
    Just her job.

    But fate has other plans for her...

    Jackson O'Neil,leaves his successful business to return and salvage his family's resort—it's in his blood, and he can't let it fail.After bringing Kayla in Vermont to help him to put Snow Crystal on the map,the success starts to appear on the horizon.
    Also,the chemistry sparks are flying everywhere between them.

    Kayla is the best in her job,but she's out of her depth with Jackson - he makes her to crave for something more,happy-ever-after,and it scares her.

    As the time goes,wonderful winter landscape and snowflakes continue to swirls,could it be the woman who doesn't believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell?

    It was funny,it was sweet how was developed the relationship between Kayla and Jackson,since the first moment they feel the chemistry which sparks between them.

    For awhile they fought against that,but that's stronger than them.

    "It sweeps you away and robs you of breath, and you know that no matter what happens in the future, this is a moment you’re going to remember forever. It’s always going to be there, living inside you, and no one can take it away"

    Litlle by little,Kayla begins to open up herself,she's trying not to run from her past,memories which she carries in her.Jackson and his family helps her to open up herself and be the real person that she is.
    Love has magical power who heals the most painful memories.

    And Jackson,ah,I love this man,he is one of the best characters I have ever read :)

    Family togetherness,the bond between them,even they have disagreements,they still stick together in bad and good.
    And Jackson's family accepted Kayla with their hearts.I love all charachters in the book.

    Although I'm not big fan of snow,I wished in one moment,maybe for one minute to be in Snow Crystal,to hear the crunching sound of snow and the cold air that could be felt on the cheeks. :)

    Fantastic,I enjoyed reading this amazing book!

    Can’t wait for the Sean and Elise story :)

    Thank you Sarah for this wonderful story :)

    *Copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Great Holiday Read

    I loved this book. Especially reading it over the Christmas holiday.

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  • Posted December 9, 2013

    I think if I was looking for the perfect Xmas romance read for s

    I think if I was looking for the perfect Xmas romance read for someone who likes to curl up with a book, forget about the world and shed a tear of happy, then I would most certainly pick this book.
    It was like unwrapping a gift, which is tied and wrapped so exquisitely that you just don't want to break the spell of perfection. 
    The author has created a place called Snow Crystal that I would really like to go take my next holiday in. I would even slip on a pair of skis, and I have never partaken in that particular cold delight before. Sarah Morgan makes you want to be there. She gives the reader the authentic feeling of being able to see and experience the beauty of the setting and the cookie dough yummyness of the family interaction.
    Admittedly at times I did find the female lead a tad annoying. Holding on to the dark memories of Christmas past doesn't do anyone any good and letting the events of your childhood define your present day is just therapy worthy. Kayla is often like a straight laced Chicken Little, who thinks the world will fall on her head if she dares to be anything other than a Christmas Grinch.
    A Grinch like Kayla doesn't want any sense of happy family or Christmas spirit to mess with her well-balanced gloomy and lonely lifestyle. Work is Kayla and Kayla is work, literally. That is until she is confronted with someone who sees right through her performance.
    Enter Jackson the handsome King of snow world and his merry band of quirky family members. Combined they are chaotic enough to send anyone into a pearl clutching state of mind.
    Kayla finds herself in a quandary when her the inner structure she has spent years building, is threatened by the very things that made her build the structure in the first place. Something that she thought lost to her forever might actually be retrievable.
    I received this book courtesy of Harlequin UK and Mills&Boon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Enjoyable holiday read

    Good book, wide range of emotions covered. Wish it would have continued with other two brothers' stories. They were eluded to but nothing else.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    SnowAngel' Bio

    Name: SnowAngel; Gender: shecat; Description: slender pure white longhaired shecat with icy blue eyes that change with her mood

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2013

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    In Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan, Jackson O¿Neil is d

    In Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan, Jackson O’Neil is determined to bring his family’s business back from the brink of destruction. Snow Crystal Resort had fallen on hard times under his father’s care, but since losing his dad a year and a half ago, he’s been butting heads with his family over the best way to build it up again. One would think being a successful CEO of a European outdoor leisure company would be enough, but not for the O’Neil’s.

    Jackson decides to hire PR firm Innovation to help get the newly renovated Snow Crystal Resort and Spa out in the spotlight. He knows from the first moment he meets Kayla Green, she’s the one that will solve his problem. What Jackson didn’t realize, is that she could also fill the void he’s felt in his life since returning back home. But Kayla avoids emotions and relationships at all cost. Jackson has to pull out all the stops to dazzle Kayla with the wonder that is Snow Crystal, Vermont, and hopefully win her heart in the process.

    Kayla Green has been hiding in her work for over a decade. Especially during Christmas. No emotional entanglements means she can focus on her career and forget about past family issues. The opportunity presents itself to spend a week working on the new Snow Crystal account in Vermont.

    Hoping to seclude herself from the world and forget about Christmas, Kayla jumps at the chance. She didn’t expect to be immersed in a winter wonderland filled with family and traditions. And even worse? The very handsome Jackson O’Neil is all she can think of. The chemistry between them is intense and Kayla finds herself relaxing for the first time in…well, forever. Could she actually hope to belong somewhere and not be the outsider looking in for a change?

    Sleigh Bells in the Snow is a wonderfully romantic ode to Christmas in New England. Okay…so I’m a little biased about it being set in New England considering I’ve lived here all my life. But Sarah Morgan managed to capture the incredible magic of small rustic towns during the snowy Holidays, with all the thoughtful ways family and friends help each other.

    I found all of the characters charming and extremely well developed. Yes, I even liked grumpy Gramps O’Neil! This is the first book in the O’Neil Brothers series, this one focusing on Jackson. I have to say, if Sean and Tyler’s stories are anywhere near as passionate and emotionally charged as this one, count me in!

    Seeing Kayla and Jackson try to deny their attraction was certainly entertaining. Jackson is confident in what he wants and he knew right away he wanted Kayla. But he didn’t know how to get through the walls she built around herself. Kayla, of course, had a very good reason for her need to avoid forming attachments after being so badly hurt in the past. This story just proves what can happen with some family interference, a fabulous small town setting and the magic of the Holidays.

    If you’re a fan of Holiday Romance, please take some time to read Sleigh Bells in the Snow. This HEA will have you smiling, crying, but most of all–sighing happily.
     

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  • Posted October 31, 2013

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    Five tree-top stars for Sarah Morgains Sleigh Bells in the Snow.

    Five tree-top stars for Sarah Morgains Sleigh Bells in the Snow.
    From the moment I started reading the first book in Sarah Morgan's new series, the O'Neill Brothers, I was hooked. Sleigh Bells in the Snow is a wonderful holiday romance featuring a transplanted citified, workaholic Brit based in Manhattan, Kayla Green, and a businessman/Yankee/champion skier, who's also a hunk, Jackson O'Neil.
    When Jackson hires public relations expert Kayla to restore his families Vermont resort to solvency, Morgan makes sure we know there is a mutual attraction between the two of them - even if both of them try to resist it. I adored Kayla's cluelessness as to dress for a Vermont winter, however found it almost too clueless. Could anyone not realize you don't wear 4-inch heel boots to a country resort? I guess city folks are different and Kayla only seems to know London and Manhattan (she's the type that I don't think has visited any of the other boroughs of New York City).
    What's also apparent about Kayla is her absolute intolerance of all things Christmas. Once she arrive at the Snow Crystal resort though, it's hard to remain distant when Jackson's family first seem to berate her - and then embrace her. I loved the addition of the little miniature poodle Maple - and her backstory - as well as the hints about possible loves in Jackson's two brothers lives (books to come). And in full disclosure, I'll admit to a gregat deal of empathy for a public relations maven (Kayla), who seemed to never be able to disconnect from her clients - even on dates.
    Morgan is an author who always delivers and I found her writing about a quintessential U.S. setting as convincing as her books set in Europe and Britain. She is able to really make you care about her characters and the outcome of their lives. I found this book actually to be in many ways inspirational and perfect for the holiday season. Suddenly Last Summer, the next book in the series about French chef Élise and Jackson's twin brother Sean, will be published in June 2014 and can be pre-ordered now.

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  • Posted October 17, 2013

    I received and ARC of this book for my honest opinion. Snow Crys

    I received and ARC of this book for my honest opinion.
    Snow Crystal seems like the most magical place on earth. When Kayla goes there for working trying to avoid any and all reminders of Christmas she is smacked across the face with so much Christmas joy and cheer she probably wants to barf. She has hated Christmas for a long time and with valid reasons. All she has to do is make it through a week of this and she can go back to New York and forget about sleepy, snowy Vermont.
    That’s what she hopes for at least but you can’t help but fall in love with Snow Crystal once you’ve been there. Kayla is helping Jackson try to save his family business. She is there to come up with the best PR campaign anyone has ever seen and to do that she must experience everything Snow Crystal has to offer. 
    The sparks between Kayla and Jackson are hot enough to start a forest fire. This book shows how to work through sexual attraction and how to just go with the flow. I will not look at Sleigh Bells the same come Christmas this year. 
    Sarah did an amazing job of character build up throughout this book and not just with the main characters she also told you more about all of the secondary ones as well. I loved this book and couldn’t stop reading (that may be why I am hungry). I can’t wait until July for the next book with an O’Neil brother as they are all insanely hot and their stories are going to be fantastic. 5/5

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