Author: Sarah Morgan

SLEEPLESS IN MANHATTAN by Sarah Morgan

SLEEPLESS IN MANHATTAN by Sarah Morgan

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SLEEPLESS IN MANHATTAN by Sarah MorganSleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan
Series: From Manhattan With Love #1
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary
Source: Author

Paige Walker has been in love with Jake since the moment she met him at the tender age of 17 in her hospital room.  He is the only person who does not treat her as a fragile being due to her medical condition.  Every since Jake’s rejection on her 18th birthday, Paige has convinced herself that Jake is nothing more than a friend.  Unbeknownst to Paige, Jake made a promise to his best friend/Paige’s brother that he would never become romantically involved with her.

 

Up until now, Jake Romano has managed to reign in his desire to pursue Paige.  But working with her on a daily basis is testing his limits and slowing breaking down the wall he has successfully managed to keep between them.  What begins as a way to give Paige and her friends a big break with starting their own company has now turned into a secret “sex only” affair between Jake and Paige.

 

Will Paige be able to convince Jake that love is worth the risk or will Jake end things before Paige can claim his heart?

 

Sleepless in Manhattan is an engaging tale that I did not want to end.  From start to finish, I was completely captivated by the element of Paige and Jake’s love affair.  The storyline is intriguing and has various moments of surprising occurrences which only added more fuel to the fire.  The secondary characters (Paige’s two best friends) are well developed and offer great build-up for exciting storylines to come.  Combined with the mega-hot sexual tension between Paige and Jake, Sleepless in Manhattan is the perfect romantic read that will pull at your heartstrings with the turn of each page.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a passion-filled romance with remarkable characters and a superb plot.  I cannot wait for the remaining two stories within this splendid trilogy.

PLAYING BY THE GREEK’S RULES by Sarah Morgan

PLAYING BY THE GREEK’S RULES by Sarah Morgan

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PLAYING BY THE GREEK’S RULES by Sarah MorganPlaying by the Count's Rules by Sarah Morgan
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by Vanessa

It's time to throw away the rule book… 

Idealistic archaeologist Lily Rose craves a fairy-tale love, but in her experience it always ends in heartbreak. So now Lily's trying a different approach—a fling with her boss, infamous Greek playboy Nik Zervakis!

Anti-love and anti-family, Nik lives by his own set of rules. There's no one better to teach Lily how to separate sizzling sex from deep emotions! But while Nik has the world at his feet, he also has dark shadows in his heart…

It starts as a sensual game, but can Lily stick to Nik's rules? And what's more, can he?

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Archeologist Lily Rose believes in love and no matter how many times she gets knocked down, she gets up again.  After her latest setback, Lily has determined that it’s time to reevaluate and take stock by looking for a rebound guy who doesn’t check her boxes for perfect mate material.  Nik Zervakis is the perfect specimen for Lily, and she sets out to prove to him that she can play his game, too.  Nik is thrown by Lily Rose and her offer, but he can’t resist her, either.  Knowing that she is the forever type of girl, he just can’t fight the temptation and the offer she presents.  Laying down the terms of no HEA, these two soon find that their positions are flipped, but when push comes to shove, will they truly find changing their perspectives will gain them a HEA?

 

Playing by the Greek’s Rules was an engrossing changeup that kept the pages turning to find out what Lily and Nik did next.

 

Lily was a breath of fresh air for the same old virginal heroine that populates the novels of today.  I found I quite liked her attitude in Playing by the Greek’s Rules.  She was determined to keep things non-emotional, and I found that for the most part she did.  However, this proved to be a snare for Nik, as he found there was just something about Lily that drew him to her.  Nik and Lily looked at life from two different viewpoints, and they seemed to compliment one other without even realizing it in Playing by the Greek’s Rules.  From the first moment Nik sees Lily to the HEA, these two kept the story moving as they found things out and learned to look at things a bit from the idealistic side as well as the pessimistic angle in Playing by the Greek’s Rules.

 

I found Lily presented some great arguments and analogies in her beliefs of never giving up, analogies that seemed to work for Nik as well in Playing by the Greek’s Rules.  I also liked that a secondary character admitted to Nik that they wouldn’t change a thing about the past, because it helped them to arrive to their present situation in Playing by the Greek’s Rules and this seemed to work to enable Nik to see the light too.  At the end of the day, Playing by the Greek’s Rules had some life lessons that we could all benefit from, and I therefore Joyfully Recommend this tale!

 

ONCE A FERRARA WIFE by Sarah Morgan

ONCE A FERRARA WIFE by Sarah Morgan

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ONCE A FERRARA WIFE by Sarah MorganOnce a Ferrara Wife... by Sarah Morgan
Published by Harlequin on 2013-04-22
Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by Vanessa

For better…or for bedding?Laurel Ferrara wouldn't know a happy ending if she fell over it—of course her whirlwind wedding was always going to end in disaster. But it wasn't as simple as just walking away. From the moment she is summoned back to Sicily, the shivers of unease set in….The command comes from legendary tycoon Cristiano Ferrara, the husband she can't forget—but it might as well have come from the devil himself. The outrageously gorgeous Cristiano's power is a potent reminder of this Sicilian dynasty's unbreakable rule: once a Ferrara wife, always a Ferrara wife….Look for more Harlequin Presents books from this author and check out our six new titles available every month!

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Cristiano and Laurel Ferrara had been married in a whirlwind romance.  Once Cristiano had made Laurel his wife he went about his way securing his empire and taking care of everyone else.  Laurel, unable to fully trust because of events in her past, seems to accept this and still believes that if she were to ever reach out to Cristiano, he would be there for her no matter what.  After all, she is a strong, independent woman who would never “cry wolf” for no apparent reason, and Cristiano would know this, of course. 

However, once Laurel stretches out her hand to her husband, and he places his business deal above her in his priorities, this seems to spell the end of the Ferraras.  It was a bad decision.  Yet, Laurel can’t endure the fact that she gave something that she doesn’t freely give and got a slap on the hand for her efforts.  Reeling from the disappointment that Cristiano dealt her, and unable to cope with the events surrounding it, Laurel runs away from their marriage and stays out of his way for the next two years.  Cristiano’s pride was hurt by his wife’s abandonment, and not fully understanding why she ran from something that happens all the time, doesn’t chase her.  When Cristiano’s sister conspires to have her best friend, Laurel, attend her wedding, Cristiano is not averse to taking advantage of the situation.  Have the Ferrara’s come to realize that they each share a hand in the demise of their marriage, and will they be able to look past it, or will they both be too stubborn to see the other’s view point?   
 
Once a Ferrara Wife… was a book that I just couldn’t find myself setting aside!  It was thoroughly engrossing, lively, engaging, and realistic for me.  I found myself torn between both Cristiano and Laurel, and I completely understood their views on the situation.  Laurel’s baggage came across as something that I have encountered in my life and that made what she was feeling even more lifelike for me. 

The story had an incredibly HOT hero in Cristiano, from his name to his first appearance on the scene of Once a Ferrara Wife… to his chasing after Laurel later, and his getting “it” before the end of the story.  Boy, did Cristiano get it!  Yes, he made an effort to change, and he even went out on a limb to read between the lines later on in Once a Ferrara Wife….  He knew Laurel by that time, and he knew what she needed then as well.  Cristiano gave up something that was five years in the making to be there for her, and she showed him that what he thought he would never regain from her again was back.  Cristiano showed her that he was worthy of that as well…in spades!  

Once a Ferrara Wife… displayed both of their feelings in being let down by the other, and in the end, I think Cristiano found that he let her down even more.  However, he never knew about her past and why she was the way she was.  I couldn’t find fault with Cristiano for that though in Once a Ferrara Wife… as Laurel didn’t divulge the information that would have helped him see the light there, but then if she had, it would have gone completely against her character.  To share things like that when you are so closely guarded would have opened her up to be more vulnerable than she wished to be.  As it was, the fact that Cristiano managed to slip past her carefully erected barriers was amazing, but it showed that Laurel wasn’t completely impenetrable.  Yet, once Cristiano got in there, the way he let her down devastated her and caused her to close up a bit more.  Apparently, Cristiano had that special “key” to regain access, but he needed to know the secrets to Laurel in order to show that he was favorable and deserving of the honor to be allowed to hold that precious gift from her.  

I loved that Laurel had the baggage in Once a Ferrara Wife… instead of Cristiano.  I liked that he was willing to work though it as well.  Usually, it’s the heroes who have the baggage, and the heroines have to do the work.  

Once a Ferrara Wife… even had me in tears in a few points because I so wasn’t expecting some things.  That in and of itself is scary, and I felt completely gobsmacked for Cristiano too as he wasn’t expecting that either.  I think that goes to show how completely engrossed I was in Once a Ferrara Wife…! 
 
I want my characters to understand their mistakes and evolve from them, learning as they go so that they aren’t doomed to repeat them again.  Cristiano and Laurel did that in Once a Ferrara Wife….  He earned his right to be in her life, and she opened up that final door to let him in!  I was practically in love with Cristiano when I finished reading Once a Ferrara Wife… and if I am offered the story of Cristiano’s brother… I will be all over it!!
I joyfully recommend Once a Ferrara Wife….

SOLD TO THE ENEMY by Sarah Morgan

SOLD TO THE ENEMY by Sarah Morgan

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SOLD TO THE ENEMY by Sarah MorganSold to the Enemy by Sarah Morgan
Published by Harlequin on 2013-02-01
Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by Vanessa

Stefan Ziakas might be her father's most hated business rival, but he's the only man who has ever made Selene Antaxos feel beautiful. So, needing to make a new life for herself, Selene apprehensively turns to Stefan for help.Except the dark-hearted tycoon is nothing like the white knight she remembers. Seduced, bedded and betrayed in a matter of days, Selene realizes it's not always better the devil you know. She's sold her soul—and her heart—to the enemy!

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Selene Antaxos is tired of feeling trapped and being forced to answer to someone else about everything.  She seeks to make her own way in the world and take her beaten down mother with her.  Selene devises a plan where she will start up her own business.  However, she needs the help of a man that isn’t afraid of her father, a ruthless businessman who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.  Stefanos “Stefan” Ziakas, her father’s enemy, fits that mold!  Stefanos was nice to Selene five years ago when she was a gangly, ugly, shy teenager that many seemed to ignore, and so she trusts that he will be there to assist her as he had promised all those years ago.  He is a self-described playboy who only looks out for himself and gaining more power by any means necessary.  When Selene drops into his lap unannounced, Stefan sees an opportunity to gain against his rival.  Will he betray Selene after taking what she so willingly offers, or will he have a change of heart?

Sold to the Enemy was so much more than what I thought it would be.  I thoroughly enjoyed Stefan and Selene’s story.  They were both guilty of various things at different points in Sold to the Enemy, but were strong enough to confront their issues, too.  There was great chemistry between Stefan and Selene, witty dialogue, and beautifully crafted rescue scenes that kept me glued to Sold to the Enemy!  Seriously, who doesn’t like a strong heroine who doesn’t fold at the touch of a hand from the hero?

Selene is able to look beyond the surface of what so many people project in Sold to the Enemy, while Stefan keeps himself safe by maintaining a surface façade and never delving deeper below.  Selene trusted Stefan while he felt he was untrustworthy, as though Stefan didn’t really know what he was made of in Sold to the Enemy.  Because of his belief and holding back, he never tested his deeper character, but Selene’s experiences prove that Stefan could rise to the occasion in Sold to the Enemy.

I liked that Stefan and Selene seemed like two halves of a whole in Sold to the Enemy.  The juxtaposition of the protagonists in Sold to the Enemy showed the complimentary aspects of them.  Sold to the Enemy also revealed that an individual could be made or broken by a situation, and both Stefan and Selene showed that they were made!  I was cheering for the fact that Selene was NOT ruled by her libido like so many other heroines are in these stories.  I Joyfully Recommend Sold to the Enemy for a very romantic read in February, 2013! 

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