by Katy Regnery
Published by Self Published on September 3, 2014
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Blog Tour
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"Anyone but Alex" is the third of six books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love.
(Sort of. Barrett and Fitz are officially off the market, Alex has sampled every piece of available ass from Rittenhouse Square to the Liberty Bell, Stratton can’t seem to see what’s right in front of him, and don't even get me started on Alex Pettyfer look-alike, Weston...)
Alex English, the well-known man whore of the country club set, has always preferred to play the field, eschewing a chance with Miss Right for a satisfying quickie with Miss Right-Now. But after seeing his two older brothers take the plunge, something has been aching inside of Alex, and no amount of casual sex seems to fill the void in his heart.
Jessica Winslow, whose older brothers are best friends with the English brothers, has returned home from a fifteen-year stay in England, only to find herself face-to-face with her childhood crush, Alex English, on her first night home. She’s heard all the rumors, but Jessie remembers the older boy who was so kind to her as a child, and can’t help reaching out to Alex in friendship.
Between disapproving brothers, scheming exes, and the biggest business deal of English & Sons' illustrious history, Alex and Jessie’s budding romance is going to be put to the test. The question is…will it be strong enough to be their happily-ever-after?
*All books in The English Brothers series are approximately 50,000 words/200-pages long. The RWA classifies this length as "Short Contemporary Romance."
Anyone but Alex is the third book in The English Brothers series and is another hit for author Katy Regnery!
I have to admit I wasn’t sure if I would like Alex. I don’t like players in stories but Alex changed my mind. What made a difference was jumping right into the story with Alex’s point-of-view. Instead of hearing his satisfaction for his latest conquest we hear the struggles he is having. He is trying to ignore this empty feeling he is suddenly having. This feeling started when his older brothers, Barrett and Fitz, fall in love and become engaged. The engagements is great news for the English family but it triggers an emotion that Alex never knew he would experience – a longing for something more in his life. He has avoided being in a committed relationship for so long he can’t imagine himself being in one. Alex tries to ignore this new feeling until he reunites with Jessica Winslow, an old childhood friend. Sparks fly (or actually ignite into a 5 alarm fire) between Alex and Jessica but his promiscuous past haunts him. Will Alex and Jessica find true love? I don’t like to put spoilers in my reviews so you are just going to have to read the book!!
What stands out in this book is the character building. Alex is a character you want to hate but you find yourself cheering him on. Besides writing a great story with romance and heat, author Katy Regnery shines in creating characters that literally come to life. Alex’s charm and sex appeal makes your heart beat fast and have a huge grin on your face (because as much as you don’t want to admit it but Alex is turning you on). And then there is his vulnerable side that breaks your heart and you want to tell him he is worthy of being loved. Sweet Jessica is someone everyone can identify with. Her hopes and fears are true to what we would all feel in this situation. She wants to love Alex but his past is a lot to deal with.
Anyone but Alex is only 200 pages but their story is complete. I would love to see these characters in another book, but with Anyone but Alex it is written so well that their love story wasn’t rushed. Their relationship builds up at just the right pace and with the right amount of sexy scenes, sweet moments, and intense drama.
Anyone but Alex is a must read for all fans of romance, the taming of bad boys and love overcoming great odds.
Get the other books in The English Brothers series
Breaking Up with Barrett is the first of five books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love.
(Except Alex. He’s a womanizing manwhore. And maybe Stratton, because he’s wicked hot, but super awkward around girls.)
Barrett English, aka “the Shark,” is the fair-haired, first-born of the English brothers, and the CEO of the oldest, most prestigious investment banking firm in Philadelphia. He rules the boardroom with an iron fist, refusing to take no for an answer and always getting his way.
Emily Edwards, a first-year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, grew up in the gatehouse on the outskirts of Barrett’s childhood estate. The daughter of his family’s gardener and housekeeper, she was always looking through the window of privilege, but forced to remember her place at the very periphery of the kingdom.
When business partners suggest that a fiancee might soften Barrett’s image over business dinners, he approaches Emily for the “job” of fiancee. And while love wasn’t necessarily on Barrett’s radar, he begins to realize that Emily always has been. But will his take-no-prisoners boardroom tactics work on the heart of the woman he loves?
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Falling for Fitz is the second of five books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are absolutely not on the look-out for love.
(Except Barrett, who fell in love when he was eight-years-old. And Fitz, who met the girl of his dreams at nineteen. And maybe even Weston, who just doesn’t know it yet.)
Fitz English and Daisy Edwards fell in love during one magical summer when they were teenagers. When something tragic happens at the end of the summer, Daisy tells Fitz she never wants to see him again. Despite his feelings for her, he respects her wishes and for almost a decade Fitz and Daisy go their separate ways.
Nine years later, when Daisy moves home to Philadelphia, they meet again, and both are shocked to discover that the feelings they had that summer are just as deep and real today. There’s a little snag, however. It seems that Daisy is engaged to someone else, and she’s come home to get married.
Can Fitz get Daisy to fall for him all over again before it’s too late? Only if Daisy can learn to trust the man who shattered her heart once upon a time.
Check out my 5 star review
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