From This Moment On: San Francisco Sullivans, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In From This Moment On, best-selling author Bella Andre introduces you to Marcus, the second Sullivan bad boy, whose life will never be the same from the moment he meets Nicola....
For 36 years, Marcus Sullivan has been the responsible older brother, stepping in to take care of his seven siblings after their father died when they were children. But when the perfectly ordered future he's planned for himself turns out to be nothing but a lie, Marcus needs one reckless night to shake free from it all.
Nicola Harding is known throughout the world by only one name - Nico - for her catchy, sensual pop songs. Only what no one knows about the 25-year-old singer is that her sex-kitten image is totally false. After a terrible betrayal by a man who loved fame far more than he ever loved her, she vows not to let anyone else get close enough to find out who she really is ... or hurt her again. Especially not the gorgeous stranger she meets at a nightclub, even though the hunger - and the sinful promises - in his dark eyes make her want to spill all her secrets.
One night is all Nicola and Marcus agree to share with each other. But nothing goes as they plan, when instead of simply tangling limbs, they find a deeper connection than either of them could have anticipated. And even though they both try to fight it, growing emotions and sizzling attraction keep drawing them closer together - close enough for them to wonder if stealing one more secret moment together can ever be enough....
NOTE: Explicit language, very steamy sex scenes ... and lots of emotion!
About the author: Known for "sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance" (Publisher's Weekly) about sizzling alpha heroes and the strong women they'll love forever, many of Bella's 20+ titles have appeared on Top 50 best seller lists, including The Look of Love, From this Moment On, Can't Help Falling in Love, Game for Love, Ecstasy, Candy Store, and Love Me. Her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine Red Hot Reads twice, and have been translated into German, Spanish, French, Italian, Thai, Japanese, and Ukrainian.
Never Too Hot won the Award of Excellence in 2011. The Washington Post has called her "One of the top digital writers in America" and she has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and on National Public Radio.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 22 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 09, 2012|
|Publisher||Oak Press, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #59,451 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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#4,805 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#8,586 in Contemporary Women Fiction
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In From This Moment On (The Sullivans #2) by Bella Andre, Eldest brother in the Sullivan clan, Marcus, is looking for a one night stand. His two year relationship just ended on a very bad note and he wants to shed his responsibilities and let loose just this one time in his life. But when the hottest girl to walk in the bar all night makes her way straight to him, he knows he's in trouble. She is everything his ex was not: she's petite but curvy in all the right places, she's dressed to kill in a leather dress and skyhigh heels, and she looks like she's ready for a wild time. They leave the club together riding the wave of their intense attraction, only for Nicola to fall asleep on his lap during the cab ride. He is so mesmerized by the beautiful woman he met that he spends most of the night holding her, watching her sleep. When he uncharacteristically handles the morning after badly, he kicks himself and knows if he ever gets the chance to have a night with Nicola again, he will do anything to make it happen.
"Being with Nicola like this was as natural, as unstoppable, as the tides. There was no ebb and flow to his desire for her, only a constant crashing of need and want that kept dragging him deeper under her spell."
His prayers are answered when his choreographer sister invites him to see her dance crew rehearse and Nicola is standing there looking as beautiful and sexy as she did in the club. Marcus now realizes why she had looked vaguely familiar when they met as she's introduced to him as pop star Nico. They pretend they've never met before so he won't have to explain it to his sister but they can't stop looking at each other. They are unexpectedly thrown together after rehearsal and Marcus finally gets his chance to spend time alone with Nicola. Neither one of them expected how strong their reaction would be and how quickly they would feel drawn together. They both know this is meant to be a one time fling, but Marcus and Nicola can't seem to tear themselves apart. One night turns into two and before he knows what's happening, he doesn't think he'll be able to say goodbye to the woman of his dreams.
"The kiss--their first kiss--was beyond anything she'd ever experienced. Every ounce of his desire, every ounce of his frustrated need, everything she now realized that he was denying himself by letting her go, poured from his mouth to hers."
Nicola "Nico" Harding was born to be a musician. She loves the creativity of songwriting and how great she feels after a performance. But there is a downside to fame as well. Not being able to trust people around you is one big lesson she learned the hard way with her ex Kenny. Tired of sitting in her hotel room alone on a Friday night, she decides to find a sexy guy to have a one time fling with, like the press loves to accuse her of frequently. They don't realize how straight-laced she is compared to her image so she has to tell herself that she can handle a casual romance. She lays eyes on one of the most gorgeous men she's ever seen when she walks into the club and decides to go straight to him before she loses her nerve. His apparent interest in her flashes in his eyes as he follows her out of the club into a waiting taxi. Her exhaustion from dance rehearsals catches up with her and her resolve starts to slip. Marcus proves himself trustworthy both in the taxi and at his brother's house when he doesn't take advantage of their situation.
The awkward morning after starts off well but takes a turn for the worse when Marcus denies her the chance to have their one time fling. Nicola is emotionally zapped even though they just met. She suffers through her rehearsals and works as hard as she possibly can to keep Marcus from her mind until her choreographer Lori introduces him to Nicola as her brother. Sparks immediately fly again and she gives in to the temptation. She wants to shield him from her crazy life full of paparazzi and tabloid rumors but he doesn't seem the least bit concerned. They both know their lifestyles don't match up with her traveling constantly so she tries to distance herself from him and build a protective wall around her heart. Only the damage has already been done. Nicola is head over heels in love with her dominant man and has to find some way to let Marcus go.
This is another incredible story by Bella Andre. If I hadn't already fallen in love with the Sullivan family in The Look of Love (The Sullivans #1), this book would have cinched the deal. Marcus is a true alpha male to me: he's physically and mentally strong but would never harm his loved ones, he's loyal, he fiercely protects those close to him, and he's a take charge male in the bedroom. So when Marcus is paired with the creative and curvaceous Nicola...things get heated and intense. Quickly. I'm happy that Marcus and Nicola get their happily ever after. They've given so much to others in their life that it's only fair they get some happiness too. Highly recommended!
This story picks up immediately after the epilogue of the first book. I was intrigued with Marcus's character as soon as he stepped on the the pages of The Look Of Love. He seemed so in control, so together and sort of aloof. You could tell he had some inner turmoil and I was dying to have his story. This book certainly didn't disappoint.
I enjoyed Nicola's character and she really made me pause and think of the price of fame. Nicola or Nico as she's known in the music industry, was reeling from a bad breakup that went public. Skirting between two images; who she was and who she thought the public wanted her to be. Nicola definitely had some trust issues to overcome, but from the moment she met Marcus, all he could do was prove his trust to her. Both of these characters went to a club to find a night of wild abandon and instead walked away with so much more. Their attraction was intense and their bedroom scenes were hot. You could tell these two belonged together and I was so frustrated that it took them so long to see it. I felt that both Marcus and Nicola were aware of more deeper feelings that they were hiding under the "no strings attached" rule they gave their relationship. They had both erected so many walls and were telling themselves they didn't have space in their lives for love, they couldn't make it work, their lives were just too different. I was so invested in these two and so frustrated that if I could have reached into the book and knocked their heads together, I would have.
As I already mentioned, I enjoyed Nicola's character, but I felt a little disappointed in her towards the end. Nicola was the first to admit her feelings and I couldn't believe that she walked away. As soon as Marcus stopped hiding from his, he faced them head on and was ready to fight for her. I really wanted her to fight for him as well. Part of Nicola's personality was described early on as, she decides what she wants and doesn't let anyone or anything get in her way. That's how she built her career, but once she decided she wanted Marcus, she didn't have faith that he could handle her lifestyle. She gave him up. Though I was disappointed in her, Marcus's character flourished and I enjoyed seeing the man he became. When Marcus told Nicola "I will wait for you to come around" my heart broke just a little because I had come to care for Marcus and I wanted more for him.
Other than that minor frustration, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have fallen in love with this family. I was so happy I had a chance to meet the whole family during the barbeque. We got a little glimpse during the epilogue of the first book of the Sullivan's and I was glad to get a little peek at the rest of the family. Chase and Chloe were there and still madly in love and that barbeque just cemented me to all further books in this series and I'm anxious to see all of them find love. Bella Andre sets the stage in the epilogue for the next book. Not only do we get to see the happy couple after the dust has settled, we also get a peek into whose story is next and a little more of an introduction to their character
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Plenty of angst, trust issues, passion, fun, great story line. She is famous and lonely, he is older and just out of a bad relationship, they have someone in common although they don't realise it. Straight into the meaty bits, no dragging it out like some authors.
Definitely a 5 star in my view. I have already purchased the next in the series and will be searching out other books of hers. A must read for any fans of romantic fiction.
Nicola Harding is a pop star, stuck in her hotel room dwelling on her recent disastrous relationship with a man, she thought she could trust, has got to her. Deciding to go out and have some fun, she heads out to a club. When she enters a really tall handsome guy catches her eye, she has never seen someone as good-looking as this man is, she heads straight for him. Marcus could not take his eyes of the beautiful woman who had just entered the club, and she was heading his way. Marcus and Nicola leave the club together they have agreed to spending just the one night together.
This is book two in the Sullivan series, I really enjoyed the first book The Look of Love (Chase & Chloe - The Sullivans Book 1 - Contemporary Romance) . But as good as that was, this book is even better, more passion more romance and it is hotter. Marcus is thirty six years old and since he was fourteen he has helped his mother bring up his brothers and sisters since the death of his father. He keeps his emotions under a tight control, he is a very caring man and is always there for his family. Nicola is the consummate pop star beautiful, hardworking, wanting to please her fans and management. But she is really a very sweet girl under the pop princess facade. As usual Bella Andre delivers a great story that draws the reader in, and fully developed characters that you really care about. The next book in this series features Gabe the firefighter. I can hardly wait.