Come a Little Bit Closer (Sullivans Series #7)

Come a Little Bit Closer (Sullivans Series #7)

by Bella Andre

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Fame, fortune, and falling in love…

Movie star Smith Sullivan can't afford any distractions. He's staking his entire reputation on his new film…but he can't stop thinking about Valentina Landon and the fire he sees smoldering just beneath the surface of her cool exterior.

Valentina isn't averse to sensual pleasure, or even to the idea of finding true love, but as a Hollywood business manager she's watched too many smart women fall for actors…only to be torn apart when the fairy tale comes to its inevitable end.

But when intense weeks together on set turn their heated attraction into red-hot flames of passion, Smith knows he has to find a way to convince Valentina to let him get a little bit closer. Close enough to completely steal her heart…the way she's stolen his from the beginning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778316084
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Series: Sullivans Series , #7
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.20(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

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Smith Sullivan loved his fans. They'd supported him from the start of his career and had helped his movies gross nearly two billion dollars worldwide. Without them, he wouldn't be in San Francisco today, about to begin filming the most important movie of his career.

So, even though he had at least a dozen other important things to take care of before filming could begin, Smith headed straight toward the large group of women gathered outside the barriers his crew had erected around Union Square where they'd be filming today. Some of the women had brought their young children with them, but most of them were alone, and quite clearly available.

As he approached, he said, "Good morning," with a smile that held even as the crowd pushed in closer to him.

One smile and two simple words was all it took for a woman to reach out to shake his hand. She pressed a piece of paper with her name and phone number into his palm. She was dressed in a tight V-neck top and short skirt despite the cool fog hanging over the square.

"I'm so excited about your new movie, Smith," she purred. She ran her hand up his arm as if they'd met before, and knew each other well enough that he'd want her to touch him.

"Thank you.. " He paused waiting for her to say her name, since he'd never set eyes on her before this morning.


He smiled down at her. "I'm looking forward to you watching it, Brittany."

"Oh, I can't wait," she said in a husky voice. "And I want you to know that I'm free anytime while you're filming, if you want to talk about it. Or-" she licked her lips "-for anything else you want to do while you're in San Francisco."

Following her lead, one after the other, the women shook his hand and passed him their phone numbers while telling him that he was their favorite actor and that they'd seen all of his movies. This same scene had played out hundreds of times over the past fifteen years, and the truth was that if he'd still been in his twenties, Smith would have been more than happy to take his pick of the beauties back to his place for a night, a week or even longer if the woman was easy enough to be with.

But thirty-six was a long way from those early, wild years…and he was tired of waking up next to naked women whose names he didn't remember, who had never made him laugh, whose families he'd never meet. What a contrast that was to the way so many of his siblings had recently found love. They all seemed to be getting married and having children. Every week he updated the screensaver on his phone with a new picture of his little niece, Emma. Soon, his sister Sophie would have her twins, and he couldn't wait to upload a picture of all three Sullivan babies.

Still, even after witnessing just how powerful real love could be, and just what amazing things could come from that love, it was hard to break the cycle. Because without those strangers in his bed, he was alone.

Alone in another hotel. Alone in another city. Alone in another country. Away from his family and friends. Surrounded by people who either wanted something from him, or treated him like a god rather than a man.

Yes, he could have his pick of these women, but he knew what they wanted: to date Smith Sullivan. And as the past couple of years had ticked by, part of him had begun to wonder if he would ever find a woman who not only meant something beyond a few hot hours between the sheets, but who also wanted him for more than his fame.

Of course, Smith was still a man. A very sensual man who adored women of all shapes and sizes. He knew that a few nights of hot sex didn't add up to much in the long run, but he would never be immune to beautiful women.

More specifically, he thought as Valentina Landon walked past in a thick, long wool coat to fight the early-morning chill, her eyebrows raised as she took in the women gathered and giggling around him, he was drawn to one woman in particular.

"Valentina," he said with the intention of making her stop in her tracks.

She turned to look at him without the slightest bit of the flirtatiousness that the two dozen women he'd just been speaking to had been pouring all over him. "Yes?"

"Do you and Tatiana have everything you need this morning?"

"Everything's perfectly in order, thank you," she said in a crisp voice. "Do you need anything from us before filming begins in-" she looked at the slim watch on her wrist "-an hour?"

"Just let me know if you or Tatiana have any problems, or need anything from me at all."

She nodded, her pretty mouth softening slightly as she said, "Thanks. We will." Unfortunately, just then her gaze caught the pile of telephone numbers that had been pressed into his hands, and her eyes narrowed in disgust.

And yet, as she walked away with her lips pressed together in clear disapproval, she was beautiful.

Smith turned back to his fans and thanked them all for their support one more time before heading back to the trailer that was doubling as his office during filming. Dumping the women's numbers on his desk without giving them a second thought, he grabbed his script and laptop and walked back out. He was just sitting down in the makeup trailer when his phone buzzed; the key electric was alerting him to a lighting issue that needed to be worked out before filming could begin.

It was just the beginning of what would be an incredibly busy day, on a set that was all his this time. And as Smith dealt with the first problem of what would surely be many before the day was through, he knew he wouldn't want to trade his career for any other. Not for the beauty of his brother Marcus's winery in Napa Valley, not for the thrill of Ryan's World Series wins pitching for the Hawks, not for the speed of Zach's race cars.

Smith couldn't wait to begin filming Gravity.

The young woman in the middle of the sidewalk was utterly beautiful, and yet, the way she moved, dressed, wore her hair with pink streaks, her makeup artfully smudged and dark around her eyes, gave her away in an instant as an overwhelmed early-twentysomething on her own in a big city for the first time. With wide eyes she took in San Francisco-the buildings, the traffic, the people rushing all around, the fog rolling in from the bay. For a moment, her mouth almost curved into a smile, but a flash of something that looked too much like fear held that smile back from her full lips.

A stray dog skittered over her cheap red plastic boots and the longing on the girl's face was almost painful as she knelt down to reach out to the mangy animal. Instead of coming toward her open hand, the dirty little dog turned and ran as fast as it could in the other direction.

Her big green eyes suddenly filled with the slightest sheen of tears, which were blinked away just as quickly. It was impossible not to wish that she 'd find happiness, and love, and everything else she 'd come to San Francisco for.

Down the street, a businessman dressed in a dark suit, impeccably tailored and very, very expensive, was talking on a phone and moving fast, faster than anyone else on the sidewalk. His conversation held his complete attention, his expression forbidding as he issued directives one after another in a hard voice. Everything about him spoke of his power…and to just how closed off his heart was.

Fury crossed the man's face a beat before he spoke loudly into his phone, his entire attention turned to the conversation so that he didn't take notice of anyone on the street around him. There wasn't even the slightest pause in his gait as he kicked the girl who was still kneeling on the pavement staring after the dog who hadn't dared to trust her.

Thousand-dollar Italian shoes jabbed hard into her stomach, and as she cried out in pain, he finally stopped cursing into his phone, looked down at the dirty sidewalk and noticed her.

It was the ultimate picture of how far the girl had fallen. And yet, in that moment when she should have been cringing, her fear and sadness finally receded.

This time, she was the angry one, and even though the man had kicked her hard enough to shove the air from her lungs, she was young and agile enough to be back up on her feet and in the man's face fewer than thirty seconds later.

It didn't matter that she was so much smaller than he. It didn't matter that his clothes were worth more than what she' d managed to save over the past year working double shifts in the ice-cream shop in her hometown.

It didn't even matter to her that people had stopped on the sidewalk to watch the scene.

"Do you think you're the only person who matters?" she yelled at him. "Talking on your phone, ignoring everyone, kicking anyone who gets in your way?"

Before he could answer, she got closer and poked him in the chest.

"I matter, too!" Her mouth trembled now, just barely, but somehow she managed to get it under control as she repeated, "Imatter, too."

Throughout her tirade, the man stared down at her, the phone still held to his ear, his dark eyes utterly unreadable. He was clearly surprised by what had happened. Not just that he 'd stumbled over her, but by the way she had sprung up to scream at him. And yet, there was more than surprise in his eyes.

There was awareness that had nothing to do with anger…and everything to do with her incredible beauty, made even more potent by the flush on her cheeks and the fire in her eyes.

Everything that surrounded the two of them fell away as she searched the businessman's face for a reaction, but he was impossible to read-and on a sound of disgust, she pushed away from him and started to move back down the sidewalk.

But before she could get lost in the crowd, a large, strong hand wrapped around her upper arm and stopped her from getting away. She whipped around to shake him off. "Get the he-"

"I'm sorry."

His voice resonated with genuine regret-deeper, truer, than anyone who worked with him might have thought he was capable of feeling. Even, perhaps, the man himself.

Bravado had been all that held the young woman together. She did not know that this was a man who had never apologized to anyone for anything in his life. Hearing his words, she lost hold of the strength she 'd been clinging to by her fingernails.

Her first tear had barely begun to fall when she finally pulled herself free and started running through the crowds, intent on getting away from the man whose apology had touched her despite her anger.

The man's deep voice called out to the girl as she pushed through the crowd. She was small and fast and he lost her at the busy Union Square intersection. The pink streaks in her hair were the last thing he glimpsed.

As the rest of the world rushed around him, most people either talking or texting on their phones, their attention on anything but the people around them, the man stood perfectly still.

And utterly alone.

* * *

Valentina Landon held her breath until "Cut!" rang out. Moments later, applause and cheering came from the crew who had been held spellbound by the scene.

Somehow she got her hands to move, to come together in a basic approximation of clapping, but she was too moved by what she'd seen to put anything behind it. That had been the first scene on the first day of photography for Gravity. The story had immediately grabbed her gut and twisted it hard. Smith Sullivan had not only written the screenplay, but he was also directing, producing and starring in the film.

Tatiana Landon, Valentina's younger sister, was an incredibly talented actress with ten years of experience behind her. She'd been hired for dozens of TV episodes, had shot a couple of sitcom pilots over the years and, most recently, had played important supporting roles in two feature films. But Gravity was her first lead in a major motion picture.

Valentina had always been proud of her sister, but what they'd all just witnessed from Tatiana had been so stunningly good that Valentina was still having trouble catching her breath. And she knew why.

Smith Sullivan had brought out every last ounce of magic her sister possessed.

Just then, Tatiana moved back down the sidewalk toward Smith. Valentina could read her sister like an open book, and though she was smiling at the applause from the rest of the cast and crew, it was clear that the person she really wanted a comment from was Smith.

So much like the character he was playing, for a moment it was hard to read his face until he reached out to put his hands on either side of Tatiana's shoulders and said loudly enough for everyone to hear, "You. Are. Perfect." He was grinning widely as he planted a kiss on her forehead.

Tatiana blinked up at Smith, pleasure and pride mixing with the stars in her eyes a moment before her lovely face broke into a blinding smile.

In the span of one terrible heartbeat, the ground fell away from Valentina's feet as she watched the interaction between her sister and the movie star…and every one of her fears for her sister's welfare pushed to the forefront.

She couldn't forget the way he'd flirted and charmed the legion of female fans who had waited to catch a glimpse of him just outside the set earlier that morning. He was the cliché of a movie star. The women had fawned all over him and she had no doubt that he'd loved every second of the attention, not to mention the dozen phone numbers he'd held in his hand. Valentina had no trouble imagining just how giddy with anticipation the women were over whom he would pick to warm his bed tonight.

Like hell if it was going to be her own sister.

So when Smith went to watch playback, Valentina didn't think, didn't stop to assess whether her actions were wise as she pushed through the crew to get to him.

"We need to talk. In private. Now."

She kept her voice pitched low and even, though she knew everyone would likely be gossiping about her nervy move within seconds of their leaving the set. They would all be wondering what possible beef she could have with the great Smith Sullivan.

Valentina headed toward Smith's trailer, which had been moved to the Union Square site for the first day of filming, and even though she hadn't waited for his reply, she could feel his larger-than-life presence behind her every step of the way.

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Chicagogirl-Books More than 1 year ago
Come a Little Bit Closer is the new book in Bella Andre’s bestselling Sullivan family series. The Sullivan’s are back and now its Smith’s turn to fall in love. Smith, the second oldest son in the family, has everything; fame, money, and the ability to have a new sexy woman in his bed every night. He hadn’t considered it a possibility that he could fall in love and be loved by a woman for himself, and not his fame or money. It hadn’t bothered him much until the past year as one by one, his siblings feel in love. Enter Valentina Landon, the serious, focused and protective older sister and business manager of Tatiana Landon, an up and coming actress. Tatiana has landed the lead female role in a film that could catapult her into fame; a film in which Smith is the male lead and on screen love interest to Tatiana’s character. Smith has been intrigued and attracted to Valentina since the first time they met during negotiations to sign Tatiana for the film. Smith has a lot riding on this film; personally, professionally, and financially. The timing could not be worse to start relationship of any kind. Valentina has vowed to never get involved with an actor, let alone fall in love with one. She has seen too many women have their hearts broken when the relationship ends, as they always do in Hollywood. Personally I have been waiting for Smith’s book. Of course I say that whenever a new Sullivan book is released. I love this series! I loved this book!!! Smith and Valentina’s love story is beautiful, romantic, and hot! To see Smith give in to his feelings and then work to convince Valentina to trust and believe in him so that she can do the same, made for a great love story. There were also some touching scenes between Smith and Mary, the Sullivan family matriarch. On a scale of 1-5, where 1 is don’t waste your time and 5 is read it now-you will love it, this book is, without a doubt, a 5. Bella Andre has created a wonderful series that has all the things I look for in a good books; hot, sexy, confident men who, when they finally find the one and fall in love, they are 100% committed to their woman; characters with depth that the reader cares about; romance; and hot sweaty sex! I can’t wait for Lori’s book, which is supposed to come out in early 2013. We are also briefly introduced to the Sullivan cousins from Seattle, who I am hopeful will be given their own stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## This book was a disappointment. After loving the first 6 books, I was really looking forward to Smith's story. It was disturbing that Smith was doing love scenes with the sister of the heroine. Actor or not, no woman wants to see her sister loving on her man. It bothered me throughout. Also, reiterating the fact that Smith was with soooo many women before the heroine over and over, that he was in fact a man-slut was unnecessary. Yes, we get it. No need to beat a dead horse. Although I love Bella Andre, I have to say this is my least favorite Sullivan book by far. This one missed the mark, big time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Bella Andre"s books but not this one. I can't imagine anything more creepy than standing there while the man I supposedly love rolls around naked in bed with my sister, of all people! I know Hollywood wives live with this, but your sister? Seriously? It supposedly made her ill to watch but we were supposed to believe she was all good with it after ten minutes. Well, I wasn't. It made me sick to read and I gave up on the book. I will look forward to the next one, though. She rarely disappoints.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another Sullivan story based on a 'gorgeous' man who has had his fair share of "gorgeous' women and doesn' want to commit and a woman who has sworn off of love and not giving her heart to a man. Only differences are the characters occupatiins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I almost didn't buy this book because of what one of the reviewers wrote about Smith acting in bed with Tatiana, wile Valentina watched. I'm glad I did bui it, because though it was really dificult for Valentina to watch the scene between them, it was part of their jobs as actor and actress, and after the scene had been recorded, Smith was so understandable and considerate with her feelings. It was beautiful and didn't damage the plot of the book. I read all books in this series and this was one of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry loved the series this one was just BORING had a really hard time finishing it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as all of the other in the Sullivan Series, this book is wonderful. Well written just as all of the others. The passion between Smith and Valentina will keep you reading up until the last page. I can not wait til the Spring when we can read Lori's story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining could have been better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the series but this one moved a little to slow for me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Sullivan series really has potential and I like the storylines, but so much of the story is spent on the main characters being so conflicted about getting involved that it becomes boring. I have read the whole series and all of the stories have the same theme of the main characters being afraid. I have doubts about reading the final book because they are getting boring and frustrating because the characters take so long to commit and very little action.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog COME A LITTLE BIT CLOSER is book rife with romance. It’s sweet, it’s funny and it’s sexy. I can always guarantee a good read when I see the name Bella Andre on the cover. This is definitely a UTC Top Pick! ~ Under the Covers If I could marry into this family, I would and I don’t think I would fuss about which Sullivan brother I would get. Any one of them would do it for me. But SMITH SULLIVAN? Oh yes, please. I’ll have that. Bella Andre has been on a roll with cranking out these amazingly, sweet, funny, and sexy Sullivan books but with COME A LITTLE BIT CLOSER, she takes a little bit of a different route. Yes, the sex scenes are still creative and panty-melting and you’ve still got your to-die-for Sullivan hero, but Andre seems to have peeled the extra packaging away to really focus on the romance. The romance is especially strong in this book because of the way Andre approaches it. I wondered who Smith would be with because he is a movie star – he has the presence and the good looks to boot! I think most women would simply fawn over him, but this is where Valentina enters the picture and readers are introduced to a heroine who is strong and sexy and very much NOT a fan girl over The Smith Sullivan. Smith finds this intriguing and it creates for an interesting dynamic when we learn that Val is Smith’s co-star’s older sister. Andre takes time to explore Smith’s screenplay called Gravity by giving readers a glimpse into the character’s stories. Jo and Graham are great characters as well and the progression of their love story only adds to the romance in this book. I thought it also nicely complemented Smith and Val’s blooming relationship as well. What I loved most about this book is the fact that even seven books in, we get to see all of the past couples with whom we’ve fallen in love with already. Andre has a special talent for weaving updates on past couple’s lives into Smith and Val’s story so that it gives readers a chance to see what’s going on with the others without taking away from the couple of this book. That’s a hard task to accomplish, but Andre manages it with ease, not once, but multiple times in this book! Lori aka Naughty’s book is up next and I am very eager to see who the chatty sweetheart will end up with! I wonder if how he will measure up against the Sullivan brothers! COME A LITTLE BIT CLOSER is book rife with romance. It’s sweet, it’s funny and it’s sexy. I can always guarantee a good read when I see the name Bella Andre on the cover. This is definitely a Top Pick!
Robin01 More than 1 year ago
Bella, Thank you. Smith and Valentina's story was by far the most captivating and sweetest of all the Sullivan's. l did not want it to end as you magically wove their love story and let it build over time. You are truly masterful!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her books I am so glad I found her. I cannot wait until next spring... I see 4 more books after Lori with the other branch of family. I love the interacting of the siblings I wish they were in each book more. Her books read so quickly even though they are over 500 pages. Love them all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Again, I was not disappointed with Smith's story. I have enjoyed this series so much. I love how each sibling has their own story but within their story you get an update on the others. Nice to read about the guy knowing 1st that he had met his mate and moves heaven and earth to change Valentina's mind and heart. I can't wait for Lori's story in the spring. Seattle Sullivan’s are introduced at the end, I hope this means their stories will follow after Lori's. This one of those series you don't want to end. Thanks Ms. Andrea for providing me hours of reading enjoyment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful addition to the Sullivan Series. It kept me up into the night & I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the next book. Hopefully its not the last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book and series!! I can't wait for the next book to come out in spring 2013!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Real good book...huge fan of the series....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author is trying really hard to be a Nora Roberts, but ends up coming off too wordy. There were many times when I found myself drifting away and having to reread some paragraphs because I got bored. Not to mention the main character, Valentina, was really annoying with the push-pull thing. Make up your damn mind, woman!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love the Sullivan family stories. Glad to see a good one about Smith. It was hard reading the film film sex scene.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not enough depth of characters Too much descriptive sex
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always interesting , good series .
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