Spotlight & Giveaway: A Night of No Return by Sarah Morgan

Posted October 29th, 2012 by in Blog, _Harlequin Romances / 57 comments

It is my pleasure today to welcome 2012 Rita award winning Harlequin M & B Romance Author Sarah Morgan to HarlequinJunkie.

It is no secret that I am a huge fan and absolutely love Sarah’s books, I even stalked her at the RWA conference in Anaheim this Year 😉  Sarah is here to tell us about her newest release A Night of No Return.

Hi Sara, and thanks for having me here!

I’ve discovered I love writing ‘office’ romances.  My November release for Harlequin Presents, A Night of No Return, is another ‘office’ romance although I use that description in its broadest sense because there is no ‘office’ in this book. Instead the action moves from a romantic snowy castle to a luxury hotel in the baking hot desert, but at heart it’s still a ‘boss’ book.

Hard working PA Emma Gray has vowed never to get involved with her boss, internationally renowned architect Lucas Jackson, a man known to have a heart as cold as ice. But all that changes when she finds herself trapped with him in his snowy castle on the one night of the year Lucas always spends alone. Before she knows it Emma is neck deep in more than snow. This is one working day that is not going to go the way she planned…….

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Excerpt from the book

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Her normal patience nowhere to be found, Emma struggled to keep the car on the road. It was Friday night and she should have been at home relaxing with Jamie. Instead, she was chasing her boss round the English countryside. After the week she’d had it was the last thing she needed. She had a life, for goodness’ sake. Or rather, she would have liked to have a life. Unfortunately for her, she worked for a man for whom the concept of a life outside work didn’t exist.

Lucas Jackson didn’t have any emotional attachments and clearly didn’t think his staff should have them either. He wasn’t interested in her as a person, just in her contribution to his company. And there would have been no point in explaining her feelings because, as far as she could tell, he didn’t have feelings. His life was so far removed from hers that sometimes when she drove into her space in the car park beneath the iconic glass building that housed the world-renowned architectural firm of Jackson and Partners, she felt as if she’d arrived on another planet. Even the building itself was futuristic—a tribute to cutting-edge design and energy efficiency, designed to maximise daylight and natural ventilation, a bold statement that represented the creative vision and genius of just one man. Lucas Jackson.

But creative vision and genius required focus and single-minded determination and that combination together created a driven, difficult human being. More machine than human, she thought moodily as she peered through the thick falling snow in an attempt to not end her days in a ditch.

When she’d started working for him two years previously she hadn’t minded that their conversation was never personal. She didn’t want or expect it when she was at work, so that suited her well. The one thing she would never, ever do was fall in love with her boss. But she’d fallen in love with her job. The work was interesting, stimulating and in every way that mattered Lucas was an excellent employer, despite the fact that his reputation had unnerved her to the point where she almost hadn’t applied for the role. She’d found him to be professional, bright and a generous payer and it excited her to be involved with a company responsible for the design of some of the most famous buildings of recent times. He was undoubtedly a genius. Those were his positive points.

The negatives were that he was focused on work to the exclusion of everything else.

Take this week. Preparations for the official opening of the Zubran Ferrara Resort, an innovative eco hotel nestling on the edge of the warm waters of the Persian Gulf, had driven her workload from crazy to manic. Fuelled by caffeine, she’d stayed until the early hours every night in an attempt to complete essential work. Not once had she complained or commented on the fact that, generally, she expected to be fast asleep by two a.m. and preferably not at her desk.

The one thing that had kept her going had been the thought of Friday. The start of her holiday. Two whole weeks that she took off every year over the festive season. She’d visualised that time in the way a marathon runner might imagine the finish line. It had been the shining light at the end of a tunnel of exhaustion.

And then the snow had started falling. And falling. All week it had been snowing steadily until by Friday London was half empty.

All day Emma had been eyeing the weather out of the window. She’d seen staff from other office buildings leaving early, slithering and sliding their way through the snow to be sure of making it home. As Lucas’s PA she had the authority to extend that privilege to other more junior staff and she had, until the only two people remaining in the building had been herself and her ruthlessly focused boss.

Lucas hadn’t appeared to notice the snowstorm transforming the world into a death zone. When she’d mentioned it, he hadn’t responded. That would have been bad enough and sufficient to have her cursing him for her entire journey home but just as she’d been about to turn out the lights, the last to leave as usual, she’d noticed the file sitting on his desk. It was the file she’d put together for his trip to Zubran and it included papers that needed his signature. A helicopter would be picking him up from his country house. He wouldn’t be coming back to the office.

At first she didn’t believe he could have forgotten it. Lucas never forgot anything. He was the most efficient person she’d ever worked for. And once she’d come to terms with the fact that for some reason his usual efficiency had chosen a frozen Friday night to desert him, she’d faced a dilemma.

She’d tried calling him, hoping to catch him while he was still in London, but his phone continually switched to voicemail, presumably because he was already talking to someone else. Lucas spent his life talking on the phone.

She could have arranged a courier, but the file contained confidential and sensitive information and she didn’t trust it with anyone but herself. Did that make her obsessive? Possibly. But if it were to be mislaid she would be out of a job and she wasn’t about to take that risk.

Which was why she was now, late on a miserable Friday night when no one else with any sense would be on the roads, heading west out of London towards his rural country house.

Emma squinted through the white haze. She didn’t mind hard work. Her only rule was that she didn’t work at weekends. And for some reason—maybe her references, maybe her calm demeanour, or just the fact that he’d lost six PAs in as many months—Lucas Jackson had accepted that one caveat, although he had once made a caustic comment about her ‘wild social life’.

If he’d taken the trouble to find out about her, he would have known that there wasn’t room for ‘wild’ in her life. He would know that the nearest she’d got to a party was through the pages of the celebrity magazines her sister occasionally bought. He would have known that after working a punishing week at Jackson and Partners her idea of a perfect weekend was just sleeping late and spending time with Jamie. Lucas would have known all that, but he didn’t because he’d never asked.


57 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: A Night of No Return by Sarah Morgan”

    • Sarah Morgan

      Hi Sheryl, I like friends to lovers too although that’s a tough one to do in Presents because it’s harder to get the intensity of emotion that people love in those books. Glad you like office romance too!

  1. Kai W.

    I love friend to lover romance and sheikh romance. From being familiar with someone to a stranger. But I’m also open to all type of romance. Need a variety to keep me from being bore of one type of romance.

  2. Brenda Rumsey

    I have to go with the sexy sheik romance, mainly because I love romances that take place in exotic places. But I enjoy reading all different genres as long as they have feisty characters and happy endings.

  3. Suzanne

    Friends to Lover’s- you have to be a friend to be truely in the relationship, especially as time passes.

    • Sarah Morgan

      Hi Suzanne, I agree that friendship is so important. I suppose in a way A Night of No Return does have an element of that because Lucas and Emma have worked together for a couple of years. Isn’t it often the case that people spend more time with their work colleagues than with their families!

  4. Lilian S

    I love friend to lover theme, but i usually read other theme too which have happy ending.

  5. amel armeliana

    Hi Sarah, I love your books. And this book sounds great too.
    I always love the story about friends into lovers or enemy into lovers.

    Thank u for this giveaway.

  6. Aline Tobing

    Actually, my fave type of romance is marriage of convenience/arrange marriage. But I also love office romance and friends into lovers. Anything with a HEA ending lol ^^

    By the way, I know this is totally out of topic LOL but I’m in the middle of translating one of Sarah’s book now, Once a Ferrara Wife, and it’s a nice one. I love the conflict although I really wish I could smack the hero on the head for being so stubborn LOL

    • Sarah Morgan

      Hi Aline, marriage of convenience is always a fun one to write! I’m doing that right now in fact.

      I’m fascinated that you’re translating Once A Ferrara Wife (glad you’re enjoying it and LOL on the stubborn hero – he does get to grovel big time). Which language? It is so cool that Harlequin books are translated into so many languages and I love having readers all over the world.

  7. Chris Mead

    I like friends to lovers and I also like unexpected romances between characters who seem to come from different backgrounds, like the rich guy/poor girl, or vice versa. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Fiona Marsden

    My favourite is Reunion when they have been faithful closely followed by Marriage of Convenience. If there is a Secret baby wandering around I can live with that too.

    • Sarah Morgan

      LOL Fiona, if there is a secret baby wandering around we’d better call it’s mother 🙂 I love reunion too, and I’m writing marriage of convenience right now and it’s such fun!

  9. Amanda Ward

    As I’m getting older, I like to see the older couples rekindle their love. Perhaps they are separated because life got in the way. Always great to read, because as a lifelong romance reader, the happy ending makes me go YAY!

    • Sarah Morgan

      Hi Amanda, couples who have been separated by life getting in the way always makes a great story,no matter what the age. And everyone deserves a happy ending 🙂

  10. TashNz

    Hi Sarah. The theme of second chances and I have to say you’re one of the best at this theme… you have an amazing AMAZING talent at delivering the “feeling” in your stories with this theme that just make me turn the pages hoping beyond hope that the characters get their happy ever after… EVEN when you know that of course they will because it’s just a story. Love it!

    • Sarah Morgan

      Aww Tash thank you so much! I’m so glad you like the ‘second chance’ theme and so glad you enjoy my stories 🙂 It’s interesting how we have to keep reading even though we know there will be a happy ending – I suppose it’s the ‘how’ that keeps us turning pages.

      • TashNz

        Hi Sarah, I’ve read some of the other comments – Sheikh’s are right up there for me too… :DDD

  11. Tawnya Bentley

    I love all romance stories!!!! Maybe the powerful man being brought to his knees by love, so whatever title that would fall under.

  12. Sarah Morgan

    Hi Tawnya, I definitely have a weakness for a powerful man brought to his knees by love and that is certainly a feature of Presents! It does make it fun to write. We all love a good grovel scene 🙂

  13. Joanne B

    I like friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, second chance, office romance, brother’s/sister’s best friends. I guess I like them all.

  14. Debbie Haupt

    Oh Wow, I LOVE Sarah. She can tell a story better than any author I know, and I know a lot of them. My favorite romance is the second chance romance.

    • Sarah Morgan

      Deb, you’ve made my day! I’m so pleased you enjoy my books. I love second chance romance, too. It has all that built in intensity right from the start.

  15. kyla whitley

    I don’t really have a favorite. I love romance … of any kind! Bring it on! Can’t wait to read your book. Thank you for the giveaway! 😀

  16. Michele H

    I love office romance and friends to lovers. Both situations start off with there being a relationship of some sort before they get involved romantically. It’s interesting to watch what happens. Best of luck to you!!

  17. Lyn in Tampa Bay

    My favorite romances are when the couple was together, broke up, then back again.

    • Sarah Morgan

      Hi Lyn, so many of you love the ‘lovers reunited’ theme. So do I! My December release, Woman in a Sheikh’s World is lovers reunited and it is VERY stormy, intense and passionate. Such fun to write. Thanks for dropping by!

  18. fishgirl182

    my favorite type of romance is definitely on where the love interests do not get along at first. i love the sexual tension and bantering and fighting type of relationships. i don’t know what it is about them but yeah, i like it when they don’t get along at first.

    • Sarah Morgan

      Hi fishgirl, I love sexual tension and bantering too (LOL I think we’re all just addicted to all the romance themes :)) and that is also good fun to write! Good luck with the giveaway.

  19. Olivia Tan

    hi sarah ^^

    i love all of them, as long as the book give me the happy ending. aniway i like friend to lovers series, sexy sheikh, and the secret baby. thanks for the chance to win ^^

  20. Mary Preston

    Marriages of convenience would be an absolute favorite. The interaction between the characters is delicious to read.

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