Review: Come a Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre

Movie star Smith Sullivan can’t afford any distractions. He’s staking his entire reputation on his new film...but he can’t stop thinking about Valentina Landon and the fire he sees smoldering just beneath the surface of her cool exterior.

Valentina isn’t averse to sensual pleasure, or even to the idea of finding true love, but as a Hollywood business manager she’s watched too many smart women fall for actors...only to be torn apart when the fairy tale comes to its inevitable end.

But when intense weeks together on set turn their heated attraction into red-hot flames of passion, Smith knows he has to find a way to convince Valentina to let him get a little bit closer. Close enough to completely steal her heart...the way she’s stolen his from the start.

Valentina is on the set of Smith Sullivan's movie with her sister who is his co-star.  From the moment that Smith saw Valentina he knew that she was different from other women he'd met and/or bedded, and that she may even be the one.  The problem is that she won't let him in.  She refuses dates and tries to push him away at every turn.

Valentina's mother started dating actors after her father died and after seeing the slew of actors go through her house and dealt with the ones who came on to her as well she wants nothing to do with them. She just wants to get through the filming of this movie with her sister and then move on.  She doesn't plan on Smith being pretty much relentless in his pursuit and she certainly didn't plan on giving in.

This is book 7 in The Sullivans series.  I liked getting to see a little bit more about Smith, I have to admit that I didn't really get into this one as much as I have books 2-6.  

For me the best part of this book was Smith.  He was just all that was wonderful.  He was kind, loving, caring, and giving, all wrapped up in one beautiful package.  He was the sort of man that I love reading about and I loved that he was so single-minded in his plan to get Valentina.  He did all the right things (well except for that one time when he caved to pressure but I'll forgive him for that!) and he really made the book for me.

Valentina, while a good character, really didn't shine for me.  She was definitely better when she was with Smith but there was something missing in the way she was written, imho.  I loved her relationship with her sister, I must say, but that's kind of where it ended.  Not that she wasn't a nice person, but she just didn't have that something special that I think most of the other heroines in Andre's books have had.

I loved the parts of the book that contained Smith's siblings.  The wonderful family camaraderie and love that you feel flowing from all of them is amazing and I love it when they're all together.  This one was great as we got to see Sophie's babies born and Gabe's wedding.  Awesome! :)

So while I liked this one for many reasons I didn't care for it quite as much as previous books.  I have to say that I am really looking forward to reading about the last Sullivan, Lori, and seeing what's been up with her throughout the series.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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