Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard was a very entertaining listen. The narrator, Laura Hicks, did a lovely job with the characters. The story itself wasn't at all predictable and had some witty banter between the hero and heroine.
Jaine Bright has made a mess of her life. She is starting to think her judgement may be a bit skewed. First, she was convinced her neighbor is an alcoholic or worse. He keeps late hours, he's surly and grumpy with her and she can't seem to be around him for more than 5 minutes without making him mad. Turns out he's an undercover cop that works strange hours and the neighborhood loves him. Second, her and her friends decide to make a list of Mr. Perfect over drinks one evening. The list gets misplaced and ends up becoming a media phenomena. Everyone wants to debate the Mr. Perfect list. Some agree, some find it humorous and it makes some very angry. All of a sudden, her and her friends are thrown into a media circus, having to defend their list and have attracted a stalker that isn't at all happy with the list. To make it even more complicated, Jaine finds her biggest supporter and protector in the very neighbor that she always thought she hated.
Sam Donovan is an undercover policeman who works crazy hours and has to deal with a neighbor that makes way too much noise when he's trying to sleep. Yes, most of that is during the day, but that's beside the point. Not to mention, he finds himself attracted beyond logic whenever she is around. Now, her friends are being hurt and she is being threatened. He'll stop at nothing to protect the woman he has come to love.
The witty, funny banter between Sam and Jaine make the book. Honestly, without that I don't know that I would have liked this book nearly as much.
"No? No? You can't say No. It's against the law to hold me against my will." "I'm not holding you against your will. I'm holding you against your car."
You'll find yourself laughing out loud in places. Sam is cocky and brash, but very patient with Jaine. Jaine is almost like Lucille Ball in this book. She bumbles along and makes her life harder than it needs to be. But, she loves her friends and she's a very likable character.
Come a Little Bit Closer is the 7th book in The Sullivans series by Bella Andre. Anyone that follows my reviews knows I absolutely love this series and this book did not disappoint. I listen to this story in audio format and really enjoy Eva Kaminsky's interpretation of this family.
Valentina Landon has spent her life protecting her sister. It came naturally to her as a child and has carried over into their adult life. Their mother was around, but always seemed to be looking for love in every movie star that she could find. Therefore, her girls weren't always a priority. Now, that her sister is a movie star Val is always there to protect her and help out in any way. Good thing she is immune to movie stars or she could find herself swept away by these handsome, superficial co-stars. She's found herself on the set of the new Smith Sullivan movie and is prepared to behave the way she does on every set - professional, friendly, yet distant. That is until Smith takes an interest in her and she finds herself unable to fight the spark. Could Smith really be different than the rest?
Smith Sullivan is the movie star of the family. Yet, he's so much more. He has never let fame and stardom get in the way of his values and upbringing, even though it pulls at him every chance he gets. Now, he's trying his hand at directing his very own movie and his reputation is resting on it. So, why is it that Valentina is on his mind more often than this movie? She is so different than any other woman he has ever met and she doesn't like movie stars. Can he convince her that he is interested in more than a partner for the length of the movie and that putting up with his very public life is worth it all?
Who would've guessed that Smith Sullivan is the mushy one of all the Sullivans? His romantic side was so sweet. Poor Valentina didn't stand a chance. Valentina was strong, yet not bitchy. I loved how she loved and protected her sister, but never resented her. Thank you Ms. Andre for yet another great Sullivan story.
Let Me Be the One is the 6th book in the fabulous Sullivans series by Bella Andre. Woo-wee this book was much hotter than the previous books and I loved them all.
Ryan Sullivan has a well earned reputation as a ladies man. As the sexy, young pitcher of San Francisco’s professional baseball team he doesn't have to fight real hard to get the ladies. There is one particular girl, from his past, that he’s never been able to get, however. She was and has been his best friend since high school. It just seemed like it was never the right time to take the leap and risk their friendship. Now, she’s back in his life and needs his help. This is his chance to take care of his best friend and convince her they would be better as so much more.
Vicki Bennett is trying so hard to get a coveted art internship. Being propositioned by one of the judges can do nothing, but hurt her and now she is in the position to turn him down and really hurt her chances or take him up on it, which is really not an option at all. So, she goes for option 3. In a panic, she texts her high school best friend, whom she hasn't seen in a couple of years, and begs him to unexpectedly show up and play the part of her boyfriend. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now the reality of this fake relationship is setting in. She is finding it very hard to separate her real attraction to Ryan. She’s always longed for a real relationship with Ryan, but has always been afraid to ruin a friendship that she cherished.
I listen to this book in audio format and it does not disappoint. Eva Kaminsky does a great job with the different characters and personalities this series has to offer.
For anyone that hasn't read this series read it now! I absolutely love this family and this series. Each book has its own sweet story, hot guy and great characters to offer, but this is one of my favorites. The heat between Vicki and Ryan was palpable. I swear there was smoke coming from my speakers.
A Note of Scandal by Nicky Penttila is not my typical read. Historical romances always leave me feeling like something was missing. I did not get that feeling with this book, at all. This book made me feel. The heroine made me mad in so many places, although that may be annoying to some people, I love it. Anytime I can get into a book enough to truly want to shake a character it’s a victory.
I listened to this book in audio format. Michelle Ford did a very good job at narrating this book. There were times that it moved a bit slow for my liking, but I’m not convinced that it wasn't a small lag in the book rather than a lack of excitement and attention by the narrator. It wasn't enough of an issue for me to warn anyone away from the audible version or the book in general.
Will Marsh has spent his entire publishing career trying to overcome his father’s sins. His dad paid the ultimate price for his mistakes, but since Will went into the same field he’s always been haunted. Trying to keep his newspaper afloat he decides to print a score written by a wounded vet. Although, he has a bad feeling about it he is assured by the vet himself and his friend Olivia that all is as they say it is. As things heat up in the publishing business and he is close to truly losing his newspaper he should be giving it his complete attention. However, he can not get his mind off of Olivia Delancey and the way she makes him feel.
Olivia is taken advantage of by everyone in her life. Her parents are so in love with each other, so bad at managing their money and so ambitious for a career in politics that Olivia is nothing more than a “tool” for them to use. Her closest friend is selfish and has made no secret of using Olivia to get ahead in social circles. Once she falls in love, she uses Olivia to hide her relationship with her beau and to solve the problem of convincing her father to approve the match. In an attempt to help the couple, Olivia convinces the beau to take credit for a score that Olivia herself had written. He can get money and notoriety for the piece. This all seems like such a good idea until Olivia finds herself falling in love with Will. It all started out so innocently. She didn’t think anyone would be hurt over it all, but now she knows different. She has to find a way to tell Will the truth and convince him to forgive her.
I absolutely loved Will. He has his share of demons and is not perfect, but he is a good man. Did I mention he is sexy and all alpha male? It begs to repeated, he is hot! Olivia is likable, but she drove me crazy. She is sweet and selfless to the point of self sacrifice. I wanted to shake her and make her stand up for herself. It made me so sad to see everyone using her and she just let them. Even in the end, she never found her inner bitch. But, I never disliked her. She is a truly good person. I just wanted her to take charge of her own life instead of making sure everyone else’s ran smoothly.
I would like to thank Vickie Dold at I.O. Book Tours for the loan of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Bella Andre has done it, again. If You Were Mine is the 5th book in The Sullivans series and it is every bit as good as the first 4. I absolutely love that as the series progresses no book suffers. Each book has its own individual story and can easily stand alone. But, it’s much better read in order. This is simply because she refers to the previous couples and we get a peak at their progression. I listen to this book in audio and love how Eva Kaminsky narrates this family.
Zach Sullivan has been duped. His sweet, little niece needs a puppy sitter. A little guilt and a lot of pleas Zach finds himself as the temporary owner of a little ball of fur. After all, he’s such a sweet, helpless puppy. How much trouble can he be? Hah! Zach has been saddled with a mini demon and needs help fast.
Heather Linsey loves dogs and is living her life’s dream. She owns a dog training business and takes it very seriously. That’s why when she’s asked, as a personal favor from a client, to work in a special case she doesn't hesitate. When she shows up at Sullivan Auto and hears a big, grouchy man yelling at this poor, little, helpless puppy she knows she did the right thing. What kind of monster is this guy?
It doesn't take long for Heather to see how sexy and sweet Zach really is. The two of them find an instant attraction that they are trying hard to fight. Zach doesn't believe that he has any kind of future with a woman. He lost his father at a young age and everyone says he’s just like his dad. He just can’t let anyone else suffer the same fate that his mother did. In one of their great conversations he learns that Heather does not believe in forever after he can’t imagine his good fortune. Who wouldn't jump at the chance of a fling with the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen? He doesn't expect that his feelings are much stronger than a fling until it’s too late and he’s reeling from it all.
This story was so much fun. I absolutely love the antics of the puppy and how he befriended the much larger dog that Heather owns. I could totally picture the pair of them playing. It was so funny to see Zach learn to train the little guy and heartwarming to see him fall in love with not only the puppy, but the puppy trainer.
Each character had fears and parts of their past to overcome, but it was so worth it in the end. It actually brought tears to my eyes as they struggled to work it out.
I so look forward to every new release in the In Death series by J.D. Robb. Calculated in Death, the 36th book in this series, did not disappoint. It’s set in the future, but not over the top futuristic. You don’t have to be a fan of fantasy or even like it to like these books. As a matter of fact, you can dislike anything fantasy and have no problems with this series.
Eve Dallas is a homicide detective in New York set in 2060(ish). She solves crimes in her signature badass, no nonsense style, while being supported by a wonderful cast of friends. Roarke is pretty much the master of the universe. He is rich, sexy, smart and more than badass in his own rights. He always knows what Eve needs, even before she knows and makes sure that she has it. Roarke alone makes you remember that you are reading fiction. There is no man as perfect as Roarke, yet you fantasize about him just the same.
I happen to prefer this series in audio format. I am sure it’s perfectly fine in print, but Susan Ericksen is the master when it comes to narration. I enjoy her as much as I do the story itself. Each character is brought to life as Ms. Ericksen reads. I honestly believe no one else could read Roarke the way she does. As you are listening to his sexy Irish brogue, you forget it’s a woman reading his part and find yourself falling in love and wishing he could be yours.
Eve Dallas is back at it, again. A body of a woman is found at the bottom of stairs stripped of her coat and valuables. In true Eve Dallas fashion this case isn't a simple open and shut. She soon finds this homicide is connected to power and money. As the homicides begin to pile up she depends on the help of her partner, trusty E-team, and her very, sexy expert consultant. Meanwhile, she is expected to attend the movie premier that was based on a previous case that Eve worked. Anyone that knows Eve knows that she would rather be chasing bad guys than dressing up and attending a fancy event.
Pretty much all the characters had a part in this book. It’s so fun to see where they are today and how their lives are progressing. It’s like revisiting friends. I look forward to book number 37.
Are you ready for another visit with the Sullivan family? You definitely won’t be disappointed with I Only Have Eyes For You the 4th book in The Sullivan series by Bella Andre. This story is about one of the girls in this rambunctious clan. We get to see how Sophie spread her wings as a sexy adult woman and how her brothers deal with this.
Sophie Sullivan, the Nice side of the Naughty and Nice twin set, nicknamed by her brothers, is ready to step out of this role and be a bit naughty all on her own. She’s been in love with Jake since she was 5 years old. Her feelings are a bit more adult now, but he seems to see her as the same little girl that followed him and her brothers around. This is the wedding night of the first Sullivan to get married and she has plans to show Jake she is definitely not that little girl anymore.
Jake McCann has been a part of the Sullivan clan since he was a kid trying to outrun his lousy lot in life. He’s even been referred to as the 9th Sullivan. That’s why he has always kept his attraction to Sophie tightly controlled. He could never repay the kindness the Sullivan’s have bestowed upon him by dirtying Sophie with his past. He’s a successful business owner and has made much of his life, yet no matter how hard he tries he can’t seem to shake the poison that was his life being raised by an alcoholic father and abandoned by his nothing mother. Yet, he lost his tight control the night of Chase and Chloe’s wedding. Confronted by a barely dressed Sophie he gave in to everything he has always dreamed of. He had one amazing, earth shattering night and then slipped out at the first sign of light.
Now, she’s at his doorstep telling him that she’s pregnant and the baby is his. He deserved to know that he was going to be a father and the chance to be a dad, if it’s what he wants. He can’t believe his luck. Now, he has the excuse to stop fighting what he’s always wanted. He can be with Sophie and raise their child together. His slipping out of their bed without even a goodbye 2 months earlier finally convinced her that he doesn’t want her, however and now he has to fight for the relationship that was always offered to him freely.
This is one of my favorites of the series. Jake has never felt worthy of his friendship with the Sullivans and the success he has had with his chain of Irish pubs. He was such a confident man and had so much to be proud of, yet he struggled so much with his insecurities. It was heartbreaking at times seeing that he was his own worst enemy. But, seeing him figure it all out and step up was so nice to witness. Sophie’s strength was humbling. No one in her family saw her as anything more than the nice, easy going, librarian, but in her story she got to show so much more of who she really is. I love this kind of book when the characters step out of how everyone else sees them.
I listen to this book on audio and honestly believe that this book would be just as great as a read or a listen. Eva Kaminsky does a fabulous job with this family. You can not go wrong with this series. The Sullivans are an amazing, fun family. It’s so much fun to learn more about them as an individual as they get their own stories.
Can’t help falling in love is the 3rd book in The Sullivans series by Bella Andre. I listened to this book in audio format and absolutely loved it! The narrator, Eva Kaminsky, has an uncanny ability to make each character come alive. She even does a really good job with the child in this book. In my experience children can come off way over the top or annoying, but Ms. Kaminsky didn’t seem to have this problem. The story and the characters were endearing. The romance was heartfelt and beautiful.
Megan Harris has been through so much in her life. Raising a child alone, after the loss of her husband, she’s been tough and gave Summer the best life she could. Fate has decided to kick her, yet again. There was a fire in her apartment barely sparing the life of her and Summer and that was thanks to the heroic fireman who came to their rescue. Working hard to get her life back on track they go to the firehouse to take cookies as a thank you. The little girl quickly has a huge case of hero worship and Gabe seems equally taken with her. Megan finds herself drawn to Gabe, however his feelings seem to be the complete opposite for Megan. He acts as if she is a pain in his neck and he can’t get away from her fast enough. Things are about to get sticky, considering Megan has reunited with her dear friend, Gabe’s sister, and there seems to be a very good chance that her and Gabe will be thrown together socially.
Gabe Sullivan is blown away by the instant zing he feels when he sees Megan. He knew he respected her after the rescue of her and her daughter. Her strength and love of her daughter is one of the main reasons he was able to get the pair out of that burning apartment alive. But, he’s made a promise to himself that he would never again get involved with a woman that he’s rescued. In his opinion, it sets up huge expectations that a normal relationship can’t stand up to. Resisting Megan and her beautiful little girl is going to be one of the hardest things Gabe has ever had to do.
I really like how Megan deals with Gabe’s reaction to her. Because of her husband’s untimely death due to his adrenaline addiction she has no interest in any man who has a high risk life. Yet, she this huge attraction with Gabe is so hard to fight.
Gabe was so sweet with Summer. I absolutely loved how he treated the little girl like a person and respected Megan so much for being a good mother. The journey the two take to overcome the fears they have as a result of their past is so bittersweet. The romance they share together is so lovely and fun to melt into.
I absolutely love this series. This book did not disappoint in a
The Look of Love is the first book of The Sullivans series by Bella Andre. I listened to this book in audio and loved every word. The narrator Eva Kaminsky does a fabulous job with these characters and this type of story. A lot of times a first book in the series tends to suffer with too much set up for the future books, but that was not the case at all with this book.
Chloe Peterson’s life is in for some serious changes. I absolutely loved Chloe. She got away from an abusive husband just to find herself in a ditch on a rainy night being approached by a stranger to offer a hand. She could shrink away and hide from life, but that just isn't her. Yes, she needs distance and to be careful, but she is strong and resilient. I loved how she balanced all this and came to terms with all that has happened in such a short time.
Chase Sullivan was everything you could want in a man. Hot? Oh yea! But, more importantly he is sweet, loyal, thoughtful, sexy, and patient. He acknowledges the connection between him and Chloe right away, but seeing she is skittish he bides his time and is just there for her. As a photographer he deals with high maintenance models everyday and he does it with kindness, but he is no pushover. I loved how he knew when to push Chloe and when to let her deal with things on her own and the internal monologue that came with making the decision of when to do what.
This book isn't hugely graphic when it comes to the sex scenes, but definitely hot. Again, the narrator did a great job narrating these scenes; not making them skeevy or cheesy.
In this book we get an introduction into the Sullivan family and begin to get to know the other members. I absolutely can’t wait to read/listen to their stories. This family comes across so “real”. Yeah, you have a sports star, an actor, a dancer, but even they are just one of the gang when hanging with the family.
Read or listen to this book! You can’t go wrong either way. You won’t be sorry and with any luck you’ll fall in love with this family as quickly as I did.
From This Moment On is the second book in The Sullivans series by Bella Andre. Oh my goodness, this one was even better than book one. I listened to this book in audio and Eva Kaminsky is an amazing narrator. I love how she portrays this family and each character individually.
Marcus Sullivan is the oldest of the Sullivan clan. He stepped up and helped raise all of the younger siblings when their father died. He’s the responsible one. He may be the owner of a very successful winery, but he is always there when the family needs him. Now he is ready to throw caution to the wind and do something just for him. Walking in on his fiancé with another man might have pushed him to this decision, but whatever the reason he’s going out and finding a woman for a completely “no strings attached” night of loving.
Nicola Harding is so tired of her “bad girl” image. As a famous pop star her agent assures her that there is no such thing as bad press, so keep up the charade. This night, however, the irony is killing her. Anyone who hears the name Nico automatically thinks about the infamous trysts that have been detailed about her. Little do they know she has only had 2 lovers in her life and neither was anything to write home about. Tonight she has decided if the world is going to paint her a certain way than tonight she will be “that girl”.
I love how Marcus and Nicola are thrown together so unexpectedly and how nothing worked out the way that either of them planned. No matter how hard he tried Marcus couldn't be anything less than his protective, caring self and Nicola could be nothing less than the “good girl” that she really is. The journey these two characters take together was so much fun and tough. They had to make some big decisions and adjust some pretty big ways of thinking. Lucky for them, they had each other to get through it.
This series rocks and, so far, it just keeps getting better and better. We get to know more of the Sullivan family and get more hints of what is to come for them. I can not wait to read/listen on. I honestly think this book would be great in either format, print or audio. You can’t go wrong!
Bed of Roses is the second book in the Bride Quartet series by Nora Roberts. I listened to this book in audio and found it enjoyable. The narrator, Angela Dawe, does a good job narrating this story. Some voices strike me off, but overall she does a really good job and the book is a very nice listen.
Emma Grant is always looking for love. As the florist in Vows, her wedding planning business with her 3 best friends, she is all about the romantic. She is never at a loss for a date, but even she has to admit that they never make her tingle. I love how Emma never gives up on what she wants and deserves. So many women would just settle after so many dates, but not her. She knows she deserves to be loved and loved right. Jack comes along and makes her tingle. But, this is so not in her plans. Jack is a member of their inner circle. He’s like a brother and it scares her to take the leap from friend to lover. If it doesn’t work out it could ruin everything.
Jack Cooke has been the adopted brother of the women of Vows ever since his best friend, Del brought him home when they were in college. He knows things will not go over well when he can no longer hold back on his attraction to Emma. He’s always been the love em’ and leave em’ type and he knows Del is not going to like the idea of this at all. I thought Del’s reaction was a bit extreme, personally, but I’m glad it doesn’t ruin the group. Poor Jack is finally ready to take the leap to love, the same leap that he’s always avoided like the plague and all of a sudden he has to fight for it. I really enjoyed how he bumbled around a bit, but once he found his footing and knew what he wanted he fought for it. Having to deal with the group, as a whole and not just Emma would have sent a lot of men running for the hills, but Jack focused on what was important and went after it with all he had.
This really was a sweet story of taking a leap of faith. I think going from friendship to lovers has to be huge. Jack is strong, sexy and all man. It’s really hard to resist that. But, when it came to Emma he really did give everything he had it in him to give.
There were some lulls in the book where I just wanted the story to get a move on, but I think that kind of mimic’s life, right? I’m not sure if this book would have been different in print, rather than listening, but I would recommend it. It’s not some whirlwind romance, though. You’re going to get a nice, slow slide into love with the side of supportive, loving and sometimes meddling friends.
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