All I Ever Need Is You is Adam Sullivan's love story from Bella Andre's New York Times and USA Today number-one best-selling Sullivan series. Seattle architect Adam Sullivan is well known for his brilliant historic building restorations - and for having absolutely no interest in love and marriage. He's happy for his siblings and cousins who have found true love, but though they're clearly hellbent on seeing him settled, his family is just going to have to accept that Cupid's arrow will be skipping this Sullivan. That is, until he meets Kerry Dromoland...and suddenly Adam starts to question everything he once believed to be true about falling in love. As one of the top wedding planners in Seattle, Kerry has been waiting her whole life to find her own true love. So even though Adam makes her heart race and her body heat up every time they're together, she knows better than to think he could be "the one". Still, knowing he's Seattle's biggest player doesn't make it any easier to resist his breathtaking kisses and wicked caresses...or the fact that he makes her smile more than any man ever has. But when Kerry desperately needs Adam's help - and he comes through for her without the slightest hesitation - she begins to realize that there just might be more to the man she can't resist than she'd previously thought. Can the bad boy with no interest in being reformed - and the woman who has no interest in reforming a bad boy - find forever together?
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Setting: Seattle, contemporary Genre: Romance I like the concept of this series. I enjoy the basic plots. The characters have potential. However, the execution falls short. The more books I read, the better I am able to distinguish good writing from average, so when a book, especially one with as much potential as this one, fails to pull me in to the world the author has created, I am disappointed at the least. Sometimes I even get miffed. This one had me beyond miffed into frustrated. Not to the point where I'd put it down, but still. Here's the gist of the story. Adam Sullivan is a excellent, well-known architect specializing in recovering the beauty of old buildings. But he is also a player, dropping women as soon as they start talking about love and happily ever after. Even as he has watched his cousins and siblings find happiness with their perfect-for-them other half, he has sworn off love and marriage. Love and forever? Nope. Never gonna happen. But with all the examples of family members finding love, we never find out why he would have this attitude. Kerry Dromoland is a much sought after wedding planner who believes in HEA. The weddings she helps couples plan are dreams-come-true. She is - very cautiously - waiting to find Mr. Right in the safe men she occasionally dates. Her family's past disappointments in love have influenced her attitude. Her father's abandonment of the family, her mother's adamant warnings about getting involved with charm but no substance, and the example of her sister's dysfunctional relationship, all keep her from getting involved with pretty much anyone. When Adam meets Kerry while on a wedding planning favor for Ryan and Vicki (his brother & his fiancée), there is instant attraction on both sides. He asks her out, she says no, he woos her, then she tells him yes. Not to a date, but just one night of no-strings-attached sex. What follows is a rocky road to the conclusion you expect of a romance novel. What I liked about this book included the basic plot and the suggestion of the characters that could have been. Good bones for a book. However..... I got so frustrated with the lack of action in the story. The author tells the reader what is going on, rather than showing it. I know it is difficult to show all that background motivation through what the characters do and say, but it is possible. Because there was more telling than showing involved, the characters couldn't be fleshed out as well as they could have been. If I could give Bella Andre a piece of advice it would be to gently suggest she take a writer's workshop to get pointers on how to provide the show rather than just telling the reader the story. Maybe she could ask the members of her writers group to show her how to improve in this area, so her stories are more dynamic. Eva Kaminsky's narration was both good in some ways, not so much in others. She differentiated the characters relatively well. There were only a few instances where I had a moment of confusion. She has a nice voice. However, her delivery is so languid, it made the telling not showing of the story that much worse. To fix this, I increased the speed to 1.25. This required a slight adjustment at first, but once I got used to it (within a couple of sentences) it was comfortable listening. I got this in a BOGO quite some time ago, but just found it in my extensive TBR library list. This is what happens when you can't resist a sale. Speaking of sales, if you like this series, I suggest you wait for one to get this addition. Otherwise, give it a pass.