Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Review: I Only Have Eyes For You by Bella Andre

I Only Have Eyes For You by Bella Andre
Oak Press LLC
February 2012
Format: e-book, 261 pages

First line: Sophie Sullivan surveyed the final wedding preparations with satisfaction.

Book description: 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?

My thoughts: This is the 4th book in Bella Andre's Sullivan series and it was another hit in my book! This time we get Sophie's story and I loved this story. Once again we get another sexy, sensuous love story with real characters.

Sophie and her twin sister, Lori, are the youngest of the Sullivan siblings. Given the nickname "Nice" from a young age, she has been in love with Jake, her brothers' friend, since she was five. But, she's always been invisible to him, or so she thought. Taking matters into her own hands, she gets herself all dolled up for her brother Chase's wedding in the hopes that Jake will finally see her for the woman she is. Jake, while good friends with all the Sullivan boys, has created a bad reputation for himself - a love 'em and leave 'em reputation. Unknown to anyone, he has always loved Sophie, but felt that he wasn't ever good enough for her. When these two spend a moment together at the wedding, sparks fly! 

I loved Sophie and Jake's story. It was sweet, and they end up on quite the emotional roller coaster. As we follow these two characters, we find out more about Jake's past and why he is so closed off to love or his own HEA. Sophie is a romantic at heart and, as a librarian, an avid reader. When she finds out why Jake doesn't surround himself with books, she doesn't criticize or make fun. Instead she falls just a little bit more in love. 

I've now read four of the Sullivan books and so far, this one might just be my favorite, although I did really enjoy the other three. I just found that this one really tugged at my heartstrings a bit more than the others did. Perhaps it's because just like Sophie, I am also a romantic at heart!

Next up in the Sullivan series is Zach's story. I know there are only 8 Sullivan siblings and each gets his or her own book, but I really wish Bella Andre would consider writing more about this lovable family!

I received a complimentary copy of The Look of Love by Bella Andre from Novel Publishing.

Books in this series:

  1. The Look of Love                         5.  If You Were Min
  2. From This Moment On              6.  Let Me Be the One
  3. Can't Help Falling in Love        7.  Come a Little Bit Close
  4. I Only Have Eyes for You         8.  Always On My Mind - due out Spring 2013


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