Series: Summer Lake #2
Published by Oak Press, LLC on July 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Sullivan fans met Christie Hayden at Summer Lake in "Now That I've Found You", “Since I Fell For You” and “The Best Is Yet To Come”. Now get ready for Christie’s beautiful love story in CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: Christie Hayden escaped to Summer Lake to heal from heartbreak, but found so much more than that: a job she loves as an innkeeper, a close-knit community of friends, and a chance at the perfect romantic future she’s always longed for. But nothing is as it seems, especially when it comes to Liam Kane, the gorgeous millionaire who sweeps into her life from out of the blue…and instantly turns it—and her heart—upside down.
The first time Liam Kane lays eyes on Christie, he’s a total goner. He knows he should keep his distance, because he’s not capable of giving her the happily-ever-after she’s looking for. But when it comes to her smiles, her laughter, her kindness—and her sweetly sinful kisses—for the first time in his life, he can’t hang on to his self-control. Not when the love she offers him is everything he never thought he could have, but now craves with every fiber of his being.
But Liam has been keeping a secret for twenty years, one that nearly destroyed him—one that has the potential to tear his whole family apart too. When Christie can’t stop herself from trying to help out of pure love, will Liam be able to let himself heal? Or will they both end up broken, leaving her to pick up the pieces all over again?
I’ve been a Bella Andre fan for a while. Her books are always like comfort food for me, and quite frankly, I can never get enough. I went into Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Bella Andre expecting to really enjoy it. Instead I ended up having some big issues with this one.
Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You is a Sullivan series spin-off, set in Summer Lake, NY in the Adirondacks. The heroine is Christie Hayden, whose fiancé, after letting people know they called off the wedding, immediately ran off. That left everything on Christie’s shoulders, and it hasn’t been easy for her. So when her fiancé’s brother, who she’s never met, shows up on the day of their original wedding, it falls on Christie to tell him the news. Of course, Christie and the brother, Liam fall for each other.
Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You had some of my least favorite tropes and themes. First, there are multiple storylines/romances. There is the main romance between Christie and Liam, the issues that Liam’s parents are going through, and the story of Liam’s grandmother’s husband. You guys, I hate this. I almost never like a secondary romance, and you can imagine I like three even less.
Let’s talk about the secondary story lines first (and briefly). Liam’s parents’ story line was seriously depressing, and quite frankly not something I really liked to see in a feel-good romance. Liam’s grandmother’s story was also depressing, and I absolutely hated the flashback chapters to when she was a young woman. I would have been so much happier if both these story lines were not in this book at all.
As for the main romance, I had issues with that too. So, Christie was a character that I mostly liked. I liked how Bella Andre handled the break-up between Christie and her fiancé. It was handled well, and nothing was melodramatic. And I felt bad that Christie’s ex-fiancé did leave Summer Lake suddenly (although it was very understandable).
I was nervous that I would struggle with the romance because Christie gets together with her ex-fiancé’s brother, but that didn’t bother me as much as I was expecting (although I would have been happier if they weren’t related). Liam is a nice guy, who’s definitely got some secrets that he has been struggling with for years. I liked Liam and Christie together, for the most part. They definitely made a good couple.
However, I had such an issue with something Christie did, that it completely affected how I liked the rest of the book. Warning: rant ahead. Liam tells Christie this huge secret that he’s been holding in for years. This secret has clearly affected (not for the better) Liam. And Christie gets so incredibly angry at someone in Liam’s life. All that’s understandable, because Christie love Liam, and doesn’t want to see him hurting. Liam specifically asks Christie not to tell anyone, especially the person that asked Liam to keep this secret in the first place. But Christie is so mad at this person that she confronts this person about it. And here’s my problem. That is not her place! She is there to support Liam and even encourage Liam to talk with that someone, but she should not directly talk to that someone, no matter how angry she is. It’s not about her, it’s about Liam, and HE needs to make that decision when he is ready. I’m not sure why Christie (or Bella Andre) thought that this was a romantic and understandable reaction, but to me, it just left me furious. It would have been one thing if Liam was a child, but he’s an adult, and he has every right to make whatever decision he wants to. And, quite frankly, if Christie truly loved him, she would respect his decision.
Okay, I’m going to stop ranting. As you can see, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Bella Andre was not for me. Not only was it full of tropes I don’t care for, the multiple storylines were often kind of depressing. I will read more Bella Andre, but this book was a miss for me.