The English Brothers series (books 1-5 of 6) by Katy Regnery

Three of these reviews are older, and two from just recently, so I thought I’d post them all together.  Now I just need to read the last book in this series!!

Breaking Up with Barrett
25540390Breaking Up with Barrett is the first of six 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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My Review:
4 stars — Mmmmm, classic romance. Sometimes, it’s just what you need. Great characters, great chemistry, didn’t feel like it fell into the usual romance tropes (though it had the opportunities to do so). Barrett wasn’t what I expected…he was a bit more…awkward? than I was expecting. Not necessarily a bad thing, but you just didn’t really see a lot of his supposed “Shark” personality appear….probably b/c that’s not who he actually is deep inside. Definitely a book filled with happy sighs. 🙂 LOVED the whole part where he was recounting all the significant moments in Emily’s life that he remembered.

Falling for Fitz
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.

Almost ten 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.

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My Review:
4 stars — Mmmmmm, Fitz… Seriously, he was an adorable book boy. He totally made this whole book for me. He was sweet, sort of understated, but with so much love to give. And Daisy was his perfect counterpoint. I loved the way their different personalities meshed, how they each brought something important that was missing from the other’s life. I appreciated that some of the things I thought would become big obstacles just didn’t work out that way (Josh/Dr. M). I was initially a bit disheartened by Daisy’s hangups about Fitz’s love, but Ms. Regnery resolved that way better than I was expecting (remembered pain vs. seeing things through a maturer perspective). So there were things I was hung up on initially, but they were resolved in a way that satisfied me.

My highlight was Fitz’s speech upon waking up beside her. When you read it, you’ll understand. I melted. Just melted.

Anyone but Alex
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?

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My Review:
4.5 stars — Seriously, who knew that ALEX, the playboy, would be one of my favourite English boys???  It’s a pretty tight race with Stratton, who I totally understand my appeal to.  But Alex?  He comes off so cocky and almost jerk-like in some of the other books…  But wow, Ms. Regnery sure knows how to sucker punch you right to the heart.  I really felt for Alex and could see how bewildered he was dealing with his suddenly different feelings (even before he was reacquainted with Jessica).  And Jessica was a perfect foil for his playboy ways….strong, mostly confident, someone who refused to assume that Alex’s reputation was all there was to him.  Yup, I was sucked into this love story.  And even the pitfalls that found them were believable and realistic.  Made me laugh, made cry, gave me goosebumps — just a great love story all around.

Seduced by Stratton
Seduced by Stratton is the fourth of six books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love.

Stratton English knew what his brothers said about him:

I don’t think he’s ever had a girlfriend. (Barrett)

I don’t think he’s ever had sex. (Alex)

He always friend-zones himself. (Fitz)

He’s just not smooth around women. (Weston)

It often occurred to Stratton to set them straight and tell Barrett that he’d had a couple of girlfriends in college, though they didn’t last very long. While he was at it, he’d tell reformed lothario, Alex, that while he’d had sex, he wasn’t in the habit of sleeping around. Smiling affectionately as he thought of his favorite brother, Fitz, he’d have to agree that he had a problem with being friend-zoned, and while Weston was right in general, being incredibly awkward around women wasn’t the primary reason Stratton was single.

The simple fact was this…

…his heart was already taken.

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My Review:
5 stars — Yup, that was awesome. I was hooked from almost the first chapter. How can you not fall in love with the super awkward and socially inept Stratton? And Valeria was just perfection as a counterpart. I LAUGHED so much, and I rooted for them, and everything about this book just made me happy. I LOVED how unique both characters were, and how their love story wasn’t so straight-forward. I LOVED that it didn’t take FOREVER for Stratton to figure his crap out and so we got plenty of good stuff too. And now I have all the rest of the books in this series on my wishlist. This is an author I will HAPPILY read again and again. (Thanks for introducing me Cassie!)

Wild About Weston
Wild about Weston is the fifth of six books about the last of the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love.

Wait a second! They’re definitely NOT all on the look-out for love anymore. Not if Emily, Daisy, Jess and Val have any say in the matter. Weston’s the last single English…oh, yeah. And Kate. Poor Kate…)

When Weston English’s girlfriend breaks up with him to move to Italy on the morning of his brother Fitz’s wedding, he fully expects to have a horrible day. What he doesn’t anticipate is meeting Molly McKenna at the reception.

Daisy’s friend, Molly, whose fiance dumped her the night before the wedding, decides to throw caution to the wind and eschew her schoolteacher persona for a wild, one-night stand with Weston.

From the ceremony to the cocktail hour, from dinner to dancing, from toasts to photos, Molly and Weston will discover that they have more in common than they could have guessed, and that some horrible endings lead to the happiest beginnings.

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My Review
4 stars — Had a hankering for an easy, guaranteed satisfaction romance, and I picked perfectly! The speed of Molly and Weston’s relationship was kind of crazy, but at the same time it’s the whole book, and it really feels like they do get to know each other and are just drawn to each other for some reason. Fabulous chemistry between these two — both in the heat department, and in the friendship/gets each other department. Molly was so spunky sometimes, I just fell in love with her. Almost wish we could have seen more of them afterwards, but I guess if I want a sneak peek, that’s what Kate’s book is for.

All in all, thoroughly satisfied. 😉