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A Night of No Return (The Private Lives of Public Playboys #1)

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  660 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
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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Mass Market Paperback, Harlequin Presents #3098, 192 pages
Published November 2012 by Harlequin
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Feb 01, 2013 Dalia rated it really liked it
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
Nov 17, 2015 Donnie rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story! I really liked Emma. Main couple had great chemistry!
I love Sarah Morgan's romances! :)
Amy Jacobs
Dec 19, 2012 Amy Jacobs rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Nas Dean
Oct 17, 2012 Nas Dean rated it it was amazing
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
As an enduring fan of the HP series, it is a pleasure to stumble across an author I've not read. Sarah Morgan knows how to create a plot that draws you in, and characters that are captivating and interesting. I found myself skipping over the sex scenes! to get back to the plot because I wanted to see what happened next. As a reader who devours a wide range of genres with authors who are known for hot sex scenes, that is saying a lot. This book didn't need the sex, it could have 'faded to black', ...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Any reader looking to pick up a quick, easy read will enjoy this book. The characters have complex pasts and a host of emotional baggage that ramps up the angst in the story. However, it might have been nice to see just a little more pay off on the promising climax. The hero’s lightning quick change of heart and the resulting resolution leave something to be desired.
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Dec 31, 2012 willaful rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tortured-hero
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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Oct 04, 2012 Tia rated it really liked it
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
Fiona Marsden
Oct 17, 2012 Fiona Marsden rated it really liked it
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
Stephanie Collins
Dec 27, 2012 Stephanie Collins rated it liked it
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
Sara  HarlequinJunkie
Oct 31, 2012 Sara HarlequinJunkie rated it really liked it
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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
Aug 02, 2013 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Rating 3.5 stars
Decent book, looking forward to reading Avery's book.
Carol Storm
Feb 15, 2013 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing
Fun and sexy -- sort of like THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA if Andy's boss were a rich, hunky guy!
Georgina Wyatt
Jan 14, 2017 Georgina Wyatt rated it liked it
I have to be honest I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. It is clear between writing this and her latest books that sarah morgan has developed as a writer as this didn't make you feel as connected to the characters as some of her newer books do. I started this at 11:30 last night and finished it at about 2am so it was good but just not as good.
Dec 11, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it
Sweet and romantic book. Hero was tortured and hurting after the death of his daughter and his secretary our heroine was a compassionate kind woman who helped him heal! I wish it had a cute epilogue though :(
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
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
Oct 23, 2012 TashNz rated it really liked it
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
Oct 17, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it
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
Oct 25, 2012 ChickLitWorthReading rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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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
Oct 16, 2012 Desere rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 29, 2014 Alex rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
The Deal: Emma Gray is a professional and takes lots of pride in her work, which is why she finds herself driving in the snow to reach her boss, Lucas Jackson, and deliver to him some important documents her forgot and that he will need for his upcoming trip. Sure, she's supposed to be off the clock but the documents are too important to be trusted to anyone else.

Lucas Jackson is a wealthy architect and a demanding boss, and there is one night a year when all he wants it's to be left alone. It w
Hsiau Wei
Nov 23, 2012 Hsiau Wei rated it liked it
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
Rae Alley
Feb 18, 2015 Rae Alley rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
This book actually manages to lamp-shade itself. The heroine blatantly says (towards the end of the book) that she doesn't want to fall in love with her boss because her mom did that and stayed there trying to win him over even after having a kid. The hero is the product of a woman having an affair with her rich boss. And here, the two repeat the mistakes, despite best intentions.

Being a Harlequin Presents, it goes PDQ. A snowstorm makes roads impossible. A boss forgets important papers for gala
Kat Morrisey
Apr 04, 2014 Kat Morrisey rated it liked it
Shelves: nook, harlequin
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
Trudy Miner
Jun 23, 2013 Trudy Miner rated it it was amazing
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
Natalie Townson
Jun 04, 2014 Natalie Townson rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting, after reading so many books lately that were emotionally draining i usually turn to my old trusty Mills and Boon for a light easy read and this book did not dissapoint, i loved it

i think i have found a new book boyfriend in Lucas, who can resist a hot brooding broken man, after reading this i cant

Lucas has demons, he holds his life perfectly together, never getting close to anyone. never falling in love, never falling apart except for one night a year, a night
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USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated 4 times for the prestigious RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice. Sarah lives near London, England, and when she isn't reading or writing she loves being outdoors.

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