From This Moment On is the second installment in the Sullivan family novels by Bella Andre. Front and center in this book is the oldest of the eight siblings. Marcus is used to taking care of his family. Since his father’s death when Marcus was a teenager, Marcus has felt as though he needed to be the stable one. He owns a winery in Napa Valley and has been in a committed relationship for the past two years with a woman who seems to be a perfect candidate for wife and mother to his future children. After a devastating betrayal, Marcus realizes he has wasted his time with her, and he decides that a mindless one-night stand will do him some good.
When he sees a woman in a leather dress at a noisy club, he decides that she is the one for the night. Unbeknownst to him, Nicola is not just any California girl out for a night out. She is a famous pop star, “Nico”, who has just been betrayed herself by an opportunistic boyfriend. Her image is that of a party girl, going through men at an alarming rate, and dressing in skimpy clothing. The reality is that Nicola is a reserved young woman, with few friends other than the people she works with. What started as a one-night stand ends up an overnight stay, when Nicola falls asleep on the way to Marcus’s house.
The rest of the novel is about Marcus and Nicola and their path to romance. The primary difficulty with their relationship is their lifestyles. Marcus has a quiet and stable life running his winery. Having to hide from the paparazzi and sneak into hotels is not his style. Nor is a relationship where his girlfriend is always on the road. For Nicola’s part, she is interested in maintaining her career as well as her identity. These differences lead to many misunderstandings. Their relationship is full of ups and downs, as Marcus and Nicola negotiate their new relationship. Close to the end of the book, I was ready for them to stop talking and get over themselves.
I liked this book more than I liked the first one in the series, The Look of Love. Though there were still the impossibly perfect Sullivan siblings, at least there was no big villain that showed up. Mostly, the book was just about how to merge two lives together in order to form a lasting relationship. There are a lot of romantic scenes in these books (translation: very, very, steamy), so be warned. In addition, Andre seems to enjoy having her male characters dip their feet (so to speak) in the world of dominance, though it is quite consensually done.
From This Moment On was a super fast fun . Though there is nothing new or edgy about this book, it was quite entertaining. It was perfect for the summer, and I will gladly read the next book about the Sullivans.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Regina
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