Series: The Sullivans #7
Published by Oak Press on 11/12/2012
Genres: Adult, Romance
Fame, fortune, and falling in love…
Movie star Smith Sullivan can't afford any distractions. He's staking his entire reputation on his new film…but he can't stop thinking about Valentina Landon and the fire he sees smoldering just beneath the surface of her cool exterior.
Valentina isn't averse to sensual pleasure, or even to the idea of finding true love, but as a Hollywood business manager she's watched too many smart women fall for actors…only to be torn apart when the fairy tale comes to its inevitable end.
But when intense weeks together on set turn their heated attraction into red-hot flames of passion, Smith knows he has to find a way to convince Valentina to let him get a little bit closer. Close enough to completely steal her heart…the way she's stolen his from the beginning.
As I mentioned in my last review, there’s nothing else like springtime to make me want to read contemporary romances. I’ve been reading Bella Andre’s Sullivan series sporadically over the last few months. It seemed like the perfect time to read Come a Little Bit Closer, the seventh book in this series. Although I liked this book, it wasn’t really a stand-out romance for me.
Come a Little Bit Closer is Smith Sullivan’s story. Smith is a famous movie star, and he’s working on the most important movie of his life right now: a movie that he wrote, and is directing and starring in. Despite all the work he’s doing right now to make his movie the best it can be, he can’t keep his eyes off his co-star’s older sister, Valentina.
Any issues I had with Come a Little Bit Closer mostly was because I found Valentina quite frustrating. I really like that Andre had the female character be the one trying not to get to attached to the male character, but sometimes I just wanted to shake Valentina and say “enough already!” I really tried to be understanding of Valentina’s reservations. She’s spent a lot of her life seeing her mother date one actor after another, and then she would see her mom heartbroken when it didn’t work out. I understand that that sucks, but at the same time she was in her twenties when this happened. She wasn’t a young girl or even a teen. And it was so clear how much Smith really cared for her. And after awhile, I just lost my patience with Valentina. However, I did love to see Valentina and her sister Tatiana being so close. It made me wish I had a sister even more than I already do.
I did really like Smith, even if I thought his patience with Valentina was saintly and perhaps a bit unrealistic. I also found his worry for his sister Sophie a little over done. I mean, he calls his pregnant sister every day! I don’t know, I’m an only child, so maybe that’s normal for siblings, but it felt a bit much. But I did really love Smith’s obvious devotion to his family, and how nice he seemed to be. Fame hadn’t really gone to his head, and that’s nice to see.
But even with my complains about Valentina and Smith, I did like them. I don’t think I would have become so frustrated with them if I didn’t care about them and want them to be happy (yes, I know they’re fictional characters, but you guys know what I mean, right?).
I did find Come a Little Closer to be a bit longer than it needed to be. I wasn’t a big fan of the movie script bits thrown into the this book at intervals. I wasn’t really sure why it needed to be there, and I felt like it dragged me out of main story too much. I also found it pretty hard to believe that Smith wrote a story like that. It was totally mushy. However, I was invested in the main story of Valentina and Smith, and it is a pretty quick read, even if the book is a little long.
Come a Little Closer is a solid addition to the Sullivan series, but I don’t think it’s an outstanding novel. Although the characters are well-developed, I didn’t always understand why they fell for each other beside all the lust they had. But a real true love romance should be more than just lust, and I wanted to feel that, too. But I did enjoy reading this one, and it won’t be the last Bella Andre book I read.