Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Look of Love (Sullivan's #1) by Bella Andre

Chloe 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 Chloe’s heart.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Andre is a fairly new to me author and I've been having a great time exploring her worlds. She has a wonderful way with words that carries the story along so smoothly that I'll be half way through the book before I even realize. Seriously. I got 200 pages in to The Look of Love and I'm going "wait, how the heck did that happen? I just sat down, right?!" I love getting lost like that. 

Chloe's day has pretty much been hell by the time she runs into Chase. On the side of the road. In a rain storm. After her car's gone off the road and landed in a ditch. And men aren't high on her list of things she's loving right now either. These two had quite the start but quickly warmed up to each other and really turned into a nice pair that are easy to like and fun to get to know.
The waiter came to refill their water glasses just as she asked, "Are the rest of your brothers like you? Big and tough on the outside, but gentle romantics on the inside?"

As the waiter left, Chase pretended she'd just wounded him, his hand over his chest. "I once picked up a novel on my sister's bed that used the words velvet-covered steel to talk about the guy's junk. I'm pretty sure what you just said reduced me to a velvet-covered marshmallow. Our waiter may never look at me the same way again. He's probably calling the club now so they can kick me out of it."

Chloe laughed again, loud enough that a few heads turned to admire the beautiful couple in the corner. "Being a nice person doesn't in any way change the fact that you're all man."

"That statement would have had a heck of a lot more impact if you weren't half giggling as you said it," he informed her, half joking, half serious.

Still giggling, she said, "Sorry. Although I'm not sure I'll ever be able to get the words velvet-covered marshmallow--or the image of it--out of my head."
The interactions between the two were so interesting. Hesitant, playful, full out brassy take the hero by the balls. You name it. I really enjoyed seeing them try to figure the other out. And I loved the sex scenes in this one. I always find it so damn entertaining when a couple just can't seem to make it to an actual bed. And these two had a hell of a time with it. Tub sex (where someone might have been caught having a, um, private moment?), up against the wall, on the balcony. It was fun and hot all at the same time.

One thing I struggled a little with was the insta-love/lust thing. These two get pretty serious pretty quick. But Andre made it work for me because she worked that into the storyline. These two knew it was crazy. . Right when I'm going 'dude, It's been 3 days since yall met!' they were having the exact same thoughts. It was one of those things where yeah they might be crazy but at least they're manning up and owning it, ya know?

The Look of Love was filled with humor, fantastic getting to know yous, sexy bits and tender moments. It's just an easy read and a nice whirlwind romance that'll sweep you away for a couple hours. And even though I like my heroes with a little more edge to them I still loved Chase and watching him win Chloe over.  Definitely looking forward to getting to know the rest of Chase's massively talented and close nit family. From the teasers they sound like they're going to be pretty damn entertaining.

Have you read Bella Andre? The Sullivans?
Do you have a favorite? 

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