“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”…. or so the song says. However, while everyone else seems to be ringing in the festive season with happy times and family togetherness, there are some for whom Christmas holds nothing but sad or unhappy memories and as a result, they studiously avoid the trappings of the season.
The heroine in Sleigh Bells in the Snow, Kayla, is one of those people. So for her, ending up in a place at Christmas that positively screams and oozes Christmas-y fun from every outlet is not her idea of enjoyable.
One hell of a turnaround is required to get Kayla into the spirit of the holidays, but luckily there are some more than willing to bring a little love and joy to her this year.
What is Sleigh Bells in the Snow about?
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?
So, here’s what I thought of Sleigh Bells in the Snow!
I’ve only known Sarah Morgan from her wonderful Harlequin Presents work, so I was very much interested in checking out her foray into single-title contemporary. So very glad I did.
Kayla and Jackson could just about melt the snow she slips on with their chemistry. They were just beautifully matched.
What I loved so much about Kayla was how she managed to create herself a life out of the god-awful upbringing she had. It may not be the perfect existence, but she is such a strong, resilient heroine that you can’t begrudge her. My thoughts on her parents come later. Jackson – many other reviewers have said this, and I thoroughly agree – if you get through this book without falling a little bit in love with him, you’re doing well. He’s kind, generous, loves his family, not to mention pretty hot as well.
A fabulous aspect of Sleigh Bells in the Snow is the supporting cast of characters – especially Jackson’s family (brothers, parents, grumpy old grandpa). These people were just lovely – not perfect, but that’s what I loved about them. I’m really looking forward to reading the stories of Jackson’s brothers. There are definite hints as to who their heroines will be in this book, so I’d recommend reading this before the others are released.
Oh, those horrible parents! I will freely admit that on occasion, my daughter has tested me to the point where I’ve wanted to put her out on the footpath with a sign saying Free to Good Home (she’s a very bolshy 21 months old). However, to do what they did to her, Kayla’s parents must have absolutely no heart. I hurt for her, and I just so badly wanted her to rediscover the joy and love that Christmas should bring to everyone. Thanks to the O’Neils, one in particular, she does!
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 29 October 2013
Note: I was provided with an advance reader copy by HQN, an imprint of Harlequin via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.