Let Me Be the One by Bella Andre ( web | tweet )
Book 6 of the Sullivan series.
Publication Date: December 31, 2013
Target audience: Adult
Keywords: romance, sports, art, high school friends
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!)
Summary: It’s been 15 years since Ryan has seen his high school best friend, Vicki. When she texts him in a panic that she needs him, he’s at her side in lightning speed and suddenly, pretending to be half of a happy couple in order to get her out of a jam. With old feelings returning at record speed for both of them, Ryan and Vicki are left to wonder if this is the second chance they both needed.
I have a soft spot for a reunion between old friends with old feelings.
In high school, Ryan and Vicki were part of separate crowds. He was the jock and she was the artist but one random day everything changes when Vicki blocks Ryan from getting hit by a car on campus. After that moment, Ryan promises to be there for her whenever she needs it and they embark a very devoted friendship. Cut to 15 years later, Vicki and Ryan have kept in touch but haven’t seen each other at all. She’s a promising sculptor, recently divorced and Ryan is a professional baseball player who has yet to find the one.
So when Ryan has the opportunity to “save” Vicky from a grabby “gentlemen” on an art fellowship board and pretend they are a couple, he takes this role very seriously and insists that she moves in with him for the time being. Over Chinese food and a view of the Pacific ocean, their friendship picks up right where they left it but neither of them can ignore the SPARKS (even though they do).
Bella Andre is pure evil this time around, folks. It was absolute torture waiting for either Ryan or Vicki to finally break down and make something happen. But seriously, all the torture was worth it because Andre has written one of the best paced romance novels I’ve read in a long, long time. Vicki and Ryan both get significant time in the limelight, as they struggle with wanting their friendship to make the leap to romance and navigating their own professional lives.
I loved Vicki and Ryan’s banter, the kindness and encouragement they had for one another, and oh my gosh, their chemistry was unbelievable. When they finally broke down each other’s barriers, it was off the charts sexy and sizzling and perfect. I don’t think I’ve read a scene quite like this in a long time. (Let me just say “taxi cab” & that was just pre-gaming for the big event.)
The best part of Let Me Be the One is that Ryan and Vicki aren’t magically together after that night. She’s still avoiding her feelings while he is ready to run wild with this thing, and there’s still a lot of question marks when it comes to her fellowship and the future of his career. Would this week in their lives jeopardize their entire friendship? Was it worth it to take the risk?
Bella Andre is at her best in Let Me Be the One. She proves simplicity and two great characters make for the best romances. I couldn’t have enjoyed it more.