The Look of Love (Sullivans Series #1)

The Look of Love (Sullivans Series #1)

by Bella Andre

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Expanded Edition! More Story! More Sullivans!

Fans of Bella Andre's Sullivan Series will love this long-awaited print edition of THE LOOK OF LOVE. It features a longer, more-detailed story with all the emotion and sensuality that readers love. Not to be missed!

Sometimes one look is all it takes

Chloe Peterson has vowed never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Her reasons are as vivid as the bruises on her cheek. So when her car skids off a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced the gorgeous guy who rescues her must be too good to be true.

As a successful international photographer, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women. He's satisfied with his life—until he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley.

With every loving look—and every sinfully sweet caress—the attraction between them sizzles, and Chloe can't help but wonder if she's met the man who may be the exception to her rule….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778315568
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Series: Sullivans Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 727,511
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.70(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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Chase Sullivan was seven years old when he picked up his father's Polaroid camera for the first time and started taking pictures. For his eighth birthday, his father gave him his very own camera, both of them knowing by then that Chase was meant to be a photographer.

Chase took endless pictures of his seven brothers and sisters, his mother and his father—until he'd passed away when Chase was ten. His siblings hadn't always liked having a lens pointed at them, and more than once one of his brothers had threatened to knock the camera out of his hand if he didn't put it down.

And yet, even after over a decade of working as a professional photographer taking pictures of everything from desert landscapes to Olympic athletes, Chase still thought that his earliest subjects—his family—were some of the most interesting he'd ever captured.

Which was why he was happy to take on the role of official photographer at big family events. Especially one as important as his mother's seventieth birthday party.

His brother Ryan's house overlooking the San Francisco Bay was the perfect spot for the party. Despite the vast size of Ryan's living room and kitchen, the place was packed with well-wishers who had come to celebrate the beloved head of the Sullivan clan.

Laughter and conversation were in high gear when Marcus, Chase's oldest brother and the owner of Sullivan Winery, put his arm around their mother's shoulders and brought her over to the big birthday cake. The noise level dropped as if on cue and Chase put down his beer and picked up his camera. He began by taking shots of Sophie, his younger sister, carefully lighting the birthday candles she had artfully arranged to spell out his mother's name as well as the number seventy.

As he looked through the viewfinder, Chase was struck, not for the first time, by just how much Sophie and his mother looked alike. Mary Sullivan had been a model when she'd met his father and, many decades later, she was nothing less than radiant as she stood surrounded by her children and friends.

His mother's hair was gray now and cut to curl at the base of her neck, rather than long and dark and glossy as it had been during her years on magazine covers, but in both of Mary's twin daughters, Sophie and Lori, Chase could clearly see the resemblance to his mother in her mid-twenties. Mary still had the same lightly tanned skin and long, elegant limbs, and he was often struck by the way her expression was a perfect combination of Sophie's innate calm and Lori's irrepressible energy.

He'd overheard more than one party guest remarking that it was hard to believe Mary was seventy years old when she looked at least ten years younger. Especially, many of them had added with a grin or a grimace—depending on which of her children they were looking at—when one considered that she had raised eight kids virtually by herself after her husband had passed away unexpectedly at forty-eight.

Chase's chest twisted, as it always did, whenever he thought of his father. He wished Jack Sullivan could be here with them all. Not only because he still missed his father every single day, but also because he knew how much his mother had loved her husband.

Forcefully shaking off the dark thoughts, Chase took a shot of the cake with all of the candles blazing, seventy plus one for luck. Marcus led them in a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday," and soon, everyone in the room was joining in.

While his mother beamed at them as if they weren't butchering the simple song with their off-key singing, Chase moved to the outer edge of the crowd to capture as much of his family as he could through the viewfinder.

When the birthday song finally warbled its way to the end, Marcus squeezed Mary's hand, saying, "Time for you to make your wish, Mom.'"

She looked out at the crowd of people who loved her, her smile meant for each and every one of them. "So many of my wishes have already come true." Her grin grew wider. "And still, I want more. At least seventy more."

They laughed along with her, each of them knowing she had to be one of the least greedy people on the planet. Whatever wishes she'd made in her life had clearly been made for her children. She'd never remarried, never even dated as far as Chase knew. Instead, she'd focused on raising them, supporting them, guiding them. Now that they were all adults, she was still always there if they needed her…and even, sometimes, when they didn't realize that they did.

So as Mary Sullivan closed her eyes to make her wish, and then opened them again to bend down and blow out the candles, Chase hoped she was making at least one for herself.

Everyone applauded and he got a great shot of Marcus pressing a kiss to their mother's cheek, while Sophie wrapped her arms around Mary from behind. One by one, Chase captured the images he knew his mother would love of his brothers and sisters celebrating with her on her birthday.

Soon, Chase had all the shots he needed to put together a great photo book to commemorate his mother's seventieth birthday. He could have put his camera down, but he knew better. In a family of eight siblings, each of them had to carve out their unique place. The photos Chase had taken over the past twenty-plus years gave clear evidence as to the way their personalities had only grown more distinct with time.

Even before their father had passed away, Marcus had taken his role as oldest Sullivan seriously. At fourteen, all of his training paid off when he was able to immediately step in to try to fill their father's shoes. Chase knew they all owed Marcus for the childhood he'd given up for them, and was beyond glad that his brother had found his own calling in the vineyards and varietals of Sullivan Winery, which he'd founded ten years ago. Unfortunately, as Chase turned his camera to focus on his oldest brother, he found a frown on Marcus's face as he spoke to his girlfriend, Jill. She was evidently upset about something, her mouth pinched, her eyes narrowed as she gestured at the rest of them. Seeing frustration so clearly stamped on his brother's face, Chase lowered his camera. He didn't feel right about capturing this moment between Marcus and his girlfriend, not when he was certain Marcus wouldn't want any of them to know that all wasn't right.

Lori, his twenty-four-year-old sister and Sophie's twin, tugged on his elbow, and he gladly looked down into her grinning, mischievous face. "You look happy, Naughty. Have you and Nice made up yet?"

Long ago, he'd christened Lori Naughty and Sophie Nice. Were it not for the fact that they were physical carbon copies, Chase wouldn't believe for a second that they were related to each other. Unfortunately, for the past few months, the twins hadn't exactly been getting along. Not that either of them would tell their brothers a damn thing about why they were fighting, of course. Even when they were at odds, Chase mused, the twins always worked as a team.

Out of all of his siblings, Lori had always been his most willing subject. A fantastic choreographer, Lori had always loved to dance and from the age of two on she'd happily performed for him while he took frame after frame of her little body in motion as she twirled, leaped and shimmied. And yet, he believed his most striking shots of his little sister had always been taken after all the motion had stopped, and she had forgotten that she was being photographed. She channeled her love, her energy, her passion, into dancing, and when she was still, all of those emotions remained on her very pretty face.

In silent answer to his question about her twin, Lori looked in Sophie's direction and frowned. "Don't get me started on her," she said, before giving a quick shake of her head and turning back to Chase to confirm, "Oh, yes, I'm definitely happy." She directed his attention to where his brothers Zach and Gabe looked to be having a rather intense discussion, clenched fists and all. "Have you met Zach's date for the evening yet?"

"I have," Chase said as he shot the bottle-blonde in the sky-high heels a quick glance. The woman was pretty, just like all the rest of the women Zach went out with, but not particularly memorable. As he looked back and forth between his brothers, it didn't take long for Chase to guess what had Lori grinning from ear to ear.

"Gabe used to date her, didn't he?"

Lori laughed as she nodded. "He sure did."

Throw six brothers between the ages of twenty-seven and thirty-six together and things were bound to get messy. All eight siblings together under one roof meant lots of laughs, plenty of ribbing…and likely at least one major argument. But since it was obvious that neither of his brothers was serious about the girl, Chase figured there was a zero percent chance that they were going to come to blows over her other than as an excuse to blow off some steam with their fists.

Since high school, Chase had heard more than one woman exclaim over Zach's looks, and boy, did his brother work his genetic luck-of-the-draw. Given that Zach loved two things—fast cars and even faster women—Chase supposed it all had worked out just fine so far. Grinning as he took a few pictures of Zach working to lay claim to his own date, Chase decided he would torture a couple of friends who ran a successful modeling agency with these pictures of Zach next week. Because if Zach would ever agree to put down his wrenches and give up his race cars to pose in the latest designer clothes, even for one week, the modeling agent could charge pretty much anything he wanted for Zach's time.

Then again, Chase thought as he moved his lens to focus on Gabe, any agent worth his salt would try to get Gabe to sign onto his roster, as well. Even though Gabe was the youngest of his brothers, he also happened to be one of the biggest and strongest Sullivans. He had the most dangerous job of any of them, working as a firefighter in San Francisco. More than once, he'd had to leave parties like this one over the years when a call came in. And every time he did, every last one of the normally loud group of Sullivans took a quiet moment to pray for his safety. Tonight, Chase hoped the rain coming down outside meant Gabe would get to stay with them at least until the party ended.

He'd just lowered his camera when Lori said, "I don't know why Zach and Gabe are even bothering to argue over the girl, when she can't take her eyes off Smith." With a shrug over their movie-star brother's infinite allure to every female on the planet, Lori told him, "I'm going to get some cake before it's all gone. I'll be sure to get you a middle piece."

Chase lifted his camera back up as his sister flirted her way back into the center of the party. No question about it, his high-maintenance, stunning sister was going to make some poor guy crazy one day. And the guy would be lucky as hell to win Lori's big heart.

Of course, she knew the camera was on her, because she turned and winked at him and mouthed, "I told you so," as she gestured with her thumb to where Smith had just been cornered by Zach's date.

Chase almost felt bad turning his camera to his brother Smith. For the past fifteen years, Smith's love of acting—and his immense talent—had put him at the mercy of thousands of cameras and the worldwide media. Chase always laughed at the way people lost it around his movie-star brother. Smith was just as normal as the rest of them.

Although, he had to admit, chartering a one-hundred-and-fifty-foot yacht in Italy and filling it with stars wasn't exactly normal.

Even now, as the woman stood just a little too close while asking Smith for an autograph, Chase was struck by how well his older brother dealt with his fame. Still, while he never complained to them, Chase knew the pressure to always be "on" and play the role of "Smith Sullivan" for the entire world had to grate sometimes.

It was why when they were together with just the family, Chase and his siblings made sure to treat Smith like he was no different than any of them.

Just to Smith's right, their brother Ryan lifted a heavy chest out of the way so that people could have room to dance as the swing band started up. As a professional athlete, Ryan was tall and muscular and made the movement look effortless, but through the camera eye Chase caught the slight clench of his jaw as Ryan's right shoulder gave just a little too far under the weight. As a kid, his brother's number-one goal had been to pitch for the San Francisco Hawks. They'd had one heck of a celebration the day Ryan had been chosen as the Hawks' top draft pick out of college. For the past ten years, Ryan had made those strikeouts look easy. But Chase knew just how focused his brother could be when he wanted something, just as focused as he'd always been on being the best damned pitcher in the National Baseball League.

As soon as Ryan cleared the dance floor, Lori put down her piece of cake, took his hand and pulled him onto it. Chase continued to photograph them as Ryan tried to draw Sophie in to dance with them, too, but Sophie simply shook her head and moved deeper into the shadows.

Sophie was Lori's direct opposite, Nice to Lori's Naughty. He couldn't imagine her being anything other than a librarian, and knew she absolutely loved her job at the main branch in San Francisco. Even when they were kids, whenever she saw him with his camera, she'd simply lift the book she was holding higher over her face until he gave up on her and went to find another victim. He knew she was steering a purposefully wide berth around him and his camera tonight. Chase had always thought that it was just as much of a gift to know how to blend in to the background as it was to know how to shine in front of a camera. From the time she was a little girl, Sophie had been mastering the art of observing. Watching. Taking it all in. He'd learned a lot from her over the years, and often thought of her as he stepped behind his camera.

A moment later, Chase felt a slender but strong arm move around his waist. He put down his camera to press a kiss to the top of his mother's head.

"Happy birthday, Mom. I hope you're having a good time."

She smiled up at him before saying the same thing she did every year when they all gathered together to celebrate her. "I'm having the best birthday ever, honey. Simply the best."

Together, with their arms around each other, and as they watched his brothers and sisters dance and laugh, talk and argue, Chase agreed. It really was the best birthday party ever.

A few minutes later, Sophie was more than happy to take some pictures of Chase with his mother. "Whatever you do, don't smile," Sophie told them both, a favorite family joke his father had come up with long ago when trying—and failing—to get eight unruly kids to all smile for the camera at once. He'd finally told them all not to smile, or else! Of course, being forbidden to smile for a picture had made them all giggle so hard that the family photo had come out perfectly.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance."

~ Publishers Weekly

"Don't miss a single one of Bella Andre's titles."

~ Affaire de Coeur magazine

"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."

~ New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks

"The Look of Love is an emotionally compelling, thoroughly sexy, lovely read. I can't wait for more Sullivan brothers!"

~ Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author

"The Look of Love is the perfect combination of sexy heat and tender heart. This character- driven romance has brains, brawn and the perfect bad boy to launch a whole family's worth of fun."

~ Barbara Freethy, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"I am absolutely smitten with Chase, Chloe and the Sullivan family. I can't wait to read the rest of their stories."

~ Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews on The Look of Love

"Color me happily surprised that a true contemporary romance snagged my jaded heart: hook, line and sinker....Bella Andre is one of those sneaky writers that can spin a romance that is at once sweet and sexy. "

~ Guilty Indulgence Book Club on The Look of Love

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The Look of Love (Chase & Chloe - The Sullivans Book 1 - Contemporary Romance) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 587 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book. The characters are well developed. the plot fantastic. I will buy the next book.
Addy-Jo More than 1 year ago
If your new to Bella Andre, then hang on for a heart pounding author who knows how to get the blood pumping. Looks like the Sullivans are here to stay in The Look of Love. Could not put this book down. It leaves you wanting more, and the love scenes...well you"ll have to read for yourself. I also recommended a couple of other books by Bella Andre, they are also my favoirtes. Both books go together, for more great summer reading.
bertiebottbean More than 1 year ago
As I read this book (in just a day), I found myself sucked in to the story of Chase and Chloe. Considering Bella Andre is one of my favorite romance authors ever, I had no doubt that this would be book I couldn't put down, BUT I didn't expect it to completely steal my undivided attention the way Game for Love did (my absolute favorite of her books). From the get go of The Look of Love I was entranced. I was constantly in fear of what Chloe's choice would be and I was taken away with Chases love and passion for her. Considering this story takes place in the Bay area of California, just a few hours away from my own home, it makes the story so real. Great job Bella Andre! You did it again! I look forward to more stories from this series! Thanks!
pattybTN More than 1 year ago
I have never been disappointed when I pick up a story by Bella and she has outdone herself with this new series about the Sullivan Family. The story was fantastic from beginning to end. Really breathtaking ( set in Northern California Wine Country). Containing all the key elements for one hot read. I cannot wait for the next book in the Sullivan Family series. Without reservation, I heartily recommend this book!
scouty54 More than 1 year ago
I love this author and her style of writing. Both characters are enjoyable and real to me. I really liked Chase, the Alpha Male in this one AKA Hotstuff. Loved that. He wasn't a "tortured" soul but instead strong, steady and in tune with Chloe and her emotional state, both in and out of love making. It was all love making to him--little kisses, listening to her and gently waiting for Chloe to share her story. I would have given this book a 5 Star rating but I loved and "Game for Love" even more, if that is possible! Can't wait for Marcus's story.
Mel0517 More than 1 year ago
I have read most of Bella Andre's previous books and they all have been very good and steamy, but I have to say I loved "The Look of Love" was completely awesome and Bella Andre has out done herself. I can't wait til book #2 comes out!
Julie Guinee More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much I was up until midnight finishing it!
MaggieSueMP More than 1 year ago
This was a good story, but if you don't want lots and lots of explicit sex then its not for you.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: Oooh, I can already tell that I am really going to like this series. 8 siblings...6 brothers, 2 sisters... this one was about Chase. He's a professional photographer doing a photo shoot at his brother, Marcus', vineyard in Napa. On his way to the vineyard during a storm, he comes across Chloe who has crashed into a ditch and totaled her car. She doesn't trust him, but with it storming horribly and starting to hail, she doesn't have a whole lot of choices on this deserted stretch of highway. The vineyard is much closer than the next town so Chase takes her there where he discovers that she's much more battered than from simply her car wreck. This book started out incredibly strong. I loved the chemistry between Chase & Chloe- the bathtub scene- scorching! The ambience for the setting of this book could not have been any better: a 5-bedroom guest house in a vineyard in Napa- no suffering here! I loved that Chase is a photographer and that he sees Chloe through those artistic eyes. I also really liked the fact that Chloe is an artistic quilter and that her love of fabrics comes through the story too. These things spoke to me on a personal level since all of these are passions of mine too. I loved how Chase immediately realized that he wanted this relationship with Chloe to be much more, but also recognized that she was in a very fragile place so he left her completely in charge of the levels of passion for their relationship. My only real complaint about this book which kept it from being an A-rating was that I wanted more. Chase & Chloe are in this little fantasy location of the vineyard and they fall in love VERY quickly. I wanted to see more of the relationship in another setting...besides their scorching bedroom, steaming bathroom, tantalizing terrace, dominating front door, etc. Hehe! But I have to admit, I am extremely excited about this series! Marcus' book is next and the epilogue already gave a bitty preview into his psyche/story. I think that it's going to be good!!
Joleen_G More than 1 year ago
Everyone needs a little spice in their life and Bella Andre dishes it up again! Very hot page turner in a beautiful napa valley setting. Can't wait for book 2 in the Sullivan series! Cheers!!
MadAboutRomance More than 1 year ago
Don't hesitate, you won't be sorry! Can't wait to read the next book!!!!!
Cindie Derden More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful. You will be immeditely drawn to the characters, and be ready to meet the rest of the Sullivan family. I cant wait for September and the new book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so painful to finish. After reading this book, i hate the word "lovely" since it was used so often. Give me a break! How does a woman who has been in an abusive marriage for five years get into a stranger's car, spends the night with him, sleeps with him after knowing him a few days, and eventually falls in love with him after a week? I understand that romance novels are made up of fantasies, but this was absurd. Also, what a mockery to women who have actually survived an abusive marriage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was there a story in there anywhere.? A plot? Just one long annoying sex scene beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short on plot, long on sex too bad because it had the potential to be better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Summary: The perfect specimen of the human man, physically and emotionally stumbles upon damsel in distress who also is absolutely beautiful! Handsome man falls instantly in love, beautiful woman is running away from abusive exhusband and although obviously attracted to her rescuer holds off having sex with him for 24 hours, well except for masterbating in front of him. Day 2 sex, day 3 sex, day 4 sex and proclaim they are in love with each other. The end. Hope I didn't spoil this book for anyone
JCHJL More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this book. I was looking forward to a great story which would continue with all the brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, it was more about sex than story. I'm not against sex however, there has to be more than that to keep my interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't finish this book. Too much sex & sexuial implications page after page. Would have liked to see some kind of story develop more quickly to hold interest. Will not read this author again. Wasted my time & money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible. Was not fluid in the story line and basically made the female character to be some sort of trashy, empty headed, idiot. Reflected the same for the male character as well. Disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed. I like fantasy but Chase falling in love in one day......pleease. I was also a little bored with all the sex. I like my share of sexy dialouge but this book was a little over the top. I would have liked more of a storyline. This was the first book I have read by this author and I do not think I will read another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with whoever posted nothing but sex.... complete waste of time and money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't turn the pages fast enough - and that's not good! This author thought character development meant pages and pages of detailed sexual activity. I thought I was reading a sex how-to manual. There was potential for a good story and plot.But then that would have taken up space that was used for pages and pages of even more graphic details about how they "did it." And so all the pages must have been used writing about all that activity leaving only a page or two to abruptly end the book. Waste of my only afternoon off. But I sure got through it quick - skipped over half the pages.
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
Romance the way it's supposed to be written- Bella Andre never failed to impress me. hope there will be more.
readido More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. I purchased it on my nook and could not put it down. The characters aren't unrealistic or unbelievable. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. Please read this! You will not be disappointed. You go Bella!
tammy_r More than 1 year ago
i loved this book. it had all of the elements that i look for in a great love story/contemporary romance. the characters were intriguing and had depth and drew me into the story effortlessly. i found my self becoming angry,sad,happy and all the other emotions right along with the hero and heroine. i am already planning to read it again just in case i missed anything and i can't WAIT fot the next book in the series so i can find out what happens with them next not to mention the hero brothers and sisters that have their own stories to tell. if you like a book that will reach out and grab you by the heart strings then this is the one for you. thank you Bella the story was wonderful!