Thursday, January 10, 2013

Can't Help Falling in Love, The Sullivans Book 3 by Bella Andre


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?
This winter, if one – or both – of them aren’t careful, they just might end up falling in love.

 Enjoy an Excerpt
Gabe Sullivan’s captain, Todd, stepped into the room.
“How’re you feeling, Gabe?”
“Good, Captain.”
He moved to sit up straighter on the bed and Todd shook his head. “You’re fine just like that. I know your skull must hurt like hell.” He nodded back to the doorway. “Are you ready to see Ms. Harris and her daughter, Summer?”
No, he thought, he’d be better off never seeing those eyes again.
He’d thought about Megan and her daughter one too many times for comfort. Not just because he was reviewing the rescue, trying to look for what he could have done differently, to have gotten them out faster and more safely—but because he hadn’t been able to forget her strength, how hard she’d fought to stay conscious, and what a fighter she’d been every single second of the harrowing journey from her burning apartment.
Still, he understood that fire victims often felt compelled to say thank you to the men who had saved them. Especially in a case like this, where they’d just barely held death at bay.
“Sure.” He began to nod, but a sharp shooting pain stopped him halfway into the movement.
Catching his grimace, Todd said, “I’ll ask Megan and her daughter to come back later.”
Her name fit her, Gabe had found himself thinking one too many times. Megan was pretty and strong all at the same time. It would be better to think of her as Ms. Harris. Although, he had to wonder, was there a husband? And if so, where had he been during the fire and why wasn’t he here with them now?
“No,” he said, “it’ll be better if I see them now.”
She’d say thank you, he’d tell her he was happy to see her and her daughter doing so well, and that would be that. No more being haunted by her eyes, by the surprising strength she’d shown him as she’d crawled on the floor of her apartment and down the stairs.
A couple of minutes later, Todd walked back in with the mother and daughter. Ignoring the pain in his head, Gabe sat up higher and forced a smile on his face.
And then, his eyes locked with Megan’s and his smile froze in place.
My God, he found himself thinking before he could shove the thought away, she’s beautiful.
The last time he’d seen her face it had been through a thick haze of dark smoke and the knowledge that one wrong move meant their lives were over. Her eyes were just as big and pretty, her limbs looked as lean and strong as they had when he’d been helping to move her along the floor, but now he could see the softness in her, the sweet curves of her breasts and hips in her T-shirt and jeans. He couldn’t stop staring at the startling green of her eyes, the silky dark hair falling across her shoulders, and the way her pretty young daughter was a carbon copy of her, the only difference their hair color, one dark, one light.
She seemed just as stunned as he and for a long moment, the two of them just stared at each other in silence until her daughter ran over to him and threw her arms around him.

..Excerpt from CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE by Bella Andre ©2012.

Bella Andre_1

Bella Andre: 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 10 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.

Guest Post by Bella Andre
Alpha Heroes & Happily Ever Afters: The Perfect Combo

Alpha heroes are my favorite kind of hero: sexy, rugged, independent and take-charge. Yum!
Take Chase Sullivan, the hero of THE LOOK OF LOVE, the first book in my best-selling Sullivan series. He’s a jet-setting photographer, a mind-blowing lover, and is surrounded by gorgeous models all day long. But it isn’t until he meets Chloe Peterson on the side of a road during a rainstorm in the Napa Valley wine country that he falls in love.
One of my favorite things about an alpha hero falling in love is that all those alpha traits – his single-minded determination, his focus – are then devoted entirely to the woman of his dreams. Chloe’s been burned by men before, but Chase is determined to show her that he’s worth trusting. What follows is his relentlessly sexy pursuit of Chloe, because now that Chase has found love, he won’t accept anything less.
Each of the Sullivan heroes is an alpha in his own way. Marcus (FROM THIS MOMENT ON) is the de-facto family patriarch. He looks after the rest of his family and takes care of them. Gabe (CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE) is a take-charge firefighter. He rushes into danger to save lives – what’s not to love? Zach (IF YOU WERE MINE) is a handy, self-sufficient mechanic and businessman. In addition to being wealthy and successful, he’s useful with a wrench.
What’s hot is when those alpha traits are turned towards pursuing – and catching – the women of their dreams.




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Just Out!! 

ONE PERFECT NIGHT by Bella Andre (guest starring Rafe Sullivan and Mia Sullivan) is out! 

To kick off 2013 with a bang -- and while you wait oh-so-patiently :) for Lori (Naughty) Sullivan's book to come later this Spring -- I wanted to give you a fun and sexy story about a man who knows exactly what he wants...and will use whatever sensual means of persuasion are neccesary to get it. As a bonus, ONE PERFECT NIGHT guest stars Rafe Sullivan and Mia Sullivan, two of the Seattle Sullivan cousins who will have their own stories told soon! I hope you really enjoy this 20,000 word / 100 page novella.

(p.s. ONE PERFECT NIGHT has *never before* been published on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo, but was available in a very different version on Apple for a short while through AllRomanceeBooks.)

Amazon Kindle - http://tinyurl.com/a3ml2pw
BN Nook - http://tinyurl.com/abpfvsr
Apple iBookstore - http://tinyurl.com/azqxwwt
Kobo - http://tinyurl.com/atfp8ry
Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/272488



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My Review

What are the chances of having eight exceptionally good looking siblings in one family? And, what are the chances that they all find perfectly beautiful mates and live happily ever after? Probably next to none, but then that's why we read fantasy. And, oh what a wonderful fantasy world Bella Andre has created for us in The Sullivan's Series. 


There are some books you read, some you find yourself skimming through, and then there are the books you realize that you are hanging onto every word and sometimes find yourself re-reading words and forget you are reading about the character in the book. These books fall into the latter category. 


Book 3, Can't Help Falling in Love introduces us to Fireman Gabe Sullivan and widow Megan Harris and her daughter. Well, you just know that there has to be a fire and a rescue involved! Throw in a sneaky seven year old romantic who would like nothing better than to see her mom happy, and watch the sparks fly.


Technically speaking, I thought the book was very easy going, creatively written, and I found few errors. The book also had a complete story line that could end with the last page of the book, if that were the only one the reader chose to read. I did like the way the author set up the next sibling's story at the end of each book, and although they do not need to be read in order, I personally would recommend that this be done. 

So, if you are up for some wonderfully lazy afternoons filled with  complete and utter abandonment to love, hot loving, and flying sparks, you had better run, not walk to your nearest store.


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Thursday!
GoodReads Party.  We’re bringing the fun to GoodReads in a special Bella Sullivan fan group–and the fun will be happening all day! Come for trivia, discussions, and–yes–prizes! One lucky participant will win a “Can’t Help Falling In Love” romantic swag basket, specially compiled to celebrate book #3 in the series!

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1 comment:

  1. Love this review! And I loved Megan's sneaky little girl too--I'm glad you gave her a shout-out :-) Thanks for taking part in our gigantic tour, and if you have time to cross-post your reviews to Amazon and GoodReads, that would be lovely :-D

    Em

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