Writings and reviews from an avid reader and writer of all things contemporary romance.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The Look of Love by Bella Andre
Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her
cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country
road straight into a ditch, she’s convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues
her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he?
As a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase
Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he’s home in San
Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun
trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is—until the night he finds
Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley.
Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly
realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing
to move mountains to love—and protect—her, but will she let him?
Chloe vows never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Only, with every
loving look Chase gives her—and every sinfully sweet caress—as the attraction
between them sparks and sizzles, she can’t help but wonder if she’s met the
only exception. And although Chase didn’t realize his life was going to change
forever in an instant, amazingly, he isn’t the least bit interested in fighting
that change. Instead, he’s gearing up for a different fight altogether…for
This is book one in Bella Andre's The Sullivan's series and I think this has it off to a great start. They are a likable family with down-to-earth personalities even though with eight siblings, they range from a librarian to a world-famous actor.
In this story of Chloe and Chase, their attraction is instant and she is coming into this with a lot of baggage. While the story only takes place over the course of about a week, I wish that there had been a little more of a realistic time frame. While we all enjoy a love at first site story, when you have a complex character like Chloe, you need to give it a little more time.
This was a
wonderful story and kept me thoroughly engaged,however, there came a point
where the story stopped and it was just sex. I find it a little hard to believe
that Chloe went from a battered wife/victim to someone who is just that over
the top sexually with a a virtual stranger within a span of four days. The
story was good on its own without so much sex thrown in.
I am an avid reader and writer of all things contemporary romance. I am a particular fan of the Harlequin Desire line. Some of my favorite authors include: Susan Mallery, Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber, Diana Palmer, Emilie Rose, Kristan Higgins and Linda Lael Miller. That's not to say that I don't read other authors, these are just my personal favorites.
I'm always looking for a good book and I'm not particular about whether it is a new book and currently on some top seller list, I'm just looking for a good story. Hopefully I'll find many and be able to share them here with you.
I'm an author wanna-be whose ultimate dream is to be published. I have several completed manuscripts although I've only submitted one and I have the pile of rejections to show for it! But it's still my dream and some day I hope to see it come true! In April 2011, I became a top-five finalist in the Harlequin Desire Editor's Pitch Challenge and had the opportunity to pitch one of my books to a Harlequin editor! I'm still waiting to hear if they want me or not but either way it was very exciting to make it that far.
So if you are a fan of contemporary romance and are looking for something to read, sit back and enjoy. Maybe I've got something listed here that you can read!