Published by Oak Press on 08/30/2011
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Eva Kaminsky
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?
There’s not much else I like more than a big family romance series, and The Sullivans series by Bella Andre certainly fits the bill. From This Moment On by Bella Andre is the second in The Sullivan series and focuses on oldest sibling, Marcus. I really loved From This Moment On.
For some reason, I was under the impression that Marcus was a jerk in this book. I have no idea where that notion came from, because Marcus is so wonderful sweet and caring and I just loved him! Marcus has his stuff together. He has a successful business, owning a successful wine vineyard. He’s used to taking care of people, having jumped in to help his mother take care of his seven younger siblings when his father passed away suddenly at a young age. But then Marcus is thrown through a loop when he discovers his long time girlfriend, Jill, with another man. Marcus is really a nice guy, and that’s is very evident when he first meets Nicola.
Nicola is an up and coming musician, known as Nico. Nico is known for being sexy and a bit wild, but Nicola isn’t really that way. She’s young, and a lonely and a little lost. On a whim, she goes to a club and there she meets Marcus, who doesn’t realize she’s Nico. Marcus and Nicola have such a connection; so much chemistry. I won’t get into spoilerland, but their first meeting is really adorable. Marcus goes out of his way to show Nicola that she’s safe with him, and he never, ever takes advantage of her. It’s so sweet. They both do fall for each other very quickly, which would normally make me roll my eyes, but again, it just felt so right.
They do run into some issues, though. Marcus isn’t sure what he’s looking for after what happened with Jill. And Nicola’s life is a bit chaotic, due to her tour and her fame. And to top it off, there is a big age difference between the two. I’m usually pretty uncomfortable with big age differences, but it really didn’t bother me her. It’s not easy for Nicola and Marcus to figure things out, and they definitely hit some rough spots, but they work it out like adults, and I loved that!
The narrator, Eva Kaminsky, was wonderful too. Although I had to speed the audiobook up a bit (to 1.25) because she is more of a slow narrator than I prefer. But once I spend up the audiobook, it was perfect! I want to listen to all the other Sullivan books on audio now. From This Moment On was such a great contemporary romance with sweet, endearing characters that I couldn’t help but root for.