Best one in the series so far! Let me preface this review by saying that I have become a crazy Bella Andre fan. I read one of her books some time ago because it was free on Amazon and I ended up reading all of them after that. The Sullivans series is my favourite, right after the Take Me/Love Me one, and this book is my first pick… so far. I don’t know why that is as they all are great stories and they all have really loveable characters, but I suspect it has something to do with the fact that this is the first one in the series with a heroine.
“The bed is part of the deal, Sophie. It’s non-negotiable.”
Sophie grew up being the baby in a family of overprotective macho brothers. Her twin sister, Lori, is her opposite, mischievous and outspoken, and hence never had to suffer the same overprotective treatment by her brothers. Sophie has been in love with her brothers’ friend, Jake McCann, ever since she was a little girl but never thought he saw her as anything else but his friends’ baby sister. Fast forward to the present, the right opportunity arising for making Jake finally ‘see’ her and the story unravels. And what a gorgeous story! I loved the chemistry between Sophie and Jake, I found it really believable and touching, not to mention hot (I had to fan myself at times!). I loved Jake and his possessive alpha character. I loved how Sophie managed to turn him to putty every time she just looked at him. I loved the way they loved each other. I loved Sophie’s determination. One of the things that I loved the most was Sophie’s willingness to fight for her relationship with Jake, even if it meant going against her family. She knew her brothers would struggle to accept them as a couple and she was willing to fight them all. However, as in all the books in the series, the Sullivans stick together and support each other no matter what. Their bond and unconditional love for each other made me wish I had a bigger family myself.
I wasn’t a great fan of the whole literacy issue with regards to Jake and how it affected him but I guess, as an alpha male, he would have perceived it as something to be ashamed of and something that other people would judge him on. Before we even knew what his “secret” was, I expected something much more serious, something he would need to redeem himself for – I think I was a bit let down by what it was. But that is also one of the reasons I just love Bella Andre’s books – we don’t get seriously tortured and troubled souls whose life journeys have a cathartic effect on us. Instead, we get escapist love stories with likeable characters who take us away from our daily grind.
I have read and re-read this beautiful story several times now and enjoyed it every time like it was the first. If you’re looking for a beautifully written, funny, romantic, feel-good book, look no further.
“I’ve been in love with you since we were kids, since the first time a pretty little five-year-old girl looked up at me and asked me if I wanted to play dolls.”