The Look of Love by Bella Andre

This book explores the idea of love at first sight with two strangers unexpectedly thrown together one cold and rainy night.

What’s it About? 

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Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she’s convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he?

As a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he’s home in San Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is–until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing to move mountains to love–and protect–her, but will she let him?

Chloe vows never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Only, with every loving look Chase gives her–and every sinfully sweet caress–as the attraction between them sparks and sizzles, she can’t help but wonder if she’s met the only exception. And although Chase didn’t realize his life was going to change forever in an instant, amazingly, he isn’t the least bit interested in fighting that change. Instead, he’s gearing up for a different fight altogether…for Chloe’s heart.

First Impressions

How soon is too soon to fall in love? Is there a rule book which dictates how long a couple must wait before not only deciding they love each other, but that they want to spend the rest of their lives together? In this book, we see a couple who seemingly fall hard for each other with just one look. The look of loooooove. Now, do I believe in love at first sight? I’ll never say never, but it’s kind of hard to wrap my head around. Especially considering the couple in this book declare their feelings of love for each other within just four days of knowing each other. Honestly, I think the only thing I’ve ever knowingly loved that quickly was a food item, which probably involved chocolate in some way. However, I must say, even though I may not personally wholeheartedly believe in the concept of love at first sight, this book does a damn fine job of presenting it in a shockingly reasonable way.

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What’s Important in Life? 

Whenever I read a whirlwind romance like this I always find myself asking the same questions. How could you decide to spend the rest of your life with a man not knowing what side of the bed he sleeps on? If he prefers Coke or Pepsi? If he can put up with you re-watching Friends or Gilmore Girls for the 15th time and have the ability to reserve judgement?! You know…the important things in life. However, what this novel does so well is it manages to show our lead characters what is truly important to the other, and that is what makes them fall in love so quickly. Yes, there is an obvious physical attraction, but it really goes beyond that.

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He comes upon her stranded on the side of the road with a bruise on the side of her face. In four days time he’s willing to protect her, yet also admit that she’s more than capable of taking care of herself with her own personal strength and determination of spirit. They both have creative passions, and are supportive of the other doing whatever is needed to make those passions grow, helping whenever possible along the way. His dedication to his large family is especially noteworthy, not to mention the fact he captures the real her behind his camera lens. Again, for such a short timeframe, you can see how they got to know who the other person truly was without superfluous details getting in the way. It’s the basic foundation of their relationship, and everything else is just the whipped cream on top.

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The Benefit of a Player

There was one aspect of their relationship that brought them together which I did find kind of funny. Not necessarily bad, but just something I thought was worth mentioning. Chase is a man of no commitment and one-night stands. He’s had countless women come in and out of his bed, but when he sets his sights on Chloe he knows almost immediately that there’s something different about her. This is one of the things that makes him pursue her so relentlessly without giving up.

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And on the flip side, it is because Chase has never had a long term relationship that Chloe knows she can believe him when he says things are different with her, and when he says he loves her it’s definitely true since he’s never uttered those words before. It’s almost like he’s being…rewarded(?) for being a womanizer! I couldn’t help but wonder if his romantic past had been different, if he’d had let’s say just two serious long term monogamous relationships in his adult life, would she have taken his declarations of love less seriously? Would she have even stuck around for four whole days to see if what they had was real? Again, just an interesting little side note.

Series: San Francisco Sullivans, book 1. For sure continuing with this seris. There’s a whole ton of Sullivan siblings in this family, and I can’t wait to meet them all!

Should you read it? A sexy, quick read with an interesting take on love at first sight. Does this book 100% convince me it’s possible? Nah, not really. I still couldn’t help but feel they got together waaaay to fast. I mean, come on, four days??? But that being said it did do a pretty damn good job of demonstrating the plausibility of love in a single look. The side story involving Chloe’s ex-husband was definitely intriguing, though I also felt it was pushed aside too long until the dramatic climactic ending. Would have liked a bit more incorporation on that front.

Smut Level: This book is all about exploring sexual fantasies, and all that Chloe has been missing out in since ending her relationship with her abusive ex-husband. We have a wet and wild bathtub moment, as well as a nighttime balcony sexcapade that’ll have you opening a window to cool off.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $3.99 Kindle Price. Amazon Digital Services LLC. 384 Pages.

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