BOOK REVIEW: Just To Be With You by Bella Andre

justtobewithyouIan Sullivan, the powerful and wealthy CEO of Sullivan investments, has never failed at anything in his life…apart from love and marriage. Certain that he’ll never take the plunge again, the last thing he expects is for a beautiful actress to turn his perfectly organized world completely upside down.

Tatiana Landon, one of the hottest talents in Hollywood, has been waiting for true love her whole life. When she meets Ian, she’s certain she’s finally found it…along with a passion that sizzles hotter than anything in her wildest dreams. All she needs to do now is find a way to convince him to take the risk of loving again.

Ian soon realizes that Tatiana is just as determined and focused on winning his heart as he is on locking it away. But when unexpected circumstances thrust them into a world where “real life” rules don’t apply, will Ian finally recognize Tatiana as his one true love?

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“Who would choose money over love?”
“Someone who knows just how hard it is not to have money. Someone who knows just how unpredictable love is, that it isn’t all roses and sunsets. Someone who can see the rhyme and reason to making money, but knows there isn’t any whatsoever to love.”

There are not many authors I always trust my heart with unconditionally and irrevocably, but Bella Andre’s stories not only never disappoint, they seem to leave me in a blissful state of day-dreaminess for days to come. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – The Sullivans series is my personal brand of poison when it comes to romances that are ‘good for the heart’, and there is nothing like the ‘Bella magic’ when your heart is in need of some tender loving care.

“Do you think one teeny-tiny little kiss would be that big a deal?
“With you, I’m certain that no kiss could ever be teeny. Or tiny. Or little.”

Ian Sullivan is a self-made millionaire, a man who has always put his professional interests before his personal ones, and whose dedication to his business empire is only matched by his devotion to his family. Tatiana Landon is a movie star, a young woman whose kind and down-to-earth personality stands in stark contrast to her worldwide fame, as she has managed to preserve her innocence and naiveté despite the attention she receives wherever she goes. But while Tatiana grew up believing in fairy tales and ended up in a business where she is creating fairy tales for a living, Ian’s failed marriage acts as a daily reminder that he would never be able to give a woman the fairy tale she deserves.

“Marriage was the only thing that Ian had ever failed at, so badly that he’d come out of it one hundred percent certain that a wife would never—and should never—be in his future again.”

They meet at a beautiful vineyard, in the midst of a wedding, surrounded by family and friends. But they only have eyes for one another. Their attraction is immediate, their connection palpable, but their resolve to do something about it is very different. So they part ways and don’t see each other again until, some months later, Tatiana walks into Ian’s office asking for his help – two weeks of shadowing him at his work as research for an upcoming role. A simple request, one that any other man in his position would kill for, and yet the mere idea of spending time with his greatest temptation, the only woman who makes him lose his composure, proves to be his greatest challenge.

“… while he was normally known for his self-control, from the first time they’d met, nothing about his reaction to Tatiana had been anywhere close to normal.”

Tatiana is like no other woman Ian has ever met, she is uncomplicated, naturally open and demonstrative, and she does not play games when it comes to expressing her emotions. Her genuine belief in love everlasting is contagious, even for a pragmatist like Ian, but while Tatiana believes to have found her Prince Charming in him, Ian is convinced that he could never make a woman truly happy, especially someone as deserving as Tatiana.

It all starts with an innocent kiss, but the fireworks that follow could light up the sky on a moonless night. They complement each other in every way, their every touch reveals what lies in their hearts, but only one of them is willing to admit their feelings for the other. They get a unique taste of what their happily-ever-after would be like if they both allowed it to happen, but it all ends too soon and what is left in its aftermath tastes sourly of heartbreak and regret.

“One day, she hoped, she’d be the one glowing from being loved so well.”

This is a story about a man who never believed in love and the woman who gave him a reason to start believing in it. Ian is a man whose loyalty and sense of responsibility towards his family have affected every single decision he has ever made in his adult life, his professional drive always overriding all matters of the heart, but then a beautiful woman walks into his life, one who wears her heart on her sleeve, who chooses him to give herself to body and soul, and who never gives up on him, no matter how many times he pushes her away. Tatiana is perhaps my favourite Bella Andre leading lady to date, her fearless determination and willingness to risk breaking her own heart for what she believes to be true, makes her a true heroine in my eyes. She never loses her child-like innocence and even soul-wrenching heartbreak never hardens her – she simply keeps loving and believing in love.

I adored this story, it made me feel so many different emotions, it made me love the characters and every one of their traits, and it left me smiling ear to ear. Very few authors know how to warm my heart time after time, but when it comes to Bella Andre, it’s always a sure thing.

“I wasn’t looking for you, Tatiana. I didn’t see you coming. I didn’t expect you to burst into my life and turn it upside down.”

5stars

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The Look of Love: Amazon US | Amazon UK
From This Moment On: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Can’t Help Falling in Love: Amazon US | Amazon UK
I Only Have Eyes for You: My ReviewAmazon US | Amazon UK
If You Were Mine: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Let Me Be the One: My ReviewAmazon US | Amazon UK
Come a Little Bit Closer: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Always on My Mind: My ReviewAmazon US | Amazon UK
The Way You Look Tonight: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Kissing Under the Mistletoe: Amazon US | Amazon UK
It Must Be Your Love: My ReviewAmazon US | Amazon UK
Just to Be With YouAmazon US | Amazon UK
I Love How You Love Me: coming Summer 2014…

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BIRTHDAY TEASERS: Just To Be With You by Bella Andre

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Bella Andre is my go-to author whenever I am looking for a book that would give me a perfect mix of fairy tale romance and scorching chemistry, a book I would not be able to put down start to finish, and her Sullivans series is my very favourite. These books follow the very irresistible Sullivan siblings, and their cousins more recently, each book being a standalone story, but reading them in order is highly recommended as characters frequently keep returning in subsequent books, this being a family that sticks together and loves each other fiercely. Today, I have the great honour of sharing with you a never seen before excerpt from the upcoming instalment in the series, Just To Be With You! This is Ian’s book and it is coming to us on 5 March 2014!!! Sit back and experience the Bella magic… ♥

Ian Sullivan, the powerful and wealthy CEO of Sullivan investments, has never failed at anything in his life…apart from love and marriage. Certain that he’ll never take the plunge again, the last thing he expects is for a beautiful actress to turn his perfectly organized world completely upside down.

Tatiana Landon, one of the hottest talents in Hollywood, has been waiting for true love her whole life. When she meets Ian, she’s certain she’s finally found it…along with a passion that sizzles hotter than anything in her wildest dreams. All she needs to do now is find a way to convince him to take the risk of loving again.

Ian soon realizes that Tatiana is just as determined and focused on winning his heart as he is on locking it away. But when unexpected circumstances thrust them into a world where “real life” rules don’t apply, will Ian finally recognize Tatiana as his one true love?

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As he looked at the beautiful woman standing before him, Ian finally accepted that she didn’t have a clue just how alluring, how tempting she was. On the day they’d met in the vineyard, he’d been so certain it was all an act on her part, that there must be something she was trying to gain by acting so, well, normal…despite all the evidence to the contrary.

Now he knew it wasn’t an act. Because though Tatiana was a world-class actress, she was one of the few women that he’d never seen put on an act in real life. Instead, amazingly, she let herself be real, be honest, be vulnerable. He could now see why Valentina and Smith were so protective of her.

Ian found that he wanted to do whatever he could to protect her, too.

Especially from a man like himself.

“It must have been difficult for your father when you decided to become an actress.”

“I was pretty young when he passed away. I’d only just started to do a few commercials, so he never had to deal with me falling for bad boys.”

“It wouldn’t matter how young you were, he would still have worried, would still have wanted to protect you.”

“I would have liked that–to know that he was there to take care of me if I needed him.” Her words were soft, filled with the longing for the father she’d lost far too early. “I always think of him, even now, when something really great happens. I want to run to him to tell him everything, want to feel him lift me up one more time and spin me around in circles until we’re both dizzy. Valentina says that she’s always felt him watching over us, but I didn’t get as many years with him as she did, and sometimes he’s so fuzzy in my head…”

Ian didn’t think before moving to close the distance between them. Tatiana’s grief at losing a parent was so much bigger than what he’d gone through with his divorce, and yet, she didn’t try to hold it in or to keep it caged inside.

He didn’t know how she did it, how she managed to be so open without fear of getting hurt. All he knew was that he had to be there for her, needed to lift his hands to frame her face as he told her, “Valentina is right, Tatiana. Your father sees you. And he’s proud of you, so damned proud. Not just because you’re such a success, but also because of the truly extraordinary woman you’ve become.”

Her eyes were shining with tears as she lifted them to meet his. “Thank you. Thank you for saying that, and for watching our read-through…and for worrying about me when I didn’t show up at your office.”

Her skin was soft, so soft. And so warm that he’d never wanted anything more than he wanted to close the rest of the distance between the two of them and kiss her.

Finally kiss her.

Finally learn if her lips tasted as sweet, and were as soft, as he’d imagined them to be.

In that moment, all the reasons he had for keeping his distance, for staying away from her, fell away as he shifted his hands to thread his fingers into her hair so that he could-

Her phone jumped on the kitchen counter, a loud buzz as it clanked against a set of keys that jolted him back into the real world.

He dropped his hands from her and took one step back, and then another and another, away from the greatest temptation he’d ever faced. And when he saw Smith’s face light up her cell phone’s screen, guilt at what he’d almost done swamped him.

Valentina and Smith trusted him with Tatiana. He should be protecting her, not fantasizing about all the ways he wanted to take her, how many times he could make her scream his name in pleasure before the next sunrise.

“You should get that,” he told her.

“Smith can wait. Right now, don’t you think it’s more important that we talk about what happened yesterday?” She touched her hair, the silky strands his fingers had been tangling in just seconds before. “And what almost happened now?”

He’d already gone too deep with her, shared too much of himself, but before he pushed her away again, he had to at least explain to her why he was doing it.

“I like you, Tatiana. A great deal. And I’m glad we’ve become friends. Which is why I can’t stand the thought of hurting you. Not in any way.”

“Why do you think you’ll hurt me, Ian? Why can’t we just jump and trust that we’ll help each other with the landing?”

“I can’t take any chances with you.” He wanted to touch her again so badly-wanted to feel her skin against his fingertips, her body pressed close to his again-that he made himself take another step away from her. “Especially not with you.”

She stared at him with big green eyes, and he decided to let her take a good long look this time, to let her see what he made sure to hide from everyone else. That she couldn’t want him. Shouldn’t want him.

Because he didn’t have nearly enough to give her.

But as he watched her watch him, a part of him–a really big part that he wasn’t proud of–was praying she’d ignore everything he’d just said and kiss him anyway.

Finally, though, she nodded. “There’s just one question I need to ask first before we go ahead as if nothing has changed between us, even though we both know it has.”

He braced for her question. “Go ahead.”

“Do you really think one teeny-tiny little kiss would really be that big a deal?”

“With you,” he said, as serious as he’d ever been in his life, “I’m certain that no kiss could ever be teeny. Or tiny. Or little.”

“A hug, then. Now that we’ve cleared the air from yesterday, I think we should at least be able to give each other a friendly hug.”

Even that was a bad idea, Ian knew, but before he could make that clear, her arms were already coming around his neck.

She was so much smaller than he, but they still fit together perfectly, her soft curves against his muscles, taut with the effort it was taking not to wrap her legs around his waist and lift her up on the kitchen counter so that he could devour her.

He could feel her breath warm against his neck, her long eyelashes brushing his skin as she closed her eyes, then opened them again. He could feel her heart beating against his chest, fast and hard, as they stood in the circle of each other’s arms for what was one of the most precious, extraordinary moments of his life so far.

Ian never wanted to let her go, didn’t know if he’d ever find the strength to do it, but he also knew he needed to shatter the moment before it spun off into another even more heady one. “My driver is waiting outside. That is, if you still want to come back to the office with me.”

When she finally drew back, cool air rushed in where her curves had been warming him. “I do. Of course I do.”

Her words were slightly breathless, and knowing why, knowing that he aroused her that much with only a hug, did crazy things to him. Especially when he couldn’t help but wonder just how aroused she would become if he kissed every inch of her, then followed up his kisses with caresses.

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The Look of Love: Amazon US | Amazon UK
From This Moment On: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Can’t Help Falling in Love: Amazon US | Amazon UK
I Only Have Eyes for You: My ReviewAmazon US | Amazon UK
If You Were Mine: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Let Me Be the One: My ReviewAmazon US | Amazon UK
Come a Little Bit Closer: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Always on My Mind: My ReviewAmazon US | Amazon UK
The Way You Look Tonight: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Kissing Under the Mistletoe: Amazon US | Amazon UK
It Must Be Your Love: My ReviewAmazon US | Amazon UK
Just to Be With You: Amazon US | Amazon UK
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COVER REVEAL: Just To Be With You by Bella Andre

I’m a HUGE fan of Bella Andre books, their perfect mix of fairy tale romance and scorching chemistry pulling me in every single time from the very first page. So, you can imagine how excited I get when a new book is announced!!!! Today, I have the great honour of sharing with you the stunning new cover of the upcoming book in The Sullivans series, Just To Be With You! This is Ian’s book and it is the twelfth instalment in the series, but they are all standalone stories with interconnected characters. However, they are best read in order. Trust me on this – if you haven’t read a Bella Andre book yet, it is time for you to experience the Bella magic!!! ♥

Expected release date: 5 March 2014

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Ian Sullivan, the powerful and wealthy CEO of Sullivan investments, has never failed at anything in his life…apart from love and marriage. Certain that he’ll never take the plunge again, the last thing he expects is for a beautiful actress to turn his perfectly organized world completely upside down.

Tatiana Landon, one of the hottest talents in Hollywood, has been waiting for true love her whole life. When she meets Ian, she’s certain she’s finally found it…along with a passion that sizzles hotter than anything in her wildest dreams. All she needs to do now is find a way to convince him to take the risk of loving again.

Ian soon realizes that Tatiana is just as determined and focused on winning his heart as he is on locking it away. But when unexpected circumstances thrust them into a world where “real life” rules don’t apply, will Ian finally recognize Tatiana as his one true love?

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The Look of Love: Amazon US | Amazon UK
From This Moment On: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Can’t Help Falling in Love: Amazon US | Amazon UK
I Only Have Eyes for You: My ReviewAmazon US | Amazon UK
If You Were Mine: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Let Me Be the One: My ReviewAmazon US | Amazon UK
Come a Little Bit Closer: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Always on My Mind: My ReviewAmazon US | Amazon UK
The Way You Look Tonight: Amazon US (FREE) | Amazon UK
Kissing Under the Mistletoe: Amazon US | Amazon UK
It Must Be Your Love: My ReviewAmazon US | Amazon UK
Just to Be With You: coming 5 Mar 2014…
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BOOK REVIEW: It Must Be Your Love by Bella Andre

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Successful Seattle Realtor Mia Sullivan is nobody’s fool…apart from that one week five years ago when she gave away her heart to a sexy musician who gave her nothing in return but a few sinfully perfect days—and nights—in his bed. Though she swears she never wants to see him again, he’s the one man she’s never been able to forget.

One of the hottest rock stars in the world, Ford Vincent can have any woman he wants…except Mia Sullivan. But now he knows millions of strangers singing along with his songs can’t fill the hole inside of him. Only Mia’s love has the power to do that—so he vows to do anything and everything it takes to win her heart again.

From the first moment they see each other again, intense sparks of attraction fly. Between irresistible kisses, a romantic Sullivan wedding in Napa Valley, and a deeply sensual connection that neither of them can deny, can Mia and Ford finally rediscover a love—and a friendship—strong enough to last forever?

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“No matter how hard he tried to stop it, his brain always circled back to Seattle, where he’d spent one incredible week with the most beautiful girl in the world.”

Addictions come in all shapes and sizes, but nothing feels as indulgent and irresistible to me as a new Bella Andre book. Her books were the reason I got hooked on romance, her sensual love stories making me smile for hours and always being the sweetest escape. The latest instalment in The Sullivans series did not disappoint and, once again, it made me believe in a love that is meant to be.

What would you do if you had met the love of your life too soon in life and were not ready to keep her? Ford Vincent might have the whole world at his feet, his successful music career being everything he had ever wished to achieve professionally, but one regret has always remained: losing Mia Sullivan. Having met when they were both too young to know how to make their relationship work and having spent one unforgettable week in each other’s arms, they parted ways with bitterness and anger. Five years later, Ford is still not over the only woman he ever truly loved. His success fulfils the rebellious little boy inside him who wanted to become his own man and escape the future his parents had planned for him, but his heart is lonely and still aching for the one that got away.

“Five years ago, even though I was an immature punk who didn’t know which way was up, I was smart enough to love you.”

Mia is a successful businesswoman in her own right, independent in every way, and in total control of her life, including the men she casually dates. She has only ever allowed one men to own her heart and has spent the past five years trying to figure out how to get her own heart back. The memory of Ford and their one week of all-consuming passion is still ever-present in her mind, regardless of how hard she tries to forget or how much she tries to convince herself that hate is the only emotion she now feels when she thinks of him.

“Sleeping with Ford was the best sex you can possibly imagine. Being with him was so good it should have taken me hours to recover from each round, but before I could he’d start in on me all over again, and the next thing I knew a week had passed and I’d barely done anything but Ford the whole time.”

When Ford decides to do all that he can to get Mia back and prove to her that he is a changed man, he is prepared to risk it all for her love. But five years is a long time for a woman to feel she had been used, scorned and abandoned, and the last thing on Mia’s mind now is to allow an arrogant and self-entitled rocker back into her life. It starts as a hopeless endeavour which quickly grows into a challenge, Ford being a man in love who is not only willing to fight for their happily ever after, but who is also determined to prove to the object of all his desires that, this time around, he is prepared to take his time to show her exactly what she means to him.

“… if you don’t stop looking at me like that in public, they’re going to figure out that there’s more than business between us.”
“How am I looking at you?”
“Like I’m Little Red to your big bad wolf.”
“Well,” he said slowly, “I do want to eat you.”

What follows is a deliciously erotic little game of cat and mouse, where their unquestionable attraction and pent-up hunger for one another are only matched by Ford’s determination to redeem himself to Mia and their mutual desire to finally build something long-lasting between them. They might have met at the wrong time in their lives and not known what to do with the conflicting pressures of commitment and ambition, but five years later, Ford and Mia are two people who not only know what they want in life, but, most importantly, they know exactly how much they are willing to sacrifice this time around to seize happiness once and for all.

“Music can’t love me back. And… music will never be you.”

Once again, the loving support of family is the binding theme in this series and it acts as a reminder of what the characters all individually strive to find in their own personal lives. No man is an island and when you’re part of the Sullivan clan, you have always known what being loved feels like and how much stronger you are as a person for having known such love. But loving each other means little if two people are not on the same page, willing to put each other first and fight with all their might to stay together. As always, Bella Andre manages to find the perfect balance between romance and steam, giving us another addictive Sullivans fairy tale, another couple to adore and another delicious happily ever after to re-awaken the dreamers in all of us.

“There are a million beautiful women out there, but there’s never been anyone like you.”

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The Look of Love: Amazon US | Amazon UK
From This Moment On: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Can’t Help Falling in Love: Amazon US | Amazon UK
I Only Have Eyes for You: Amazon US | Amazon UK
If You Were Mine: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Let Me Be the One: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Come a Little Bit Closer: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Always on My Mind: Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Way You Look Tonight: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Kissing Under the Mistletoe: Amazon US | Amazon UK
It Must Be Your Love: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Just to Be With You: coming Spring 2014…
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Always on My Mind by Bella Andre

alwaysonmymind2At long last, Lori “Naughty” Sullivan falls in love in Always On My Mind, the new book in Bella Andre’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling series about the Sullivan family.

After a tragic loss three years ago, Grayson Tyler left his life in New York City behind and started over in the rolling hills of the California coast. He’s convinced himself that all he’ll ever need again is the blue sky, a thousand acres of pasture, and the crashing waves of the ocean.

Until one day, Lori Sullivan barges into his life and promptly blows his emotionless and solitary world to shreds, driving him crazy as only a woman nicknamed “Naughty” can.

But will Lori be able to convince him that it’s safe to love her… and that forever isn’t actually out of reach?

 

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“Oh, Grayson… Don’t they know better than to wait for an invitation when the only thing that works with you is just showing up and refusing to leave?”

It’s with bittersweet anticipation that we awaited the last book in The Sullivans series and personally, this was the story that I wanted to read the most. One by one, the Sullivan siblings met the loves of their lives, and one by one, they found their happily-ever-afters. We watched Lori “Naughty” Sullivan witness it all, rejoice in her brothers’ and sister’s happiness, sometimes with a cynical attitude and always with a protective streak, but ultimately sharing their joy and only wanting what is best for them. We got hints throughout the previous books that her love life might not be all that rosy, but the details stayed a mystery. In this final book we finally find out who Lori really is, what motivates her and what is in her heart. We unveil the vulnerable woman behind the sassy attitude, and let me tell you, she might just be my new favourite!

Lori’s story starts on a sad note. We find her heartbroken and disillusioned with love. She is grieving the loss of a relationship, as dysfunctional as it was, and this latest heartbreak in her life has shaken her to the core, making her question her place in the world, making her give up her one and only passion in life – her dancing. She has given up her career, left it all behind and decided to find a random place away from it all where no one knows her, to regroup, find her bearings in life again, and lick her wounds. And that is how she stumbles upon a farm in Pescadero, CA looking for a farmhand.

“Lori had something to prove to herself first before she could go back to her real life. And she hadn’t yet proved it, hadn’t even come close to turning the darkness that had settled inside her these past months back to bright, vibrant color.”

As idyllic as her new surroundings might be, the farm owner does not appear to be impressed with her sudden appearance. Grayson has escaped city life himself, hoping to find comfort in isolation and solitude. He carries the heavy burden of guilt on his shoulders for the way his marriage had crumbled and turned into tragedy, having resigned himself to the idea of never deserving to find love again.

“For three years, solitude had been his companion and he’d convinced himself that all he’d ever need again were the blue sky, a thousand acres of pasture, and the crashing waves of the ocean. Until, from completely out of the blue, Lori Sullivan had barged into his life… and promptly blown his carefully emotionless world to shreds.”

Two broken hearts in need of mending, two lonely individuals desperate to love again but fearing another disappointment. Lori barges into Grayson’s quiet and predictable everyday life like a breath of fresh air, her smiles and positivity bringing his walls down, one cranky brick after another. While he likes his silence, she likes to talk, while he grunts his disapproval at everything she does, she responds with a smile. Before they know it, they are under each other’s skin, their mutual attraction steering the wheel, but their growing affection for each other being the driving force behind it. They thread the frustrating waters of unspoken sentiments and fears of unrequited love, week after week, until they finally give in to all the pent-up desire between them and when they do, oh boy, do we get fireworks!

“Nothing has ever been better than this, Lori. Not one goddamned thing.”

They heal each other, fall deeper in love with one another day after day. Grayson fulfils her dream of finding someone who would do anything humanly possible to make her happy, someone who would want to protect her and make her feel safe in giving her whole heart to him. Lori’s love for Grayson finally overshadows his guilt and pain, giving him hope that in Lori’s love he has finally found his home.

“Every time he kissed Lori and tasted how fresh and sweet she was, Grayson felt as though he was being bathed in warm sunlight on a perfect summer day. And even now, as he kissed her beneath the moon and the stars, that warmth moved through his veins, pumping through a heart that had been cold for so long.”

A beautiful story of finding the kind of love that feeds the soul, flesh and bone. In true Bella Andre style, we are taking a journey into her unique brand of ‘meant-to-be’, into a reality where true love finds you regardless of how much you fight it or how little you expect it. This is a stunning finale to the Sullivan siblings saga, one that completes their stories by finally giving the last sibling her happily-ever-after. My heart is so full right now but so incredibly sad as well knowing my thrilling Sullivan tales have come to an end.

The series, however, continues with their cousin Rafe Sullivan’s upcoming book, The Way You Look Tonight, coming in Summer 2013.

“I love you… So that means you’re going to have to love something again. I know you hate doing anything I say, but this time you’re going to have to. Because you’re going to love me back. I’m going to make sure of it.”

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Let Me Be The One by Bella Andre

When Vicki Bennett saved Ryan Sullivan’s life as a teenager, it was the beginning of a close friendship that never wavered despite her failed marriage to someone else and Ryan’s well-earned reputation as a ladies man. So when she suddenly needs a pretend boyfriend to protect herself and her career from a powerful man’s advances, he is the only person she can imagine asking.

Ryan will do anything to protect Vicki from harm, but when their “fake” kisses and caresses lead to an incredibly sensual night that neither of them can resist, will he have made the biggest mistake of all by irreparably jeopardizing their friendship? Or is it possible that what they’ve both been looking for has been right there the whole time … and the perfect combination of wicked and sweet, friendship and love, is finally within reach?

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Another delightful installment of The Sullivans series and, as usual, Bella Andre does not disappoint. I am not even sure how this is possible but, as the series continues, the stories keep getting better and better. I’m at a point where when I know a Bella Andre book is being released, I put everything else on hold in my life and dive into her new book until my fingers get all pruney. And what a scrumptious dive that is!

This is Ryan Sullivan’s book – he is the professional baseball player in the family and we have met him in previous books as the incorrigible bachelor. Ryan has had one best friend since he was a teenager, Vicky, but their lives have followed very different paths over the last decade. They are finally living in the same city again and Vicky needs his help. She needs Ryan to pretend to be her boyfriend to deter the inappropriate advances of a man who has the power to make or break her career as an artist. What starts as innocent role-play soon turns into irresistible reality, awakening long-suppressed feelings between Ryan and Vicky and making them realise that they have been each other’s ‘the one’ all along.

“Ryan didn’t just want Vicky, didn’t just crave her laughter, her curves, her mouth beneath his. He loved her. And every other woman he’d been with since that day she’d come into his life had only been a placeholder for the real thing.”

What is it about friends-to-lovers stories that presses all the right buttons with me every single time? The sexual tension between these two characters was so skilfully woven into the first part of the story, the anticipation of the inevitable climax slowly torturing us and making us turn the pages with increasing frustration. Ryan and Vicky’s friendship is something they equally value and do not want to ruin by taking their relationship ‘to the next level’ but the more we find out about them and their history, the more we know with certainty that they are made for each other. They struggle to reconcile the precious friendship that they share with fifteen years of hidden feelings for each other, but they quickly realise that a risk is sometimes worth taking when the alternative could mean regretting a missed opportunity for the rest of their lives. Oh, and there is no denying  a silver-tongued Sullivan when he takes charge of the ‘issuation’!

“Every fantasy, Vicky.” His words were raw. And so low she could barely hear them over the spray from the multiple showerheads. “You’re every single fantasy I’ve ever had.”

The development of the relationship between Ryan and Vicky follows a steady upward line, gently paced and constantly making as crave for more. The pace is on the slow side at times but that is because once the characters reach a high point in their relationship, that line never takes a downturn. We can always rely on Bella Andre to deliver a great love story without breaking our hearts in the process.

Ms Andre’s writing is consistently delicious, as always. Her prose is nor crass or unnecessarily weighed down by one explicit sex scene after another – not that I would have complained had that been the case! Her love scenes are classy, well-written and beautifully interwoven into the storyline, putting more emphasis on the sexual tension between the characters rather than the carnal acts themselves. They are not gratuitous gifts aimed at keeping the reader’s interest alive – they are done with finesse and they are SENSATIONAL. Her male characters are alpha males but they are not the rough cavemen types. Ms Andre’s heroes are gentlemen, hot passionate possessive want-to-lick-them-all-over alpha-types but gentlemen nonetheless. They ask you to strip but they also say ‘please’.

“Angry with herself for having less than no control around him anymore, she closed her eyes tighter. Only, she knew that wouldn’t deter him from getting his way, and she was right when he leaned back over her and kissed each eyelid softy. “Look at me. Please.” His plea undid her. Completely. Unable to resist him for a moment longer, she looked up at him, her inner muscles clenching even tighter around him as she let his dark gaze all the way inside her heart … and her soul.”

Cold shower anyone?

Read this book, read all of them and jump on the Bella Andre bandwagon – you won’t regret it. The next Sullivans book will be Smith’s story and this crazy Bella Andre fan is already panting in anticipation.

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I Only Have Eyes for You by Bella Andre

Sophie Sullivan, a librarian in San Francisco, was five years old when she fell head over heels in love with Jake McCann. Twenty years later, she’s convinced the notorious bad boy still sees her as the “nice” Sullivan twin. That is, when he bothers to look at her at all. But when they both get caught up in the magic of the first Sullivan wedding, she knows it’s long past time to do whatever it takes to make him see her for who she truly is… the woman who will love him forever.

Jake has always been a magnet for women, especially since his Irish pubs made him extremely wealthy. But the only woman he really wants is the one he can never have. Not only is Sophie his best friend’s off-limits younger sister… he can’t risk letting her get close enough to discover his deeply hidden secret. Only, when Sophie appears on his doorstep as Jake’s every fantasy come to life-smart, beautiful, and shockingly sexy-he doesn’t have a prayer of taking his eyes, or his hands, off her. And he can’t stop craving more of her sweet smiles and sinful kisses. Because even though Jake knows loving Sophie isn’t the right thing to do… how can he possibly resist?

review

Best one in the series so far! Let me preface this review by saying that I have become a crazy Bella Andre fan. I read one of her books some time ago because it was free on Amazon and I ended up reading all of them after that. The Sullivans series is my favourite, right after the Take Me/Love Me one, and this book is my first pick… so far. I don’t know why that is as they all are great stories and they all have really loveable characters, but I suspect it has something to do with the fact that this is the first one in the series with a heroine.

Sophie grew up being the baby in a family of overprotective macho brothers. Her twin sister, Lori, is her opposite, mischievous and outspoken, and hence never had to suffer the same overprotective treatment by her brothers. Sophie has been in love with her brothers’ friend, Jake McCann, ever since she was a little girl but never thought he saw her as anything else but his friends’ baby sister. Fast forward to the present, the right opportunity arising for making Jake finally ‘see’ her and the story unravels. And what a gorgeous story! I loved the chemistry between Sophie and Jake, I found it really believable and touching, not to mention hot (I had to fan myself at times!). I loved Jake and his possessive alpha character. I loved how Sophie managed to turn him to putty every time she just looked at him. I loved the way they loved each other. I loved Sophie’s determination. One of the things that I loved the most was Sophie’s willingness to fight for her relationship with Jake, even if it meant going against her family. She knew her brothers would struggle to accept them as a couple and she was willing to fight them all. However, as in all the books in the series, the Sullivans stick together and support each other no matter what. Their bond and unconditional love for each other made me wish I had a bigger family myself.

I wasn’t a great fan of the whole literacy issue with regards to Jake and how it affected him but I guess, as an alpha male, he would have perceived it as something to be ashamed of and something that other people would judge him on. Before we even knew what his “secret” was, I expected something much more serious, something he would need to redeem himself for – I think I was a bit let down by what it was. But that is also one of the reasons I just love Bella Andre’s books – we don’t get seriously tortured and troubled souls whose life journeys have a cathartic effect on us. Instead, we get escapist love stories with likeable characters who take us away from our daily grind.

I have read and re-read this beautiful story several times now and enjoyed it every time like it was the first. If you’re looking for a beautifully written, funny, romantic, feel-good book, look no further.

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