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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review/Giveaway: Can't Help Falling In Love by Bella Andre

Title: Can't Help Falling In Love
Series: The Sullivans Book 3
Author: Bella Andre
Published: 2011
Format: Print copy provided by Media Muscle

Gabe Sullivan risks his life every day as a firefighter in San Francisco. But after learning a brutal lesson about professional boundaries, he knows better than to risk his heart to his fire victims ever again. Especially the brave mother and daughter he saved from a deadly apartment fire...and can't stop thinking about.

Megan Harris knows she owes the heroic firefighter everything for running into a burning building to save her and her seven-year-old daughter. Everything except her heart. Because after losing her navy pilot husband five years ago, she has vowed to never suffer through loving - and losing - a man with a dangerous job again.

Only, when Gabe and Megan meet again and uncontrollable flames of desire ignite between them, how can he possibly ignore her courage, determination, and beauty? And how can she deny not only his strong bond with her daughter.but the way his sweetly sensual kisses are challenging her to risk everything she's been guarding for so long?

This winter, if one - or both - of them aren't careful, they just might end up falling in love.

Wow. First Chase, then Marcus. Now its all Gabe. The Sullivan story continues here in book three, Can’t Help Falling In Love.

Gabe is a fireman, and a damn good one. And the day that he hears there is a woman and her child in the building, he thinks nothing of going in to get them. That’s how the book starts, and let me tell you – you think Bella Andre is a romance author, but you read that whole beginning section and you will feel the heat of the fire at your back. She did a fabulous job, I was scared half to death for these people. Aside from being a fireman, Gabe is a good guy. And the woman and her daughter, Megan and Summer, turn his world upside down.

Megan is a single mom, so of course, I love her already. There were instant sparks with her and Gabe, even in the middle of the fire. I really enjoyed watching Megan go from this in control single mom, to this woman who was being swept off her feet and she didn’t even realize it. There were times that her negative attitude toward love kind of brought me down, and she wasn’t alone. Gabe’s did too. I wanted to tell the both of them to take a chance, because love was right there!

Whew. Ok. The heat. Gabe is one sexy as hell Sullivan. I was right when I thought he’d take over Marcus’s place as my favorite. I love how he gets so jealous when he thinks Megan is attracted to one of his brothers. And there were some incredibly sweet and romantic things Gabe did - like a certain picnic. You will have to read it to see, but oh boy, you will see! Ahem. These two have some serious chemistry, and when they get together you feel it right along with them. Every time was this intense explosion, and different from the time before. I loved how these two kept saying they shouldn’t – couldn’t – be together, but they couldn’t keep their hands off each other.

Compelled to be as honest as they'd been in her kitchen after they'd given in to desire for way too short a time, he said, "I want you.  And if youw ere anyone else, I wouldn't be leaving right now."  Her eyes went wide at the shock of his flat-out admission. "But I already know and like you and Summer well enough to know we can't just sleep together."

"No, " she said quickly, even more breathlessly, "we can't"

Wanting her more with every word they spoke about the hot sex they weren't goign to have, he said, "I'd better go now."

"Yes, " she whispered, "you should go."
But then, instead of leaving, he was reaching out and pulling her against him, his hands on the swell of her hops. "One last kiss."

Bella’s writing is superb. This story is absolutely a five star read. I can’t recommend this series enough. The books do standalone, but I recommend starting from the beginning. Couples from previous stories make their way into each new book, and the cameos give me a little thrill. In fact, I have a suspicion about what might be going on with a previous couple, but I’m going to stay tight lipped about that one. Either way, the Sullivans are quickly rising up on my list of favorite families.

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Having sold more than 1.5 million books, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Bella Andre’s novels have appeared on Top 5 lists at Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. After signing a groundbreaking 7-figure print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA, Bella’s Sullivan series will be released in paperback in a major global English language launch in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia in continuous back-to-back releases from June 2013 through April 2014.

Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine ”Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into nine languages, and her Sullivan books are already Top 20 bestsellers in Brazil. 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, The Wall Street Journal, and most recently in TIME Magazine. She has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in 2012 on her self-publishing success.

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.

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I also have the pleasure of offering a giveaway courtesy of the wonderful people at Media Muscle and BookTrib!  I have one PRINT copy of Can't Help Falling In Love to giveaway to one US resident!  Good luck!

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