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This is a story about the crème de la crème of society. Where one thinks money could solve their problems, it can actually bar them from finding real happiness.
Drake Sullivan, a painter experiencing painter’s block is starting to panic. All his brothers are filthy rich and successful. He is, too, but if this painter’s block continues… Will he ever be able to paint again with the passion necessary to create a great piece?
When he meets Rosa Bouchard, he is captured by her beauty, both in physical form and the spirit which lays beneath her skin. Dying to paint her, he needs to coax her into not running from him. He finds much more in this beauty than he expected, and feels something he never has before.
Rosa is running from past decisions, made to keep her family together, but now the game has turned nasty. Money can’t buy the peace of mind she needs. She’s an emotionally intriguing character who is easy to relate to because many have done things in the past to stave off the worst — a means of survival and don’t know the next step to freedom. Rosa and her mom and brothers have risen to the top of society only to realize how fragile and lonely that apex could be. The changes she needs to make in her life don’t come easily. The story is written compellingly with several threads of rich secondary characters and subplots which gear to the continuation of the series.
Drake is a multi-textured characters, with his own strengths and his inner fragility. Where he is there to support Rosa, he has his own demons to overcome. I really like the way the author brings how important family is into the story.
The narrator is an animated storyteller, with a girl-next-door energy and down-to-earth portrayal of feelings which found me nodding in perfect understanding and sympathy. The author certainly has captured my interest in this most charming series.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Bella Andre. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it
I couldn’t wait to read “The New York Sullivans” book 2. I had so many high expectations and most of them have been met accordingly. Bella Andre has created 2 other characters with their own troubles and issues to face. I see a small resemblance in Suzanne and Rosa, but Roman and Drake are totally different.
There is that instant attraction between them from the first moment they meet. Even if she doesn’t need Roman’s services, she more than welcomes his presence. As for Roman, he may not agree with her brothers’ approach to hire him behind her back, he feels the need to protect her from whoever is trying to hurt her and her business.
Suzanne has lived under her brothers’ vigilant eyes. Nobody is good enough, nobody is perfect for their sister. So she created an empire none of them could touch in her IT company. She struggled at first, but managed to do all on her own, her ambition being what kept her going. Now she has the respect of her employees, unimaginable working schedule and to top that, charity as well. She has no time to deal with anonymous calls (literary no time)! However, she forms a plan to get Roman’s attention and persuade him to quit his job, using her feminine charms.
Roman’s past is not one to be proud of, having to fight for his future and a father who did not know how to be one truly. He is a successful bodyguard with nothing that could take him away from an accomplished mission. Well, except his new customer. She is untouchable. She is not only a customer, but also one of his friends’ sister. So hands off! Right?
Suzanne’s determination is visible in her efforts to win Roman. But there are some aspects that I wanted to know more about or that I feel were not closed as I would have expected. Roman’s issues with his father were quickly handled, whereas I think there was a lot of potential there and as well with the threats against Suzanne – this item was wrapped in the end in a couple of hours maybe. The mentioning of Suzanne’s mom’ leaving was confusing as well. I always thought she left them, while in reality something else happened there.
The narration was great, as well as in the first book. Eva Kaminsky has the perfect voice for a kind and gentle woman like Suzanne and I like the way she did the pauses, when one character interrupts another. It felt natural!
To close up this long review, I was not at all disappointed by “Now That I’ve Found You”, even with all the complaints. I cannot wait to discover the next story in “You Do Something To Me”. I have a feeling it will be the best of the three. Happy Listening J
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Bella Andre. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Can’t get enough of these Sullivans give us more but longer than 1-2 -4 hrs too short 7-8 hrs is more satisfying. Love these books unbelievable.. just perfect reading or I must say listening so hot