Author: Bella Andre
Paperback: 384 pages (expanded edition)
Published: June 25, 2013 by Harlequin MIRA
Genre: contemporary novel, romance, erotic, women's fiction, chick lit
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
"All it took was one moment, one look in your eyes, one taste of your lips, to know that you were the one..."
Oh Bella Andre...if your intention was to bring the heat level of summer 2013 from 'scorching' to 'combustion', please know that you succeeded. Whereas THE LOOK OF LOVE (The Sullivans #1, read my review here) sizzled with a heart-squeezing romance and sultry sensuality, in FROM THIS MOMENT ON, book #2 in the sensational saga of eight Californian siblings and their quest for love, sexual chemistry escalates and emotional angst intensifies.
Marcus Sullivan and Nicola Harding's story features two larger-than-life lead characters (the wealthy owner of a Napa Valley winery, head of the Sullivan clan, and a famous pop songstress), worlds apart in terms of age, lifestyle, and expectations, but united by the common experience of disappointed love. Solid, dependable, 'family man' Marcus, and young, impossibly sexy but 'more innocent and pure than portrayed by gossip tabloids' Nicola will both look for a balm to their wounds in some no-string-attached, mindless night of pleasure. But when on a Friday night their two worlds collide in a crowded San Francisco club, a lightning bolt strikes them right through their hearts: they fall for each other instantly and against their better judgement, their path to a 'happily ever after' paved with reciprocal doubts and lack of confidence that a relationship between a self-possessed thirty six year old business man and a twenty something glitzy showgirl could ever work.
Misconceptions are hard to fight and will keep our characters from putting their hearts on the line for a good part of the book, yet their chemistry is 'mind-blowing hot' from the get-go, and even if they try to convince themselves that their first kiss will seal the end of their spellbinding encounter, their hearts will tell otherwise. Through incandescent love scenes and a cleverly crafted 'ultra-romantic' resolution, Andre's novel will inflame your senses and quench your thirst for a gratifying romance, "...like the first perfect cool glass of wine on a hot, dry day...".
BOOKS & WINE
BOOKS & WINE
Treat yourselves to a steamy summer read and, in honor of the male protagonist, Marcus Sullivan, match it with a glass of rich Napa Valley Bordeaux wine. My suggestion would be a Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2009 (Bordeaux), at once elegant, rich, and powerful. Brilliant purple in color, aromas of wildflower, and rose oil deepen as wine opens. Flavor of cassis, huckleberry, and tar are accented by notes of smoked meats and cardamon. Polished, fine-grained tannins are supple and silky. Multi-layered finish relaxes and evolves with time indicating age-worthiness...just like gorgeous Marcus.
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***Review copy graciously provided by the publicist in return of a fair and unbiased review
"Marcus Sullivan has always been the responsible older brother, stepping in to take care of his seven siblings when their father died. But when the perfectly ordered future he's planned turns out to be a lie, Marcus needs one reckless night to shake free from it all. Known throughout the world by only one name—Nico—pop songstress Nicola Harding is seen as the ultimate sex kitten. But it's all a lie. After a terrible betrayal she refuses to let anyone else close enough to find out who she really is…or to hurt her again. Especially the gorgeous stranger at the bar. One night is all Nicola and Marcus agree to share with each other. But instead, a deeper connection than either of them could have anticipated begins." (from the cover)