Tuesday, July 24, 2018

I Only Have Eyes for You by Bella Andre ~ Review

Title: I Only Have Eyes for You (The Sullivans #4)
Author: Bella Andre
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Oak Press LLC
Release Date: February 22, 2012
Source: Purchased
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

The only woman Jake McCann wants is the one he can never have. But even though he knows loving Sophie Sullivan isn’t the right thing to do...how can he possibly resist? 

Sophie Sullivan, a librarian in San Francisco, was five years old when she fell head over heels in love with Jake McCann. Twenty years later, she’s convinced the notorious bad boy still sees her as the “nice” Sullivan twin. That is, when he bothers to look at her at all. But when they both get caught up in the magic of the first Sullivan wedding, she knows it’s long past time to do whatever it takes to make him see her for who she truly is...the woman who will love him forever. 

Jake has always been a magnet for women, especially since his Irish pubs made him extremely wealthy. But the only woman he really wants is the one he can never have. Not only is Sophie his best friend’s off-limits younger sister...he can’t risk letting her get close enough to discover his deeply hidden secret. 

Only, when Sophie appears on his doorstep as Jake’s every fantasy come to life—smart, beautiful, and shockingly sexy—he doesn’t have a prayer of taking his eyes, or his hands, off her. And he can’t stop craving more of her sweet smiles and sinful kisses. Because even though Jake knows loving Sophie isn’t the right thing to do...how can he possibly resist? 

The Sullivans are a really fun family, and when I saw that book four about the librarian and book lover of the family, I couldn't resist. Sophie Sullivan is a "good girl" and is often overlooked as a person no one needs to worry about because she will always do the right thing. But that has gotten her nowhere with the one man she's had a crush on for years. She decides to liven up her life and live on the edge a little, taking a page out of her twin sister's naughty ways. I'm sure Sophie would have for me to say this, but it was adorable. I loved seeing her take risks and come out of her shell. She turned into a bold woman that wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted in life.

On the other half of this romantic equation, we have Jake. Jake was all-but-adopted by the Sullivans and grew up thinking of Sophie as the sister he needed to protect. When Sophie turns the tables on him and starts her pursuit, he really doesn't have a clue how to handle it. Watching the good girl fluster the bad boy with her naughty ways was refreshing, and I really enjoyed it.

The downside to this book, and to the series so far, is that some of the intimate scenes just feel like the writing was forced and don't always flow with the story. I sort of want to just take them out and enjoy reading about the bond Sophie and Jake are building because that is what makes this a good story.


  1. Oh I need to get back to this one. I enjoyed the first three then jumped to some of the later books on audio. I'll have to backtrack :D

    1. I'm on the fence for the series over all. I love the family and thier significant others, but sometimes the sex scenes take me out of the book.