Suddenly Last Summer
Harlequin HQN / June 24, 2014 / $7.99 print / digital
Fiery French chef Élise Philippe is having a seriously bad day. Not only have the grand opening plans for her beloved café fallen apart, but Sean O'Neil is back in town and looking more delectable than ever. Memories of the electrifying night they shared last summer leave Élise very tempted, but she knows all too well that eventually Sean will be leaving…again.
Being back in Vermont—even temporarily—is surgeon Sean O'Neil's worst nightmare. Returning home to the Snow Crystal Resort means confronting the guilt he feels about rejecting his family's lifestyle years ago. But discovering that Élise is still in Vermont and still sets his blood racing is a very welcome distraction! Remembering last summer and how good they were together is going to make walking away more difficult than he could imagine….
Looking for an engaging read with lots of simmering sexual tension? Than look no further than Suddenly Last Summer, the newest release featuring Sean, one of Sarah Morgan's sexy O’Neil brothers.
Sean O’Neil doesn’t want anything to come between him and his career. He equates falling in love with making sacrifices and compromises, and he saw what trying to please others did to his father. Sean knows that his work as an orthopedic surgeon is the most important thing in his life. Still, he likes the companionship of women—if you know what I mean. And woman want his companionship, too. In fact, they salivate over him like a starving dog over a T-bone steak. They are drawn to his startling blue eyes, wide shoulders, and rock solid abs. And it helps that he is charming and good in bed. At least that is what Veronica told him, but she also had a few words to say about her taking second place to his job:
“No, important is being dedicated to what you do but still having a personal life. What work is to you, Sean O’Neil, is an obsession. You are single minded and focused to the exclusion of everything. That might make you a brilliant doctor but it makes you a lousy date.” . . .
“I love you Sean. I really love you. Despite everything, I think we have something special. We can make this work. You just need to flex a little bit more . . .”
“I have to go, Veronica.”
“All right, I’ll flex. I’m sorry, I’m being a shrew. Let me cook you dinner tonight. I promise I won’t complain if you’re late. You can show up whenever.”
So women fall at his feet, and put up with his behavior no matter what. Except Élise Philippe. Élise is like a breath of spring air; she doesn’t cling, she doesn’t call, and the night under the forest stars was one of the most passionate he had ever experienced:
“If you were that afraid, why didn’t you call me?”
“I wouldn’t do that.”
“For God’s sake, Elise, we’re not strangers. You ripped my clothes off. We had sex. If we can roll naked together, you can pick up the damn phone.”
She felt the betraying color streak across her cheeks. “You ripped my clothes off, too, in case your memory is faulty.”
But she’d started it.
She’d made the first move on that hot summer night with the scent of the forest around them and her blood on fire for him.
Now that Sean is back in Snow Crystal for a little while, he sees no reason why he and Élise can’t just enjoy the moment, but Élise gave into temptation once, and she is not going to risk caring for Sean or any man:
“Un beau mec. A hot guy. Sean is very sexy. We are two adults who chose to spend a night together. We are both single. Why would it feel awkward?” It had been her idea of the perfect night. No ties. No complications. A decision she’d made with her head, not her heart. Never again would she allow her heart to be engaged.
Both Sean and Élise accepted the potent pull of attraction between them; they slept together, after all. Each naively assumed that the compelling allure was containable. It is only after they are thrown together again that they realize how formidable the pull is. And this is where the book shines, in creating that milieu of suppressed and stifled chemistry:
She walked briskly across the foyer toward him, determine to prove to herself and anyone who happened to be watching that this meeting wasn’t awkward. "Sean” –She rose up on tiptoe, placed her hand on his shoulder and kissed him on both cheeks. . .
As her cheek brushed against the roughness of his jaw she was almost knocked flat by a rush of sexual chemistry. Rocked off balance, she tightened her fingers on his shoulders, feeling the thickness of his muscle through the fabric of his suit.
But then again it is not all suppressed or stifled:
He felt the softness of her body pressing through the thin fabric of his shirt, the erotic slide of her tongue against his and desire escalated to a dangerous blaze. Her arms went around his and she purred deep in her throat like a thoroughly contented kitten.
His brain blurred.
No other woman had made him feel like this. No other woman had stirred this intense desperate hunger that wiped all thoughts from his head.
Maybe it was because she didn’t want anything from him but this, and knowing that meant he would relax and give in to it.
Rock-hard, he felt her tug his shirt out of his trousers and slide her hands over his skin, greedy to touch him. And he was equally greedy to touch her. . . .
While this is the second book in the series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone. Fans of the O’Neil brothers won’t want to miss Sean’s story. And if you haven’t been introduced to the O’Neil family, than this books is a perfect introduction.
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Leigh Davis, blogger