The Look of Love (The Sullivan's 1) by Bella Andre-Adult Contemporary Romance
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With THE LOOK OF LOVE, bestselling author Bella Andre introduces you the Sullivan family. In this fun and emotional contemporary romance series, when a Sullivan bad boy falls...he falls hard. And it's forever.
Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she’s convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he?
As a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he’s home in San Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is—until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing to move mountains to love—and protect—her, but will she let him?
Chloe vows never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Only, with every loving look Chase gives her—and every sinfully sweet caress—as the attraction between them sparks and sizzles, she can’t help but wonder if she’s met the only exception. And although Chase didn’t realize his life was going to change forever in an instant, amazingly, he isn’t the least bit interested in fighting that change. Instead, he’s gearing up for a different fight altogether…for Chloe’s heart.
This reader is officially a fan of the Sullivan family!! This first book in the series brings us Chase, the 32-year-old Sullivan brother who happens upon the stunning Chloe Peterson as she literally and figuratively weathers a storm after crashing her car. Escaping the clutches of her abusive ex, Chloe was in no way searching for love when Chase played night in shining armor to her damsel in distress. But when he whisked her away to his brother's vineyard instead of ditching her at the nearest hotel, they were both in for much more than they'd bargained.
Chase's charm quickly revealed cracks in Chloe's armor, the wall that she'd built around her heart to protect herself. She never wanted to find herself with another man who didn't deserve her love and trust, so she had closed herself off and set out to start over on her own. Initially, this kept her from giving into the intense mutual attraction to Chase, which drove them both mad with sexual tension!! It didn't take long for Chloe to realize what an incredibly tender and giving man Chase was, though, and I was falling for him right along with her despite the whirlwind romance. Any man who works as a photographer around gorgeous models but is too smitten to even notice is a winner in my book!! Chase was every the gentleman with Chloe in an effort to make her feel comfortable, but once they gave into temptation he had the green light to give her everything he had. It was well worth the wait, and as they tried and failed to fight the constant need they felt, it became one hot moment after another between them!! Whew!
As the full extent of Chloe's situation was revealed, I was sucked into the suspense of waiting for their happy bubble to burst. Between a clear threat to Chloe's safety and her insistence on going it alone to prove her strength, they clearly had some serious hurdles to get over before their happy ever after. But I never doubted Chase's ability to win Chloe's heart, and she is stronger than even she knew when push comes to shove. The whole story takes place in just a few days, so their relationship had to progress quickly, but I was very happy with the way the story wrapped up. It left me very anxious to move on to older brother Marcus' story so I could see more of these great characters, so From This Moment is on my list of next reads!! Looking forward to more of Bella Andre's sexy Sullivans!!!
From This Moment On (The Sullivan's 2) by Bella Andre-Adult Contemporary Romance
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With FROM THIS MOMENT ON, bestselling author Bella Andre introduces you to Marcus, the second Sullivan bad boy, whose life will never be the same from the moment he meets Nicola….
For thirty-six years, Marcus Sullivan has been the responsible older brother, stepping in to take care of his seven siblings after their father died when they were children. But when the perfectly ordered future he's planned for himself turns out to be nothing but a lie, Marcus needs one reckless night to shake free from it all.
Nicola Harding is known throughout the world by only one name - Nico - for her catchy, sensual pop songs. Only, what no one knows about the twenty-five year old singer is that her sex-kitten image is totally false. After a terrible betrayal by a man who loved fame far more than he ever loved her, she vows not to let anyone else get close enough to find out who she really is...or hurt her again. Especially not the gorgeous stranger she meets at a nightclub, even though the hunger - and the sinful promises - in his dark eyes make her want to spill all her secrets.
One night is all Nicola and Marcus agree to share with each other. But nothing goes as they plan when instead of simply tangling limbs, they find a deeper connection than either of them could have anticipated. And even though they both try to fight it, growing emotions - and sizzling attraction - keep drawing them closer together.
Close enough for them to wonder if stealing one more secret moment together can ever be enough?.
I was very much looking forward to oldest Sullivan brother Marcus' story after meeting him in the first book of this series. Bella Andre's smooth lead-in to his story had me intrigued, I already wanted this brother who shouldered so much of the family burdens to find his true love. It was his time, for sure!
Nicola was an endearing heroine; untrusting after a nasty breakup with her slimy ex, she was struggling keeping up with her fame and figuring out who she really was deep down. She was such a strong woman, I really loved how she shouldered all of the torment and criticism that came with her infamy without becoming bitter and resentful. When she decided to go out and live up to her slutty rep by finding a guy to give her one unforgettable night, let's just say she couldn't have been more lucky to run into Marcus Sullivan first!! They were instantly drawn to each other, but it didn't turn into the one-nighter either of them expected. Marcus was sweet as he got to know Nicola, falling for all of her quirks and strength right along with her sex kitten side even though he didn't want to admit it. And oh was he ever the sexy temptation himself; there was no way Nicola had a chance to resist this hunk of sweet perfection!!
The hurdles this couple had to get through were not insurmountable, but both of them had invested enough into their time together that they didn't want it to end. Admitting that to each other while facing the challenges ahead would prove to be their most challenging test, and I just loved how much Marcus stepped up to the plate in order to prove his heart to Nicola. Marcus of course has the support of the rest of the incredible Sullivans, who I loved seeing together again. Sibling rivalry and protectiveness aside, they had his back and just wanted to see him happy, which made me love them even more!
From This Moment On was another great installment to this series, and I look forward to seeing smoking hot firefighter Gabe's story up next!!
Can't Help Falling In Love (The Sullivan's 3) by Bella Andre-Adult Contemporary Romance
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Get ready for another Sullivan bad boy to fall in love in the third book of Bella Andre's bestselling contemporary romance series!
Gabe Sullivan risks his life every day as a firefighter in San Francisco. But after learning a brutal lesson about professional boundaries, he knows better than to risk his heart to his fire victims ever again. Especially the brave mother and daughter he saved from a deadly apartment fire...and can't stop thinking about.
Megan Harris knows she owes the heroic firefighter everything for running into a burning building to save her and her seven-year-old daughter. Everything except her heart. Because after losing her navy pilot husband five years ago, she has vowed to never suffer through loving - and losing - a man with a dangerous job again.
Only, when Gabe and Megan meet again and uncontrollable flames of desire ignite between them, how can he possibly ignore her courage, determination, and beauty? And how can she deny not only his strong bond with her daughter.but the way his sweetly sensual kisses are challenging her to risk everything she's been guarding for so long?
This winter, if one - or both - of them aren't careful, they just might end up falling in love.
It's becoming nearly impossible to decide which of the Sullivan brothers I love most, but I think Gabe may have tipped the scales his way with this third installment of the series! He's sexy, smooth, a walking temptation, and he's great dad potential to boot...what's not to love?!
I have to admit off the bat, I have a thing for smoldering men in uniform, so I didn't stand a chance of not falling hard over Gabe! Add to that the fact that we meet him when he's risking his life to save a mom and daughter from a burning apartment complex, and I was swooning big time! And Megan was a strong heroine, lovable for both the nurturing mother in her as well as the sexy vixen she kept locked up. Well, until a certain firefighter brought her up to the surface to play! I loved that she and Gabe tried so hard to resist each other for their own reasons; she didn't want another relationship where she might lose the man she loved to his dangerous lifestyle, and he didn't want a repeat of his last relationship with a fire rescue victim that went all wrong. But with a chemistry that was sizzling hot and a little help from a precocious 7-year-old Summer, these two were bound to wind up giving into the temptation, and when they did...wow!!
Gabe tried to be cold and stand-offish from the start, denying that any relationship at all with Megan was a possibility; but one situation after another found them face-to-face, fighting off the sparks flying between them. As much as I wanted Megan to just dive right in, her concerns about protecting her and Summer's emotions made perfect sense. She fought long and hard to keep her heart out of the picture, but Gabe really is just a man like no other! He completely swept her off her feet, through her heart and with the crazy "monkey sex" that had them both thanking their lucky stars for Summer's nights away!!
Nothing in Gabe and Megan's story felt rushed, it all progress at a pace that felt real and I was engrossed in their romance from start to finish. They both had issues to overcome, but as they tore down each other's walls it was clear that this couple needed each other despite all of that. Summer was adorable and the way Gabe interacted with her just made me melt, so now I'm wishing we could see this couple 5 years down the road with a few more little ones running around. Just saying!!
Another captivating Sullivan romance, Bella Andre just keeps on impressing!! Up next is Sophie's story, which I'm REALLY looking forward to after her lead-in at the end of this book!!!
5 out of 5 leaves
Interview with Bella Andre
about her best-selling series, The Sullivans1. You create characters beautifully and are an absolute master of plot twists. It seems like you could write in almost any genre and do a bang-up job of it. What made you decide to devote your efforts to the romance genre in particular? Thank you so much for the compliments! I've always been a huge romance fan - I've been reading nearly a book a day since I was a teenager - so it was a natural fit for me when the characters starting appearing in my head one day. :) 2. How did the idea for this interconnected contemporary romance series first come to you? What was your inspiration? I love the family series that have always been popular in historical romance - like Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series and Nora Roberts MacGregors - and I was also inspired by my husband's large family. It seemed like a natural fit to combine the the funny and sweet family dynamics into an overarching series of sexy contemporary romances with the alpha heroes that I love so much. 3. Everyone seems to have a favorite Sullivan. Now I know this is like asking you to choose between your own children, but who is your favorite? And who's most like you? I'll have to plead the fifth and pick Mary Sullivan - the family matriarch - as my favorite Sullivan. She's the heart that keeps the family together and I get emotional whenever I write a scene with her. In fact, in COME A LITTLE BIT CLOSER (Smith Sullivan's story), the scene where he calls his mother to ask for love advice is one that so many readers have told me is their absolute favorite scene in any Sullivan book. As for who is most like me - maybe Sophie Sullivan from I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU. She loves to read (and is a librarian) and when she wants something (in her case: bad boy Jake McCann), she goes for it! Of course, I'm also a lot like Lori Sullivan (aka "Naughty") with her big mouth and constant laughter. 4. In your opinion, what ingredients are needed to make up a good love story? Is life the same as fiction in this respect? Why or why not? I love to love my characters and when I write a story I need two heroic, nice, good people (and why not gorgeous, too?!) who deserve love and have a lot of love to offer in return, but who are flawed partially because they haven't found that perfect someone who compliments them like no other. I like my fiction to be a little bigger than life - the Sullivans are extraordinarily hot, sensitive and attentive - but at their heart, they're all very real. 5. How has your own love story with your husband informed the Sullivan series? Are there any scenes that are directly taken from your own life? I have the best husband in the entire world. Sweet, loving, sensitive…and super hot! He's always supported me in everything I've ever done and I think his strength and capability to love is at the core of every hero I write. With that said, none of the scenes are ever taken directly from my own life. I have a very active imagination. :) 6. Let's pretend for a second that you are a single woman living in the world of the Sullivans, which of the six brothers would you be most likely to fall in love with and why? Ohhhh, now THAT is a fun fantasy! I would fall in love with each and every single one of them - and do, while I'm writing each of their stories! If I had to pick one, I might have my eye on Marcus (FROM THIS MOMENT ON) - because while all of my Sullivans are sweet, sexy and sensitive - Marcus is the only one with his own endless supply of wine from his winery. And there's just something about the oldest brother…. Then again, Zach Sullivan is such a great combination of cocky and sweet. And Ryan Sullivan has all those muscles. And Gabe is such a hero as a firefighter (and I love his dirty talking between the sheets). And Chase is so sexy and protective. And then there's Jake McCann (who falls in love with Sophie Sullivan) with his tattoo's and big muscles. Not to mention Lori's hero in the upcoming ALWAYS ON MY MIND which will be out this spring. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Lori's hero just might be the hottest hero I've ever written. See, what did I tell you earlier? I'm no good at picking just one. So let's just say, yet again, ALL OF THEM! 7. The Sullivans and their beaux have some pretty interesting careers. From photographers and sculptors to professional actors, musicians and ball players all the way to firefighters, librarians and business owners, they lead very exciting lives! What type of research did you have to do to capture these jobs so well? Do you have any interesting research anecdotes to share? I've written firefighters and athletes in previous series which helped with my firefighter, Gabe (CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE) and my baseball player, Ryan (LET ME BE THE ONE). I also live in Sonoma and have a lot of experience with wine and wineries which was ideal for winery owner Marcus (FROM THIS MOMENT ON) and as a writer I've been blessed to work with many librarians who served as information points for Sophie (I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU.) For books where I need inspiration, the internet has been amazing and when needed, I also call on the help of professionals. Even though I'd written firefighters before, I still sent all my firefighting scenes to a professional and for Smith's book (COME A LITTLE BIT CLOSER) I sent all the acting-set sequences to a local film producer. 8. I was very touched by the inclusion of Yorkie puppy, Cuddles, and Great Dane rescue, Atlas, in book five, If You Were Mine. Are you a dog person yourself? If you have pets, I'd love to know more about them! I *love* animals. I had the best time writing the two dogs in IF YOU WERE MINE. They had their own little love story in that book, which pleased me to no end. There's a cat that plays a very important role in ALWAYS ON MY MIND (Lori Sullivan's story, coming Spring 2013). My whole family loves animals, and we've recently adopted a beautiful cat. Or more accurately, the cat has adopted us, smart little minx. 9. The Sullivan series is currently seven volumes long. How many more books do you have planned, and which other family members will get the spotlight in their own books? Lori's book (ALWAYS ON MY MIND) is up next, and there are 5 Seattle Sullivans who are ready for love - I will start with Rafe Sullivan's book this summer! Plus, I have something *very* special planned for Mary Sullivan, their mother, planned to release for the holidays in 2013. 10. And lastly (for a bit of random fun), what has been the most amazing/ touching/ validating interaction you've had with a fan of your books? Everyone who has ever written to me on Facebook or Twitter or Goodreads or via email to tell me how much they love my books and that the Sullivans have moved them in some way has touched me. I love my fans, so, so much! I have the very best time in the world writing about my Sullivans… and knowing that I have so many absolutely wonderful people waiting to read them as soon as they're released is a total thrill every single day.
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