Review: 'Christmas Ever After' by Sarah Morgan (2015)
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?
When I got the chance to read the second part of author Sarah Morgan's Puffin Island book series, 'Some Kind of Wonderful' (click here to read my review), I was immediately a big fan. I loved the characters and the story, Sarah's writing style is pretty amazing, and the third and last part of the series would be a Christmas-themed novel! I was really lucky to get a review copy of the book, titled 'Christmas Ever After' (doesn't that title alone already just make you want to stare out of the window, longing for snow and lots of sparkly lights and festive decorations?), and I am incredibly excited to share my review of the novel with all of you today as part of Christmas month here at 'A Spoonful of Happy Endings'!
Skylar Tempest and Alec Hunter have never really been each other's biggest fans, but because of their mutual group of friends they can't avoid seeing each other every now and again. Until one evening a few weeks before Christmas, when Skylar and Alec unexpectedly find themselves thrown together in the city of London. Due to the circumstances, Skylar joins Alec on his trip to his family in the English countryside and suddenly they both start to notice the sparks between them, as they spend the lead-up to Christmas without leaving each other's side. Neither of them plan to even think about falling in love, but it seems Christmas has something else in store for them this year...
Author Sarah Morgan really knows how to write a gorgeous and sparkling Christmas story; I thoroughly enjoyed 'Christmas Ever After' from start to end and definitely recommend it if you are looking for a nice festive read to get into the Christmas mood. The book includes some fantastic scenes that made me feel like Christmas and it also has everything else I look for in a great read, such as a good dose of romance, great characters and a captivating plotline. The book is the third and last part of the Puffin Island series (a fantastic series which I’m sorry to see ending!), but also a novel that can perfectly be read as a stand-alone. You can easily understand what has happened to the characters and don’t need any prior knowledge to understand the story.
I personally really loved the characters in this book. Each book of the series focuses on one of three female friends: Brittany, Emily, and Skylar. In this case, we get to know Skylar a bit better, just like one of the guys belonging to their group of friends, Alec. I easily fell in love with Alec; he reminded me a bit of Mr. Darcy; British, moody, handsome… I just loved the chemistry between him and Skylar. I also loved the setting of the novel; the story was partly set in London, partly in the English countryside and for the rest on Puffin Island; all great winter settings. This book has received a lot of 5-star reviews so far and I have to say I completely agree. ‘Christmas Ever After’ is a fabulously festive, well-written and simply stunning Christmas read that I couldn’t get enough of. Sarah Morgan is slowly becoming one of my favourite authors and I already can’t wait to read her next book!