Yes. I know. This is late. And short. But Christmas preps + work + Noirville = stressed and behind Verity. Sorry. Normal service will be resumed soon. I hope. Or at least if it doesn’t I’m going to cry. Any how. It was also a hard choice this week – I loved the new Gail Carriger novella, Romancing the Werewolf, but it’s only been a few weeks since Imprudence was my BotW. I also read a lot of Christmassy books – some of which you’ll be hearing about soon so I couldn’t use them either. So this week’s BotW is the very unseasonal Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan, because I read two of the three Snow Crystal books last week, back to back, because they were so much fun.
Suddenly Last Summer is the middle book of the three – the other two are Christmas-themed – and I read the first one in December last year and then the third one last week when it was on offer for this Christmas and I discovered I already had this on my kindle waiting for me. Yes. I have so many books on my Kindle that I don’t know what’s on there. I don’t know why that surprises you given everything you know about my to-read pile. Moving on, so this is the story of Sean-the-surgeon and Elise-the-French-chef. Sean is too busy for a relationship – not that that stops women from trying – and Elise has sworn off relationships for good. They had a fling the previous year – and spark is still there. Will they be able to work things out to get a happy ending?
Well they do of course, because this is Romancelandia, but the fun is watching them get there. The chemistry between Sean and Elise is great – they have a firey passionate relationship that starts out as just a physical thing (or at least they tell themselves that) but develops into something more than they were expecting or can handle. This also has a really strong sense of place and family ties. It’s set in and around the Snow Crystal resort that Sean’s family owns and he has a very conflicted relationship with the resort and it affects how he gets on with his family. Sean loves the place – or at least he does when he spends enough time there to remember how much he likes the outdoor life and the things that come with it, but he hates the responsibility that comes the family’s ownership of the resort and how it affected his father and stopped him from being able to do what he wanted. Elise is French and is struggling with events that happened in Paris in her past and that is colouring how she makes all of her relationsjips. Watching the two of them work through their issues – because as always with Sarah Morgan, love doesn’t solve the problem – is really rewarding.
I read this at totally the wrong time of year, but I still really enjoyed it. In fact it made a nice break from Christmas stories and Noir. As I’ve said before, Sarah Morgan writes great romances where characters have real problems to solve and where finding love isn’t the protagonist’s main goal – they’re trying to sort their lives out in some way and finding love is a delightful side effect of that. Morgan is a prolific writer and there always seems to be one of her books on offer for 99p on Kindle – as I write this it’s former BotW Moonlight over Manhattan, which I highly recommend.
Suddenly Last Summer is available on Kindle, Kobo and in paperback if you can find it – Amazon have it, but I suspect you’ll have to order it in to your local bookshop rather than find it on the shelves.