I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: San Francisco, contemporary
Narration: Eva Kaminsky provides her usual performance. Average vocal range, not great with male voices.
Now for the story. This is third person, from Smith and Valentina's points of view. Smith Sullivan is a famous, hunky movie star. All those Sullivan men are gorgeous, but he is probably the best-looking of the lot. He is in SF to produce, direct, and act in a movie. Valentina Landon is the older sister and watchdog for her little sister, Tatiana, who is playing the female lead in the movie. Tatiana is 21, and not an air-head. Anyway, Smith is very attracted to Valentina, more based on her personality because she downplays her looks, wanting to appear professional. She is attracted to Smith because he turns out to be down to earth, and he actually has a personality of his own rather than one based on the character he portrays in the movie. However, she will not date anyone in the film industry. But he works his charms, she goes out with him anyway, then etc. It's a lovely little love story.
What bothered me about it? It's the movie they are filming. When have you, while watching a movie, known what the characters were thinking and feeling? Every time, because it is shown to you by action and dialogue (if it's a good film). In this case, the author doesn't show the dialogue and action so much as tell it. She tells you what the characters being played by Smith and Tatiana are thinking and feeling. I believe the "real" people should experience internal thoughts and feelings based on the action and dialogue being filmed.
Worth the credit if you are listening to the series.
This is my last review of The Sullivans. I read #8, Lori's story, on my iPad. I found it less compelling than the others, as though Ms Andre was getting tired.
I also read #9, the beginning of the Seattle Sullivans. I liked it a lot. I don't know how much interaction there is between the two families, so you may be able to read those as a different series. There are only 4 or 5 of the Seattle family. Apparently, #10 is the story of the parents of the 8 SF Sullivans. I believe all of them are on audio, but if I get them, it will be a while.
I am a busy sports mom listening to romance only. If the narrator is good and it has a decent plot, I will find it enjoyable.
Its just a sweet story. This is one of my favorites.
When he met the babies in the hospital.
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
I have listened to all the Sullivan books and this is another sticky sweet loving story. Smith is another hot Sullivan sibling. He's a huge movie star, He falls hard for Valentina and she for him, they just can't keep there hands of each other. There is no big dram's in this book just a lot of sex and should i - shouldn't i let myself fall in love stuff. Another easy and pleasant listen with Eva Kaminsky great narration.
I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.
This is another great addition to the Sullivan series as we follow Smith Sullivan's journey to find true love. It has Bella Andre's characteristic upbeat feel that will make you smile as well as steam up your glasses. The underlying plot of a woman who doesn't want to get involved with an actor, is strong enough to carry the story, but there are several spots in the book where the dialog is just cheesy enough to warrant an eye roll. That said you can't help but fall in love with the characters and wish your family was as perfectly imperfect as the Sullivans. Eva Kaminsky continues to do a good job as narrator, though I do wish she would try some other technique for a male voice than to lower it to a whisper. I find that running the story on 1.25x speed is just right for not changing the inflections, but keeping things moving along. If you want an author who is nearly as funny and can create interesting characters like Nora Roberts, but with 3x the steam, Bella Andre is a sure bet.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
Strong,sexy, and tender
smith, strong and sexy, and still very tender. Gifts every day!
Her male voice is ok, but her female voice get a bit mushy/breathy or it could be the dialogue. I like the stories,and just put up with her voice. She does a spot on Aussie voice that is great. Maybe she should read these stories in that voice so doesn't get so breathy sounding. It is way too much
when the movie hero, brings baby booties to the film heroine
very clever of the author to make a movie with our hero...I was waiting for Smith's and Ryan's story and I think the Author really got into the swing of better writing in these two stories. Enjoy
Not every sibling can be as adorable as Zach so I guess we have to be forgiving in some ways but this was my least favorite of the series. Pretty uneventful, totally predictable and way too much narration. I do look forward to Lori's story which I hope will be out soon.
I have listened to all of the Sullivan novels and I was really excited to see what was in store for Smith. His character has only been hinted at in previous books, and I was very interested to find out more. As in most Sullivan books, the Sullivan chases and the other runs, but I just could not find anything likeable about Val. Why would Smith even be interested in her? I didn't even finish the book. At about 75% through, I didn't care if they got together or not.
I have listen to each book at least twice. This on once may be enough.
It was different than the others. I liked that it continued the other sibling stories.
Most interesting is mother may found love.
Least interesting the confusing parellel story of the movie. Women to submissive she or he should of been more dominant. A lot of fooling around stolen kiss etc.
I must admit I liked the relationship in the movie they were creating and thought that would make a great book with a young pregnant poor lady and a billionaire.
Not as high as the others but good.
This book would be great for a young girl or young adult woman who with a lot of unrealistic romantic ideas. They would love it and it has a lot of sex. It is not written for someone who likes a good, well-thought-out romantic novel. I skipped several chapters and finally just gave up . It was wasting my time.