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Estelle: Come a Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre

Come a Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre ( web | tweet ) Part of The Sullivans romance series. Release Date: February 25, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 384 Target audience: adult Keywords: movie business, sisters, family, San Francisco Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (thanks!) Last reviewed: Let Me Be the One with BUY […]

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April 1, 2014 - 1:50 pm

Jessica - I just read this book and honestly, I skipped over every single screenplay insert. I didn’t care! I wanted to get back to Smith and Valentina!!!

March 29, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve three Sullivan romances, and I’ve liked them all. I love how Andre focuses so much on family too. I shoudl really jump back in on the Sullivan train. It’s been a couple months since I’ve read one.

I’m glad you liked Smith’s story, because he is definitely one Sullivan I’ve been interested in.

March 28, 2014 - 11:28 pm

Alexa S. - This series sounds like it would be so fun to read! I love that this one has that whole movie star aspect to it, and your thoughts on the story have got me curious about finding out when and how these two make it happen. (Because it does happen, right? RIGHT?)

Estelle: The Chance by Robyn Carr (Thunder Point Series)

The Chance by Robyn Carr ( web | tweet ) Part of the Thunder Point series. Publication Date: February 25, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 368 Target audience: Adult Keywords: father/daughters, romance, small towns Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Last book I reviewed by Carr: The Hero Summary: After getting to know Thunder Point in a professional […]

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June 27, 2014 - 9:01 am

The Promise (Thunder Point) by Robyn Carr - […] big families Format read: ARC paperback from Little Bird Publicity. (Thanks!) We last reviewed: The Chance by Robyn […]

February 27, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Alexa S. - I have a soft spot for the Thunder Point series, mostly because I really do love the characters and the setting. I can’t wait to read The Chance, just because it would be fun to revisit everyone and get to know these two a little better. Great interview too! I’d totally hang out at Cooper’s place or the diner.

February 26, 2014 - 7:21 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - I tried to read a Robyn Carr book (from her Virgin River series) but could not get into it for the life of me. 🙁 Usually I’m okay with romances that have minimal plots – it just leaves more room for the characters and relationship – but it was just toooo slow for me.

February 25, 2014 - 6:32 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I haven’t read any of Robin Carr’s books, but I am very curious about them. I think the covers always look so dreamy.

Estelle: If You Were Mine by Bella Andre

If You Were Mine by Bella Andre ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: October 29, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: Target audience: Adult/romance fans Keywords: animals, big families, family secrets, unlikely friendships Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Other books by Bella Andre: I Only Have Eyes for You | Kissing Under the […]

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November 24, 2013 - 11:51 am

Shelve It: A Pepper Photobomb (Plus Books), Estelle - […] review of IF YOU WERE MINE by Bella […]

November 19, 2013 - 9:00 pm

Alexa Y. - I just LOVE that the dog is named Cuddles! It makes me think of an adorable puppy (even though she’s described as a terror). But yes, this romance sounds really good, especially because it starts off with both parties thinking that there’s nothing else but friends with benefits to it! Glad you enjoyed it.

Estelle: Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols

Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols ( web | tweet ) Part of the Stargazer series. Publication Date: October 29, 2013 Publisher: Pocket Books Pages: 478 Target audience: Adult/romance Keywords: country band, secrets, PR company Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss! (Thanks!) Summary: Sarah is just about divorced from her husband and trying out a […]

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November 4, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Alexa Y. - Playing Dirty sounds like it would be such a fun read! I think it’s cool that the PR girl in this one is taking on the pressure of making sure the band stays together and makes their gig. There’s something about people managing bands, or anything related to music actually, that makes a book so much more attractive! This sounds flirty and fun for sure 🙂

October 28, 2013 - 9:59 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m sorry to say that I just don’t care for Jennifer Echols’ books. Well, I did really like Major Crush. It was funny, and there was lots of romance, and I just loved it. But I absolutely hated Love Story, and wasn’t all that impressed with The One That I Want. But so many bloggers seem to love her books, so I’m not sure what I’m missing. I love romance, so that’s not the problem.

Anyway, I’m glad you liked Playing Dirty for the most part.

Estelle: I Only Have Eyes For You by Bella Andre

I Only Have Eyes for You by Bella Andre ( web | tweet ) Part of The Sullivans series. Publication Date: September 24, 2013 (paperback) Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 378 Target audience: Adult / romance fans Keywords: childhood crushes, weddings, family Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary: Sophie has had her eye on […]

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November 18, 2013 - 9:00 am

If You Were Mine by Bella Andre (Romance Review) - […] friendships Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Other books by Bella Andre: I Only Have Eyes for You | Kissing Under the […]

September 18, 2013 - 3:23 am

Alexa Y. - I haven’t read any Bella Andre books yet, but it certainly sounds like I ought to based simply on this review! I too have a soft spot for stories about childhood crushes that last through adulthood, so this sounds like it will be PERFECT for me to read.

September 17, 2013 - 10:32 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - This does sound like an awesome romance. I think I may have the Christmas book in this series from NG. I like the San Francisco setting I spy on the cover too. Thanks for the rec! Definitely sounds like a good romance series to binge on.

September 17, 2013 - 1:15 am

Bookworm1858 - I do get kind of annoyed when the hero thinks he’s not good enough for the heroine but it sounds like that’s not too frustrating here. Also love that Sophie is a librarian (yay for characters who read!)

September 16, 2013 - 7:24 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - Ooooh! I just read the first in this series over the weekend and it was delicious. I was actually wondering how many more there are, and I just checked that this is #4 (correct?) So 4 more to go. Awesome. Love these sexy Sullivans. I like seeing Sophie because she’s not quite so whorish as her brothers (gosh, they must have slept through most of San Francisco by now). Anyway, I agree to loving when characters get together who already have a childhood bond. It makes the tension that much more stronger sometimes. Looking forward to reading this one! Great review.

September 16, 2013 - 6:39 pm

Hannah - It wasn’t “nobody puts baby in the corner”, but I will still send you a high five all the way from rainy England for getting Dirty Dancing in there!
Really good review, will have to add this one to my ever growing TBR pile 🙂

September 16, 2013 - 2:01 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been so curious about Bella Andre’s books for awhile. I keep seeing them around on other blogs, but I don’t read a ton of adult romance anymore (I used to read them ALL THE TIME while I was in college). Now I’m all about the teen romance. I’m not sure what that says about me 🙂

But I am a huge sucker for childhood crushes turned adult crushes too!! And yay for librarian main character! I need to look into this one.

September 16, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Anna - TOTALLY just requested this at the library. Cannot wait — thanks for the heads up! 🙂

September 16, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - FAB REVIEW, E!!! I had a lot of fun reading this book and getting your texts! haha I laughed out loud when I got that gym text, lol. I’m so glad you enjoyed this as much as I did. I know you’ll really like the others. 🙂

Estelle: Three Little Words by Susan Mallery

Three Little Words by Susan Mallery ( web | tweet ) Part of the Fool’s Gold series. Publication Date: July 30, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 360 Target audience: Adult; romance fans Keywords: childhood love, opposites attract, post-military life, small towns Format read: eBook received from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary: Isabel was heartbroken when her […]

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August 12, 2013 - 12:03 am

Melissa - I loved Fold and Isabel’s story. Denise was a hoot, but felt really bad for Ford & his brother. I can not wait for new books to come out!!

August 8, 2013 - 2:46 pm

Tanya C. - This was one of the best in the series! IMO it is a very close second to last summer’s All Summer Long. The scenes are funny, steamy and heartwarming. Another winner for Susan Mallery – LOVE HER! And there is a bonus romance within!

August 5, 2013 - 9:50 am

Maria - This book was wonderful and was a great way to finish this summer’s Fool’s Gold series! Isabel and Ford are just perfect together and I just love the chemistry between them!

August 4, 2013 - 8:25 pm

shannon ferguson - I loved three little words!!! Like another commenter said, loved it was a 2 for 1 romance lol

August 2, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Jackie Delude - It’s a another summer hit that sizzles by Susan Mallery!

Wow, talk about having a wonderful summer! Susan Mallery does it again with Three Little Words. How could you not love Ford Hendrix and Isabel Beebe? They have to be some of her best characters yet. Isabel was in love with Ford when she was just 14 years old and he was engaged to her sister. After things fell through with Isabel’s sister Ford leaves Fool’s Gold for the Navy and doesn’t return till many years later. You could say fate has brought them back into town at the same time and allows Isabel her chance at her first and only love. This book also gives you the story about Consuelo and Kent Hendrix with their story. What a wonderful book and a great way to end the summer!

July 31, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Lesley - I loved Three Little Words. This year’s Fool’s Gold trilogy has been the best!

July 30, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - HOORAY FOR THE HEAT WAVE. I love hot. I need to go back to Fool’s Gold for a little while. I’ve been dipping my feet in the adult contemps everywhere lately. Need to frolic on back to this place for a while. Yep.

July 30, 2013 - 10:29 am

julie barrett - I also read this and found it to be a hot steamy read. Just when I think I’ve read the best Susan puts out another book and it’s even hotter. If anybody needs a $1 off coupon for a paperback copy, let me know.

Julie

July 28, 2013 - 10:58 pm

Kortney - So glad that you loved the book. I totally found this book relatable too. I have to agree i liked how she incorporated Kent’s story into the book! Can’t wait to see what type of stories come with the football players coming to town!

July 28, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Dee - Great review!! Ford was such a likeable guy, sweet, sexy and caring!! The letters were such a great way to start the book off, as you seen Isobel transform from a young girl into a young woman. Doesn’t everybody keep their romance letters!?

July 28, 2013 - 9:08 pm

Shannon - I loved Susan Mallery’s Three little Words! Ford’s story was a great ending to the bodyguard’s trilogy. It is a must read for summer fun!

July 28, 2013 - 6:34 pm

Shari - I love all the Fool’s Gold books. Three Little Words comes out this coming Tuesday. This is the story of Isabel and Ford, plus an added romance of Kent and Consuelo. You will not be disappointed in this book. Loved it!

July 28, 2013 - 1:37 pm

Patsy T - Three Little Words is like a breath of fresh air. I love the simply getting to know each other again and fall in love. I love that not everyone is perfect. I really liked the 2 for 1 romance. You’ve just got to read it!

July 27, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence - THREE LITTLE WORDS is what started it all for me after all. As far as the Fool’s Gold series anyway. This one was just so adorable with a substantial amount of yumminess to it. I enjoyed seeing Isabel struggle with her feelings, her sexuality, her grief over her marriage, making her feel real. And FORD. I love the bad boy who doesn’t think he can ever fall in love line. And like you I love the “reunion” story lines as well. *fist-bumps* for Fool’s Gold solidarity. 😀

ALSO: “I tried to unsend it but that function did not exist then.”
It exists NOW?!? xD

July 25, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Alexa Y. - So, what you’re saying is… I need to read this book? Because yes, I will do that. I enjoy a good romance! Even though I’m technically more partial to historical as opposed to contemporary, this one sounds really, really good. Reunion stories are usually a hit with me!

July 25, 2013 - 2:14 pm

Daphne - I loved this one too. I loved how Ford was so easy going and laid back. I also loved how he could quote her letters to her. He was a sweetie. 🙂 great review.

July 25, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Anna - Ooh I want to read this! Thanks for sharing 🙂