The Sullivans Series

Always On My Mind (The Sullivans #8) By: Bella Andre

Always On My Mind

Always On My Mind (The Sullivans #8)

Plot:

Lori “Naughty” Sullivan finally 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?

Review:

Lori was not the character I was most looking forward to read, but I ended up liking her more than I expected. She could have easily been a wild child that just has things work out for her, but that wasn’t the case. She worked hard and didn’t expect things to magically go her way.

Grayson was gruff and incredibly rude. Lori’s capacity to forgive was amazing but Andre explained it well. I could have easily been turned off and thought the story unbelievable if Andre hadn’t taken the time to say why Lori was able to forgive.

Overall their romance wasn’t the strongest or the sweetest or the most intense, but I liked it more than the two previous. There was no pushing away because their lives were too difficult to work out. Sure Grayson thought that Lori would leave him and get swept up in her career once she went back, but he still planned and hoped that she wouldn’t. I liked that. It was a break in the formula that was needed.

I’ve finished the first eight book in the Sullivans series and I think it’s time for a change. I’ve read about the eight siblings so the rest to come are cousins. The series, so far, has been good, though I have noticed a formula. That’s completely fine, I love Nora Robert’s formula, but some things have started to grate. One of the things that bugged me, that I haven’t already mentioned, is that one of the past siblings will wind up pregnant or engaged and she only mentions it in passing, almost like you were already supposed to know about it. Oh well, I’ll get around to reading the rest.

4/5

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Come A Little Bit Closer (The Sullivans #7) By: Bella Andre

Come a Little Bit Closer

Come A Little Bit Closer (The Sullivans #7) By: Bella Andre

Plot:

Fame, fortune, and falling in love… Movie star Smith Sullivan can’t afford any distractions. He’s staking his entire reputation on his new film…but he can’t stop thinking about Valentina Landon and the fire he sees smoldering just beneath the surface of her cool exterior. Valentina isn’t averse to sensual pleasure, or even to the idea of finding true love, but as a Hollywood business manager she’s watched too many smart women fall for actors…only to be torn apart when the fairy tale comes to its inevitable end. But when intense weeks together on set turn their heated attraction into red-hot flames of passion, Smith knows he has to find a way to convince Valentina to let him get a little bit closer. Close enough to completely steal her heart…the way she’s stolen his from the beginning.

Review:

I’m getting tired of the whole ‘we shouldn’t be together it will never work’ thing. I feel like its been in almost every book in the series.

Smith and Valentina were a good couple, she just didn’t date actors. She should have realized he was different. He’s a Sullivan for crying out loud. She finally woke up to his complete awesomeness and of course that’s when he decided to push her away. Thankfully this lasted briefly and not a week like the last Sullivan.

This is the problem with binge reading. All the similarities in the series are more evident because they are so fresh. The series is still good, I’m just not as willing to put up with it.

3/5

Let Me Be the One (The Sullivans #6) By: Bella Andre

Let Me Be The One

Let Me Be the One (The Sullivans #6) By: Bella Andre

Plot:

How far would you go for a friend? Back in San Francisco preparing for her big art show, Vicki Bennett needs help protecting herself and her career from the unwelcome advances of one of the judges. She knows that her longtime friend and baseball star, Ryan Sullivan, will know just how to handle things, and he’s the only person she can imagine asking for help. Ryan is thrilled to have Vicki back in his life, and he will do anything to protect her from harm, including playing the role of “pretend boyfriend.” But when their staged kisses and caresses lead to an incredibly sensual night, they both worry that they may have damaged their friendship forever. Have they made the worst mistake possible? Or is the perfect combination of friendship and love finally within reach?

Review:

There’s something about books starring baseball players. They always make me think of summer and good times with friends. Not to mention great uniforms.

Ryan and Vicki’s story was sweeter than the other Sullivans. Not to say the racy scenes weren’t plentiful and hot. Ryan and Vicki had loved each other during high school, but too afraid to lose a friend neither did anything about it. Now that they’re adults and currently free things happen.

There was a decent villain in this story, though I’ve noticed that Andre doesn’t really let her men beat the crap out of the jerks trying to take advantage of their women. Chase beat up Chloe’s ex-husband but I think that’s it. The side of me that thirsts for vengeance would prefer a bit more violence toward the douches in this series.

3.75/5

If You Were Mine (The Sullivans #5) By: Bella Andre

If You Were Mine

If You Were Mine (The Sullivans #5) By: Bella Andre

Plot:

Can two people who have both sworn off love find forever in each other’s arms? Find out in IF YOU WERE MINE, the fifth book in Bella Andre’s bestselling Sullivan family contemporary romance series.

The last thing Zach Sullivan wants is to take care of his brother’s new puppy for two weeks. Until he meets the dog trainer, that is. Heather is bright, beautiful, and he can’t stop thinking about her. Unfortunately, she just might be the only woman on earth who wants nothing to do with him.

Heather Linsey can’t believe she’s stuck working with one of the city’s top dogs, auto-shop tycoon Zach Sullivan. Especially when his focus is clear from the start—not only to learn how to deal with his temporary puppy…but also to make Heather his. Having sworn off love at seventeen when she realized it was nothing more than a pack of lies, she has stuck to her vow never to fall for a charming man.

But as Heather’s determination to push Zach away only fuels his determination to get closer—and the sensual and emotional connection between them grows more and more undeniable—will the biggest Sullivan bad boy of all tempt her into believing in love again?

Review:

I am not a dog person, but I fell in love with Atlas and Cuddles. They seriously stole the show in this book. Sure Zach is the hottest Sullivan and yeah Heather has an interesting back story, but those dogs were precious. Precious I tell you!

Zach and Heather were fine. I thought that Zach’s emotional response to so many people telling him he’s exactly like his father was believable. However I kept on waiting for more from Heather. Cutting yourself seems so extreme because your dad habitually cheats on your mom. I kept expecting more. I probably don’t understand it well enough.

3.5/5

I Only Have Eyes For You (The Sullivans #4) By: Bella Andre

I Only Have Eyes For You

I Only Have Eyes For You (The Sullivans #4) By: Bella Andre

Plot:

In I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU, 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? (love story, contemporary romance, alpha heroes, beach reads, sexy romance, bad boys, falling in love)

Review:

I like when the bad boy gets love. Andre kept on calling Jake a bad boy and the Sullivans certainly thought he was incapable of love. Which was weird actually. One of them knew his life story but he too thought Jake couldn’t love. Jake had an abusive dad and sometimes growing up had to resort to violence to protect himself. That by no means, means that you can’t love. You need love more than anyone.

Oh well. Sophie and her mom knew Jake was worth it.

I wasn’t too fond of the one week to prove that she should marry him, but it could have been worse. Whatever you do don’t read a book titled One night, Two babies. It’s horrible. These two books have similarities in plot, but Andre’s is worlds better.

3.5/5