THE TYCOON’S VACATION
Baby for the Billionaire: Book 2
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.
The Tycoon’s Vacation:
- Genre: Contemporary
- Series: Baby for the Billionaire, Book 2
- Original Publication Date: 8/28/2011
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“You don’t know what you’re missing out on, Drew. I’ve never been as happy as I am now. I love you and Ryan, you know that, but having a wife and children is unlike anything you can imagine. I feel…I don’t know…complete.” Derek spoke to his cousin as they sat by the pool, having a drink and catching up.
“I think Jasmine is about the most perfect woman in this universe, but marriage is for you — not me. I like being a bachelor, and I want it to stay that way. I believe in freedom. Why should I settle down with just one lady when I can have a new one on my arm anytime I want?” Drew flashed a wicked smile. So what if he sometimes felt a longing for something more? The grass is always greener, no? He had a great life and saw no reason to change anything.
“I used to feel the same way — until Jasmine came back into my life. Now I just think of all the wasted years we could have been together,” Derek said.
Drew winced at the pain in his cousin’s voice. Derek had finally married his childhood sweetheart, but circumstances had kept them apart for ten years, and Drew knew all too well how much Derek suffered when he thought about the years forever lost.
“I think I’m just restless because I need a vacation,” Drew said. “I’ve been working nonstop lately and it’s time to pick one of my resorts and go soak up some sun and lie on the beach. I’m sure I can find a pretty lady or three to enjoy the time with,” he said.
Drew had always believed in keeping things simple when it came to women. That had always been enough for him, so he figured the restlessness really was just too much hard work. The old saying seemed to be quite fitting — all work and no play…
“What’s with the serious expressions? What on earth are you boys discussing?” Jasmine asked. She walked out, carrying her beautiful baby girl, and Drew immediately held out his arms to take her. He’d fallen head over heels in love with his niece, and he could even imagine himself with a few of his own children someday. Scratch that. Babies usually came with a wife, and that was a no-go.
“Drew was just talking about chasing tail,” Derek said as he grabbed Jasmine around the waist and settled her onto his lap. She laughed and bent down to kiss him. Drew cleared his throat to remind them he was still there.
“Sorry, Drew,” Jasmine mumbled; a pretty blush stole over her features.
“Want to babysit?” Derek asked, though it wasn’t really a question. He also wasn’t the least bit sorry. Before Drew had a chance to say anything, Derek rose with Jasmine still in his arms and carried her off. Her feeble protests faded as the two disappeared into the house.
Britney’s irresistible blue eyes and toothless smile tugged at Drew’s heart. He blew raspberries on her stomach, which made her giggle and pat his face.
“I know your parents are a bit nutty, but you have to love them anyway,” he said. He didn’t feel foolish telling her things, even though she had no idea what he was saying. He found himself babysitting for a long time before the happy couple returned.
He raised his brows at his cousin, who just shrugged as if to say he couldn’t help himself. Jasmine apologized for her husband’s behavior and took Britney back so she could get the child ready for bed. Drew’s arms felt instantly empty.
“I’m going to take off now since my presence here is obviously not needed,” Drew said with a huge smile.
“Hey, you know you’re always wanted here,” Derek told him.
Drew knew that his cousin meant those words. All three of the cousins had been only children, but it had never seemed that way. Having Derek and Ryan was even better than having siblings. Their bond was unbreakable.
“I know,” Drew said. “That’s why I keep coming back. I’m going to take everyone’s advice, though, and take that vacation. I’m sure once I get away from work, I’ll feel better, and can get back to myself.”
“Don’t stay away too long. You know how quickly Britney is growing up.” Derek walked Drew to the door.
“I can’t believe how quickly she’s growing. It seems like only yesterday she was born, and look at her, already a few months old. I won’t be gone long — she’d miss me too much. Plus, I’m thinking it’s time to start slowing down. Traveling the world isn’t holding the same appeal it used to when I first started building these resorts. Now that you’re all settled down, I look forward to coming back. I think it’s your wife’s cooking. I swear I’ve put on twenty pounds,” he said, while rubbing his flat stomach.
“I understand. I’m going to have to go to the tailor to let all my pants out.” Derek rubbed his own six-pack abs. They shook hands and Drew walked out. He sat in his car and gazed at his cousin’s home with the warm lights inviting a person to step inside. He shook his head as he started his silver Bugatti Veyron, listening to the 1200 horsepower engine roar to life. He grinned as he started down the road. Yeah, he’d get back to his normal self. Kids and luxury vehicles didn’t go hand in hand.
As he headed to the airport, he phoned his pilot and knew his jet would be fueled and ready by the time he arrived. Some sun and surf would wash all thoughts of marriage and children away. He simply wasn’t the marrying kind, not the way Derek was.
Once inside his jet, Drew looked around at what he had and sighed. Life was good. Sure, Derek’s suggestion that something was missing troubled at him somewhere in the back of his mind, but he knew better.
After the plane was airborne, he sipped his drink and laid his head back against the seat. As he closed his eyes and took a few breaths, the world seemed to slow down. Yeah, he thought, this is what I needed. After a few days of nothing but surf, sun, and sand, everything would return to normal.