10 April, 2013

#BookReview :: Always on My Mind (The Sullivans #8) by Bella Andre

Lori “Naughty” Sullivan finally falls in love in ALWAYS ON MY MIND, the new book in Bella Andre’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling series about the Sullivan family.

After a tragic loss three years ago, Grayson Tyler left his life in New York City behind and started over in the rolling hills of the California coast. He's convinced himself that all he'll ever need again is the blue sky, a thousand acres of pasture, and the crashing waves of the ocean. Until one day, Lori Sullivan barges into his life and promptly blows his emotionless and solitary world to shreds, driving him crazy as only a woman nicknamed “Naughty” can. But will Lori be able to convince him that it's safe to love her...and that forever isn't actually out of reach?

I was first introduced to the Sullivan family when Bella Andre was touring with Novel Publicity. Since then I have had the chance to read all the seven books prior to this one in the series. I won’t say that they were all outstanding and equally good. While a couple of them stood out, for me, in the series, remaining were all entertaining reads.

‘Always on My Mind’, eighth book in the Sullivan family saga, focuses on Lori, the Naughty Sullivan. She had been in a not so healthy relationship before. But then she met Grayson Tyler. Grayson has his past and baggage which had practically forced him to give up his fast paced life in New York and settle in the country side. We all know that Lori isn’t the kind of girl who is scared to speak the truth and is known for stirring up trouble. So when the course of the ‘naughty girl’ and the ‘damaged man’ collides, there is little wonder that tempers fly and chemistry sizzles through the pages.

Having had some glimpses of Lori in the previous books, I had picked up this book with certain expectations about her character. I was sadly disappointed as the Lori in this story is so very different from the Lori we have previously seen. But then I guess people do make a complete fool of themselves when they are in love. Grayson is a hard man to crack. He is dealing with a lot of grief over his wife’s death and he doesn’t make it any easier for anyone to reach out to him. At some points he was so annoying that I just wanted to smack him on the head. But in the end, they do turn out to be a perfect match for each other.

This is one of those books in the series that I would classify as ‘entertaining read’ as the characters didn’t really manage to create that pull for me. But being a Bella Andre Novel, one can always count on to see some good language and great narration. She has a certain consistency in her style of writing that I have come to admire.

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