I Only Have Eyes For You [The Sullivans #4] by Bella Andre

I Only Have Eyes For You by Bella Andre
The Sullivans #4
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2012
Format: eBook
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

SUMMARY:

Sophie Sullivan, a librarian in San Francisco, was five years old when she fell head over heels in love with Jake McCann. Twenty years later, she’s convinced the notorious bad boy still sees her as the “nice” Sullivan twin. That is, when he bothers to look at her at all. But when they both get caught up in the magic of the first Sullivan wedding, she knows it’s long past time to do whatever it takes to make him see her for who she truly is…the woman who will love him forever.

Jake has always been a magnet for women, especially since his Irish pubs made him extremely wealthy. But the only woman he really wants is the one he can never have. Not only is Sophie his best friend’s off-limits younger sister…he can’t risk letting her get close enough to discover his deeply hidden secret.

Only, when Sophie appears on his doorstep as Jake’s every fantasy come to life-smart, beautiful, and shockingly sexy-he doesn’t have a prayer of taking his eyes, or his hands, off her. And he can’t stop craving more of her sweet smiles and sinful kisses. Because even though Jake knows loving Sophie isn’t the right thing to do…how can he possibly resist?

Of all the books in this series, Sophie’s story is the one that I looked forward to reading the most. The book nerd in me have always loved a librarian heroine. To top it off, the hero is a childhood friend whom she loved from afar and forever. Needless to say, this one was sure to be a hit. And while Ms. Andre did a phenomenal job telling how their story came to be, I think I was missing some passion, to be honest.

As heated as their encounters were, the desperation to be with one another was lacking in urgency. I do appreciate a story with some drama but this one didn’t have much. However, if you’ve been following this series,  you’d know that it’s one of the good qualities about it.  You can focus on Jake and Sophie rather than getting hung-up on a wrench thrown in the story. That doesn’t mean, however, that there wasn’t any conflict at all. There is one. But I think because of how long Sophie waited for this relationship to happen and how much she wished it would, more often, I thought she gave in far too easily to Jake’s dictates.

There is also a shade of darkness in Jake that I was dying to see; I wanted him to lose control and just…be. I’m disappointed that I didn’t get to see it. He’s Irish. He’s rough, gruff and his past, though not shady, has the makings for a domineering character. Unfortunately, he held himself in check. He was always careful around Sophie – especially when that happened.

Overall, Sophie didn’t really live up to my eagerness to read her story. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it – on the contrary, I really did. We can’t all have the perfect guy in a book and while Jake put up a good fight, I really wanted him to just…be bad.

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