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  • Motorcycle Man

  • Dream Man, Book 4
  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Kate Russell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,784

Tyra Masters has had enough drama to last a lifetime. Now, she's back on track and looking forward to her new, quiet life. Until she meets the man of her dreams. The tattooed, muscled biker plies her with tequila-and the best sex of her life. She knows it isn't the tequila and hot sex talking. He's the kind of man she's always wanted. Unfortunately, he's also her new boss…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story.. on paper

  • By lost-in-audio on 07-19-14

Did someone say spin-off?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-16

Motorcycle Man is the 4th in the Dream Man series by Kristen Ashley. In true Kristen Ashley fashion this book has it all and more. You want romance? Done. You want some suspense? Done. You want hot guys, great heroines, off the chart sexcapades, supporting characters you love? Done, Done, Done and Done!

Kane "Tack" Allen, is the head of the Chaos motorcycle club. He's worked hard to clean up their act and be as safe and legal as a badass, edgy motorcycle club can be. That's not to say they don't toe the line a lot, because they do! But, he doesn't want to have to watch his back and worse watch his brothers in blood die regular like. He's dealing with a bitch of an ex-wife who treats his kids terrible. Enter Tyra Masters. Picking her up at a Chaos party one night he had no idea the things she would make him feel. Now he has to learn to tread gently with Tyra and not be his usual "in your face, tell it as bluntly as can be" self.

"Love scales twenty foot, steel-reinforced, concrete walls. If it doesn't, it isn't love."

Tyra Masters was raised very religious and conservative. She has an office job that is sucking the life out of her, actually life itself is sucking the life out of her. She's living in black and white. One day it all becomes too much, she ditches everything she knows and runs away from it all. With her nest egg dwindling she takes a job at Ride as the office manager. Invited to a party by the woman she will be replacing Tyra meets Tack and knows immediately that he's her Dream Man. He's the one she has been waiting her whole life for. At least that's how she felt until she slept with him and he walked away without a backwards glance. Just 2 days later she shows up for her first day at work and she sees him kissing a brunette that he clearly spent the night with. Deciding that she needs this job, but she does not need Tack Allen in her life or bed she pulls up her big girl panties and digs right in. This is made all the more difficult because Tack Allen runs in a different world, speaks a different language (bikeer badass) and has decided that Tyra Masters will be his. The only thing she knows for sure is when Tack is in her life it's in vivid color.

"Life's a roller coaster. Best damn ride in the park. You don't close your eyes, hold on and wait for it to be over, babe. You keep your eyes open, lift your hands straight up in the air and enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts."

I absolutely loved this book! No surprise there. What did surprise me was the amount of emotion Tack brought out in me. I was rooting for the couple to make it, of course. But, there were also times I was shouting "Tyra kick him in the shins, don't let him talk to you like that". I loved him, I hated him, I wanted to strangle him. But, in the end I loved him oh so much and am so glad they made it.

This book ushers in the end of the series, but spawns a spin off series coming soon. The Chaos series will begin with the story of Tabitha (Tack's daughter) and Shy (Tack's brother in blood). I can not wait to re-visit this group and see how daddy dear handles this.

  • Law Man

  • A Dream Man Novel
  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Kate Russell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616

Sweet, shy Mara Hanover is in love with her neighbor. For four years, she has secretly watched her dream man from afar. Handsome police detective Mitch Lawson is way out of her league. She's a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and there's no way a guy like Mitch would want anything to do with her. But when Mara has a leaky faucet that she can't fix, it's Mitch who comes to her rescue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Law Man is another Kristen Ashley winner!

  • By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 12-18-13

Sweet, Endearing & Sexy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-16

Kristen Ashley is a goddess. I swear the woman can write any character in any situation and make me fall in love. Law Man is book #3 in the Dream Man series and it rocked! I am seriously thinking this woman can't write anything wrong.

Mara Hanover has escaped her hell of an upbringing (if that's what you can call it) by the skin of her teeth. Raised by trailer trash she left her home 13 years ago and has never looked back. The only ties she has with her family is through her loser of a cousin's kids. She rescues these kids on a regular basis. When the loser cousin goes on a binder the kids run away and call Auntie Mara to come get them. She feeds them, cleans them and clothes them, then take them back to their father when he's sobered up. This time he has gone too far. He is drugged out and completely oblivious to the children and what he's putting them through. Unlucky for him, this all goes down at the time when Mara seems to have attracted the attention of her super hot police detective neighbor, Mitch Lawson. Mara has to learn to deal with her biggest enemy first...her self image.

"You look nice. You dress nice. You smell nice. You have a fantastic fucking laugh. You're loyal. You're loving. And, honey, every time I'd see you in the breezeway or at a party, it was cute as all fuckin' hell even as it was just as frustrating how you'd tuck that hair behind your ear, avoid me like the plague and get the fuck away from me as fast as you could. Since that moron you used to date left the picture, I've been waitin' for my shot and it sucks that it comes with you cryin' in my arms and those kids learnin' early that life can really suck. But if takin' that shot means puttin' up with that shit and comes with you bein' where you are right now rather than hiding behind your door and retreating into that world in your head, I'll put up with that shit in order to take it".

Mitch Lawson has admired Mara for over 4 years, but she avoids him like the plague. He sees that she's shy and uncomfortable around him, but he can't seem to figure it out. She's so outgoing and personable with the other neighbors. He has no idea that the reason for her discomfort around him is she has this really whacked rating system, where she sees him as a 10.5 and her barely a 2.5. Seeing she's gotten herself in a situation with taking in her cousins and trying to give them the life they deserve is the perfect chance for him to get close to her. The fact that he's fallen in love with the kids himself is just a bonus.

"Life goes like I hope, you'll be dancin' with Mara at your wedding and your sister will be dancing with me at hers."

This book was amazing! I completely fell in love with Mitch Lawson. This book would be a 5 star rating for sure if it wasn't for the fact that so much of Mara's dialogue with Mitch revolved around the word Uh or Umm. This really drove me crazy. I get that she is shy and feels like she is out of her league when it comes to Mitch, but jeesh after the first 100 pages or so I think she should be able to form a sentence.

However, you will not be disappointed. Mitch Lawson will always have a special place in my heart, Mara is a wonderful person to take on her cousins and give them the life they deserve and the kids are fantastic and funny.

  • Wild Man

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Kate Russell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618

While filling the display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O'Hara looks up to see the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. But after four months of dating, she discovers he's an undercover DEA agent-and he's investigating her possible role in her ex-husband's drug business. For Tess, this means their relationship is over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dream Man Series is Irresistible

  • By Katherine on 11-26-13

Big Sigh

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-16

Everyone knows I absolutely love Kristen Ashley. I am becoming quite obsessed, actually. Wild Man is book #2 in the Dream Man series, although it's not my favorite Kristen Ashley book, it still was pretty great!

Tessa O'Hara has had just about all she can take from life. She falls in love and gets married, only to find out this guy is a monster and not the man she fell in love with at all. He is abusive to her in so many ways. She finally gets up the nerve to leave him and start a life on her own, only to find out that he is now dragging her back into his problems in a huge way. He's a drug lord and he's gotten himself in some serious trouble with the DEA. And he's pulling out all the stops to get back into her life.

Brock Lucas has had to do some pretty disgusting stuff as an undercover DEA agent, but getting into Tess O'Hara's life isn't one of them. One look at her and he knows she's different. But, to protect her and do his job he befriends her and dates her for 4 months. One night it all comes out when she is extracted from her home by the police and taken into custody for questioning. Feeling used she says she never wants to see him again. He gives her some time, but now he's ready to make his play and convince her that she wasn't just a job for him and that they would be great together. Unfortunately, he is also dealing with a crazy, manipulative ex who is using his kids against him and family issues that go long and deep.

When my phone rang at the bakery, this usually meant someone wanted to order a birthday cake. When Brock's rang at the station, this usually meant someone had a cap busted in their ass. My job way way better.

This is such a great story. I highly recommend this and any book in the Kristen Ashley library. She writes such amazing, real characters with real life pasts and problems. Don't get me wrong, most of us will not be abducted and beat by crazy ex's, but it happens. The characters are flawed, but good people at heart and when it counts. I can't say this enough...read anything Kristen Ashley you won't be disappointed.

  • Mystery Man

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Kate Russell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,295

Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away…. Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it ......Eventually !

  • By Diva on 12-15-13

So Good!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-16

I just finished the Colorado Mountain series and fell in love with Kristen Ashley. All I can say is thank goodness she has the Dream Man series I was going through some serious withdrawal. No one writes a character like Ms. Ashley.

Mystery Man is the first book in the Dream Man series and I confess I was really afraid to read it. I read the premise and immediately thought "are you kidding me?". I mean I love Kristen Ashley, but really a woman allows a man that she doesn't even know his name sneak into her room at night for over a year, has wild (albeit amazing) sex and then he's gone in the morning and it's fine? Very far fetched. But, once I started reading the story I was able to get over that with no problem.

Cabe "Hawk" Delgado is a flawed man, by his own admission. But, he's also everything a man should be. First, he's a "real" guy, not watered down or feminized (which is what I love most about Ms. Ashley's guys), he loves his family, he's protective, he's thoughtful, he's caring, he's a take charge and get things done kind of guy. He has a past that haunts him every day and has pretty much lived the last 8 years of his life making sure he doesn't ever have to relive his nightmare.

"For him to be special, he has to make me feel special."

Gwendolyn Kidd lives in a dream world. She meets a guy at a bar, takes him home with her and has the best sex of her life. That part? Not so uncommon (unfortunately). However, she continues to get visits from this man for the next year and a half. She fantasizes that one day he'll want her for more than a night, here and there. However, her fantasy does not include her very "wrong side of the law" sister dragging her into some very serious trouble where Hawk has to come to her rescue. Once there relationship is forced into the light, so to speak the sparks fly.

"I'm here 'cause when you come, you come hard, you don't hold back but you do hold on and you do it tight. I'm here because when you call me baby in this bed, I feel it in my dick. And I'm here because you don't hesitate throwing attitude when every other woman I know doesn't have the guts to say boo to me. Seein' you scared and wantin' to do something about it was just an extra reason that made me want to be here."

This book is great. It is so good to know that the Colorado Mountain series wasn't a fluke. Kristen Ashley is amazing! I have never read anyone that can consistently write such fanatastic characters and stories. Be prepared to fall in love with everything Kristen Ashley when you read this book. It seriously has it all. I cried, I laughed and I sighed (A Lot).

  • My Kind of Wonderful

  • By: Jill Shalvis
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Bailey Moore has an agenda: skiing in the Rockies, exploring castles in Europe, ballroom dancing in Argentina. Now that she has a second lease on life, she's determined not to miss a thing. What she doesn't realize is that item number one comes with a six-foot-one ski god hot enough to melt a polar ice cap. She doesn't want to miss out on him either, but Hudson Kincaid isn't the type of guy to love and let go. And as gorgeous as Cedar Ridge is, she's not planning to stick around.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Must Love Good Humor

  • By Empress Karen on 12-28-15

A great second in series!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-16

Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

My Kind of Wonderful is the second book of the Cedar Ridge series by Jill Shalvis. Now, I am a huge fan of Jill Shalvis so when the first book of this series was just okay for me I knew I would be giving the next book a chance. I am so glad I did. I loved My Kind of Wonderful. I just couldn't read it fast enough and then when it was over I felt more than a little bereft.

Bailey Moore was a character that you can't help but love. She had strength and bravery in spades, but she never came accross hard or cynical about life. As a matter of fact, she was the opposite. She was soft and sweet even when she was digging her heals in.

Hudson Kincaid has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Pretty much everything that is tough in his life he either blames himself for or steps up to take care of it preventing anyone else (as much as he can) from being touched by it. I couldn't help but be drawn in by his character and absolute dedication to his family. Throw in a little cocky and all kinds of sexy and you just about have the perfect guy.

I loved Bailey and Hudson together and enjoyed immensely their leap from fling to permanence. Stubbornness was the very definition of both of these characters, so this trip was not smooth let me tell you. But, it was fun to read.

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  • Bare Bones

  • I'm Not Lonely If You're Reading This Book
  • By: Bobby Bones
  • Narrated by: Bobby Bones
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,511
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,239
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,231

Growing up poor in Mountain Pine, Arkansas, with a young, addicted mom, Bobby Estell fell in love with country music. Abandoned by his father at the age of five, Bobby saw the radio as his way out - a dream that came true in college when he went on air at the Henderson State University campus station broadcasting as Bobby Bones while simultaneously starting The Bobby Bones Show at 105.9 KLAZ.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By lroche on 05-20-16

Entertaining and Heartbreaking! Must Read!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-16

Bobby Bones: I'm Not Lonely If You're Reading This is an entertaining read that flows so easily you find yourself at the end before you even realize it. I actually listened to this book on Audio which was narrated by none other than Bobby Bones himself. I definitely recommend a listen to this book as the voice inflections and self-deprecating chuckles as he reads his story add an extra dimension that I'm glad I got to experience.

The famous, some may say infamous, Bobby Bones writes of his impoverished childhood growing up in Mountain Pine, Arkansas and his rise to famedom through hard work, dedication and a good attitude (most of the time). If you're like me you'll find this hilariously funny in so many places and heartbreakingly sad in others. His struggles in growing up with a mom who faced addictions therefore seldom being present in her son's everyday life is so hard to read, yet left me respecting him even more.

I appreciate that Bobby doesn't shy away from the really personal and oftentimes embarrassing periods of his life as so many would. I know I could never put myself out there like he has. I'm also equally impressed that he didn't dish out the dirt on the many peripheral people in his life without their okay (and let's face it I am sure he has a ton of dirt on a ton of people). He even touched on the feuds that he's had with some of those very same super stars and readily accepts all responsibility and gives heartfelt apologies. KUDOS to you Bobby Bones!

If you get nothing from this retelling of his life growing up I think you're missing the point. Yes, it's entertaining, but really we can all learn from Bobby. It doesn't matter where you came from if you work hard and bust your butt you can make something of yourself. If and when you make stupid decisions or start stupid feuds own up to it, say you're sorry and do your best to learn from your mistakes. Maybe most importantly of all, be loyal. Bobby has proven loyal to the executives that helped him get the opportunities in life that he longed for, he's loyal to those very same execs who forgave him his idiotic mistakes, and he's loyal to the select few whom he calls friends.

I for one thank you Bobby for sharing your story and inspiring me even more than you already do. And I still have to Google that million dollar fine.

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  • Come a Little Bit Closer

  • San Francisco Sullivans, Book 7
  • By: Bella Andre
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect tale for a movie star

  • By GH on 09-05-16

Love this narrator, Love this family!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-13

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.

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  • Let Me Be the One

  • San Francisco Sullivans, Book 6
  • By: Bella Andre
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627

In Let Me Be The One, the brand-new book in Bella Andre's New York Times and USA Today best-selling series about the Sullivan family, an unexpected friends-to-lovers romance might not only turn out to be so much hotter than anything bad-boy pro-baseball-player Ryan Sullivan has ever known...but much, much sweeter, too. When Vicki Bennett saved Ryan Sullivan's life as a teenager, it was the beginning of a close friendship that never wavered despite her failed marriage to someone else and Ryan's well-earned reputation as a ladies man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Childhood romance at its best

  • By GH on 08-30-16

This baseball player has all the right moves!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-13

<b>4.5 Stars</b>

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.


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  • A Note of Scandal

  • By: Nicky Penttila
  • Narrated by: Michelle Ford
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

What's the harm in a little white lie? Especially when it could carry so much good-a new life for a wounded soldier, catharsis after long years of war, and an opportunity for lady composer Olivia Delancey to finally hear her music played in public. Newspaper publisher Will Marsh refuses to compound the sins of his father's generation by taking money to print propaganda. But with the end of the wars in France and America, he needs something new to drive Londoners to grab his paper first.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Different Kind of Storyline

  • By Tracy Riva on 07-06-13

Not your typical historical romance...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-13

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.




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  • If You Were Mine

  • San Francisco Sullivans, Book 5
  • By: Bella Andre
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677

Can two people who have both sworn off love find forever in each other's arms? Find out in If You Were Mine, the fifth book in Bella Andre's best-selling Sullivan family contemporary romance series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another hit for the Sullivan family series

  • By GH on 08-29-16

Fun, funny and hot read/listen!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-13

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.