Series: The Sullivans #9
Published by Oak Press on 06/19/2013
Genres: Adult, Romance
As a very successful private investigator who has caught most of the cheaters in Seattle with their pants down, Rafe Sullivan believes true, lasting love only happens once in a blue moon. Needing to get away from the city to clear his head, he finds the lake house where he spent the best summers of his life is now a wreck...but the sweet girl next door is all grown up and prettier than anything he's ever seen.
While Brooke Jansen is happy making and selling chocolate truffles in her small Pacific Northwest lake town, she secretly longs to experience something wild. So when her favorite “Wild Sullivan” moves in again next door after more than a decade away, and sparks fly between them, she can't stop wondering if being bad is really as good as it always seemed...and just how long it will be before she can find out.
But when their summer fling quickly spirals into deeper emotions than either of them were expecting, can they survive the heat between them? Or will Rafe make the biggest mistake of his life and end up losing the best thing that's ever happened to him?
Welcome to my Express Lane Reviews, where I review a book quickly – with 7 points or less – so you can get on your way!
Point One: I’m not sure why, but when spring weather finally arrives, I start craving contemporary romances. So, it seemed like the perfect time to read The Way You Look Tonight by Bella Andre, a book I picked up for free on Amazon. The Way You Look Tonight is my favorite Bella Andre book yet.
Point Two: I really liked Brooke, one of the main characters. I love that she moved away from her family (something that I don’t think I could do), and is brave and smart enough to start her own business.
Point Three: I also really liked Rafe Sullivan, even if he’s become quite cynical. Even though he’s cynical, he isn’t nasty. He’s just kind of scared. I did find it kind of funny that he thought relationships were doomed, though, because all his cousins and his parents were happily married. I mean, I understand how awful it must be to see so many spouses being unfaithful in his line of work, but he had so many positive examples to look at too.
Point Four: I love books set in small towns, and The Way You Look Tonight totally embraces it’s small town setting. There is just something so charming about those small towns. And to top off the small town setting, the lake that Brooke and Rafe lived at sounded beautiful. I wanted to visit right then – and maybe never leave.
Point Five: Brooke had a crush on Rafe when she was a little girl, but then Rafe’s family moved away from the lake, when Brooke was around 8. She didn’t see Rafe again for almost 20 years. And yet, she still had a crush on him. That was kind of weird. I mean, who still has a crush on a boy she hadn’t seen in 18 years?
Point Six: I thought Brooke connected with the Seattle Sullivans very quickly – maybe a little two quickly. Like I said, she hadn’t seen them in 18 years, but she lets them stay over at her house. I mean, hadn’t she ever heard of Stranger Danger? I also felt like Brooke and Rafe jumped into a relationship very quickly. I wish it was drawn out a little bit more. I wanted more of the tension leading up to actually getting together.
Point Seven: The Way You Look Tonight was a fun way to spend a Sunday reading. It’s got romance, and great characters, and even though the romance happened a little too quickly, it’s a great start to a new branch of the Sullivans series.