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.