Can't Help Falling in Love (Sullivans Series #3)

Can't Help Falling in Love (Sullivans Series #3)

by Bella Andre

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Overview

How much is worth risking?

Gabe Sullivan risks his life every day as a firefighter in San Francisco, but he knows better than to risk giving his heart again. Especially not to the woman he saved from a deadly apartment fire…and can't stop thinking about.

Megan Harris owes everything to the heroic firefighter who saved her and her daughter. Everything except her heart. Because after losing her pilot husband, she has vowed to never suffer through loving—and losing—a man with a dangerous job again.

But when Gabe and Megan meet again, how can he possibly ignore her courage, determination and beauty? And how can she deny not only his strong bond with her daughter…but also his sweetly sensual kisses, challenging her to risk everything she's been guarding for so long?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778315582
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Series: Sullivans Series , #3
Edition description: Original
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 627,231
Product dimensions: 4.38(w) x 6.48(h) x 0.92(d)

About 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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It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon in San Francisco. The air was cool, the sky was clear. Couples were walking hand in hand through Golden Gate Park, tourists were discovering the wonder of clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls at Fisherman's Wharf and kite-surfers were out en masse in the bay, zigzagging around the yachts and sailboats with their bright sails.

Unfortunately, for the two dozen people who lived at 1280 Conrad Street, a fire had turned their perfect Saturday into a nightmare.

The fire trucks and firefighters arrived first, the news trucks close on their heels. To the casual observer the fast-moving men in their turnouts who were yelling information and coordinates at one another, the radios that were turned up loud in their hands and the hoses that snaked across the road and the sidewalk looked like utter chaos. In truth, the men of Station 5 were a well-oiled machine.

Earlier that afternoon, firefighter Gabe Sullivan had been enjoying a fund-raising concert his brother Marcus's girlfriend, Nicola, had put on at the fire station. Everyone had been beside themselves with glee at the chance to pay big bucks to attend the very intimate acoustic concert with Nicola, who went by the name Nico when she performed. Her show had been amazing, as usual, and Gabe was still beyond impressed that his oldest brother had scored a woman like her. She wasn't just beautiful and sexy, she didn't just have amazing musical talent: she was really sweet, too.

Nicola had just come to the end of her third encore when the call came in. Ten minutes later, the firefighters from Station 5 had arrived on scene, hooked up their hoses and began to evacuate the building and work to put out the fire.

Wearing his full turnouts, Gabe helped an elderly couple down the stairs of the old San Francisco apartment building and out onto the sidewalk. They looked to be in good health, but their nervousness about the fire was giving them trouble with the stairs. With a gentle hand on their elbows, he worked to keep their pace up so that he could get them completely out of the building and away from the fire as quickly as possible. They'd just made it to the sidewalk when the gray-haired man started coughing. Gabe steered them over to the ambulance parked a few feet behind the largest fire truck.

Gesturing for one of the paramedics to come over to them, he told the couple, "We're going to get you checked out for smoke inhalation. If you have any questions about anything, make sure to—"

His words were cut off by an explosion of flames and smoke out a second-story window.

After ten years as a firefighter, Gabe knew no fire was ever routine. No flame ever played the same game. And sometimes the simplest call could turn into the most complicated. The most dangerous.

Over his radio Gabe could hear concern in the voice of his station captain. "Everyone out!" Todd barked to the crew. "This fire has accelerated. We're switching to defensive operation. Repeat, evacuate the building."

Gabe still had his hand on the elbow of the gray-haired woman and she turned to him with a look of horror on her face.

"Megan and Summer are still inside. You have to get them out!"

He could tell from her rapid breathing and dilated eyes that the woman must be on the verge of going into shock, so he spoke to her in a clear, steady voice to make sure he got the information he needed.

"Who are Megan and Summer?"

"My neighbors, a mother and her little girl. I saw them go into their apartment a while ago." The woman looked at the other tenants who were gathered around the fire trucks and watching—horrified—as their homes and possessions went up in flames. Flames that were raging more out of control by the second. "Megan and Summer aren't out here." She was clearly panicked and gripped his arm harder than her earlier frailty had suggested she was capable of. "You have to go back inside to save them. Please!"

Gabe wasn't a firefighter who believed in superstition. He didn't have a routine he lived and died by. But he did believe in his gut.

And his gut was telling him there was a problem.

A big one.

"Which apartment are they in?"

She pointed to the third-story windows with a shaking hand. "Number 31. They're on the top floor, corner unit." The woman looked terrified. The stress of the situation was clearly becoming too much for her.

"It will be all right," her husband soothed her. "He'll find Megan and Summer." He was speaking to his wife, but his eyes held Gabe's, along with the silent message: Don't you dare let my wife down. She loves those girls like they are our own.

Seconds later, Gabe found both the captain and his partner, Eric, marshaling the crowd of people out on the sidewalk and street. Reporters were now swarming the street, only adding to the confusion.

"We've got to go back in. A neighbor just told me a mother and daughter could still be inside. Third floor, corner apartment."

They all glanced up in the direction Gabe was pointing. All that could be seen was dark smoke billowing above the rooftop.

Todd looked from Gabe to the fire raging inside the building. "Make it quick, guys. You've probably got ten minutes, tops," he said, and then turned and gave instructions to the rest of the crew to focus their fire-hose streams up toward the apartment.

In the same way that the loud boom from the explosion had rocked through the crowd, now a momentary hush fell over the assembled masses as Eric and Gabe moved in tandem to pull another hose into the building. Masks on, their earpieces activated, they moved up the stairs as quickly as they could through the smoke that hung thicker than the fog San Francisco was so famous for. With their breathing apparatus on, they were okay. But a civilian wouldn't last long in these conditions without frequent hits of oxygen.

Forcefully pushing his fears for the mother and daughter aside, Gabe concentrated on moving from the first floor to the second, and then to the third. All the while the roar of the fire increased, and the heat notched up higher and hotter. A door on the second floor blew out and shook the landing.

Gabe and Eric dragged the heavy hose through the thick smoke and debris. Despite the steep, tight flight of stairs, and the immense physical challenges, they arrived at apartment 31 in a matter of minutes.

Gabe tried the door, but it was locked. He prayed that the fact the fire hadn't yet blown out this door meant the people inside still had a chance.

Sliding his ax from its holster, while Eric waited several feet behind him, Gabe pounded on the door, yelling, "If anyone is by the door, I'm about to knock it down with an ax. Back away." Even though he shouted at the top of his lungs, his voice was muffled by the protective mask.

Jesus, the smoke was heavy—nearly thick enough to cut with a knife—and the heat was probably approaching eight hundred degrees Fahrenheit.

Would they find anyone alive inside?

"You got it?" Eric yelled, then took a few quick hits of oxygen.

Nodding, Gabe cocked the heavy tool back and landed the top of the ax head right against the doorknob. A hollow door would have split apart in seconds, but this old wood door was thick enough that he had to do a dozen sustained hits to get it to budge. When he felt the frame start to loosen up, he kicked at it, putting all of his two hundred pounds of muscle behind the effort.

Finally, it swung open and he was suddenly inside the apartment.

Sliding his ax back into its holster, he reached for the hose and started to drag it inside, but it wouldn't move.

"It's stuck. I need more hose," Gabe shouted to Eric.

He looked behind him and saw Eric yanking on the hose with all his might. "It's caught on something, damn it! I've got to head down and figure out where it's hung up."

They both knew how dangerous this situation had suddenly become—leaving his partner behind was not something a firefighter ever did unless there was a dire emergency.

No question, if a mother and daughter were stuck inside apartment 31, this was one of those times. They didn't have a choice; they needed that extra length of hose.

Gabe and Eric exchanged a look that held a world of meaning. If one, or both of them, didn't make it out alive, they'd had a good run together full of honor, laughter and countless pots of firehouse chili.

"Hurry," Gabe yelled to Eric.

Lives were on the line tonight. And the sixty seconds it would take Gabe to help Eric with the hose might mean a child would die.

Eric ran back down the stairs through the smoke as quickly as he could, and when Gabe looked up at the apartment's ceiling, the flames were already rippling above his head. Gabe cracked open the nozzle on the hose and started blasting the roof in an attempt to douse the blaze. He could feel the oppressive heat coming down on him as he moved farther into the room. Judging by the black-and-white soot already covering the furniture, this apartment was clearly one of the hot points of the fire, possibly the room where it had begun.

He stilled as he thought he heard someone calling out, crying for help. With the hose still stuck, he had no choice but to drop it, and make a move in the direction of the sound, a white interior door with a mirror on it. The door was closed, so Gabe kicked it open with his steel-toed boots.

A new flood of smoke rushed through the door, impairing his vision for a split second. But even though at first glance he couldn't see anyone in what was a small bathroom, he knew exactly where to look.

He ripped back the shower curtain and found a woman crouched in the old claw-foot bathtub, holding her daughter in her arms.

He'd found Megan and Summer. Thank God his prayers had been answered and they were alive.

"Megan, you've done good. Real good," he told her through his mask.

The woman's eyes were so big, and so scared. She was clearly terrified. Gabe's chest clamped down on itself and the emotion of the situation got to him for a second. But it was a second he couldn't afford right now. Not when all that mattered was getting Megan, Summer—and himself—out of the apartment building alive.

"I'm going to get you and Summer out of here. Now."

Megan opened her mouth and tried to say something, but all she could do was cough, her eyes closing as tears seeped out onto her face.

Realizing now that the little girl was unconscious, Gabe pulled off one of his gloves to check her pulse. Giving more silent thanks that it was still steady, he put his glove back on, then reached to take her.

Her mother's eyes shot open and they played tug-of-war for a moment before she let the girl go. Her lips moved in a silent plea: Please.

He knew better than to let her fear, her terror, stop him from doing what he needed to do to get them out alive. And yet, her eyes held him a moment longer than he should have let them. The love she felt for her daughter was so obvious, so apparent, and Gabe felt her desperation. In that brief look, Gabe felt as if he'd known her forever, rather than just a handful of rapidly ticking seconds in the middle of what had become a war zone.

"I'm going to take Summer and we're going to crawl out of here. Can you do that?"

She nodded and he gripped her arm to help her slip over the edge of the tub. She was shaky, but she was clearly a fighter. After helping her out of the tub and down to the floor where the smoke was thinnest, he pulled a second air mask out and moved to put it over her face so that she could take some clean hits of oxygen into her lungs. She tried to push it away, tried to get it over her daughter's face, but he'd anticipated this movement and shook his head.

"You need to take it first." He spoke loudly and firmly so that she could hear him through his mask. "Otherwise, you'll be dead weight and none of us will get out of here alive."

She grabbed the mask from him, and clamped it against her face. Her eyes widened as she took her first breath and he knew to pull it back so that she could cough a few times before putting it back on, holding it gently in place as she took in the clean air she so desperately needed.

When she shook her head and glanced wildly at her daughter, he removed the mask and put it over her daughter's mouth and nose. The girl stirred slightly, coughed, then seemed to settle. It had been barely a minute since he'd found the two of them in the bathtub, but those sixty seconds had been enough for the flames to grow higher, hotter, even more hellish.

They were all flat on the floor to avoid the heat and he was about to tell Megan the next steps in their escape plan when the motion detection alarm on his belt went off. It was second nature for him to reset it before anyone on the crew could be alarmed that he was down. It was dangerous as hell up in the third-floor apartment and he didn't want anyone else on his crew up there unless there was no other option.

With visibility almost completely gone, he yelled, "We're going to crawl against the wall edge to stay low out of the smoke and heat until we find the doorway. It's hot out there but if you keep moving, I promise you we're going to get out okay." Gabe would never make a promise he couldn't keep.

He would damn well keep this one.

Slowly, they made their way along the molding at the bottom of the tiled bathroom wall to the doorway. Gabe hoisted Summer under his left arm as he crawled along the floor with only one hand free, barely noticing the burning muscles in his right triceps and biceps.

Gabe kept frequent checks on Megan as they continued through the doorway into the living room, which was even hotter than the bathroom had been. He prayed the heat wouldn't have her passing out. Just in case, he helped her along every few seconds by wrapping his free arm around her waist and pulling her forward. She wasn't limp in his arms, which was a very good sign, but he could feel how weak she was becoming, that she was fighting to stay conscious with everything she had.

Finally, they made it to the tip of the hose and he realized Eric had never made it back up to the apartment. Gabe hoped like hell his partner was okay.

Preparing himself to deal with the possibility that the reason Eric hadn't been able to get back up the stairs to the apartment on the third floor was because the stairs had burned up, or collapsed while he'd been helping Megan and Summer, Gabe called out to Megan, "You're doing great. All we need to do is grab the hose and follow it back down." There was no time to try to radio his captain with his coordinates. Everything he did from here on out would depend on a decade of fire training…and instinct.

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Can't Help Falling In Love: The Sullivans, Book 3 (Contemporary Romance) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 276 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Sullivan series so far! Hot men, passion and undying devotion!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Great characters, great plot, very hot! Can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly love this series but this Sullivan is my favorite so far. Handsome.caring.brave.understanding and hot what else are you looking for? It also is building towards the next book which i cant wait for!,, Nice has been in love for 20 out of her 25 years...So that should be interesting. ;) Enjoy
mslizalou More than 1 year ago
I was sent a copy of Can¿t Help Falling in Love from the author. I actually have the first 2 books in the series on my kindle in my TBR folder, but hadn¿t read them yet. I absolutely loved Can¿t Help Falling in Love! Both Gabe and Megan are such strong characters, yet they have each had a bad experience with relationships in the past. Megan lost her husband to a horrible accident and Gabe had a relationship turn sour with a woman he had rescued in a fire. Gabe swears never to date another fire victim and Megan swears never to get involved with someone in a dangerous job again. After Gabe saves Megan and her daughter Summer from their burning apartment building, Megan and Summer come to the hospital to thank him. Both Megan and Gabe are attracted to each other from the moment they meet in the hospital, yet the promises they made to themselves are always in the front of each of their minds. Of course, both promises go out the window because of the explosive attraction between them. Megan¿s daughter Summer makes it her goal to get her mom and Gabe together at every possible moment. Each time Megan and Gabe are alone together, neither can seem to keep their hands off of the other. They are so hot together, I really thought my Nook might start sizzling as I was reading. Gabe and Megan have some of the sexiest scenes together and yet there is still a sweetness to them as well, as I could see both falling for one another. Gabe is able to move past his past experience much faster than Megan. He figures out very quickly he is in love with her and is willing to take things slow to have Megan and Summer in his life. Megan is such a strong woman, but had been burned so badly in the past, she had such fear of a real relationship with Gabe. Megan knows in her heart she loves Gabe, yet must get her head to see clearly before she too can admit her feelings. I usually don¿t read books in a series out of order, but felt like Can¿t Help Falling in Love stood alone well. I really loved spending time with the Sullivan family and can¿t wait to read the rest of the family¿s stories. I plan on going back and reading the first two books in the series as soon as possible, and really can¿t wait for Sophie¿s story to be released in February 2012.
tmc06 More than 1 year ago
WOW, this book is so good and by far my most favorite of the three Sullivan books. I want Gabe!!! He's hot and a fireman...Yummy. If your new to Bella Andre I would highly recommend any and all of her books your can't go wrong. I'm ready for the next Sullivan book.
SFNelson More than 1 year ago
I really like Ms. Andre's books. This is the third book in the Sullivan Family and it is my favorite so far. I am looking so forward to the next one!!
Amour88 More than 1 year ago
This book is by far my favorite book by Bella Andre. The moment I'd started reading it i was hook. I couldn't even put it down for a second. The characters were perfect for each other. I think everyone should get a copy or Buy it on your nook to read it. It a very good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, I've loved all three books so far but theres something about a hot fireman that made this one really amazing. Can't wait for the next Sullivan!
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
4.5 Star Review In Can't Help Falling In Love (Sullivans #3) by Bella Andre, Firefighter Gabe Sullivan swore he would never get involved with another fire victim he rescued after he had a bad experience a few years ago. That is until he set eyes on Megan Harris and her daughter Summer. He is simply amazed at Megan's strength while he rescues them from their third floor apartment. She never gave up until she knew Summer was safe and then finally let herself be taken care of. Megan and Summer come to visit him in the hospital to give their thanks while he's recuperating from an injury suffered during that fire. Gabe feels an immediate connection to Megan when he looks into her beautiful eyes, and judging from her reaction, she senses it too. He decides to be rather abrupt with her to hopefully discourage her from seeking him out again. He can't allow himself to get close to her or to Summer. When they show up at his firehouse a while later to deliver muffins Summer baked for him though, Gabe knows he's done for. He's captivated by the seven year old and even more so by her lovely mom. It turns out that Gabe's sister Sophie went to college with Megan and they get to reconnect a bit while at the firehouse. Sophie invites her and Summer to a Sullivan family holiday party much to Gabe's chagrin. He ends up driving them to the party after they have a tire mishap and once there he makes it pretty clear to his brothers that Megan is off-limits, even though he knows he shouldn't pursue her himself. Every time he bumps into her, the more apparent it is that they have a deep connection. Gabe has never been so serious about a woman before and he decides to put his self-inflicted rules aside and see where things go with Megan. The next problem is convincing her to push aside her own set of rules about not dating anyone with a dangerous job. That proves to be more challenging. He can understand her not wanting Summer to get close to someone who may disappear from her life. However, he doesn't plan on going anywhere. Unless it involves Megan and her charming daughter. Megan's life was turned upside down by the fire that destroyed her apartment building. Not only did she and her seven year old daughter just barely make it out alive thanks to a brave firefighter, but she also can't get his gorgeous, patient eyes out of her head. She chalks it up to hero-worship...he did save her life after all. But when she is compelled to visit him in the hospital to convey her thanks, she's not ready for the sexy guy she meets. There is an instant spark between them. She becomes even more intrigued when he seems genuinely interested in everything her daughter Summer has to say. They seem to keep meeting up one way or another and Megan begins to feel like the universe is sending her a sign, although she's afraid to give in and let Gabe into her and Summer's lives. She can't go through losing a significant other again to a dangerous job. But her heart is telling her he is worth the risk. When he proves how intense yet caring he can truly be, she knows there is no way she keep her heart in check. She's already in too deep. I am so in love with Bella Andre's Sullivans series! Each story is just as unique as the Sullivan sibling it represents. Book three is sweet and emotional because...well, so is Gabe. He's the epitome of the saying "his mama raised him right". Gabe is heroic, sexy, loyal, charming and family oriented. His job as a firefighter is rescuing people from one of the most traumatic events they can go through in their lives. And he does it not necessarily for the adrenaline rush, but instead to help people. Gabe and Megan are a match made in heaven yet neither one wants to give in to their feelings because of previous relationships. However they are certainly destined to be together. And reading about his interaction with Megan's daughter Summer just melted my heart and put a huge smile on my face. Definitely check this book out if you love hot romance with a deep emotional connection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3 rd book in series i love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and great series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Third book to Sullivan series is another fantastic read. Couldn't put this book down, its not just another Sullivan, he's a firefighter too! You will not be disappointed when reading this book.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: Ah, I love a good story full of lots of emotions and this one was fantastic!! No one has a better reason to protect her heart from someone with a dangerous job than Megan. After losing her thrill-seeking husband to a plane crash, she never plans to risk that kind of heartbreak again...for either her or her daughter. But when Gabe Sullivan rescues her and her daughter from their burning apartment and is hurt in the process, she doesn't want to feel the inexorable pull to him. Gabe has his own very good reasons for not wanting to get involved. He dated another woman who he met on a fire rescue and things did not end well with that. It's bad when the relationship starts out with him as the rescuer. He knows that and so he's doing his best to stay far, far away from Megan because he feels the draw between them too. But throw in a really smart seven year old who also has a thing for fireman and these two really don't stand much of a chance. Like I said, I just really loved this book. The romance and sexual tension is through the roof. There are romantic, wonderfully gorgeous scenes like the ski lodge in Tahoe and New Year's Eve fireworks on the roof in San Francisco. I liked both of these characters and could completely understand their reluctance to become involved. The premise and story line just worked perfectly. Midway through the book, I felt like my heart was breaking for these two and the circumstances keeping them apart. They were just so perfect for one another. Just another fabulous installment to this series, although I have to admit, I am not sure which one I love more #2 or #3. They are both so good. At this point, the only thing keeping these books from getting A+ ratings has been the fact that I haven't actually cried during them...although I came pretty close in this one. Now off to go read Sophie's book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Sullivan series!!!! I hope Bella Andre covers all eight siblings eventually!! Keep 'em comin'! ;)
Gramma65 More than 1 year ago
Third book in series. I always thought firefighters were hot, this book was amazing. They just keep getting better I don't know how. She is a wonderful writter sweet love affairs with great love stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice characters, good story line. The only odd thing was a 7 yr old who bakes homemade muffins and fudge. That was a little unrealistic. Otherwise another great one be Bella Andre.
LonestarGal23 More than 1 year ago
Gabe rescues Megan and her daughter, Summer, during a frightening apartment fire. He's immediately drawn to Megan's strength and determination. After he's injured during their rescue, Megan and Summer visit him at the hospital to see how he is and to thank him for saving their lives. Despite their mutual attraction, both Gabe and Megan have rules that should keep them apart. Gabe never dates fire victims. Megan refuses to date risk-takers. But as luck would have it, they are thrown back together with a little help from Gabe's insightful sister and Megan's matchmaking daughter. I'm not always a fan of children in romance novels, but Summer was such a delight! I smiled with each antic she pulled. Also, I love how she was never treated like a secondary character. Summer is very much a part of the story, and it was wonderful seeing Gabe interact with her. Gabe and Megan's relationship progresses in such a natural way that it felt real to me. Megan's fears after losing her husband broke my heart. Gabe overcame his emotional conflict a lot faster than she did. He didn't push her, though. He was patient and loving in his pursuit...and boy does he pursue! Can't Help Falling in Love is the perfect example of why I love romance novels. In fact, I can say that about this entire series! The exciting meet, one or both of them resisting the spark of attraction, the first explosive kiss leading to rock-my-world sex, overcoming conflict while falling in love, and living happily ever after. It's rare that I find a book that does it ALL just as I want. The next Sullivan to find happiness will be Sophie in I Only Have Eyes For You. The setup for she and Jake in Can't Help Falling in Love has me anxiously anticipating their story! If Jake is anything like the Sullivan men, I may need a defibrillator. A girl's heart can only take so much!
luv2read61lcm More than 1 year ago
I love the Sullivan family. It is hard to say which one is my favorite. Bella has given each such a romantic and sexy story. Can't wait to read all their stories!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book cant wait for the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are very likeable, I just don't know how he stayed single all those years.
Pat.Egan.Fordyce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a member giveaway by Bella Andre...first of all Thank You!This is a heartwarming story about two people who have had a difficult time with love. Megan is a widowed woman of a Navy pilot, with a sweet, and very normal seven year old. Megan worked very hard after her husband died to obtain her CPA, and a way to support herself and Summer her daughter.Gabe is a "hunky " fireman (of course) one of three brothers. He rescued a woman previously who became obsessed with him, and tried to commit suicide in his bed. He is shutting out love, especially with victims. Megan is terrified to commit again, especially with a man who risks his life everyday!So begins our story. A very enjoyable read, with lots of spice to add to it! I will be looking for the next installment of "The Sullivan's Stories"! Again, thank you Ms. Andre for this delightful read.
ForSix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was in the mood for some romance and with an upcoming Miami Beach vacation, I took the opportunity to read From This Moment On and Can't Help Falling in Love, Books 2 & 3 of Bella Andre's Sullivan Series. These two novel are perfect summer beach reads. Nothing says vacation like a sexy guy meeting a beautiful woman for a night of passion that turns into so much more.In Can't Help Falling in Love, studly fireman Gabe Sullivan (my favorite Sullivan hero so far) convinces the widowed young mother Megan to take a change on him, much like the one he is taking on her. I really enjoyed this novel, especially Megan's daughter Summer and her matchmaking schemes. I admired Megan's courage and much as Gabe did. I also appreciated that she put her daughter first and not her feelings for Gabe.Both novels were a fun read. Both were blushingly naughty. And sadly, both were way too short. I believe Ms. Andre has a natural talent. She is able to produce novel after novel in a short period of time. The kicker is the novels are well thought out and well written. I really have only one qualm about her work. I wish in addition to mind-blowing bedroom (and bathroom and rooftop, well you get the picture) sex scenes, she would write a bit more sustenance to go along with the romance. She is not only selling her readers short, but her herself as well.
VmpGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gabe and Megan are two people who think they are absolutely wrong for each other, but as the title suggests, they just can't help falling in love. I found this to be a sweet romance that is perfect for taking a quick time out of my crazy life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked the blending of being a fireman and risk. Love the hot Sullivan men in this series.
Katy_and_Zetti_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I swear every Bella Andre book is better than the last. I can’t believe it took me so long to dive in to her world. This time our Sullivan man is the sexy, brave firefighter Gabe… Getting called into work for Gabe is never like a 9-5 day at the office, but even he couldn’t have predicted the unpredictability of the alarm going over at the end of the concert his brother’s girlfriend (pop star Nico) was putting on at Station House 5. How could he predict that the fierce fire he was coming face to face with was trapping a mother and her six year old daughter in a bath tub? And how could he ever have predicted that these two would change his life forever? That they could complete his life. Megan has spent the last five years since her husband’s death focused solely on her daughter. Believing she would never have that panty melting, heart stopping love, that she was living her happy ending right there, with the child that changed everything in her life for the better. Then the most terrifying day of her life happens. The day she thinks she was going to die, that her daughter was going to die in her arms, as a fire raged around them. And yet this terrifying, explosive, traumatic day sets her on the path to that chance of a happily ever after she always felt was so far out of reach that it was barely a speck on her radar. This is a beautiful book of two soulmates that will always find their way to each other, two fated souls completing one another as if they were made for each other. This epic love story takes you on a path of forgiveness, loss, and learning to love when all hope of that seems lost. Perfect for fans of Bella Andre, especially those that have read the first two in the San Fransico series, however, it can be read as a standalone for anyone that loves romance. Enjoy!