Series: The Sullivans #8
Published by Oak Press on 03/04/2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Eva Kaminsky
At long last, Lori "Naughty" Sullivan falls in love in Always On My Mind, the new book in Bella Andre's New York Times and USA Today best-selling series about the Sullivan family.
After a tragic loss three years ago, Grayson Tyler left his life in New York City behind and started over in the rolling hills of the California coast. He's convinced himself that all he'll ever need again is the blue sky, a thousand acres of pasture, and the crashing waves of the ocean. Until one day, Lori Sullivan barges into his life and promptly blows his emotionless and solitary world to shreds, driving him crazy as only a woman nicknamed "Naughty" can. But will Lori be able to convince him that it's safe to love her...and that forever isn't actually out of reach?
I’ve been a bit nervous to read Lori “Naughty” Sullivan’s story, Always On My Mind, the 8th book in Bella Andre’s Sullivan series. For some reason, Lori’s nickname, Naughty, was a bit off-putting to me. But as I’ve been reading the Sullivan series, I’ve really fallen in love with Lori, and oh my gosh, I really loved Always on My Mind.
At the start of the novel, Lori has been dealt some devastating news, learning that her boyfriend is cheater. She desperately needs a change to work through everything, and on a whim, ends up in this small farming town in California. Lori is a world-renown dancer and choreographer so this small town is quite a change for her. While I wouldn’t call Lori “Naughty,” but I would call her impulsive. Which is how she ends up being a new farm hand on Grayson’s farm. And okay, that is a bit out there, but seriously, I do not care.
I can’t tell you enough how much I just loved Lori. She is impulsive, but in the best way. And Lori is so kind, and a hard worker, and not afraid to get her hands dirty. While Lori and Grayson don’t have a good start, it’s easy to understand how they each are quite impressed with the other.
Grayson took some warming up to. He is one surly guy, but he is also a nice guy. It is understandable why he wants to keep everyone at a distance, but I did wish he wouldn’t lash out at Lori. I mean, he was never cruel, but he did say some unkind things. Grayson does apologize though, and Lori is so very forgiving.
It was pretty wonderful to see both Lori and Grayson help the other work through their problems. And fall in love. Because, seriously, these guys are meant to be. Yes, I just said meant to be (a bit sappy for me), but I’m going with it.
Always On My Mind was such a wonderful conclusion to the San Francisco Sullivan series. And I just loved the ending. Talk about sweet and adorable and just wonderful. Thank goodness Bella Andre has a lot more Sullivan cousins to write stories about, because I simply cannot get enough.