Publication date: November 27, 2013
Series: The Sullivans #7
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This was an amazing read. Absolutely amazing. Smith and Valentine are seemingly perfect characters,yet they are not just pretty faces, but genuine people yearning for companionship and love.
Smith Sullivan, second oldest of the Sullivan siblings, is a world famous actor. He is immensely handsome, yet also kind and caring towards others, especially his family. He doesn't put on airs, nor is he acting for more fame and fortune. Smith is driven, but he is not jaded from being in the entertainment business for so long. Instead, he really loves his job and has great dedication towards it. While he is aware of his seductive skills, he chooses to seek more than just a sexual relationship with Valentina, once he sees what a gem she is.
Valentina is the manager of her younger sister Tatiana, fellow co-star of Smith Sullivan. She hides her killer looks behind professionalism, yet cannot deny her palpable attraction to Smith. She is very sweet, as she was touched by the emotions in Smith's movie, and even sent flowers to Marcus and Nicola (From This Moment On, Sullivans #2). She acts tough and plays the protective mother to Tatiana, but needs comforting just as much. She is wary of actors due to her mother's flippancy in dating them, but couldn't help falling for Smith, emotionally and physically. I especially liked how she fell for him, seeing his devotion to his pregnant sister.
Once in the bedroom, their love is hot and sexy, exploding like fireworks. Afterwards, their love is like the sweetest candy in the world, a savory flavor that melts right off the pages. From Smith's pursuit of Valentina to her futile efforts to succumb to his gentle seduction, there is just so much love in that I want to engrain their words to each other.
The secondary characters are wonderful as well, from the assiduous Mary Sullivan who advises Smith to never let go of "the one," to Lori Sullivan who quickly becomes a great friend to Valentina, and even the talented Tatiana, all have been carefully crafted and fitted to perfection in their roles. I love how Smith's interaction with his mother shows how much he values his family, and how Tatiana cares equally for her sister's happiness as the other way around.
The only issue I have upon finishing this book is that it left me unable to stop smiling, for that's how much I loved this book. If you have a romantic bone in your body, I urge you to pick up this book straight away, and bring a pot of honey while you read.
Rating: 5 tulips
My review for Always on My Mind (The Sullivans #8)