Saturday, 24 October 2015

Review of Christmas Ever After by Sarah Morgan

The bit on the back…

Skylar Tempest has never understood Alec Hunter’s appeal. So what if he’s a world-renowned historian? He’s also cynical, aloof and determined to think the worst of her. So when a twist of fate finds her spending the lead-up to Christmas with Alec and his family, she’s not expecting the season to be either merry or bright.

Alec has learned the hard way not to trust beautiful women—and Skylar is the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. But as he watches her throw herself into his family’s festive chaos, Alec realises there is far more to this blonde bombshell than meets the eye.

With Christmas around the corner, Alec and Skylar return to Puffin Island, a tentative bond forged between them. Neither intends to fall in love but as the nights become darker, and the fire between them grows hotter, could this be the chance for Alec and Skylar to find their own happy ending?

Firstly a massive thank you to Mills & Boon for approving me for Sarah’s next novel and the final novel in her Puffin Island series. I was soooooooooooooo so looking forward to this that I started it straight away and finished my first Christmas book of the year in August! (I’m covering my eyes myself reading that!!) Regardless, I absolutely loved it!

This is the conclusion to Sarah’s gorgeous Puffin Island series and features the last of the six friends to star in their own novel – Alec and Skylar. Secretly I knew this was going to be my favourite book, and I knew Alec was going to be my favourite of the Puffin Island men even though Ryan (from First Time In Forever) was possibly one of my favourite guys EVER!

Alec and Skylar have a rather fraught relationship. Alec’s history has him completely wary of all women and he automatically categorises Sky in the same “crazy, demanding woman” section as is ex-wife. Skylar is determined to prove her worth to everyone, especially her family, and Alec’s presumptions about her are the straw that almost breaks the camel’s back. I swear I have never seen more of a build-up of tension between two characters. You could honestly describe their relationship in the first two books as hate-hate and each gave as good as they got.  I really enjoyed going into this book knowing some of Sky and Alec’s individual stories because it really put their relationship and its development into the spotlight, showcasing exactly what Sarah does best – hot romance.

The story is set between England and Puffin Island; it’s also set at Christmas time which adds another element of togetherness and the feeling of a family bond. If you’ve never read one of Sarah’s Christmas books then I urge you to do so because they are beautiful and this is no exception.
Alec comes to Skylar’s rescue in London and the pair end up spending time with Alec’s family having an early Christmas celebration. Everything about Alec’s family makes Sky’s own family life pale in comparison and the difference really made me feel sorry for Sky. Alec is known for being a bit of a grump but it’s obvious that he’s a great guy deep down; he’s just trying to protect himself from being hurt again. The characters have a chemistry that is off the charts and it feels like that’s partly due to the sparring they’ve done in the previous novels.

It’s easy to imagine yourself among the group of friends enjoying the love and laughter. It was great to get back to the beautiful setting that is Puffin Island and get swept up in everyone’s lives again. Sarah’s settings are a couple of my favourite settings to read about because she just brings them completely to life.

I can’t wait to see what’s next from Sarah and to immerse myself in another one of her fictional worlds!

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