Monday, April 23, 2012

I Only Have Eyes for You: A Romance Review

I Only Have Eyes For You: The Sullivan Series
Bella Andre
Publisher: Oak Press, LLC 
April 10,2012
174 pages

Synopsis:  Sophie Sullivan, a librarian in San Francisco, was five years old when she fell head over heels in love with Jake McCann. Twenty years later, she's convinced the notorious bad boy still sees her as the "nice" Sullivan twin. That is, when he bothers to look at her at all. But when they both get caught up in the magic of the first Sullivan wedding, she knows it's long past time to do whatever it takes to make him see her for who she truly is...the woman who will love him forever.
Jake has always been a magnet for women, especially since his Irish pubs made him extremely wealthy. But the only woman he really wants is the one he can never have. Not only is Sophie his best friend's off-limits younger sister...he can't risk letting her get close enough to discover his deeply hidden secret.
Only, when Sophie appears on his doorstep as Jake's every fantasy come to life-smart, beautiful, and shockingly sexy-he doesn't have a prayer of taking his eyes, or his hands, off her. And he can't stop craving more of her sweet smiles and sinful kisses. Because even though Jake knows loving Sophie isn't the right thing to can he possibly resist?

Review: I am a romance book addict. I have been since I picked up my first Harlequin paperback as a teenager 20 years ago. While I love all types of books, romance novels are my favorites. When I'm reading what I like to consider a "true" romance novel, I don't want to be bogged down with anything too serious, scary or sad. I just want to be entertained for a few hours and forget about everything else. I'm a sucker for a friends-to-lovers theme, any situation where two people are forced to spend time together when they otherwise wouldn't, and I just love big, supportive, loving families.

 I recently read I Only Have Eyes For You by Bella Andre. I had never read anything by her before. Honestly, I'd never even heard of her. But, I have now, and this is most definitely not going to be the last I've read by her. All those things I mentioned above about loving in a romance novel? This has them and without any of those side-plots or ne'er-do-well secondary characters who so often detract from the story instead of adding to it. I didn't want to put this one down. Sure, there were some weaknesses, and the writing was far from perfect -- but I don't expect or need perfect in these types of novels. It was exactly what I think a romance novel should be: a welcome diversion for a day or two that makes you forget everything except for falling in love. A great, true romance!

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I Only Have Eyes For You: 4/5 stars    Cover: 3/5

Note: I received an e-copy of this from the publisher on NetGalley for review purposes.

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