30 July 2014
Book Review: Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan
Fiery chef Élise is determined to make this summer one of them – but with the grand opening of her chic French café falling apart – it looks like it might for all the wrong reasons.
Until Sean O’Neill comes back to town.
Last Summer Élise and Sean shared one hazy whirlwind night together – and Elise is looking forward to repeating their last encounter.
As long as she can stick to her one-night-only rule and listen to her head rather than her heart. After all, Sean hates life in his home town and is planning on leaving again soon as he can.
But recapturing the magic of last summer could be about to change everything…."
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Suddenly Last Summer is the second in Sarah Morgan's 'Snow Crystal' trilogy, which I got into reading last winter when she released the first book in the series with publishers Mills & Book called Sleigh Bells in the Snow. I absolutely loved that book, so I was thrilled to be sent the second book for review. I think the cover for this book is great too, so summery and bright, for me a cover is so important! Even if you haven't read the first book, this is definitely an enjoyable read and I would certainly recommend it for holiday reading!
Although business is slowly picking up at Snow Crystal resort thanks to the input of Kayla and Jackson, there's still a way to go before it's safe and the family can finally relax. For French chef Elisé, she's made Snow Crystal her home after a tumultuous past and wants to make the restaurants as much of a success as she can. She doesn't bank on Jackson's handsome brother Sean making a return to Snow Crystal, and sitting up a load of feelings that she doesn't want to be feeling. Elise was happy with their one night together, but she's not sure it was enough for Sean. Will the pair be able to put their feelings aside and help Snow Crystal get back on its feet, or is the magic of their last time together too much to resist?
Both Elise and Sean are characters we first met in Sleigh Bells in the Snow, although they had more minor parts in that book. However, I love that this was based around the same family and resort so you feel like you know them well, and it was fun to see more of Kayla and Jackson too, who the first book centred around. A bit of a troubled past has been hinted at for Elise before, and I've been wondering what it is, and luckily all is revealed in this book. We understand why Elise is so reluctant to want to commit to anyone, especially Sean, and why she is so determined to stay at Snow Crystal. I loved her French temperament, the fire in her belly, and her passion for her cooking as well.
Although I loved Elise, my favourite was Sean. He's a very successful surgeon, and the only one in the family who has chosen to live away from the resort, and is fairly reluctant to return as well. He doesn't seem to mind what his family think of his reluctance to come back home, but stays close to his brothers, especially his twin Jackson. I loved the chemistry he had with Elise, it was really fun to read and I was hoping that the two would get together, they seemed to be very attracted to each other and were staying apart for what seemed silly reasons! He seems a bit of a hero for the book, and I was quite happy to read a whole book based on him.
The setting of Snow Crystal was brilliant as usual, and we get to see a lot more of the restaurant side of the business due to the story being based around Elise. I loved reading about the set-up of the new restaurant too, how much Elise was determined to make it a success and what she put into it as well. Another element of the story that I really enjoyed was the relationship between Sean and his grandfather, it goes to show how we react in certain situations can change a relationship, sometimes irretrievably and I so wanted the pair of them to make it up. It was a lovely family-oriented story, and I was rapt from beginning to end. I'm really excited to read the final installment in the trilogy this winter, although I will be sad to leave Snow Crystal and the family behind! This is a fabulous summer read, there's a bit of everything in here - romance, laughs, family drama and the odd sex scene as well! I loved it, and definitely recommend it as a great summer read!