Review: Can’t Help Falling In Love by Bella Andre

Posted November 14, 2012 by Shari in Reviews / 1 Comment

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Review: Can’t Help Falling In Love by Bella Andre
Can't Help Falling In Love

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Series: The Sullivans #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on November 25, 2013
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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I knew I would love this book the moment I picked it up and saw the heroine was named Megan. I love that name…and actually named my first child Megan! So that is off topic, let’s get to the review.

When Gabe Sullivan pulls a mother and daughter from their burning apartment, Gabe has to put up walls to keep from falling in love with the brave women. Having been burned (figuratively) from falling in love with a fire victim, Gabe can’t let himself fall in love with someone who will hero worship him. But slowly a little by little the two women, Megan and Summer, break down the walls to his heart, even if Megan doesn’t want to put a chink in them.

Megan Harris has been doing good for the last five years since her husband died. Raising her daughter, who is now seven, has been the bright spot in her life. Her dead husband was a thrill seeker who died flying his fighter plane. When Megan goes to thank Gabe, she is attracted to him, but she doesn’t plan to get involved with another man who is out looking for thrills and adrenaline rushes.

The two are thrown together time after time until passion takes over for them and decides their fate. But before the two can come together, Megan needs to let down her walls protecting from most things in life and Gabe needs to help Megan realize they have a love that doesn’t happen often in life. Take a chance.

What I love about this series is family. Family is a big part of the Sullivans’ life with six brothers and two sisters, they kept their mother well on her toes. While they may fight, they stand by each other. Also, there is quite the variety of careers in this family. The first two books there was a photographer and then a winery owner. Now we have the fire fighter.

Being a firefighter, Gabe is perceived as being a thrill seeker, which is not what I saw when he was saving people. He wasn’t reckless. He knew what the risks were and did what he could to save lives. This was the problem I had with Megan. She couldn’t get past what she saw as a thrill seeking career in Gabe. Her husband was a fighter pilot who died a senseless death, not in combat nor in training. So Megan has closed herself up and spends the time being the best parent to Summer she can be.

Gabe is what you want in a man. He is honest, hardworking, great with kids and oh can’t he curl your toes in bed. Through all the Sullivan series, I have notice these men have the patience of saints when they find the woman they love. While Megan continually tries to end their relationship, Gabe doesn’t accept it, but he never throws it in her face. He just quietly keeps chipping at her walls until she can’t erect them any more.

Summer is a delight and does her part in getting Gabe and Megan together. But maybe I am a little protective. My kids never could bake muffins at the age of seven like Summer. I wouldn’t even let them operate the oven at that age, let alone measure out ingredients correctly. Summer just seemed to be a ten year old to me more than a seven year old.

Overall, I found Megan to be just to closed up and not willing to risk anything. Almost boring if you really want to know. She really needs Gabe in her life to bring her sunshine and smiles.

While I enjoyed the overall story, Megan did bring me down a lot. She held out most of the book about not wanting Gabe and after a while it got old fast. While she may not have liked him being a firefighter, I don’t feel she really talked to him about her fears. She just wanted a business man who didn’t take any risks in life.

Luckily it ends better than I expected. And I am happy that while every character falls in love, they don’t just run off to get married and have babies. We see the characters in later books. Still growing and moving forward, nor rushing to the  finish line.

This is totally a favorite series for me and I can’t wait to read the next book!

About Bella Andre

Having sold more than 3 million books, Bella Andre’s novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world. After signing a groundbreaking 7-figure print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA, Bella’s Sullivan series is being released in paperback in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia.

Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine ”Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into ten languages. 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 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 in New York City.

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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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
9 years ago

Sounds like the Megan character was there to beef up the plot through her extra drama. But Gabe the firefighter sounds great.

Thanks for sharing!