Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “How am I looking at you?” “Like I’m Little Red to your big bad wolf.” “Well,” he said slowly, “I do want to eat you.”
Mia Sullivan, a real estate agent, met and fell in love with the famous rock star Ford Vincent. After spending a sexually charged week together, Ford asked Mia to join him on tour but in the seconds she hesitated, Ford got angry and left her. Now five years later, Ford realizes he behaved abominably. He has never stopped loving Mia and decides to try to get her back.
Mia still harbors feelings for Ford but his actions five years ago broke her heart and she has no intention of allowing that to happen again. Their reconnection slams the door wide open to same chemistry and passion that held them hostage to one another five years ago. But this time around, Ford will have to convince Mia he wants it all…with her.
It Must Be Your Love is the eleventh book in Bella Andre’s Sullivan series. These Sullivans are cousins to the original Sullivans on which the series started. The story opens to rock star Ford Vincent finishing a concert and secretly wondering where his life is going. While reviewing video clips for a documentary being filmed about his life, he sees an old concert clip that takes him back in time to the woman he fell in love with and lost-Mia Sullivan. Immature and insecure, he screwed up and let her go. He now knows what he wants out of life and it’s her but he has his work cut out for him. He knows she will never agree to see him so he uses his lawyer to get him a house showing through Mia’s company on the sly. Once he gets a foot inside her door, he vows he will win her back.
I liked this one but didn’t love it. Steady pacing and a well-balanced couple make for a fast read. If nothing else, Ford and Mia have great chemistry and some delicious dialogue. A basic though super sexy romance that follows a pretty predictable path. The beginning caught my eye as Ford and Mia each relive what happened five years ago and the moment they both lost it. Nice tension and angst. I love seeing love gone bad from dual POVs because something is inevitably revealed that makes you go, “Oh…NOW I understand…” I enjoyed Mia’s strength in the face of Ford’s return and the fact that one kiss and an “I’m sorry,” doesn’t make her fall on her back in forgiveness. What Ford did was pretty bad in my opinion but his plan to get back into her life and heart is sweet and goes far in showing his maturity and heartfelt intentions.
The push and pull are intriguing but low key and over pretty quickly. Mia and Ford are well matched with his low key alpha male tendencies and Mia’s strong independence. This time around, communication is a premium between them. Mia tells Ford in the beginning there is no way she will ever be his again and she has good reasons for it. Kudos to Ford for sticking it out. He knows now that they need a solid base on which to rebuild their love and he realises that building a friendship is what they should have done in the beginning. So he woos her with kisses, picnics, more kisses, long talks, and even more kisses. After a week or so, Mia pretty much gives in though she denies it to herself and Ford.
The inclusion of the extended Sullivan family and meeting Mia’s brother Ian’s potential match up was more a highlight for me. I love the Sullivans of the past and it was interesting to see what they were up to now. I think because this storyline centered mainly on Mia and Ford’s reconciliation without too much external influences, it fell flat for me in comparison to previous installments. This couple click so well together they seemed to mow over any obstacles that Andre attempted to put in their path.
It Must Be Your Love is a sweet sexy love story between two soul mates who are given a rare second chance at happiness.