Sleigh Bells in the Snow
O’Neil Brothers #1
by Sarah Morgan
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 don’t normally read Adult romances. Actually, as I’ve gotten older I’ve moved farther away from “Adult” books in general. But I wanted something Christmasy, which is weird, cause I’m Jewish. So as a Jew, I loved Christmas the only way I can…as an outsider. (My boyfriend grew up celebrating Christmas so now that I have an excuse to have a Christmas tree I am all for it!) So, I was in the mood for something to warm me up to the holiday season and this was the perfect book!
It was so adorable and sweet and just the right amount of sexy for me to really enjoy it.
Jackson O’Neil has returned home to Vermont after his father’s death to try and save the failing family business, Snow Crystal Resort. He hires PR whiz Kayla Green to come up to Vermont to get the full “Snow Crystal experience”. All he wants to do is make sure that the family legacy lives on. Jackson was so swoonworthy. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book where I’ve liked the love interest as much as I liked him. Perfect amount of charm and sex appeal. He was the perfect opposite to uptight Kayla Green. Kayla is driven to the point where she doesn’t have a life outside of work. She eats, breathes and sleeps work. I think I just liked Jackson so much that I didn’t even mind that this book was generally about “melting the ice queen”.
They did have great chemistry (although, the book does drive the point home a little too hard. It seemed as if every other page Kayla is thinking about the Chemistry swirling around) and I love a good slow burn relationship. Well, as slow burn as a week long relationship can be. But sexual tension is what I live for in books.
I also loved Snow Crystal Resort itself and the O’Neil family. Morgan really did a wonderful job of setting the scene. I want to go and stay in one of those cabins, and go on a romantic sleigh ride, go ice skating on the pond and see a moose. As soon as I finished this book I started researching “romantic Vermont vacations” and nothing even came close to the idea of Snow Crystal I have in my head.
Jackson is a man who is dedicated to his family, so this book (and review) would be incomplete without talking about said family. I loved his grandfather, Walter. He reminded me of my own grandfather, a bit of an asshole but someone you can’t help but love. And I did really enjoy his brother, Tyler, but just taken together the O’Neil’s are probably one of the best families I’ve had the pleasure of reading about recently.
So besides the somewhat repetitiveness of the inner dialogue, and the fact that I can’t really totally ignore that this all happened in a week, the only other complaint I have is the weird POV shift. The entire book is a dual POV between Kayla and Jackson, until about 50% through when we then get Jackson’s 12 year old niece and his younger brother coming in with their drama. I understand why they were added in, but I think it could have been handled a bit better.
All together, as one of my first ventures into the adult romance genre, I don’t think I could have had a better experience. And it was the perfect Christmas read. Is it too early to start decorating?
Have any suggestions on romance/Christmas books I should read?