Joseph Anderson has decided it's time for his three successful sons to find brides. Joseph wants grandchildren to fill his mansion, and he wants them immediately. His eldest son, Lucas, is successful in all areas of his life, except love, and Joseph begins matchmaking. He finds Amy Harper and deems her the perfect daughter-in-law. He just needs to get her and Lucas to both realize they're made for each other.
Lucas Anderson is wealthy, sexy, and stubborn. He has no desire to have any woman enter his life, causing chaos, or using his family's name. Many women have tried, and he's been successful in finding out who they are beneath their false smiles.
Amy Harper was raised in tragic circumstances and doesn't like pampered, rich men who have been handed everything with a silver spoon. She spent years finishing her education and then received a job with the Anderson Corporation. She instantly doesn't like her incredibly sexy boss, who is arrogant and thinks every woman should fall at his feet.
When Amy becomes pregnant after one reckless night of passion, she's scared he'll take the baby and run. Lucas is demanding, and used to getting his way, but Amy has just the right amount of spark to ignite his fuse, and challenges him each step of the way.
Lucas's father, Joseph, and his brothers Alex and Mark, offer laughter, love, and support. With the love of Lucas's family, who aren't only rich and successful, but also kind and giving, Amy starts to realize that being wealthy doesn't make or break a man, and starts to picture the happily ever after she never believed in for herself.
©2012 Melody Anne (P)2014 Melody Anne
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
Think about every cliche you've ever read about in romance novels and this one has it. It's so predictable and boring that I can't believe I manage to finish it. Young woman who's a virgin comes to work for handsome billionaire. They fall in lust at first sight. They have sex once without protection and obviously she gets pregnant. Add a medling billionaire father in law that has made his life's mission to make his sons marry and give him grand babies and you have a predictable fluff... With a happily ever after. An average unremarkable narration does not really redeem this story. Skip this one...
Unless the narrator's voice doesn't agree with me - I usually enjoy the audio version of most books. This one is no different. I love the emotion that Ms. Swan brings to the book.
I think one of the most memorable moments in the book was when Lucas finally realizes that Amy is not after his money and he goes after her.
I love to listen to Lilly Swan. She has a great voice and is great with narration.
This book had a lot of ups and downs. You learn to love Joseph and his family..they make you smile and laugh. Lucas was frustrating at times and he could be very upsetting when dealing with Amy.
But I will begin by saying that I had just finished another poorly written romance and I had no patience for Melody Anne’s unskilled writing - read by untalented narrator. I turned it off in less than a half hour, but before I returned the book I re-read the Audible description that had enticed me to buy this title in the first place. The expectation of a warm family and playful banter between brothers sounded charming, so I waited a week and gave the book another chance.
The story, the writing and the characters were so devoid of complexity that I was able to listen to the book and consider what to say in this review – simultaneously.
Melody Anne’s editor was really laying down on the job. Not only did the editor not demand competent storytelling from the author, he choose to indulge the fantasy of a woman whose only encounter with real life could only have been in the pages of bad romance novels.
I mean, HAS ANYONE EVER HEARD THE TERM “SEXUAL HARRASSMENT”? It was ridiculous! The author was trying so hard to find a way that these characters could have a passionate one-night-stand so her heroine could get pregnant that she totally exposed the fact that she has never had a job outside of her home. I kept wondering what decade this book was written in. They drove hybrid cars and had GPS navigation, but how could anyone in a post Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill America think that the CEO of a major company would EVER force himself on an employee on the street, insist that she get into his car and regularly push his way into her apartment!?! Ridiculous! And the idea that Amy would not have hauled out the threat of reporting Lucas for sexual harassment the first time he made a move is equally implausible.
The characters were annoying and one-dimensional. Amy was inconsistent: competent in some moments and incapable in others. Lucas was just an asinine, bossy, demanding, bully who ignored the word “no”.
The author did not use all of the tools in a writers’ toolbox to craft these characters. When she could have used dialogue to allow the characters to reveal themselves to each other and to the reader, she relied on telling us what the person was thinking and how their background had shaped their perceptions. When she could have allowed other characters to make observations about Lucas or Amy as a way of giving them more depth and interest, she just had Lucas repeat (ad nauseam) the same thoughts about how all women wanted to take advantage of the Anderson money – or Amy agonize that luck was never on her side and how ashamed she was of her apartment, her clothes and her reliance on public transportation.
Then, out of the blue, Ms. Anne would toss out an extraneous tidbit that she must have thought would make her characters more likable. For example, driving through Amy’s neighborhood has Lucas thinking about the under-privileged, so he reminded himself to do more charity work. Pa-lease! At least have that thought lead to action if you want to make an impression on the reader!
And she did not trust the reader to get the motives behind the characters’ actions. She made sure to tell us tell us what we were supposed to figure out. Lucas’ brother meets Amy for the first time and takes her into his arms for a big kiss. Miss Anne does us the favor of telling us that the brother does this “to push Lucas’ buttons”. Thank you. I’d never have known!
And the sex scenes? I mean really. A total disconnect between the characters she describes and the way the scenes play out. Hey, here is a good one. Lucas rips her skimpy towel off, throws her on the bed, is ready to drive himself into her….but he decides to take a minute to make sure she is ready because he wants to make sure she remembers him for the rest of her life.
Oh, and in the last five minutes Ms. Anne introduces a whole family of new characters: Joseph’s twin brother, his wife and children. The last five minutes of the book is not about the drama and characters we have just devoted seven hours to, it is about people we do not know!
But believe it or not, the writing was not the worst part. That would have to be Lily Swan’s narration!
Swan was totally unsuccessful at creating distinct characters and her voices did not fit the people. At one point early in the story a new character was introduced with a voice that had the affected diction of an entitled high-society diva, impeccably dressed in designer clothing and dripping with diamonds. I did a double take when I realized the voice was supposed to be male, and then I shook my head in disbelief that it was supposed to be the voice of the male lead!
Maybe it was because she did not have much story to work with, but Ms. Swan’s pacing and inflection did not ever help build any excitement or create any tension. She did not seem to be moved by what she was reading, so it made it hard for me to be moved by what she was reading.
Audible’s form is set up so that I have to give this book at least one star, but I sure don’t have to buy the next book in the series! I went so far as to read the blurb on The Billionaire’s Dance and I see that the story line is stolen from another bad book I listened to a couple of years ago. Ridiculous.
I can't imagine anyone with a brain enjoying this. I am pretty sure my IQ. Dropped 20 points
Not sure, but I didn't enjoy her breathy performance
Don't waste your time
The relationship between the main character and her love interest was extremely abusive while trying to say "his good family loves her so it's not that bad." and "but he has a soft side so it's okay". He is colored as having control issues, and she is obviously damaged from her past with an abusive mother and then foster care. Boss and assistant are attracted to each other and slip and have a one-night-stand. Whoops! No surprise there. And, of course, she's a virgin. But when she winds up pregnant, he lords it over her, threatening to take the baby if she doesn't do as he says. She believes he can do it because his family is very wealthy and can hire better lawyers showing that they would be able to raise the child better. She finds herself swept into a marriage she didn't want, living in a house she didn't choose, suddenly leaving her job (independence and self reliance had been important to her before) all because they got careless and she got knocked up. Their relationship was full of red flags and the cycle of abuse as they welcome a baby into the world. A relationship that was only started because his parents wanted a passel of grandbabies, so they're happy for the pregnancy and support his strong-arming her into marriage.
The story could have been good and a good series. But when the leading man is extremely unlikable and the leading woman sounds like an complete idiot, it was hard to finish listening. The other characters were likable, which made me finish the book. Not sure if will purchase the rest of the stories.
Love listening to books on my long work commute!
Annoyingly fluffy and predictable. It was really hard for me to finish listening. I would usually return one this cheesy.
Not worth my credit. Looking at the reviews I notice that it is a love it or wish you could go back in time and not have bothered. Ugh.
The other reviewers who gave 1 or 2 stars sum it up well. I hated the male lead. He was a jerk, a bully. They kept saying "but he has redeeming qualities, like being thoughtful and nice" - but they never really showed us any of that at all.
The female lead was awful as well. Came from an unfortunate background, raised in foster care - which they say she was lucky and got a good foster family. But then they continually say she was all alone, and had no family at all. They mention that her foster family never had much money, but they made sure the kids all had at least one Christmas gift. But apparently they are no longer a part of her life at all..... very contradictory. Then she kept letting her boss (the male lead) bully her, sexually harass her. And she was very appreciative of it, because, hey, at least she got a good salary and a company car. She never imagined she'd be so lucky. She's attracted to her boss, and despite the fact that she doesn't want to be "that girl" having sex with the boss, and she doesn't want to jeopardize her job - she keeps allowing it to happen. And of course we find out that she's a virgin when the do have sex. And of course she gets pregnant the first time.
He DEMANDS she marry him, even though she doesn't want to, she does because he threatens to take the baby away from her with his money and fancy lawyers if she doesn't. But that's OK, because hey he's a nice guy they say, a real family man. He won't let his baby grow up without a father and mother, married and together. Even if he has to threaten, bully and force the mother into it. 'Cuz hey, he's a family man, and family is important. And obviously that's how you treat family. You're mean and ruthless and don't give a damn what they want, as long as you get what you want.
Very rarely do I every not finish a book, but this was a REAL struggle to complete. I kept wanting to choke everyone for being so unbelievably ridiculous.
Really lovely story how a father becomes a matchmaker. Well written and narrated a good listen.
cra pola it was redulase to belive it was a rehash of everything we have read sooo ooh boring
"a little bit robotic. . ."
i had already read the ebook of this title, and liked the series. i was looking forward to having all the books in the series on audio, but Audible.co.uk seem to not be releasing book 2. . .even though they have already released book 3?. . . :/ (publisher claims Audible have all rights, and should already be selling book 2 in the UK, they are already selling it in the US, which i can believe given having the same problems on many different occasions with Audible.co.uk)
in terms of this performance in this publication, i found the narrator a little bit robotic sounding. it's not enough to put you off, for me anyway, but is a little bit weird. along with the accents being a little weird also.
the story is what it is. it's romance, it's a story not a real life event. but it's what i would call a guilty pleasure read, because it's a HEA guaranteed type of book! lol
"Needs a different author"
The narrator! Having read this book, I was looking forward to listening to it and for the book to be brought to life as I drove a long distance.
I loved Joe Anderson, strong man who is devoted and loves his family, though an interfering old man(said in a loving way!)
The narrator didn't seem to give each of the characters their own voice and unfortunately didn't seem to be into the story. There was no conviction to the characters. If all the books in the series are made available in audio I would definitely listen to them, if there is a different narrator. I suggest trying to get Pippa Jayne.
A great story, just a shame about the narrators conviction to the story and characters.
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