Friday, August 26, 2011

Alice's Review: The Look of Love

The Look of Love (Chase & Chloe - The Sullivans Book 1 - Contemporary Romance)
Summary:  Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she’s convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he's a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he’s home in San Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is—until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing to move mountains to love—and protect—her, but will she let him?

Chloe vows never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Only, with every loving look Chase gives her—and every sinfully sweet caress—as the attraction between them sparks and sizzles, she can’t help but wonder if she’s met the only exception. And although Chase didn’t realize his life was going to change forever in an instant, amazingly, he isn’t the least bit interested in fighting that change. Instead, he’s gearing up for a different fight altogether…for Chloe’s heart.

Review: I was very excited to win The Look of Love by Bella Andre from the Member Giveaway section of LibraryThing. I have been on a bit of a romance kick lately and I was stoked to read this one.

We all know how romance novels start and end, it’s the middle that makes or breaks them. The Look of Love was pretty much solid throughout. I enjoyed the chemistry between Chase and Chloe. I liked the California wine country setting and I especially loved Ms. Andre’s vivid description of the winery and house. I had a real sense of being there.

This novel is the first novel in Bella Andre’s Sullivan series. It reminds me a bit of Julie Garwood’s Buchanans except of instead of law enforces the Sullivans are actors and photographers and vintners. They are rich and famous. The other thing that’s different is sex. Lots and lots of dirty, nasty, makes you blush and hide your book from your fellow train passengers kind of sex. It also makes you wish for your very own Chase Sullivan. Nudge nudge, wink wink.

It’s not all eye popping. There were a few things missing. I believe Ms. Andre tried to introduce conflict between Chase and Chloe, but it fell a little flat. There wasn’t any real angst between them. Additionally, I wish both Chase and Chloe weren’t as perfect as they were portrayed. They were missing that little realism quality that would have taken this novel from good to great.

Overall, she has me hooked, and not because of the blush inducing love scenes between our couple. I’m hooked because I want to know what happens to the next brother, and the one after that, and then their sister, and the one…well, you get the picture.

Final Take: 3/5



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