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REVIEW: Multiple Books by Bella Andre

Dear Ms. Andre,

Though I haven’t been the most effusive in reviews of your books in the past, I admit that you are one of my go-to authors. Your books are easy, sexy reads and almost always seem to hit the right spot. There’s a certain suspension of belief required to enjoy the books, but I do enjoy your Sullivan novels and they seem to improve as the series goes on. I mean this in a complimentary way when I say that you excel at the saccharine-sweet plots. Your edgier works, however, do not move me.

I recently went through a reading spree of the ones I had missed and thought I would review them here. I read them out of order, so I’m reviewing them that way. They all stand alone and do not have to be read in order.

If You Were Mine: The Sullivans, Book 5 Bella AndreIf You Were Mine – The Sullivans, Book 5. This is the story of Heather the dog trainer and Zach the auto-shop mogul Sullivan. I thought the set-up was overly cutesy – Zach has to puppy-sit for two weeks and hires Heather to train the dog. Yet for some reason, it worked incredibly well. It gave Heather the power in the relationship despite Zach and his pots of money, and she called the shots the entire time, leaving Zach scrambling to try and get her to reciprocate the attraction he was feeling. The storyline is simple and heartwarming and even the dogs are charming. Like most Andre books, when the characters eventually sleep together, there is a lot of steamy sex. There’s some emotional baggage that separates the characters for a short time, but the thing I like about the Sullivan series is that the characters are never so unhinged by their emotional issues that it derails the romance. I enjoyed this book so much that I went out and immediately bought the Sullivan books I had missed. B+

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I Only Have Eyes For You Bella AndreI Only Have Eyes For You – The Sullivans, Book 4. Sophie Sullivan and Jake McCann. Another pleasant, easy read. In a family of superstars, Sophie is the only one with a normal career. She’s a librarian. Jake McCann is a family friend who runs a chain of pubs. They share a romantic night at Chase and Chloe (the couple of book 1)’s wedding, and Sophie ends up pregnant. When she tells Jake, he demands a week of her time to prove that he will be a good father to her and the child. This story was sweet and I really enjoyed Jake as an overbearing, overly-attentive hero doting on his pregnant lover. What I didn’t enjoy was how long the Chase and Chloe wedding dragged on and how it felt like a billboard advertisement for your other books in the series. Every character had to give a speech at the wedding, and a run-down of their career and hang-ups, and it felt like too much. Also, every time Sophie mentioned that she would buy someone an e-reader because they were so wonderful for readers, my eyes rolled. It felt more than a little blatant. Despite this, I enjoyed the book. I give it a B.

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Can't Help Falling In Love: The Sullivans, Book 3 (Contemporary Romance) by Bella AndreCan’t Help Falling In Love – Book 3 of the Sullivans. Megan is an accountant and a single mom. Gabe is a sexy firefighter. When Megan’s apartment building catches on fire, Gabe saves Megan and her daughter Summer, and from there, the attraction continues. Megan resists Gabe because he has a dangerous job and her deceased husband was a thrill seeker, so she wants someone stable in her life. Gabe resists Megan because she was someone he pulled out of a burning building, and that meet-cute has ended in disaster for him in the past. Luckily, these two have overly-precocious seven-year-old Summer to force them together at every turn. This was compulsively readable, though I did keep wishing Summer would go away and these two would wise up to their attraction. B-

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Take Me Bella AndreTake Me – Terrible. Not a Sullivan novel, but one of your New York published books. This features Lily Ellis, a size sixteen redhead who works at a low-end furniture store despite having a background in interior design, and Travis, who is an alphahole. They have known each other since childhood and Lily has always wanted Travis but he’s never looked at her because she is plus-size. But after she models a sexy dress in a plus-size fashion show, they sleep together. Later, they go to Italy together. I disliked both of these characters in an extreme way. Lily is constantly degrading herself. She has a loser job. She’s fat and disgusting. No man will want to look at her because she is so revolting. Why does Travis want to sleep with her? This got tiresome fast. To make matters worse, Travis is a creep of an extreme degree. He’s boorish, unpleasant, and arrogant. He only sees Lily as a sexy piece. I think the reader is supposed to wait for both of these two to have a turnabout, and for Lily to come into control in the relationship, and Travis to turn into a human being. But at 50% through this book, I was done. DNF. If this would have been my first Bella Andre read, it would have been my last.

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This is a mixed bag of grades, but I must say I’m looking forward to the final three books in your Sullivan series. I’m going to avoid your traditionally published books, however.

All Best,

January

January Janes

January likes a little bit of everything. She's partial to unique paranormals, erotic romances, contemporary, and YA. She has a fondness for novellas and trying self-published works, though more of those are misses than hits. She still refuses to read anything that smells like literary fiction. January also changes this bio on a regular basis depending on her reading mood.

11 Comments

  1. becca
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 11:39:38

    I’d like to note that the Sullivan books are on sale today at Amazon (Saturday July 21) for $1.99 each.

  2. Janet W
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 13:18:16

    I actually liked Take Me a lot — which I suppose proves nothing but that opinions on books are as varied as the folks reading them. I didn’t care for the follow-up book tho …

  3. Shannon C.
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 13:44:24

    I liked Take Me as well. It wasn’t earth-shatteringly brilliant, but it was a nice escapist wish fulfillment story for me.

  4. Kate
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 16:20:22

    Thanks so much for reviewing these! I’ve never read Bella Andre and now will be buying at least two of these titles. Have you read Marie Force? Your opening paragraph describes exactly how I feel about her McCarthy books – they also require a lot of suspension of disbelief, but are like a strange kind of (“saccharine sweet”) crack to me. I can’t take them too seriously but they are fun to read – and you always revisit past couples, which has a Robyn Carr feel to it (whether you like that or hate it…lol).

  5. Tiya Rosa
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 21:06:22

    Huh. Take Me was my first Bella Andre and you’re right, it does make you want to NOT read any more of her books for all the reasons you mentioned. After this post, though, I might give the Sullivans ones a try, especially since they seem to be on sale.

  6. DA_January
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 21:21:57

    @Kate:

    I tried the first one and wasn’t able to connect with it. I might give it another try if you compare her to Andre, however.

  7. DA_January
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 21:23:16

    @Tiya Rosa: I definitely would not recommend Take Me. Try one of the Sullivan books. 3, 4 and 5 that I reviewed here are the best. The heroine in book 1 is a bit weak and book 2 is a bit unbelievable at times. Both are still readable.

  8. Kelly C.
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 22:59:50

    I agree with what Janet W. said. Verbatim.

  9. Nicole
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 23:50:26

    I got the sequel to Take Me free on Amazon – can’t remember what it’s called; I think it features Lily’s sister. The hero is some guy she’s known for ages who has resisted his attraction to her, until one traumatic night he leaves the hospital an emotional wreck (he’s a surgeon), helplessly drives straight to the heroine, chucks out the two guys she’s picked up for an experimental threesome, and has unromantic sex with her. That’s as far as I got; the premise seemed interesting (opposites attract, denying their feelings, etc) but I just didn’t care about either of them before very long.

  10. renea jarrett
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 19:55:04

    hi my name is renea Jarrett I just finished reading the look of love , from this moment on and can’t help falling in love. out of the sullivan series and I was woundering will the other five will be coming out in paper back as well as kindle edition. cause I would love to get them. from renea jarrett

  11. Jane
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 20:24:35

    @renea – I believe Harlequin is publishing all 8 of the Sullivan novels in print.

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