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?

As 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.

The Sullivans series is made up of several connecting series which all connect in one fashion or another.  To see the complete listing of all titles in The Sullivans please visit the Bella Andre page.

Titles in the San Francisco Sullivans series include:  The Look of Love -From This Moment on – Can’t Help Falling In Love – I Only Have Eyes For You – If You Were Mine – Let Me Be The One – Come A Little Bit Closer – Always On My Mind – Kissing Under the Mistletoe

Title:  The Look of Love
Series:  San Francisco Sullivans #1
Author:  Bella Andre
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  June 13, 2011
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Thanks to some gift card giving relatives this Christmas I’m finally going to get caught up on all the Sullivans series.  Some will be re-reads to get me into the series again but I’m going to have some binge reading fun for the next while.

The Look of Love started off the series exactly as I expected it to – with some world building, introduction of the cast of characters that will be a part of most books in one way or another and a romance to capture my heart and attention from the start.  Chase has an amazing family, with quirks and issues like all families, but this one is his and it’s pretty amazing.  After their father’s death his older brother Marcus and his mother stepped up and pulled them all through some tough times.  Now they’re all adults, each finding their place in their chosen professions.  Maybe love has passed them by so far but that’s for the future.  Until Chase meets his future on the side of the road in a wrecked car with troubles he never expected.

I believe there are people who come into our lives that we instinctively know on some level are going to be important to us.  I don’t know if I’d call it love at first sight, maybe more of an awareness that could grow into love rather quickly.  When Chase first encounters Chloe there is that sense that this person is going to be important.  The more he tries to help the more she tries to pull away.  It’s obvious that she’s running from someone, the bruise on her face didn’t come from the car accident.  But Chloe has learned to keep her thoughts to herself.  I liked Chloe very much.  She’s learned lessons the hard way, she’s been through hell and come out the other side.  Unfortunately the man who abused her, the man she’s escaped through divorce isn’t about to let her go – so she’s running.  But it feels good to settle for a night, a day, or maybe a few.  Just to heal and perhaps learn to trust again.

Chase and Chloe definitely have chemistry, but also tenderness as well.  As a couple they fit, but there are issues to get through.  I found their romance to be intriguing and realistic.  I relate to characters if I can believe in what they’re facing when it’s presented in a believable way.  Oh, there is most definitely steam between them, but underneath there is also love… a love that can be patient enough to let Chloe make the choices, steady enough to be there even when her choices are not what Chase wants at the time.  So, yeah, I kind of fell in love with this couple and found their story to be an excellent way to meet the Sullivans.  I’d recommend The Look of Love to any Romance reader who likes their love stories steamy, realistic, with a couple worth fighting for – add in a unique, close knit family and you’ll have a treasure on your hands.

I own a Kindle copy of this story.

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