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 *affiliate
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. 



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73 Responses to “Always On My Mind by Bella Andre”

  1. 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!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I adore her. She has such wonderful characters Lindy!

  2. 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 🙂

  3. aurian

    Amazing review Kimba, thank you. Every book I read in this series is my new favourite, I have to catch up with this family soon.

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  4. Lauren

    “A sexy, brooding cowboy isn’t enough?” UM YES THAT IS ENOUGH! 🙂 *makes grabby hands* I need to meet Grayson soon! Lovely review!!

  5. Christy

    What? Farm on the California coast? Must be the Salinas area! Okay, can this be read as a stand-alone, because I’m willing to overcome my disorder to read this with reading the 1st 7.

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  6. 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 😉

  7. Michelle

    The 8th book? I seriously need to catch up on the previous 7 couples. Great review! You made the book so tempting that I’m going to start the ball rolling by getting the first book.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!!

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  10. Katherine

    This sounds so good! Great review. I’ve never heard of this series but I’m putting this on my TBR list right now. Thanks – well kind of. The last thing my creaking TBR shelf needs is another series!

    • 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

  11. Trish

    Sounds like so much fun. I still haven’t read this author but you have more than convinced me. LOL at wanting to buy a farm 😉 I get those crazy notions after books too!

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  12. Glass

    I have first two books on my e-reader and I really need to read them already. I’m glad that you’re such a fan of The Sullivans, I hope I’ll like them too.
    Great review.

  13. Lupdilup

    I was so tempted to get this this morning, but you can easily guess what I’m heading right now… LOL audible, that’s for sure. I’m more than sold 🙂

    • Lupdilup

      I got it! I was going to get the last book, I was just in the mood for something like this. It has great ratings on audible, I see why 🙂
      Thank you Kimba.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hehehe…I got my credit today and it’s like having a dollar at the candy store..What to get? What to get? LOL

  14. Braine Talk Supe

    You know cowboys aren’t my thing but you also know that I want to try this series. Still haven’t gotten round to it, can’t find the time to do so. Awesome gushing!

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  15. 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.

    • 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

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

  16. 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!

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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. 😉

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  19. Debbie Haupt

    Kimba, I’ve kept up with your reviews of Bella’s novels and each one got high marks. I’ve interviewed her and her books are on my pile but I think I may need to dig down and pull one out finally. Thanks for the great review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  20. Ginny

    Hello cowboy! Wowza! I know you love the Sullivan’s so saying this one was your favorite is big time praise. Can the series be read out of order? I’m really wanting to get to know this cowboy. 🙂 Shhh….don’t tell my dh.

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Brandi, I believe in fate and stars aligning 🙂

  23. 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!

  24. Mary

    A sexy, brooding cowboy — especially a nekkid one taking a bath — is ALWAYS enough.

  25. Franny

    I admit I haven’t read the rest of your post because you had me at ‘sexy, brooding cowboy’, LOL
    This goes definitely onto my pile!! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  26. Amy

    Wow, this books sounds great! I love romances set in small towns or farms. I don’t know what it is about them, but they’re always sweet stories. And it’s great to hear that this one has plenty of humor too!