Series: The Sullivans #15
Published by Oak Press on April 5, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Eva Kaminsky
Millions of readers have fallen in love with the San Francisco and Seattle Sullivans. Now get ready to fall head over heels for the New York Sullivans!
World-renowned artist Drake Sullivan doesn’t paint women. Ever. Not when he knows all too well just how destructive painter/muse relationships can be. But on the day Rosa Bouchard walks onto the cliffs outside his Montauk cottage, Drake is so captivated that he can’t stop himself from bringing her life on canvas.
Shocked and horrified by the nude photos of her that have just hit the Internet, reality TV star Rosa’s every instinct is to run from her Miami home and hide. After driving all night, she ends up in Montauk, New York, where she doesn’t know a soul and plans to lie low until she can figure out how to deal with the media firestorm—and her own mother, who seems all too happy to sell out Rosa’s happiness for more fame, more fans, and more money. The very last thing Rosa expects is to find, and to fall for, a sinfully sexy man like Drake Sullivan.
Drake has never felt this way about anything he’s painted...and he’s definitely never felt this way about a woman. When they kiss, everything but sweet, breathless desire melts away. But can he convince Rosa to trust—and to love—again after such a devastating betrayal?
If you follow my blog, then it’s no surprise to you that I love Bella Andre’s Sullivan series. Earlier in the year I caught up on all of the Sullivan books (there are a lot of them) and I was really excited to read the first in the New York Sullivan series, Now That I’ve Found You. However, I love listening to Bella Andre’s book on audio (I love the narrator, Eva Kaminsky) and I had to wait an extra 4 months from the ebook release until the audio was released. Luckily, it was worth it, as I loved Now That I’ve Found You.
The first in the New York Sullivan series, Now That I’ve Found You focuses on famous artist Drake Sullivan. Drake has been in a bit of an artist’s block, and he hasn’t been inspired to create anything in way too long. So he’s taking some personal time, where he first sees a very upset woman walking on his property. And suddenly Drake’s block is over and Drake just has to paint her. This woman is Rosa, who has just had a horrible thing happen to her. She’s struggling dealing with it, and she runs into Drake.
Drake and Rose were both characters that were so easy to root for, although I will also say that they aren’t quite as memorable as other Bella Andre characters. Drake was such a nice guy, and I’ve been all about the nice guy heroes these days. He’s respectful and caring and kind, especially when it comes to Rosa, and he just made my heart swoon.
Rosa was a wonderful woman, too, and my heart went out to her. She’s a reality TV star from an extremely popular show about her and her family. She’s gorgeous, and a very popular person on the show. When nude photos (taken without her permission) show up in the media, she’s heartbroken. So goes to hide out, and finds herself in Montauk, where she meets Drake. As with Drake, I just fell in love with Rosa. I felt so bad for her, and I wanted to go give her a giant hug and a place to hide out. But, luckily, Drake was there for her. Rosa has some major insecurities that she struggles with, but Drake is there to help her.
As is common in Bella Andre’s books, Drake and Rosa fall for each other really quickly. There is something with the way Bella Andre writes, though, because I always completely believe it. I believe that they are just meant to be together. Although, I will say that while I desperately wanted Drake and Rosa to be together, their connection wasn’t as strong as other couples from the Sullivan series. As I mentioned above, Now That I’ve Found You isn’t my favorite Sullivan novel, but I still loved it. I can’t wait for the next one!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: