Not all the books in this Sullivan series are charming, tell a satisfying story, or have well-developed and engaging characters; BUT this one is one of the best...so far, as I read them in order. Vicki and Ryan were high school friends; however, we learn that each had a crush on the other back then. Now they are 30-ish adults with careers, past romances in their lives, and one failed marriage on the part of Vicki. The romantic spark is still there; and while Ryan is the typical Sullivan alpha-male, Vicki is accomplished as a sculptor also. This is a well-balanced couple with successes in their own fields that complement one another more than any of the previous couples, except maybe for Marcus and Nicole. Their unique characters shine in this charming story of second chances that lead to love.
As usual though, Ryan, as hero. is among the mega-wealthy, while Vicki is the heroine who needs to be saved from her own misconceptions and poor choices, even if her thinking is rational and patently mature. She is not seeking a fairy tale romance as much as Ryan is. The Sullivan family members acquit themselves well, as they usually do, except for Lori who is getting to be obnoxious with her comments and insensitivity in nearly every novel. I found myself thinking, "Who cares?" to some of her quips. She does not know when silence or a gesture does more to convey support than a statement blurted out in haste. While their Mom is the soul of acceptance, tact, and welcoming love, some of the Sullivan partners sound like impertinent high school sophomores in the girls' locker room!!
I would like to see one or more Sullivan family stories where both the hero/heroine work together to achieve success, as it is in most relationships that are real, supportive, and loving. Until we see some novels like that from Bella Andre, we can soothe ourselves with this charming story. where we find ourselves cheering on Ryan and Vicki from page 1. Enjoy, I sure did.