Book 1 - The Davenports

California Dreaming (The Davenports, Book 1‪)‬

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Publisher Description

Meet the Davenport family! Six brothers and sisters who call picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea home. Successful, brilliant, and passionate, the only thing they all still need is the perfect partner in love and life.

Hotshot movie star Archer Davenport has never met a stunt he couldn’t ace, a challenge he couldn’t overcome, or a woman he couldn’t have. When he breaks his leg during a dangerous stunt, the production company insists on hiring a live-in caretaker for him. He refuses the help…until he meets Tessa Taylor. She’s not only caring and beautiful, she’s also as tough on him as a drill sergeant.

Tessa knows all about confident men. She used to be married to one and that didn’t go well. Her only solace is her painting, even if she has no talent, as her late husband always claimed. Her biggest problem on this job, however, is that sexy, magnetic Archer makes her toes curl with desire every time he’s near. She does everything she can to try to remain professional. But it gets harder and harder every day as she starts to fall for him—and for his amazing family—even though she knows she’ll have to leave him for her next client as soon as he’s fully recovered.

Arch, however, has no plans to let Tessa disappear once his leg is fully recovered. In fact, as the sparks between them grow hotter and hotter, he’s determined to show Tessa that she’s not only the most incredible and loving woman he’s ever known, she’s also the most talented. And when a Davenport gives their heart away, it’s forever.


California Dreaming

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*** More Davenports are coming soon! ***

CALIFORNIA DREAMING is part of New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Bella Andre and Nicky Arden's new emotional and sexy contemporary romance series. While it can easily be read as a stand-alone story, you'll likely enjoy reading the other books too. 


Bella Andre is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of “The Sullivans”, “The Maverick Billionaires”, "The Davenports" and the "Married in Malibu" series. Her novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and she has sold more than 10 million books so far! Known for "sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine "Red Hot Reads" twice and have been translated into ten languages. There are more than 50,000 5 star reviews for Bella Andre's books on Goodreads! Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country, a log cabin in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York, and a flat in London overlooking the Thames.

Nancy Warren is the USA Today Bestselling author of mystery and romance who had sold more than 5 million books so far! She’s originally from Vancouver, Canada, though she tends to wander and has lived in England, Italy and California at various times. Favorite moments include being the answer to a crossword puzzle clue in Canada’s National Post newspaper, being featured on the front page of the New York Times when her book Speed Dating launched Harlequin’s NASCAR series, and being nominated three times for Romance Writers of America’s RITA award. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. She’s an avid hiker, loves chocolate and most of all, loves to hear from readers!

1 February
Carmel Oak Press
Carmel Oak Press LLC

Customer Reviews

beccstar ,


Great story.
Love love love the realness of the characters.
Recommend to all

Debsbooklove ,

The famous actor, the ordinarily girl. Perfection !

California Dreaming
Davenport Family #1
Bella Andre & Nicky Arden

Ladies and gentlemen, I believe I’ve found my new favourite family. The Davenports are successful, sweet and love spending time together. Each member holds their own dreams and passions and this one definitely left me me dreaming of Arch.

Archer Davenport is a world famous actor, he’s very successful, loves what he does and even does his own stunts, but he loves time home in Carmel-By-The-Sea with his family where he’s not the famous actor everyone wants, he’s just Arch. Living by the beach is calming and beautiful, but in a glance Arch is taken by the beauty of a woman walking along the beach with Carmel local Margaret. At that point archer knows he’s found his kryptonite, he must know more about the mysterious Tessa.

Tessa Taylor has relocated to Carmel for work, after her life hit rock bottom, she knew she’d need to find her strength to move forward. This thrift loving beautiful soul is a professional caregiver, her job is to encourage clients with rehabilitation and help with day to day living. She lives her job, making people happy makes her happy, but paining is her real love, and Carmel has all of her juices flowing even if she hides it from the world.

So when Archer p has a horrible accident landing him with a broken leg, he insists that the only resin he will accept into his home is Tessa Taylor. Their chemistry was lightning hot at that first meeting in the beach, having her in his home, touching him sounds like the perfect healing. But breaking down Tessa walls is a whole other problem, she may seem carefree and sweet, but Tessa holds many demons, and in a slow burn Archer will stop at nothing to open her up to the beauty that she holds. Whole she’s there to help with his healing, I think Arch was just what Tessa needed, their relationship although comical at first was an absolutely beautiful thing to read and live!

I can’t wait for more of the Davenports, the little taste at the end of this story had me hanging for the next!

Noogie888 ,

Really hard book to put down - ARC Review

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I enjoyed this story and didn’t want it to end. Archer, a famous actor and Tessa a quiet care giver meet and become friends. Tessa is guarded and careful with sharing personal details of her passions and her past. It will take a special person to break down her walls. Tessa and Arch are great together and Arch’s family are awesome. I can’t wait to read more about the Davenport siblings in future books

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