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?
©2012 Bella Andre (P)2012 Bella Andre
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: San Fracisco, contemporary
Narration: Eva Kaminsky gives a creditable performance. I think she is improving as she gets to know all the characters better.
This is the fourth in The Sullivans series. As far as a series goes, this one has good connectivity, with the family showing up as secondary characters in all the books thus far, though some are more prominent than others. In this book, Sophie's twin sister Lori and her brother (Jake's best friend) Zach are the main secondary people.
Successful owner of a chain of pubs, Jake McCann is a strong, brooding kind of man. He has secrets no one except Zach knows, and a horrendous upbringing. Though close to the family, he keeps his distance from Sophie "Nice" Sullivan. The family includes a winery owner, a world-renowned photographer, a firefighter, an actor, a choreographer, a professional baseball player, and the owner of a chain of garages. Sophie is a librarian. She is the quiet one, the observer.
After her brother's wedding in Napa, Sophie goes to Jake's rental house and seduces him. He tries to resist, but she is everything he has ever wanted, the woman he loves, though he will not tell her. After the wild night of love-making, while she's sleeping, he slips away and returns to San Francisco. It seems, to Sophie, that it was "wham-bam, thank you ma'am" when he avoids her, and doesn't show up as usual for the monthly family gatherings. This is a story of unrequited love and fear. Jake is afraid that he isn't good enough for Sophie, and she's afraid he will never return her love.
I liked this novel because, even though it starts with Sophie and Jake loving one another, there is still a sense of time passing as they work out the issues in their relationship. Everything doesn't happen at once. While it isn't a tear-jerker, it still pulls at the heart. I think Ms Andre is getting better with this series as she continues bringing life to the family.
It is worth the credit, especially if you have read the first 3 in the series.
Tomorrow, on to Zach's story.
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Eva Kaminsky of course. She just knows how to deliver a book, at least the Sullivans series. She completely has these stories tamed because her voice is so great that she will draw you in whether you want her to or not.
Both Jake and Sophie. Well, Sophie because she really is a gentle woman at heart and she goes through a bit of a rebellious streak which as you will read comes with a price but you can't help but love her. Then there is Jake! A real man's man, who's had a hard life which makes him savy and stupid at the same time, like most men (not wanting to offend anyone!) They really just don't get women and I don't know if we're just as bad, but I think not.
The same kind of scene in most romances... the one where the guy realises how he feels and the way they have no shame in going after what they want, I love that!
He didn't stand a chance because she knew they were meant to be together!
Just getting ready for the next one.
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.
All of the Sullivan Books are narrated by Eva Kaminsky and I found her very enjoyable to listen to. This book is well written and I can't wait to start book 5. I just love this series of books.
Yes, I did not want to stop listening. I finished this book in 2 days.
The story between Sophie and Jake was so moving and heartwarming. I've listened to all 7 Sullivan stories now and Sophie and Jake's story is my favorite. I loved all the stories, but this one really got to me. I'm anxiously awaiting Lori's story! I noticed it's already in Kindle format, so hopefully it won't be long coming to Audible.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
no, story good, but reader was just too slow on this one.
no I could not. Dialogue way too mushy. I love a good core romance, with steamy men, but
Ms Andre fails to pull our strong hero Jake together. These are simple stories, so I can not expect too much, but my time is still involved when listening.
too slow and breathy on this story.
I have all but Gabe's story.(I could not stand the heroine name and daughter after 5 min.)
Ms Andre knows how to pull you in with her hunky men/brothers. Previews seem good, but she fails to deliver a good close. I am awaiting Smith story and can only hope it was as good as Ryan's story.
This series is light and entertaining. If you are expecting great literature, you will be disappointed, but if you are looking for a well-written romance that follows the traditional formula, these stories are fun. The narration is easy to listen to, the Sullivan family are too good to be true, but likeable, and Bella Andre writes a steamy love scene as well as any I've read. Good for bedtime listening of if you want to switch your brain off and enjoy yourself.
I like the audio edition better because the reader bring to life the characters in a way I would not.
The scene where she's becomes a little naughty for the wedding of chase and choe.
She brings the story to life with her expression in her voice.
I thought it was a good story for the characters to continue the story of the Sullivans.
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