Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Book Review: Mama Mary Chats about Marcus and Nicola in Love (From this Moment On by Bella Andre) #The Sullivans + Giveaway

I loved The Look of Love so much and I was intrigued by Marcus that I had to jump right into From This Moment On.  I usually try and space out my series a little more, but once you meet The Sullivans you can't get them out of your head and each book introduces you just a little more to the next sibling to be featured and you just have to read about him or her.  It's like potato chips you just can't stop.  And I'm glad I didn't.  Come see why and be sure and enter the giveaway, there are still a few days left in the tour.

My review today comes from Mary Sullivan, matriarch of this wonderful clan of 8 siblings.  Mary has been waiting many years for her children to finally find love so hear what she has to say about Marcus and Nicola.

Hi everyone, Crystal asked me here to talk about Marcus and Nicola.  We are talking right after our family brunch which was rather interesting.  I'm not going to go into all the details because I for one don't know them, but I would like to share this love story which I hope has a happy ending from a mother's point-of-view.

First there is Marcus, my precious first born, who while he is taller and much bigger than me will always be my baby, but he is so much more. And no I don't play favorites no matter how my kids joke about it.  But Marcus had to grow up early when his father died and he was a wonderful help to me.  I honestly don't know what I would do without him.  His bond to his family is strong and while he might beat up on one of his brothers from time-to-time or pick on his sisters (I know all about the Naughty and Nice nicknames), he would fight to the death for any of them at any time.  They are close even when they don't see each other often.  You know I really hurt when he dated that Jill girl, I knew she wasn't right for him, but what's a Mom to do?  I couldn't tell him that, it would just make it worse and he's a thirty-six year-old man.  He can make his own decisions.  So you have to know it thrilled me that night to receive a phone call from Nicola asking if my son was a safe man.  I knew then that Jill and Marcus was over and he was seeing someone else.  I also knew that even if Marcus thought it was a fling, that Marcus doesn't do flings any more.  Especially since Chase has settled down with Chloe.  That boy was looking for a wife and a family.  He had an idea in his mind of what that looked like, but I think he had his idea blown out of the water by Nicola and that was good, that's what you need to fall in love.

Ah, Nicola, what can you say when you first meet a girl over the phone and you know she's hooking up with your son?  But I know my boys are not innocent.  They like to think I think I don't know about them, but you can't have six sons and not know what goes on. {Mary gives a hearty laugh here}.  But I just had this feeling.  And somehow between Lori working with Nico and Marcus hooking up with a girl name Nicola I had a feeling they were one and the same, so I was thrilled to see her show up at my house.  Nicola has a wonderful heart, she's been hurt and is a little gun-shy, but I could see when I met her that she was in love with Marcus. They both just needed some pushing to get where they trusted and could work things out.  But I had full faith in them.  When love is that strong it can work through all things.  It reminded me a bit of me and their father way back then.  That is the love I want for my children.  Chase found it and I believe Marcus has found it, I just hope he went after it and got it.  I want Nicola in my family so bad. She is such a wonderful fit for our family.

Thank you Mary for sharing your feelings today.  I agree after reading Marcus and Nicola's story that they are such a wonderful fit.  I won't share all the details, but one thing Mary didn't touch on is the heat that they share.  Wow are they scorching, I mean these two look at each other and I think the room will combust, or maybe it was just me.

I thought The Look of Love was wonderful, but I think From This Moment On may have topped it.  Two wonderfully romantic men in one family so far.  I'll say it again, if my husband wasn't already a very romantic man I think I would need to find me a Sullivan of my own :)

My Rating:  5.0/5.0

About From This Moment On:
With FROM THIS MOMENT ON, bestselling author Bella Andre introduces you to Marcus, the second Sullivan bad boy, whose life will never be the same from the moment he meets Nicola….

For thirty-six years, Marcus Sullivan has been the responsible older brother, stepping in to take care of his seven siblings after their father died when they were children. But when the perfectly ordered future he's planned for himself turns out to be nothing but a lie, Marcus needs one reckless night to shake free from it all.

Nicola Harding is known throughout the world by only one name - Nico - for her catchy, sensual pop songs. Only, what no one knows about the twenty-five year old singer is that her sex-kitten image is totally false. After a terrible betrayal by a man who loved fame far more than he ever loved her, she vows not to let anyone else get close enough to find out who she really is...or hurt her again. Especially not the gorgeous stranger she meets at a nightclub, even though the hunger - and the sinful promises - in his dark eyes make her want to spill all her secrets.

One night is all Nicola and Marcus agree to share with each other. But nothing goes as they plan when instead of simply tangling limbs, they find a deeper connection than either of them could have anticipated. And even though they both try to fight it, growing emotions - and sizzling attraction - keep drawing them closer together.

Close enough for them to wonder if stealing one more secret moment together can ever be enough?

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About The Sullivans: In this sexy, emotional and funny contemporary romance series, each member of the Sullivan family will eventually find true love...usually where he or she least expects it. Get the eBooks via Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, the iBookStore, or the Kobo Store. Audiobooks are also available for the first five in the series (with more coming soon). Plus, keep an eye out for paperback editions coming from Harlequin Romance starting Summer 2013.
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Bella Andre_1About the Author: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Bella Andre has always been a writer. Songs came first, and then non-fiction books, but as soon as she started writing her first romance novel, she knew she'd found her perfect career. Known for "sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance" (Publishers Weekly) about sizzling alpha heroes and the strong women they'll love forever, nearly all of her novels have appeared on Top 10 lists at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Kobo. Her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine "Red Hot Reads" twice and have been translated into nine 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, and The Wall Street Journal. She has given the keynote speech at Book Expo America on her self-publishing success and has sold more than one million books. 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.

***I received this book through Novel Publicity for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free.  ***


Emlyn Chand said...

Great review--you are just so darned creative, Crystal! I'm glad you loved reading "From This Moment On!" Thanks for taking part in our gigantic tour, and if you have time to cross-post your reviews to Amazon and GoodReads, that would be awesome, kitten ;-)


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