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Money, charm and sensual skills don't make up for a heart colder than ice…Wild parties, wanton women, relentless work—nothing helps tycoon Lucas Jackson escape his dark and haunting past. Arriving at his rural castle in a snarling snowstorm, he craves only complete isolation.… But it seems oblivion can take an unexpected and highly intoxicating form!

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Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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Dalia
Lucas is a dark and tortured hero, living his own private version of hell. The only way for him to cope with the anniversary of a tragic event is to drink himself to oblivion. But this year, he is not left alone. His very efficient PA, Emma, braves the storm to deliver an important file and, finding him in such dark mood, she refuses to leave him alone. And then begins the night of no return that changes their professional relationship irrevocably.
Emma is sweet and caring. Even with her own shar...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Lucas Jackson considers himself as cold and as heartless as the storm currently dumping endless amounts of snow on his remote country estate. He longs for nothing more than solitude and a bottle, in order to find the oblivion he craves. Anything that can keep the memories at bay is a welcome distraction.

Emma Gray has better things to do than traipse around the British countryside with her workaholic boss’s precious client file. She has more duties and responsibilities than time. Unfortunately, h...more
Amy Jacobs
I have never been a big reader of the classic Harlequin line and I usually only read the Nocturne books in their serial lines. For some reason though, the summary drew me in and I decided to give them a try.

The first third of the book is about Emma and Lucas being trapped in a fancy castle that Lucas owns with his partners/friends from work. There is a bunch of narration in the first third of this book to set up the story that will follow in the rest of the pages. While I appreciate some initial...more
Nas Dean
A NIGHT OF NO RETURN by USA Bestselling Author Sarah Morgan is a November 2012 release by Harlequin Presents.

Lucas Jackson has a tortured past and a love deprived childhood. So he has no idea how to love and he believed himself incapable of falling in love. One snowstorm night while he had craved complete isolation his secretary, Emma Gray arrived just to deliver an important file. What she had not counted on was that she could not leave him alone in this condition and go.

Emma had subdued her f...more
willaful
3 1/2 stars. Sarah Morgan is becoming my go-to author for Harlequin Presents that aren't cookie cutter. (Sadly, she also seems to be the author who specializes in continuity errors. What is up with that?) This is a bit of a tearjerker, with a guilt-ridden hero and a sensible, compassionate heroine. Good read.


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Tia
It was mellow and somber at times, tragic and passionate at other. It had a good balance to it and I liked it, a lot. I thought that it was well written and edited VERY well. I was impressed with it totally. It was a very 'smooth' story.
Andrea Guy
Sarah Morgan is one of my favorite writers for the Presents line. She always has heroes that are lovably alphas. (You know the kind you don't want to knock in the head because they are super arrogant).

In A Night Of No Return, Emma is Lucas' PA. He leaves and important file at the office and Emma, like the good PA she is braves a snowstorm to take it to him, not knowing that he wants to be away from everyone for a personal reason.

Lucas is a damaged hero and Emma is a heroine with some issues of h...more
Sara  HarlequinJunkie
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A Night of No Return is a engaging and emotionally satisfying read

I love office romances and this one though a Boss/PA romance is set completely out of the office environment, which provides the perfect setup for this story.

Lucas drives out to Chigworth Castle to drink himself to oblivion and chase away his demons on this eventful anniversary. When Emma realizes Lucas has left behind an important file they have been working on she decides to drive out and deliver...more
Fiona Marsden
This is another great read from Sarah Morgan who is an auto-buy for me. I am still steamed up from her Ferrara's and Christiano and his daughter make a brief appearance in this story at a key point for the hero.

Lucas Jackson has a past. One night of the year that brings back memories that torture him with guilt and inadequacy. A night where all he wants to do is curl up with a bottle and seek oblivion because nothing works for him. Not mindless sex and riotous parties, or his current mistress ha...more
Stephanie Collins
Lucas just wants to be left alone and he goes to his estate to do just that. Unfortunately his soon-to-be ex-gf decides to throw a surprise party for "him" which he promptly disbands and then also gets rid of the woman. He's just wanting to be alone so he can drink himself into a stupor but things don't always work the way you want them to. He's hardened his heart against love believing himself to not be worthy of anything more than a quick affair.



Emma is a good girl working for Lucas as his ass...more
Rachel
The story of A Night of No Return is not exactly bad...there simply isn't enough of it. Or perhaps there's too much of it. Sarah Morgan has a penchant for repeating things ad nauseum. The tug of war between Emma and Lucas at the beginning of the story is insufferable. Lucas explicitly tells Emma to leave him alone and she defies him. This happens for what feels like a hundred times, across several chapters. Once the two finally stop fighting, they consummate their nonexistent relationship in one...more
Kat Morrisey
I wasn't as thrilled with this book as I was with the first book I read in this series, Once a Ferrara Wife..., and even the second book, The Forbidden Ferrara (which incidentally isn't included in the series reading order but is the second, when considered by pub date. Can you tell I'm a bit OCD about this stuff?!), I think I liked better. I felt this was a bit too rushed for me. And I know, that's the case usually with a HQ, but this one just didn't sit well. However, at about the midway point...more
Mandi Schreiner
I liked this one until the end. The hero professes the entire time he can't 'love' so I didn't feel convinced he actually loved the heroine at the end. I needed to SEE him not just hear it from him. What I saw was not convincing enough. But he is a nice tortured hero - good and cranky which I always like. Also nice heroine.

Review to come.
Kelly
3.5 Stars. The story was enjoyable, and I really enjoyed the characters. For once, the hero actually had very reasonable justification for being standoffish and refusing to get seriously involved with anyone. The heroine was admirable in her devotion and loyalty to her family, although perhaps she was a little too self-sacrificing. My main issue, however, was the quickness of the resolution at the end. I feel like Lucas had too quick of a turn around from never wanting a family or close connecti...more
Carol Storm
Fun and sexy -- sort of like THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA if Andy's boss were a rich, hunky guy!
Saly
Rating 3.5 stars
Decent book, looking forward to reading Avery's book.
Desere
Reviewed by Desere

Mrs Morgan is one of the few authors that is able to transport you to the dreamiest of locations,with the most powerful,memorable characters and a outstanding tale of romance in vivid detail.

In A Night of No Return the author has once again magically in a matter of mere hours taken me on a journey like no other.

Mrs Morgan takes two characters,stunningly handsome Lucas tormented by grief and driven to never let love in,and kind hearted Emma driven only to provide for her family...more
TashNz
n A Night of No Return we meet Lucas, a successful architect who, due to reasons from his past, once a year locks himself away from the world essentially to drown his sorrows. His kind and caring PA Emma risks her safety one stormy snowy night to drive out to where Lucas hidden himself away to deliver very important documents that he's left at the office. These documents are required for his upcoming meeting with Christiano Ferrara from Once a Ferrara Wife. Emma and Lucas are snowed in and so be...more
Ashley F
This review was posted at Tsuki’s Book Blog on September 14, 2013.

I'm on the tail-end of my Harlequin binge so figure this will be last one or two for awhile (or until I review the two Christmas HPs I got through NetGalley). Either way I'm a bit Harlequined (My word!) out for the moment so I'm looking at some new reading material. I'll jump right into this one then.

Lucas has issues just like every other HP hero. He had a terrible go at a relationship. He lost someone close to him, etc etc. When...more
Maria
Long ago before I was a wife, mother, blogger and book reviewer, I was once a personal assistant. So I read this romance novel with particular interest. The Boss/PA relationship is interesting. The PA depends on the boss for his/her livelihood and the boss depends on the PA to keep his/her office running smoothly. How the relationship rolls depends on the male/female equation and age balance. The relationship between my and my boss/es would have been, at its warmest, like father/daughter (or unc...more
ChickLitWorthReading
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I am in love with Sarah Morgan. It's a young love. But a deep one. I first met her a few short months ago. When I saw a super corny title called Doukaki's Apprentice. Obviously, I scoffed at the title. But then I read the summary and decided to give it a try. And I loved it. Then I read The Greek's Innocent Virgin. Super loved it! Then Twelve Nights of Christmas. Super, super loved it with extra sauce on the side! And it...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.blogsp...

How do you heal a man who is in so much emotional pain that he deals with it by getting drunk as a skunk on the anniversary date of the tragic event? How does a woman get beyond the fortress that surrounds that man’s heart and reteach him how to live and love again? With a little help from his friends, even ones he didn’t realize he had.

It’s a believable pain that Lucas, the hero, suffers and once I found out what it was, it was very...more
Hsiau Wei
This book tells the story of Lucas who went back to his home to drink and forget the anniversary of the death of his daughter found himself to be alone with Emma, his personal assistant. Ever the dedicated staff, Emma drove all the way up to her boss’ home to deliver documents to him in time for his travel, even though having to forgo her time with her little brother. However, the raw needs within Lucas have resulted in a one night stand with Emma. But Lucas is no longer capable of loving everyo...more
Trudy Miner
For one night a year Lucas Jackson drinks himself into oblivion trying to forget. On this particular night, Emma Gray, his personal assistant, has braved the heavy snowstorm to deliver a vital file for an important meeting to his castle. Snowed-in, their relationship quickly changes from emplyee/employer to something else and Emma is then whisked off to Zurbran to his meeting in the desert. As they traveled to his newest resort in the desert and interacted with the others present, Lucas realized...more
Literati
Generally, I'm a sucker for romantic drama and cliche story-lines, so it's safe to say that this short novel did that for me. A night of no return like many other boss-secretary romances carried those intense conversations, which left you wishing for once you were in an actual situation as was Emma. Heartfelt words and confessions alongside the heat of passion will equal to nothing but a happily ever after. Sarah Morgan can definitely use her words to put you in an ultimate universe. Certain par...more
Elena
It was such a sweet romantic read. The hero's constant battle to himself, to resist his growing attraction to the heroine. So cute. I would have love to see more of those jealous scene thingie. More torture for the hero the better. HAHAHA. Love the heroine btw.


PS. Loving Avery more and more. XDD
Jess the Romanceaholic
Can I just say how happy I am to discover non-virgin heroines in some new category romances? I just read this and Michelle Celmer's Caroselli's Christmas Baby, and was very pleased to note that the heroines of both books, while not promiscuous in the slightest, were still somewhat experienced and confident in what they wanted.

Unfortunately, I never really felt love on Lucus' part (though lust was never a problem lol), so I wasn't really feeling his "transformation" from cold, unfeeling man who'...more
Sherry Ellis
Wealthy playboy, Lucas Jackson, has a past that tortures him. All he wants to do is be alone with his grief. As fate would have it, one of his employees, Emma, delivers a file to his home during a snow storm. She ends up spending the night, thus beginning an intense relationship. Will it lead to love or will it be just another fling for Lucas?

A Night of No Return is packed with romance and sensuality. The descriptive writing makes you feel like you are right there in the story. The characters ar...more
Lia
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Lenore Kosinski
I tend to have a love/hate relationship with Sarah Morgan books, but I end up loving enough that I always give them a chance if they sound good. This was definitely on the love side. Lucas and Emma were just so good together...and the issues that had to be overcome were totally BELIEVABLE. Not over the top and groan inducing. Both Lucas and Emma had intriguing things to work through, and I enjoyed watching them learn and grow together... And the dialogue was really witty at times... The way Emma...more
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USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice, in 2012 and 2013. She also won the RT Reviewers' Choice Award in 2012 and has made n...more
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