by Bella Andre
Series: The Sullivans #6
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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How far would you go for a friend? Back in San Francisco preparing for her big art show, Vicki Bennett needs help protecting herself and her career from the unwelcome advances of one of the judges. She knows that her longtime friend and baseball star, Ryan Sullivan, will know just how to handle things, and he's the only person she can imagine asking for help. Ryan is thrilled to have Vicki back in his life, and he will do anything to protect her from harm, including playing the role of pretend boyfriend. But when their staged kisses and caresses lead to an incredibly sensual night, they both worry that they may have damaged their friendship forever. Have they made the worst mistake possible? Or is the perfect combination of friendship and love finally within reach?
You may or may not know this, but I am a baseball fan. *go Phillies*, so I was excited to crack open, Let Me Be The One, the sixth book in Bella Andre’s Sullivan series. This novel features baseball star, Ryan Sullivan and a friendship to lover’s trope that made me melt into a puddle of mush. Mini-review: a hot, sweet romance with loveable down to earth characters.
Ryan is at a family picnic when he gets a frantic text from his best friend from high school, Vicki Bennett. She is in trouble and needs his help. Vicki is back in San Francisco preparing for an art show competition and trying to ward off the advances of one of the judges. Ryan steps in and pretends to be her boyfriend. As these two friends reconnect, old never explored feelings emerge, and the tale that unfolds is warm, funny and romantic.
All of the Sullivan men are sweet and smexy, and Ryan is no exception. Vicki is still trying to find herself after a messy divorce from a man who emotionally messed with her head. Having Ryan step in to help her is a godsend, only her old feelings for him make things confusing. I loved how Andre peeled back their friendship, exposing information about the two of them and their feelings. It felt very realistic and touched me. The chemistry between them is excellent and electric. The rest of the Sullivan family makes an appearance, offer opinions and add to the tale in general. It is always a pleasure getting updates on them. The art competition introduces us to some secondary characters, and they helped further the plot.
Let Me Be The One was a delicious read. The friendship to lover’s trope is one of my favorites and when you weave in an arrangement and complicate it with a media star things get interesting. Andre created scrumptious sexual tension and some scenes that left me weak in the knee. I loved seeing these two expose themselves and take a chance. We see growth in the characters. Vicki finds herself and Ryan takes a leap. The Sullivan series has become one of my favorites, and I cannot wait for the next book.
Fans of loveable, fleshed out characters, family and hot romances will delight in Let Me Be The One. While this is part of the Sullivan series, it can be read as a standalone. The next book, Come a Little Bit Closer, features movie star, Smith Sullivan with a release date of February 25, 2014.
I love friendship to love tropes too! I get to avoid the super alpha/angry hero characters that you know I hate so much.
This entire series is filled with good guys
I’m not big into sports, but baseball is one of the few I enjoy watching. I should try a romance with a baseball star hero, plus Bella Andre’s books sound so good!
Andre’s books are similar to Robyn Carr with more heat 🙂
Another book I need to add to my ever growing list! Thanks for the review!
I love this series 🙂
I want to read this one, but I haven’t gotten it yet. I think I need to mail Bookdepository about it …
It doesn’t release until December 31st 🙂
That’s great you liked this one! I do love well-rounded characters.
This series has been such fun
Friends to lovers may be my favorite trope,too! I am looking forward to reading this. Thanks for the review!
Melissa (Books and Things)
Yep, another one I need to read by this author. 🙂 Plus, this one has art! 😀 So doubly sure I will read it. Stop eeet! You are making me want to read out of order! 😀
Braine Talk Supe
I don’t think I can catch up with this series, she’s churning this books like crazy! I have some books, grabbed it when it was free. Can I read this as stand-alone? I need a go-to fell good contemporary romance author that won’t torture me.
To clarify, these all previously published I believe in eBook only and were an international success. Then HQN signed a deal with her, they were revamped and recovered for paperback. Which is what I am reviewing..so I don’t think they published quite as quickly the first time..LOL However, each will work as a standalone and focuses on one sibling’s romance.
Awe Kimba, what a great review for a romance addict like myself. Who couldn’t love those Sullivans
Agreed they are such a neat family and I enjoy watching each of them fall 🙂
I like the friends to lovers trope as well. I’m glad you’re still enjoying this series!
Thanks Candace 🙂
Glad you have been enjoying this series, it certainly does sound like a good one.
thanks Jenea 🙂
I definitely enjoy the friends-to-lovers trope. Plus, when the author can write in great sexual tension, I’m in!
I love me some sexual tension..LOL
Yeah friends to lovers trope! I never get tired of it Kim, and it just always makes me happy because I’m more invested in the relationship from the beginning knowing they have a past together. Definitely going to have to give this series a try!
Oh I imagine you will enjoy this series 🙂
I love that you are so caught up on this series Kim, it really is a great one!
I know right..and I will be sad when they end.
Victoria (aka Zemfirka)
I really like the fact that even though this is a series it can be read as stand alone books. That’s always nice, especially for ppl like me, who haven’t read the first 5! 😉
The blurb did not grab me and I am into football, not baseball, soooo… But I am happy you liked this one so much.
thanks Jennifer 🙂
All these Bella Andre books I have not read
Yes we need to fix that 🙂