Author: Melody Anne
Series: Anderson Billionaires #2
Salt-of-the-earth navy veteran Noah Anderson is just starting to understand what it means to be exceedingly wealthy. Since he and his four brothers received a huge payout from their long-lost billionaire uncle, they’ve been hard at work building a new veterans center—and hard at play with the lovely ladies in their lives.
Noah, in charge of designing the center, has been mostly focused on work. However, coarchitect Sarah Jennings commands more of his attention all the time. Sparks fly whenever they’re together, but she’s wary—even afraid—of love, and Noah isn’t the biggest fan of commitment.
When they reach a creative roadblock, Noah and Sarah decide to jet across the United States and study the buildings that most influence them. The trip quickly inspires more than just a love of architecture, and with a little help from Uncle Joseph, the reluctant couple gets ever closer to discovering what they’re really looking for.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I may need a Doctor after reading this book. Or maybe a spelunker? Any person who is able to go inside my cranium to find my eyes is more than welcome. I have rolled them so hard during these days… If no one runs to help me I woulnd’t be offended (you are lucky I’m too blind to see who is denying me help!!). I can admit it is all my fault. When I read the first book of this saga I already could tell this wasn’t my style, but I guess I needed to confirm it. The second Anderson brother is slightly better, but that’s not saying much. Let’s grab a pencil and draw a blueprint for this book!
Last time we were with these guys, we left Noah and Sarah at the hospital after a scary car accident. They are both the architects of the famous project for veterans the Anderson borthers are putting together. It seems that working side by side has made them closer than expected, and Sarah is starting to wonder if it is a good work ethic to keep an intimate relationship with Noah while trying to bring to life the building. This is not a story about love. This is a story about who is more stubborn.
This book doesn’t start that badly. It looked like the consequences of the accident could be an important, and welcome, plot thread and I would have been OK with that. But the author gets rid of it pretty fast and with no mercy. To the point that I am still wondering why the hell the accident took place in the first place if it has zero relevance in the development. One of them should have been crippled by the accident to have something to tell. What story do we have without that? Nothing. The story is pretty hollow. Nothing really happens and there is barely any kind of character development or similar. It is SO boring. I have read it faster than normal to get over this tedious reading that goes nowhere.
The whole book is about that hot potato called love and the people who deny it. There are two roles: the one who wants to get into its business and the one who wants to run as far as possible. There is not a single chapter where both characters are fulfilling the same one at the same time. Sometimes is Noah the lovebird and other is Sarah. Sometimes she is the one who want to escape and other chapters is Noah the one packing a bag to put some distance between them. The worst part is that they change their roles in the least expected moment and behaving in a way that doesn’t make much sense. And that is all the drama this book has, so you can guess this is, overall, a forgettable story that is not going to leave any kind of residue in my memory,
Sadly, that loopy dynamic is not ended in a positive way and we have to suffer one of the worst drama closures I have read in my life. It is laughable, somehow insulting, lazy and pretty much a mess in every aspect. It absolutely killed the meager faith I had in the couple. At least this time the wedsession (I told you guys that word was going to be useful) takes longer to appear… But when it does, its ferocity is such that I wanted to hide under the bed, close my eyes and cover my ears while trying to convince myelf that that wasn’t real. Same technique as with ghosts or other monsters…
The characters are not as bad as in the previous book. Finn is hard to beat, even though his brother Noah took an effort to get the first position. In the sheer amount of a couple of paragraphs I went from having a mildly positive opinion of the guy to hate his guts passionately. He is one of those who drives way faster than permited just beacuse they need it and they have everything under control. Don’t make me express with words where you can stick that need of yours, pal!. If that wasn’t enough, he starts drinking alcohol even though he knows he must drive back to his place. Are you still going to control it even with a bit of a buzz? I like the kind of cockiness that is sexy, not the kind that can kill people. But the final nail in his coffin is the comment he makes at his brother Crew’s place: he trails mud to make sure the cleaner has a job… There is no need of helping to get a house dirty. Dust does all the job for us. I can’t believe this guy is so proud of his humble origins, because that comment made him a total (or should I say utter?) asshole.
I’m running out of venom and there is still a lot that would deserve it: Sarah’s behaviour doesn’t make any sense, Joseph is annoying and creepy, the brothers are waaaay too obsessed with the love lives of each other… Next one in line is going to be Brandon. I’m not sure if I want to keep as far away as possible from it or if my curiosity will snare me again.
I’m going to be a tad mischievous about the new English word. I’m picking one that is perfect to summarize this book:
wishy-washy: lacking strength or character; ineffectual
In the book wasn’t a hyphoned word. I wonder if it is bad spelling or both of them are allowed. My dictionary only had the one with the hyphon, but you never know…