Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on August 28, 2012
What can I say about Bella Andre’s The Sullivans…just wowzars! Is that even a word? Bella Andre can weave a big family like no one I know! You feel like you are a part of the family, experiencing the highs and lows along with each and everyone of them. Ryan and Vicki are the latest additions to the Sullivans who have found love in Let Me Be the One.
Ryan Sullivan has always had a crush on Vicki Bennett from the day she “saved” him. Being teenagers though, it’s harder to get over asking someone out rather than being their best friend. Every time Ryan makes an attempt to show Vicki how he feels, he finds her in a situation that precludes him from going through. Throwing himself into baseball seems to be the only course. But now Vicki needs him, and Ryan will do everything he can to help her.
Vicki grew up with a crush on Ryan, but never thought he would return her feelings. Not one to sit back and allow things to happen to her, she moves on with her life, marries, moves abroad and subsequently divorces. Now back in San Francisco, she is trying to make her mark on the art world and get out of her ex-husband’s shadow, who is also an artist. When she goes after a fellowship, she inadvertently gets into a bad position where she needs Ryan’s help.
To get Vicki out of a sticky situation, Ryan agrees to play her boyfriend, when he wants so much more that just playacting. Both are hiding behind being scared of ruining their friendship if they ever really tried to enter into a deeper emotional relationship. Sacrifices on both sides must be made before a long term relationship can move forward.
Ryan is a baseball player, so we get to see just how easy baseball comes to him. He loves it and its not as much of a job as something he loves doing each day. But along with that career comes the publicity that Vicki doesn’t want to be part of. Throw in one of the fellowship board members threatening her, he ex-husband causing problems and a need to finally find recognition for herself, Vicki has a lot to consider before falling for the one man who has been her best friend.
This is a wickedly sexy book, with both hero and heroine doing a lot of soul baring and searching. I love stories of hidden love that go on for a long time, only to finally hit the wall. These two to everyone were an obvious match made in heaven. It just took being thrown together for them to realize it themselves.