Always On My Mind by Bella Andre

April 22nd, 2014 Kimberly Review 73 Comments

22nd Apr
Always On My Mind by Bella Andre
Always On My Mind
by Bella Andre
Series: The Sullivans #8
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Can you find forever…a second time? After a tragic loss three years ago, Grayson Tyler leaves his life in New York City behind and starts over in the rolling hills of the California coast. He's convinced himself that all he'll ever need again is the blue sky, a thousand acres of pasture and the crashing waves of the ocean. That is, until the day Lori Sullivan barges into his life and promptly blows his emotionless and solitary world to shreds. Her passion and fire drive him crazy, as only a woman nicknamed Naughty can. But will Lori be able to convince him that it's safe to love her…and that forever isn't actually out of reach?

I am back to share the eighth book in the Sullivans series by Bella Andre. Always on My Mind features Lori Sullivan the ballerina whom her siblings nicknamed, Naughty. Mini review: Heated, romantic, hilarious, and gave me the “feels”.

Grayson Tyler, coastal farm, and heated kisses during a thunderstorm…
Read it. That. Is. All. 

Grayson, Always on My Mind

What? Do you want more details? A sexy, brooding cowboy isn’t enough?

Grayson suffered a tragedy three years ago that had him leaving his former life in New York City and moving to the rolling hills of the California coastline. He runs a small farm and sells local. He has cut himself off from the world and built walls around his heart both from grief and guilt.

Lori Sullivan is a successful dancer and runs her own show. She is also really bad at picking boyfriends and has spent the last two years on and off again with a man who sees her as an opportunity for his own advancement. *shake head* She is a city girl, loves the spotlight and dresses in heels.

These two should never have crossed paths but fate intervened.

Lori isn’t ready to face her family and decides to hit the road and hold up somewhere for a while to lick her wounds and reassess her career/life. A rental car, a question and an ad in small corner store all play a hand in guiding Lori to Grayson’s farm.

The tale that unfolds in Always on My Mind was hilarious and filled with sexual tension. Andre gave us some of the most romantic moments. EVER! I laughed so hard I had tears streaming down my face. I fell hard for Grayson, and wanted Lori to find the happy her siblings have. While the romance could be dubbed insta-love, Andrea has this incredible way of making it all feel genuine, natural and delicious. The heat, passion and tender moments set against farmland on the California coast just added to the tale. Daily farm life and critters made for hilarious and tearful moments. Wait till you meet the herd!  I consumed this in a single evening and immediately ate a truffle as I contemplated convincing my husband we need to buy a farm.

Still not convinced about Always on My Mind? I have read all eight books in the Sullivan series to date, and Always on My Mind was the best of the bunch. I had the feels, fell in love, shed a tear and had my heart filled with happiness and laughter. All of the books in this series work as standalone but as one of my favorite romantic series I totally recommend you read them all.

My new book boyfriend is Grayson Tyler. 



About Bella Andre

Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine ”Red Hot Reads” twice, have been translated into ten languages, and her Sullivan books are already 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. 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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73 Responses to “Always On My Mind by Bella Andre”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo you are in for a good time Finley :)I love this family.

  1. Nick

    That picture of that hottie was more than enough to convince me to read this one, Kim. You didn’t even need to write a review. I’m sure that’s going to convince a few people to give this a shot! 😉
    I have this whole series on my TBR list so that when I go home for the summer I can read them, but I think I’m going to start with this one. Your enthusiasm for Grayson (I mean the book :P)definitely got to me!
    Lovely review! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      These are perfect for summer Nick and yes that cowboy is a favorite of mine and I decided he fit Greyson perfectly!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Brandi, I believe in fate and stars aligning 🙂

  2. kindlemom1

    Hello sexy cowboy!

    You know, I was just going through my books last night and saw a paperback of one of the books in this series and decided I really needed to pick this series back up and start it again, I just know I am missing out on a lot.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ali I have loved them all, these are feel good reads with a little heat 🙂

  3. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I don’t read a lot of romances anymore…although most of my reads, whether mystery or something else, have a little bit of romance in them.

    This one does sound captivating. The series aspect puts me off a bit, but I might have to give this one a try.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I read them all, but like you love romantic suspense or side dish romances..but this series with siblings has just rocked.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, Andre fills you in enough that you can jump in. I guarantee you will back-track afterwards!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      She makes me smile, laugh and sigh every time and Greyson..yum!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      They are fun, and I love this family. All of the romances have been delightful with equal parts heat and humor!

  4. Michelle

    Oh wow, new book boyfriend! Laughing and romance. Those are my two favorite things in books. This is not a series that I would normally go for, but you have sold me on it.

    Great review Kimba. I can’t wait to meet greyson. 😉

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      There is a little heat Michelle, but isn’t too detailed. I giggle, and smile the whole time I am reading these!

  5. Jenea

    Something about the name Grayson just screams to me and he’s a brooding cowboy, I need me one of them. 🙂 This sounds delightful, and I am glad that you enjoyed it.

  6. Siiri

    Whoop! 5 stars, yay! AND HOLY SHIT THAT GUY IS HOT HAHA. Wow! I love dancing and I used to dance, 8 years at that so I’m always up for a dancer to lead the show 🙂 I love how differet these two are and I imagine lots and lots of chemistry and wohoo for great romantic moments 🙂 so happy you enjoyed!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Seriously right, I have had him as a screen and now he has a name!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Candace, as always Andre gave us characters to love.

  7. Carmel

    YAY! I finally made it onto your blog, in Chrome no less. LOL Sorry if I freaked you out this morning, but I’d want someone to tell me if they had problems with my site so… 🙂 And yes, a sexy, brooding cowboy most definitely IS enough, but I read your full review anyway. Sounds like a smexy read.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      No worries, since the last WP update my blog has been running crappy, but Greyson had me smiling all day! Ooo and I am the same way..I want to know :) thanks!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I know I am still trying to recover but I am glad you are going to try the series. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      *fangirling with you* I am glad this was your favorite too. I still smile just thinking about it 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes books influence you! I have wanted a craft shop, a bookstore, to live in the mountains and shore..etc, etc, etc.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      If I didn’t know that you will soon be smiling when you start this series I would feel guilty..but nope this series is one of my favorites! Enjoy Katherine

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have mad love for this series, but this was the perfect blend of sweet, heat and humor 🙂

  8. Michele-A Belle's Tales

    Oooo, hellooo, Mr. Sexy Cowboy! A five-star read that gave you all the feels and a new book boyfriend? Yeppers Peppers, the Sullivan series is going on my TBR. I absolutely love a story about fate intervening to bring two characters who are complete opposites together. Your enthusiasm over this one is contagious, my friend — awesome review!!

  9. Melliane

    oh the story sounds really cute! It’s been a while since I read a cowboy book but I love them. I confess I’m curious about the hilarious moments. The couple sounds perfect together and it’s nice that the insta-love isn’t a problem here.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love a good mix of humor and romance and this was such fun.

  10. Jessica

    This is another series (like the Kowalskis) that I’ve got SEVERAL installments of . . . like half a dozen at LEAST. With this one being the best so far, I think I definitely need to stop putting the Sullivans off 😉

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      totally! read it, and then go back and read the others:)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hahaha I am the same way, but really loved this one!

  11. Lark

    I just finished this a day or two ago, and really enjoyed the story and characters! It’s my first foray into Bella Andre. I will admit that I’d have preferred a little less page-time on their physical relationship and more on what happens in their day-to-day lives, but Lori is a terrific person and seeing her determination to heal both herself and Grayson warmed my heart.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ah, yeah her books are a little sexier, but she writes them really well. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  12. Lindy

    I know how much you love Bella Andrea! This sounds like another winner of hers! Sometimes insta-love can work, and in this case it sounds like it was successful! I like that it had a lot of levity, and humorous moments. The farm setting sounds like it could lead to some interesting moments, especially with the animals. Wonderful Review Kim!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I adore her. She has such wonderful characters Lindy!