Joseph Anderson has decided it is time his three successful sons find brides. Joseph wants grandchildren to fill his huge mansion, and he wants them immediately. He was successful in his eldest son's match, and in this book, his scheming brings Alex and Jessica together. Alex is a confirmed bachelor who loves to travel all around the globe and romance as many women as possible. That is until he meets Jessica Sanders. One night with her and he is changing his views of bachelorhood and starting to think that married life is the new way for him. Jessica comes from a wealthy family, and has had one too many good looking men take advantage of her family's money.
When she meets confirmed bachelor and known playboy Alex Anderson, she is distrustful of his flirting, and tries to avoid him at all costs. That is until they end up trapped in an elevator, and her fear of the dark, tight space is greater than her fear of the man she is trapped with. Alex comforts her by making steamy love in the elevator, and when she runs away once they are free, he walks away wanting more. One year later he finds out he is a father, and he makes sure Jessica has no other choice than to let him do the honorable thing. They have passion, romance, love and family to help guide them through the chaos.
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NOT NEARLY AS GOOD AS THE FIRST INSTALLMENT
I kept waiting for the story to start... next thing I knew it was over. This second installment of the 4 Anderson brothers left a lot to be desired. Melody Anne seems to have used the same recipe from Billionare Wins the Game, which is fine because I loved the first installment. The sexual tension from Amy and Lucas really worked, but it was the Lucas Alpha and confident male that really made the first installment such a great read (or listen). In this second installment, Alex and Jessica never seemed to connect or get that feeling of them both loving each other. Alex and Jessica's families are friends and have done business before. Alex and Jessica knew each other from childhood, she's always had a crush on Alex... she was young and clumsy with braces. Fast forward a few years, and of course the ugly duckling is now a beautiful swan. Alex sees her from across the room at a fundraiser... then they end up in an elevator and the power goes out. She's a virgin, getting over a very bad relationship with a fiancé who only wanted her for her family's money, not really trusting men. But low and behold, while stuck in the elevator, it comes out that she's afraid of the dark, he admits he's afraid of monkeys (who knew??) but somehow she gets hot and bothered, forgets her inhibitions and they have hot elevator sex. Alex just powers through sex with her not realizing she was a virgin (really, no pain, no extreme tightness, no blood?), they are dressed in formal attire. They get ready for round two, the elevator lights come on, they get dressed, doors open and she runs. Fast forward one year, Joseph Anderson (Alex's Dad) and Jessica's father are having lunch. Joseph finds out Jessica had a baby boy and somehow these two old friends figure out the Alex is the dad, what wonderful deductive skills. They set up a dinner meeting, of course Amy is taken aback when Joseph and Catherine (Alex's mom and dad) show up for dinner. Joseph and Jessica's dad are now 100% sure Alex is the "baby daddy". Joseph tells Alex, Alex runs to her apartment, they fight, the have sex, they fight more, he holds his son. They pick more fights with each other, more sex......ANYWAY.... I just felt anxious waiting on some connection, some sparks, SOMETHING. I just kept waiting and waiting and waiting for Alex to confess his love or something substantial to happen. I kept waiting on Alex to grow some balls and man up, like his big brother did. Instead we got this whole book work of simple excuses about probabilities of divorce and although Jessica professed her lover for Alex he very coldly responded "No" I can't love you do you know the probabilities of divorce. Even though my Mom and Dad, your Mom and Dad AND my Brother and his wife are in blissful and happy relationships it just can't happen for us.
Throughout the story there seemed to be a huge discrepancy with Alex's insistence on why they can't work, while he continued to bang her every night. Then she seemed to be depressed throughout the book with a very lackluster monotone voice and sleeping almost 1/3 of the book away... you'll find out at the very end as to why she slept throughout the book.
In all, Alex just didn't pull of off the Alpha strong hero like his older brother Lucas did. While Jessica's character wasn't as corny as Amy (Lucas' wife)was, Jessica was so freaking boring. No real dimensions to her, although her story line says she was this Peace Corps, master degreed strong willed person. She and Alex just came off as two spoiled brats trying to see who will give up first of course she did. Confessing her love to Alex, he just like his brother, freaked out and started avoiding her. Then at the end of the book, Jessica in one last effort, confessed her love again, he came back with the probabilities and statistics. She leaves the house in the middle of the night (leaving her son noting she'll be back in the morning), something bad happens (of course), he runs out and then lights go off, oh why didn't I know.. I LOVE HER... REALLY????
The ending was rushed, mad no sense her reaction to Alex once he confessed his love was so forgiving and accepting. Just not a good book very rushed very wrong.
Lilly disappointed me in a big way. Her voice for Alex was wimpy and soft. Jessica's voice was stronger and more masculine. They should have caught this in audio editing. When Lucas went to his dad it was more man to man. Alex going to the patriarch sounded like a little wimp. She needs to work on her masculine voices.
Not really. Although I was very disappointed with this installment, I'm still going to purchase the third installment.
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More books with the Anderson family...Please!