In Come a Little Bit Closer, the new book in Bella Andre's New York Times and USA Today best-selling series about the Sullivan family, 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.
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 fairytale 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 start.
The first 6 books in the Sullivan series are also available: The Look of Love (Chase), From This Moment On (Marcus, Can't Help Falling in Love (Gabe), I Only Have Eyes For You (Sophie), If You Were Mine (Zach), and Let Me Be the One (Ryan).
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"I am so glad I found this series and if you haven't read Andre yet, you are seriously missing out! Andre will make you laugh, turn you on with her incredibly seductive heroes and of course, make you fall in love with each book! Definitely an auto-buy author for me!" (Under the Covers Book Reviews)
"Each book is so remarkable and you really come to love the characters. This series is incredible. It's one of my favorites. If you haven't started them yet, you are missing out!" (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews)
"I am in love with the Sullivans. Each novel in the companion series is unique, just like the siblings. However, there is one thing that all of the novels have in common: THEY ARE ALL AMAZING!" (Reading, Eating & Dreaming Book Reviews)
amazing book, I listen to it while training in the gym. gives me that energy boost, with all the emotions in the story, the weights feel lighter in the gym.
I usually enjoy listening to Sullivan books but I was really disappointed with this one. The plot was great and the characters were well developed but something about this book just made me cringe. The storyline was slow and shallow - I think Smith deserved better.
I would not recommend this book simply because I did not enjoy it.
The narration was awful - not a precise or descriptive word but the best I can come up with. Eva's narration was breathy and overly smooth - very little substance to it.
I tried really hard to finish this book because I think Smith deserved it - but alas it was not to be. I have this book on my kindle and I will try and finish it using the written copy.
I wish I had taken time to read all the book reviews - though I probably would still have given the book the benefit of the doubt - after all it was Smith's book.
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.
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.
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