The lightest, funniest book I’ve read all year certainly deserves a 5-star rating… even if it’s not a cut and dry one. I loved the playfulness of this exceedingly low angst romance, and I loved the sexual tension. It’s got likable characters and such a unique vibe; it’s so, so easy to tell that it’s written by Loring. This is the perfect jumping in point for new fans – the story kicks off a brand new series of standalones, but there are (brief) appearances from some old favorites. I’ll be the first to admit that the relationship is shallower than I’d like and the emotional connection is lacking, but I had a great time reading this – and it absolutely flew by.
The story follows Owen, a single dad whose career in comedy is really starting to come together. Three years ago, Owen was heckled by a drunken (yet sexy) fan while telling some tired jokes about his failing marriage. And he’s been heckled by the same woman on social media since. When they finally meet face-to-face, Owen is at a very different place in his life, and his heckler is the potential new nanny to his son. Chemistry sparks between them immediately, and Owen knows that it’s a bad idea to take Frankie on tour with him – they are sure to cross some lines, and that might not be the best thing for either of them.
Loring has such a distinctive writing style that’s incredibly easy to binge. I had no trouble reading this in one sitting, and I had a smile on my face the whole time. There definitely could’ve been more relationship development and I think some of the humor could’ve been replaced with more swoon, but it was such a sweet/sexy read. There are great family moments paired with steamy, intense scenes, and I loved the combination. Owen is such a good hero, and I loved how strong Frankie is. They had some combustible chemistry, and make a perfect pair. It’s not my favorite from the author, but it does an outstanding job of introducing this new series – and I am so ready for more.
A single dad, a model, and a comedian walk into a bar… They’re all Owen Brodie.
It’s only funny if you aren’t the hilarious struggling comedian who has been hired to be his son’s nanny for the stand-up tour.
Dear Ms. Hogan,
I’m emailing to offer you the job as my son’s nanny because Sam had a temper tantrum when I told him I can’t hire you to come on my stand-up tour with us. “She heckled me at a club a few years ago,” I wanted to say. “She is the sassy little turd who trolls me on Twitter,” I could have told him. “She’s an even bigger pain in the butt when we’re face-to-face,” I thought to myself. What I would never tell him is—things could get complicated. For reasons.
Let me know if you want the job.
With great reluctance,
Dear Mr. Brodie,
Thank you for your email. Please inform Sam that I like him very much and would love to be his nanny and accompany him on your terrible joke of a stand-up tour.
I can assure you—things will not get complicated. For many, many reasons.
Primarily because Owen Brodie isn’t funny, and he can suck it.
Out of financial desperation and a fondness for your son,
Have you read Sleeper yet? It’s so good!
Funny Business is the start of a brand new series, but it crosses over with the Name in Lights series – and I loved all three of those books! It’ll definitely read as a standalone, but if you want to familiarize yourself with the characters who cross over, then you’ll want to start with Sleeper. It’s one of my favorites from the author!
SHANE MILLER SLEEP DIARY:
Went to bed at: Late.
How long it took to fall asleep: Forever. I have insomnia. Duh.
Number of caffeinated beverages you had consumed: Zero. Thanks for advising me to quit!
My stress level is off the charts.
I can’t sleep right on a normal day, and lately my days are filled with the best kind of chaos.
My ex-wife and husband number two are filming in Poland for three months,
so I’m turning down movie parts to focus on the most important role of my life—
impossibly charming and somewhat capable young single dad.
My son won’t stop asking questions.
My daughter won’t brush her teeth unless I sing her showtunes.
Our regular nanny quit.
The only person I could trust to hire as a temp nanny is my best friend’s sister.
If Mary Poppins and Bill Murray had a baby it would be Willa.
Fresh out of grad school and beautifully weird.
She hates my movies, and my kids adore her.
I couldn’t sleep last night because she wasn’t here.
Turns out I can’t sleep unless she’s in my house now.
Turns out she’s what’s been missing from my life all along.
If my friend had any idea what I want to do to his gorgeous troublemaker of a sister,
he would smother me with a pillow.
The chances of us succeeding as a couple are about as good as that little indie movie
that I made being a huge hit.
But it’s a chance I’m going to take.
About the Author:
Before writing steamy romantic comedy novels, Kayley Loring got a BFA in creative writing from a Canadian university and had a fifteen-year career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles (under a different name). She mostly wrote PG-13 family comedies that studios would pay her lots of money for and then never make into movies. In 2017 she decided to move to the Pacific Northwest and write about all the fun stuff that she wasn’t allowed to write about in those PG-13 scripts. Now she’s breathing cleaner air and writing dirtier words. It’s an adjustment she’s happily getting used to.
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