Verdict: If you are a fan of fairy tales and happily-ever-after, this book will provide you with an entirely satisfying and pleasant read.
Chase Sullivan, the third brother in a family of six boys and two girls, has made a good life for himself as a photographer.
Like his brothers, he is handsome, successful, and popular with women. He seems to lack for nothing, until one night when he picks up a bedraggled, bruised young woman whose car has broken down, and realizes that she’s everything he ever wanted. But Chloe Peterson is fleeing an abusive ex-husband, and the last thing she wants is another man in her life. Still, she lets him offer her a safe place to stay for a bit, and even a temporary job helping him with his photo shoots, and soon she finds herself unable to deny the strong attraction between them. Can Chase convince her that she isn’t about to make another dangerous mistake by falling in love again?
Chase, the first of Bella Andre’s Sullivan clan to find love, is a sexy, likeable hero, entirely masculine in the best sense of that word. He is confident enough to cherish and support his lover’s strengths, and to help her fight her own battles rather than taking them over on her behalf, a deeply endearing trait. Chloe, while in a vulnerable and distressing position, is able to stand up for herself and take back her life, her sensuality and her joy in truly admirable fashion. The romance between them is hot and passionate, emotionally as well as physically, and the book never stops sizzling.
This isn’t a book to go to if you want a complicated and thought-provoking storyline, or a lot of complexity in character development. It tends, in fact, towards a bit of fairy-tale idealization – the leads are perhaps a bit too perfect, their romance a bit too starry-eyed and all-consuming, and the abusive ex, Dean, is entirely evil without a touch of redemptive value. Whether you consider this a flaw or a feature depends entirely on the perspective with which you approach the book, however.
If you are a fan of fairy tales and happily-ever-after, this book will provide you with an entirely satisfying and pleasant read. Indeed, you may want to check out the rest of the series. These are well-written, appealing romances – mind-candy, but quality mind-candy.
Reviewed by Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader