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From This Moment On: The Sullivans, Book 2 Paperback – September 14, 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars 495 customer reviews
Book 2 of 14 in the Sullivans Series

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'Sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance' - Publishers Weekly 'One of the hottest digital writers in America' - Washington Post --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Bella Andre has always been a writer. Songs came first, and then non-fiction books, but as soon as she started writing her first romance novel, she knew she'd found her perfect career. Known for "sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance" (Publisher's Weekly) about sizzling alpha heroes and the strong women they'll love forever, many of her 20+ titles have appeared on Top 50 bestseller lists, including FROM THIS MOMENT ON (Sullivans #2), THE LOOK OF LOVE (Sullivans #1), GAME FOR LOVE (Bad Boys of Football #3), ECSTASY, CANDY STORE and LOVE ME (Take Me series #2). Her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine Red Hot Reads twice (GAME FOR ANYTHING and WILD HEAT) and have been translated into German, Thai, Japanese and Ukrainian. NEVER TOO HOT won the Award of Excellence in 2011. The Washington Post has called her, “One of the top digital writers in America." If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, knitting, 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. For a complete listing of books, as well as excerpts and contests, and to connect with Bella: Visit Bella’s website at: http://www.BellaAndre.com Follow Bella on twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/bellaandre Join Bella on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/bellaandrefans
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Oak Press (September 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983720282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983720287
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (495 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,983,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A light read that isn't demanding and that checks off all the boxes in the contemporary romance formula: sweet and misunderstood heroine (the pop star Nichola, known as Nico) falls hard for the conscientious and caring hero (Marcus, who is wonderful with kids and mixes strength with tenderness in a way that caters to every woman's romantic fantasies).

However, the big turn-off for me was the way in which this strong and independent woman was so quickly and inexplicably drawn into being dominated (spanking and a rather total submission to his commands in the bedroom): "She took a shaky breath. She knew she didn't have to say it, but something inside her wanted to, wanted to please him. '--my body is as much yours as it is mine.'"

We are repeatedly reassured that Nichola is "safe" with Marcus, but when is it ever safe or healthy for a woman to put herself in a one-sided position of total surrender and domination?

Maybe others can enjoy this rosy fantasy of male dominance, but I just find it odd and unsettling.
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Marcus and Nicola's story only make you love the Sullivan family even more. Marcus is the mysterious,quiet business man with desires that break out with the appearance of an outgoing spark named Nicola. She is fun, but shy inside and her sensual side breaks out and collides with Marcus.' The romance builds and the sex only gets hotter.
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Another winner for Bella Andre! So many times a book will have too much erotica but not enough emotion. This book has the right mix of both. My only problem is Ms. Andre can't write fast enough for me! Can't wait for book three....
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I have liked some of Andre's books. This one---not really.

In the opening, we hear about the Hero's being betrayed by his fiancee, which sends him off looking for a one night stand which is when he meets the Heroine. Other than that backstory, the first 40% of the book is almost all about thoughts/feelings of lust and longing. Sooo many repetitive thoughts of wanting the other person it drove me crazy. And, these thoughts aren't even believable sounding, just melodramatic cartoon character thoughts. Yes, there is scene where they meet for the first time and are both caught by knock-you-dead lust then spend like an hour together in the evening and maybe 30 minutes in the morning and decide they really like the other person. (They don't have sex.) But most of the rest of this first 40% is "I should have done this/that." "Oh was he/she so wonderful/hot." ETC. You know the drill.

Anyhow, at 40% point they meet again and go off to have sex. (I should note here he is 36 and she 25.) So, after he jerks off her top he just wants to stare at her breasts but she is shy. Deleting the inner thoughts crap in this section, just read this dialog and it will probably tell you whether you will like this book:

HE: Tell me why you are scared, Kitten.
SHE: Why do you keep calling me that?
HE: Because that's how you slept on my lap, like a contented kitten.
SHE: I want to rub myself all over you like one, she whispered.
HE: I want you to do that too. But, first tell me what's wrong.
SHE: I haven't....It's been a while for me."
HE: We'll take it slow. Slow and easy."
SHE: "Okay. But what if I want fast and hard, too?'

Well, at that point I couldn't take any more and stopped reading. So, if you like a lot of melodrama and a lot of time spent on the same old/same old thoughts, then you might like this one.
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I'll admit that I'm still reading the first chapter of "From This Moment On," and already I am appalled by the poor quality of the writing, not that romance novels are necessarily considered literature, but omg...am I missing something? How could anyone take this book seriously and not go running back to the store for a refund.

I can't explain Ms. Andre's best selling status. I will chalk it up as one of the great mysteries of life. If you know anything about writing, run.

First of all, the first fourteen pages are almost nothing but narrative. Good writers will open the story with a hook. In this book, there is none. The fact that Marcus leaves his brother's engagement party in order to go to a club is just a way to drop large chunks of flashbacks into the story. Ms. Andre does a lot of telling and not showing, paints no word pictures. The sentences are all about the same length and the pace is always the same, doesn't let the reader breathe. There is no ebb and flow. The flashbacks take the reader too far out of the story. The real story starts on page 14:

"She was riding the guy like he was a bucking bronco and she was the star rodeo rider," would have been much more interesting than the cliché, "Marcus was a man on a mission."

In the first chapter, Marcus is described as a man who looked at Jill in terms of the future, as a wife and mother. And then the author writes that her house wasn't the type to have children in it. Than why does he see her as someone to marry and have kids with? After catching his girlfriend cheating he hopes to find a woman to have a family with some day, but for now, he just wants to boff anyone. That doesn't make sense to me.

There is no creative writing at all.
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