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review 2014-06-03 06:02
Review: Let Me Be The One
Let Me Be the One - Bella Andre

Well, I'm totally reading this series out of order.  I tried to read the first one but because it had insta-love, I couldn't finish it.  I'm not a real big fan of insta-love.  

 

 

 

I decided to try some of the author's later works to see if it's worth going back and reading the first one.  In my opinion, it is though there is still insta-love in this one but both characters ignored it for 15 years to become best friends.

 

This book is about Ryan Sullivan, superstar pitcher, finally getting the girl he has loved for 15 years, Viki, the sculptor.  Viki moved to San Fran her sophomore year of high school at 15 years of age.  Viki is used to moving around because her dad is in the military and so she stopped making friends since she will be gone in a year or so.  She has a major crush on Ryan but thinks she is no good because jocks don't go out with artists. She sneaks peaks at him a lot, telling herself it is for her sculptor since she is doing it on laughter and he loves his laugh.

 

 

So one day, some crazy ass driver in the high school parking lot(I almost think all high school driver are crazy) almost runs Ryan over but Viki saves him.  After that moment, they become friends.  

 

15 years later, Viki is back in San Fran, a year after she divorced her asshole of a sculptor husband in Italy.  She plans to start anew and is trying for a fellowship which is a competition for artists that will get her noticed.  One of the judges tricks her in being alone with him and has a plan to seduce her.   She panics and calls Ryan to rescue her.  Ryan, who is very protective of Viki, rushes over to save the day. He plays along with her plan that he is her boyfriend.  After the creepy judge leaves,  Ryan demands that Viki stay with him while she is living in San Fran.  She, with reluctance, agrees. 

 

So the story begins of this kind back and forth relationship. Both Ryan and Viki are worried about ruining their friendship.  Viki doesn't really believe that Ryan would be with her since he had tons of girlfriends and he is a jock. Ryan is afraid of being rejected.  It was kind of sweet that he feared her rejection.

 

 

Finally, Ryan realized that he never wanted to live without Viki ever again and would do anything to keep her. He plans to use the whole fake boyfriend thing to his advantage.  Viki is skittish, especially after her bad marriage.  Actually, it did get a little annoying.  She would jump to false conclusions pretty quickly.  There was a lot of miscommunication.  But once they got it right, it was oh so right.  Plus, really hot sex.

 

 

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review 2014-05-01 13:58
The Look of Love (The Sullivans #1) by Bella Andre
The Look of Love - Bella Andre

I have been wanting to try out this series for a long time, so I jumped at the chance for a review copy. The Sullivan family is HUGE - there are six boys and two girls, so I know there will be a lot to read about. The Look of Love takes on one of the brothers, Chase, a reknown photographer. When he finds Chloe on the side of the road in a rainstorm his protective instincts kick in and he would do anything take care of her. Chloe on the other hand, is ready to keep running. She can't trust men and isn't sure what to think of her apparent knight in shining armor. 

This was a decent start to the series with lots of background early on about the family. I liked how other members of the family were brought in on occassion so I could get to know them a little along the way. I hope to see more of Chase in future books as well. Some of the story dragged just a little - too much "I love you but I shouldn't" for me to really get into the characters. There were also some amazingly hilarious scenes that had me almost laughing out loud. 

If you like a nice happy contempory story with a beautiful ending and more to look forward to, I suggest you start this series. It looks to be a great one. 

Source: www.bittenbyromance.com/2014/03/review-look-of-love-by-bella-andre.html
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review 2014-05-01 13:53
Can't Help Falling in Love (The Sullivans #3) by Bella Andre
Can't Help Falling in Love - Bella Andre

The third book in The Sullivans centers around Gabe Sullivan - the heroic firefighter and the mother and daughter that he saves in a horrible apartment blaze. Now Gabe has a rule not to date fire victims, and Megan has a rule not to date guys with risky jobs. But (this is a romance after all) they can't seem to stop thinking about each other. With a little help from Megan's little girl, Summer, they keep running into each other. 

This was a much better story than book one (I have book two on the way), the conflict was much more realistic to me. I know I would have a hard time bringing a man into my life that had a job that could easily take his life any day. The characters were easier to relate to and not a perfect. I loved Summer's role in everything. She was the cheerful little girl that wouldn't let anything get in her way to find happiness for her mom. 

While we know they are going to end with an HEA there were times it seemed like it was all going to fall apart and I wasn't sure how they were going to get them together in the long run. 

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review* 

Source: www.bittenbyromance.com/2014/05/review-cant-help-falling-in-love-by.html
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review 2014-04-03 13:58
From This Moment On (The Sullivans #2) by Bella Andre
From This Moment On (The Sullivans) - Bella Andre

From This Moment On was just a little too far-fetched for me to get into. I know that most contemporary romances involve hard to imagine situations, but this was just a little too many long shots for me. I found myself flipping through many intimate scenes scanning for dialog instead of enjoying the hot moments. 

Now that I've criticized the storyline, the characters were the exact opposite. I really enjoyed Nicola and Marcus as people. They were fun and if the circumstances had been different I think I would have enjoyed their romance. Their first meeting and night together were fantastic and if there had been more like that I know I would have loved it. 

Now this is a series that has tons of great reviews, so if you're thinking about it don't let me turn you off. I enjoyed book one and book three (review soon). And while the didn't knock my socks off, I will be giving the series another shot with book four. 

Source: www.bittenbyromance.com/2014/04/review-from-this-moment-on-by-bella.html
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