Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Look of Love (Sullivans) by Bella Andre

Chloe Peterson has vowed never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Her reasons are as vivid as the bruises on her cheek. So when her car skids off a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced the gorgeous guy who rescues her must be too good to be true.

As a successful international photographer, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women. He's satisfied with his life—until he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley.

With every loving look—and every sinfully sweet caress—the attraction between them sizzles, and Chloe can't help but wonder if she's met the man who may be the exception to her rule…

Bella Andre is not an author I am familiar with... until now! When I found out The Look of Love was the first in a series of contemporary romance books, I was psyched as they are my favorite. I love being able to revisit characters in subsequent books. Talk about a line up of talented and gorgeous siblings that include a photographer, a winery owner, an actor, a baseball player, an owner, a firefighter, a dance choreographer and a librarian. They all just make you want to kiss mama Sullivan and say "Thank you for such a gorgeous bunch".

Chase is the photographer out of the Sullivan offspring who captures raw, emotional moments through his camera lens. Being behind the lens, it's obvious that he sees traits in people that others may not see. Enter Chloe. A wounded bombshell who doesn't even realize how beautiful inside and out she really is. Coming from an abusive relationship, Chloe is on the run from the hands of her abuser. Almost from the first moment they meet, there is electricity flowing between the two.

The Look of Love is a story that contains both strengths and weaknesses, as with any book. What I look for in a contemporary romance is sizzle, characters I feel I can bond with and the promise of seeing these characters again. Check, check and check. Score for Ms. Andre. I did feel that some of the plot line at times was hard to believe in that Chloe and Chase fell in love very quickly. But in defense of this, why do we read romance books? To experience the real world or to live a fantasy, to escape? As for me, I'm all for escaping into a good book whenever I can, working toward the main goal of watching two characters fall in love. And that they do, in the hottest, most erotic way.

I have definitely become a fan of Bella Andre and look forward to the entire Sullivan series. Ms. Andre, congratulations on a well written, exciting and passionate book. Here's to many future sales.

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