Author: Bella Andre
Narrator: Eva Kaminsky
Series: The New York Sullivans, Book 3
Publisher: Oak Press, LLC
Released: Jan. 9, 2018
Genre: 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 30 years….
Bella Andre is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of “The Sullivans”, “The Morrisons” and “The Maverick Billionaires” series.
Having sold more than 7 million books, Bella Andre’s novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists 64 times. She has been the #1 Ranked Author at Amazon (on a top 10 list that included Nora Roberts, JK Rowling, James Patterson and Stephen King). Apple iBooks named her one of their “Bestselling Authors of All Time” (alongside Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts and EL James). And Publishers Weekly named Oak Press, the publishing company she created to publish her own books, the Fastest-Growing Independent Publisher in the US. After signing a groundbreaking 7-figure print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA, Bella’s “The Sullivans” series is being released in paperback in the US, Canada, and Australia.
Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine “Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into ten languages. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post called her “One of the top writers in America”; and she has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and TIME Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University, she has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in New York City.
Bella also writes the New York Times bestselling Four Weddings and a Fiasco series as Lucy Kevin. Her “sweet” contemporary romances also include the new USA Today bestselling Walker Island series written as Lucy Kevin.
If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100-year-old log cabin in the Adirondacks.
Eva Kaminsky is a New York born and NYC based actor and narrator. A 2014 Audie nominee, she has recorded over 150 audiobooks in many different genres ranging from Romance to Young Adult. Eva can often be heard on TV and radio commercials for such products as Intel, Publix, Neulasta and Tide, and spent her earlier years in the world of animation voicing characters for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh, among many others. Recent recurring and guest appearances on television include Chicago Med, Billions, Madam Secretary, Madoff, Blindspot, and The Blacklist, and on the larger screen she can be seen in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Three Generations, and Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. She has spent over 20 years working in the theatre, both on and Off Broadway, and extensively in regional theatres all over the country.
I couldn’t wait to get to Alec’s story! I know it would be my favorite of the three I’ve listened to so far. It follows the pattern of the other ones in the series, since Alec is the big brother, with more resentment towards his father, I was really curious to see what’s in his mind.
When his business partner and father figure passes away, his world is shaken to the core. But the man has a surprise for him, even in his death. He leaves his half of the company to a daughter nobody knew he had. Alec’s intention is to buy off her part and move on with his life. Little did he expect to find an amazing woman, as strong and as business inclined as him. She has no interest in the fortune she’s just inherited from a man that had no involvement in her upbringing. But they become friends, with benefits from time to time.
How can you break a think, thick wall of ice? You don’t. You crack it and then let that small crack work its magic. This is what happens with Alec. Cordelia surprises him with her honesty and gentleness. He is not a forever guy, but she is a forever woman, so nothing can go beyond friendship because his heart is just not bade for these kinds of feelings. So they friends, with a little extra on top. They are honest with each other and this honesty is what I loved most. She understands him, she knows how to talk to him to get him to open up. The story is more about how Alec’s heart is “undressed”.
We have the same theme as in the other books – the main characters’ relationship with family. Cordelia has been raised by adoptive parents and her life has been beautiful. With her biological father out of the picture, she has never had an interest in knowing her genes. She never expected to understand his decisions. Alec and his father have a more than complicated relationship, which is discussed throughout books 1 and 2 as well.
The narration is great as well. I’ve mentioned this in my other reviews, Eva Kaminsky has the perfect voice for the gentle women in this series. It’s all about the ladies people J
I would have wanted to give 5 stars to this book, but I wanted a little more depth in Cordelia’s feelings when face to face with her father’s legacy and as well I wanted to feel more from Alec’s struggles. The love story moves faster than in the other books as well and most things are solved in the end. But I cannot give less than 4 because this was such an enjoyable lecture – reading and listening wise J So have fun and enjoy!
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Bella Andre. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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