Thursday, September 13, 2012

Let Me Be the One by Bella Andre

Title:  Let Me Be the One
Author: Bella Andre
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: The Sullivans #6
Main Characters: Ryan and Vicki
Release Date: September 2012
Publisher: Oak Press, LLC  

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Sexual Intensity: Hot

Story Overview:
In LET ME BE THE ONE, the brand-new book in Bella Andre’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling series about the Sullivan family, an unexpected friends-to-lovers romance might not only turn out to be so much hotter than anything bad boy pro baseball player Ryan Sullivan has ever known...but much, much sweeter, too.

When Vicki Bennett saved Ryan Sullivan’s life as a teenager, it was the beginning of a close friendship that never wavered despite her failed marriage to someone else and Ryan’s well-earned reputation as a ladies man. So when she suddenly needs a pretend boyfriend to protect herself and her career from a powerful man’s advances, he is the only person she can imagine asking.

Ryan will do anything to protect Vicki from harm, but when their “fake” kisses and caresses lead to an incredibly sensual night that neither of them can resist, will he have made the biggest mistake of all by irreparably jeopardizing their friendship? Or is it possible that what they’ve both been looking for has been right there the whole time…and the perfect combination of wicked and sweet, friendship and love, is finally within reach?

The first 5 books in the Sullivan series are also available! 
Book 1: THE LOOK OF LOVE (Chase Sullivan)
Book 2: FROM THIS MOMENT ON (Marcus Sullivan)
Book 3: CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE (Gabe Sullivan)
Book 4: I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU (Sophie Sullivan)
Book 5: IF YOU WERE MINE (Zach Sullivan)

My Review:
I really loved this book! Vicki and Ryan have a true friends-to-lovers romance and I love those. They've been friends since they were fifteen and they've both been attracted to the other ever since then, but life never worked so that they could connect. They haven't even seen each other in about 15 years, but that all changes when Vicki sends out an SOS text to Ryan and he comes running. Things escalate from there.

Ryan is a pro baseball player and Vicki is an artist, a sculptor. On the surface, they have NOTHING in common, but they've always just "worked" together. And even now when they haven't seen each other in 15 years, there's an immediate ease between them. I really liked their friendship and how that friendship was everything to both of them. They were both so worried about jeopardizing that. At first they are acting as boyfriend/girlfriend as part of a ruse to protect Vicki, but as they spend more and more time together, they both want it to be a true thing. They are just afraid to tell the other what they want and losing their friendship.

There are so many instances in their story of where they "almost" connected...definitely a story of star-crossed friends. They had so many points in their friendship, especially on Ryan's part, where he reached out to change their relationship to a more romantic one, but then something happened to quite keep it from happening. The timing was just never quite there for them, but that's what makes this story such a sweet read.

For both of them, this becomes a story of finding what's truly important in their lives. Right now, they are both focusing on their careers, but as they become closer and realize what they've missed for the last 15 years, they begin to realize that maybe those careers aren't quite as important as they originally imagined. I loved that they both were coming to this conclusion in this book. As they get closer, they definitely have some epiphanies about it all.

And of course, these books are nothing without all the Sullivan siblings. I love them all so much and they dynamic they bring to the stories. It's just so much fun to read the scenes where several or all of them are present. They are such a huge support system for each other. Again, another fabulous installment to this series....maybe even my favorite of the series so far!

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