Series: New York Sullivans #3
Published by Oak Press, LLC on October 11th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Alec Sullivan has always believed he has it all. A billion-dollar private aviation business. A penthouse apartment in New York City. Beautiful women who know better than to expect him ever to fall in love. And great siblings for whom he’d do anything. But when Alec's business partner passes away and leaves everything to a daughter Alec never knew about, in an instant everything in his life turns upside down…all because of Cordelia.
Cordelia always thought she was perfectly happy with her life. She owns a garden store she loves, lives in a pretty little cottage in the same town as her adoptive parents, and figures there’s plenty of time to meet Mr. Right. But she never counted on becoming the surprise heir to a fortune…or on meeting a man like Alec Sullivan. A shockingly sexy billionaire who makes her heart race and melt all at the same time.
Neither Alec nor Cordelia plans on getting any closer than they have to. Only, how can either of them fight this kind of heat, this depth of desire? And when Cordelia needs Alec’s support, it’s pure instinct for him to be there for her. But when it’s her turn to help him confront his deepest pain, will Alec let her in? Or will he push her away, just as he’s pushed away everyone who's loved him for the past thirty years…
YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME is part of Bella Andre's New York Times and USA Today #1 bestselling series about The Sullivans. While it can easily be read as a stand-alone story, you'll likely enjoy reading the other books, too.
I’ve mentioned this a few times, but 2017 has been a rough reading year for me. The Epic Reading Funk of 2017 has not been kind to me, I’m afraid. I mention this because, although I normally really love Bella Andre’s Sullivan series, You Do Something to Me left me wanting more. While I think some of it was from the story itself, I think The Epic Reading Funk of 2017 has just made it a bit more difficult to enjoy books these days. I think it’s important to mention that. Anyway, onto my thoughts on this book.
You Do Something to Me is the third book in the New York Sullivans series, and it’s my least favorite. It focuses on Alec Sullivan, the oldest sibling in his family. He had a lot of responsibility placed on him when he was very young, and that still affects him today. He runs a successful private aviation company with his close friend and business partner, Gordon. When his business partner dies suddenly, Alec is stunned to discover that he had an adult daughter he gave up for adoption years ago. And he’s left half his company to her. The daughter, Cordelia, was perfectly happy living a quiet life with her garden center and her loving adoptive parents. She’s stunned to learn about her biological father, and the company. And of course Alec and Cordelia fall for each other.
Alec was a hero that I mostly liked. His love for his siblings is clear to see, and I understood why he has a strained relationship with his father. I also really admired how Alec dealt with the news about his business partner’s daughter. Alec had always thought Gordon would leave his shares of the business to him. So not only is he grieving Gordon’s death, but he has to deal with someone completely new. And he does it so well.
Cordelia I struggled with a bit. I never really feel like I got to really know her. Sometimes she frustrated me because at the beginning all she could think about was how Gordon’s death and her inheritance affected her, and really didn’t give much thought to Alec. It bothered me because Alec was going out of his way to be kind and supportive to her. Cordelia should have given some consideration to how Alec was dealing with the death of nothing only his partner but his friend. She does later start thinking about Alec, but I don’t know. I sort of felt like Cordelia was a little blah.
I was a bit so-so about Alec and Cordelia’s relationship. Cordelia and Alec start a fake relationship to help protect Cordelia from reporters (why papparazzi are stalking Cordelia is a beyond me), and I do love fake relationships. I did like them together, but at the same time, I didn’t LOVE them together either. There were times when both Alec and Cordelia would do things that annoyed me. For example, one time Alec makes a comment on how he’s been super nice to Cordelia, but that isn’t how he is with most women.I mean, why is that supposed to be attractive? I want a hero is kind to all women. To all people, really. And Cordelia definitely did some things that I thought were inappropriate.
So, as you can see, You Do Something to Me by Bella Andre wasn’t a hit for me. I know I came down hard on it in my review, but I truly didn’t hate this. Alec was sweet, and Cordelia, while a bit blah, wasn’t awful, either. Overall this book was just so-so for me. Bella Andre has written better books, if you ask me.