Willow’s Review of From This Moment On by Bella Andre
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After having been introduced to Marcus Sullivan in the first book of Bella Andre’s series, I was greatly looking forward to reading this next installment of her Sullivan series. And I’m happy to say that this book didn’t disappoint! =^.^=
Out of the two family members that I’ve read so far, I have to say that Marcus is my favorite, though after having had the chance to spend a bit of time getting to know Lori, one of the Sullivan twins, I may eventually find myself contradicting myself as I progress through this series. I mean when you get right down to it, it’s real easy to like all of the Sullivan family members! But Marcus so far has definitely earned my respect and admiration, and given everything that has happened in his life, it was nice to see his story come to a happy ending. There’s something about a guy who puts himself out there to help his family without being a Momma’s boy that is rather attractive. It conveys the idea that if he can provide that much support and love for his family, he’d equally be able to do that and more with a family of his own. In that light, Marcus is a very attractive character! I greatly enjoyed watching him interact with his sister, Lori, and the rest of the Sullivan clan. And then to watch him interact with Nicola, to give her the comfort and attention that she deserves but without all the pressure, was nice. He’s sweet, caring, and devoting…I mean come on, who wouldn’t like him? It also helps that he’s seriously sex in a suit! Yum!
Likewise Nicola, aka Nico, was also fun to experience. Her struggle to live up to the music industry’s expectations to what she should be like, a sex kitten and party girl, while wanting to stay true to herself was true to life and it endeared her character to me. I wanted her to find a balance between it all, to overcome the insecurities and the hype, and be herself while succeeding in the industry. There was so much going on with her character that I connected with as a reader…she’s by far one of the more easiest characters to relate to whom I’ve read to date. And I know I’m not making a lot of sense here, but I just saw a lot of myself in her.
By far I loved reading the scenes where Marcus and Nicola were together because they are so sweet and touching. Yes, there are moments where they can’t keep their hands off each other, but there are also moments where they are just enjoying each other’s company. The initial scene where they first meet up for a one night stand and Nicola falls asleep in Marcus’s lap…yeah, I had a sappy smile on my face as I read it. What can I say, while I like bodice ripping novels, I also really love those types of books that slowly develop the relationship and allow for both characters to get to know one another before jumping into each other’s arms. The romance in this book is the perfect blend of smoky hot and soft tenderness, and this makes it all the more enjoyable at the end when Marcus actively pursues Nicola to try and make her realize that he’s the only guy for her. Yep, I completely fell for the guy chasing the girl bit at the end of the book. While I could see some folks finding it rather creepy and stalker like, I actually thought it was sweet and funny. Especially when you take into consideration the type of guy Marcus really is at heart. It’s so out of character for him…the entire event is perfect.
When all is said and done, I really enjoyed this book and I devoured it in a matter of hours (figuratively speaking, not literally)! Once I started, I didn’t want to stop. And I’m starting to get the feeling that this is par for the course with Andre’s novels. Andre has a wonderful way of spinning a story while adding just the right amount of heat to keep readers coming back for more. I’m looking forward to reading Gabe’s story, Can’t Help Falling in Love (book #3), though I will admit that I actually want to read Lori’s story just a bit more (book #8). Like I said, once you get introduced to the Sullivan family, there’s no way you cannot get hooked and fall in love! Just like with the first book of the series, I highly recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a fun summer read.
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Bella Andre has always been a writer. Songs came first, and then non-fiction books, but as soon as she started writing her first romance novel, she knew she’d found her perfect career. Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly) about sizzling alpha heroes and the strong women they’ll love forever, nearly all of her novels have appeared on Top 5 lists at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Kobo.
Her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine ”Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into nine languages. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post has called her “One of the top digital writers in America” and she has been featured by NPR, USA Today, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. She has given the keynote speech at Book Expo America on her self-publishing success and has sold more than one million books.
If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100 year old log cabin in the Adirondacks.
And the winner of a copy of From This Moment On by Bella Andre is: Nise’