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REVIEW: From This Moment On by Bella Andre

Dear Ms. Andre,

I purchased this book on a Kindle Daily Deal, I think. It’s regularly priced at $4.99 and while I felt that $4.99 was a bit too pricey for DA_January’s budget, I could spend two dollars and not hate myself in the morning for buying it. From This Moment On was extremely readable, but at the end, I think I respected myself a little less for enjoying it, because I shouldn’t have. The storyline is saccharine sweet and almost unbelievable, and the hero and heroine are very one note.

From This Moment On by Bella AndreFrom This Moment On is the romance of Marcus Sullivan and Nico the pop star. Marcus is part of the Sullivan clan. They are a cross between the Bridgertons and the Village People, in that there are eight siblings of eight varying jobs and each sibling will get their own book. There is the fireman (book three), the world-famous photographer (book one), the rich Vineyard owner (this book), the pro baseball player, the movie star, the automotive whiz who owns a chain of auto stores, and two sisters. The sisters are a choreographer and a librarian. If I am a Sullivan sister, I am thinking I got a raw deal. The Sullivans are the basis of the series, of course, and it feels a bit contrived. Like Romance Pokemon, readers must collect them all.

Nico is a pop star. She goes by Nicola during her downtime. She is very young and likes to lounge around in her pajamas at home when she gets free time. She doesn’t like parties and clubbing because she is a nice girl despite being a sex kitten pop star. In her last relationship, her boyfriend took advantage of her fame and took some risque photos of the two of them in an intimate embrace, and they surfaced on the internet. Now, Nicola doesn’t trust men and she has a scandalous reputation, which makes her even more famous.

Marcus Sullivan is the hero, and he’s 36 and owns a winery. He’s recently gotten out of a two year relationship with a woman that cheated on him. He decides that he’s going to go to a club and pick up a woman. Nicola has also decided that she’s going to live the wild pop star life and go to a club and pick up a man. They of course, pick up each other. After exchanging two or three sentences, they get in a cab and head out to Marcus’s place. And thus the romance begins.

There were so many instances that strained belief in this story that it would take forever for me to go through them. Nicola, who claims to not trust men, is falling asleep in Marcus’s arms moments after she has met him. She has sex with him in public places and lets him tie her hands, even though her last boyfriend abused her trust. This did not seem like the reactions of a woman who had her trust violated, because she blindly obeys every edict Marcus gives her.

Marcus is a bit of a creeper. He’s 11 years older than Nicola, and is very take charge in the bedroom. I couldn’t help but feel that he was going to take over other aspects of Nicola’s life very shortly, like the Jason Trawick to Nicola’s Britney Spears. After they had been together for a week, he was giving Nicola career advice (because vineyard owners know so much about pop music, I suppose) and even worse, she was taking it.

I should have hated this book.  I thought Nico was a cleaned up, unrealistic version of a pop star. I thought Marcus was singular and overbearing. But I read the book in one sitting, and found it enjoyable despite the myriad flaws. You have a compelling, light voice and though your characters do have a sameness to them, I thought it was readable and pleasant. When the characters got together, it was sexy, and I felt the storyline was straightforward. There were no ridiculous, convoluted storylines to keep the characters apart. It was a very simple story about two very different people getting together. And while their jobs made me roll my eyes, I didn’t mind the read. I even bought other books in the series, because I guess I am a fan of Romance Pokemon after all.

C+

All best,

January

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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.

9 Comments

  1. SHZ
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 19:14:11

    I really enjoyed a couple of Bella Andre’s suspense books, but her straight contemporaries are missing something. I DNF’d the first in this series. The characters’ behaviour was nonsensical and the clichéd heroine with body image issues didn’t work as far as I’m concerned.

  2. Treasure
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 19:27:12

    I really wanted to like this one. I read the 1st book in the series and enjoyed it. When this one came up on a daily deal I bought it and sat down to read, and couldn’t finish it. It was all just too much from the too old for her hero with power and control issues, to the improbable pop start it was just too much.

  3. cbackson
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 21:40:11

    I can’t get over the pop star called Nico and large family called The Sullivans. IDK, maybe this book is better if you mentally insert the Velvet Underground and a tragic story involving the death in battle of five brothers?

  4. Janine
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 23:27:53

    They are a cross between the Bridgertons and the Village People

    One of the best lines I’ve read in a review. Thanks for the laugh!

  5. Susan Laura
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 07:40:51

    I had to laugh out loud at this comment: “but at the end, I think I respected myself a little less for enjoying it, because I shouldn’t have.”

    I have a few books that make me feel the exact same way. They are super fluffy with no depth and a very predictable plot. But something about the story and the storytelling makes me happy. And, dammit, sometimes that is A-OK!

  6. Cheryl
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 08:46:13

    I got it for 99 cents which made it easier to like the book. If I had paid $9.99 for the book, eh… I wouldn’t have been happy. For me, this book is like a soap opera: it’s predictable and fluffy with no real nutritional value, but enjoyable anyway.

  7. LG
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 09:30:55

    Lol, “Romance Pokemon.” It gives me visions of a romance reader yelling out “Rich Vineyard Owner, I choose YOU!” And visions of Marcus somehow coming out of a Poke Ball.

    Odd thoughts aside, the series setup makes me think of a lot of Nora Roberts family series, like the MacGregor books. I went through those like popcorn.

  8. Patricia
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 09:40:34

    I had almost exactly the same reaction to this book as DA_January, all the same issues with the characters and the plot, and yet in the end I liked it, too. It’s not a great book, probably not even an objectively good book, but it brought me a bit of pleasure and that’s worth something, is it not?

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