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What I’ve Been Reading #90

Friday, August 28, 2015

My friend got me into this romance series about a family of 8 siblings who all find true love. Cheesy? Yes. But so very entertaining! The first brother introduced is Chase, in The Look Of Love. “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?” Lucky for Chloe, Chase was the perfect guy to find and rescue her and because nothing else would make sense in a romance book, they quickly fall in love! If I had to rate the siblings on a scale of memorability, Chase turns out to be one of the least memorable. But it’s his book that starts the series and got me interested in reading more.

Marcus, the brother featured in From This Moment On, was more memorable for me than Chase, mostly because he is the oldest in the family and his role as the protector is important to his story. The Sullivans’ father died when the children were all young, and Marcus helped to raise his siblings along with their mother. “For thirty-six years, Marcus Sullivan has been the responsible older brother, stepping in to take care of his seven siblings after their father died when they were children. But when the perfectly ordered future he’s planned for himself turns out to be nothing but a lie, Marcus needs one reckless night to shake free from it all. Nicola Harding is known throughout the world by only one name - Nico - for her catchy, sensual pop songs. Only, what no one knows about the twenty-five year old singer is that her sex-kitten image is totally false. After a terrible betrayal by a man who loved fame far more than he ever loved her, she vows not to let anyone else get close enough to find out who she really is...or hurt her again. Especially not the gorgeous stranger she meets at a nightclub, even though the hunger - and the sinful promises - in his dark eyes make her want to spill all her secrets. One night is all Nicola and Marcus agree to share with each other. But nothing goes as they plan when instead of simply tangling limbs, they find a deeper connection than either of them could have anticipated. And even though they both try to fight it, growing emotions - and sizzling attraction - keep drawing them closer together.” What I liked about this book is that both Marcus and Nicola had trust issues due to their past relationships and therefore neither wanted to fall in love with anyone. However, they connected maybe even because of their pasts, and obviously were perfect for each other. At this point in reading the series, I was happy to discover that not every Sullivan brother is the same. They have their own unique personalities and after meeting Chase and Marcus, I was ready to meet them all!

Gabe, the brother featured in Can’t Help Falling In Love, is my favorite Sullivan so far. I really liked his story, which started with him rescuing Megan and her daughter from a fire. “Gabe Sullivan risks his life every day as a firefighter in San Francisco. But after learning a brutal lesson about professional boundaries, he knows better than to risk his heart to his fire victims ever again. Especially the brave mother and daughter he saved from a deadly apartment fire...and can't stop thinking about. Megan Harris knows she owes the heroic firefighter everything for running into a burning building to save her and her seven-year-old daughter. Everything except her heart. Because after losing her navy pilot husband five years ago, she has vowed to never suffer through loving - and losing - a man with a dangerous job again. Only, when Gabe and Megan meet again and uncontrollable flames of desire ignite between them, how can he possibly ignore her courage, determination, and beauty? And how can she deny not only his strong bond with her daughter, but the way his sweetly sensual kisses are challenging her to risk everything she's been guarding for so long?” Like in Marcus’s story, both characters had a reason to resist falling in love with each other. Of course, they can’t help but do so, with some help along from Megan’s daughter Summer. Hot firefighter looks combined with the sweet personality inside are hard to resist, and as the reader, I thought Gabe was a perfect character! Unlike in the first two books, Gabe and Megan didn’t give up their resistance right away, but absolutely are together in the end!

Sophie Sullivan (and her twin sister Lori) is the youngest in the family and therefore, her brothers all treat her like a little girl. So when she admits her love for one of their oldest friends, he is totally nervous to admit his feelings for her as well! I Only Have Eyes For You is different than the first three books in the series since it is not about one of the brothers, but instead features their sister! “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.” I wouldn’t say this is my favorite of the series, but I did enjoy it and getting to know one of the sisters was a welcome break from all of the brothers. I also liked the way Jake was able to get the family to see Sophie differently than they had before.

Since this is a series, I’m still reading it, so expect more about these characters in future weeks! Have you read anything good lately?