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The Way You Look Tonight (The Seattle Sullivans) Mass Market Paperback – August 26, 2014
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Rafe Sullivan is a successful private investigator but lately his job is bringing him no satisfaction. When his sister Mia railroads him into buying the lake house their parents owned when they were kids, he decides to take some time off and access his life. He certainly doesn't expect to run into an old family friend who is all grown up and sending his hormones into overdrive.
Brooke Jansen has been making her own way since her grandparent's death and she inherited their lake front home. With a thriving chocolate business and a quiet lifestyle she's quite happy and her business is about to really take off thanks to her new business partner. When Rafe pulls up on his motorcycle she fondly remembers his wild ways and hopes to convince him to take her for a walk on the wild side.
Both these characters were easy to like although Rafe was somewhat brooding for a good part of the time. The thing is his mood and reasons were valid and I did love watching how his spirit seemed to lift once he was back at Lake Wenatchee and when he was around Brooke. I'll admit Brooke took me a little by surprise once she made up her mind she was going to seduce Rafe. She was tenacious and bold and I honestly think that's what convinced Rafe to move forward; it was easy for him to not see her as the little girl who always had a crush on him.
While renovating Rafe's home they spend a lot of time together and really begin to understand and get to know each other as adults. The attraction between them was immense so it's surprise that they get intimate fairly quickly. They have some bumps in the road mainly due to Rafe's inability to trust easily and Brooke needing her independence. I enjoyed watching them work through these issues and the advice they receive from Rafe's nosey siblings.
The first book in a new series is always a little tough because we are getting to know the characters, their places, and what makes them all tick. However, I felt quite at home with this group of Sullivan's and I can't wait for the next book. I'm pretty sure someone from Mia's past is going to turn her world on its axis!
There were no unnecessary drama at all, no third party, and most importantly, there were no main characters doing very stupid things. This one had a little drama because of the conflict that was glad that it wasn't really that intense. Actually, it makes me likes the heroine even more. I love that the drama wasn't stretched out and that the two of them acted rationally considering what just happened. I'm not sure if I could be that calm at all (I'm a bit of a drama queen in real life, haha).
The chemistry of Rafe and Brooke were so strong that I really want to get inside the story and punch them both for not doing something about it. I was mentally shouting "start making up already!" whenever they're having a moment. My! I can't remember how long it was since I felt this worked out with the characters, haha (but it's on a good way, *wink). I love how their attraction grew until they finally realize that it's not just a summer fling they want but to spend the rest of their lives together.
Both of the main characters had their own share of baggage to carry, though I think Brooke handled her own just fine. Rafe on the other hand, though he look wild and dangerous outside, he's kind of messed up inside. Brooke's parents we're both overprotective, they're so overprotective that eventhough she's an adult now, they still keep on hovering with every decisions she makes. Sounds suffocating right? That's why she's working so hard proving them that she's now perfectly able to handle herself. Rafe on the other hand was haunted of what happened to him before and in result, he's always critical about everyone.
Another thing I like about this story is that it was taken from both the main character's POV which really makes it so easy to relate to them.
Brooke. My! I really love this girl. She's very bold, very brave and always say things that she really mean. I can't even count how many times I covered my face whenever she acted so boldly and say all those things to Rafe. My! This girl sure has some spunk. Of all the books I've read this year, I guess Brooke is the very first one that I really really like and I didn't even saw atleast one flaw that I dislike. She's very warm too and I love how caring and trusting she is considering of her upbringing (very protective and unaffectionate parents).
Rafe on the other hand. My! Ever since I read the first chapter, I already have my eyes on him. He wasn't introduced that irresistibly sexy yet but I already have this feeling that this guy is going to rock my world, and my! I really love it when I'm right. I guess it's not a surprise because aside from geeks/nerds and cocky heroes, I also love bad guys, especially those that screams wild and dangerous. Dang! This guy sure have both of those quality, I guess the only lacking was the black leather jacket, *wink. He's not arrogant and was not a jerk until I came to the conflict part, but honestly? I think it's just a bad decision on his part. Not that intense to make you throw something, really. Also, he has his own ghost to deal with but I'm glad Brooke was able to help him overcome it. When he told her about it, I just love how she responded. It was just perfect that it made me teary eyed. They really deserve each other.
I already anticipated half of the conflict considering Rafe being a PI and with a trusting issues, but I have to say that I wasn't disappointed with what happened afterwards. Brooke didn't transformed into a total bitch but acted rationally. What Rafe did was really insulting but I'm glad he was able to redeem himself afterwards. I'm just really glad that everything turned out perfectly and they were both able to work it out without prolonging the drama.
I am giving this story a 4 star rating for now. Even though it was really good, there were times that I skipped some lines just to reach the exciting part. It's definitely not boring, I'm just really excited, haha. This was my first time from the author and I have to say that I'm really impressed. So expect some more reviews from this author in my future posts, *wink.
And yes, this one definitely has HEA with such a sweet epilogue in addition. It always warms my heart whenever there's happy family added. And Sullivan family is sure one lovely family to belong to. And not just that, I love that this story also gave me something to look forward to on the second book. Though I hate celebrity relationship, I love boy bands, and seems like I'll be dealing with that on the second book, *wink. Also, this book is in series but you can perfectly read it standalone.