Friday, July 10, 2015
Romance Book Review: Katy Regnery's Anyone but Alex
Author: Katy Regnery
Series Connection: The English Brothers, The Blueberry Lane Series
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Katharine Gilliam Regnery
Purchase Link: Amazon
Alex English, manwhore, playboy, womanizer, ladies' man, philanderer, tomcat, player, lady-killer--whatever you want to call him he has probably already heard and didn't even pay attention to it. Just lately though Alex isn't sure he likes that people think that about him. His time with his "lady-friends" or current lover, whoever she may be is getting boring. Something is seriously missing. Until one rainy night when he runs into his old friend Jessica Winslow.
Jessica wasn't one of his "lady-friends" in fact she was just a young girl the last time Alex laid eyes on her, but she always had a place in his heart. Seeing her again makes him realize all the things he's been missing and she wants to be his friend. Not knowing if that is something he can even do...but willing he's willing to try for Jessica. He's up for the challenge, but is Jessica.
Sweet, young Jessica has just come back from England where she moved after her father died years ago. Running into Alex, the boy she always loved and seeing how handsome he has grown as a man is making all her insides turn to jello. She knows she wants Alex as more than a friend, but she has to woo him to her side.
The big problem is her brothers are dead set against it. They know what type of man Alex has become and they are sure they don't want him anywhere near their little sister. It doesn't matter that they all consider Alex a good friend, he's no good for their little Jessie. That attitude is driving Jessica made, but she'll do whatever she can to get her man.
There's just one more little problem...the old trail of lovers Alex has left behind who can't wait to get him back.
I wasn't sure I was going to like Alex's story, but I think it is my favorite so far. Remember I'm not really reading these in order and they can even be read solo, still there is something about Alex's character besides his looks that I liked while I read his story. Does he have a chance of succeeding with Jessica for the long term...in romance book land who ever knows. Maybe we 'll run into him again in some of the Blueberry Lane series when Katy Regnery writes about the other families on the block to find out.
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 super hottie, 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?