Light and SUPER spicy with plenty of personality, this rom com debut had me hooked from the start. I loved the concept – single dad’s new nanny realizes that he used to be her biggest OnlyFan – and I was definitely curious how it would all play out. It only took a few pages for me to realize that I was a fan of this author’s writing style, and I loved the forced proximity/sexual tension paired with the tender family moments. Our heroine steals the show, and that had me absolutely devouring the pages. I was very confident that I would be rating this as 5 stars, but the lust never shifted into love. I cannot recall a single conversation where these two discuss anything other than banging or parenting, and every scene seemed to end with something physical happening. I’m totally not opposed to a spicy read, but this is over 400 pages and I STILL don’t feel like we ever saw them falling into anything other than lust. So I think a few tweaks would’ve made it an EASY 5-star rating for me.
The story follows Cassie (25), a woman who is just finishing up her degree. When she gets laid off from work, Cassie finds herself taking a job as a live-in nanny. Aiden (32) is overworked, stressed out, and desperate to get some help with his daughter, so he jumps at the chance to hire someone as qualified as Cassie. They soon discover that the sparks that fly between them could be a problem – Cassie is there to work, and her focus should be on Aiden’s daughter, not the sexy single dad she’s sharing a home with. But the two can’t seem to stop crossing lines, and things become even more complicated when Cassie realizes that Aiden is the OnlyFan who ghosted her when things got a little too real between them… and she’s not sure what to do about that.
While the story is told exclusively from present day, each chapter begins with snippets of Aiden and Cassie’s anonymous online relationship, when he was paying for the privilege to watch her… ah, play with “toys,” if you will. Aiden is a chef who is married to his job, so it was easy to see how his loneliness could lead him to getting a little carried away with a masked beauty online. That certainly added some extra tension and history to the relationship, especially once Cassie realizes the connection. It also makes sense why they connected so easily over the physical side of things in present day, though I think I would’ve preferred for them to connect emotionally in present day before realizing that they are extremely compatible in the bedroom. That would’ve been stronger to me, but the way things play out makes this a super sexy read. I also think it was a missed opportunity not to have them connect more emotionally, since Aiden does have so much work to do on himself. He’s struggling as a single dad, he’s struggling with work, and he’s pushing his daughter’s aunt away. So there was a lot of potential to dig in deeper there, and that didn’t really happen. That being said, I loved the light and sexy vibes. It’s a smile-inducing, feel good read much of the time, paired with tons of heat. And I’ve got no complaints about that! So this ended up being a very solid read for me, but there were too many missed opportunities for me to call it 5 stars.
The audio is excellent! I’m not familiar with either narrator, but they both do a good job. Samantha Summers infused a ton of personality into her performance, with a vibrant, bubbly voice that made this feel so much more like a rom com. It is a pretty distinctive performance though, so it might be worth checking out a sample to make sure you’ll be okay with the vibe. Jameson Adams did a fine job, though his voice occasionally felt a little robotic. I quickly got used to his voice, so it wasn’t a problem for me. The runtime is just over 13 hours, so it took me two days to get through this one, and it’s certainly not a great option for a workday listen, lol! Not only does the spice start up relatively quickly, but the snippets between chapters are all pretty smutty. So I definitely do recommend the audio, but don’t plan on listening in public unless you’re prepared to do some blushing.
A woman discovers the father of the child she is nannying may be her biggest (Only)Fan in this steamy contemporary romance by Lana Ferguson.
Suddenly unemployed and on the brink of eviction, Cassie Evans is left with two choices: get a new job (and fast) or fire up her long-untouched OnlyFans account. But the job market is terrible, and as for OnlyFans. . . . Well, there are reasons she can’t go back. Just when all hope seems lost, an ad for a live-in nanny position seems like the solution to all her problems. It’s almost too perfect—until she meets her would-be employer.
Aiden Reid, executive chef and DILF extraordinaire, is far from the stuffy single dad Cassie was imagining. He shocks her when he tells her she’s the most qualified applicant he’s met in weeks, practically begging her to take the job. With hands that make her hindbrain howl and eyes that scream sex, the idea of living under the same roof as Aiden feels dangerous, but with no other option, she decides to stay with him and his adorably tenacious daughter, Sophie.
Cassie soon discovers that Aiden is not a stranger at all, but instead someone who is very familiar with her—or at least, her body. Given that he doesn’t remember her, Cassie is faced with what feels like an impossible situation. As their relationship heats to temperatures hotter than any kitchen Aiden has ever worked in, Cassie struggles with telling Aiden the truth, and the more terrifying possibility—losing the best chance at happiness she’s ever had.
About the Author:
Lana Ferguson is a sex-positive nerd whose works never shy from spice or sass. A faded Fabio book cover found its way into her hands at fifteen, and she’s never been the same since. When she isn’t writing—you can find her randomly singing show tunes, arguing over which Batman is superior, and subjecting her friends to the extended editions of The Lord of the Rings. Lana lives mostly in her own head, but can sometimes be found chasing her corgi through the coppices of the great American outdoors.
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