Series: The Sullivans #9
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
As a very successful private investigator who has caught most of the cheaters in Seattle with their pants down, Rafe Sullivan believes true, lasting love only happens once in a blue moon. Needing to get away from the city to clear his head, he finds the lake house where he spent the best summers of his life is now a wreck…but the sweet girl next door is all grown up and prettier than anything he’s ever seen.
While Brooke Jansen is happy making and selling chocolate truffles in her small Pacific Northwest lake town, she secretly longs to experience something wild. So when her favorite “Wild Sullivan” moves in again next door after more than a decade away, and sparks fly between them, she can’t stop wondering if being bad is really as good as it always seemed…and just how long it will be before she can find out.
But when their summer fling quickly spirals into deeper emotions than either of them were expecting, can they survive the heat between them? Or will Rafe make the biggest mistake of his life and end up losing the best thing that’s ever happened to him?
A fun, lighthearted, good-girl, bad-boy romance.
Thoughts on The Way You Look Tonight
My contemporary romance kick continues (still without any ‘splosions, dangit!) and I had a good time meeting this crazy Sullivan family for the first time. While this is the 9th book in the overall series, being book 1 in the spinoff series made it easy to follow along with who’s who. Mention is made of the San Francisco Sullivans but it’s vague enough you don’t have to wade through a genealogy chart to figure out how everybody fits together. So, yay for that!
This book gives us the good girl who’s looking to finally cut loose and the wild man who’s become jaded by what he’s seen on his job. Brooke’s family isn’t terribly supportive of her (well, they kind of are. But mostly not.) and she’s determined to make it without having to rely on others. Rafe has a thriving business and a great family and he’s completely burnt out by the constant stream of cheating spouses he comes across. Needless to say, he needs a break. BUT… he’s wary of Brooke’s affections simply because he’s seen so much infidelity with his job.
A lot of the issues that arose between them came from Rafe, to be honest. He was afraid of hurting Brooke. He was afraid she wasn’t being as smart as she should be with her business partner. He was afraid she was going to break his heart the way he’d seen all the men and women he’d been hired to investigate had broken their spouses’ hearts. Brooke was willing (YEAH, SHE WAS!) and able to start something with him and he kept balking at it because he didn’t want to ruin their friendship. Admirable, Rafe, but doesn’t the lady have a say in it, too?
In the end, it was a fun, lighthearted romance that left me feeling good. Nothing terribly terrible happened and the two of them worked out their differences to get their HEA. Some days, that’s all I need.