Friday, August 16, 2013

The Look of Love by Bella Andre ~ Review & Giveaway

Source: purchased the audio book

Book Description:

Sometimes one look is all it takes

Chloe Peterson has vowed never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Her reasons are as vivid as the bruises on her cheek. So when her car skids off a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced the gorgeous guy who rescues her must be too good to be true.

As a successful international photographer, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women. He's satisfied with his life—until he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley.

With every loving look—and every sinfully sweet caress—the attraction between them sizzles, and Chloe can't help but wonder if she's met the man who may be the exception to her rule….

My Thoughts:

3 stars - Seriously yummy steam in this vineyard!

I listened to this book, so let me start with the narrator.  Eva Kaminsky narratored this book as well as all of the Sullivan books.  She has a great reading voice and some clear distinctions between male and female but not necessarily between characters. I was okay with that since the majority of the book focused on just two characters.  I am glad that if I decide to listen to another book in this series that it will be the same narrator.  It frustrates me when they change it a lot as I get used to how characters sound.  I think that this narrator added to the experience without taking away from it. 

For someone who reads mostly YA and NA, this book was a nice change.  It's clearly adult.  Both Chloe and Chase had complex pasts.  I won't give too much away about Chloe as she reveals that slowly in the book, but I will say that she is at a point in her life where she needs to make changes and figure out how to get what she wants out of life.  Chase, on the other hand, is perfectly happy with his life the way it is.  He has the playboy, never fall in love thing going.  As a photographer, he works around the beautiful people and he's had more than his share of flings with them.  He may not know it when the book starts, but he's ready for something more.

This book has that instat-love thing going.  Mostly, I was okay with it.  It did feel like the emotions of the circumstances played into this one.  I will admit to thinking about it at the end and realizing that the whole book took place over about a week.  That gave me pause.

The steam in this book is hot and heavy.  Very adult.  Perhaps a bit too much of it for me.  I know a lot of peeps love that part the most but not me.  I will say that I was so taken with Chase and his gentleman, honor driven ways with Chloe that I was totally falling for him and I mean quickly.  Guess I had that instat-love thing going too.

I do love both of these characters and the whole Sullivan family.  So much beauty in one place!  This is a steamy, sexy adult read.  If that's your thing, then give this one a look.

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.


Giving away the expanded paperback edition I got at BEA.

This one is signed!

Expanded Edition! More Story! More Sullivans!

Fans of Bella Andre's Sullivan Series will love this long-awaited print edition of THE LOOK OF LOVE. It features a longer, more-detailed story with all the emotion and sensuality that readers love. Not to be missed!

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  1. I haven't read any Bella Andre, but I really need to.

  2. I haven't heard of this book before but it's sounds like something I'd enjoyed. Glad you did and great honest review. x

  3. Looks and sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. I haven't read any books by Bella Andre. In fact, the last adult book I read was Fifty Shades and I DNF it. But Andre's novel sounds promising! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I admit that the story was rushed, but it did work for me in the end. I promise you, the series only gets better as you go along. Great review, Pal!

  6. THE LOOK OF LOVE sounds wonderful.Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  7. I heard about this book a while back and I wanted to read the book. Hopefully I win. Thank you for the great giveaway! ^_^

  8. I like the Expanded Edition cover better. I just love the pastel color plays ;p
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I haven't read any of her books but this one sounds really good. I would love to read it. Thanks for having this giveaway.

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  11. This sounds nice, cool post Val n__n

  12. I must get into audio books, Thank you for your thoughts.

  13. I love this series. I love the characters as a whole, but Chase and Chloe's book wasn't one of my favorites. I still enjoyed it though. :)

  14. I enjoyed this one but will second Autumn it wasn't my favorite of the series but still a great read. Have you tried any of the others? Book 3 is my favorite so far-- Gabe the firefighter. Whew!

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  15. I have read almost all of her books and I LOVE them!!!

  16. I LOVE Bell's Hot Shots series and would love to read her Sullivans series. She writes such swoon worthy men:)