Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan
Rating: 4 Stars
Description: In this second book about the O'Neill brothers Morgan takes us back Snow Crystal to spend some time with Elise Phillipe and Sean O'Neil. Ever since their one night stand the summer before Sean and Elise have had a hard time hiding their attraction to each other. Since Sean doesn't come home to Snow Crystal very often it generally isn't a problem. That is until family patriarch Walter has a heart attack and Sean ends up staying longer than anticipated to heal old wounds and maybe build a future.
Why I Picked This Book: I've heard fantastic things about Sarah Morgan and I love books involving chefs. After I read the first in the series (review) I'm glad I requested this ahead of time.
Pro: Once again Morgan gives us 2 very developed characters with Sean and Elise. They both have back stories that make their phobias about relationships makes sense. The attraction was evident but they also really liked and respected each other as well. I liked that they both seemed to need each other even thought that was the last thing they wanted. It was lovely to revisit Snow Crystal and see the changes to the resort as well as check in with Kayla and Jackson from the previous book. Once again, the character development seemed very natural and authentic. I liked that for Sean there was no big giant a-ha moment it was more like a slow thawing. Elise was much more dramatic but it fit her character as well. All the descriptions of food made my mouth water. If it was a real place Elise's restaurant would be in my top ten places to visit list!
Con: It was a bit predictable. Since it was a delightful contemporary this didn't really bother me but I could guess what was going to happen well in advance.
Overall: This is definitely a fun follow up to Sleigh Bells in the snow. I really enjoyed that these were people with a bit of history. This can be read as a stand alone but it'd be better read after Sleigh Bells in the Snow. Plus is you miss Sleigh Bells in the Snow you'd be missing a great book.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Looking forward to #3!
Would I Recommend this Book?: Definitely! If you enjoy contemporary romance don't miss this series.