Monday, March 4, 2013
Come a little bit Closer – The Sullivan Series, Bella Andre
The story of Smith Sullivan is my favorite so far in this series. The Sullivan Series tells the stories of 8 siblings and their journeys to find true love – although it sounds like Ms. Andre is going to continue on and write about more of the extended family as there are plans to continue after book 8. The last two remaining family members that aren’t paired off are the super famous, movie star – Smith and his sister Laurie. Both characters are full of mystery that has been well built up over the series. I had always wondered, as most readers have, who would be able to hold someone likes Smith’s attention. When the world is at your feet and you can have any women you choose, how would you ever know that it is real and not an illusion produced by the celebrity world you live in? It is this fundamental question that drives this story but oddly enough not one that Smith is asking but the women of his dreams….
Book Blurb –
Movie star Smith Sullivan can’t afford any distractions. He’s staking his entire reputation on his new film…but he can’t stop thinking about Valentina Landon and the fire he sees smoldering just beneath the surface.
Valentina isn’t averse to sensual pleasure, or even to the idea of finding true love, but as a Hollywood business manager she’s watched too many smart women fall for actors…only to be torn apart when the fairytale comes to its inevitable end.
But when intense weeks together on set turn their heated attraction into red-hot flames of passion, Smith knows he has to find a way to convince Valentina to let him get a little bit closer. Close enough to completely steal her heart…the way she’s stolen his from the start.
So what the Book Cover leaves out is that Valentina is actually the sister of Smith’s costar and the daughter of a woman who has been the victim of way to many failed Hollywood romances. Her goal is to protect her sister from ever falling into her mother’s footsteps, which is a full time job and doesn’t allow any time for herself. But Smith isn’t after her sister he’s after her. Not knowing how to deal with someone noticing her when she is used to hiding in her sister’s shadow she is completely thrown off her game. And just when she starts to find some level of comfort around Smith she realizes that he is an actor and will eventually be performing rather intimately, on camera and with her sister!
This story dives deep into what is would be like to live in Hollywood, date a star and all that would entail. In the end they are both forced to recognize that at the core of it all - actor, star, manager, director, etc. are all just titles and that who you are at your core is what defines you and makes you, you. This is a beautifully written love story and one to treasure. You do not need to read the rest of the series to enjoy this one but I encourage you to try them as they are all masterfully done. And, newly released on Audible… I might add.
Rating: Five Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.