Monday, May 1, 2023

Guest Book Review: The Nanny

By Allyson Bales

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. (Synopsis courtesy of Amazon.)

The Nanny will make you blush, make you laugh out loud, and make you touch your heart and say “aww” to these absolutely lovable characters!  This is the perfect beach read, plane read, honestly any time read, that I think will be a hit of the spring and summer!

I learned about OnlyFans a few years ago from Tori Deal on MTV’s The Challenge.  I love her and love the show and her openness about her experiences with sharing her body with people that are paying for a subscription.  When I read this, Cassie reminded me a lot of Tori, in that Cassie is  awkward but also bold and honest and does her best to stay true to herself and not apologize for who she is.  Cassie is one of my favorite leading ladies to date!  She is relatable and the way she was with the rest of the cast of characters in this book made me love her even more.  

You get to meet Aiden, father of Sophie, and Wanda, a 72 year old next door neighbor of Cassie.  Aiden is a chef and steamy-mic-steamerton.  Sophie is a guarded but loveable nine year old and Wanda is a sassy grandma type we all love.  There’s also Iris but you’ll learn more about her when you read the story.  Together this ensemble is one of my favorites and I cannot wait for you to meet them all!

This is my first read by Lana Ferguson and I absolutely loved her writing style!  Most chapters start with OnlyFans conversations that are the perfect touch.  Also, the story is told in dual point of view but mainly from Cassie's perspective, so when you finally hear from Aiden, it's at the perfect time.  There is a perfect mix of steam and laughs that completely propel you into Cassie’s world and I was here for every minute of it!  I cannot wait to read Ferguson’s next read coming out later this year!

Thanks to Berkley for the book in exchange for an honest review.

Allyson Bales lives in New Jersey.  She is an art therapist working with at-risk youth and loves making a difference.  Books have been her saving grace and really helped her manage being a front line worker during the Pandemic.  When she’s not helping others, she loves to travel and camp with her wife.  One of her favorite places to read is by a campfire with some good tunes in the background.  You can find her on Bookstagram at @readswithally.

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