Thursday, May 24, 2012

I Only Have Eyes for You

In Bella Andre's I Only Have Eyes For You, true love must run its course through a family of eight siblings, a bar and a handful of tattoos.

Sophie Sullivan, the youngest of eight Sullivan offspring (along with her twin, Lori), has loved Jake McCann for twenty years, ever since she was five and he ten. But she believes the love is entirely one-way. Her six brothers make romance difficult for her, as they strive to protect the twin they call "Nice" (Lori is "Naughty") from untoward advances.

So imagine Jake's surprise when Sophie shows up on his doorstep the night of her brother Chase's wedding, demanding that they continue the kissing she initiated during the reception.
Jake had thought about Sophie every second since their kiss in the vines. Working  behind the bar all night, it had been torture watching her dance with an endless stream of men. Even knowing many of them were old family friends didn't stop the bile from churning in his gut and his hands from turning into fists. He was an old family friend and look at what he wanted to do to her: rip her clothes off and take her again and again.
Working to ignore the way his body was responding to her nearness, he stepped out onto the front step and closed the door behind him.
"There's nothing to talk about. Nothing to figure out. And we're not going to kiss again. Ever."
She should have run at his harsh tone. Instead, she moved closer. Close enough to mess with whatever brain cells were still functioning in the bloodless zone of his brain.
Sweet little Sophie, librarian by day, seductress by night. Jake tries to scare her off, but Sophie is determined. It turns out that Jake, too, is determined - first to fight his attraction to her, and then to make her his.

The thing about predictable romance novels is that sometimes the "I know exactly how this will go" stuff turns out rather dull. But in I Only Have Eyes for You, which is part of Andre's Sullivan Series, predictability does not necessarily mean boring. It means sweet and fun, and it packs some hot headboard rocking. Bella Andre knows her way around love scenes, my friends. Sophie and Jake enjoy their way around a bar stool, a swimming pool and a few different beds. She may be a librarian, but Sophie has no problem taking her clothes off and demanding sexual satisfaction from Jake. And he has no problem pleasuring her.

If we don't know as much as we'd like about Sophie and Jake - what we do find out is predictable and generalized - it is difficult to get too frustrated, because we do feel like we get to know them. He's the bad boy bar owner, she's the book loving librarian. Jake is far more stereotypical than Sophie, but you've seen characters like them and read stories like this before.

I haven't read other books in the Sullivan Series, but I imagine they are as nimble and fast-paced as I Only Have Eyes For You. This is a quick read that will leave you feeling warm and cozy.

Published by CreateSpace and available on
Thanks to NetGalley for the preview.

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