Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan

December 16th, 2013 kimbacaffeinate Review 62 Comments

16th Dec
Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan
Sleigh Bells in the Snow
by Sarah Morgan
Series: O'Neil Brothers #1
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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?

I love holiday themed books and was excited to crack open Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan. I was expecting a heart-warming romance filled with holiday magic, but this novel was so much more. It turned out to be my favorite read of the holiday season! It introduced me to a new author and perhaps the greatest gift of all the O’Neil Brothers and a new series to swoon over. Mini review: Wonderfully fleshed out characters and small-town charm. This left me yearning for a holiday in Snow Crystal, Vermont.

Kayle Green avoids Christmas and all the hopeless feelings and memories that it brings to the surface. She demands complete control of her emotions at all times. She immerses herself in business and this has made her a successful PR agent. Jackson O’Neil has made a name for himself and built a successful empire. When his family’s business in Snow Crystal is in danger of going under, after the death of his father, he immediately steps in to save the business. Dealing with stubborn family members in fear of change can be harder then facing a crowded board room. He needs a PR firm, and personally requests Kayle Green who has earned the reputation of being the best in the business. Looking to avoid all things, “Christmas” Kayle agrees to spend a week in Snow Crystal the week of Christmas. Her efforts to avoid Christmas might just have her taking risks and enjoying life. The tale that unfolds held me spellbound as holiday magic, gingerbread men and moose stole my heart.

Sarah Morgan is a new to me author, and I could just Squee with joy after meeting the characters in Sleigh Bells in the Snow. I love small town romances and family tales. Not since Robyn Carr and Belle Andre have I been this excited about a series, place and family. The O’Neil brothers stole my heart, as did their family and the folks who work at their resort. Jackson is the oldest O’Neil brother and downright yummy. Ladies, you will have to get in line behind me. He is a family man, smart, and funny with the deepest blue eyes and half smile. Did I mention- facial scruff? Trust me he will turn your knees to jelly. I love confident woman, but typically do not connect with powerhouse business woman. Kayle though is flawed, funny, sweet and so passionate about her job that I easily connected with her. I felt for the emotional, disconnected, thirteen year old living inside her. I needed wanted her to find her happy. Grandparents, a moody teenager , a French chef and more are introduced to us . Each has a unique voice and I cannot wait to learn about them. We also meet Jackson’s brothers. Sean is a successful orthopedic surgeon who works in New York, and Tyler the youngest is a former Olympic skier. Both are completely swoon worthy ladies and I for one cannot wait for their stories.

In, Sleigh Bells in the Snow,  Morgan not only gives us a couple to root for, she introduces us to a family that is wonderfully fleshed out. The resort and town of Snow Crystal, Vermont, sprang to life on the pages. I personally want to book a week in the secluded cabins that offer. Morgan’s writing style is descriptive, and I could practically feel the snow beneath my feet and taste the hot chocolate. Skiing, horse drawn sleigh rides and a midnight ride on a dog sled delivered delicious holiday magic. The O’Neil family was wonderful from the teasing to the bickering.  I felt like I was right in the kitchen with them. Someone please, pass me the mashed potatoes. Every time I had to set this book down I craved to pick it back up. The romance was sweet, and while it occurred over one short week, it built slowly. we had to wait for the heat but when Morgan brought it I all but melted.

Fans of small-town romances, siblings and swoon-worthy moments need to grab a copy of Sleigh Bells in the Snow. It is the perfect holiday read and the start of a magical series. Suddenly Last Summer is the second book and is set to release in June of 2014. I cannot wait to get back to Snow Crystal. Hmm, I wonder if there will be skinning dipping in the lake?

Five cups of chocolate cocoa out of five
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

About Sarah Morgan

USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice, in 2012 and 2013. She also won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their ‘Top Pick’ slot. Sarah lives near London, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.

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62 Responses to “Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo well yes we need to de-Grinch you with this one, and even though it takes place around Christmas it will be a series you will want to continue in July!

  1. John

    I have done no holiday reads….especially around Christmas! I resolve to have this done for next year 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am addicted to them and read them from mid-Nov till Christmas day 🙂

  2. Jenny

    Well clearly I need to read this Kim! Also, I want to move to Vermont and live in secluded cabin:) Just for a week or two though, after that I’d likely get bored. I love finding new authors that quickly cement themselves on the favorites list, I can’t wait to give Sarah a try!

  3. Sharlene Wegner

    I read this a couple of weeks ago & loved it! I can’t wait for the rest of the series & plan to reread this one, too! Great review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was wonderful with all the elements I love in a small-town/sibling series!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Woot! Enjoy Emily, would love to hear your thoughts when you finish.

  4. Mishel

    You’re favorite you say?? Well that definitely has me interested.
    I, unlike everyone else under the sun, haven’t even heard of Sarah or her books. For shame lol Now that I know about her though I’ll definitely look more into her work =)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes we have nine days to enjoy them still. Sadly I am reading books for January..all dark, paranormal etc. LOL

  5. Michelle

    I adore this review! I haven’t read a xmas book yet this year and I’m not sure I will be able to. I have been spending time watching the hallmark channel making up for my lack of xmas reads but this one I might have to read after xmas.
    Your review really makes me want to read it!!!
    Aweosme review!!!

    Michelle
    Because reading is better than real life

  6. Andrea

    Ha! The O’Neil brothers are a great gift indeed! I really loved this story too. I don’t remember, did you read Ripped by Morgan? It was great too.
    Nice review, Kim!

  7. Cyn

    Wonderful review Kim! I’m such a sucker for siblings series. I wouldn’t mind spending sometime in a lovely cabin for the holidays either 😉 I will definitely be trying to read this guy over the break. Thanks for sharing!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Squee! I am so excited for you to meet the brothers. Be sure and let me know what you think 🙂

  8. Stephanie

    This holiday read sounds like so much fun! I have never read anything by this author, but reading a good holiday read is just what I need right now! Perfect! Great review and thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Squee!! I am so glad you loved this as much as me, and yes I cannot wait for Tyler’s story. 🙂