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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 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…

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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 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…

30 review for Suddenly Last Summer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    This book is why I love Sarah Morgan. Think Sean and Élise could be one of my favourites. “Never let it be said I don’t know how to show a woman a good time.”

  2. 4 out of 5

    Claire Robinson

    ...Everything was perfect...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cora Tea Party Princess

    5 Words: Love, family, business, passion, food. Damn, this book made me hungry. I just want an Elise of my own to cook me all of the delicious food from this book! I love Snow Crystal. I want to go there so badly. I seriously wish it was real. It just sounds so beautiful, so dramatic, breathtaking. I want to be in a wooden cabin by a lake in the mountains, with a hot tub on the deck. I was to look up into the sky and see the milky-way because it's so dark and peaceful. This second O'Neil Brothers b 5 Words: Love, family, business, passion, food. Damn, this book made me hungry. I just want an Elise of my own to cook me all of the delicious food from this book! I love Snow Crystal. I want to go there so badly. I seriously wish it was real. It just sounds so beautiful, so dramatic, breathtaking. I want to be in a wooden cabin by a lake in the mountains, with a hot tub on the deck. I was to look up into the sky and see the milky-way because it's so dark and peaceful. This second O'Neil Brothers book was just as good as the first. It may be lacking in the snow that gives Snow Crystal its name, but it was just as passionate and dramatic and filled with love and lust as the first book. I cannot wait until December when I read the next one!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    This book was really uneven. Sean was kind of a jackwagon and really hard to get to like. It's not just that he's pretty callus with women, it's also that he's more than a little bit emotionally constipated just in general—and not in the cute tongue-tied way, either. Also, when he decides to get domineering, he goes way past where I'd have been hitting him with blunt objects because blunt words didn't seem to be working. Some of his interactions are almost normal, and we do see some charm from ti This book was really uneven. Sean was kind of a jackwagon and really hard to get to like. It's not just that he's pretty callus with women, it's also that he's more than a little bit emotionally constipated just in general—and not in the cute tongue-tied way, either. Also, when he decides to get domineering, he goes way past where I'd have been hitting him with blunt objects because blunt words didn't seem to be working. Some of his interactions are almost normal, and we do see some charm from time to time, but even some of that just felt a bit too over the top to take seriously. Élise, on the other hand, is mostly charming and engaging. I like her passion and her willingness to be open and generous with those around her. It strays a little into the French woman stereotype, sometimes, but not so far that I couldn't take her seriously as a character. No, that came when she goes all broody and hopeless. There were a couple of times when Morgan went far enough with the "damaged by past love" theme that it seriously compromised my belief in the character. (view spoiler)[This was extremely bad near the end when Élise pulls her runner. That broke a lot of my sympathy for her as it was cowardly, arrogant (making decisions for and on behalf of others), and, frankly, stupid. It was a complete misread of not only Sean, but of his whole family. It left me scratching my head that I was supposed to be sympathetic to a character so out of touch with reality (let alone her own emotional landscape). (hide spoiler)] Between the two of them swinging between their separate poles, it seemed sometimes like I just had to get through the turbulence until the story settled down into something I could actually buy again. This wasn't helped by some story elements that just seemed . . . unlikely, to me. (view spoiler)[I mean, what are the chances, really, that a nine year old will have a spill on his bike on an actual trail that would end up with an artery punctured and risk him bleeding out? And then what are the chances that Sean and Élise would be ending an hours-long hike right in the, what? five-minute window between the kid falling and actual death? And that's only the worst coincidence in a story that relied far, far too heavily on them. (hide spoiler)] So yeah, not nearly as good as the first. Still willing to chance the third when it comes out, though... A note about Steamy: Two explicit scenes, though one of those is a double. So mid-level for me. Another problem with the book is that these scenes didn't really do much to establish their emotional connection. Indeed, in some respects, they work directly counter to it (in a bad way).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Asheley

    Nov. 2018: I love this series so much! I think I love the first book and couple (Jackson and Kayla) a little more than this one, although I don't dislike Sean and Elise. They just come with more drama. The best thing about this book is the setting. The Vermont forests and trails CALL OUT TO ME. The trees and forests are mentioned throughout the story, and I love that. Unlike the first and third books, this one is set during the summer, which is fun. I love the O'Neil family and I'll keep rereadi Nov. 2018: I love this series so much! I think I love the first book and couple (Jackson and Kayla) a little more than this one, although I don't dislike Sean and Elise. They just come with more drama. The best thing about this book is the setting. The Vermont forests and trails CALL OUT TO ME. The trees and forests are mentioned throughout the story, and I love that. Unlike the first and third books, this one is set during the summer, which is fun. I love the O'Neil family and I'll keep rereading these probably forever. Love, love, love. *** Dec. 2016: The first book in this series is my current favorite holiday read. I love the snowy ski resort setting and the way that I feel like I'm right in the middle of the resort's cabins or forests anytime I read the story. I love that when I read the book around the holidays, it is easy to imagine all of the decorations and the scents of pine or food. I love the descriptions of the holiday festivities that are taking place. Most of all, I love the characters: the O'Neil family that owns Snow Crystal resort as well as the rest of their staff. This is a place that I want to visit and these fictional characters are people that I want to know. With Suddenly Last Summer, the winter's charm of the resort has changed a little bit to accommodate the warmer time of year. The landscape is different and the activities taking place around the area are completely different. I loved everything that was going on, with the hiking and biking the trails, the camping, and everything about the forest and the lake. I liked summer at Snow Crystal nearly as much as I liked the cozy, snowy Christmas of the first book. The lake and the mountain hiking trails are just as wonderful to imagine (maybe this is because I love hiking and the mountains) and once again, I felt whisked away to this magical place. Along with loving the setting so much, I loved that I already knew all of the characters from the previous book, so there was no time wasted on introductions - I was immersed into the story fully from the very beginning and my investment was immediate. This book features Sean and Elise. Sean is one of the O'Neil brothers who are part of the family that owns Snow Crystal. Elise is the French Chef that is in charge of restaurants in the resort. These two have a very brief history dating back to the summer before this book begins, but the events of that connection were short-lived and very little resulted from that connection...except a year's worth of silence and a huge, weighty emotional connection that neither one will admit to. The tension from this makes for a great story and was actually teased way back in the first book, which featured Jackson and Kayla. Naturally both Sean and Elise have issues that keep them from committing easily, which are explored over the course of the story. As I saw with Kayla's story in the first book, this author does a great job with this type of thing. She is not too heavy-handed with the character backstories and the romance is fun, with good tension -- but the story also allows family and friend relationships to shine and progress. The way the author includes all types of relationships in these stories is why I think I love this series so much. I know that I'm loving this series more and more with every word that I read, and I know that is in large part to the progression of and inclusion of the same character relationships across multiple books. I'm eager to start the third book later today and I'm excited that it again features a winter theme at Snow Crystal since that is the season that we are currently in here in our real lives. This is only the first series by this author that I've read but it is sitting solidly on my rereads shelf. I absolutely adore these characters and the world they live in.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dina

    Loved it! No wonder Sarah Morgan is one of my favorite romance authors. I wish I was one of her heroines - and not only because her heroes are to-die-for. ;) Note: I received this eARC from Harlequin via NetGalley. That had no influence on my review/rating.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Terri Wino

    3-1/2 stars rounded up to 4. This book wasn't quite as good as the first in the series, but I still enjoyed it. I think what bothered me was throughout most of the book both characters constantly spout that they are 100% against relationships and falling in love and after a while it was like, okay, enough, we get it...you don't ever want to fall in love, blah, blah, blah. Other than that, I liked Sean and Elise very much and was entertained by the other characters. It was nice revisiting with this 3-1/2 stars rounded up to 4. This book wasn't quite as good as the first in the series, but I still enjoyed it. I think what bothered me was throughout most of the book both characters constantly spout that they are 100% against relationships and falling in love and after a while it was like, okay, enough, we get it...you don't ever want to fall in love, blah, blah, blah. Other than that, I liked Sean and Elise very much and was entertained by the other characters. It was nice revisiting with this family that I first got to know in Sleigh Bells in the Snow. On to book three and the last O'Neil brother's story!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Desere

    Suddenly last summer is the second book in super talented author Sarah Morgan's The O'Neil Brothers Series, and this time around we finally get the low down on sinfully sexy surgeon Sean O'Neil. He lives for his job and nothing and no one interferes, and most importantly he never let's a woman interfere with his work. Except when news of his grandfather collapsing comes he rushes back home to Snow Crystal, to be there for his family, even knowing they most likely don't want his there. Whist ther Suddenly last summer is the second book in super talented author Sarah Morgan's The O'Neil Brothers Series, and this time around we finally get the low down on sinfully sexy surgeon Sean O'Neil. He lives for his job and nothing and no one interferes, and most importantly he never let's a woman interfere with his work. Except when news of his grandfather collapsing comes he rushes back home to Snow Crystal, to be there for his family, even knowing they most likely don't want his there. Whist there he not only faces having to face the guilt that has kept him away from the place he once called home, but there is Elise. Beautiful, feisty and full of life Elise who last summer ripped his clothes off and devoured him for hours. They are both alike, they live for work and there is never such a thing as relationships, thus their one blazing hot night of passion was just that, one night that will forever live in their memories. But seeing her again stirs up all the sinfully sexy memories of that night and he realizes he wants her again. Elise feels the same way, she wants Sean again and using each other for sex is perfect, no emotional attachment, no wedding bells and no planning a life of happy ever after. It's the perfect set up, friends with benefits, that is until they both start to get around to revealing the truth about the past. And analyzing it like you would a medical procedure or a baking recipe just does not seem to add up. I have been waiting for this book since reading the first book Sleigh bells in the snow , I have been in absolute torture with wait, I wanted to get back to Snow Crystal and the amazing O'Neil family, they way they stick together to sort through lives up's and down's and of course I needed to get inside Sean's head and find out exactly why he is the opposite of his twin brother Jackson. I was over the moon at being transported back to an amazing world of love, friendship, family and love. The author once again gave me that homey, family is everything feeling and totally blew me away with the story of Sean and Elise. Sean's character was amazing. Him being so very focused on what he loves was incredible. His love of saving lives showed me that he is a real man through and through, he might come off as this " I only live for my job and one night stands is what I do best" man but deep down he is a very kind, caring and tender person with an extreme intellect for picking up on other's emotional turmoils. Through this character the author reminded me that everyone has a special gift in life to give, sometimes they just don't know how to fully give it and instead gives it to others than those they need to, but in a different from. Elise was a very intense character, I loved her fire-y passion and lust for food and life. Her what you see if "what you get, and don't you dare try to discover more" attitude was a little concerning in the start, as it made me almost dislike her and I felt her a little rude, but as the author revealed the full truth about her past, I understood perfectly why she acts the way she does and why she would rather stick her own rules. Through this character I learned that even though it looks like a person is full of life and loving every minute of everything they do, it's a smoke-screen. Everyone hurts at some point and you cannot always be happy at all times it is simply not possible, so pretending to be only screams out to the world that you are in fact hiding something. The backdrop settings were as magical as they were the first time around when I was introduced to the magic that is Snow Crystal, this time the magic of romance in the snow was gone but it was replaced with the magic of summer kisses, summer rains washing away the dirt of the past and the sound of birds chirping that made me feel so alive it was if I was right there! The book also had one of the sexiest, most erotic kissing in the rain scenes I have ever come across! I am taking away a message of sometimes in life we need to step back into the past in order to find our way in the future. I highly recommend this read for all fans of super sexy romance reads. Sarah Morgan is a very gifted author who's writing brings a touch of magic sparkle to the world of romance! 5/5 star review "Summer rain washes away the hurt of the past"

  9. 5 out of 5

    AH

    A perfect summer read! How could I ask for more? I kept picturing Dr. McDreamy and Dr. McSteamy when I thought of Dr. Sean O'Neil, orthopedic surgeon and resident heart breaker. Sean is not good at relationships. His job is way more important than anything else in his life. And he likes it that way. Until he meets Elise Bonnet, the charming French cook who works at his family's lodge in Vermont. Elise doesn't do relationships either, but she is attracted to Sean. The feeling is mutual, however th A perfect summer read! How could I ask for more? I kept picturing Dr. McDreamy and Dr. McSteamy when I thought of Dr. Sean O'Neil, orthopedic surgeon and resident heart breaker. Sean is not good at relationships. His job is way more important than anything else in his life. And he likes it that way. Until he meets Elise Bonnet, the charming French cook who works at his family's lodge in Vermont. Elise doesn't do relationships either, but she is attracted to Sean. The feeling is mutual, however the two don't really know it. Loved the buildup to romance in this one - it's one of those wonderful feel good novels. I think that what made this book so enjoyable was the writing. I had never read anything by this author before but now she is definitely on my favorites list. It also helped that I've been to the area described by the book - it is the perfect place to fall in love. The story did not only revolve around our main characters. The supporting characters - the O'Neil clan and their various partners were wonderful to be around. I loved crotchety Walter the patriarch of his family, as well as Sean's twin brother Jackson and his other brother Tyler. I enjoyed the family dynamics in the book as well. All in all, a nice, light romance, perfect for summer reading by the pool. *I won this book in a GoodReads FirstReads giveaway.*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Tyler works as a surgeon and he's really good at his job proving even in snow crystal how good. I'd want him as my doctor. He's so calm and confident with little Sam. It's really no wonder Elisa falls in love with him. She has demons of her own mainly regarding her time in Paris. Between Jackson and Sean they really did save her. All three Oniel brother are quite different but are all so likeable in their own way. Can't wait to read Tyler's story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    I read book one of this series almost three years ago. I remember enjoying it but not loving it, and somehow finishing up the series fell way down my TBR. But as I close out 2018, I can't seem to get enough of Sarah Morgan, and knowing book three was a Christmas book, I decided to head back to Snow Crystal and the O'Neil brothers. This book ended up taking me completely by surprise. Yes, it was fun and full of banter (often within the O'Neil family), but there was a ton of hidden depth. I often I read book one of this series almost three years ago. I remember enjoying it but not loving it, and somehow finishing up the series fell way down my TBR. But as I close out 2018, I can't seem to get enough of Sarah Morgan, and knowing book three was a Christmas book, I decided to head back to Snow Crystal and the O'Neil brothers. This book ended up taking me completely by surprise. Yes, it was fun and full of banter (often within the O'Neil family), but there was a ton of hidden depth. I often say, it's not the books I'm expected to cry at that make me cry. It's the little moments in unexpected places that get me, and that's exactly what happened in this one. Elise's story, her history, her past, got to me and I found myself in tears at various moments. The cover, title, and even blurb may suggest a lightweight, easy going story. But instead, there was so much more. Not just between the main characters but within the entire O'Neil family. It's been awhile since I've done this, but the minute I closed this book, I immediately started book three.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    4.5 Coffee dates with Suddenly Last Summer First date: Sean O’ Neil is an orthopedic surgeon and a dang good one. Athletes fly in from all over the world to seek his opinion and skilled hands. Sean is a workaholic and dedicated to his life’s passion. He rarely makes time for life outside of the hospital and trips to his family’s lodge. In part to an argument with a family member. Elise Philippe has found a home at the Snow Crystal resort, far from the painful memories of Paris. Last summer she and 4.5 Coffee dates with Suddenly Last Summer First date: Sean O’ Neil is an orthopedic surgeon and a dang good one. Athletes fly in from all over the world to seek his opinion and skilled hands. Sean is a workaholic and dedicated to his life’s passion. He rarely makes time for life outside of the hospital and trips to his family’s lodge. In part to an argument with a family member. Elise Philippe has found a home at the Snow Crystal resort, far from the painful memories of Paris. Last summer she and Sean shared a passionate encounter in the woods. She often thinks about that night, and when he returns for a family emergency, she seriously considers breaking her “one-night-rule.” Second date: You can feel the chemistry between Sean and Elise and ooh-la-la. The banter, confessions, friendship and confusion the other elitists are delightful to observe. Elise loves Sean’s family, and she helps to mend the rift between Sean and his grandfather. Sean enjoys Elise’s company, and since she does not want a relationship either, he wants a repeat of the passion they shared last summer. It was such fun watching these two fight the emotions that developed. When Elise gets passionate or angry, she drops her “h’s” and switches to French. It is hilarious. Time with family and guests made Crystal Resort come to life for me. Morgan does a wonderful job drawing the reader in with these side stories and I adored them. Third date: *le sigh* Morgan brings such heated passion to this couple and the romantic scenes while clean bring intense heat and give you all the feels. Some of the most romantic scenes EVER! Family meddling, fear, flight, heartbreak and realizations had my emotions all over the place as we move towards the final chapters of the book. I love the late night confessions and growth in the characters. I laughed, cried and worried as I held my breath; hoping for happily-ever-after. Throughout the novel, we learn more about the other key characters, and I cannot wait for Tyler’s story. You will need truffles for the final portion of this book, but rest assured I ended this date with a smile. Copy received from publisher in exchange for unbiased review that originally published @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenn - Reviews

    Love Sarah Morgan's writing! This is the second full length novel in the O'Neil brothers series - and it's HOT! Fiesty French chef, Elise, has to face the fact that Sean O'Neil, of the seriously HOT O'Neil brothers is back on Snow Crystal Mountain Resort. Their brief but electrifying liaison last summer is still fresh in her mind but she knows that Sean only came for his grandfather and will have to leave again and resume his career as one of the best sport surgeons. Both Sean and Elise must sto Love Sarah Morgan's writing! This is the second full length novel in the O'Neil brothers series - and it's HOT! Fiesty French chef, Elise, has to face the fact that Sean O'Neil, of the seriously HOT O'Neil brothers is back on Snow Crystal Mountain Resort. Their brief but electrifying liaison last summer is still fresh in her mind but she knows that Sean only came for his grandfather and will have to leave again and resume his career as one of the best sport surgeons. Both Sean and Elise must stop pretending that they mean nothing to each other but if that happens they will both have to go out on a limb...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "Love isn't a sacrifice, it's a gift." This second installment was fabulous and I devoured in just one morning while cuddled under a blanket. It had the perfect mixture of angst and banter. I have come to really adore this family and setting. It has been the perfect series to read over the holidays.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Why did I wait so long to try one of Sarah Morgan's books? WHY?!?! I'm so angry with myself since this habit of not trying out some wonderful authors sooner is starting to become a pattern. Thankfully though, it's summer and I can't wait to try out her other Harlequin titles because hey, I have the time. I just loved this book to bits. It had everything I look for in a contemporary romance. There was a hunky surgeon, a spunky leading lady and a perfect setting. Plus as you can guess by the title, Why did I wait so long to try one of Sarah Morgan's books? WHY?!?! I'm so angry with myself since this habit of not trying out some wonderful authors sooner is starting to become a pattern. Thankfully though, it's summer and I can't wait to try out her other Harlequin titles because hey, I have the time. I just loved this book to bits. It had everything I look for in a contemporary romance. There was a hunky surgeon, a spunky leading lady and a perfect setting. Plus as you can guess by the title, it had a perfect summer romance with a lovely small town setting. Elise was a lovely main character. I loved her passion for her work and how she strove to be so good at her job. She was really spunky, and I liked her fire. She knew what she wanted from her life and she definitely wasn't a push over and I thought it was refreshing to see a female main character with a one night rule for once it added a touch of uniqueness to Elise, and the romance between her and Shawn. Shawn was great, I really liked that when push came to shove I'm glad he came home when he heard about his grandfather collapsing even though he knew he'd get a bit of an icy welcome. He wasn't that arrogant, hot head who left the town years before and had his fair share of guilt going on about how he left and it was nice to see a softer, less arrogant edge to a male lead. I mean he wasn't a pushover, and could definitely be the boss but at the same time he was easier going than I expected. As for how he and Elise were together, I loved them. They were so perfect together and while they were opposites in a lot of ways they did have things in common and those were the important things. The chemistry between them was sizzling and I loved it. Their romance was everything a summer romance is supposed to be. It was hot, and full of passion and I loved the love they had. They did have some issues to work out and they had their fair share of fights but ultimately I saw this a romance for two people thinking they didn't deserve love, or need it until they found each other. It was well paced and just lovely. While this was the second book in the O'Neil Brothers series I had no problem reading it on its own. Sure I'm curious about characters who were obviously in the first one but they didn't stop me from enjoying this one at all and it made me curious about the first book which I'll be reading soon, and the third book which comes out later this year. I'd recommend Suddenly Last Summer to all contemporary romance fans. This would be the perfect book to pack for vacation reading or for a nice read in your backyard, the pool or the beach. The story will make you laugh, and get a little misty eyed and will take you for a mental vacation to rural Vermont. *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Donnie

    Lovely French cook Elise and sexy doctor Sean meet again and sparks fly! Enjoyable romance, I love the Snow Crystal resort. Another good one by Sarah Morgan!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Kellies

    Loved this book! Wish I read the first book in the series before reading this but that is definitely next on my list.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Clough

    I enjoyed this book of Sarah Morgan's it took me a short while to get into it but once I did it was really good. The characters are good and the plot to the story is good to. Shows you have to learn to love yourself so you can love others. Full of families and romance to and has a real sparkle to the read to. Elise is a chef and she really wants to make the most of the summer with the opening her French cafe and she can't wait she's got close to the family she lives with and works with but one b I enjoyed this book of Sarah Morgan's it took me a short while to get into it but once I did it was really good. The characters are good and the plot to the story is good to. Shows you have to learn to love yourself so you can love others. Full of families and romance to and has a real sparkle to the read to. Elise is a chef and she really wants to make the most of the summer with the opening her French cafe and she can't wait she's got close to the family she lives with and works with but one brother Sean decides to come home and can things all change for Elise and will be a summer she can't forget. Will she open her cafe or will it all fall apart and how will Sean be as he doesn't like his home town really and does this not help the situation they are in or does something happen that will really change everything.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    3.5 stars This was surprising. The guy was eh at times, but I really liked seeing his relationship with his grandpa improve. I also liked Elise as the protagonist - her background broke my heart, but it was amazing how strong and appreciative she became from it. I respected that. The book got better as it progressed. Besides the sad things about the grandpa and Elise's story, I found reading this rather comforting - especially with all the descriptions of the Snow Crystal Resort. My favorite aspe 3.5 stars This was surprising. The guy was eh at times, but I really liked seeing his relationship with his grandpa improve. I also liked Elise as the protagonist - her background broke my heart, but it was amazing how strong and appreciative she became from it. I respected that. The book got better as it progressed. Besides the sad things about the grandpa and Elise's story, I found reading this rather comforting - especially with all the descriptions of the Snow Crystal Resort. My favorite aspect of this book was the major family theme. Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below) Happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? Other things to note? (view spoiler)[No, no, medium. They hooked up last summer (before the events of this book), and went their separate ways (he was sleeping around/dating around. I forgot about her, but I think she wasn't really with anyone (or at least not much)). Then, at the beginning of this book when they reunited, they felt sparks again and were focused on one another. (hide spoiler)] Favorite scenes? (view spoiler)[When the grandpa and Sean made up. When all the family missed Elise when she left. When Sean went after Elise in Paris. When Elise came back (hide spoiler)]

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Firstly a massive thank you to Cara at Harlequin for sending me a copy of this to review. It’s been on my TBR for quite a while but I’ve finally gotten round to it and it was totally worth the wait! I had only read a short story of Sarah’s before I read this and I really enjoyed that little bit that I’d read so I was looking forward to a full novel! This is the second book in the Snow Crystal series although I have it on good authority that each book can be read as a standalone novel. So I starte Firstly a massive thank you to Cara at Harlequin for sending me a copy of this to review. It’s been on my TBR for quite a while but I’ve finally gotten round to it and it was totally worth the wait! I had only read a short story of Sarah’s before I read this and I really enjoyed that little bit that I’d read so I was looking forward to a full novel! This is the second book in the Snow Crystal series although I have it on good authority that each book can be read as a standalone novel. So I started with book two with the story of Elise and Sean. Elise and Sean shared one hot tryst last summer but put it all behind them when Sean went back to Boston for work. When family obligations bring him back to Snow Crystal it suddenly feels like last summer all over again. Ok so two words – SEAN O’NEILL! I mean hot damn what a guy. He’s a doctor, he’s a bit of a player, he’s gorgeous and did I mention he’s a doctor? The narrative starts from Sean’s POV and I absolutely love that in a story by the way, and we get a real flavour of what his character is like. We jump right into the main story in that first chapter with Sean receiving the phone call that leads him back to Snow Crystal and back to Elise. The characterisation of Elise was superb! Elise is the feisty French chef who is in charge of running the restaurant and opening the new café on the O’Neill family’s Snow Crystal resort. She is such a great portrayal of what you would expect her to be. Because she’s French, you’d expect her to be exuberant and full of love and excited and feisty and she is the embodiment of all of those things. Her character is so spot on and I love that she loves the O’Neills with all that she can. The story is mainly set in the fictional resort of Snow Crystal and I loved the description that Sarah used when writing about it. I could almost smell the mountain air and feel the breeze on my face when I was reading the story. The chemistry between Sean and Elise is palpable from their reconnection to the end of the story and I loved the flirty banter and the undeniable attraction to each other that they had. The reason that Sean returns to Snow Crystal is not for a happy occasion and this along with the romance between Sean and Elise make up the plot. The story is emotional and fast paced and I could hardly put it down. I loved the sense of creating something new at Snow Crystal in terms of the resort and how that resonated with the relationships between everyone at Snow Crystal. I can really recommend this book if you love a fun flirty romance with real emotions. Sarah has such a flair for writing that you will be completely hooked on this story! I can’t wait to read the rest of this series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sheerie

    Suddenly Last Summer (snow crystal trilogy Book -2) follows on from Sleigh Bells in the Snow. The 2 main characters are Sean (Jackson's twin brother) an Orthopaedic Surgeon who is a sexy handsome, yet commitment phobe sex god & Élise, a very fiery beautiful French chef at the family home run business, Snow Crystal Resort. This is set in the beautiful Vermont Mountain, perfect for summer holidays and a ski resort in the winter. Sean has been absent through his choice at the resort, preferring Suddenly Last Summer (snow crystal trilogy Book -2) follows on from Sleigh Bells in the Snow. The 2 main characters are Sean (Jackson's twin brother) an Orthopaedic Surgeon who is a sexy handsome, yet commitment phobe sex god & Élise, a very fiery beautiful French chef at the family home run business, Snow Crystal Resort. This is set in the beautiful Vermont Mountain, perfect for summer holidays and a ski resort in the winter. Sean has been absent through his choice at the resort, preferring to be in his comfort zone in the hospital, an outstanding Dr and has sex with no strings whenever he wants it. He rushes back to his family when Gramps, Walter is rushed to the local hospital after collapsing while helping Élise get the new Boathouse Ćafe ready for its opening day. The family is relieved that Sean comes back to understand hospital jargon about Walter although Gramps doesn't give him such a warm welcome. He sets minds at peace that Gramps will survive but has to take it easy. While home, there is a sexual tension between Sean & Élise, that doesn't go unnoticed by the family. In fact there has been a past history last summer with the two and this next coming together ignites yet another raw, hunger for sex between them. Both are happy that it is just sex with no strings or is it? Sean finds the need to come home more often, Grams, Alice, his mum Elizabeth and Kayla, Jackson's love, are overjoyed, yet there is a tension between Tyler, his younger brother, Jackson and Gramps whenever he is home. The book takes us through back story's of both an argument between Gramps & Sean, which also effects the way his brothers see him, and on how Élise happens to be a chef in the resort yet very much part of the family, thanks to Jackson's kind act a few years ago. I won't spoil the story, read it for yourself but be prepared for some hot steamy sex, no too explicit but has your mind in overdrive with a few tingles thrown in for free! This book leaves us ready and waiting for the 3rd that will be a winter one, with the main characters Tyler, single Dad to his daughter Jess and Brenna, who helps with the activities, beautiful, yet is one of the lads. Strong as any man but is obviously waiting to be noticed as a woman by Tyler and not just the girl he grew up with. This book is all that I was expecting and did not disappoint, an easy 5 stars from me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Guy

    I adored Sleigh Bells In The Snow, so I was really eager to read the next book in the O'Neil trilogy. This is Sean and Elise's story. Elise was so spunky and outspoken in the first book, and she is still that way here, but for some reason, I didn't like her as much in her own story as I did in Jackson and Kayla's. Go figure. I think it was because she was so damaged by her past relationship that it made things hard for her to move on, when love was knocking at her door. Sean on the other hand is a I adored Sleigh Bells In The Snow, so I was really eager to read the next book in the O'Neil trilogy. This is Sean and Elise's story. Elise was so spunky and outspoken in the first book, and she is still that way here, but for some reason, I didn't like her as much in her own story as I did in Jackson and Kayla's. Go figure. I think it was because she was so damaged by her past relationship that it made things hard for her to move on, when love was knocking at her door. Sean on the other hand is a dream. I love the O'Neil men. They are so different from the alpha males that can be found in the Presents heroes. These guys have a lot more heart. Sure Sean is a workaholic, but he's also a good doctor, so you can see his reasoning in not wanting a relationship. In fact, its almost admirable. The story opens with Sean's grandfather suffering a heart attack. This brings him home to Snow Crystal. I can't begin to say how much I love this resort. If it existed, I would want to go there. His relationship with his grandfather is strained, but through his almost relationship with Elise he starts to mend fences, and he learns her secrets too. I burst in tears reading the scene where little Sam was injured on one of the trails. I loved seeing how good Sean was at his job and how good he was with a child. There's a lot of heat between Elise and Sean too. It isn't all family stuff. These two are smokin' hot and they usually find themselves gettin' in on outside. Thankfully there was no poison ivy about! I knew they would have a happily ever after, but I was relieved when Elise finally admitted her love for Sean. It was great to see the whole family in this story and to see Jackson and Kayla's relationship moving on too. Now I can't wait for Tyler's story!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kate Vale

    This story required the copious use of tissues. If you are allergic to same, do not read! Otherwise, go ahead. French chef Elise Philippe loves the entire O'Neil clan, owners of the Snow Crystal Resort in Vermont, where she works. Well, almost all of them. She draws the line at Sean, orthopedic surgeon, who deserted the rest of the family after the death of his father, which he blames on his grandfather. However, when Gramps collapses, Sean comes back home, guilt-ridden. When he sees Elise, he is This story required the copious use of tissues. If you are allergic to same, do not read! Otherwise, go ahead. French chef Elise Philippe loves the entire O'Neil clan, owners of the Snow Crystal Resort in Vermont, where she works. Well, almost all of them. She draws the line at Sean, orthopedic surgeon, who deserted the rest of the family after the death of his father, which he blames on his grandfather. However, when Gramps collapses, Sean comes back home, guilt-ridden. When he sees Elise, he is transported back to their one-night stand, something he's always been good at, the previous summer. Only now he wants a reprise. Elise feels the same heat, but she has no intention of getting together with Sean again. She does not do second sessions, nor does she intend to fall in love with him. She doesn't do love, not after her horrendous experience with Pascal, the chef who had mentored her in Paris. Sean, however, keeps returning to check on his grandfather, and to see Elise, in spite of her protestations. When he finally tells her he loves her, she refuses to accept his words or him, thus show him how his previous women must have felt. But when Elise also says goodbye to the other O'Neil's and returns to Paris, Sean flies there to see her, knowing the bad memories that city holds for her. How can he convince her to come back to Snow Crystal Resort? How can she possibly know for sure she's in love when she's done such a good job denying that is possible? Bring out the tissues. You're going to need them.

  24. 5 out of 5

    BestChickLit.com

    Having previously read Sleigh Bells in the Snow, I was more than a little eager to re-revist the O’Neil family. The book starts on a shocking note and you’re left wondering how this turn of events is going to affect the characters and the rest of the book. Focusing the story on Sean and Élise, we are aware that the pair shared a steamy night together the previous summer, and they’re clearly not done with each other. With recent developments at Snow Crystal forcing Sean to be at the resort a lot m Having previously read Sleigh Bells in the Snow, I was more than a little eager to re-revist the O’Neil family. The book starts on a shocking note and you’re left wondering how this turn of events is going to affect the characters and the rest of the book. Focusing the story on Sean and Élise, we are aware that the pair shared a steamy night together the previous summer, and they’re clearly not done with each other. With recent developments at Snow Crystal forcing Sean to be at the resort a lot more than he’d like, the tension between them is uncomfortable but makes for excellent reading. Everything heats up (including me) when Sean and Élise are in close quarters and I speed-turned the pages in eager anticipation of them loosening the grip held over their own emotions, and libidos! Sarah Morgan’s writing is on top form as she plunges the reader into warm, clean Vermont air and peppers the story with food that sounds so good you can almost smell it. I enjoyed this every bit as much as Jackson’s story and I hated turning the last page, as I didn’t want it to end. I would’ve loved to have continued my O’Neil binge and dived straight into Maybe This Christmas but, alas, Sarah Morgan is making us wait until October ;) review by Charlotte Foreman on behalf of BestChickLit.com

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan Buchanan

    really enjoyed this book, although not quite as much as the other two in the trilogy. So glad I came across this trilogy though, even though I don't usually read romance, as I'm more a chicklit kind of girl. It had plenty of detail about the characters' lives without being solely about the romance, which added to the enjoyment for me. I had only read one Sarah Morgan book before this trilogy, Angels in the Snow, and I am so glad I revisited this author. I've already downloaded another book by th really enjoyed this book, although not quite as much as the other two in the trilogy. So glad I came across this trilogy though, even though I don't usually read romance, as I'm more a chicklit kind of girl. It had plenty of detail about the characters' lives without being solely about the romance, which added to the enjoyment for me. I had only read one Sarah Morgan book before this trilogy, Angels in the Snow, and I am so glad I revisited this author. I've already downloaded another book by this author. I'll now work my way through her back catalogue. I loved the setting of Snow Crystal, the tempestuous French chef, Elise, the third brother, Sean the doctor who lived in Boston, the endearing relationship of the whole O'Neill family and the matriarchs within it. Nicely brought to the fore in this particular book was Grampa O'Neill and the way people deal with grief, although not in a heavy way. Neither Sean or Elise "do" relationships, but can they fight the attraction between them forever? Can Sean mend the rift with his grandfather caused by a heated argument at his father's funeral? I also loved the banter throughout the series between the three brothers. A nice, light, easy read. Definitely recommend.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This was 3 stars, then 5 stars! Then back to 3 stars! So yeah. This one was a bit of a slow starter for me, but then I got really into it. It lost me at the end because it jumped too fast to the "they're in love!" place. There was a lot else going on in this besides the love story, which I liked, but it did mean that I didn't get enough sense of them as a couple. I do think they were well-suited and probably on their way to being in love, just not there yet. But ohhhh, am I looking forward to the This was 3 stars, then 5 stars! Then back to 3 stars! So yeah. This one was a bit of a slow starter for me, but then I got really into it. It lost me at the end because it jumped too fast to the "they're in love!" place. There was a lot else going on in this besides the love story, which I liked, but it did mean that I didn't get enough sense of them as a couple. I do think they were well-suited and probably on their way to being in love, just not there yet. But ohhhh, am I looking forward to the third book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

    3.5 stars I'm a bit sad that after the excellent first book,this one disappointed me a bit. I just couldn't really connect to this on an emotional level,neither to the storyline nor to the two main characters. I mean,I liked Elise in the first book but maybe that was because she was just a side character while the focus on her now made her slightly unlikeable sometimes. I liked reading more about the O'Neill family though,that was the best part of this book actually :)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mareli

    it was really good. I loved Elise, the French cook, who had a sad story. ANd I loved Sean. He's a good doctor and even if he doesn't know, he's ready for love. I liked this second installment very much. I love those family stories.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Six months on from the first novel, 'Sleigh Bells in the Snow', we return to Snow Crystal Resort, this time focusing on the forever-absent surgeon, Sean. Following the same format as her previous novel, Morgan provides readers with an entertaining love story that sets the heart racing and the pulse quickening! Yes, it's true, this does have its naughty, flirtatious moments, and just like the first, it is a little romantic, cheesy novel. But that's not to say that you can't ever indulge yourself a Six months on from the first novel, 'Sleigh Bells in the Snow', we return to Snow Crystal Resort, this time focusing on the forever-absent surgeon, Sean. Following the same format as her previous novel, Morgan provides readers with an entertaining love story that sets the heart racing and the pulse quickening! Yes, it's true, this does have its naughty, flirtatious moments, and just like the first, it is a little romantic, cheesy novel. But that's not to say that you can't ever indulge yourself and take the time to read and escape in these stories, every once in a while? Morgan this time sets the novel in summer (probably not the best time of year to read this, huh?!) and, whilst the story centralises on Elise and Sean, we still have glimpses of Kayla and Jackson. This was a nice touch and one that I felt strengthens the series as a whole, as characters are not dismissed and forgotten about. Once again our female protagonist, Elise, also has deep, dark secrets about her emotional past. Whilst I did guess some of the story, I was surprised how the tale unravelled, particularly when Morgan transfers the plot to Paris. I could not guess how the novel would finish and did wonder if there would actually be a happy ending? Well, of course there was, but it great to not be able to predict exactly where it was going.  Furthermore, readers also discover that workaholic Sean is more complicated than he lets on. True, he seems to have it easy with relationships and one thing he is not prepared to do is compromise on his work. Claiming that he loves it, his relationship with Elise and his time at Snow Crystal Resort causes Sean to question what he truly values and where his priorities lie. It was lovely to see the transformation, particularly when Sean finally attends family night with the rest of the O'Neils. The love and warmth that Morgan conveys is heart-warming and you yourself feel part of the love that the O'Neils share towards one another. With a vulnerable Sean the feisty Elise, you can't see how and if their relationship will develop. Even Sean is uncertain of how he feels and I liked this alternative male hero. For once we are not presented with a confident, even arrogant, male character and the clear, positive impact that Elise has on him makes readers adore him even more. Tyler provided comic relief in this story and I look forward to the third and final novel in this trilogy. The next one is set at Christmas time and I intend this to be my next read - in keeping with the season. Tyler is sure to be the focus in the third novel and I hope Sarah Morgan will be able to deliver some laughs. This has been an enjoyable and innocent series and one I look forward to completing.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mandi Schreiner

    Favorite Quote: Today I chopped liver that has more brain than you. I’m a big fan of Sarah Morgan, but for some reason I never picked up the first book in this series, Sleigh Bells in the Snow. May adored it last year, so when this book came around, I grabbed it and I have to say, it’s one of the best contemporaries I’ve read this year. It was just perfect for my mood – it has a stressed out hero, an energetic and passionate heroine, a family that has very funny banter and sex in a forest. It’s a Favorite Quote: Today I chopped liver that has more brain than you. I’m a big fan of Sarah Morgan, but for some reason I never picked up the first book in this series, Sleigh Bells in the Snow. May adored it last year, so when this book came around, I grabbed it and I have to say, it’s one of the best contemporaries I’ve read this year. It was just perfect for my mood – it has a stressed out hero, an energetic and passionate heroine, a family that has very funny banter and sex in a forest. It’s a win-win. Sean O’Neil is a very well known orthopedic surgeon in Boston, and his career is his top priority. He is not shy about bringing women to his bed, but he has zero time to commit to them outside of the bedroom, leaving many sad-faced women in his wake. Sean grew up in Vermont on his family’s Snow Crystal resort. He spent his summers hiking in the woods and his winters skiing with his twin brother Jackson and other brother Tyler. While Jackson and Tyler thrive off the resort Sean wanted to be a surgeon since he was a little kid. He never connected with the resort like his brothers and grandfather do. As an adult, after his father died, he had a falling out with his grandfather, and now rarely makes it home to see his family. The previous summer, on a rare visit, he let off some steam in the bedroom with the resort’s French chef, Elise. It was just a one night thing and they both amicably walked away. When Sean gets a phone call that his grandfather collapsed though, he rushes home. Staying at the resort to make sure his grandfather recovers okay, he is reunited with Elise…and that darn sexual chemistry just won’t simmer down. Elise left France after a very bad relationship. Having no family alive, the O’Neill brood has taken her in as one of them. Elise has sworn to never love a man again, but when Sean starts spending time at the resort, it’s hard to ignore him. First lets talk about how adorable Elise is. She is so passionate, almost too passionate. Throwing all of her energy into cooking and making the resort the best it can be. By chance, Jackson happened to be in Paris when Elise was having complications in her previous relationship, and he helped her to get out of this relationship and offered her a job in Vermont. Elise now feels completely indebted (lovingly indebted) to Jackson and his family. She is loyal and I loved that about her. When Elise and Sean meet the previous summer, they have a one night fling – and what I really enjoyed is that they were both totally okay with this. They’ve thought about each other and it’s a tad awkward to see each other again, but they are both mature about it. And when they see each other the next summer, they are cute and flirty about it. Handing the phone back, he turned his attention back to the pastries. “Are those for eating?” “No.” “You’re cruel and heartless. I knew it the moment I met you. You used me for a night of scorching sex and then discarded me.” Flirting with him was like dancing with fire. Much to his own surprise, Sean ends up being the one to pursue Elise. At first just for a repeat of sex, but it turns into more for him as Elise is the stubborn one. The pain of her past and her devotion to his family makes it very difficult to pursue something serious with Sean. But Sean’s easy going demeanor makes it hard to resist. This story has a lot of quiet humor and charm that sneaks up on you. “Exercise is good for stress.” Sean stood up. “I’d suggest sex, but I’m guessing you’d say no, so why don’t we go for a walk instead?” Distracted by the mention of sex, Elise stared at him. “Walk?” “You’d prefer sex?” His lazy gaze was loaded with humor and she felt some of the tension ease. “I should go to bed.” “You won’t sleep with all that adrenaline rushing around your veins. Show me what you’ve done with the boathouse. Last time I saw the place it was nothing but splintered planks and cobwebs.” “Now? It’s dark.” “I’ll be fine if you hold my hand.” It was impossible not to smile. “All right.” And then he gets a little more intense… Caught off guard, she lost her balance and fell against him. She put her free hand on his chest to steady herself, met his eyes and almost drowned in a flash of intense blue, heat and raw desire. “Sean–” “You asked me to let you know if there’s anything else I need.” “I didn’t mean–” She couldn’t breathe properly. The attraction was so shockingly powerful it almost knocked her off her feet. “You promised you’d finish the deck.” “You’ll get your damn deck.” His voice was rough. “You think about it, don’t you?” “What?” “You know what.” His eyes were on his mouth. And while their romance simmers and develops, this story also has a great family atmosphere. Sean has a twin brother (hero from book one) and another crazy brother (his book is next and I’m dying for it) and they give each other a hard time as brothers do. Their banter is one of my favorite things about this book. I also loved Gramps, and his devotion not only to the resort but to his family. The tension between him and Sean is very well done. Suddenly Last Summer has everything I want in a contemporary romance. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. Rating: A

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