It took a little while before I realized what was keeping me somewhat detached from this otherwise well written romance: it essentially skips the first third of the typical romance novel (aka some of the things I love the most). Things like the first sign of attraction, the development of crushes, the subtle build from single dad and nanny/roommates to more… those are all missing. This jumps right in with these two already settled into a routine, already living together, already lusting after each other – and it’s not long before their relationship shifts again. That’s not a bad thing if you’re in it for the steam and the drama, because there’s plenty of that, but I couldn’t help feeling like I was missing out. The rest of the book though? Is pretty good.
The story follows Gabriel, an almost-divorced dad whose wife left him a few years ago. Being abandoned changed something in Gabriel, so he’s even more focused than ever on being a good dad and providing for his daughter. He’s sworn off women entirely and spends too much time at the office, though he more than makes up for it by being an excellent dad on the weekends. But when a temporary nanny came to live with Gabriel and his daughter, something shifted. The broody businessman is charmed by Autumn, even if she is too young, too forbidden, and too cheerful for him. It’s not long before they’re crossing a line, but neither one is entirely sure what that means.
I struggled with my rating for this one, because it is well written and I did like a lot of it – but that initial disconnect I had with the story never went away. I’ve read the book that precedes this, so I know this was intended as a standalone love story, but it didn’t always feel that way to me. If you’re a fan of a book that doesn’t waste time getting steamy, then this won’t disappoint, however. Gabriel is an intense guy in and out of the bedroom, and he certainly heats this up. There’s so much about his personality that I loved, and I really appreciated that he hadn’t turned into a manhoe or closed himself off entirely after his wife left. Gabriel and Autumn together had tons of potential, and I loved the sweeter moments between them. I do wish there was more honest communication though, and that all comes to a head towards the end. The conflict was not my favorite, but I also kind of understood why it needed to happen. Ultimately, I didn’t love this, but there’s too much good stuff going on for me to rate it lower. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this single dad/nanny romance.
Wanted: American nanny for an adorable four-year-old. Must be able to handle a moody, brooding, sexy British boss.
I’m a single father, a lawyer and some say the most serious man in London. I’m completely focused on raising my four-year-old daughter.
Since my wife walked out three years ago, the only woman who has ever caught my eye is the strictly off-limits sister-in-law of my best friend, Autumn Lumen.
But temptation is easy to resist because Autumn is only visiting London from Oregon.
Until she moves to London. The nanny quits. And she’s the only woman for the job.
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Each novel is stand-alone.
Ruined by bonk-busters and sexy mini-series of the eighties Louise loves all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.
Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, hanging out with her kid, being with friends, elephants and champagne.
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