ARC Review: The Look of Love by Bella Andre

Posted June 10, 2013 by Annie in Reviews / 5 Comments

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ARC Review: The Look of Love by Bella Andre
The Look of Love
by Bella Andre

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: June 13, 2011
Series: The Sullivans #1
Published by Bella Andre
Pages: 384
 

 

I love returning again and again to this world. Just try not to fall so in love with these characters.  ~ Under the Covers

Fall in love with the Sullivans all over again! If you don’t know already, Bella Andre has a new contract with MIRA that will bring all her self-published Sullivans books into bookstores. These new print editions have extended scenes in them. You may also know that I LOVE THIS SERIES. Every single book is heartwarming and delicious, like a hot summer day. Which makes them wonderful summer reads!

For readers who haven’t tried this series yet, the Sullivans series follows a big, loving family whose career choices put them in the over-achieving category. There’s a winery owner, a movie star, a baseball player, a choreographer! There’s even a freaking firefighter! And I can tell you with my entire heart that I adore every single one of these characters. Andre possesses this unique talent of storytelling that makes you adore her characters long before their books come. And when she finally gets to their book, she doesn’t disappoint. She give her characters the most well-written, loving, all-consuming love story that will melt your hearts while burning things up at the same time. For a more in depth cover of this particular book, THE LOOK OF LOVE, you can read my review of the self-pubbed version here.

Now for readers who have read the book already, there is about 40-50 extra pages of new scenes. A lot of it is in the beginning where Andre takes her time introducing every one of the Sullivans. I feel like this really rounds out the series as a whole in this book. The familial aspect has always been a focal point in this series, but with the new addition of words, you get that in a much more potent and stronger way. It gives new readers a sense of each of their personalities, introducing them in a way that piques their curiosity.

I love that there is more to this series than just the romantic love between hero and heroine. Andre also explores sibling relationships as well as the relationships between Mary Sullivan, the mother and her children. Furthermore, the conflicts that Andre puts in her books are believable and well-done. As consistently as Andre writes, it’s really no wonder why she has become one of my top favorite Contemporary Romance authors. She gets it right all the time.

So is it worth checking out for readers who have read the books already? Yes! I love returning again and again to this world. Just try not to fall so in love with these characters.

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About Bella Andre

New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly Bestselling Author of "The Sullivans" series.

Having sold more than 2.5 million books, Bella Andre’s novels have appeared on Top 5 lists at Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. 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 throughout 2013 and 2014.

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 nine languages, and her Sullivan books are already Top 20 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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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

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Thanks Ann.

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Thanks for the review – I just got a print copy of this in my Harlie box and can’t wait to read it:)

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Woo hoo, Maria! Hope you enjoy!!

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thanks for the great review! I am going out of town tomorrow, and this book is my airplane read 🙂 Now I’m all excited to read it! Book Savvy Babe

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Hey Heather! Hope Chase and Chloe are good company! Lord knows I hate airplanes 🙂