Title: Can’t Help Falling in Love by Bella Andre
The Sullivans Book Three
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 336 pages
Book Rating: B
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How much is worth risking?
Gabe Sullivan risks his life every day as a firefighter in San Francisco, but he knows better than to risk giving his heart again. Especially not to the woman he saved from a deadly apartment fire and can’t stop thinking about.
Megan Harris owes everything to the heroic firefighter who saved her and her daughter. Everything except her heart. Because after losing her pilot husband, she has vowed to never suffer through loving and losing a man with a dangerous job again.
But when Gabe and Megan meet again, how can he possibly ignore her courage, determination and beauty? And how can she deny not only his strong bond with her daughter but also his sweetly sensual kisses, challenging her to risk everything she’s been guarding for so long?
Can’t Help Falling in Love is another sweet and very steamy love at first sight romance in Bella Andre’s The Sullivans series. This installment is firefighter Gabe Sullivan’s story and it is sure to delight old and new fans of the series.
There is an instant attraction between Gabe Sullivan and Megan Harris but neither is ready for a relationship. A previous ill-fated romance with a woman he rescued has Gabe steering clear of women he meets on the job. Megan is a widow who only dates men in safe jobs after her adrenaline seeking husband’s death. They agree to keep their distance but an unexpected connection brings them back together and they are then thrown together by Megan’s matching-making daughter, Summer.
Can’t Help Falling in Love is a well-written novel, but it is predictable. As in the previous books in The Sullivans series, there is an “insta-love” quality to Megan and Gabe’s romance. Much of their time is spent in bed, and their love scenes are quite detailed, long and drawn-out. There are few surprises for the reader as the story progresses towards the expected happily ever after.
But there are a few differences that make Can’t Help Falling in Love stand out from the other books in the series. Gabe’s occupation as a fireman is a refreshing change from his über successful and wealthy brothers Marcus and Chase. Gabe is initially hesitant to get involved with Megan because of his past, but he works through his issues fairly early on in the story.
Megan is mature and level-headed but she has a blind spot when it comes to Gabe’s career. While she is perfectly content to have casual relationship with him, she has no intention of getting emotionally involved with Gabe. Megan takes most of the novel to work through her reservations and while I understood where she coming from, it was frustrating that it took her so long to figure things out.
What really makes Can’t Help Falling Love unique is Megan’s daughter, Summer. She is an adorable addition to the cast of characters and I really enjoyed her scenes with Gabe. She is precocious and maybe a bit mature for a seven year old, but I liked the depth she added to the overall plot.
Can’t Help Falling in Love is a light, angst free addition to the The Sullivans series. Bella Andre perfectly sets up the next book in series with an enticing epilogue featuring sister Sophie and her love interest Jake.
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