Love reading. Love listening.
Setting: Mainly San Francisco present day
Genre: Contemporary romance
Narration: Ms Kaminsky once again provided a creditable performance. I'm getting used to her style, so any limitation are pretty much forgotten.
This begins right after the first book in the series. But, as with the first, the falling in love happens too quickly. Lust at first sight? Yes. Love within two days? Not so much. Maybe, despite the fact that most of my books are romance, I'm not a romantic. But I really did like the situation of two disparate people hooking up. Nicola picks Marcus up in a bar for a one-night-stand, but they can't get enough of each other, so they extend their sexual liaison through Monday. I think it started on Wednesday. I really like Marcus. He's conflicted about the differences between them. Then on Monday, Nicola decides that the relationship can't possibly work. So at least toward the end, you finally get a sense of time passing as they work things out. Surprisingly, the book doesn't end with plans to marry, or even cohabit. That's a change from what I usually read.
You will likely want to read the entire series because the characters are so likable. There are 8 San Francisco Sullivan's. You can space the books out, of course, I read them all practically back-to-back. I think I had to wait for the last two or three, but I got those as they came out.
Worth the credit and time? Yes.
Marcus Sullivan is the oldest of the Sullivan clan. He has spent his life helping his mother take care of the rest of his siblings after the death of his father. Marcus always puts their needs before his own. After leaving his brother's engagement party he goes to visit his girlfriend only to find her in bed with another man. He always thought they would get married even if he didn't really love her. So Marcus finds himself at a club wanting to find someone new just to sleep with with no strings attached.
Nicola or Niko as all her fans know her is a world famous pop star on the brink of just making it. She is in San Francisco to record her new music video. She finds herself locked up and lonely in her hotel room trying to shy away from her fame and being used in the past. She realizes that she can't hide forever and goes out to have a night of fun with a stranger. She finds Marcus, who doesn't know who she is since he is older. He is immediately captured with her beauty and they decide to spend just one night together. Only they can't seem to keep apart and one night turns into many more.
I forgot how much I loved this series. First of all I love that it is based out of my hometown of San Francisco! Secondly I love the whole Sullivan clan and all of their dynamics. It is great to have a story about a loving caring family and how having that develops all the different characters to their own unique set of traits. I loved Marcus and was happy he finally got is happily ever after. Looking forward to listening to the next book in the series!
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Read for Review/Listened for Fun (Book Trib/Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.00
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 3.75(not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Loved diving back into the world of the Sullivans! From This Moment On was a great afternoon read!
Story Thoughts: I love the world of the Sullivans! Families that stick together, love each other, and support each other are fantastic. The romance between Marcus and Nicola just didn’t work for me (sometimes that happens) BUT the flow of the story was very smooth. Bella’s writing is really well paced and you care deeply about the characters. So even if a particular romance doesn’t work for you the book is still worth the time spent reading it!
Character Thoughts: I loved Marcus! He was just swoon-worthy all around. I loved his alpha head-of-the-household traits because he also seemed very fair/grounded. I also really liked Nicola. There was more to her than what initially meets the eye. Plus the way she was written felt organically real to me. She was very much ahead of her years in some ways but in others you could see her “youngness”. While I wasn’t a fan of their romance, I did really connect with them as individuals.
Narrated By Eva Kaminsky / Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
Eva does a great job with all the female voices in the series! I am warming up to her male voices but they still aren’t my favorite. They are not distracting though. Her pacing is great and her differentiating between characters is really good. Overall, I will give the audiobooks one more whirl to see if we finally click.
Final Thoughts: Really excited about the next book! I think it will be a doozy :)
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I haven't read the print version just this audio. I loved book 1 so I gave this a listen and found that I enjoyed it almost as much. Marcus is wonderfully powerful although I think that in real life he wouldn't really be the right man for Nicola, just my opinion. Still it was very entertaining all the way through.
I like Mary, the Mum. After everything she's been through she still has the energy to listen, watch and participate in all the children's daily needs.
Eva is just wonderful. She really, really is. She's is believable and without fear adds to the sensuality. Unafraid to make the "oohs and ahs" she totally brings the steamy scenes home. The male voices are portrayed well enough and I love the way she really makes the females characters actually sound like they're speaking, literally, she's that good.
Mmm, in this book, I don't know... Perhaps "Never too old for a young fresh start"? Nah, too corney maybe.
Already loading book 3, which has a fire fighter in it and I have a feeling is going to be gooood.
Yes...Bella Andre has developed a wonderful family with the Sullivan's. Who wouldn't love six hunky men! The story is somewhat light and predictable but is an enjoyable and light-hearted romance with enough steamy scenes to keep your attention. In this book, the second of the series, eldest brother Marcus meets up with younger pop star Nicola. Initially he cannot get past the age difference between them but also cannot deny his ever-growing attraction for Nicola. Marcus is rather controlling and uptight but Nicola brings out his best for the ultimate happy ending.
Marcus I guess. He tries to be so in control but he's really a softee underneath and really loves his family. He would do anything for them.
Eva does a great job with all the characters and is consistent across the audiobooks.
Age does't matter.
I really enjoy how Andre sets up the next book in each book in the series and typically ties up an end from the previous book. I have all the Sullivan books either in e-reader or audio formats. Also gotta love the $1.99 audiobook after purchasing the Kindle fomat. Those wispersync deals are going to break me!
No. There are so many good authors who write multidimensional stories that offer more humor and passion and emotion and even a bit of reality (well, it IS fiction). I hadn't read any of these previously but the reviews were good. I was disappointed first w/ the performance and then with the drawn out and very predictable text.
Add some dimension. Couple meets, couple EVENTUALLY spends a night together, one declares love, then harsh words that seem like reality vs. the pretend world they've lived in til the harsh words, then they both stop speaking to one another. Oh, and often the primary male and female character thinks to him/herself that the other is the most beautiful person in the world. Of course, cause at several hours in they've spent 48 hours together.
Too monotone, inflections change slightly but not effectively, especially for the primary male character. I'd guess she's from a northern state as she has a way of sliding her words into the ....-er ending. To me it seems she reads but lacks emotion that would indicate she is a fan of the book or the characters.
No. I prefer unedited versions but it's clear that the edited version may be a bit better here. Too often I was wanting to hurry things along, ok, ok, we get it, she's the most beautiful woman in the world and you're lucky to be w/ her (true reflection of the words). I bought two of the series, #2 and #7 and at this point I can't bear the thought of listening to #7.
Apologies for the negative review.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
I enjoyed the narration.
When Nicola and Marcus meet the first time.....heat!
I loved her voice, she does a nice sexy male voice....
I was a little perturbed at the open ended finish...there will be lots of plots and sub-plots to deal with in upcoming listens...
I love to read. I love all genres but romance in particular. The hotter and steamy and sexier book is the more I want to read it.
the storyh itself is good but there is not one part that wowed me
the emotion behind the words,
I enjoyed listening to the first book. Although I enjoy the first story better and some of the sexy scene seem similar to the first I still thought this was very sexy and enjoyable.