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This is one I that didn't grab me in the beginning but I kept listening because of the ratings.....but it didn't get better. So, I have written a spoiler Haiku (a poetic formula) to retell the story and possibly recapture a little bit of enjoyment from this experience.
Nanny meets rich boy
Predictable angst, sex, angst
Everything works out
This story could have been so much richer. As I sit here writing this review, I want to describe the characters but I really can't recall what they looked like. More character development please. The little girl in the story tragically looses her mother and goes to live with her father who didn't even know she existed but she was just a happy go lucky prop for the main character to feed off of.
This "ins and outs of daily living" kind of story is not intriguing enough to warrant hours of my time. I can get that by ringing up my sister and chatting about the latest scoop on our old high school friends. At least that way I have spent time with my sis. Ugh, just wasn't for me, I need more.
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For me CD Reiss is an A list author who I can 100% trust so when a new book of hers in released I excitedly sit back and prepare to be wowed by the next riveting story.. and she never disappoints. This story shows us a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes of one of Hollywood's rich and famous stars when he's suddenly met by a very present predicament when a bombshell from his past suddenly shows up. And the lengths this star goes to to untangle himself will only delicously tangle him up more.
Brad thought he had the perfect life.. success, wealth, parties, no strings and lots and lots of women - but overnight that changed when a bombshell landed on his doorstep in the form of a daughter - a daughter he never knew he had. Brad tried to embrace his new role of father.. but it didn't come naturally and it didn't come easy. Since his daughter arrived, she hasn't stopped crying and Brad knows he's out of his depth.. then suddenly sweet silence thanks to an unplanned meeting with a Super-Nanny with a soothing voice and a magical touch. Brad knew he had to employ this Mary Poppins of nannies at any cost because, once she's installed in his house, status-quo could resume and then things would go back to normal.. but Nanny Cara had very different ideas. And the last thing Brad was expecting was to lose his heart to a 5 yr old, give his heart to the woman who challenged and changed him and to freely give up his lifestyle.. and his career. Because, like the film, this Mary Poppins of nannies was going to save the father from himself.
Cara has Nannied for the over-indulged and wealthy for quite a while now so she knows the rules of what to do and what not to do to keep her job and her reputation clean but, when she's in the same room as the gorgeous drool-worthy A list actor/party-boy Brad Sinclair, her reaction to him is nuclear. Cara loves her job, loves looking after children and she's been talked into becoming Brad's new short-term Nanny for his sweet 5 yr old daughter - and Cara naively thought she could resist temptation.. but she was oh so wrong. Because Cara would fall in love with a sweet little girl, she'd also be emotionally pushed/pulled as she warred with the dilemma of duty vs chemistry and Cara's heart would melt by the words and actions of her new employer until lines were blurred.. and eventually broken.
CD Reiss has captured the intense feelings of an insta-Father who is clearly out of his element, who grasped on to a lifeline and slowly pulled to reveal a powerful opponent, a caring ally, a nurturing friend, a passionate partner and eventually, after some rocky roads, a loving wife and mother. And the well written character of Cara had deep layers made up of rigid boundaries, high morals, a tragic past and a dirty imagination - everything that Brad didn't need and shouldn't want.. and yet he did. Tensions, emotions and sexual chemistry ran high while all the "I shouldn'ts" played out.. until eventually these two characters gave in, got on the same page, had sexy times, fell in love.. and learnt how to be a loving and complete happy family. And Brad's cute little daughter was charming, darling and so sweet. Dual POV's and the story, together with its characters, were brought to life by the talented voices of Andi Arndt and Christian Fox - they are two revered narrators who always deliver 5 star performances.
Worth a credit? That would be an absolutely and unshakable shout it from the rooftops YES.
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