I Only Have Eyes for You (The Sullivans Series #4)

I Only Have Eyes for You (The Sullivans Series #4)

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by Bella Andre
     
 

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The sweetest temptation…

Sophie Sullivan fell head over heels for Jake McCann at the age of five. Twenty years later, the notorious bad boy still sees her as the "nice" Sullivan twin. When they both get caught up in the magic of the first Sullivan wedding, she knows it's time to make him see her for who she truly is…the woman who

Overview

The sweetest temptation…

Sophie Sullivan fell head over heels for Jake McCann at the age of five. Twenty years later, the notorious bad boy still sees her as the "nice" Sullivan twin. When they both get caught up in the magic of the first Sullivan wedding, she knows it's time 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, but the only woman he really wants is the one he can never have. Not only is Sophie his best friend's off-limits sister…he can't risk letting her get close enough to discover his deeply hidden secret.

But when Sophie appears on his doorstep, Jake's every fantasy comes to life, and he doesn't have a hope of taking his eyes, or hands, off her. Jake knows loving Sophie isn't the right thing to do, but one look at her and he knows he can't possibly resist.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In some ways, Sophie Sullivan is a stereotypical librarian with a love of organization and an affinity for books. She’s used to being capital-N “Nice” and “the quiet Sullivan twin.” But after the success of her brother Chase’s wedding, which she helped plan, she decides it is finally time to act on her attraction to bar owner and family friend Jake McCann, whom she has loved since childhood. Despite one amazing night together, Jack runs from Sophie, believing he’s not good enough for her. By the time he realizes he can’t live without her, she’s gone from starry-eyed to miserable, and he has to figure out how to win back her trust. Andre’s fourth novel about the eight Sullivan siblings (after Can’t Help Falling in Love) continues to impress with a well-developed relationship and strong supporting characters, leaving readers clamoring for the next book. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"The perfect combination of sexy heat and tender heart."
—Barbara Freethy, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Bella Andre writes warm, sexy contemporary romance that always gives me a much needed pick me up. Reading one of her books is truly a pleasure."
— Maya Banks, New York Times Bestselling author

"I can't wait for more Sullivans!"
—Carly Phillips, New York Times Bestselling Author

"No one does sexy like Bella Andre."
—Sarah MacLean, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Loveable characters, sizzling chemistry, and poignant emotion."
—Christie Ridgway, USA Today Bestselling Author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778315599
Publisher:
MIRA
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Series:
Sullivans Series, #4
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
329,251
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 4.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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Sophie Sullivan surveyed the final wedding preparations with satisfaction. She'd spent the past several months putting together the details for her brother's wedding and it was wonderful to see it all come together so perfectly.

In less than two hours, Chase and his fiancée, Chloe, would be saying "I do" beneath rose-covered arches with three hundred guests looking on. The Napa Valley vineyard owned by her oldest brother, Marcus, was not only the perfect backdrop for the wedding, but was also where Chase and Chloe had first met and fallen in love.

The catering staff Sophie had hired was busy in the on-site kitchen. The florist was putting the finishing touches on the flowers that ran up both sides of the aisle and the beautiful bouquets at the center of each of the tables in the reception area. The weather was perfect with blue skies and a few puffy white clouds lazily floating by. The vineyards were bursting with green leaves and budding grapes, and the mustard flowers between the rows of vines were a stunning burst of golden color all across the seemingly endless hills of grapevines.

The bride and the other bridesmaids were already in the guesthouse having their hair and makeup done. Sophie should have been there getting ready with them half an hour ago, but she'd wanted to first make sure that everything outside was perfect. Which was why she was still standing out in the vineyard wearing jeans tucked into boots, a long blue sweater and a hat over hair she hadn't bothered with that morning because she knew the stylist would take care of it for her.

Sophie was a librarian, not a wedding planner, but she'd leaped at the chance to help plan Chase's wedding, and it had been so much fun. Well, apart from all those meetings with—

"Hey, Nice, looking good."

Every muscle in Sophie's body tensed at hearing the low drawl from behind her.

Jake McCann.

Her brother Zach's closest friend…and the object of twenty years of her unrequited love.

Of course, not once in those twenty years had she ever been anything more to him than Zach's little sister. What's more, she knew darn well that she wasn't "looking good" right then in clothes she'd put on to move furniture and heavy containers of flowers all morning.

Barely stifling a frustrated sigh, she replied, "My name is Sophie, not Nice," without turning to face him. She'd reminded him of this at least a hundred times over the years, but he still persisted in calling her by her nickname.

It was one thing when her brothers called her Nice…and it was another entirely when Jake said it. Especially when, in her secret dreams, she was naughty and wild and the woman he couldn't believe he'd lived without for so long.

She felt him move closer, his innate heat searing her even from several feet away. She'd always been overly attuned to him, instantly alert to his presence in a room. As a little girl, she'd made excuses to hang out with her older brothers just to be near Jake, keeping extra quiet so no one would remember she was there while they played in the tree fort or shot pool in the basement while making off-color jokes that she didn't understand until she was a great deal older.

The urge to turn and drink him in, to lose herself in the spark of wicked in his chocolate-brown eyes, was so strong she almost gave in. Of course, she knew every inch of Jake's face by heart, having spent most of her childhood staring at him when she didn't think he was looking. His jaw was square and his nose had a couple of bumps on it that she knew were from fights he'd been in.

So instead of looking at him, she forced herself to keep her gaze trained on the outdoor seating area, watching the florists make final adjustments to the arrangements and the caterers rush trays of food in from their vans to Marcus's industrial-size kitchen. Regardless of what she actually felt for Jake, Sophie's pride insisted that she do her best to act as if she didn't care one way or another if he was there or not.

"Hard to believe the day has finally come." He paused, and she could hear the humor mixed with a faint disdain in his voice as he finished, "A Sullivan is actually taking the plunge."

Sophie was known as the clearheaded, soft-spoken one in the family, the one who always thought things through before taking action. She'd never been prone to outbursts or to giving in to crazy inner urgings. That was her twin sister Lo-ri's territory, which was why Lori's nickname was Naughty and Sophie's was Nice. But Sophie rarely felt levelheaded anymore around Jake.

How could she when her heart always beat too fast at the thought of what it would feel like to be in his arms…or because he was making her angry with some macho comment? Usually both at the same time. Just as he was doing right now. He was utterly infuriating but so darn desirable that even though she knew she had to be crazy for wanting him the way she did, she'd never been able to stop the way she felt.

Hating how out of control he made her feel, her fingers curled into fists as she lost the battle with acting aloof and whirled around to face him.

Unfortunately for her traitorous hormones, Jake was more gorgeous than ever in his tuxedo. His crisp white dress shirt opened up just enough at the neck for her to see the dark hair curling up at the vee of his chest. His tattoos were covered up, but just knowing they were hidden behind a thin layer of fabric sent a kick of forbidden desire rushing through her. God, what she wouldn't give to see his tattoos up close, to have hours to run her fingers over his naked skin and study the ink imprinted into his skin.

"Chase and Chloe are in love," she told him in a sharp voice made even sharper by her disappointment with herself for not being even the slightest bit unaffected by Jake's good looks. "Their wedding is going to be beautiful and perfect and incredibly romantic."

It was even more beautiful and perfect and romantic that Chloe was pregnant and absolutely glowing. Sophie couldn't wait to babysit, to endlessly spoil her niece or nephew. Jake's mouth moved up into a half smile at her emphatic statement. "It's going to be one hell of a party, at least."

What was wrong with him? Sophie wondered for what had to be the thousandth time in twenty years. How could he look at a lifetime of love and only see the party?

Then again, given the fact that he blew through women at a shockingly fast rate, it wasn't hard to guess that he was one of those imbeciles who didn't believe in love. A rich, good-looking guy like Jake McCann would just be in it for the sex. She should know better than to give him even five minutes of her time. And yet…if it were that easy, if love was that rational, then she likely would have found another man to fall in love with years ago.

Unfortunately, when it came to her feelings for Jake, rational had absolutely nothing to do with them, and never had.

Even worse, thinking about sex and Jake at the same time always made her go hot all over, and now was no different. Sophie was neither a virgin nor a prude, despite what people might otherwise assume about librarians. On the contrary, if people knew just how well-read she was on the subject of sex, they would likely be shocked. Especially Jake.

Wouldn't it be something to shock Jake, who clearly thought he had written the book on seduction?

Darn it, by now she should know better than to let her fantasies run away with her where Jake was concerned, even if her body had stupidly fallen in lust with him from the first stirring of teenage hormones. And still, she couldn't help but breathe in his scent, a faint hint of hops and something she'd never been able to categorize beyond night and darkness.

She moved to straighten an already perfectly straight chair. "I checked over the bar setup earlier and it looks like everything is in place." She'd planned on hiring a professional bar service for the wedding, but Jake had insisted on covering that aspect of the wedding himself. He owned a chain of Irish pubs, and despite the fact that he was incredibly successful with his businesses, she hadn't been quite sure how he'd pull off a bar at a formal wedding.

Now that she'd seen what he'd done, she grudgingly had to admit, "You've done a good job with it. A really good job."

She could feel his dark eyes on her as he said, "So have you, with this entire wedding." Again he gave her that half smile that made her stomach do flip-flops. "You sure I can't hire you to run my pubs? I could always use someone like you to whip the things into even better shape."

A burst of pleasure at his compliments shot through her, warming her all over. That was the problem with Jake. Even when she was irritated with him, even though he'd never return her feelings for him in a million, billion years, she couldn't help but be charmed by him. Sophie and every other woman on the planet, it often seemed.

Still, knowing she'd never forgive herself if she melted into a gooey puddle of lust in the middle of Marcus's vineyard, she simply told him, "I'd miss my books too much, thanks."

All her life, Sophie had had stacks of books in every room and she'd recently embraced the digital age and gotten an e-reader that fit in her purse. She'd gone to Stanford University and come out with a combined degree in English literature and Library Science that she'd put together herself with the help of an adviser who loved books just as much as she did. As soon as she'd graduated from college, she'd applied to work for the San Francisco Public Library. She knew she could have made much more money working for a university library, or applying her research and cataloging skills to one of the high-tech startups throughout the Bay Area, but she'd always wanted to be a librarian. Even if her apartment was on the small side and she'd never be rich, she hadn't regretted her decision for a second.

Knowing that prolonging her close proximity to Jake in this uberromantic setting would only mess with her head, she said, "I'd better get over to the guesthouse." But just as she was turning to go, a sudden gust of wind whipped her baseball cap off her head.

Jake reached out and caught it by the brim before she even had time to react. "Got it."

He moved in front of her and slid a lock of dark hair that had caught on her mouth back under the hat as he settled it into place. Her cheek tingled from the gentle brush of skin on skin and she nervously licked her lips. She couldn't remember the last time he'd touched her. It wasn't that he wasn't an affectionate man, it was just that he'd always seemed to steer clear of touching her.

His hands stilled on the brim of her hat, his dark eyes turning almost jet-black as his gaze held on her mouth. Neither of them moved for several moments, but then, suddenly, he was stepping back from her, the slightly cool wine-country air pushing in where his heat had been just seconds before.

"You might want to tighten it down so it doesn't blow off again," he told her before quickly scanning her outfit with a frown. "Aren't you one of Chloe's maids of honor? What are you still doing wearing that?" Still working to catch her breath from the shock of his touch, it took far longer than it should have for her to register his question. She couldn't miss the mocking tone, however.

Months ago, when Jake had volunteered to run the bar at Chase and Chloe's wedding, she'd impulsively decided to teach him a lesson about his arrogance, along with the way he insisted on continuing to look at her as little more than a child, rather than a fully grown woman. She'd planned to make him want her, to somehow figure out a way to make him desperate with longing…before she scorned him, leaving him high and dry for the first time in his life.

But had she made good on those big plans to attract and then reject Jake in the past four months?

Ha!

"Yes, I am," she finally replied, her words a hard snap of breath and teeth. "Everyone else is getting dressed, but I needed to check on a few final things first."

The perfect planes of his face shifted again from frown to scowl, before settling back into indifference. "Now that you know everything is perfect, you'd better go get pretty, then, shouldn't you, princess?"

Jake's harsh words landed with a hard thud between them. She didn't know if he'd intended to hurt her with the implication that it would take some time, along with a good amount of effort, to pretty her up…but whether or not that had been his intent, that was exactly what he'd just done.

A few minutes ago she'd felt proud of what she'd accomplished with Chase and Chloe's wedding. Now, that pride was all but erased by the way Jake looked at her and clearly found her so wanting, so utterly devoid of female allure. Because even though she knew better than to care, even though she knew better than to give him the power to hurt her, a handful of his careless words did more damage than anything else ever could have.

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Bella Andre is known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly). Winner of the Award of Excellence, the Washington Post has called her “one of the top digital writers in America.” Married with two children, Bella splits her time between Northern California and the Adirondacks. You can visit Bella online at www.BellaAndre.com.

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I Only Have Eyes For You: The Sullivans, Book 4 (Contemporary Romance) 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 279 reviews.
tmc06 More than 1 year ago
WOW!!! Bella Andre does it again with another incredible story from the Sullivan Family. Sophie and Jake's love for one another is so amazing. I got drawed in at the very beginning and could not put it down till I was finished. The saga of the Sullivan Family just keeps getting better and better. The love, support and dedication that this family has for each other is amazing. I can't wait to read about Zach, but I'm really waiting for Smith's book (he's very interesting). If you have not read about the Sullivan family they are a must read. It's early into 2012 but this book just got pushed to the top of my list for Best Books read. It's a must read....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From beginning to end this book did not let me down. Definitely worth the purchase
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I have not read the whole sullivan series, but I have read books 1 and 2, liked this one the best so far. Definitely recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all of the Sullivan Books but Sophie and Jake are by far my favorite so far!!!! I loved to watch them give into the love they knew they already felt but were so determined to ignore. Can't wait to see their family in future books! I know Zach's story is next but I am so looking forward to Lori's :-)
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: Another great installment to this fantastic family series!! This book is about Sophie, or as the family calls her, "Nice". She is one of the twin girls (Lori is Naughty) in this family of eight siblings. Being "Nice" means that her six older brothers and family friend Jake have always put her in a sweet little protected box. Sophie is tired of the box and the moniker and decides it's time to claim her own fate...and sets out to seduce Jake on the night of Chase and Chloe's wedding. And that's where this fabulous story begins. I love the chemistry in this book. Sophie and Jake have been friends forever, but they are also complete opposites. He's a tattooed bad boy who has made his career from running and creating Irish pubs. She's a librarian with her nose always buried in a book. Regardless of those differences, they have both always harbored secret feelings for the other. The difference is Sophie wants the relationship while Jake doesn't think that he's good enough for her. Most of the family agrees with him. They know him and his womanizing ways. They just don't realize that most of it is a front to cover and bury his feelings for Sophie. I thought they were wonderful together! The only reason that I marked the rating down a little on this one was because the story wasn't anything new. I knew exactly where the story was going, but that didn't keep me from enjoying the story every step of the way. Once again, I have to say how much I am enjoying this series. There are still four stories yet to come out...Yippee!! We still have Smith (world famous actor), Lori (professional choreographer), Zach (mechanic and confirmed bachelor), and Ryan (professional baseball player). Zach's book is next. I cannot wait to read his story. He is the one in the family who has completely dogged everyone else as they have fallen in love. This confirmed bachelor is going to fall HARD when he falls. I can't wait to see who Bella chooses for his heroine! If you like Contemporary Romance novels that follow a family, I highly recommend this series!! The series: 1. The Look of Love: Chase (pro photographer) and Chloe - B rating 2. From This Moment On: Marcus (vintner) and Nicola - A rating 3. Can't Help Falling in Love: Gabe (firefighter) and Megan - A rating 4. I Only Have Eyes for You: Sophie (librarian) and Jake - B+ rating
DudeRanchWoman More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Sophie & Jake's story. Although sometimes when the storyline is driven by misunderstandings and the "I'm not good enough" worries, that can be a little trying. And I would've liked a little more ... of their journey, but if you like Bella Andre, it's definitely worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Holy cow. I loved this book. All of the Sullivan books have been outstanding, but i liked this one the best so far. Jake and sophie are so good together. Another amazing read by bella andre with romance and hot sex (ok really hot sex).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 stars always! She never dissapoints!
DiDiTX More than 1 year ago
Two months into 2012 and I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU by Bella Andre has raised the bar my for favorite books of 2012 to astronomical heights. Sophie Sullivan aka NICE to her twin's Lori's NAUGHTY. Sophie has grown up surrounded by the love of her 7 siblings and her mother. Sophie is the "normal" one in a family full of superstars and even with all of their love and companionship she has lived her life in the shadows of their shine. Tired of being the "good" girl she decides to go after the man she fell in love with when she was five years old. At ten years old, Jake McCann was convinced he was unlovable, a failure and unworthy of affection or success. All his life he wanted someone to love, someone to love him, he wanted to fit in, but gave up hope of ever achieving it. In his mind if the two people who should have loved him unconditionally, turned their backs on him, why would anyone else love him. The only happiness Jake knew growing up was when he became friends with the Sullivan clan. Through the years Jake thought of Sophie as a younger sister, but as she got older he had to fight deeper feelings for her. In his mind he was not worthy of her nor the happiness he could achieve with her. Jake and Sophie have one night of out of this world passion, that neither can forget, nor did they imagine the overwhelming emotional repercussions that would result from that night. When they realize they can't ignore what happened they commence on a journey filled with laughter, tears, joy, fear, hope, sensuality and love. Not to mention dealing with Sophie's six overprotective brothers, who happen to be Jake's long time friends. Ms. Andre drew me into Sophie and Jake's story from the very beginning with superbly written depictions of Sophie and Jake's feelings, tastefully and well paced love scenes, a dominant man fighting his inner demons for the only woman he's ever loved and a NICE girl who is determined not to finish last. The Sullivan family's love, dedication and support of each other is beautifully portrayed and leaves you feeling like one of the family. Every single aspect of the plot in I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU is on my list of favorite romance scenarios. There is not one thing I can say was wrong with it. Not only has Ms. Andre created an emotionally packed, heartbreaking, heartwarming story of love, faith and hope with I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU, she has also created an amazing, epic family saga with the Sullivan series. Ms. Andre includes Momma Sullivan and all of the Sullivan siblings in every story and each book just gets better and better. I can't give much more as far as details about Jake and Sophie's journey to their HEA without spoiling the story, but I can share a couple of my favorite moments (this is only a couple, I think I highlighted something as my favorite on literally every page of the book) (Sophie) "You should know that any progress you just made with me (...)has just been eradicated by that stupid smirk on your face." (...) "I made some progress, huh?" (...) "The orgasms might have won you a few points, (...) but the way you're acting now just put you back into negative territory. Way back." He didn't kiss her, just stared at her with those dark eyes, and she was held completely in his thrall. "You're Mine." This time there was no sage protective inner voice to stop her from agreeing. (...) "I'm Yours." If som
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked the story line! Didnt realize that you must read 6 pages of bedroom details before you can move on to 2 pages of storyline and then back in bed! Maybe I am not aware that so many woman love to read that stuff! Not even close to reality. I wont read any more of her books. No I am not a prude, just mature woman looking for more in a romance besides repetative detailed bedroom scenes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!! BELLA ANDRE makes us fall in love with the suvilion family all over again book by book. I love this book and once i read one i could stop
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, I couldnt put it down!
Denise45 More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful story. I read it in two days....sad that it was over soo soon. The entire Sulivan series were all very good stories. I read them all and cannot wait for the next book to come out! I fell in love with the characters and it kept my attention. Definitely a page turner. If you are looking for an erotic book with a romatic story, this is it! I recommend this series. You will not be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have truly loved reading this entire series! Can't wait for the next one....hope there is one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absoluteky fantastic! Read it in only a day and a half because i couldn't put it down! You instantly fall in love with the characters and fall so deep into their story you don't want to fall out!
Melsbooks More than 1 year ago
Great Book! Bella Andre is a great writer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love bella andres writing style. I have all her books and can't pick just one as a favorite. She is a bit heavy on the bedroom scenes for myself, but I still had to read them all. Great books.
smuttyromancelover More than 1 year ago
So love that nice got her HEA!!! Love the stroy and the family!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was a really good book and i would read what happens next
Cricket87 More than 1 year ago
Bella Andre has done it again! The Sullivans has become one of my favorite series! Sophie (Nice) has decided to go after the only man she loves, Jack. They share a love and passion like no other. I couldn't put this book down and I finished it in one day. I do recommend reading these books in order. Each book in this series is AMAZING and FANTASTIC!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series I can not wait for the next book to come out
cindyda More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful! The whole Sullivan family series is great and I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love the series book 4 it keeps getting better everytime
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is amazing. I love stories where the two main characters have known each other for most of their lives. And Bella Andre told the story better than so many others have told the story! There was so much heart, and so much heat too! There was even a time or two that I was choking back tears. Anyone who loves a modern romance needs to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Sullivans books (1-4) and can't wait for the 5th to come out this summer. They are all page turners and always have a nice ending. I will continue to read all her books.